Hey Viola!

April 13-22, 2023
Performed for a live audience on the MainStage
Run time: Approximately 80 minutes
Presented in English with Traditional and Simplified Chinese surtitles

Viola Desmond – The Soundtrack of a Life
Created by Krystle Dos Santos and Tracey Power
Starring Krystle Dos Santos
A Musical TheatreWorks Production in association with Western Canada Theatre

Hey Viola! is a musical exploration of Canadian civil rights trailblazer, Viola Desmond – the fearless woman featured on Canada’s $10 bill. Award-winning blues and jazz singer and actor Krystle Dos Santos, with the support of fantastic musicians, brings the life of Viola Desmond to the stage. Follow Viola’s extraordinary journey through the life and events that shaped her to stand up against systemic racial injustices in Canada – including refusing to leave the whites-only section of Nova Scotia’s Roseland cinema in 1946. 

With brilliant hits of the era and songs that influenced history; “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, and “Sinnerman”, this eye-opening musical recognizes the important history and legacy that Viola Desmond left behind.

Hey Viola! is first-rate entertainment, a story of hard-earned hope generously told with artistry and class”

– Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun

“Raw, genuine, and emotional”

– Broadway World

Hey Viola! humanizes a civil-rights story with some fierce singing”

– Janet Smith, Stir

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  • Audience Considerations

    Suitable for all ages 5+

  • Ticket Pricing

    Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3
    Adults $65 $55 $35
    Youth (Ages 5-12) $35 $35 $35
    Student Rush* $26 $26 $26

    *Student Rush tickets can only be purchased on the same day of the performance online, by phone or at the door.
    *Student Rush tickets are only applicable to students in secondary and post-secondary institutions. Students must show valid ID from an accredited educational institution when presenting their ticket.

  • Show Times

    Thursday April 13
    PWYW PREVIEW
    7:30 PM
    Friday April 14
    OPENING NIGHT
    7:30 PM
    Saturday April 15 1:00 PM
    Saturday April 15 7:30 PM
    Sunday April 16 1:00 PM
    Tuesday April 18 7:30 PM
    Wednesday April 19 1:00 PM
    Wednesday April 19 7:30 PM
    Thursday April 20 7:30 PM
    Friday April 21
    LIVE AUDIO DESCRIPTION
    7:30 PM
    Saturday April 22 7:30 PM
  • Two-show package

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Special Performances

Pay-What-You-Will Preview
Thursday April 13 – 7:30PM
Pay What You Will provides access to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. For those who have the means, we highly recommend selecting a price point that reflects what you are able to pay or consider adding a donation to your purchase in support of our accessibility efforts.
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VocalEye Live Audio Description
Friday April 21 – 7:30PM
VocalEye’s described performances begin ten minutes before the show, with a brief introduction to the characters, costumes and locations. Once the show begins, important visual details and physical actions are described between the lines of dialogue. All descriptions are voiced live and in real-time by a trained Describer.
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Artistic Team

Krystle Dos Santos

VIOLA, Co-Creator

Bio

Krystle Dos Santos

VIOLA, Co-Creator

Krystle Dos Santos is an extraordinary blues, jazz and soul singer based out of Vancouver, Canada. Her voice is commanding, powerful and rich with talent. Dos Santos grew up in Edmonton and her roots are Guyanese. She studied at the elite Canadian College of performing arts and at the University of Alberta. She has performed in the Arts Club musical Dreamgirls and Chelsea Hotel: the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Firehall Arts Centre and created a show called BLAK exploring Canada’s black history. Krystle is extremely excited to bring Hey Viola! to audiences across Canada this spring/summer and release the soundtrack to the show “Hey Viola! The Soundtrack of a Life”.

Tracey Power

Director, Co-Creator

Bio

Tracey Power

Director, Co-Creator

Tracey has worked across Canada and internationally as a director, choreographer, actor and writer. She’s the choreographer and writer of GLORY, inspired by the true story of the women’s hockey team the Preston Rivulettes, which continues to tour across Canada, the musical Miss Shakespeare, and the director/choreographer of Chelsea Hotel, The Songs of Leonard Cohen. She continues to work as an actor both on stage and screen as well as create new work for both mediums. Hey Viola! has been a gift to create with Krystle, and Tracey is thankful for the team of artists, who even during a pandemic believed in the power of theatre and the importance of sharing Viola’s story with you. Tracey is the recipient of the Jessie Richardson, Elizabeth Sterling and Betty Mitchel Awards for her work.

Sereana Malani

Associate Director

Bio

Sereana Malani

Associate Director

Born in the Fiji Islands and raised in Coquitlam, Sereana now call Vancouver home. Select credits include: Gross Misconduct (SpeakEasy), Happy Place (Touchstone), You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers), Clybourne Park (Citadel Theatre) and five seasons at Bard on the Beach. She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. When not on stage, Sereana is a full time Mum to Eli, and Tevita. Next up, she will be Assistant Directing Romeo & Juliet at Bard on the Beach. Thank you to Tracey and Krystle for the invitation to work on this beautiful show.

