Book by Julia Jordan, Music by Juliana Nash, Lyrics by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash
November 25 – December 6, 2015
Odd Fellows Hall – 1443 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
***WESTERN CANADIAN PREMIERE***
A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD tells the story of Sara and her two lives, the former a hard-drinking party girl, and the current a hardworking mother of one married to a NYU Literature professor. When her past and current lives explode one person will not be leaving alive. This new rock musical features music by two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist and Jonathan Larson Award winner Julia Jordan and music/lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Fighting Chance promises an immersive theatrical experience, with this steamy thriller.
CECILLY DAY (NARRATOR): Fresh off the TUTS stage, Cecilly is excited to be making her debut with Fighting Chance Productions in their first show of the season as The Narrator. You may recognize Cecilly from Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Hairspray this summer where she portrayed Motormouth Maybelle. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Victoria theatre program. Other credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Secret Garden (musical), The Skin of Our Teeth, Miss Saigon, and Brigadoon. Thank you to her family and all her friends near and far for your support. She hopes you enjoy this amazing production of Murder Ballad!
MATT BRIARD (TOM): Matt‘s involvement with theatre began when his father opted to take him to rehearsals instead of seeking proper childcare. Since then, he’s performed both here and in the U.S., on the stage and screen. Enjoy the show!
AMY GARTNER (SARA): Amy has loved to sing and dance since she was a little girl. She began her first ballet class at age five and immediately fell in love with the stage. After graduating high-school, she pursued her passion for singing at the University of Alberta, completing a Bachelor of Music degree, focused on classical vocal performance. Amy then caught the travel bug and began a career with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a featured singer. If you ask her which destination was her favourite, she’ll always say the Dead Sea in Israel. Recent credits include Vivienne Kensington, Legally Blond: The Musical (T.U.T.S), Ensemble, My Fair Lady (Royal City Musical Theater) This is Amy’s first show with Fighting Chance Productions and she would to thank Ryan and Adam for this exciting opportunity.
RILEY QUALTIERI (MICHAEL): Riley would like to thank Fighting Chance productions for the opportunity to work on such a gritty an emotionally alive piece like Murder Ballad, and our beautiful audience for taking time to support local theater. His most memorable Vancouver theater credits include Jamie Wellerstein (The Last Five Years, Flickering Light Productions), Tommy Ross (Carrie the Musical, Fighting Chance Productions), Eddie Birdlace (Dogfight The Musical, Awkward Stage Productions) and Simon Zealotes (Jesus Christ Superstar, Fighting Chance Productions). Riley is also a proud member of the musical improv group Off-Key. Yes, you read that right, musical improv! Those brave enough to attend a show will find the group at Studio 1398 from December 16th – 20th.
RYAN MOONEY (DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Rent and The Laramie Project for Fighting Chance, The Crucible and Noises Off for the White Rock Players’ Club and Facing East at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in Parfumerie and Lend Me a Tenor (Metro Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner).
ADAM DA ROS (MUSICAL DIRECTOR): Adam Da Ros is a director and musician from Dawson Creek, B.C., specializing in opera and musical theatre. He completed a Master’s of Music from UBC’s opera program, where he was assistant director for three seasons, and has worked at opera festivals in Edmonton, Halifax, Pittsburgh, and Lucca, Italy. Recent directing credits include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Eight Songs for a Mad King for the Nu:BC Collective. Adam has also produced and served as director and/or musical director for several musicals at UBC and in his hometown, as well as spending five years on the music staff for Dawson Creek Secondary School’s musical theatre program.
KELLY SHACKLEFORD (CHOREOGRAPHER): Kelly has grown up dancing, acting, and singing on stage. Reintroducing herself back in the theatre field in 2013, she has played Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, Lavinia in the Fringe Festival’s Eidola, various roles in a British comedy The Half Monty, Upside Down Broadway, Forbidden Broadway, Lucinda in Into The Woods and most recently a part of Jesus Christ Superstar. Along with her onstage involvement in these productions, she also choreographed for Upside Down Broadway and Forbidden Broadway. She is thankful for getting the opportunity to work with Fighting Chance again and is thrilled to be able to be a part of bringing this engaging show to life.
“Sex, betrayal, and non-stop action makes Fighting Chance Productions’ Murder Ballad an impressive piece of musical theatre.” – Daniel Chai, Vancity Buzz
“This is simply the best offering from Fighting Chance Productions in some time. It is not perfect, but it shows a level of maturity that is reinforced by having the right people in the right show. It should be the bar for this company’s future.” – Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents!