When We Were Singing by Dorothy Dittrich
When We Were Singing is an investigation of the friendship between four urban dwelling lost souls each at a crossroads in their lives. Set around a series of conversations between these friends, we eavesdrop on the ups and downs of their lives over the course of a weekend. Contemporary themes of work, love, hopes, dreams, fears and failures weave through this story pulled from our everyday lives. As funny as it is serious, the almost entirely sung through musical switches gears in an instant to get to the heart of what makes these people tick. On this particular weekend we find the friends joking and drinking heavily, as always, but the culmination of a series of events has them each facing the realization that the party might be coming to an end. The question is, will they leave or have one more round and risk staying too long?
When We Were Singing was nominated for 4 Jessie Richardson Awards and won 3. Outstanding Original Script, Musical Direction and Ensemble Cast. It was nominated for 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Best Production and Musical Direction. It was produced at Buddies in Bad Times, a co-pro between The Belfry and the National Arts Centre and in Florida at the Suncoast Theatre.
Keywords: musical, urban, gay, lesbian, humour, contemporary, witty, sung-through, 80's, 90's.