JUNE 1 - 19, 2022

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DIXON ROAD

A new Canadian musical with book, music and lyrics by Fatuma Adar. DIXON ROAD tells the story of a Somali family who immigrate to Canada in 1991 as the civil war begins to tear their homeland apart. They settle in Dixon Road, in a neighbourhood near Pearson airport that is still the heart of Toronto’s Somali community today.

Combining R&B, contemporary verse and traditional Somali melodies, DIXON ROAD is an exhilarating journey about dreams, displacement, and finding a new sense of home. Join The Musical Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre Company from June 1 – June 19 at the outdoor High Park Amphitheatre for one of this summer’s hottest musical events! Preview tickets to the first 8 shows (June 1 – June 8), are Pay-What-You-Wish starting at $5!

Visit www.dixonroad.com for tickets and complimentary on-site experiences.

A Musical Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre Co-Production, performed at Canadian Stage’s High Park Amphitheatre.

Sponsors

New Work Development Sponsor
BMO Financial Group
Leading Lights
Anonymous
Leading Lights
Len & Suzy Rodness

Credits

A Musical Stage Company & Obsidian Theatre Co-Production, performed at Canadian Stage's High Park Amphitheatre.

Originally commissioned by The Musical Stage Company with funding from The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals & developed as part of Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights Unit.

Cast

Ensemble
Krystle Chance

Zaki
Aadin Church

Abdi
Michael Clarke

Safiya
Starr Domingue (she/they)

Ensemble
Rose-Mary Harbans

Batoul
Germaine Konji (she/they)

Ensemble
Michael-Lamont Lytle (he/they)

Yousef
Danté Prince (he/him)

Halima
Shakura S'Aida (she/her)

Ensemble
Travae Williams (he/him)

Creative Team

Book, Music & Lyrics
Fatuma Adar (she/her)

Director & Choreographer
Ray Hogg (he/him)

Music Supervisor, Orchestrator & Arranger
Adam Sakiyama (he/him)

Music Director & Piano/Conductor
Chris Barillaro (he/him)

Dramaturg
Kimberly Colburn (she/her)

Metcalf Foundation Associate Director & Associate Dramaturg
Jordan Laffrenier (he/they)

Movement & Creative Consultant
Esie Mensah

Design Team

Set Designer
Brain Dudkiewicz (he/him)

Lighting Designer
Logan Raju Cracknell (he/they)

Costume Supervisor
Alex Amini (she/her)

Costume Designer
Georges Michael Fanfan

Sound Designer
Matteo DeSimone (he/him)

Head of Props
El Patey (they/them)

Head of Softgoods
Alex Gilbert (she/her)

Production Team

Production Supervisor
Leslie Hernandez* (she/her)

Production Manager
Carlos Varela* (he/him)

Associate Production Manager
Matteo DeSimone* (he/him)

Production & Safety Coordinator
Marissa Trott (she/her)

Stage Manager
Kat Chin (she/her)

Assistant Stage Manager
Farnoosh Talebpour

Assistant Choreographer
Rose-Mary Harbans (she/her)

Assistant to the Music Director & Copyist
Jonathan Corkal-Astorga (he/him)

Cultural Consultant
Mayran Kalah

Dialect Coach
Ausar Stewart

Audio Description Services
Rebecca Singh (Superior Description)

*partner & associate members of WxW (WhatbyWhen)

Band

Piano-Conductor
Chris Barillaro (he/him)

Guitars & Oud
John Gzowski (he/him)

Bass
Evan Porter

Drums & Percussion
Aubrey Dayle

Apprentices

RBC Apprentice Sound Designer, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund
Maddie Bautista (she/her)

RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund
Kaylee Harwood (she/her)

RBC Apprentice Music Director
Alexandra Kane (she/her)

RBC Apprentice Music Director
Haneul Yi (he/him)

Venue

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

When do tickets go on sale for DIXON ROAD? How do I order ticket(s) for my show? How will I receive my ticket(s)? What is the seating capacity like for High Park Amphitheatre?

Seating in the High Park Amphitheatre is General Admission, with a set performance capacity of 250. We are maintaining a significantly reduced capacity in order to allow ample space between parties.

