TIFT brings Great Expectations to Barrie

The Mady Centre for the Performing Arts launched last fall with great expectations, and now Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) has a similar anticipation for its latest production.
TIFT is bringing Great Expectations, a musical adaptation by Richard Ouzounian, to town this week, with a preview scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday), opening on Friday and running until April 14.
The name of the production is no doubt familiar to fans of the classics, and others who may have heard the name but can’t perhaps link it with the work. Great Expectations, of course, sprang from the imagination of Charles Dickens, and tells the tale of young Pip, the hero of the story who meets his expectations, only to realize the great loss on the other side of the pendulum.
Not to give away the tale’s ending, but it is a great recital of expectations pursued and triumph over hardship and one’s expected place in society.
Those in attendance can expect a few novel changes to the story, which does stick to Dickens’ original text. The timeline, for instance, has been … extended, all the way up to modern times, 2012, although the narrative still starts in 1812. Backed by a soundtrack of various eras, the story winds through stages of English history, from Victorian days to the war years to the Occupy London movement.
Justin Goodhand stars as Pip, and will be joined onstage by Alicia Toner, Carson Nattrass, and Alex Poch-Goldin. The performance is to be directed by Richard Ouzounian with musical direction from James Smith.
Tickets are available at the theatre box office. Call 705-792-1949 for more information.

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