TIFT presents Dani Girl

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre presentation of Dani Girl will be performed at the Barrie Community Health Centre, close to the site where the city’s permanent community theatre is under construction on the southwest corner of the Five Points intersection in downtown Barrie.
The production opens today (Friday, Jan. 21) at 8 p.m., and runs until Saturday, Jan. 29. Tickets are 29, plus HST – a four-ticket flexible pass is available for $105, plus HST.
The theatre released news of its cast on Dec. 26 for the world premier of the play. The production, a musical by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman, includes Jake Epstein (Craig Manning in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Melchior Gabor in the First National Tour of Spring Awakening), as Rafe and other characters.
Also in the cast are Jayme Armstrong (CBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria and Stratford Shakespeare Festival) as Dani’s mother, Gabi Epstein (TIFT’s production of Napoleon in Concert) playing the title role, and Jonathan Logan (TIFT’s workshop of Dear World with Andrea Martin) as Dani’s friend Marty.
In a press release from the theatre, Kooman and Dimond are described as “one of the most promising American musical theatre duos,” winners of the 2010 Larson Award, 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Fellows, Fellows at the O’Neill Music Theater Conference and finalists for the 2009 Fred Ebb Award.
The musical is to be directed by Richard Ouzounian, (the Toronto Star’s theatre critic and director of TIFT’s productions of Red Fightin’ Blue, Variations on a Nervous Breakdown, Emily and Anyone Can Whistle in Concert). Musical direction will be by Wayne Gwillim (Shaw Festival, Toronto’s Sound of Music), set and costume design is by Christine Barrett, lighting design by Gareth Crew, and stage management by Pamela Craig.
“Dani Girl follows the story of the precocious nine year-old who finds herself face to face with a life-threatening disease. Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, Dani Girl is a tale of life in the face of death, hope in the face of despair, and the indomitable power of the human imagination,” says a theatre press release.
Call the TIFT box office at 792-1949 for more information. The Barrie Community Health Centre is at 56 Bayfield Street.

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