Seating capacities are subject to change in accordance to government updates on Covid-19 procedures.

Is the High Park Amphitheatre accessible?

The pathway leading from the road/sidewalk to the Amphitheatre seating is a natural, unpaved pathway and you may encounter tree roots, rocks, and sections of uneven ground.

Accessible seating is available in the top row of the Amphitheatre. Please inform our Box Office representatives if you require accessible seating when booking your tickets.

At least one accessible portable washroom will be available with roll in ground level access, grab bars, and a self-closing, unmotorized door.

While the pathway within the amphitheatre grounds is lit after sunset, the portion of pathway between the amphitheatre grounds and the road/sidewalk is not.

Have additional questions around accessibility? Please contact our Accessibility Manager aletheabakogeorge@musicalstagecompany.com.

When should I arrive at the amphitheatre?

To facilitate physical distancing, we have indicated on your ticket a preferred time of arrival.  As you are able, we ask that you arrive within the designated timeframe.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell in advance of my performance?

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having Covid-19.

Need to reschedule for Covid-related reasons? Please contact Nick Fassbender (Events & Audiences Services Associate) at ticketing@musicalstagecompany.com.

Where is the High Park Amphitheatre?

The High Park Amphitheatre is situated in the heart of one of Toronto’s most significant and iconic natural sites, High Park.

Please visit our High Park Venue and Directions page for detailed location maps and directions.

Where can I park?

While there are several parking areas within High Park, please be sure to check the City of Toronto website to verify whether vehicular traffic is permitted in the park on the day of your performance.

Please note that High Park has Vehicle-Free Weekends throughout the spring and summer.

What should I bring? Can I bring my own food/beverages?

The High Park Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue so we suggest you wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. You may also wish to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a blanket or cushions on which to sit.

Please note, food and beverages are allowed in the amphitheatre. Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic and eat during the performance.

Can I bring my pet?

With the exception for service animals, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre.

Are there washrooms available on site?

Portable washrooms, including an accessible portable washroom, are available on site for the use of ticketed patrons, and are regularly sanitized. All washrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizers. Please sanitize your hands before and after use.

Show Calendar

TICKETS

Preview tickets to the first 8 shows (June 1-June 8), are Pay-What-You-Wish starting at $5!

Visit www.dixonroad.com for tickets and complimentary on-site experiences.

TICKETING COSTS

Advance tickets for DIXON ROAD are $49.00. Advertised ticket prices include applicable fees and HST.

All performances of DIXON ROAD will have Pay-What-You-Can ticketing options to ensure financial barriers do not limit community participation. Pay-What-You-Can ticketing will become available online 48 hours in advance of each performance.

Questions? Please contact Nick Fassbender (Events & Audiences Services Associate) at ticketing@musicalstagecompany.com.

PARTICIPATORY EXPERIENCES

The Cultural Exchange at High Park Amphitheatre

An exploration of Somali culture where guests sample and celebrate the cultural heritage of Somalia.

Onsite before each performance of DIXON ROAD.

Pre-Show Chats in High Park 

Join us before each performance of DIXON ROAD for a pre-show conversation with members of The Musical Stage Company and the artistic team of DIXON ROAD. Learn exciting behind-the-scenes content about the creation of this new Canadian musical. Purchase authentic Somalian cuisine on-site or bring your own picnic!

Offered 45 minutes before each performance of DIXON ROAD.

Black Out Night

On June 7, 2022, Obsidian Theatre & The Musical Stage Company, in collaboration with Canadian Stage will be hosting a Black Out Night for DIXON ROAD, a new Canadian musical by Fatuma Adar.

Black Stories. Black Artists. Black Audiences. BLACK OUT NIGHT!

This Black Out Night is an evening, exclusive to the Afro/Black community, dedicated to celebrating Black stories, artists, and audience members by providing a safer space for them to experience theatre that is about the Afro/Black community and by the Afro/Black community. Before the performance, we welcome you to experience our Culture Exchange, where we will have Somali vendors, Somali musicians, and a dedicated prayer structure for anyone who wishes to use it. Join us before the show at 7:15 PM for a pre-show chat, celebrating Black stories in theatre, facilitated by Obsidian Theatre.

