Q: It’s always exciting to experience a new Canadian musical. Which came first – the book or the music? How exactly did you collaborate?
A: Adapting Hans Christen Andersen’s very short story “The Little Match Girl” was Erin’s idea and she wrote the book and sometimes fragments of lyrics which I then took and created songs – sometimes where she had placed them and sometimes stealing her wonderful scenes and musicalizing them. Then we often go back and forth with lyrics to the point where it’s hard to remember who wrote which lyric. We’ve been very fortunate to have two workshops in as many years at the Belfry Theatre where the piece has gone through many changes inspired by many people.
Q: How would you describe the style of the piece? What can the audience expect?
A: I would say This Little Light is a modern reimagining of this classic story and having set our version in present day Fernwood it has plenty of quirkiness and holiday magic as one would expect. I hope that everyone sees themselves, their neighbours and the people in our city reflected in our little world.
Q: As a CCPA alumni, Brad, what are your feelings/thoughts on having the CCPA students from Company C bring your piece to life?
I am always thrilled to work with CCPA students – their passion, energy and boundless ambition help to remind me of the dreams and goals that I had as a student fifteen years ago. It is always an invigorating and inspiring experience in what can often be a challenging career path. Plus they’re all so talented in so many different ways, I know they’ll bring so much to his next phase of our piece. It’s a perfect fit!