It started as a fanciful idea. Elaine McCausland turned to Sue Dacey and said “Let’s start a family musical theatre company.” That casual banter began the journey for Suzart Productions (www.Suzart.ca). This year they are celebrating 10 years of presenting musical theatre.
Sue and Elaine created Suzart Productions as a non-profit, charitable musical theatre company specializing in affordable entertainment for the entire family. Their goal is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to experience the world of theatre in all its aspects. Totally volunteer run, members have the opportunity to participate and learn musical theatre not only from being on-stage but by contributing to back-stage efforts as well.
Suzart’s first show was HONK! and was hosted in the Chamber of Ben Franklin place in 2003. After four seasons, Suzart moved to mounting shows at St. Paul High School for four seasons. Inaugurating their 10th year, Suzart proudly makes its performance home as the Studio of Centrepointe Theatres with a sold out performance of Grease in December, 2012 and a wildly anticipated successful run for Fiddler on the Roof in May, 2013.
In the 10 years since its founding, Suzart put on over 26 musicals including favorites like Sound of Music, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, Once Upon A Mattress and many others. The cast and crew are often comprised of family members. “It is always gratifying to see parents and their kids rehearsing together or helping with costume or set construction,” adds Sue. “Families are the glue of Suzart”.
To celebrate its 10 years, Suzart is presenting a concert on January 19 and 20, 2013. There is a selection of 36 popular songs from the musicals performed during this time. Most will be sung with the original cast members! Tickets are on sale at the CentrepointeTheatre box office.
Suzart presents a chance for everyone, particularly youth, to enjoy musical theatre at an affordable price. For those interested in joining Suzart as a performer, auditions are held once a year on the Labour Day weekend. Successful auditionees are accepted into the company.