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Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky now on stage at the Festival Theatre

- Rollicking romp offers an affectionate peek into the ups and downs of a play’s opening night -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 26, 2015) Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky is now in previews at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Blair Williams, this backstage comedy features the comic talents of Claire Jullien, Steven Sutcliffe, Kelli Fox, Laurie Paton and Thom Marriott as a group of eccentric theatre artists facing the rollercoaster ride of a premiere. Fiona Byrne, Charlie Gallant, Graeme Somerville and Kelly Wong also appear in Hart’s love letter to the theatre.

Gathered in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton before the first out-of-town preview of their new production, a group of show-business folk celebrate with a pre-show toast. The temperamental leading lady; the idealistic truck-driver-turned-playwright; the overly-emotional director; the uncultured producer and his bejeweled wife depart for the theatre, convinced they have a hit. They return after the show convinced that their play is a dud and end the night tossing blame around the room like a hot potato.

The golden age of 1940’s Broadway is evoked through set and costume design by William Schmuck, lighting design by Louise Guinand, projection designs by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson and music by Marek Norman.

Light Up the Sky is on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from June 25 to October 11 (Opening July 25). Light Up the Sky is sponsored by CIBC.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Fiona Byrne
Andrew Broderick
Colton Curtis
James Daly
Kelli Fox
Charlie Gallant
Claire Jullien
Thom Marriott
Laurie Paton
Graeme Somerville
Steven Sutcliffe
Kelly Wong
Shawn Wright
Miss Lowell
Frances Black
Peter Sloan
Irene Livingston
Sidney Black
Stella Livingston
Owen Turner
Carleton Fitzgerald
Tyler Rayburn
William H. Gallegher

Creative Team:

Blair Williams
William Schmuck
Louise Guinand
Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson
Marek Norman
Beatrice Campbell
Ivory Neal
Lighting Designer
Projection Designers
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season began April 8, runs until November 1 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on the 2015 season, performance schedule or tickets, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.


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