Jordan Field describes it as a “bucket list” role.
The Ladner singer, dancer and actor returns to the Theatre Under the Stars stage after a five-year absence in Disney’s Newsies, which runs on alternating evenings along with Mamma Mia until Aug. 17.
Mamma Mia opensJuly 9 and Newsies on July 10.
“I just decided it was time to audition and get back on the TUTS stage,” Field said. “It is a bucket list musical for me, so I auditioned and here we are.”
Field is in the ensemble for this year’s show.
“Newsies has been one of my favourite musicals since I was eight years old,” he said. “It’s a true story, which I really like, about working kids that have been abused and they fight the man and rise up and come out on top.”
A stirring true account of a ragged band of newspaper boys in 1899 New York City, Disney’s Newsies showcases a youth-led revolution in a fight for fair pay and humane working conditions.
Framed with inspiring song-and-dance numbers, the Broadway classic is an exposition on the power of the people.
Field began singing at age three and dancing at five. He danced and sang competitively for 15 years. He started musical theatre at eight.
He formed a band called Six to Midnight when he was 17 and played various venues around the Lower Mainland and beyond for five years. He then moved on to vocal coaching, starting his own studio called C.H.O.P (Compassion, Heart, Opportunity, Persistence) Studios where he coaches and mentors the next generation of rising stars to achieve their goals.
He began with Delta Youth Theatre as an assistant choreographer two seasons ago and has loved working within the arts in his own community. He’s also thrilled to be back on the TUTS stage after a five-year break.
“I’ve performed in lots of other theatres around the Lower Mainland but there is definitely something special about Theatre Under the Stars and it being outside. It is a totally different experience than any other theatre in Vancouver,” he said. “The cast is unreal and the director and choreography has done a wonderful job of putting this together, so it’s just really exciting.”
TUTS is at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Tickets, $30 to $55, are available at www.tuts.ca or by calling 604-631-2877.