Actor spends Sunday in the Park with George

Maple Ridge actor Mike Davis joins the cast of the musical Sunday in the Park with George, playing at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre in October.

The Georges Seurat painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette,” is the inspiration for the compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art.

The first half of the musical is, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for Georges, art comes before love, before everything.

In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unfolding world of contemporary art.

The production features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeny Todd, Into The Woods) and is based on a book by James Lapine (Into The Woods).

Each actor in the show which has a cast of 18 plays two characters.

Davis plays MR. in act one and Lee Randolph in the second act.

The Maple Ridge actor began his journey as a thespian in 1990 with a small part in The Music Man at Keyano College Theater in FoMcMurr Alberta. 

Since then his credits have included parts in Camelot, Sound of Music, Peter Pan,  Mr. Bumble in Oliver, world premier of Time to Remember and Bye Bye Birdie.  Davis’ experience in the theatre encompasses everything from assistant director for Amadeus to singing in the pit choir in Guys and Dolls and performances in cabarets.

In addition to his a cappella group, Vocal Works, Michael has performed solo for corporate functions and conventions. 

After a hiatus of  a few years, he says he is delighted to  be back under the lights.

• There are only five performances of Sunday in the Park with George Wednesday through Saturday  October 3-6, 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday October 6 at 2 p.m. All performances are at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. Tickets are $15-$25 and may be reserved by calling the Shadbolt box office at 604-205-3000.

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