Buy Your 2014 / 2015 Season Tickets Now!

We’ve announced our fabulous 2014/2015 season and preparations are well underway for what’s sure to be one of our best seasons yet…why don’t you make plans to join us by buying a season ticket?  For a limited time we’re offering our season tickets at a reduced price – for $85, you’ll get tickets to see all four of our great musicals – that’s a savings of almost 40% off our regular ticket price!

Click HERE to purchase your season ticket today.

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Introducing the star of Carrie: The Musical: Ranae Miller

After hugely successful general auditions in June 2014, where we saw over 100 actors, we’ve gotten to the exciting part of any production: casting!  And we’re thrilled to announce that FCP alum Ranae Miller will be starring as troubled teen Carrie White in Fighting Chance’s next show, Carrie: The Musical, based on the Stephen King classic novel, which will run October 7 – 25, 2014 at Jericho Arts Center.  

A graduate of Capilano University, Ranae first joined Fighting Chance in 2010 as pregnant hippie Jeanie in Hair, and has gone on to star in many local productions, most notably as Liesel in The Sound of Music (Gateway), Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway), as Mina in Dracula: The Musical? (Awkward Stage), as stuck-up rich girl Erica Snodge in Riverview High, and as Princess Fiona in Shrek (Align Entertainment).  Ranae has also appeared in a number of Fighting Chance Productions, as the dominatrix Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum, and as Young Edie in Grey Gardens.  We’re thrilled to have this triple threat back onstage with us as the bullied teen with telekinetic powers, Carrie White.   You can catch Ranae this summer in Concrete Vertigo’s Alice in Wonderland-themed burlesque, Vixens of Wonderland, starring as the Caterpillar.  

Ranae Miller.

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Spring Awakening Pictures & Reviews!

The reviews & audience feedback is coming fast and furious for this electric production of SPRING AWAKENING. Don’t miss your chance to see it – only 8 shows remain! Tickets at http://www.ticketstonight.ca

The boys of SPRING AWAKENING

The boys of SPRING AWAKENING

From Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

“Mooney’s in-the-round set design is very effective with lanterns and paper blossoms hanging from overhead. Cedar branches litter the floor. It looks and smells like Spring.”

“There are some very fine voices and new faces here. Sarah Smith and Chris Carson make a charismatic pair of young lovers and both have beautiful voices; Myles McCarthy does a hauntingly beautiful job of “Don’t Do Sadness” and Adriana Ravalli, as Ilse, almost brings tears to your eyes when she sings, “Blue Wind”.”

“Fighting Chance Productions never blinks; it tackles.”

 

Sarah Smith in SPRING AWAKENING

Sarah Smith in SPRING AWAKENING

Twitter Comments

“Beautiful cast, touching story, nicely sung, choreo & costumes & sound. Well done @F_C_Productions on Spring Awakening” – @RenegadeInc

“Saw F_C_Productions’ Spring Awakening last night. One of my favourite musicals done arfully with a talented cast and beautiful set. #love” – @maryleong

“Act 2 was great :) Wendla was amazing” – @andrewchuuu

David Campbell, Chris Carson, Nancy von Euw and the Cast of SPRING AWAKENING

David Campbell, Chris Carson, Nancy von Euw and the Cast of SPRING AWAKENING

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“Fighting Chance and Ryan Mooney have the gift of producing those shows that “get you” and you can’t shake the feeling you get after for days…..and then you need more. I think it’s time to get more.”

“This cast is incredible and I am already so excited to see it again. Warning: It’s in the round, and once you see it you’ll wonder why it ever was on a conventional stage in the first place. In the round makes so much sense, and it’s such an intimate theatre, there’s no avoiding getting pulled in completely.”

 

 

Julien Galipeau in SPRING AWAKENING

Julien Galipeau in SPRING AWAKENING

Nancy Von Euw and Myles McCarthy in SPRING AWAKENING "McCarthy does a hauntingly beautiful job of 'Don’t Do Sadness'" - Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

Nancy Von Euw and Myles McCarthy in SPRING AWAKENING
“McCarthy does a hauntingly beautiful job of ‘Don’t Do Sadness'” – Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

Had a STELLAR evening with my man tonight at Spring Awakening. Congratulations Ryan Mooney, Anna Kuman and the rest of the cast and crew on a beautiful show! Don’t miss this one folks”

“Spring Awakening was so amazing! Never been so emotionally captivated during a musical.”

 

If you’d like to be taken away for an evening full of beautiful music and a captivating story, I highly recommend seeing Spring Awakening before it closes on the 17th.”

