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ONLINE PROGRAM THEORY OF RELATIVITY

music and lyrics by NEIL BARTRAM

book by BRIAN HILL

book and lyrics by THOMAS MEEHAN

directed by JP THIBODEAU, JOE SLABE, CASSIE DOANE 

 

THEORY OF RELATIVITY is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Presented by StoryBook's Student Intensive Program

Learn more about our program >

 

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law. 

aug 20 to
sept 4 2021

Indoor Presentation

sept 5 to 30 2021

Filmed LIVE onstage,

Streamed online on-demand

rated PG | 12+

running time 90 mins

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presented in partnership with OCL Studios.

 
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SHOW SUMMARY

This moving and unconventional song cycle bursts with originality as it examines the interconnectedness of us all through life's shared experiences - from the hilarious to the heartbreaking.

From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life), The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives.  Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members and actors alike are sure to find themselves in this fresh new musical.

Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 

Performed LIVE on Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, with audiences at limited assigned table seating, the show will also be streamed online for at-home viewing. Should provincial restrictions be lifted, more seats may be made available.

 

> Check out the OUTDOOR SEATING PLAN here.

RATING: PG | 12+ 
Read more about show ratings and recommendations >

 
 

ON BEHALF OF THE DIRECTORS: FROM CASSIE DOANE

The Theory of Relativity is a Canadian musical that was first workshopped at Sheridan College in 2012. It is a collection of songs and monologues that explore how young adults search for connections with others while dealing with their own journey to self-discovery. Whether it’s leaving home for the first time to go to college, trying to find the confidence to say hello to your crush, or dealing with the loss of a parent, the stories in this show are ones we can all relate to in one way or another.

 

At the beginning of this year, we didn’t know what SSIP would look like or if it was even going to be a possibility. However, as JP has mentioned time and time again, this program gives StoryBook life, and reminds the team why we do what we do, and why theatre is so special. So, we knew we had to make it happen.

 

The Theory of Relativity was the perfect show to choose because of its focus on the human connection, which is something we have been missing out on for the past year and a half. This show reminds us that we are all in this together, and even when you feel alone, there is always someone there.

 

I am so unbelievably proud of the work that these students have done. They come to every rehearsal ready to work and with the desire to grow and develop as performers. It has left me feeling inspired and encouraged for their bright futures. I hope you enjoy this show and being back in the theatre!

Cassie Doane
 
Production Inclusion Statics

59.36% FEMALE/NON-BINARY
REPRESENTATION

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66.67% ON STAGE
26% OFFSTAGE

56.94% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION

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50% ON STAGE
63.88% OFFSTAGE

31.66% BIPOC
REPRESENTATION

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16.67% ON STAGE

 46.64% OFFSTAGE

30.96% LGBTQIA2S+
REPRESENTATION

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27.78% ON STAGE
34.14% OFFSTAGE

ABOUT THE CREATORS THOMAS MEEHAN, CHARLES STROUSE AND MARTIN CHARNIN

Bios and images source: MTI Theatre International, mtishows.com

 
ABOUT THE SHOW

The Theory of Relativity is a collection of seemingly unrelated songs, scenes, and monologues that come together to show the interconnected nature of humanity. These stories centre around finding your true identity and discovering your place in the world. From falling in and out of love to allergies, the wide array of characters take the audience on a journey, experiencing the wonders of human connection.

With music and lyrics by Neil Bartam, and a book by Brian Hill, the show explores how young adults deal with their personal feelings and situations and, as well, how they develop communities based on their shared experiences.

The musical was commissioned by The Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College in Toronto in 2012, and first presented in 2014 as part of the Festival of New Musicals at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut. Afterwards, in the Spring of 2015, the show was presented more fully in the Norma Terris Theatre at Goodspeed Musicals.

