The Canadian Music Theatre Project

The Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers and has created a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals.

In a year unlike any other, Sheridan’s students and creative teams have bravely pivoted and adjusted their formats online. 

The Festival of New Musicals is available for viewing this weekAlmost A Full Moonburden of proof and Living the Dream are the 2020 projects being workshopped by Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Class of 2021 for the festival. Each project will be available for online viewing until 9pm on October 25.

Almost a Full Moon 

Music & Lyrics: Hawksley Workman 
Book: Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
Director: Daryl Cloran
Music Director: Ryan deSouza 

Commissioned by the Citadel Theatre, Almost a Full Moon is inspired by the beloved Christmas album by Canadian singer/songwriter Hawksley Workman. The play incorporates Workman’s songs in three storylines that chase in and out of different ages of Christmas, love, and family, winding together for a timeless story. 

Watch Almost a Full Moon

burden of proof 

Music: Scott Christian & La-Nai Gabriel
Book & Lyrics: Rob Kempson
Director: Esther Jun
Music Director: Lily Ling 

Supported by the Keith and Sharon Segal Fund for International Musical Development

burden of proof
 explores the challenges met by LGBTQ+ refugee claimants in Canada. Queer refugees who come to Canada after fleeing oppressive, homophobic homelands have often spent their lives trying to hide their sexuality or gender identity for fear of persecution. However, when they arrive here, they must prove their queer identity to claim status as a persecuted minority. It’s an impossible question: how do you prove your identity without ever practicing it? How can you communicate who you are without ever having a chance to know for yourself? This question burdens not only the queer community, but all of us. 

Watch burden of proof

Living the Dream 

Music & Lyrics: Anika Johnson & Barbara Johnston
Book: Nick Green
Director: Mitchell Cushman
Music Director: Suzy Wilde 

What do you do when you’re feeling alone? Every Monday, Clare throws a party. A contemporary look at relationships and loneliness in the Instagram era, Living the Dream is the story of a group of friends told entirely though commercial breaks during a viewing party of a reality TV dating show. 

Watch Living the Dream