The Overcoat – a musical tailoring – Vancouver Opera

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring

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May 9 at 7:30pm May 10 at 7:30pm May 11 at 7:30pm

May 12 at 7:30pm

April 28 & 29 | May 4, 9, 10, 11, & 12 at 7:30pm
May 2, 5 & 6 at 2:00pm
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Cast and Creative Teams
Akakiy: Geoffrey Sirett
Landlady: Andrea Ludwig
Mad Chorus 1: Magali Simard-Galdes
Mad Chorus 2: Caitlin Wood
Mrs. P / Mar Chorus 3: Erica Iris Huang
Petrovich / Head of Department: Peter McGillivray
Mokiya: Keith Klassen
Sossiya: Aaron Durand
Khodozat: Giles Tomkins
Manager: Asitha Tennekoon
Secretary: Meher Pavri
Movement Performer: Colin Heath
Movement Performer: Courtenay Stevens

With members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra 

Composer: James Rolfe
Conductor: Leslie Dala
Director: Morris Panych 
Set Designer: Ken MacDonald
Costumer Designer: Nancy Bryant
Movement: Wendy Gorling
Lighting Designer: Alan Brodie
Assistant Director: Jessica Derventzis
Stage Manager: Kate Porter
Assistant Stage Manager: Marijka Asbeek Brusse
Assistant Stage Manager: AJ Laflamme

About The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
A spectacular new musical treatment of Gogol’s beloved story, The Overcoat – a musical tailoring is a reimagining of Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling’s landmark movement theatre piece of the same name. Renowned playwright/director Panych joins forces with award-winning composer James Rolfe to bring a bold operatic voice to the beloved rags-to-riches tale of a lowly office worker and his beloved overcoat. Entrancing with spectacular choreography and darkly-funny storytelling, this genre-bending Overcoat is one of “the must-sees of the opera season” (The WholeNote).

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in English with English SURTITLESTM

The Overcoat begins on an ordinary day for the ordinary accountant, Akakiy Akakiyevich Bashmatchkin: eating breakfast and commuting to work. At the office, he is bullied by his manager and lazy coworkers for being too diligent of an employee and making them all look bad. Back at home, he is seduced by his landlady as she tries to feed him cabbage soup. He deflects her advances and escapes upstairs to have his coat mended by the tailor Petrovich and his wife. Mrs. Petrovich urges her husband to take the business, but Petrovich, whose perceptions are skewed by a snuff-induced high, suggests instead that Akakiy get a new coat made – for a hefty price. Mrs. Petrovich suggests Akakiy return when Petrovich is “not quite so sober”. Akakiy spends the evening trying to figure out his budget.

The next day at the office, the workers are visited by the Head of the Department who has decided to give everyone a raise. Akakiy arrives and proudly explains how he found the perfect way to save money, by cutting down on nearly all expenses. The Head is astounded by the revelation of saving money rather than spending money, and decides instead to lower everyone’s pay. The already seething workers are even less impressed with Akakiy when he receives a bonus from the Head for his excellent economic plan. With his bonus, Akakiy is able to negotiate with an intoxicated Petrovich to have his overcoat made.

46 Minutes, followed by a 20 minute intermission

Production sponsored by The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund