The Canadian Premiere of a fairly new musical, inspired by the real-life story of a group of teenage girls who decide to become single mothers together, is coming to Windsor for a four-show run starting next week at The Rondo. Pregnancy Pact runs from August 14-17.
The pop-rock musical is about a group of teens who make a promise to become single mothers together. 15-year-old Maddie is devoted to her three best friends and they are to her, but when Brynn gets pregnant, the friends all plan to have children, raising them together in a dream of a perfect life. Their pact grows as other girls find out and want in. The bubble finally bursts when their secret is revealed, leaving each of the girls to face the hard realities of love, responsibility and growing up.
Though the story of the show is entirely original, it is inspired by a June 2008 new story, first nationally reported in Time magazine, about a surge in pregnancies at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts. Seventeen girls got pregnant during the 2007-2008 school year, and faced with questions, the principal alleged that the girls had made a pact to all get pregnant together, an allegation all of the girls deny.
With book and lyrics by Gordon Leary and music by Julia Meinwald, Pregnancy Pact received its world-premiere production at the Weston Playhouse in 2011 after being seen at Ars Nova, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Works.
The local cast includes Samantha Bourque, Miranda DiPietro, Shayla Hudson, Rebecca Lashmar, Olivia Ridpath, Sean Sennett and Avonlea Smith, with music direction by Sam Poole. Miriam Goldstein is the director – she also directed the highly acclaimed comedy/drama The Boys In The Band earlier this year, but may be best known as the woman behind the controversial Vagina Monologues poster which was banned from being displayed at The Capitol Theatre in 2012.
The show is being produced by The Edge Productions and will be performed at The Rondo (63 Pitt St. E., Windsor) from August 14-17 at 8pm nightly. Tickets are $20. More information about the show can be found on The Edge Productions Facebook event page.