Spriet Stage




A new musical comedy about the unbreakable bond of family.

Book by Matt Murray
Music by Colleen Dauncey
Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal
Directed by Dennis Garnhum

April 14 to May 2, 2020
Spriet Stage | Opens April 17

Open Caption performances Fri. May 1, 2020 at 8:00pm & Sat. May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm  Learn more »

GROW is an outrageously fun, big-hearted musical that examines sisterhood, community and the choices we all must make as we grow.

Before they are baptized into their faith forever, twin sisters Hannah and Ruth go on Rumspringa – a hall pass for Amish teenagers – to explore the modern world. When the sisters find themselves stranded in a rough Toronto neighbourhood, their beliefs are tested as they team up with a down-on-his-luck cannabis dealer to help run his grow-op.

“We love GROW’s heart and humour and the portrayal of two very different communities, with more in common than it may seem). At the heart of the story, two sisters who discover that growing up may mean growing apart.” – Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, January 2020

"This musical, from the composers of Prom Queen, is one of the most musically exciting shows I have come across in years. The story is compelling and surprising, the musical incredibly uplifting, and the contemporary relevance irresistible. This musical reminds us that we live in an incredible country that allows all points of view to grow. It’s pure joy." – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

Grade Recommendation: 9+

Developed and workshopped in 2016 at Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan College as “Rumspringa Break”
Developed and workshopped in 2019 at Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan College as “GROW”
Workshopped at the Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals in January 2020.


Pull up a chair for a casual conversation with the artists from the show at our weekly Speak Easy, Wednesdays - April 15, 22, & 29, post-show in the Poster Lounge. The bar will be open!

Join James Reaney and a guest speaker as they delve more deeply into the production with a pre-show talk on Wednesday April 29, 12:00pm.


The Cast

Ann Paula Bautista
Emma / Brenda
Izad Etemadi
Samuel / Owen
Christina Gordon
Sarah / Gloria
Arinea Hermans
Sweeney MacArthur
Father / Larry
Andrew McAllister
Ephraim / Alan
Clea McCaffrey
Martha / Janis
Masini McDermott
Mary / Alexis
Gray Monczka
Moses / Kevin
Adam Sanders
Jacob / Skor
Jan Alexandra Smith
Miriam / Susan
Jenny Weisz

Production Team

Dennis Garnhum
Wayne Gwillim
Music Supervisor & Orchestrations
Andrew Petrasiunas
Music Director
Linda Garneau
Bretta Gerecke
Set & Costume Designer
Kevin Fraser
Lighting Designer
William Fallon
Sound Designer
Kelly Luft
Stage Manager
Andrea Baggs
Assistant Stage Manager
Darius Hahn
Apprentice Stage Manager
Larry Cornies
Cultural Consultant
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