On September 24 the City of Castlegar accepted the UBCM Community Excellence Awar
‘Fastlane to Paradise’ chorus working on a routine wit choreographer Stelio Calagias.
Popularized musicals like Cats and Les Miserables, or newer hits like Wicked and Come from Away, delight audiences around the world and become favorites amongst theatre-goers with their familiar songs and stories. But do you ever wonder what might be the next big show? Or what actually goes into the making of a new musical?
Composer and author Doug Jamieson will tell you, “It all starts with a what-if idea.” Fastlane to Paradise is a Faustian legend that centers on an unassuming street musician who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for worldly success. Jamieson began writing the first version of this musical 20 years ago, only to pick it up again in 2016 in earnest.
In addition to working with three dramaturges on the script and making numerous enhancements to the storyline and character development, Jamieson has also gathered an outstanding production team around him that is confident this new musical is worthy of national attention. With a crew that includes an award winning set designer, a world-class choreographer, an expert lighting designer and a team of seasoned production veterans, Fastlane to Paradise will pull out all the stops and include a fantastic live band. The melding of music styles – ranging from hip hop to contemporary choral, opera to rock – will ensure that everyone is moving in their seats.
Auditions that took place in the spring and throughout the early summer months culminated this past week with a Cast and Crew kick off party and the start of an intense rehearsal schedule. The all-star company, made up of some of Nelson’s finest performers and a score of notable emerging talent will be ready to take to the Capitol stage Halloween weekend, with shows running October 31 – November 2.
Grant applications and sponsorship requests have resulted in generous support from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, the BC Arts Council, and the Nelson District Credit Union. A Canada Helps (www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/fastlane-toparadise-the-musical/) campaign is actively collecting donations to help fundraise.
Fastlane to Paradise is a new rock musical that audiences are not going to want to miss. Brought to the Capitol stage by the Kootenay Musical Theatre Society, tickets are now on sale at www.capitoltheatre.ca Follow the making of this musical on Facebook @Kootenaymusicaltheatresociety and Instagram: @kootenaymusicaltheatre #fastlane2p