Amanda Mullally, Sarah Richardson and Alynne Sinnema star in Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-operative’s fringe hit Giant Killer Shark: The Musical, presented as a sing-a-long livestream April 15. (Stoo Metz)
With theatres shuttered and seasons thrown into chaos, Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-operative presents Giant Killer Shark: The Musical – A Sing-a-long Livestream to entertain people stuck at home.
The “hilarious, silly, musical spoof,” according to a press release, will stream online for 24 hours only beginning April 15, 7:30 p.m.
The stream is free but patrons are asked to reserve their free tickets at http://www.tickethalifax.com. On April 15 they will get an email with the link and a link to donate; however, donations are not mandatory. “Mostly, we just want to share the show, and make people laugh!,” says director Andrew Chandler.
Written by Sam Sutherland, the musical stars Alynne Sinnema, Amanda Mullally and Sarah Richardson.
Here is the plot summary: “When a giant killer shark unleashes chaos on a copyright-protected beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down. Stuffed with 15 original songs, and performed by a cast of three women, this hilarious parody of a certain 1975 blockbuster will have hearts racing, funny bones tickled, and JAWS clenched!”
Disaster has struck this show before. Giant Killer Shark: The Musical was named a fringe hit at the 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival just before Hurricane Dorian blew into town and ended the festival.
This stream is a video filmed at the fringe. “We wanted to do something to bring some joy to folks stuck inside” says Chandler. “Giant Killer Shark: The Musical was so well received, but with the hurricane cancelling the Fringe festival, many who wanted to see the show didn’t get to do so.”
The musical is recommended PG-13, “for several instances of swearing, and reference to the existence of sex.”
The Merritt Award-winning Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-operative is a Halifax-based theatre company focussing on “unique, imaginative theatre with a social conscience” and on supporting local artists.