Sarah Smith, Myles McCarthy and Chris Carson in SPRING AWAKENING "Fighting Chance Productions never blinks, it tackles." - Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

Sarah Smith, Myles McCarthy and Chris Carson in SPRING AWAKENING
“Fighting Chance Productions never blinks, it tackles.” – Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

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Meet the Stars of Spring Awakening!

by Danielle Lemon

With the opening of our production of Spring Awakening just hours away, we sat down with some of our stars to discuss their characters (confused!), the show (life-changing!), and the FCP rehearsal process (frantic!). Sarah Smith plays the naïve heroine Wendla, Chris Carson plays the rebellious and magnetic Melchior, and Myles McCarthy plays Melchior’s nervous and moody best friend, Moritz.

Sarah Smith, Chris Carson and Myles McCarthy rehearse Spring Awakening.

Sarah Smith (Wendla), Chris Carson (Melchior) and Myles McCarthy  (Moritz) rehearse Spring Awakening.

Sarah Smith (Wendla) and Chris Carson (Moritz).

Sarah Smith (Wendla) and Chris Carson (Moritz).

A very moody Chris Carson (Melchior) rehearses with Myles McCarthy (Moritz).

A very moody Chris Carson (Melchior) rehearses with Myles McCarthy (Moritz).

Myles McCarthy gets sulky as Moritz, with Chris Carson (Melchior) brooding in the background.

Myles McCarthy gets sulky as Moritz, with Chris Carson (Melchior) brooding in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FCP: Sarah, tell us about Wendla. What kind of a person is she?

SS: Like all teenage girls Wendla is starting to notice the opposite sex. She’s very, very curious, and she’s very brave. I find that she is very outspoken and not necessarily tough, but brave – when she knows she needs something, she’s willing to do what she needs to get it. To say she is very sheltered would be an understatement. She’s received no guidance from her parents, in terms of puberty, at all. No help. In a lot of ways she’s a little girl still, in a woman’s body. It’s frustrating, as you can imagine.

FCP: Chris, you play Melchior, Wendla’s love interest…

CC: Yes – Melchior is a very intellectual individual. He loves to read books and loves to learn. He doesn’t like the world he’s living in. He doesn’t like how contained it is or how obedient everyone is. He wants to be free. He wants to change his world, and have everyone see what he has to offer, his vision of what things should be like. Sometimes he loses control of who he is, a part of growing up and not really knowing who exactly he is yet. Wendla is his first love. He likes to go out of the box and break the rules.

FCP: He’s the golden boy who doesn’t want to be the golden boy.

CC: Yes, everyone loves Melchior, but he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. He wants to change the world but he doesn’t want to be seen as some star that everyone can look up to, because he’s not perfect, and he knows that.

FCP: And Myles, you play Melchior’s best friend, Moritz.

MM: In the Bible Belt Box that Spring Awakening is, Moritz is kind of the pebble rattling around. He’s a very curious individual, and he’d like to come out of the box, for lack of a better term, but every time he’s curious he’s shot down, so he’s developed this security blanket to not be curious. So when he finds himself really attaching himself to things and ideas, he shies away because he knows he’s going to be hurt.

FCP: This show has had such a following and people connect with it in a very visceral way, despite the fact that the lives these characters are leading are very far from the reality of modern life. We live in the Twitter/Facebook universe. How do you as actors try to connect to that innocence and sheltered life that these characters live?

SS: Actually, this sits very close to home for me. I was raised in a very strict Christian family. And when I came to an age that (sex) was something that was a part of my life, this was extremely frowned upon. I still struggle with feeling ashamed, and it’s a very taboo subject. I was just raised in a much more conservative way. I was very sheltered. To look back, the feelings Wendla feels are all feelings I felt. This is stuff my girlfriends and I talked about in private school. Obviously we had more information available to us about what was going on with our bodies, but the attitudes around sex in the show were definitely similar to what I experienced in terms of the messages I received from adults.

FCP: So these are universal themes that you’re tapping into?

MM: Yes, absolutely. I come from a very liberal family – but everybody grows up. Everybody feels the moment in which they experience these first things. Whether or not you learn or grow from those situations is really personal to the individual. And I think that’s what Spring Awakening is about more than anything, it’s about individual experiences. We all experience similar things and whether or not we go for it is a personal choice. When I look at this show I don’t look at it as being about a society that traps people, it’s about individuals struggling in different ways through the same dilemma.

FCP: How much is this show about rebelling?