 
 

SONG LIST

Person A - Company

Relativity - Julie, Ryan, Jenny, Anthony, Mira, Company

I’m Allergic to Cats - Paul

Pi (part 1) - Adam

The End of the Line - Jenny, Sara

Great Expectations - Catherine, Mike, and Company

Relativity (reprise #1) - Oliver, Amy, Mira, Anthony, Adam, Ryan, and Company

Footprint - Ryan

Pi (part 2) - Adam

Lipstick - Anthony, Jenny

Transition to Apples & Oranges - Paul, Sara, Jenny, Catherine, Adam, Mike

Apples & Oranges - Oliver, Mike

Me & Ricky - Caroline, Sara, and Backups

Promise Me This - Mira

Julie’s Song - Julie

Pi (part 3) - Adam

Relativity (reprise #2) - Adam, Caroline, Anthony, and Company

Relative Pitch - Company

You Will Never Know - Company

Person A (reprise) - Julie and Company

Nothing Without You - Company

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MEET THE CAST
 
MEET THE TEAM
STAGE & FILM TEAM CREDITS

STORYBOOK THEATRE
Artistic Director | JP THIBODEAU

Office Administrator | EVA STIEBER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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THEATRICAL TEAM

Stage Directors | JP THIBODEAU, JOE SLABE, CASSIE DOANE

Musical Director | JOE SLABE

Musical Director | SELINA WONG

Choreographer | NICOLE PEMBERTON

Stage Manager | MICHAEL LUONG

Associate Musical Director | DALLAS HAYES SPARK

Vocal Coach | SUSAN LEONTARIDIS

Dance Instructor | WUNMI IDOWU

Assistant Stage Manager | MADDIE ARNASON
Assistant Stage Manager |
 JUSTYN NISHIMURA

Costume Designer | DARCIE HOWE
Hair Designer | CAT BENTLEY
Lighting Designer | JP THIBODEAU
Set Designer & Prop Designer | JJ PENARAND

Graphic Design | JENNIFER MERIO

Public Relations | ALDONA BARUTOWICZ

FILM TEAM

Film Direction | KRIS MISH

Director of Photography | KRIS MISH

Lighting Programmer | SKYLAR DESJARDINS
Script Supervisor | MICHAEL LUONG

Production Assistant  | LLOYD CADAY
Production Assistant  | SKYLAR DESJARDINS

Soundtrack Recording | OCL STUDIOS 

Music Editor & Supervisor | JOSH GWILLIAM 

Video Editor | KRIS MISH

Assistant Editor | GRAHAM KINGSLEY

Executive Producer | STORYBOOK THEATRE

 
 

StoryBook would like to share our complete appreciation to OCL Studios, for donating their studio time for the cast recording sessions. Thanks to their generosity, support, and hard work, our cast was able to capture their beautiful voices, and safely record the magic that is the music of Annie.  Check out OCL Studio's inspiring space >

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PARTNER SHOWCASE THANK YOU OCL STUDIOS

 
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DONORS, SUPPORTERS & CONTRIBUTORS

Calgary Foundation
Rozsa Foundation
Patrice Barnes
Jennifer Gerritsen
Lori Goods
Janet Gourlay Vallance
Valerie How
Jody Hubler
Preston Lee
Kevin Leiver

Maureen MoranHesson Persaud

Melissa SmithSteve ThannhauserBabsTricia Whenham

Hawthorn Blossom Investments

Occasional Notes Productions

Leela Aheer

Pat Arnason

Darryl Arnason

Catherine Davis / Transcanada

Catherine Handford

David Granger / Meg Energy

Gil Hopkins

Amanda Ierfino

Jody Low

Krista Noriega

Hesson Persaud

Anne Roggensack

Jessica Roney

Kenneth Wilson

The Flanagan Foundation
Beddington Heights Community Association
Anonymous Donor @ Calgary Foundation
Bridget Chan
Maureen Morris
Sheila Telford

 

THANK YOU TO...

THANK YOU TO... NEEDS UPDATING

Catherine Handford
Jessica Roney
Lorie Masur
Heather Racz
Molly Racz

Hannah Kerbes

OCL Studios

 
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