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Commencement: A Work of Fiction and Musical of Sorts ()

Produced by

Rainy Day Theatre Company

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Book: Aviva Philipp-Muller
Lyrics: David Madras
Music: David Madras
Director: Chelsea Dab Hilke
Musical Director: Giustin MacLean


University College Junior Common Room


July 2nd, 2014 – July 13th, 2014


This site-specific comedy musical about life after graduation is a whirlwind of satire, wit, and quirk. Commencement is a not-soclassic coming of age story about ambivalence and firsts, framed within the most absurdly hilarious lecture you ever (or never) attended. (


Romina Cortina Emily
Trevor Curran Sam
Victoria Houser Kate
Scott Moore Henry / Jasper
Michelle Morrow Laura / Holly
Barb Scheffler Narrator / Lia

Creative Team

Aviva Philipp-Muller Book
David Madras Lyrics
David Madras Music
Chelsea Dab Hilke Director
Giustin MacLean Musical Director
Shakir Haq Lighting Designer
Siyu Han Assistant Lighting Designer
Jane Smythe Costume Designer
Rion Chow Projection Designer
Paige Allerton Choreographer
Chelsea Dab Hilke Set Arrangement
Giustin MacLean Music Arrangements
Giustin MacLean Orchestrations


Giustin MacLean Keyboard
Petal Wang Violincello
Blake Hamilton Bass
Pieter Huyer Percussion and Additional Drum Orchestration


Liz Laywine Stage Manager
Deborah Lim Production Manager
Noa Katz Technical Director
Steven Conway Property Master
Madeleine Redican Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Siddiqui Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Walters Graphic Design and Poster
Sarah Niedoba Publicity Coordinator
Aviva Philipp-Muller Producer
David Madras Producer
Laura Philipps UC Follies Artistic Producer