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VIDEO: Watch Nick Adams, Lauren Elder & More in Rehearsals for Theatre Calgary's MARY AND MAX

Theatre Calgary is preparing to open Mary and Max - A New Musical, the second world premiere of the 2018-19 season, with music and lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman, directed by Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Stafford Arima, choreography by Jenn Rapp, and orchestrations and music supervision by Anna Ebbesen.

Based on an Australian claymation film by Adam Elliot about two unlikely pen pals, Mary and Max - A New Musical is a hilarious and heartening tale that proves friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. The story focuses on lonely 10-year-old Mary from Melbourne, as she writes her way into the life of Max, a 44-year-old man with Asperger's Syndrome in New York City. With quirky melodies and heartfelt dialogue, their friendship is one audiences will never forget.

Mary and Max features Lauren Elder (Broadway credits include the revival productions of Side Show and Hair) in the role of Mary, Anthony Galde (original Broadway productions of Wicked, The Civil War, and Starlight Express) as Max, and 18 year-old Calgarian Katie McMillan who makes her TC debut as Young Mary. Joining them are Susan Gilmour (TC's Crazy for You, The Secret Garden, Mary Poppins, Fantine in the Canadian, Broadway, and International touring productions of Les Mise?rables) as Vera, and Nick Adams (original Broadway productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and The Pirate Queen) as Damian. Rounding out the cast are Chase Crandell (Theatre Calgary debut) as Moon, Alana Hibbert (Theatre Calgary debut) as Mother Chocolate, Kevin Aichele (Mary Poppins at Theatre Calgary) as Noel, Kelsey Verzotti (Theatre Calgary debut) as Lady Noblet, and Eric Wigston (The Secret Garden at Theatre Calgary) as Vanity Noblet.

Mary and Max previews October 16-18. Opening night is October 19. Performances run Tuesday thru Sunday with evening curtain at 7:30pm (Tues-Thurs & Sunday) and 8:00pm (Fri & Sat), weekend matinees at 2:00pm. Tickets for all performances start as low as $45.00 and can be purchased through Theatre Calgary at 403-294-7447 or online at the- All performances take place in Arts Commons Max Bell Theatre.

Check out a sneak peek of the cast in rehearsals below!

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