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A cheerful slice of The Big Apple comes to GCTC with 

Ordinary Days


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA October 18, 2017 – Looking to be uplifted? Need a healthy dose of hope? From the city that never sleeps, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is happy to present the rousing, refreshingly honest musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon. Directed by GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates (most recently directing the Governor General’s Award nominated play 1979), with musical direction by Wendy Berkelaar, Ordinary Days features a cast of returning favourites (Katie Ryerson and Zach Counsil) and new faces (Jennifer Cecil and Gab Desmond) ready to belt out the vibrant and memorable songs of this original, contemporary musical.  Ordinary Days will run on the GCTC stage from October 31 – November 19.


“Captures with stinging clarity that uneasy moment in youth when doubts begin to cloud hopes for a future of unlimited possibility.” — New York Times


Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and a lost notebook. This contemporary musical is for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex situation.


“With all the strife south of the border these days, we can all use a reminder that beauty will continue to thrive in difficult times. This lovely chamber musical conveys this idea simply and powerfully. Anyone who feels the need for a tonic will find it in Ordinary Days” says Director Eric Coates.


GCTC greatly acknowledges the support of Corporate Sponsor Desjardins and In-Kind Sponsor Ottawa Pianos for partnering with us on this production.


Jennifer Cecil: Claire
Zach Counsil: Warren
Gab Desmond: Jason

Katie Ryerson: Deb

Wendy Berkelaar: Music Director and Pianist

Laurie Champagne: Stage Manager

Eric Coates: Director

Pamela Feghali: Assistant Director and 2017 Shannon Reynolds Fund recipient

Seth Gerry: Set and Lighting Designer
Vanessa Imeson: Hair, Makeup and Costume Designer

Jess Preece: Assistant Stage Manager



Thursday, November 2, 2017. Curtain is at 8:00 p.m.



Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Saturday performances begin at 4:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Pay-what-you-decide performance on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. and a post-performance talkback will take place on the main stage on Thursday, November 2.



The GCTC Prologue Series is back for another year of exciting discussions and unique experiences that take us into the creative process of the plays on our stage.
The series is free to the public and will take place before the second preview of each production at 6:45 pm in the GCTC lobby. The next event takes place on November 1 and will break from the previously established format to include a behind-the-scenes tour of GCTC. Conducting the tour will be GCTC Artistic Director/Ordinary Days Director Eric Coates, and Ordinary Days Set & Lighting Designer/GCTC Production Manager Seth Gerry.



For each of GCTC’s mainstage productions in the 2017-18 season, a pop-up restaurant will form in GCTC’s lobby for one night only during the run. Each pop-up restaurant will be led by one of Ottawa’s most renowned executive chefs and feature a prix fixe menu created and inspired by the play on our stage. The final course includes tickets to the performance that evening. Participating chefs include Patrick Garland (Absinthe Café), Chris Deraiche (The Wellington Gastropub), Tim Stock (Play food & wine), Michael Blackie (NeXT), and Steve Wall (Supply and Demand).  


On Tuesday, November 7, the 2016 Gold Medal Plates winner Chef Joe Thottungal of Coconut Lagoon will be lending his award-winning talents to create a menu inspired by Ordinary Days. Tickets for this event and all others are $110 and available on GCTC.ca now, in limited quantities.


Chefs & Shows is curated by Michael Moffat and Sheila Whyte.



Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or GCTC.ca. Regular ticket price range: $42 to $58. Rush Tickets $15 for students; $33 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the GCTC Box Office after noon on the day of performance. Valid student ID required for Student Rush.



Subscriptions are now available for GCTC’s 2017-18 season. For more information on the 2017-18 season, visit GCTC.ca or call the GCTC Box Office at 613-236-5196.



From October 31 – November 19, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will present RAW, a solo exhibit featuring the work of diploma student Susan Fried at the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery.  A vernissage, with an opportunity to meet the artists, will take place Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. GCTC’s partnership with the Ottawa School of Art is supported by Cube Gallery.



GCTC celebrates its 43nd season in 2017–18. We continue to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. Now in the middle of a 3-year strategic plan, GCTC aims to increase the diversity on it stages, diversify its audiences and deepen their experience. GCTC also continues to embrace artistic risk and to ensure a wide range of theatrical experiences.




For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Andrew Soobrian

Marketing and Communications Manager

Great Canadian Theatre Company


613-236-5192 ext. 229