“…true friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes.”

Crystal Skillman, Librettist

Mary and Max

"A love letter to marginalized people everywhere"
Louis B. Hobson
Calgary Herald
"Something important... eclectic by connected"
Vicki Trask
"Uplifting human message... an old-fashioned coming-of-age musical"
Stephen Hunt
The Globe and Mail

Director's Note

New musicals are filled with moments of joy, tears, hiccups and triumph. The authors reimagined the 2009 Australian animated film and turned it into a heartfelt musical that was given its world premiere at Theatre Calgary. This production gave the authors a deep insight into what worked and what didn’t, and they were able to take those awakenings and explore a new production at Theatre Linz in Austria.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



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Production Credits

Book: Crystal Skillman

Based on Screenplay: Adam Elliot

Music, Lyrics & Vocal Arrangements: Bobby Cronin

Music Supervisor/Orchestration: Anna Ebbesen

Musical Director/Dance Arranger/Additional Orchestrations: Joshua Zecher-Ross

Choreography: Jenn Rapp

Set & Costumes: Bretta Gerecke

Lighting: Kimberly Purtell

Projections: Sean Nieuwenhuis

Sound: Peter McBoyle

Producer: Theatre Calgary

Theatre: Max Bell