Kira Guloien, Bruce Dow, Donna Garner. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Sept 13 - Oct 21, 2018

Join us at Toronto’s historic Heliconian Hall to celebrate the life of the mysterious and magnetic spiritual leader Dr. Leonard P. Silver. The festivities promise to be an enchanting experience; a sung-through, psychedelic dissolution into the transcendental power of music. 

Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life was our inaugural co-production with Outside the March, Canada’s leaders in immersive theatre, created by two of the most exciting and innovative artists in Canadian musical theatre, Anika Johnson and Britta Johnson.

Dr. Silver is a part of The Crescendo Series, a three-year commitment by The Musical Stage Company to produce the work of Britta Johnson and her collaborators.

A Musical Stage Company and Outside the March Experience.


         

Company

Company

book, music, and lyrics 

Anika Johnson & Britta Johnson

music director & supervisor

Elizabeth Baird

accompanist & conductor

Adam Sakiyama

director

Mitchell Cushman

choreographer & assistant director

Barbara Johnston

arrangements

Bram Gielen 

starring

Rielle Braid, Peter Deiwick, Bruce Dow, Donna Garner, Kira Guloien                & Edge of the Sky Young Company from Wexford Collegiate as The Silver Singers

production designers

Nick Blais, Anahita Dehbonehie & Ken Mackenzie

video designer

Nick Bottomley

sound designer

Richard Feren

stage manager

Kate Sandeson

apprentice stage manager 

Lucy McPhee

production manager

Oz Weaver 

associate production manager

C.J. Astronomo

Venue

Venue

The Toronto Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually, the Club holds to its original purpose while responding to the changes of contemporary life. The hall itself dates from 1875 when Yorkville was a rural village on the outskirts of Toronto. Originally a church and then the headquarters of a painters’ union, the building was bought by the club in 1923 and named Heliconian Hall. Its architecture is Carpenter’s Gothic with a simple board and batten exterior, and with the embellishment of a Victorian rose window and carved rafters in a high vaulted ceiling. Its good acoustical properties are a boon to this day to the Club’s musicians and other performers. Heliconian Hall is one of the few church buildings of this style in southern Ontario. It was designated a Toronto historic site in 1990 and a National Historic Site in 2008.

Heliconian Hall is centrally located at 35 Hazelton Avenue, in the heart of Yorkville.

Outside the March and The Musical Stage Company are committed to making the experience of Dr Silver as accessible as possible. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the runtime of the show? The show is approx 95 minutes with no intermission. 

Are latecomers permitted? Due to the immersive nature of this piece, no latecomers will be permitted inside the performance space. Please give ample time for travel to avoid disappointment.

Who do I contact for access needs? Please contact Robyn Hoja (robyn@musicalstagecompany.com or at 416-927-7880. ext 221) to ask any access questions, purchase accessible seating, and to inquire about support person discounts.

Is the venue accessible? Heliconian Hall is accessible to wheelchairs and walkers, however the washroom in the building is not to proper CCD standards (ie. it is not the proper width for a standard wheelchair); we have a partner off-site that has offered access to an accessible washroom. 

Where is the accessible washroom? The accessible washroom is located at ONE Restaurant (116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2) which is a 2-5 minutes distance from the venue. It is important to note that there is no automatic button on this washroom door and assistance may be required to open this door by your guest, restaurant staff, or one of our venue staff. 

What is the recommended age for children? This show is best suited for children 12+. 

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance? If the performance isn’t sold out, there will be tickets for sale at the Box Office before the show starts. However, we highly suggest purchasing tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment.

What is the ticket refund/exchange policy? There are no refunds for tickets, exchanges can be made on a case-by-case basis by calling the Box Office.

Are there are warnings for the show? Haze and strobe lighting will be used in the performance.

Media

Media

Production photography:

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Reviews

Reviews

“★★★/ 4 – “There’s no escaping the effects of Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life. An experiential marvel.”

— The Globe & Mail

“★★★/ 4 – “It’s full of dazzle, charm, convincing performances and crafty slogans. It’s easy to get sucked in.”

—The Toronto Star

“★★★★/ 5 – “Unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

— Stage Door

“This is prime, mature musical theatre writing with echoes of Sondheim.” 

—  Mooney on Theatre

 

Crescendo Series Leading Light 
Anne-Marie Canning 
 

Dr. Silver was originally commissioned by The Musical Stage Company and Outside the March (FORWARD MARCH).
 
Dr. Silver has been developed in part with the Luminato Festival and through The Collaborations at Canada’s National Arts Centre.
 
Dr. Silver has been supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre and in part by the Innovation & Exploration Grant, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The Alhadeff Charitable Foundation – www.namt.org
 
The playwrights acknowledge the assistance of the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab – a partnership between the Banff Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts.