Beside Myself | World Premiere Musical

This new World Premiere musical by Norm Foster and Steve Thomas is sure to keep your toes tapping long after the final bow!

Beside Myself, Current Season, Norm Foster Comedy Theatre

Show Dates

July 31 - August 17, 2019

Total Show Time: 2hrs 15mins



FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Recital Hall

250 St. Paul St East, St. Catharines, ON

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Gabrielle Jones, Paula | Bio »
Jonathan Whittaker, Sam | Bio »
Breton Lalama, Young Paula | Bio »
Griffin Hewitt, Young Sam | Bio »


Mike Allen, Musician
Ian Copeland, Musician


Patricia Vanstone, Director
Steve Thomas, Music Director
Peter Hartwell, Set & Costume Designer
Chris Malkowski, Lighting Designer

Production Team

David Costello, Production Manager
Barbara McLean Wright, Stage Manager
Noa Katz, Apprentice Stage Manager
Ryan Mahon, Head Carpenter
Kassidy Noble, Properties Coordinator & Scenic Painter
James McCoy, Wardrobe Coordinator
Aaron Millward, Theatre Craftsperson
Shara-Lee Miller, Theatre Craftsperson

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Book & Lyrics by Norm Foster - World Premiere!
Music & Lyrics by Steve Thomas

What would you do if you could hit the re-set button on a stale marriage?  Paula and Sam have finally decided to pack it in as a couple. As they divvy up their household goods they wonder what would have happened if they’d never met. Would their dreams and young ambitions have come true? The discovery of a long-forgotten wedding gift sets off a chain of events that transports them back to their college days and the opportunity to rewrite their history together. Reuniting Norm Foster and composer Steve Thomas - co-creators of audience favourites Jasper Station, Race Day and Sitting Pretty, Beside Myself is a sweet musical examination of love lost and found.

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Artist Talk Back Dates | Fore & Aft Lounge

Join us in our new Fore & Aft Lounge and meet our artists! Pre-order Wine & Cheese Boards and relax in our lounge while participating in pre- and post-show talk backs with our actors.

2019 Talk Back Dates and Times

  • Wednesday, July 31 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Sunday, August 4 » 2pm performance – Pre-Show Talk Back (1:15pm-1:45pm)
  • Thursday, August 8 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Friday, August 9 » 8pm performance – Adult Drama Club, Post-Show
  • Sunday, August 11 » 2pm performance – Pre-Show Talk Back (1:15pm-1:45pm)
  • Thursday, August 15 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Friday, August 16 » 8pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back


  • I've wanted to tackle a new musical for a while and the timing is perfect. Steve Thomas and I are having a ball with this story.
    - Norm Foster


Watch the development of the world premiere of Beside Myself by Norm Foster & Steve Thomas, as we post photos of the creative team at work!


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