Published Jun 30, 2010Even before the Hidden Cameras' latest record, Origin:Orphan was released, we were already hearing rumblings that it would be turned into a theatrical production. Last September, frontman Joel Gibb revealed to Exclaim! that he was working on a stage show based on the theme of "the universal orphan." In August, the project will finally see the light of day, as SummerWorks Theatre Festival reports that the Hidden Cameras will be staging the production at the Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto.
What form the project has taken isn't clear, but the SummerWorks blog says it will be a "two-act performance." Artistic producer Michael Rubenfeld said, "We're not exactly sure what they have in store for us, but when I last spoke to Joel, he asked if there was room for a choir, and whether or not we had dry-ice."
This isn't the first time Gibb has combined his music with musical theatre. He has twice collaborated with the Toronto Dance Theatre, who performed modern dance while the Hidden Cameras provided accompaniment.
"I want this to be less modern dance and more theatrical," Gibb previously told Exclaim!, "but also with dancing and choreography. I guess just something new."
When he first spoke of the project, Gibb said that he was hoping to hold the performance in Berlin, but evidently that didn't work out as he'd hoped. In addition to rehearsing for the show, the Hidden Cameras have a handful of shows planned for the summer, including performances at Hillside Festival in Guelph and the Ottawa Folk Festival.
7/16 Feldkirch, Austria - Poolbar Festival
7/17 Golling, Austria - On the Rocks Festival
7/23 Guelph, ON - Sleeman Centre (Hillside Festival)
7/29 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
8/5 Toronto, ON - Lower Ossington Theatre
8/6 Toronto, ON - Lower Ossington Theatre
8/13 Ottawa, ON - Britannia Park (Ottawa Folk Festival)