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The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring ()

Produced by

Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera and Vancouver Opera

Librettist: Morris Panych
Director: Morris Panych
Music: James Rolfe


Bluma Appel Theatre


March 27th, 2018 – April 14th, 2018


If clothes make the man, they can undo him. A spectacular new musical treatment of Gogol’s beloved story. 

Renowned playwright/director Morris Panych joins forces with award-winning composer James Rolfe to bring a bold operatic voice to the beloved tale of a lowly office worker whose life is turned upside down when he is robbed of his new overcoat. (


Geoffrey Sirett Akakiy
Aaron Durand Sossiya
Colin Heath Movement Performer
Erica Iris Tailor's Wife / Mad Chorus 3
Keith Klassen Mokiya
Andrea Ludwig Landlady
Peter McGillivray Head of Department / Petrovich
Meher Pavri Secretary
Magali Simard-Galdes Mad Chorus 1
Courtenay Stevens Movement Performer
Asitha Tennekoon Manager
Giles Tomkins Khodozat
Caitlin Wood Mad Chorus 2

Creative Team

Morris Panych Librettist
Morris Panych Director
James Rolfe Music
Nancy Bryant Costume Designer
Alan Brodie Lighting Designer
Ken MacDonald Set Designer
Jessica Derventzis Assistant Director
Wendy Gorling Movement
Jennifer Tung Assistant Musical Director


Andrew Bensler Viola
Bianca Chambul Bassoon
Timothy Francom Percussion
Mike Cox Bass
Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh Violin I
Clara Lee Violin II
Omar Ho Clarinet
Lief Mosbaugh Oboe
Gregory Oh Keyboard
Amelia Lyon Piccolo
Ben Promane Trumpet
Bryan Holt Cello
Leslie Dala Conductor


Gregory Oh Repetiteur
Kate Porter Stage Manager
AJ Laflamme Assistant Stage Manager
Marijka Asbeek Brusse Assistant Stage Manager
Lee Milliken Director of Production
Heather Landon Production Manager
Greg Dougherty Technical Director
Awstin Davies Assistant Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Monica Lee Props Builder
Peter Velocci Carpenter
Marlee Bygate Cutter
Ming Wong Head of Wardrobe
Mark Stedman Building Manager
Sally Roberts Senior Head Technician
Yunier Alvarez Peñate Head Technician
Cassandra Miller Junior Head Technician
Susan Batchelor Wardrobe Mistress
Brianne Gwartz Production Coordinator
Kim Dykstra-Brown Scenic Artist
Ashley Marchand Scenic Artist
Danielle Poirier Scenic Artist
Janet Pym Stitcher
Kiyomi Hidaka Stitcher
Geoff Hughes Stitcher
Phil Atfield Stitcher