The creation of a new work of music theatre is a long and complex journey but it is only with that commitment and rigour that a masterpiece can be born.
CHARLOTTE: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music is an ambitious genre-bending chamber musical based on the life and artwork of Charlotte Salomon, and the creative team is now ready to embark on the final stages of its development.
This is Charlotte’s story. She was a playwright without a stage, a graphic novelist before such a thing existed, and a young woman struggling to claim her voice and affirm her existence. She recorded her remarkable life story, coming of age under the shadow of family suicides during the rise of Nazism.
Charlotte produced over 1,000 paintings between 1941 and 1942 while in hiding in the south of France. She imagined her life as a “singspiel,” or “song-play,” with narration, dialogue, and vibrant, raw images, painted with increasing desperation as the walls of history closed in on her. Before her deportation to Auschwitz, age 26 and pregnant, she handed the work to a local physician, with the message: “Take good care of this… it is my whole life.”
CHARLOTTE: a Tri-Coloured Play with Music realizes Salomon’s graphic book Life? or Theatre? as she originally envisioned.
In the centenary of her birth, the production is a tri-national collaboration with a core creative team from Canada, the UK, and Czech Republic, plus seven actor-singers and four musician-performers.
As a mark of Luminato’s commitment to supporting artists needing time, space, and resources to realize their dreams, the festival brings the CHARLOTTE company together to continue their exploration of this magnum opus and to present a semi-staged production.
Indulge your curiosity for the creation process as you join the artists for this work-in-progress presentation.
Composer Aleš Březina
Libretto – Alon Nashman
Director/Scenographer – Pamela Howard
Paulinka Bimbam – Ariana Chris
Amadeus Daberlohn – Andrew Cohen
Birgit, a Maid / Barbara – Kayleigh Gorka
Albert Kann / Minister – Chris Lucas
Grandfather / Herr Schmidt – David Ludwig
Franziska / Grandmother – Tracy Michailidis
Charlotte Kann – Shaina Silver-Baird
Keyboards – Peter Tiefenbach
Trumpet – Ben Promane
Bass Clarinet – Michele Verheul
Cello – Kimberly Jeong
Lighting Designer – Patrick Lavender
Movement Director – Marie-Josée Chartier
Production Manager – Kaitlin Hickey
Music Director – Peter Tiefenbach
Stage Manager – Andrea Baggs
Costume Associate – Michelle Levy
Artistic Director – Alon Nashman
Executive Producer – Sarah Thorpe
Associate Producer – Valeriy Kostyuk
Associate Producer – Xiaoran Zhao
Bookkeeper – Celina Kha
With the support of the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Luminato Festival, Natalia Delieva, First Charitable Theatre Fund, Ukrainian Women’s Association “DIYA”, the Kyiv Academic Drama Theatre on Podil, Lviv Academic Spiritual Theater “Resurrection”.