La Cage aux Folles starts performances at the Stratford Festival

Stratford, ON… Prepare to be dazzled as glitz, glamour and a whole lot of charm ignite the Stratford Festival’s Avon Theatre as La Cage aux Folles hits the stage.

This touching and spectacular musical brings together director Thom Allison and choreographer Cameron Carver, with Music Director Franklin Brasz.

It spotlights electrifying performances by Sean Arbuckle as Georges, Steve Ross as Albin, Juan Chioran as Edouard Dindon and M. Renaud, James Daly as Jean-Michel, Aidan deSalaiz as Francis, Starr Domingue as Jacqueline, and Heather Kosik as Anne Dindon.

La Cage aux Folles follows the story of Georges, the manager of a drag club in St. Tropez, and Albin, his life partner and the club’s star performer. Georges agrees to “play it straight” to meet the ultra-conservative parents of their son’s new fiancé, while Albin is shocked to discover that he is being sidelined. The ensuing clash unravels truth and consequences with heartwarming grace.

“I hope that the audience will see that, despite the glamour and humour in La Cage, the heart of the story is two parents and their son, trying to navigate a family drama and the many facets of love,” says Allison.

La Cage aux Folles shines with performances by Eric Abel as Hanna, George Absi as Angelique, David Ball as Phaedra and Young Albin, Devon Michael Brown, Jeremy Carver-James, Josh Doig as Chantal, Jordan Goodridge as Mercedes, Alexandra Gratton as Colette, Sara-Jeanne Hosie as Marie Dindon and Mme. Renaud, Alex Kelly, Amanda Lundgren, Ayrin Mackie as Babette, Anthony MacPherson, Kevin ‘Koovy’ McLachlan as Etienne, Jamie Murray, David Andrew Reid as Bitelle, Jason Sermonia as Tabarro and Chris Vergara as Jacob.

The creative team features Set Designer Brandon Kleiman, Costume Designer David Boechler, Lighting Designer Kimberly Purtell, Sound Designer Brian Kenny and Make-Up Designer Dino Dilio.

Gorgeous and funny, La Cage aux Folles has been delighting audiences since its Broadway première in 1983, when it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Fans of the Oscar-nominated film The Birdcage (inspired by the French play the musical takes its name and inspiration from) will rejoice in seeing familiar characters on the stage.

La Cage aux Folles officially opens on May 31 and runs until October 26 at the Avon Theatre. Tickets are available at stratfordfestival.ca or by calling 1.800.567.1600.

The 2024 season also features Twelfth Night, Something Rotten!Romeo and JulietLondon AssuranceWendy and Peter PanSalesman in ChinaCymbelineHedda GablerThe DivinersThe Goat or, Who is Sylvia? and Get That Hope. For more information, visit stratfordfestival.ca.

The 2024 season is generously supported by Ophelia Lazaridis.

Proud 2024 Season Partners: BMO Financial Group and RBC.

Production support is generously provided by Laurie J. Scott and Peter & Carol Walters.

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Eric Abel                                 Hanna
George Absi                            Angelique

Sean Arbuckle                         Georges
David Ball                              Phaedra
Devon Michael Brown           Swing
Jeremy Carver-James             Ensemble
Juan Chioran                           Edouard Dindon, M. Renaud
James Daly                             Jean-Michel
Aidan deSalaiz                       Francis
Josh Doig                                Chantal
Starr Domingue                      Jacqueline
Jordan Goodridge                   Mercedes
Alexandra Gratton                  Colette
Sara-Jeanne Hosie                  Marie Dindon, Mme. Renaud
Alex Kelly                              Understudy
Heather Kosik                         Anne Dindon
Amanda Lundgren                  Understudy, Offstage Vocalist
Ayrin Mackie                          Babette
Anthony MacPherson             Swing
Kevin ‘Koovy’ McLachlan     Etienne, Ensemble
Jamie Murray                          Understudy, Offstage Vocalist
David Andrew Reid                Bitelle

Steve Ross                               Albin
Jason Sermonia                       Tabarro
Chris Vergara                          Jacob

ARTISTIC CREDITS

Director                                   Thom Allison
Choreographer                        Cameron Carver
Music Director                        Franklin Brasz

Set Designer                           Brandon Kleiman

Costume Designer                  David Boechler

Lighting Designer                   Kimberly Purtell

Sound Designer                      Brian Kenny

Make-Up Designer                 Dino Dilio

Drag Consultant                      Justin Miller
Fight and Intimacy Director   Anita Nittoly

Assistant Director                   Thomas Alderson

Associate Choreographer       Krista Leis
Assistant Set Designer            Jung A Im

Assistant Costume Designer   Danielle Fagen
Assistant Costume Designer   Barbara Morrone-Sanchez
Assistant Lighting Designer   B.C. Batty

Assistant Lighting Designer   Emilie Trimbee

Assistant Sound Designer       Adam Campbell

Associate Fight Director         David Chinchilla

Stage Manager                        Brian Scott
Assistant Stage Manager        Bruno Gonsalves
Assistant Stage Manager        Madison Kalbhenn
Assistant Stage Manager        Erika Morey
Production Stage Manager     Bona Duncan

Production Stage Manager     Bruno Gonsalves
Production Assistant               Ava Robitaille

Technical Director                  Eleanor Creelman

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