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BLYTH FESTIVAL – OPENING 2013 Season Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DIRECTOR, DONNA FEORE TO PREMIERE YORKVILLE – THE MUSICAL ON BLYTH STAGE It’s amazing to think that just 11 short weeks ago, dynamo Director/Choreographer, Donna Feore was getting set to open the musical classic, Fiddler on the Roof on the Stratford Festival Stage, and this week she is preparing to open yet another show. Yorkville – the Musical, a brand new Canadian musical, with Books and Lyrics by Carolyn Hay and Music by Tom Szczesniak, opens this Friday, July the 5th on the Blyth Festival Main Stage! A glutton for punishment, Feore has thrown herself into a whirlwind rehearsal for Yorkville. Meeting only twice for workshops prior to the rehearsal period, Feore has tackled the brand new script with enthusiasm and gusto. “She’s a power-house!” exclaims Peter Smith, Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival. “She is absolutely amazing… She is right up there beside the step dancers doing the choreography with the actors,” all while keeping every detail of the production in mind! The Blyth Festival knew Feore would be the person for the job. With productions such as Pirates of Penzance, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiddler on the Roof under her belt, Feore would be able to tackle the challenges of staging a World Premiere.“ Like all artists, I am drawn to the exceptional. A great story, a great score, and great people,” says Feore. Balancing a brand new story, dance style, band and music, all falls on Feore to figure out. She must build a new blue print for this production. Traditionally, musicals come with at least five or six productions of which to base a new production off of. Donna does not have this luxury. She is building an entire show from the tap shoes up and has already stunned on-lookers. “You have no idea what you have on your hands here,” gushed Former Artistic Director, Eric Coates. After catching a rehearsal, Coates was buzzing with glowing compliments about the show, cast and production team, “it’s like a Broadway musical.” Yorkville – the Muscial follows two young women, who seek out fame and fortune in the urban mecca of Yorkville. The girls quickly discover that life in the city is a far cry from what they are accustomed to in the quiet town of Druxburg. With step dancing as their fall-back plan, these girls find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of glamour, glitz and… waitressing. From start to finish, it will have been four short weeks of rehearsal and on July 5th, Yorkville – the Musical will premiere for the world to see on the Blyth Stage. For more information, visit or call the Box Office at 1.877.862.5984. This dancing and musical masterpiece is going to be the “must see” this summer, so book early to get your seats! Lisa Justine Hood Marketing & Publicity Coordinator Blyth Festival P: (519) 523-9300 x. 209 E:

Donna Feore Opens Musical World Premiere In Blyth!  

World renowned Director, Donna Feore opens "Yorkville - the Musical" for it's World Premier!

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