Steve Charles

Musical Director, Bass & Guitar

Bio

Steve Charles

Musical Director, Bass & Guitar

Steve Charles is a composer and performer from Vancouver. Highlights include: Peter Pan (Carousel Theatre), 4000 miles (Belfry), Once (Arts Club), Empire of the Son (VACT), Othello (Bard on the Beach), Love Bomb (Shameless Hussies), Urinetown (Firehall Theatre), Brief Encounter (Playhouse/MTC), Dance Marathon (Bluemouth Inc.), The French-Canadian talent show Galala on TV Unis and Pacifique en Chanson. He is a member of the Escape Artists who created Chelsea Hotel in 2012, Miss Shakespeare and J.Caesar in 2015, Glory with WCT/ATP in 2018, and is excited to be part of the team for Hey Viola! in 2022. He tours internationally with bands Viper Central, and Forro do Cana as a multi-instrumentalist and is very active in Vancouver’s diverse music scene.

Mary Ancheta

Piano

Bio

Mary Ancheta

Piano

Mary Ancheta is a Composer, Session Keyboardist, Producer, and an MD. As a Composer she has written for various platforms ranging from Film & TV, Ads, Documentaries, Theatre, Pop songs, Podcasts, to Web content. She enjoys creating a hybrid score and arranging strings for various works. As a session keyboard player Mary incorporates her own flavour while complimenting the artists’ style and vision. She has performed at the 2020 Rugby World Cup in Japan, opened for John Mayer, Ziggy Marley, and Snoop Dogg, and performed on the Warped Tour for 2 consecutive years. Other notable shows include performing for tennis pro Roger Federer in the Maldives, Summerstage Concert series at Central Park opening for Buffy Sainte Marie, a show with iskwē at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a special Motion Capture Show with Jill Barber at Animatrik Studios, a feature performance in Bermuda at City Hall w/ Giant Steps for the Premier of Bermuda, and a performance at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She was recently the Musical Director of Da Kink in My Hair for the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.

Chris Davis

Drums, Trumpet

Bio

Chris Davis

Drums, Trumpet

Chris is a touring member of the Grammy-Nominated soul package, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings in 2014. He appears on trumpet and piano on “Soul of A Woman” – Daptone Records. He is also a frequent guest musician in Stay Human, the house band for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” – CBS. Chris has performed for numerous television productions including the Grammys, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Espys, The Mark Twain Prize, The NFL Honors, and the White House.

Jillian White

Lighting Designer

Bio

Jillian White

Lighting Designer

Jill is a three time Jessie Richardson Award nominated designer, an alumnus of Capilano University, and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. She designs three outdoor shows a year at the Caravan Farm Theatre and spends her remaining time designing in Vancouver. Favourite credits include Bright Blue Future (Hardline), RUINED (Dark Glass), Gross Misconduct (SpeakEasy), System Failure (Caravan), Certified (Touchstone), Never the Last (Delinquent), Inheritance(Touchstone), and She, Mami Wata & the Pussy Witch Hunt (Frank). www.jillianwhite.com

Drew Facey

Set Designer

Bio

Drew Facey

Set Designer

Drew designed over 170 professional productions and won 18 Jessies during his career as a set and costume designer in the Canadian Theatre Industry. Early in the pandemic, Drew relocated to Merida, Mexico with his partner Kelly where they renovated a historic home in the city center. Drew re-launched his career as an interior designer and worked remotely for Decorilla, a design firm based in New York City.

CS Fergusson-Vaux

Costume Designer

Bio

CS Fergusson-Vaux

Costume Designer

CS Fergusson-Vaux (she/her) is a Theatrical and Visual Artivist. Organizer, and Historian with a fervent belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in bold cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. Pre-pandemic works include projects with The Frank Theatre Company, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Zee Zee Theatre. She currently is the Associate Artistic Director of the SUM Gallery + Queer

Arts Festival. She gratefully stands in solidarity with her hosts and stewards of the lands and waters-the qiqéyt (QayQayt), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səli̓ lw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Angela Beaulieu

Stage Manager

Bio

Angela Beaulieu

Stage Manager

Angela is thrilled to be part of the Hey Viola! team. Some of her favorite theatre experiences include: Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer, Shape of a Girl, Skydive (Belfry Theatre); Miss Shakespeare and J. Ceasar (Musical TheatreWorks); One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Calgary); The Pavilion (Osimous Theatre); Thanks For Giving, Hand to God, One Man, Two Guvnors, Venus in Fur, The 39 Steps, It’s A Wonderful Life, Blood Brothers (Arts Club Theatre); Urinetown, The Musical (Firehall Arts Centre); Kill Me Now, Sex in Heaven, Lion in the Streets (Touchstone Theatre); Crazy For You, Shirley Valentine (Gateway Theatre). In June 2008, Angela received the Mary Phillips Prize for her work behind the scenes. All my love to SJT, forever in my heart.

About Musical TheatreWorks

Musical TheatreWorks was formed in April 1993 in Vancouver by a group of four highly committed theatre professionals: Robert McQueen, Denis Simpson, Jan Carley, and Diane Stapley, with a mandate “to foster and maintain musical theatre as an art form and to nurture its artists through development, production and performance”.