Tuesday, August 15th – 8pm
Wednesday, August 16th – 2pm
Wednesday, August 16th – 8pm
Thursday, August 17th – 8pm
Friday, August 18th – 8pm
Saturday, August 19th – 8pm
Written by and starring Adrian Marchuk and a cast of outstanding musical performers.
Building on the great success we had with Adrian’s production of “Any Dream Will Do” last summer, “Over The Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Story” is sure to be another musical delight, as we explore the life and iconic music of this fascinating man who wrote the music for The Wizard of Oz (although many are unaware of this).
Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music, having written over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg), including the classic “Over the Rainbow”, Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook.
Over The Rainbow – Bios
Adrian Marchuk – Creator and Performer
As one of Canada’s top singing actors, Adrian is in high demand across the country. He spent three years playing Frankie Valli in the Toronto and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys. Other recent credits include starring in Musical of Musicals (Mirvish), Marry Me A Little (Tarragon Theatre), Dr. Fine in the hit rock musical Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre), Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions, Persephone Theatre), Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (Ontario Tour). In addition to his acting work, Adrian is on the faculty at Sheridan College for the Performing Arts, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and St. Clair College. He also teaches voice at his studio in Toronto, and is one of only three teachers certified in the method taught by master voice teacher Katie Agresta.
Adrian is also the creator of three successful concert shows: The Sweetest Sounds: The Richard Rodgers Legacy, which has played around Ontario and at the historic Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan; Any Dream Will Do, which premiered in Collingwood before successful runs in Barrie and Toronto, and Over The Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Story, which will premiere in the summer of 2017 at Theatre Collingwood, the Mady Centre in Barrie, and Toronto. www.adrianmarchuk.com
Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director and Arranger
A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Chris’ Musical Direction credits include Any Dream Will Do (Theatre Collingwood), Onegin (Musical Stage Company), 35MM (Toronto premiere), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), One Song Glory ’10 ’11 & ’12 (ActingUp Stage), A Joyful Noise (co-composer/lyricist, Smile Theatre), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe), and bare: the Canadian Premiere (WatersEdge Productions). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale as a singer, cabaret superstar Sharron Matthews as an accompanist, and can be seen in his biannual “Chris-terical” cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Thom Alison – Performer
Thom Allison can be seen as “Pree” in the new hit series, KILLJOYS, on Space/Syfy Networks. Thom has appeared on Broadway in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and in the original Canadian companies of Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy and Rent. He was also a judge on CBC’s Over the Rainbow, searching for Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz. He has been nominated for 2 Dora Awards, 2 Betty Awards, a Jessie Award , an Ovation Award and a Sterling Award. At The Stratford Festival, Thom has appeared in Romeo and Juliet, My Fair Lady, Threepenny Opera, The King and I, King Henry VIII, and Into the Woods. At the Shaw Festival,he received critical acclaim as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, as well as performing in Wonderful Town, A Little Night Music and Follies: In Concert. Some other credits include The Wizard of Oz (Young People’s Theatre), Cabaret (Theatre Calgary), Annie (Grand Theatre), Evita (Theatre Calgary and Manitoba Theatre Centre) and The Drowsy Chaperone (The Vancouver Playhouse/The Citadel/National Arts Centre/Manitoba Theatre Centre. His CD, “A Whole Lotta Sunlight” can be purchased on iTunes. Visit his website: www.thomallison.com
Alana Bridgewater – Performer
Toronto’s Alana Bridgewater is a singer/songwriter who discovered her love of performing at a very early age as a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. Alana attended the University of Windsor under the tutelage of Steven Henrikson and Richard Householder. Her professional debut came with The Women’s Blues Revue (1998) and Bump N Hustle. She is a founding member of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.
Alana is best known for her performance as Killer Queen in the Mirvish production of We WIll Rock You. She was also featured in Hannibal (NBC) as Denise the feisty Orderly and is currently the voice of Eartha on the animated series Mysticons. List of recent credits: Spoon River, (Soulpepper), Shrek The Musical (The Grand Theatre London), Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival), Women’s Blues Revue (Toronto), CBC Gospel Christmas Special (CBC Television, National Arts Centre), Menopause Out Loud (Toronto).
She has sung backup vocals for Carvin Winans, Johnny Reid and The Arkells and is currently recording her much anticipated sophomore CD
Kelly Holiff – Performer
Kelly is so excited to be back in Collingwood and singing the music of Harold Arlen! Kelly is a popular Theatre and Cabaret performer and has been the voice for foundations and corporations such as Heart and Stroke, Fallen Rock, Sick Kids and Tim Hortons. When she is not in the theatre, Kelly can be seen fronting bands at venues like the ACC and The Rogers Centre. Kelly has taken on roles of entertainment icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Janis Joplin and Marie Dressler. Selected theatre credits; Taking The A Train (Soulpepper), Uncovered (Acting Upstage), Ms. Stacy in Anne Of Green Gables (Charlottetown), Hairspray (Port Hope), Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius), Magenta in Rocky Horror Picture Show x3 (everywhere). Kelly most recently finished her second holiday tour with Colm Wilkinson, as his special guest. Kelly would like to thank Adrian for having her be a part of this incredible concert series. www.kellyholiff.com