MAKING YOUR SHOW A SUCCESS
Conrad Boyce produced his first play while still a student at the University of Alberta and became a first-time director shortly after. In the four decades since, he has been at the helm of more than 200 productions, indoors and outdoors, with cast sizes from one to 700, from Shakespeare to original shows that needed to be put together almost overnight. He has worked in every aspect of theatre production, from lighting design to adapting lyrics. For several years, he was the technical manager of the Uxbridge Music Hall, a 300-seat historic building in a busy Toronto suburb. He is an expert at guiding a crew of volunteers with widely varying experience toward a finished product that, from where the audience sits, seems fully professional.
If you need someone to take your challenging production from the conceptual stage all the way to opening night, or just to trouble shoot along the way, give us a call.
Just to give you an idea, here are a few examples of productions Conrad’s been producing and directing over the last couple of years.
- That Summer (2011) This little-known memory play by David French (Leaving Home, Saltwater Moon) was directed by Conrad at the Music Hall as part of OnStage Uxbridge’s all-Canadian season. It received rave reviews particularly for its haunting set and lighting design.
- Emily (2011) This musical, based on the “Emily of New Moon” books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, was staged in the church that Maud attended from 1911-1926 in Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge. It was produced and directed by Conrad as part of the celebrations commemorating the centennial of Maud’s arrival in Ontario.
- Here on the Flight Path (2011) Play by Norm Foster, part of the OnStage Uxbridge season. Takes place on adjoining apartment balconies, so staging was a particular challenge.
- Music Hall 110 (2011) A special one-night presentation, with a cast of dozens of volunteers, re-creating the opening concert at the Music Hall in December, 1901. Based on articles in period newspapers, Conrad put together the program, found performers for each segment, wrote the script, and MCed the evening.
- Maud of Leaskdale (2012) A one-woman play about the life of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, using excerpts from her journals. Commissioned for the centennial of her arrival in Ontario. Now an ongoing part of the interpretive program at the LMM historic site in Leaskdale, and staged in the historic church her husband preached in. Conrad put together the script, as well as producing and directing.
- Some Enchanted Uxbridge Evening (2012) A show celebrating 15 years of musical theatre in Uxbridge. Conrad supervised the selection of the best from 29 productions, and had two rehearsals with the cast of 30. He also designed the set and lighting, and MCed the evening.
- In Memoriam: Anthony Holt (2013) Conrad put together the program and selected the performers for this concert to pay tribute to a beloved Uxbridge teacher and musician who died suddenly. He also MCed the evening.