Polly Peel

Hannah Levinson as Polly, 2018 Fringe. Photo by Sam Gaetz.
Book by Julie Tepperman
Lyrics & Music by Kevin Wong
Inspired by the painting “The Young Biologist” by Paul Peel (1892)


‘… Polly Peel (Act One)‘ explores a family grappling with death through the eyes and imagination of a biology-obsessed eleven-year-old girl. Originally inspired by acclaimed Canadian painter Paul Peel’s ‘The Young Biologist’, an early incarnation was presented in 2016 at the AGO as part of The Musical Stage Company’s Reframed.
Featuring a moving story, a funny and poignant musical score, and some of Canada’s top musical theatre talent, ‘… Polly Peel (Act One)‘ showcases a rare in-development look at a new Canadian musical. Frogs. Family. Forgiveness. RIBBIT!


After the sudden death of her scientist father, eleven-year old Polly Peel, her older sister Paula, and their mother Pauline struggle to make sense of this tragedy. At the funeral, Polly reveals a surprising scientific theory for dad’s untimely “death” – a conundrum that only she, as her father’s trusted apprentice, can solve.

2018 FRINGE DEVELOPMENTAL PRODUCTION [The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act One)]

July 5-15, 2018, 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival

Directed by Aaron Willis
Music Directed by Adam Sakiyama
Choreographed by Nicola Pantin
Set and Costume Design by Kelly Wolf
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Stage Managed by Sandy Plunkett
Assistant Director by Colin Simmons
Assistant Music Directed by Jon Corkal
Marketing and Publicity by Victoria Barber
Produced by the Polly Peel Collective
Cast: Troy Adams, Alan Cui, Donna Garner, Richard Lee, Hannah Levinson, Faly Mevamanana, Ben Page, Jessica Sherman


Saturday June 17, 2017, Studio 1398, Granville Island

Directed by Aaron Willis
Presented at the 2017 In Tune Festival, produced by Touchstone Theatre
Cast: Shannon Kent-Chan, Vincent Tong, Sharon Crandall, Quinn Cartwright
Music Directed by Kevin Wong

2016 REFRAMED PRODUCTION (‘Paulie’ Peel)

April 7-12, 2016, Art Gallery of Ontario, Robert M. Fudger Memorial Gallery

Directed by Robert McQueen
Producer: Acting Up Stage Company with Art Gallery of Ontario in association with Yonge St. Theatricals
Cast: Eliza-Jane Scott, Kaylee Harwood, Tim Funnell
Stage Manager: Erika Morey
Production Assistant: Aubrey Rothman
Music Director: Tara Litvack
Set & Props Designer: Brandon Kleinman
Lighting Designer: Kimberley Purtell
Costume Designer: Alex Amini
Musicians: Sam Bisson (Cello), Tara Davidson (Woodwinds)
presented in conjunction with La Casati (lyrics by Bryce Kulak & Erin Shields, book by Erin Shields, music by Bryce Kulak) and He is Coming (book by Sara Farb, lyrics & music by Britta Johnson)

Photos by Joanna Akyol:

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