An NAC English Theatre presentation of
the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People production
i think i can
Co-created by Florence Gibson and Shawn Byfield
Directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz
May 11 - 28, NAC Theatre

i think i can is high-octane fun!”--Toronto Sun

Winner of the 2007 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical!

“Every new theatrical experience creates a world. This play invites you to take a step, in this case a tap step, into the world we have created for you.” – Florence Gibson, co-creator.

Set in the chaotic world of classroom cliques and schoolyard politics, here’s a musical without music and a story without words: characters listen with their ears and speak with their feet. Choreographed by one of Canada’s pre-eminent dancer/choreographers and using the rhythms of tap, hip hop and percussive sound, i think i can is about a physically-challenged young man who overcomes the bullying and aggression of his peers through the beauty of physics and a fanciful project in a science fair. While the characters are young, this show is for audiences of all ages.

In a world of So You Think You Can Dance?, the final presentation of English Theatre’s 2010/11 season illustrates through bodies in motion what happens when someone asserts: "I think I can”!

“This show is a great opportunity to get audiences interested in dance... to show that tap dancing isn’t just something ‘that our grandparents used to do’!” – Shawn Byfield, co-creator/choreographer.

If you loved The Drowsy Chaperone and STOMP, you’ll love i think i can!

Suitable for families and people ages eight to 108.

i think i can
Co-created by Florence Gibson and Shawn Byfield
Directed by Conrad Alexandrowicz

Starring Kyle Brown, Matthew G. Brown, David Cox, Melody Johnson, Tangara Jones, Jamie McRoberts, Tammy Nera, Jennifer Stewart, Tosh Sutherland.

Working with Director Conrad Alexandrowicz on this production are: Choreographer Shawn Byfield; Set and Costume Designer & Projection Collaborator Julia Tribe; Projection Artist/Technician Jacob Niedzwiecki; Original Music & Sound Designer Cathy Nosaty; Lighting Designer Bradley A. Trenaman; Dramaturgs Stephen Colella and Allen MacInnis; Dance Captain Kyle Brown; Stage Manager Giselle Clarke-Trenaman; Assistant Stage Manager Dustyn Wales.

May 11 - 28, 2011 in the NAC Theatre
Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. in the NAC Salon.
NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton will be speaking with Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People Artistic Director Allen MacInnis. Free to the public.

Wednesday, May 18 and 25 and Thursday, May 19 and 26.

Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with artists from i think i can.

Evening performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. (no performances on Sunday or Monday)

Tickets start at $22
Groups of 10+ receive great discounts! For more information contact or
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This production is eligible for the Live Rush program.
Full-time students age 13-29 with valid Live Rush membership may buy up to two tickets per performance at the discounted price of only $12 per ticket. Live Rush tickets are available from 10 a.m. the day before the performance to 6 p.m. the day of the performance. This includes all available seats, including the best in the house.
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