This article is about our 2014 production.
Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook takes place in the attic of Sue and Dan, a couple whose marriage has fallen apart after 30 years together. Sue, who is about to leave her husband, has gone to the attic to retrieve a hidden suitcase when Dan unexpectedly comes home early. During this encounter, a box of photographs falls to the floor and leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots.
Snapshots flows from the amazing career of Stephen Schwartz, prolific composer/lyricist who first exploded onto Broadway with Godspell and more recently wowed the crowds with Wicked. It’s more than merely a revue of songs from Schwartz’s many stage shows (in addition to Godspell and Wicked, there’s Pippin, The Baker’s Wife, Children of Eden and others), feature films (Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and original CDs. Schwartz found David Stern’s script for Snapshots so compelling that he sat down at the piano and reworked much of his material so it made a better fit with the story of a couple looking back on their lives together.
Our 2014 presentation featured six strong singers with the equally impressive acting talents needed to carry off a complex tale of life, love and longing. Annabel Kershaw portrayed Sue and Stephen Aberle played Dan, with Jocelyn Gauthier and Warren Kimmel as the couple when they were young adults Susan and Daniel, and with Anna Kuman and Daniel Johnston as adolescent Susie and Danny. Chris McGregor directed, with Wendy Bross Stuart as music director and choreography by Dawn Ewen.
Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook previewed on October 29 and 30, 2014; opened October 31; and ran to November 8 at Studio 1398 (atop Festival House on Granville Island).
This was a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.