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Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Two Acts, Revue, Pop / Rock, Rated G 
Original Off-Broadway Version
Jason Robert Brown says, “it’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”
These are the stories and characters of today, the SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.
Saltwater Theatre Production
Coming soon!
Photo background courtesy of Oscar Cortez
Sondheim’s “Side by Side” coming to Victoria in February 2013
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“A ravishing musical retrospective” New York Post

“This is a dream of a show……happy, funny, witty and so compassionate. It makes you feel good!” New York Times

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM A Musical Entertainment presented by Saltwater Inc.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

With Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne

Continuity by Ned Sherrin

Produced on Broadway by Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchel


Metro Studio 1411 Quadra Street Victoria, BC


Thursday, February 28 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 2 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets: $28.00 ADULT $20.00 STUDENT & SENIOR



Sean Guist, Director                             Joanne Hounsell, Music Director                     Phoebe Rumsey, Choreographer

Saltwater Inc. “Saltwater is musically inspired and theatrically driven to engage the senses and the imaginations of everyone.”

Side By Side By Sondheim is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Stephen Sondheim is the most acclaimed composer on Broadway. He has won eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), eight Grammys, a Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar.

His phenomenal legacy includes lyrics for the musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, as well as music and lyrics for Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Sweeney Todd.

Side By Side By Sondheim is a celebration of Mr Sondheim’s earlier work in landmark shows that revolutionised musical theatre. This wonderful production celebrates some of his best known works including Send In The Clowns, Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind and Being Alive as well as featuring songs from West Side Story and Gypsy.

The original production of Side By Side By Sondheim began in London in 1976 to overwhelming success, where it ran for four years.

The Broadway production opened in 1977, and enjoyed an incredible run of 390 performances – largely unprecedented for a simple revue. The show started a trend for sophisticated revues that persists today.

Side by Side by Sondheim

Seussical Takes Off
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Seussical has been a big hit with Victoria audiences with 3 sold out performances last week. Don’t miss this magical fantastical production:

Music by Stephen Flaherty with Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Presented by Saltwater
Metro Studio

Book Tickets at the McPherson Box Office (250) 386.6121
* Before Surcharge & Student and Senior Discounts

Saltwater is proud to bring this fantastical magical musical to Victoria audiences. Seussical the Musical features Joseph Bulman as the purfect “Cat in the Hat” and Victoria’s beloved Alison Roberts as the nerdy bird “Gertrude McFuzz” who longs to capture Horton’s heart; Hannah Block as the “Thinker” JoJo; Aly Tisdale as the soulful “Sour Kangaroo”; Sarah Carlé as “Amazing Mayzie” and Mikel Wall as “Horton the Elephant”. The Saltwater Artistic Team includes Phoebe Rumsey, Director and Choreographer and a fabulous cast.

Contact: Joanne Hounsell, Creative Director
(250) 888-4982

Spotlight on Seussical Cast
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Spotlight on Seussical Cast

Seussical Quizzical

Check out cast members’ responses to the Seussical Quizzical with Joanne Hounsell, Creative Director

1. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
“Horton Hears a Who” Christian Turpin, Wickersham Brother
“Fox in Sox and The Lorax” Emma Janes, Yertle the Turtle ( JoJo Alternate)
“The Lorax” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant & Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical
“The Sleep Book” Ainsley Wilcox, Citizen of Jungle of Nool
“Red Fish Blue Fish” Candace Woodland, Bird Girl in Seussical

2. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss character?
“Horton The Elephant ” Christian Turpin, Wickersham Brother
“Thing One and Thing Two” Eliza Baines, Fish and Child Citizen of Who
“The Grinch” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical
“Horton The Elephant ” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant in Seussical

3. What creature would you be in the Jungle of Nool?
“A ‘Who on a Speck’ ” Candace Woodland, Bird Girl in Seussical
“A Giraffe because they’re gentle giants” Emma Janes, Yertle the Turtle ( JoJo Alternate)
“A tufted mazurka” Ainsley Wilcox, Citizen of Jungle of Nool
“I would want to be a Monkey…. Since they are crazy and rambunctious and that is what I am :)” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz

4. What’s your favorite dessert?
“Ice Cream Cake” Leah Smith, Citizen of Jungle of Nool
Raspberries with double cream” Ainsley Wilcox, Citizen of Jungle of Nool
“Dairy Free Brownies” Christian Turpin, Wickersham Brother
“Creme Brulee” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz
“Lemon Squares” Sophie Popham, Child Citizen of Who & Fish

5. What school did you attend?
“Alumni of Claremont Secondary and CCPA” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant
“Willows” Sophie Popham, Child Citizen of Who & Fish
“Oak Bay High, Margaret Jenkins and Canadian College of Performing Arts” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz
“Willows” Eliza Baines as a Citizen of Who and Fish
GNS” Hannah Block, JoJo in Seussical
“SMUS” Emma Janes, JoJo Alternate

6. How many brothers or sisters do you have?
” One Brother One Sister” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant
“One Sister” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz
“My Twin Sister” Hannah Block, JoJo
“Two Stepsisters” Christian Turpin, Wickersham

7. What children’s story influenced you the most?
“Love You Forever –Robert Munsch” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant in Seussical
“Gwinna by Barbara Helen Berger” Candace Woodland, Bird Girl in Seussical
“Pinocchio” Christian Turpin, Wickersham Brother
“Lorax” message about the environment” Leah Smith, Child Citizen of the Jungle of Nool
“What was I scared of and the Sleep Book” Ainsley Wilcox, Citizen of Jungle of Nool

8. What scares you the most?
“The Unknown, Outer space, and spiders….” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz
“Nothing” Christan, 10
” Being out of control” Eliza, 10
“Sharks/ Plane Crashes/ Being Stuck on an Elevator” Emma, 11
“Drowning” Sophie, 11

9. Who has been most like Horton in your life?
“My Mother” Ainsley Wilcox, Citizen of Jungle of Nool
“My high school choir teacher Sally Murphy. She was always looking out for absolutely everyone and always had their best interest in mind. She was a huge influence on me! One of the greatest teachers I have ever had.” Alison Roberts, Gertrude McFuzz
“Either my mom or my grade four teacher Ms. Sandquist because they are so devoted” Emma Janes, Yertle the Turtle ( JoJo Alternate)

10. Who is the bravest person that you know?
“Alison Roberts” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant in Seussical
“My dad and mom” Christian Turpin, Wickersham Brother
“My dad and his friend Paul” Sophie, Child Citizen of Who & Fish
“My Mum”Eliza Baines, Child Citizen of Who and Fish

11. If you could go anywhere in the world today…. where would you be?
“London England” Mikel Wall, Horton the Elephant
“New York City forever and always!” Alison Roberts, Gertrude

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Where preparation, passion and performance grow together

Saltwater Youth Education Programs
Music Theatre Summer Workshop
8 – 12 years of age
August 13 – 17, 2012
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructors: Joanne Hounsell ( MMus) & Phoebe Rumsey ( MFA)

Come join Saltwater Professionals for a fun filled week of singing, dancing and acting. Students explore speech, improvisation, movement, singing and stage technique. Together we develop and build skills in the studio and the stage as budding young artists. All students will participate in a Music Theatre Showcase featuring scenes and choreographed excerpts from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Broadway shows. Recreational activities included in the program.
Tuition: $275.00
Location: Dance Victoria Studios at 2750 Quadra St, Victoria BC
Phone: (250) 888-4982 cell