A Marquis Entertainment Production, Written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, Starring Bryce Kulak & Max Roll. “Funny, clever, insightful and touching, full of music, humour, story and character.”
Chemainus, BC – The Chemainus Theatre Festival is thrilled to present the critically acclaimed 2 Pianos 4 Hands. One of the most successful Canadian plays of all time, 2 Pianos 4 Hands has performed to rave reviews and sold-out houses, and has had 4000 performances at 200 different theatres throughout the world. Nearly 2 million people have seen the play on five continents worldwide making it one of the most successful Canadian plays every. The laugh-out-loud comedy and virtuosic music grace the stage to tell a story of childhood dreams and life lessons. On stage April 6 to May 14.
With a playlist that includes everything from Bach to Billy Joel, 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a semi-autobiographical play about two gifted boys who pine for concert pianist stardom. As years of sacrifice and learning the art of playing the piano unfold on stage, Ted and Richard come to the sobering realization that becoming the next Glenn Gould or Vladimir Horowitz may be beyond their reach. It’s a story of childhood dreams, parents’ yearning for their children’s success, and a few life lessons along the way.
The play first opened with the writers, Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, as the stars of the show in 1996. The pair toured with the show for the better part of its first 2 years and have occasionally returned to it for special engagements. Since then it has been performed by new talented duos who portray an impressive and hilarious range of characters that include idiosyncratic piano teachers, Kiwanis Festival adjudicators, Conservatory examiners, as well as young and older Ted and Richard.
Celebrating 20 years, 2 Pianos 4 Hands sees the return of Richard Greenblatt as director with a brand new duo in this full-scale anniversary edition MainStage production. Greenblatt has received numerous nominations for his work on this production and several other shows, and has won seven Dora Awards and two Chalmers Awards.
“Casting this show can be difficult,” says Greenblatt. “You have to find charismatic performers who can play concert level classical compositions, pop pieces, as well as sing and act portraying over 20 different characters with sharp comedic timing and heart-felt emotion. In Bryce Kulak and Max Roll, there’s a tremendous amount of talent in all areas. It’s fantastic to see them on stage together. The energy is incredible. I’m looking forward to opening with this duo at the Chemainus Theatre in the coming weeks.”
Kulak and Roll both are accomplished actors, recognized with multiple awards for their talent. Bryce Kulak is an actor, singer, pianist, and composer who has performed in 2 Pianos 4 Hands in recent years on different stages throughout Canada. He was also featured in the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings stage musical. He performs in cabarets and chamber-musicals, and writes music for theatre and film earning him the Sterling Award, Outstanding New Score. Max Roll is a New York based actor who hails from the UK and is new to 2 Pianos 4 Hands, but is no less experienced a performer. He has played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Orsino in Twelfth Night both for RBL Theatre. Last year, Max toured the UK for Blackeyed Theatre Company as Jay Gatsby in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby by Stephen Sharkey.
The Chemainus Theatre Festival, est. 1992, is a professional performing arts destination on Vancouver Island, British Columbia celebrating our 25th Anniversary Season. The non-profit charitable Society offers a continuous season of regionally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre to over 70,000 residents and visitors every year. From the purely dramatic to the musically enriched, The Festival’s roster of shows feature an entertaining selection of classic and contemporary tales, told in romantic, comedic, tragic and more enjoyable styles. Dedicated to serving versatile interests of audiences and artists, The Festival has attracted talented guest actors, directors, musicians and designers from across North America – a testament to their highly regarded theatrical productions and facilities. Theatregoers can complete their theatre experience with a delightful meal in the Playbill Dining Room. Before each show, live music creates the perfect setting for diners to indulge in the impressive show-themed buffet. The on-site Gallery Gift Shop showcases over one hundred BC artisans, and is a wonderful place for art-lovers and shoppers to browse, and take home, a memorable piece of the west coast.
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