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Taking a Dip with English Theatre

Ryan Allen, Gemma James-Smith © photo: Andree Lanthier

On January 31, 2013, members of the National Arts Centre Foundation Donors’ Circle got their feet wet at a donor pre-show chat with English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Jonathan Monro, composer and music director, about their work on the production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses.   

Approximately 115 donors got the inside scoop behind this unique production. They learned that live music is an important aspect for Jillian when directing all of her productions, and Metamorphoses is no exception.

Donor support allows for original, live music to be part of Metamorphoses, which enhances the production. Jonathan introduced attendees to the aquarion, a marimba made of glass, which Jonathan and the actors had to learn how to play. The soft, resonant sound of the aquarion reinforces the production’s water theme. On a piano, Jonathan demonstrated the rhythms that all of the actors in Metamorphoses play at one time or another throughout the performance.

Metamorphoses continues to make a splash in the NAC Theatre until February 16th.

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