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Queen for a Day: The Musical The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom: The Musical Pollyanna: The Musical If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? the Musical
Based on the first ever reality show of the 1950's and 1960's. It's a musical comedy inspired by true stories and filled with sensational songs, laughs, and the original charm of Reality TV. In the Hollywood of 1953, fortunes can change in a heartbeat. Claribel Anderson is counting on it. The outspoken and strong-willed Claribel finds herself and fellow waitress Lana Beutler at the glamorous Moulin Rouge Theatre, where the hit show "Queen for a Day" tapes daily. Here the girls meet the quirky and charismatic host of the show Jack Bailey and a colourful cast of Hollywood players ready and willing to build the "Queen for a Day" dream. Jack sees many women, listens to many stories, dries many tears - but only ONE can be Queen.
Hilarious twists and turns ensue on the way to Claribel's "coronation." Her 15 minutes of fame send her down a funny and touching road of self-discovery, forcing her to question her dream of being the perfect '50's housewife.
Meet Yam Roll, Happy Kingdom's most excellent cab driver who happens to be a delicious piece of yam sushi! Along with his buddies Ebi, Edamame, Tamago, Genki Desu, and Shmenki Desu, Yam Roll sets out on an ill-fated journey to save his love, Minamiko. She's spicy, hot stuff with a delicate dusting of sesame seeds! Who wouldn't want to find her on their sushi boat?! Follow the adventures of Yam Roll and his friends as they save Happy Kingdom from impending doom and prove that true love runs deeper than a soy sauce river.
A modernized version of the classic 1913 novel by Eleanor Porter. When Pollyanna, an exuberant and extremely unique 11 year old orphan is sent to live with her uptight Aunt Polly, both of their worlds are irreversibly turned upside down. Join Pollyanna on her fantastical trips to the "Gladlands" a universe where only happiness prevails.
When high school sophomore Lucy Norton's father remarries, Lucy's moved across the country and her life is turned upside down. With a bedroom in the unfinished basement, a blank social calendar, and a crush on the dashing prince of the varsity basketball team, Lucy's life has the makings of a Cinderella story--complete with two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother. So isn't she supposed to get the prince? And go to the senior prom?
Producer / Composer / Lyricist
Linda is the founder and creator of April 30th Entertainment. She works primarily as a composer/lyricist currently writing the score for Queen For A Day: The Musical.
After storytelling through musical theatre to over a million young people and their families, Linda is focusing on commercial family entertainment with new and exciting projects. Currently in the process of developing Pollyanna - the musical and composing the score and writing the lyrics to The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom - The Musical. Linda is also looking at acquiring stage rights for three other family entertainment shows.
In 1986, Linda founded Stage kids, a theatre company that makes musical theatre accessible to youth who could otherwise not afford the opportunity to attend performances in main stage commercial venues. Over the next 20 years, Linda created, developed and produced sixteen musicals. In 1996 Linda received a Dora nomination for The Player Principle for Best Youth Theatre Production. Two of her other shows Time To Be Me, and Come Save Today premiered at The Schubert Theatre Summer Academy in New Haven, Connecticut in 1993 and 1994, and, Time To Be Me was generously sponsored to do a twelve- week tour that visited over 50 towns in Ontario. To date, licenses for 250 productions of Linda's shows have been granted worldwide.
Jeffrey Latimer has produced and managed live theatre, musical productions, artists, events and sponsorships in North America for the past 18 years. His company JLE is based in Toronto and is set up to develop and create, produce, present and manage the best in artists, live entertainment, events and TV and Film.
Jeffrey's first two theatrical productions, Closer Than Ever and Forever Plaid both won awards for Best Musical. The success of Forever Plaid soon became a national phenomenon with three productions running; Toronto (4 years), Vancouver (2 years) and a two year national tour that visited over 70 towns and cities in Canada. Jeffrey's success with Forever Plaid led to a two year run of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and the operation of the New Yorker Theatre for the next 11 years. Jeffrey had the honour of bringing 96 year-old legend George Burns to Toronto's O'Keefe Centre in 1992. Other projects as producer in Toronto, Vancouver and across Canada include sit-down and touring productions of Closer Than Ever, Stomp, Forever Tango, High Life, Late Nite Catechism, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Gross Indecency--The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Ladies Night!, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Forever Swing (Michael Buble's first commercial show-also produce the CD), If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You starring Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor and Grease, legendary Bea Arthur in Just Between Friends and Cookin At The Cookery and Defending the Caveman. Jeffrey was Director of Business Development for The Second City, launching their new theatre in Toronto and continues to work with Just For Laughs on strategic partnerships.
Natalie approaches the development of new theatrical pieces from a comprehensive point of view, having worked in different facets of professional theatre and entertainment for over 14 years.
Natalie enjoys seeking out and securing various properties from which to adapt April 30th's next musical.
Currently she is producing, and developing Queen for a Day: the Musical, based on the hit 1950's TV show of the same name. A forerunner in reality television Queen for a Day, was a household staple on radio and television for 20 years. Natalie is also a key creative Producer in the development of; The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom: the Musical.
Natalie produced the Canadian National Tour of Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman - the longest running solo show in Broadway History. Associate producing highlights include; Cabaret U-Mano (Réalisations Inc. from Montreal), and Dora Award Winner - Evil Dead: The Musical (Diesel Playhouse, Toronto).
Natalie has worked in dozens of schools in the Greater Toronto Area, sharing with children ages 5-12 years her love of theatre and puppetry as a teacher of the Arts Express program.
Natalie holds a B.F.A Honours with Merit from York University in Acting and is an alumna of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 'Producing for the Commercial Theatre' Intensive Program (Chicago).