A National Stage Company of Canada Premiere Presentation
Co-Directed By: Tony James & Bret Newton | Produced By: Tony James
Canadian Stage Actors
LIAM RAHME as Milo, SAMANTHA MADILL as Sam
and MATAYA CALLIN as Alice
MATTHEW PAXMAN as The Headmaster and TENYJAH MCKENNA as Big Brenda
A NEW MUSICAL
Book & Lyrics - TIMOTHY KNAPMAN
Music & Lyrics - STUART MATTHEW PRICE
Commissioned and produced by National Youth Musical Theatre
and first performed 9 August 2017 at The Other Palace, London, England.
A MOVING, FUNNY AND INSPIRING NEW MUSICAL ABOUT THE WONDER OF CHILDHOOD
Imaginary is a moving, funny and inspiring new musical about the wonder of childhood, and the struggle to hold on to that wonder as you grow up. Chaotic, open-hearted and imaginative Milo is Sam’s only friend. They do everything together. But as Sam’s first day at secondary school approaches, her mum is worried that the mischievous Milo is holding her daughter back, stopping her from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises – and secrets. Can Sam and Milo’s friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever?
Don't miss the west coast premiere of this beautiful and exciting new musical June 2022
Executive Producer | Stage Director: Tony James
Musical Direction: Joe Hatherill
Resident Vocal Coach: Jessica Paxman
Resident Choreographer: Charli Findlay
Executive Scenic Designer: Standbridge & Lindsay Designs
Executive Production/Stage Manager: Sadie Dufour
Executive Scenic Artist: Alicia Shalapata
Executive MUA/Hair Designer: Amelia Trottier
Associate Props Manager: Ocean Edgington
Executive Wardrobe Designer: Krishna Buysschaert
Assistant Scenic Construction Provided By:
Pacific Opera Victoria
✭✭✭✭✭"The tunes are gorgeous … book and score are tremendous. Knapman’s book and lyrics indulge in glorious wit and charm, complete with thrilling revelations and even the odd cliff hanger. Price has written an equally dreamy score, with melodies that you can’t help but find yourself whistling all the way home."
✭✭✭✭"Entertaining and tremendous fun … a heart-warming musical. Very funny and deeply poignant with joyfully exuberant performances, Imaginary’s narrative and music hit all the right notes."
JUNE 16, 2022
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET PREMIERE
(8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)
JUNE 17, 2022
( 8:00 PM PERFORMANCE)
JUNE 18, 2022
(2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)
JUNE 19, 2022
(2:00 PM & 8:00 PM PERFORMANCES)
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Student: $50.00 | Child: $45.00
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THE ARTISTS | THE BIOS
Liam Rahme began performing at the age of three, using the fireplace hearth as his stage to enterin family and friends. His love of dance let him to pursue training in various styles from an early age, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, acro, and musical theatre.
Liam's passion for theatre and music has been nurtured through participation in school drama clubs, choirs, strings (viola) programs and various community musical theatre camps and productions. Playing the role of Nigel in the sold out presentation of 'Matilda the Musical' (Four Seasons Musical Theatre, Victoria, B.C. 2019) was a highlight that brought all of hos artistiuc talents together and cemented his desire to perform on a bigger stage.
Samantha Madill has been performing in theatre for seven years and her energy and commitment shines through on stage and in rehearsals. Samantha has been part of ten stage productions. Her favourite roles have been Matilda in Matilda the Musical with Four Seasons, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins with Kaleidoscope, and Molly in Annie with Sooke Harbour Players.
She began dancing Ballet at age 3 and has also trained in Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz, and has won many awards at dance festivals and competitions. She especially loved being part of Dance Performance Group and Hip Hop Crew. She was also excited to be invited to dance in a music video this year in which she contributed to the choreography. She has also been training with a singing teacher for 2 years and won third place singing a trio with her sisters in a community talent show.
