Monday, November 5, 2012

Ryerson Theatre School presents SUMMERFOLK

Photos by Joseph Hammond
Ryerson University is one talented school.

Known for having a phenomenal arts faculty (let's face it, we're not known for math...), Ryerson knows how to put on a show. I had the pleasure of attending Summerfolk, the Ryerson Theatre School's latest production, which ran from October 26 to November 2.

The RTS students took on Maxim Gorky's 1904 piece of work, which focuses on the relationships and struggles of a wide range of personalities.

Directed by Dean Gilmour and joined by other guest artists including Joanna Yu as Costume Designer and Ryerson alum Kevin Fraser as Lighting Designer, the production was in good hands.

Full of contrasting characters and strong, dense dialogue, it was different than the Broadway musicals I was used to - I enjoyed the realism though.

And the cast did a wonderful job at portraying each of the characters - from a hysterical housewife to a struggling writer. The story takes place in Russia at a garden party hosted by the play's protagonist Varya (played by Elysia White), where different conflicts surface. Scandals, infidelity and secrets, oh my.

Overall, I was impressed by the fourth-year Ryerson BFA students and the hard work they put into the production really showed. I definitely recommend checking out the rest of the RTS shows this season - if you're curious, here's what's coming up next:

Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2012

The Piper
Feb. 7-14, 2013

The Classics
Feb. 8-14, 2013

Mar. 7-15, 2013

April 1-6, 2013

For more info, visit

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

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