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A circus story told inside a big-top circus tent, a show staged in a nearby coffee shop to ponder what happens to your online presence after death and an East Coast-style kitchen party.                                           

Artistic director Dennis Garnhum announces the 2020-21 season lineup for the Grand Theatre in London on Monday. 

A circus story told inside a big-top circus tent, a show staged in a nearby coffee shop to ponder what happens to your online presence after death and an East Coast-style kitchen party.

Those are just three of the 10 shows in the Grand Theater’s 2020-2021 season, which also includes the holiday classic Annie; a new production of Blyth Festival’s controversial hit In The Wake of Wettlaufer, starring renowned Canadian actor R.H. Thomson; the Shaw Festival’s acclaimed production of the comedy classic Cyrano de Bergerac; the Broadway hit In the Heights; and a return of playwright-director-actor Rick Miller with Boom X, a new instalment of his 2015 hit, Boom.

But arguably the season’s most ambitious show will be the High School Project’s production of the musical Barnum, in partnership with Western Fair District, staged in a big top circus tent during the Western Fair, Sept. 10-20.

The district hosted the press conference at its Carousel Room to announce the new season, attended by about 150 theatre enthusiasts.

Barnum tells the story of the great American showman P.T. Barnum and will be directed by High School Project alumni Cameron Carver, who choreographed last season’s hit Cabaret and was assistant director on Shrek and Elf, both in 2015.

The move was necessary given the theatre is undergoing major renovations to its lobby and the former McManus Stage, now called the Auburn Stage, which will start in May and continue into September.

“What could be a more authentic way to experience this spectacular production — a musical about a circus — staged in a 400-seat tent during the duration of Western Fair?” artistic director Dennis Garnhum enthused.

Tickets to the show will include admission to the fair.Read more…

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