Sam is very excited to be with The National Stage Company Of Canada and grow her acting, singing, and dancing skills.
Maddy Callin is a blossoming performer who has been training and improving since she was old enough to walk. She began taking ballet at the age of two and began developing her singing voice by performing duets with her older sister.
At the age of six, Maddy became an honorary member of “Youth Choir 61”, despite being five years younger than the average age, and stayed singing with them until she was eleven. Maddy’s dance training has included nine years of ballet, three years of jazz and one year of tap. She also had the privilege of spending two years in The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s productions of “The Nutcracker”.
Maddy’s most recent production credits include; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Into the Woods”, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor”, “Matilda: and “Annie”, where she had the honor of playing everyone’s favorite orphan.
Matthew is a passionate creative who received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Victoria's Department of Fine Arts. Prior to commencing his degree, he was the recipient of the Kiwanis Acting Scholarship. While at University he studied painting, performance, film making and computer science. He has worked in film both behind and in front of the camera, but his first love is the stage.
Matthew has been singing in various choirs and involved in community theatre since his childhood. Some of Matthew's leading roles include Seymour from "Little Shop of Horrors", Benedict from "Much Ado About Nothing" and most recently The Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Tony Award winning musical "Matilda".
Outside of theatre, Matthew is the Founder and Creative Director of local video game studio, Wizard Games. It his privilege and pleasure to work with some of the most talented artists and creators on Southern Vancouver Island.
Tenyjah brings 20 years of experience to this intrepid group of artists. Her first play was at the age of 9, performing as Tybalt in Hamlet. She recalls her English teacher explaining it to her as playing pretend with a group of friends, and since that one audition, she has been avidly invested in acting both on stage as an artist, or behind the scenes helping with props, or stage managing. Some of her favorite performances include ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Rent’, ‘Once Upon a Mattress’, ‘Dressing for Cancer’, ‘Godspell’ and ‘Matilda’.
A 1st generation Caribbean Canadian, Tenyjah hails from a music oriented family, and has been singing in choirs, gospel and otherwise, since the age of 5. She plays the tuba, oboe, alto saxophone and has graduated from John Abbott College with a degree in Liberal Arts, and a PhD in Social Sciences from Concordia University.
She has taught theatrical storytelling in French for three years and has worked administration for The Black Theatre Workshop.
After having to interrupt her acting pursuits due to illness, Tenyjah returns to her passion of performance with renewed vigor and dedication. She is ecstatic be counted among so many gifted professionals as well as for the opportunity to add a dynamic of performance and visibility to this Company.
STUART MATTHEW PRICE COMPOSER / LYRICIST
Stuart Matthew Price (born 6 August 1983 in Kidderminster, England) is a British actor, dancer and West End stage and concert singer known for playing Riff Raff in three European tours of The Rocky Horror Show. He is also a composer, having written Before After (2014) and Imaginary (2017) among other musicals and a theatrical producer, being a co-founder with James Yeoburn of the international production company United Theatrical..
AUTHOR / LYRICIST
Timothy Knapman studied history at Oxford. Since then, he has spent his time writing plays, musicals, songs, operas and children's books.
He has written over 60 books, including the best-selling Dinosaurs in the Supermarket and its sequels, Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates and its sequels, Time Now To Dream, Soon, Sir Dancealot, Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes and Superhero Dad, Mum and Gran. They have been illustrated by a host of wonderful artists, including Helen Oxenbury, Patrick Benson, Sarah Warburton, Adam Stower, Russell Ayto, Joe Berger, Ada Grey, Laura Hughes, Nikki Dyson, David Tazzyman and many more. The books have been translated into 20 languages and have been read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories by Hugh Bonneville, Dennis Lawson, Adrian Lester, Harriet Walter, Tanni Grey-Thompson and many others. Tim has also written for CBeebies’ Driver Dan’s Story Train. New stories are forthcoming from Walker, Macmillan and Little Tiger.