Shout! The Mod Musical
King Edward School (8525 101 street), August 14, 15, 17 – 19, 22
More information: roundbarn.ca
An interview with Erin Foster-O’Riordan.
Describe your show in five words.
Groovy swinging sixties singing fun!
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?
SHOUT! is a journey through the music of the sixties, specifically female artists, with a concentration on the British invasion. It follows five characters as they journey through the decade, using the music as a part of their story, interspersed with lots of 60s content—everything from fashion commentary to exploring the sexual revolution. It’s bright, colourful, funny, and toe tapping from the first beat to the final bows! It was originally produced off-Broadway in 2006, and Round Barn first brought the show to Edmonton for a limited run this past January.
The ’60’s was a transformative decade for a lot of people, how is that transformation reflected in Shout! ?
The show begins at the beginning of the sixties, and at the outset, each character is approaching their lives through a fairly locked in perspective. The Orange Girl (Kristen Finlay) is pursuing the “ideal” domestic picture, the Blue Girl (Monica Roberts) is pursuing specific ideals of beauty and femininity, the Green Girl (Leslie Caffaro) is idealizing the sexual freedom of the sixties, and the Yellow Girl (Erin Foster-O’Riordan) is pursuing adventure and a dream. Only the Red Girl (Nicole English) is a little uncertain of who she is, and that is because she is the youngest of the group, just getting ready to explore adult life. The ups and downs of the decade provide opportunities, both in terms of unexpected open doors and disappointments, for each character to grow into their own version of modern womanhood.
I know from my interview with Kristen when you produced this show back in January that Shout! was your suggestion when Kristen and you decided to produce a show outside of Fringe. What do you love about this show that you wanted to share with Edmonton audiences?
I love the fact that it is a true ensemble piece and provides such a fantastic showcase for each cast member. This show has some great arrangements, and singing these harmony parts is a real treat. I also love that it is 5 roles for strong women—it’s been a joy to be in the sisterhood of SHOUT!
Shout! features iconic music from the ’60’s – what’s your favourite song of the show?
My favourite song to sing is Son of a Preacher Man—sexy and soulful, with a fabulous arrangement on the ensemble vocals, but my very favourite song in the whole show is one I don’t even sing—it’s the “You’re My World/All I See is You” duet between the Blue and the Orange Girl. So beautiful, and Monica and Kristen absolutely knock it out of the park.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
Come ready to groove, and we completely understand if you can’t help but sing along!
Bonus question: Any names you want to drop who have been involved in your show (Edmonton arts people or otherwise)?
Our director/Orange Girl Kristen Finlay who has brought so much joy and energy to this project even while also working on the production of her own new musical, Double Double; our amazing musical director, Sally Hunt, who has coached us to excellence; our band Tim Maskell and Scott McDonald whose musicianship bring the show to a level we would not achieve without them; our stage manager, Kim Stadelmann, who would scrap in an alley to make sure the show has everything it needs; and Kelly Webber, our choreographer, who has done an amazing job challenging us just enough so that we look awesome without hurting ourselves! I also want to mention John Dolphin and Elizabeth Marsh who did the voice-over work for the recorded elements of the show—their work is a huge part of the world of SHOUT!
The 34th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 13 – 23. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.