CC: I think everyone’s rebelling in this show. The kids are looking to Melchior to lead this rebellion outwards at school and they are also rebelling in their families as well. Melchior goes from the top of the class to being expelled because he wants change and isn’t going to get it until he does something drastic.

FCP: We have a very particular way of working at Fighting Chance – we move very fast in terms of the rehearsal process. How has that been for you guys?

SS: I have worked with FCP before, and with Sideshow we rehearsed for two weeks, so this is luxurious for me. I like working fast, it gets people to focus in. I love it because you’re not working anything twice, you move quickly, you just keep moving forward. So it’s exciting to be so immersed in the show all at once. I love it.

CC: I feel so passionate about the show I feel like I’m always working on it. Even though we have a short amount of time, I’m working on it 24 hours a day. At the end of the run it’s going to be devastating because I’m already so emotionally attached to the character and the show.

SS: By the third rehearsal, we were all best friends. We have grown unbelievably close – we’re just so in love with each other as people.

FCP: We’ve had a really short amount of time to rehearse, as usual, but are you still finding there is room to play, and experiment?

SS: In the last few rehearsals people have really started to play.

CC: Ryan (Mooney, Director) gives us a structure in terms of what he would like the show to look like, but then you get opportunity to play with it yourself. It’ll be a masterpiece of Ryan’s work and our collaboration.

SS: Ryan likes to give endpoints. “You guys figure it out, but you have to end up here.”

MM: Reiterating what Chris said, Ryan gives you the blueprint of what he wants beforehand. And then he steps back, and lets you experiment. It’s unique for me. I’ve noticed other directors are the complete opposite and get super-involved in the process – but especially for this group of people and this show, a lot of self-discovery needs to happen. And that is happening.

SS: Ryan is very good at making people tick and can relate to them and get through to them.

CC: It is great to watch people come out of their shell. Do something outside their comfort zone. Ryan sees what we’re capable of and pushes for that. It’s up to the actor to make that discovery, and that’s what we’re going.

Spring Awakening runs April 30 – May 17, 2014 at the Jericho Arts Centre. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketstonight.ca.

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2014/15 Season Announcement!

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We are thrilled to announce our 2014/15 Season Announcement. This season we’ll be dealing with the issue of family and what that means in the best of times and the worst of times. We’ve decided an all musical season with four exciting shows. You can grab your season tickets for just $75.00 if you book by May 31st, 2014!

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October 8-25, 2014
Jericho Arts Centre
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King
With Permission by Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.
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December 4 – 21, 2014
Studio 1398
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
With Permission by Music Theatre International

Little Women, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written.  Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope — the sounds of a young America finding its voice. In years to come, we are sure that hundreds of productions by schools and theatres throughout the world will make this stage adaptation of the American classic novel a classic musical theatre treasure in its own right.
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April 29 – May 16, 2015
Jericho Arts Centre
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
With Permission by Music Theatre International

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide.  James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and
rare modern classic.  The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.  Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
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August 6-23, 2015
Waterfront Theatre
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
With Permission by Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the
enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

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reasons to be pretty

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BUY TICKETS HERE

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January 15 to February 1, 2014
by Neil Labute
Havana Theatre

Pay What You Can: Jan 15,16,21,28
All tix $15 on Jan 22,23,29,30
All tix $20 on Jan 17,18,24,25,31 and Feb 1st.
All shows start at 8pm.

Starring Adam Beauchesne, Kristy Fielding, James Paladino and Emma Johnson

Directed by Ryan Mooney
Stage Management by Chelsea Ramos

A love story about the impossibility of love, REASONS TO BE PRETTY introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, REASONS TO BE PRETTY is a gorgeous play.

What Ryan Says: It’s always exciting to return to Mr. Labute who started us off with his one act play Autobahn. This was the first Neil Labute show to ever make it to Broadway and was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award. Provocative in the way that only Labute can be we’re excited to present this show as part of our season.

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In the Zone

We are pleased to announce that Fighting Chance’s artistic director Ryan Mooney won the Best Director award at the recent Theatre BC’s Greater Vancouver Zone Theatre Festival. Ryan won for directing Neil Simon’s “Fools” which he directed for the White Rock Players Club. We also want to congratulate Braden Cox and Michael Gill who shared the award for Best Actor for their chilling performances as Leopold and Loeb in our own production of the musical “Thrill Me”.

The winners now progress on to the next stage of competition against winners from other zones across the province at ‘Destination Mainstage‘ to be held in July.

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