A National Stage Company of Canada Presentation
Directed & Produced By: Tony James
“If Kerrigan and Lowdermilk aren’t the best young songwriting team in the country, they’re right up there with other candidates – as is implied by the many awards they’ve already gathered.”
David Finkle, Huffington Post
Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...
18-year-old Samantha Brown sits in a hand-me-down car with the keys clutched in her hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart. As she relives her senior year, we meet Sam’s well-intentioned helicopter mother Bev and her high school sweetheart of a boyfriend Adam, but it’s her painfully alive best friend Kelly that haunts her. Kelly was everything Sam is not – impetuous and daring. She pushed Sam to break rules and do the unexpected.
When Kelly is killed in a car wreck, Sam loses not only her best friend but also the part of herself that was learning to be brave. Now, Sam has to make a decision: Will she follow her mother’s dreams for her, or will she summon the courage to drive away from her friends and family into a future she can’t imagine?
'Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk are the Rihanna of musical theater. Just as the Barbadian pop goddess releases hit song after hit song [...] which have gained them a rabid online following. Kerrigan and Lowdermilk have connected with the millennial fan base like no other musical theater writers; they’re the official composers of the Internet.”
Canadian Performing Artists
OLIVIA DAS as Sam & SAIDI MADER as Kelly
JEN WILDE as Beverly
THE ARTISTS - THE BIOS
COMING DECEMBER 2022!
VENUE, DATES, TIMES & TICKETS ANNOUNCED SOON
Olivia a 16 year-old student with a growing passion for musical theatre and the arts. From a young age, she always loved putting on living room recitals and performing for her friends and family. She has been pursuing musical theatre from the age of 6.
Olivia started by attending a small theatre class and she has stuck with it ever since. When she is not exploring opportunities amongst the community, Olivia enjoys participating in her school’s choir, acting class, dance club and musical theatre program.
In 2019 Olivia took part in the Parkland Dance Showcase where she performed five dances of many different genres. Four groups (Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Jazz), and one duet (Contemporary). She has also performed numerous times and is a loyal member of the Parkland Choir. Her recent credits include; Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), Once More, With Feeling, an Unlicensed Parody (Dawn Summers), Grinched the Panto! (Grace Who), and Crazy For You (Irene Roth).
Olivia follows her dreams, and as she continues her theatre career down this road, she will never forget her roots in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.
Saidi Mader is a grade 11 student at Victoria High whose passion for the performing arts started when she was six years old. Since her first starring role in 'Prince' in CINDERELLA, Saidi has been in over 15 productions.
Some of Saidi's favorite roles have included 'Big Kid' in the sold-out Vancouver Island premiere of the award-winning musical MATILDA, 'Jack Scott' in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, 'AJ' in RUNAWAYS, 'Jo March' in an adapted film version of LITTLE WOMEN, and as 'Little Sally' in Victoria High's production in URINETOWN.
In her free time, Saidi enjoys music, dance, and shopping. The Mad Ones will mark Saidi's third production with the National Stage Company of Canada. .
An avid singer from her very first memories, Jen has spent a lifetime dedicated to singing and performing. From marimba to live theatre, to fronting rock and roll bands, she has toured coast to coast on all kinds of stages and venues. Performing on TV and in Fringe festivals, music festivals, and busking the streets of Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
Her return to live theatre in 2005 was inspired by the Rock Opera 'The Who's Tommy' where she played 'Mrs. Walker'. This production being a favorite of the family growing up. She has since been seen as the juice box queen, 'Mitch Mahoney' in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the horribly fantastic 'Mrs. Wormwood' in Matilda.