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Broadway coming to Burin

Leslie Ann Rowsell and Aaron Avery hope to start offering theatre performances in the Burin-Marystown area beginning with their first joint venture entitled “From Broadway to Burin” on Oct. 21.
Leslie Ann Rowsell and Aaron Avery hope to start offering theatre performances in the Burin-Marystown area beginning with their first joint venture entitled “From Broadway to Burin” on Oct. 21.

BURIN, NL – Aaron Avery is teaming up with Leslie Ann Rowsell to bring a piece of Broadway to the Joe Barton Social Centre in “From Broadway to Burin.”

Avery said the two came up with the idea for the show earlier this year.

“Basically, it’s dinner and a show, and it’s going to feature songs from hit Broadway musicals,” he said.

The cast of six local performers will take on selections from such productions as Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and Mama Mia, as well as other well-known shows on Oct. 21.

Avery said when picking selections for the show, they tried to go with music that would be familiar to those in attendance.

“The cast will be in actual costume and in character for the songs,” explained Avery. “The songs are going to happen throughout the entire evening, throughout the meal.”

Avery said the plan is to offer shows throughout the year, starting with the Broadway compilation.

“We are finding that’s lacking in the community,” he said. “I’ve tried it a few times in the school and it ended up being successful.”

Avery said the closest venue currently offering live theatre events is the Grand Bank Theatre, so he and Rowsell felt it was time to offer something closer to home for people looking to take in a show “and basically bring in some support and money into different businesses and different halls up around the Burin/Marystown area.”

Avery said proceeds from ticket sales will go back into helping the pair put off future shows.

“We’re going to turn around and use it to get some more plays, and some more material.”

colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca  

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