Before he disappears….

27 Aug

Kelly Wong as Harry Houdini in Ragtime. Photo by David Cooper.

As September approaches, it is time to catch up on those things we didn’t quite get to during the summer. High on David Ben’s list (David is the Artistic Director of Magicana) is seeing Ragtime at the Shaw Festival.

Though David is a huge fan of the original work, having seen it at its world premiere in Toronto some years ago, he is an even greater fan of the musical as developed and presented by the magical team at the Shaw Festival.

David had a first-hand glimpse during pre-produciton as he was retained to coach Kelly Wong, the actor who plays “Houdini”, prepare for the role. Jackie Maxwell, director of Ragtime, expanded Houdini’s role for this particular production, and it pays off in spades.

Kelly approached Houdini with the same sort of dedication and focus that the master mystifier would have displayed himself. Kelly was given several challenging tasks including escaping from a straight jacket while hanging upside-down, while singing – something that not even Houdini had the courage to attempt (singing, that is!).

All in all, Ragtime is truly an ensemble piece presented by some of the finest actors, musicians and designers, and in one of the most beautiful settings – Niagara-on-the-Lake – anywhere in the world.

Be sure to catch Ragtime, before it disappears!

Shaw Festival 2012


FESTIVAL THEATRE | April 10 – October 14
@Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

One Response to “Before he disappears….”

  1. mai-ling August 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I remember when RAGTIME first opened in Toronto and I remember the first time I met David at the Shaw. NOTL is a beautiful area I would like to revisit again.

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