The Summer of ’67, a new musical to celebrate the QAC’s 50th
It was 50 years ago, in 1967, that the Quinte Arts Council (QAC) was formed. To celebrate this important anniversary, the QAC and Shaer Productions (producers of Bellevegas, The Dan Shaer Big Band, Variety and The Power Connection), are joining forces to produce the world premiere of an exciting new musical – The Summer of ’67, written by Wendy Shaer.
The year was 1967. It was an era that had awakened to the dawn of a new time, a new generation of free thinkers, anti-establishment views, and promoters of political and social change. The Summer of ‘67 tells the story of a young Canadian girl, Georgie, who is 18 and strives to find her place in the world, as far away from her parents’ generation as she can get. This leads her on a journey beginning in Yorkville (Toronto) then to Greenwich Village (New York), and finally to Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco).
The ‘Summer of Love,’ 1967, became the defining moment of the 1960s, producing great music by groups such as The Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles and The Turtles, to name just a few. The Summer of ’67 will celebrate this music with a fabulous live band, some well-known talent from the area, and a few new and exciting discoveries. It will also incorporate multi-media and special effects, to take you back to the hippie movement, a melting pot of hip music, freedom, and creative expression.
Dan and Wendy Shaer have been producing both professional and semi-professional musical theatre together for the past 14 years. The Summer of ’67 will be their eighth musical production. Others include Annie (2005), The Sound of Music (2005 and 2006), Jesus Christ Superstar (2007), Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (toured in 2008), the Broadway version of A Christmas Carol (toured in 2009), I’ve Heard That Song Before (a Shaer Productions original, toured 2010), and Canada Rocks – A Musical History Tour (toured 2011).
The production team (as of the date of this story) includes Dan Shaer, Musical Director; Kim Dafoe, Director; Wendy Shaer, Co-Director; Lesley Butler, Production Manager, and Lance Jeffery, Tech Director.
Performances will take place at the Maranatha, 100 College Street West, Belleville, on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 27 at 2 and 7:30 pm, Friday, June 2 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, June 3 at 2 and 7:30 pm.
For more information, visit http://www.summerof67.ca.