The Lester Centre of the Arts today revealed that the musical DISASTER! will take the stage in April 2020 as Prince Rupert’s major biannual community production. The show will unite volunteer actors, musicians, dancers and technicians in three performances of a comedy that pays tribute to classic disaster films while featuring hit music of the 1970s.
Musical direction will be provided by Kristy Tillman, who in 2018 led the orchestra for the Lester Centre’s production of SPAMALOTand the Charles Hays Secondary School performances of 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, in addition to her ongoing leadership of concert, jazz and marching bands of School District 52. Artistic director Hans Seidemannappeared recently as the singing-dancing sensation Sir Robin in SPAMALOT; he also directed the Lester Centre’s spring 2019 production of Neil Simon’s farce RUMORS.
“We chose this production to appeal not only to audiences, but artists as well,” said Tillman. “We’ll be searching for performers and instrumentalists with a wide range of specialties and talents. The light-hearted script and the infectious rhythms of the score guarantee this will be fun for everyone.”
The musical’s book was written by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXMBroadway host Seth Rudetskyin conjunction with Jack Plotnick. The score features classic songs of the 1970slike “Knock on Wood," "Hooked on a Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman" and "Hot Stuff” festooned around a laugh-out-loud storyline set in a floating casino and discotheque. Even in advance of its Broadway run, the New York Daily News named DISASTER! as one of its top ten must-see musicals.
“The comedic chops of Prince Rupert’s artistic community will get a thorough workout,” said Seidemann. “The bell-bottomed A-listers who are outrageously lampooned in this story are going to infect our city with disco fever, whose side effects include dancing in the aisles.”
The full two-act production will be presented on April 2, 3 and 4 of 2020. Auditions will be held on October 26 and 27. Requirements and additional details are due to be posted to the Lester Centre’s website in September.
Tickets will be on sale effective September 1st, and admission will be included as part of the Lester Centre’s ten-show season pass.
Veteran Lester Centre Technical Director DwainHarrison will oversee the show’s design, while RUMORS directorial alumnus Scott Langillewill serve as Stage Manager.