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Oliver! another Capitol Theatre success story

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Over 5,000 audience members, including 800 area students, are still raving as the Capitol Theatre and Tutta Musica’s co-production of Oliver!wrapped up its successful 10-show run on Sunday. 

Over the last week, downtown Moncton was a bustle with excited theatregoers attending one of the “Broadway quality” presentations. “We feel like we are starting to hit our stride as producers”, said Marshall Button, Director of the production and Artist-in-Residence at the Capitol. “Suggested titles for next year’s production were already swirling around today as members of our team struck the set and stored the props to get ready for the next show of the Capitol programming season.”

With a budget of $220,000, artists working in the creative economy found employment through this project, while ticket buyers also contributed to the local economy through consumer spending. Local restaurants and businesses were filled before and after the shows. “The Capitol’s run has been great for our business – during a time of year, when it can be a little slow”, said Kolin Barley, owner of St. James Gate. “Hosting cultural events such as this locally produced professional production are paramount to attracting people to our downtown, while making our city vibrant!” added Barley.

This year’s production once again made the most of highly unique theatre arts equipment purchased thanks to a grant received from the Province of New Brunswick.  

This year marks the second partnership between the Capitol Theatre and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra’s Tutta Musica.

“We were so pleased with the quality of the production; the actors, musicians, set and lighting design, not to mention the costumes”, said the Capitol Theatre’s Managing Director Kim Rayworth. “But what thrills us the most is the reaction from our patrons. Repeatedly, we heard how impressed everyone was with the show. Add to that the critical acclaim we received from local media outlets, and we are feeling awfully proud today.”

Audience members are welcome to share suggestions for future productions through the Capitol Theatre’s social media platforms. For details about upcoming events at the Capitol Theatre, please visit www.capitol.nb.ca or contact our box office at 856-4379.