Grade 8 created and performed by Lara MacMillan - SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival
Event Date: Saturday Oct. 14th, 2017
Event Time: 7 pm - 8 pm
Host: Hermione Presents ~ SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival
Grade Eight is a “storied concert”, somewhere between cabaret and musical theatre. With wry humour and heart, Lara MacMillan looks back to a year that tested her mettle and taught her to face her fears, singing the songs that provided the soundtrack to her thirteenth year - the year everything changes.
In this coming of age story, we find a thirteen-year-old Lara heading into Grade Eight shortly after a horrifying case of chicken pox, which landed her in the hospital and has left her feeling extremely insecure about her appearance. She has dreams of being a dancer and architect and loves to play piano and sing. Lara gets her first job, as a Globe and Mail papergirl, and faces an uncomfortable situation with an apartment manager. During the year, Lara and two of her friends decide to create a yearbook for their classmates for graduation. But members of the school staff have other ideas.
It seems as though Lara has always been bullied at Victoria Public School. She’s tried turning some bullies into friends with mixed success. Her friend Sean is a boy of colour being raised by a single mother. He has a gang called the P.O.O.P. club. They are tough boys who bring weapons and porn to school. Lara likes Sean even though she is afraid of him. They share an appreciation of the Star Wars movies, the Beatles’ music, and especially John Lennon. Sean feels a certain kinship to John Lennon not only because of his music but because Lennon has named his son Sean. When Lennon is shot, Sean loses a father figure and slips deeper into certain anti-social and criminal mischief. It doesn’t help that the Grade 8 classroom teacher openly discriminates against Sean. Lara must negotiate her feelings for Sean, and her fears and anxieties, as she gets closer to graduation.
The music for this coming of age story is a mix-tape soundtrack from 1980-81 with songs by The Police, Boz Scaggs, Blondie, the B52s, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Supertramp, Tom Petty, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Stars on 45, RUSH and Billy Joel.
Cost: $20/Adult, $10/CH (12 and under) Multi-Ticket/Multi-Show Savings: $15 each **BUY 3 or more adult tickets to any show
Location: Falstaff Family Centre, Stratford, 35 Waterloo Street, North, Stratford
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