Kosmic Mambo opens the 49th season at Studio 58.
Kosmic Mambo opens the 49th season at Studio 58.

Located on 49th Avenue in Vancouver, Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College, celebrates its 49th season with five shows designed to showcase the next generation of theatre artists.

[pullquote]“From out there in the Kosmic Mambo space race, to an American classic about claiming individual freedom, to one of the greats of the musical theatre repertoire, and concluding with a new work firmly rooted in Vancouver, Studio 58 patrons will go on an exciting and exceptional theatre journey during our 49th season.” – Studio 58 Artistic Director, Kathryn Shaw[/pullquote]First up is Kosmic Mambo (Oct 2-19), a work conceived by Vancouver theatre artist David Mackay and loosely based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner. Set during the end of the American/Russian space race, Kosmic Mambo tells a fictitious story of the USSR’s failed attempt to send six cosmonauts to Mars in response to America’s successful moon landing. A non-verbal physically based work, Kosmic Mambo will feature music from pop, rock, soul, funk, glam and psychedelia, circa 1968-1972.

Next up is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nov 13-30), the story of McMurphy, the charming rogue who contrives to serve a sentence in a mental institution instead of in prison. What he doesn’t count on is a formidable foe in the rigid disciplinarian, Nurse Ratched. Originally a stage play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest may best be remembered for the 1975 Oscar-winning film version starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.

In the New Year, Studio 58 presents Oklahoma! (Feb 5 – Mar 1), the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein that furthered the development of American musical theatre with its fusion of song, story and dance. Director David Hudgins is promising a re-envisioning of this epic musical in the intimacy of the Studio 58 theatre.

In Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Mar 19-29), Studio 58 alumni Anton Lipovetsky and Cameron Mackenzie team up with Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau with a look at one of Vancouver’s most enduring and endearing institutions, the Elbow Room Café and its owners Patrice and Bryan. Partners in business and life, the duo are the heart and soul of the piece with an eclectic and campy cast of misfits, drag queens, and the perpetually hung over. Working in a development model with Studio 58 students, audiences will get an opportunity to witness the birth of a new Canadian musical.

Also this season is the 15th edition of the Studio 58 Risky Nights Series (Nov 24-30 & Feb 16-22). Designed as a bridge between classroom work and main stage productions, students at the conclusion of their second year of training have an opportunity to create every aspect of an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director, and perform it before an intimate audience.

Tickets for all the Studio 58 main stage shows are now available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787. Tickets to the Risky Nights Series can be obtained by calling Studio 58 at 604.323.5227. Visit http://studio58.ca for more information.