Want to dip into some infrequently staged classics? Then this is the week to get out to the various theatre schools and programs around town. At the U of T, the UC Follies Musical Company , directed by Elenna Mosoff , presents the Broadway musical hit Godspell at Hart House.
George Brown Theatre School offers Federico García Lorca 's poetic, intense Yerma , about a married woman who desperately wants a child; Richard Rose directs.
Maybe the most exciting production is Peter Barnes 's epic Red Noses , set in 14th-century France, in which a group of mendicants dressed as clowns seek to make people laugh in the face of the Black Death.
The skilled Eda Holmes directs the large Ryerson Theatre School cast, with David Walden as musical director.
See listings, for details.
Lots of people feel that Toronto has too little musical theatre, especially after the too-soon closings of some big musicals. Director/choreographer David Connolly 's stepping in to help - not with a megawatt production but, rather, with the premiere of Standing Room Only Concerts .
And since Valentine's Day's coming up, Connolly begins with what he's calling The Songbook Series - Volume 1: St. Valentine . He's joining two special leading ladies, Marianne McCord and Charlotte Moore . Among them, the trio has a slew of big-show credits. Musical director is Jeffrey Huard . Their rep includes love-inspired pieces by Canadians Leslie Arden , Marek Norman and David Warrack as well as works by Sondheim, Berlin and others. See Openings, page 97, for details.