By Richard Tulloch
Based upon the novel by Guus Kuijer
November 30 – December 12, 2015
Featuring: Lila Cano, Megan Carty, Lawrence Cotton, Danny Johnson, Joshua Stodart, Jo-Ann Waytowich, Jenny Weisz, and Viviana Zarrillo
Director – Mario Crudo
Set Designer – Bruce Repei
Lighting Designer – Adam Parboosingh
Costume Designer – Mervi Agombar
Stage Manager – Gillian Jones
THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING, set in 1951, is a story about being brave and making friends. It focuses on Thomas, a young 9 (almost 10!) year-old boy in Amsterdam. Thomas has a very active imagination. He sees things others don’t see; a hailstorm in summer, tropical fish in the canals, a plague of green frogs, and even Jesus. In his diary, The Book of Everything, he writes his hope for the future, “When I grow up, I’m going to be happy.” Thomas’s father is severe and sometimes violent, trying to insulate his family from the world outside. Thomas’ odd imagination is his way of dealing with his secret misery. He finds strength through his down-to-earth chats with Jesus, his love for Eliza, the girl with the leather leg, the support of rebellious bike-riding Auntie Pie, and the neighbourhood “witch” Mrs. Van Amersfoort who shows Thomas the power of music and books through which he learns that happiness begins with no longer being afraid.
“We are very excited to be the first Canadian theatre to produce ‘The Book of Everything’,” says Artistic Director Mario Crudo, “The play recently won the 2015 American Alliance for Theatre Education Distinguished Play Award. It is based on an award winning Dutch children’s novel by Guus Kuijer that was first published in 2004. The play, adapted by Australian playwright Richard Tulloch in 2010, has been produced around the world and it has garnered excellent reviews. The Book of Everything is a very special play, beautifully and sensitively written. I am very happy that we will be sharing it with our audience as it makes its Canadian debut on the Magnus stage right here in Thunder Bay.”
We have an impressive ensemble cast of eight actors that include three very talented local performers; Jo-Ann Waytowich (as Mrs. Van Amersfoort), Danny Johnson (as Jesus), and Lila Cano (as Mrs. Van Amersfoort). They are joined by Megan Carty (as Eliza), Joshua Stodart (as Thomas Klopper), and Jenny Weisz (as Margot Klopper) who make their Magnus Theatre debut. We hope you will join us in giving them a warm welcome to Thunder Bay! We also have some returning favourites, such as Lawrence Cotton (as Abel Klopper) who was last seen earlier this season in RING OF FIRE, and Viviana Zarrillo (as Jannie Klopper) who wowed audiences in last year’s Italian family hit MOOSE ON THE LOOSE. We are very excited for the amazing performances that each of these talented actors will bring to their roles in THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS CAUTION: Due to the play’s central anti-violence theme, the play is suitable for ages 9 and up. However, this issue is dealt with delicately and sensitively in a stylized manner, both in the writing and the staging.
Preview performances take place Monday November 30th to Wednesday December 2nd, with the Gala Opening on Thursday December 3rd. The play runs until Saturday December 12th.
Show starts at 8pm.
Matinees: Wednesday at 12pm, Saturday at 2pm