Hart House Theatre  
December 9, 2014 / Issue 17, 2014/2015 Season
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Lyrics by Tim Rice

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Jan. 16-31, 2015


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Production Team
Meet a few of the highly talented group bringing Jesus' final days to the stage
Luke Brown

Heading up the team is Theatre Aquarius' Artistic Associate Luke Brown. Luke returns to Hart House Theatre after directing last season's fun-filled, matrimonial romp, The Wedding Singer. Luke has also been affiliated with Neptune Theatre, the Charlottetown Festival and Talk is Free Theatre.


Anthony Bastianon In the Musical Director's chair is the very accomplished, two-time Dora Award Nominee, Anthony Bastianon. Anthony enjoys a variety of work as a musical director, composer, educator and pianist and has over 100 productions under his belt. His versatility has brought him opportunities to work with music theatre icons like Andrea Martin and Michael Burgess as well as pop celebrities Chantal Kreviazuk and Dan Hill. As co-founder of the Mississauga Youth Theatre and faculty member of Sheridan College, Anthony keeps close ties to working with young people - a trend he continues with his return to Hart House Theatre!


Amanda Nagy Completing this dynamic trio is choreographer Amanda Nuttall who is welcomed back to Hart House Theatre after her critically acclaimed work on Cabaret and The Wedding Singer. Amanda is a performer, choreographer and dance instructor based in Toronto. She has also choreographed numerous events for Theatre 20's Emerging Artists Ensemble and the many musical productions occurring at the Lower Ossington Theatre.


For a full list of our extremely talented production team - like our super-star designers! - visit our website here>>

The Dr. David E. Gardner
Apprentice Director Program
An introduction to this dynamic new program from Producer and General Manager, Doug Floyd
David Gardner It is quite the honour for me to be able to write to you about David Gardner and his lasting impact on Hart House Theatre while introducing the Dr. David E. Gardner Apprentice Director Program.

A celebrated and award-winning actor, director and educator, Dr. Gardner is truly a legend in Canadian theatre. As the former artistic director of the Vancouver Playhouse and a founding member of the National Theatre School he has not only left his mark on stages across this country, but has also paved the way for new generations of Canadian theatre talent. The new Dr. David E. Gardner Apprentice Director Program celebrates David's legacy for supporting Canada's next generation of artists at what he would consider his "home theatre" - Hart House Theatre.

David's impact on Hart House as a whole has been varied over the years, but in many ways his support of the Theatre just over a decade ago is a prime reason you are watching a show on stage today. His staunch support of the Theatre in 2001, when it was scheduled to close, helped shape the direction and revitalization of the Theatre's programming and mandate. His direction of the productions of Macbeth and As You Like It in 2002 and 2003 helped put Hart House Theatre back on the map as a going concern in the Toronto theatre landscape. Playing a leading role in both of those productions was a young Jeremy Hutton who later became Hart House Theatre's Artistic Director. I, too, was in both of those shows and (according to many accounts) played most wonderfully in the background! Jokes aside, if it wasn't for David's support of both Jeremy and I back then, you would not be seeing Jeremy's work on stages around Toronto nor would I be writing this.

David's legacy will forever be celebrated at Hart House Theatre through this new program that supports each U of T Student Apprentice Director for our season productions. Generations of students will learn of David's lasting impact on Canadian theatre and Hart House Theatre, while getting the much needed practical experience of working on a full-scale, high-quality production.

Thank you David, and as you say - "ding, ding".

Doug Floyd
Producer, General Manager
Hart House Theatre
U of T's Performing Arts Leader Since 1919.
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