CHOIR BOY

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
A co-production with Canadian Stage

January 25–February 25, 2024
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
The hit coming-of-age play threaded with rapturous gospel hymns

Pharus is a senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, and the proud leader of its legendary gospel choir. The prestigious school is committed to building “strong, ethical Black men,” but conforming to their traditions becomes harder as he learns to accept his identity as a young gay man. Weighing reconciliation and rebellion, Choir Boy, featuring gorgeously sung a cappella hymns, is a love letter from the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of Moonlight to the healing power of music.

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  • Showtimes
    Running time: approx. 1h 45m (no intermission)
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 1:30 PM
    & 7:30 PM
    Thursday 7:30 PM
    Friday 8 PM
    Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
    Sunday 2 PM
  • Related Events
    VocalEye Performance
    Friday, February 23, 2024 – 8 PM
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  • Directions + Parking
    Granville @ 12th, 2750 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC
    V6H 3J3

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  • Content Advisory
    Choir Boy contains mature content such as coarse language, homophobic slurs, racial slurs, depictions of identity-based violence, graphic descriptions of sexuality, and partial nudity. This production also includes water-based fog and haze. Please contact our box office for more information.

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Choir Boy delivers a suite of exquisite musical performances that make you want to leap from your seat and cry amen

—Vancouver Sun

McCraney shows us how the arts can strengthen our sense of self and unite us

—The Globe and Mail

Artistic Team

Cast

  1. Scott Bellis Mr. Pendleton
  2. Andrew Broderick Pharus Jonathan Young
  3. Clarence “CJ” Jura Junior Davis
  4. Anton May David Heard
  5. Stewart Adam McKensy Headmaster Marrow
  6. Kwaku Okyere Bobby Marrow
  7. Savion Roach Anthony Justin “AJ” James

Creative

  1. Mike Payette Director
  2. Floydd Ricketts Composer, Arranger & Musical Director
  3. Dawn Pemberton Musical Director
  4. Natasha Powell Movement Director
  5. Lisa Goebel Associate Movement Director & Intimacy Director
  6. Rachel Forbes Set/Costume Designer
  7. Sophie Tang Lighting Designer
  8. Kate De Lorme Sound Designer

  9. Erika Morey Stage Manager
  10. Peter Jotkus Assistant Stage Manager