The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do!, an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks). Written as a star vehicle for theatre legends, Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations.
The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family and negotiate midlife crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and, although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They rediscover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.
This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score. With minimal set and costume requirements, I Do! I Do! is ideal for regional theatre companies with smaller troupes on a limited budget.
Directed by Robert McQueen
Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks)
Musically Directed by Gary Graham
Stage Managed by Susan Jennings
Tracy Michailidis is a Queens’ graduate who made her professional debut as Anne Shirley in the Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables. She went on to be a part of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, both on Broadway, and in the U.S. National Tour. She has been a part of the Stratford, Shaw, and Atlantic Theatre Festivals, and has worked in regional theaters across Canada such as the Belfry Theatre, the Globe Theatre, The Segal Centre, Theatre Calgary, Magnus Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and the Grand Theatre. Passionate about developing new work, she has originated roles in Life After (CanStage, Musical Stage Company), Emily (Charlottetown Festival), and Little Women (Theatre Orangeville). Also a part of the Canadian Premieres of Songs for a New World, (Colour and Light), Parade (Studio 180/Musical Stage), and the Light in the Piazza (Musical Stage Company). Favorite recent credits include the concert version of Nine (Podium Productions) in her hometown of Toronto and the U.S. National Tour of Fun Home. She was the founder of Musical Works in Concert, which ran for 7 seasons at SummerWorks in Toronto, and presented 22 original Canadian Musicals. She is thrilled to be here in Gros Morne this summer!
Born and raised in St. John’s, Jonathan is an actor, pianist, musical director, and composer, whose most recent work is The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, written with Emil Sher. Jonathan was MD for the Canadian Premieres of The Sparrow and the Angel, and Fun Home (Vancouver Arts Club). He trained at BMI New York’s famed Lehman-Engel Workshop and won their Harrington Award for Outstanding Writing. Jonathan was Musical Associate to Charles Strouse (composer of Annie) and Richard Maltby (Lyricist of Miss Saigon) and was mentored by Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza). He has been a musical director on over 30 productions and has been an actor in over 75 productions, from TV/film to the Stratford Festival, to Toronto, to Broadway. He also played the role of Jean Valjean in the St. John’s production of Les Miserables. Jonathan began his career with a performance at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. He is very honored to be a part of the Gros Morne Music Festival.
Robert is the Director of New Musicals for The Musical Stage Company in Toronto, which commissions and develops new works of Canadian musical theatre writers. Recently, Robert directed two of the company’s premiere productions ~ Reframed, 3 one-act musicals which played to sold-out houses in the AGO’s Paris Salon Gallery, and You Are Here which premiered at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Robert started directing for the theatre with productions in Vancouver, both at Studio 58, his alma mater, and Theatre Under The Stars with their 1992 and 1993 productions of The Boyfriend and Sweet Charity and he is very grateful to both companies for giving a new director such important and vital opportunities.
Gary Graham has spent the last 50 years teaching in Corner Brook. He grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and attended Acadia University, University of Alberta, and McGill University. He is rewarded by his students, choirs, and community. He has been awarded the Order of Newfoundland and an Honourary Doctor of Laws by Memorial University, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Canada’s Sesquicentennial Medal, and the theatre of the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre has been named in his honor.