#177 – Lucas Penner
Lucas Penner is a professional actor and songwriter specializing in composition and musical direction for theatre. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Theatre Arts (2017) from the George Brown Theatre School. Within the last three years he has been in charge of musical direction for the Toronto Fringe Festival’s “The Miserable Worm” and “Meant” as well as “Cavalcade”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “As You Like It” while at George Brown. He was also hired by Mike Ross for the Edna St.Vincent Millay workshop at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre in January 2018, and sang in Tapestry Opera’s production of “Oksana G in 2017. Being a multidisciplinary artist, Penner has recorded albums “Passerby” (2012) and “Soul Fire” (2009), performed as a solo acoustic artist and band leader, and has written music for and co-created two shows: “Dead and Lovely: a Cabaret” and “Circles”, which was played to sold-out audiences at the Cameron House in October 2017. Lucas is creatively inspired by classical literature, contemporary art, anime, trees, current events and social issues. His musical style is informed by alternative and punk genres, and is influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, and Nick Cave. As an actor and a singer, he appreciates storytelling, and loves poetry for its ability to be clear and vague at the same time. He aspires to bring this quality to music theatre, in order to create new experiences for audiences. After ‘Circles: In Concert’, Lucas will be performing and touring as a musician with Theatre Direct’s ‘Flying Hearts’.
Circles: In Concert
Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, CIRCLES: IN CONCERT is a re-imagining Lucas Penner’s dark musical, CIRCLES – a show set at an open mic in Hell. Hear the completely original score featuring classical instrumentals, Tom Waits-like growlers and singer/songwriter intimacy. It rocks, swings and grooves with jazz, funk, latin and pop influences. CIRCLES: IN CONCERT follows Dante, a trio, striving to be signed by Beatrice Records as Lucifer tries to bind their souls to him every step of the way.