Stories and songs in Morrisey’s one-man show

‘Musical theatre is my strength so I wanted to lead with that’

Raissa Tetanish
Published on July 2, 2014
Truro native Andrew Morrisey is hosting his fourth annual one-man show on July 10 at the Best Western Plus Glengarry with his friend, Rachel O’Brien, accompanying him on the piano. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door.
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TRURO – “It’s my Christmas morning.”

That’s how Andrew Morrisey describes his one-man show, with the fourth annual event set for July 10 at the Best Western Plus Glengarry.

“It’s my favourite thing to do because it’s so intimate, which is something you don’t get in a play or a musical. After I first did this show, I felt like we were all in on a little secret. It’s my Christmas morning.”

Morrisey, 24, brings a new show every year to the one-man performance, which includes Rachel O’Brien accompanying him on piano.

“I do all new songs and all new stories each year, which is good because I get bored easily. It’s good for me to mix it up, but I also know people like to hear new things,” he said.

“There will be some familiar songs and some new songs, and songs that are new to me, so I hope everyone will like it.”

The Truro native is throwing some musical theatre and jazz songs into the show, as well as “some odd songs” included.

“They’re all songs and stories from my life that I weave together to make a show,” he said. “I believe there is a song for everyone.”

This past year has been full of auditions in New York for Morrisey, who will most likely include some of those into the mix. He does, however, say there will be a couple of surprises thrown in as well.

“I’m very excited about those surprises, very excited.”

Morrisey said he’s grown quite a bit from his debut.

“The first year was just about full, and every year since, it’s like we’re adding extra tables on. I see it growing and growing every year, which is exciting for me and I am so thankful for that.

“But, of course, this is Truro and people in Truro are very supportive.”

Having just finished teaching a musical theatre course at the Marigold Cultural Centre last week, Morrisey will host a drama camp at the centre during the last week of July. In August, he’s hosting a musical theatre camp in Enfield.

Come the fall, he’s off to New York yet again for a two-year musical theatre program at Circle in the Square.

“I’m really excited. It was a very tough decision for me, very tough – it came down to musical theatre or acting school and I wanted to continue with musical theatre, especially in a new city. Musical theatre is my strength so I wanted to lead with that,” he said.

The one-man show begins at 7:30 p.m., with the doors open at 6:45. There will a cash bar on site and admission is by donation.

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