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2024 Western Ontario Drama League Award-Winning Production

LITTLE HEAVEN

Music and Lyrics by Lori Robinson Distel
Book by Piper J. Distel 
Orchestrations by Alexander W. Halma-Reed

August 29-September 2, 2024 at Guelph Little Theatre

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WELCOME TO OUR VILLAGE

Penny & Pound Theatre Productions is pleased to revive Distel & Distel’s captivating musical drama, Little Heaven.
Set in a tranquil Polish village in 1947, just two years after the devastating war that reshaped Europe, the lives of the residents at Mael Niebo apartment complex intersect in a tale that will deeply resonate with audiences. Leo Meier, a newspaper editor from Berlin, grapples with guilt over his involvement in perpetuating the Reich's hateful message, straining his relationship with his impressionable daughter. Meanwhile, Maestro Covali, a Romani violin virtuoso, seeks to rebuild his life after the tragic loss of his wife and children. Catholic siblings Katherine and Joseph Worcheka embark on a journey of forgiveness as they embrace a new life free from tradition. The Hoffson family challenge societal stereotypes and prejudice while patriarch, Solomon (2024 WODL Award winner Rob Grundy), wrestles with a secret that threatens to consume him. 
After a groundbreaking and widely regarded run in Guelph, we are pleased to bring this story of hope, survival and the power of community to KW audiences.

DIRECTED BY Lori Robinson Distel & Piper J. Distel
CHOREOGRAPHED BY Melissa Ruegg
CONDUCTED BY Erik McIntyre

THE DATES

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th, 2024 at 8:00 PM
- PRE-SHOW: “Voices of Genocide”
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th at 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2024 at 2:00 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2024 at 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2024 at 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2024 at 8:00 PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2024 at 2:00 PM *
* = Pay What You Choose Performance

THE LOCATION

GUELPH LITTLE THEATRE
(176 Morris St. Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION: $40
GALA ADMISSION: $45

Tickets are available online HERE!
Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the scheduled performances. Cash, credit and
E-Transfer are accepted.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS LITTLE HEAVEN APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES?
Although there is no official rating system for theatre, LITTLE HEAVEN does features scenes and scenarios that may be triggering to some, as well as characters who display racist and/or prejudiced behaviour. The use of fog and gunshot sound effects will also be prevalent. Viewer discretion is advised.

IS GUELPH LITTLE THEATRE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes! If you require wheelchair-accessible seating, please email
pennyandpoundtheatre@gmail.com

WHAT IS THE RUNNING TIME OF LITTLE HEAVEN?
NEWSIES runs approximately 2.5, with a twenty-minute intermission between ACT I and ACT II.

IS GUELPH LITTLE THEATRE LICENSED? 
Yes! Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as snack items will be available for purchase in The Lobby prior to, during and after the performance.

IS SEATING GENERAL OR ASSIGNED?
Seating is general. Audience members will be admitted on a first come-first serve basis, with those who have pre-ordered tickets receiving priority.

CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR?
Yes! Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the performances with cash or credit. E-Transfer is also accepted

WHEN DO THE DOORS OPEN?
Doors open a half-hour prior to the scheduled performance times (1:30 PM for a matinee performance, 7:30 PM for an evening performance.)

DOES PENNY & POUND OFFER REFUNDS?
Penny & Pound does not refund tickets, unless in the case of a cancelled performance. If you are unable to make the show, please email pennyandpoundtheatre@gmail.com to find out if you are eligible for company credit. 


 

MEET THE ARTISTS

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VOICES OF GENOCIDE

On Thursday, August 29th, the cast and crew of Penny & Pound Theatre’s production of LITTLE HEAVEN are pleased to host a special pre-show event, ”Voices of Genocide.”
“Voices of Genocide” will feature six readings of Holocaust literature, including diary entries, poems and accounts of from survivors, read by local dignitaries. 

PRESENTERS
Minister Michael Kerzner, Solicitor General of Ontario
Nick Rice, Toronto Producer/Actor
Suzanne Lanthier, Director of Development at Theatre Aquarius
Marinus de Groot, Columnist
Rabbi Yisrael Goldman
 
 

SHOW REVIEWS

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“This was incredible. It will leave you captivated by the astounding talent of the performers, yet gutted by the emotional toll it takes on you. You will be awestruck.”

- Heather F. Via Facebook
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