Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music | Canada

Theaturtle, Canada


Music: Aleš Březina

Libretto: Alon Nashman

Scenographer and Director: Pamela Howard

Music Director: Peter Tiefenbach
Lighting Designer: Patrick Lavender
Choreographer: Marie-Josée Chartier
Production Manager: Kaitlin Hickey
Stage Manager: Andrea Baggs
Production Associate: Danielle Levy



"Life? Or Theatre?" is the name that Berlin born Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon gave to a sequence of nearly 800 gouaches accompanied by text and musical references that she produced between 1940 and 1942. Through painting, text, and music, Charlotte chronicled the inner life of a young woman coming of age during the rise of Nazism and under the shadow of family tragedies. Before her deportation to Auschwitz at age 26, she handed the work to a local physician, with the message: "take good care of this... it is my whole life." Miraculously, her extraordinary magnum opus survived. "Life? Or Theatre?" with its themes of art, love, memory, identity, and history powerfully resonates today.

"Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music" is the first attempt to bring to the stage the complete work in the manner of "singspiel," a play with music, the way Charlotte initially envisioned. This production is a multi-national collaboration with a core creative team from Canada, UK, and the Czech Republic, including seven actor-singers and four musicians performing live music on stage.


Charlotte Kann: Shaina Silver-Baird
Paulinka Bimbam: Ariana Chris
Amadeus Daberlohn: Andrew Cohen
Birgit, a maid / Barbara: Kayleigh Gorka
Albert Kann / Minister: Chris Lucas
Grandfather / Herr Schmidt: David Ludwig
Grandmother / Franziska: Tracy Michailidis


Instrumental Ensemble
Peter Tiefenbach • Ben Promane • Michele Verheul • Kimberly Jeong
Lighting Designer: Patrick Lavender
Movement Director: Marie-Josée Chartier
Production Manager: Kaitlin Hickey
Music Director: Peter Tiefenbach
Stage Manager: Andrea Baggs
Production Associate: Danielle Levy
Executive Producer: Sarah Thorpe






June 21 - 13:30, 21:00

June 22 - 20:30


Nissan Nativ acting studio at Alexander Grass building


1 hour 30 minutes without intermission 


English with Hebrew subtitles