Onegin is an exciting story from the colourful days of Russia’s past. (Submitted)

Onegin is an exciting story from the colourful days of Russia’s past. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Onegin brings romantic entanglement in Old Russia to three Island stages

Passion and fire in a rock musical setting. as Arts Club production hits Courtenay, Nanaimo, Duncan

Looking for the passion and fire of romance in Tsarist Russia blended with the spectacle of a rock musical?

The award-winning Arts Club production of Onegin will be making its way to three Vancouver Island stages this month.

Onegin has been selling out theatres all over Western Canada including a sold-out run at The Belfy Theatre in Victoria last fall.

Produced through the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions Project, it premiered in Vancouver in the spring of 2016 and was met with critical acclaim. The show collected 10 wins at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, making history as the first production to win all but one of the awards in the large theatre category.

Who won? Outstanding Actor and Actress went to Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe, Supporting Actor went to Josh Epstein, and the crew and director cleaned up.

The story begins when romantic and charming Evgeni Onegin visits the Larin family estate and stirs up long forgotten passions among its residents.

Vladimir Lensky is a poet whose romantic ideals are challenged after Onegin flirts with his fiancee, Olga Larin, and even the sensible Tatyana Larin falls for the handsome rogue.

The hit musical moves, shakes, and wakes audiences with its sweeping score, leaving the powerful question swirling in their minds: do you see someone worth dying for?

The coming here includes: Lauren Jackson (Tatyana Larin), Jonathan Winsby (Evgeni Onegin), Josh Epstein (Vladimir Lensky, select performances), Erik Fraser Gow (Vladimir Lensky, select performances), Meaghan Chenosky (Olga Larin and others), Caitriona Murphy (Madame Larin and others), Andrew Wheeler (Prince Gremin and others), and Nadeem Phillip (many others).

The music is provided by: Marguerite Witvoet (piano and keyboards), Jennifer Moersch (cello), and Barry Mirochnick (percussion and guitar).

It plays the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Feb. 13, the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Feb. 14 and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan on Feb. 15. Check out the Arts Club Theatre tour page for more information.