Onegin - Book, Music & Lyrics by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone

“Look around, look around, look around, do you see someone worth dying for?”

Friday, September 29, 2017 — Victoria, BC...From October 17 to November 8, the Belfry Theatre will present Onegin, the multi-award-winning musical by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone. Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky, Onegin is directed by Amiel Gladstone with musical direction by Veda Hille. Onegin is a co-production with the Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver.

Onegin stars Josh Epstein, Lauren Jackson, Alessandro Juliani, Andrew McNee, Caitriona Murphy, Meg Roe, and Andrew Wheeler with Chris Tsujiuchi (Pianist), Barry Mirochnick (Percussionist / Double Bass), and Jennifer Moersch (Cello).

“✰✰✰✰ ...a searing love story with authenticity that cuts through the song-and-dance spectacle and strikes the audience at its core.” Globe & Mail

Onegin is a lush and passionate new musical about trying to fall in love. When Onegin, a dashing but jaded aristocrat from St. Petersburg, inherits his uncle’s estate in the country, his arrival sets hearts afire and stirs the embers of jealousy. Even the reclusive young Tatyana falls hopelessly under the spell of the aloof Onegin, and professes her love for him. Will playing with lonely Russian hearts reap heartbreak or romance?

“You’re lucky to be alive right now because you get to see Onegin” The Georgia Straight

After Ami and Veda’s last piece, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (created with Bill Richardson) toured Canada, the two wanted to create something different.

“After Craigslist Cantata - a play about disconnection - we wanted to do something about connection, something romantic. Onegin felt like the perfect piece to adapt for modern audiences because these characters’ missed opportunities show us what happens when we don’t embrace love when it comes to us” Amiel Gladstone - Co-creator / Director

Onegin won 10 Jessie Richardson Awards in Vancouver, including Outstanding Production and Direction and Outstanding Performances (from Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe and Josh Epstein), and swept the design awards (Lighting, Set, Costume and Sound Design).

Creative Team
Amiel Gladstone (Creator / Director)
Veda Hille (Creator / Musical Director)
Tracey Power (Choreographer)
Amanda Testini (Assistant Choreographer)
Rachel Ditor (Dramaturg)
Drew Facey (Set Designer)
Jacqueline Firkins (Costume Designer)
John Webber (Lighting Designer)
Bradley Danyluk (Sound Designer)
Sara Smith (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Alaia Hamer (Associate Costume Designer)
Allison Spearin (Stage Manager)
Sandra Drag (Assistant Stage Manager)

Live & Outreach Events during Onegin

B4PLAY
Saturday, October 14 at 11 am
Belfry Theatre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue

Free Event. A live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie, with guests including Amiel Gladstone, Meg Roe and Dr. Jennifer Wise.

B4Play is streamed live on Facebook and also podcast on our website and at soundcloud.com/belfrytheatre.

AFTERPLAY
Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – will follow every evening Mainstage performance of Onegin (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). A great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.

TALKBACK THURSDAY
Thursday, October 26
Meet some of the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.

VOCALEYE
Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm
For our patrons with low or no vision, we offer this VocalEye performance during Onegin. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.

Show Sponsors
Onegin is generously supported by Allison Piano and Broadmead Hearing Clinic.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Onegin range from $25 to $59 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change.

Rush Tickets
For our weekday evening performances we offer a limited number of last minute rush tickets at a discount. Rush tickets are:

> available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each evening performance (Tuesday to Friday),

> in person only,

> subject to availability, and

> 40% off our regular Zone 2 (Yellow Section) and Zone 3 (Red Section) ticket prices.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 25%
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 25%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (October 17 - November 12)
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (October 25 and November 1 & 8)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

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Media Contact
Mark Dusseault
Director of Marketing & Communications
Belfry Theatre
250-385-6835
pr@belfry.bc.ca

Onegin - St. Petersburg

Onegin - Trailer

Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Lauren Jackson and Josh Epstein in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Meg Roe and Andrew McNee in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Meg Roe in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Alessandro Juliani (front) and Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Alessandro Juliani (centre) and Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Josh Epstein (centre) and Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Meg Roe in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Alessandro Juliani in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper
Andrew Wheeler and Meg Roe in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper
Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Andrew McNee and Lauren Jackson in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Andrew McNee (centre) and cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Caitriona Murphy, Veda Hille, and Lauren Jackson in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper. From the 2016 Arts Club Theatre Company premiere production.
Meg Roe and Alessandro Juliani in Onegin. Photo by David Cooper.
Meg Roe<br/>- Tatyana Larin
Josh Epstein - Vladimir Lensky
Lauren Jackson - Olga Larin
Andrew McNee - Many Others
Caitriona Murphy - Madame Larin and others
Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone
Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille
Veda Hille
Tracey Power - Choreographer
Amanda Testini - Assistant Choreographer
Drew Facey - Set Designer
John Webber - Lighting Designer
Bradley Danyluk - Sound Designer
Sara Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Allison Spearin - Stage Manager
Sandra Drag - Assistant Stage Manager