Sudbury theatre group continues to grow

YES Theatre presents The Sound of Music as it heads into its 10th year

Alessandro Costantini, artistic director of YES Theatre, spoke about plans for YES Theatre's 10th anniversary season at the Sudbury Theatre Centre in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday November 29, 2018. The 2018-19 season includes The Sound of Music at Glad Tidings Church from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, The Little Prince at Le Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario on Feb. 7-8, while the Summer Festival will feature Mamma Mia! and James and the Giant Peach. In May, the theatre company will offer a development workshop entitled From the Ground Up. For more information about YES theatre's 10th anniversary celebrations, go to yestheatre.com. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

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YES Theatre cast members perform a scene from Violet in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday August 2, 2018. The production is directed by Alessandro Costantini and choreographed by Miranda Waugh and Denise Vitali. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

 

The Sound of Music, one of the most celebrated and arguably one of the greatest scores in musical theatre, has made its way to Sudbury’s YES Theatre.

“We really wanted to give patrons a really intimate experience with some of the most beloved musical scores in history,” said Alessandro Costantini, artistic director with YES Theatre.

“The orchestra is right on stage. There is no set. It’s minimal costumes, the orchestras right on deck with the actors, and we have this lovely projection design. It’s a way for us to present the music at the center of the presentation so audiences really hear, see and feel that score in a way which they never see or felt before.”

If you’re a fan of The Sound of Music, this is something not to miss.

“It’s a highly unique experience, and we’re fortunate to have brought together 20-piece orchestra, which is something I believe has never happened in Sudbury in terms of a musical piece like this,” Costantini said. “And we’ve assembled a terrific group of actors. It’s a really highly original and wonderful experience for anyone who enjoys The Sound of Music, or people who simply have not been exposed to live music in this way.

There’s something really magical and healing hearing an orchestra like this.”

The YES Theatre Orchestra presents The Sound of Music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., as well as a matinee performance on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $42.50 for adults, $38 for seniors and $30.25 for students, and are available for purchase on Friday at One Sky, at 125 Durham St, and online at any time at yestheatre.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Gabriella Albino, left, and Arinea Hermans perform a musical number at YES Theatre’s 10th anniversary season launch at the Sudbury Theatre Centre in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday November 29, 2018. The 2018-19 season includes The Sound of Music at Glad Tidings Church from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, The Little Prince at Le Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario on Feb. 7-8; while the Summer Festival will feature Mamma Mia! and James and the Giant Peach. In May, the theatre company will offer a development workshop entitled From the Ground Up. For more information about YES theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations, go to yestheatre.com. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network John Lappa / John Lappa/Sudbury Star

 

After the production of The Sound of Music, YES Theatre will jump into the rest of its busy and exciting schedule, including.

– Jan. 11: I Got Life – Sudbury Theatre Centre (a concert exploring the 10 years of YES Theatre).

– Feb. 7 and Feb. 8: The Little Prince – Le Theatre Du Nouvel-Ontario.

– May: From the Ground Up workshop presentation.

– July 4-27: Mamma Mia! – Sudbury Theatre Centre.

– Aug. 15-25: James and the Giant Peach – Sudbury Theatre Centre.

“What this allows us is to provide audiences with eight weeks of straight artistic programming in the downtown core,” Costantini said of YES Theatre’s summer schedule involving Mamma Mia!, as well as James and the Giant Peach.

“We have decided to move into this two-month model because the support is there, the interest is there. We’d have nine really successful seasons and we’re really excited to continue to bring Sudbury top quality work from professional artists and continue to support, develop the work of emerging artists in our community.”

This is YES Theatre’s 10th season.

“We’re really excited to celebrate 10 years,” Costantini said. “I never really thought that when this thing started that this is where we would land up all these years later. But it’s exciting to sit back for a moment and observe the growth and potential there is to continue growing.

“And as YES Theatre begins to carve out its place on the national stage, it’s been really wonderful to see how many high profiles artists we’ve been able to bring into our community, who loved Sudbury, worked with our artists.”

Costantini was 16 when he helped start up YES Theatre. Now, as a 26 year old, he said he’d like to continue to grow the theatre’s impact on the Sudbury community and beyond.

“At the time a lot of people said to not do it, that I shouldn’t do it, that it’s a crazy idea,” Costantini said of the early days of YES Theatre. “But we just kept pushing. Now we’re here.

“It really was relentless passion that allowed us to get to where we are. We have a long way to go, but I know this is my life’s work, and it’s very exciting.”

Costantini added he’d like the summer theatre festival to blossom into one of Canada’s largest musical theatre festivals.

“I think we can do that,” Costantini said. “I think Sudbury is such an incredible, beautiful place in the summer, and we already have so much to offer as a community in terms of the culture, the nature and lifestyle. I think adding even more artistic and cultural events to those offerings is really going to diversify what we have to offer to tourists and to people in our community.

“I would love YES Theatre to continue and expand on the impact of the development of young artists. What we do best is we merge the ideas of professional and community theatre.”

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