Offered on June 7, 2022.

Somali Day on Dixon Road (Istar Restaurant)

A one night celebration of DIXON ROAD on Dixon Road! Join The Musical Stage Company at Istar Restaurant for a celebration of the community that inspired the musical. Enjoy authentic Somali cuisine at Istar Restaurant, followed by transportation to The High Park Amphitheatre to see Fatuma Adar’s new musical, DIXON ROAD.

Offered on Friday, June 3 before the performance of DIXON ROAD.

HEALTH & SAFETY

HIGH PARK SAFETY GUIDELINES

The High Park outdoor experience has been designed with the safety and comfort of patrons, artists, and staff as the top priority. The Musical Stage Company & Canadian Stage will continue to monitor and respond to governmental policy changes and advice from health authorities to ensure we are always up-to-date and offering the safest experience possible.

THINGS TO KNOW

  1. Face Coverings: The Musical Stage Company staff and volunteers will remain masked onsite at The High Park Amphitheatre. Patrons are encouraged to practice safe gathering; including wearing a mask if they so choose.  
  2. Reduced Contact: As much as possible, interactions between High Park staff and patrons will be contactless.  This includes ticket scanning, temperature checks, box office and concessions transactions, and health screening.  Staff will be equipped with masks, face shields, and gloves to keep you safe.
  3. Physical Distancing: Staff, stanchions, barriers, and signage will be in place throughout High Park site to ensure physical distancing is maintained for patrons.
  4. Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the High Park Amphitheatre site. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

All residents and visitors of Toronto must follow the City of Toronto’s current Public Health regulations.
Click here to view the current Public Health Regulations for the City of Toronto.

PROTECT HIGH PARK

High Park is a unique and sacred ecosystem. We can all do our part to keep it vibrant for generations to come. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy the park responsibly:

  1. Stay on paths. They were created to allow you to enjoy nature without affecting it. Stepping off a marked path may seem innocent, but it can result in damage to animal habitats and nests and can cause harm to native plants vital to maintaining balance in the ecosystem.
  2. Don’t disturb plants and animals by moving their things around. This is their home. That branch might have a specific purpose. Best to leave everything as is. They will appreciate it.
  3. Leave no trace. Anything you bring on your visit including wrappers, snacks and masks, should exit the park when you do.
  4. Open your heart. The beauty of High Park is to be experienced with your heart. Be present, listen to the sounds, enjoy the views and smells, feel the freshness of the air, and your spirit will swell.

By following these responsible practices, we can minimize our impact on the natural environment in High Park.

 

Graphic of "Safe travels" Stamp by World Travel & Tourism Councilbadge from

The Musical Stage Company has been awarded a #SafeTravels Stamp by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), for adopting health and hygiene global standardized protocols.

ACCESSIBILITY

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

The Musical Stage Company is offering two live audio-described performances during the run of DIXON ROAD for theatre lovers who are blind, low-vision, or partially sighted. This audio description experience will provide real-time description of the visual elements of DIXON ROAD in High Park Amphitheatre, voiced live by a trained describer.

Audio description will be available at the following two performances:

  • Wednesday, June 8 at 12 PM
  • Saturday, June 18 at 12 PM

All tickets for patrons who would like to take advantage of the audio description are Pay-What-You-Wish! To book your Pay-What-You-Wish ticket for the June 8 at 12 PM performance or the June 18 at 12 PM performance, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Tia Lunn directly by email at tialunn@musicalstagecompany.com, or by phone at (416) 927-7880 ext. 239.

Your audio description experience will include an audio pre-show introduction to the piece, and  audio-described programme materials.

VENUE INFORMATION

High Park is closed to vehicle traffic on weekends. The pathway leading from the road/sidewalk to the Amphitheatre seating is a natural, unpaved pathway and you may encounter tree roots, rocks, and sections of uneven ground. If this presents a barrier, or if you have any questions about your performance experience, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Tia Lunn directly by email at tialunn@musicalstagecompany.com, or by phone at (416) 927-7880 ext. 239.

Accessible seating is located at the top of the Amphitheatre seating area in chairs. There is also space for wheelchair users in this area.