Alexander's experience in film making facilitated some spectacular moments by creating film sequences and projected backgrounds while directing stage productions like Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and Titanic the Musical. Yet, Alexander does not shy away from actor-driven, dramatic stage productions such as 12 Angry Men, The War Show and The Diary of Anne Frank.
TITANIC The Musical
Alexander combined knowledge of the historic ship and visual effects to recreate the sinking of the RMS Titanic on an extremely wide but shallow stage with no trap doors or hydraulics.
Between researching post-Revolution France and the love of the novel, this was a historically accurate presentation of the beloved musical without changing a single lyric. Most common audience feedback was, "It was the first time I understood the show."
Singin' in the Rain
Alexander staged this production twice, incorporating filmmaking experience to create the silent films and early 'talkies' crucial to the plot of the show, as well as having rain across the entire stage for the title number.
The Wizard of Oz
Alexander received an award for Innovation for employing several techniques to bring the magical land of Oz to life in two matching theatres that had no fly system.
IN LIVE THEATRE
A Christmas Carol - The Musical
Once again, a historical fantasy-drama brought to life using creative ghostly projections as well as snow for the show-stopping finale.
The Diary of Anne Frank
Toronto Premiere of New Adaptation
Faithfully recreated the famous attic where eight people hid from the Nazis for two years during WWII. The play was extended three times, with regular school performances. Some Holocaust survivors (including a friend of the real Anne Frank) spoke to the students.
You'll Get Used to It! The War Show
A unique experience of Act 1 being a vaudeville-like comedy and Act 2 as a hard-hitting drama. With special permission from the playwright, added historic newsreels and re-arranged the numbers for more dramatic impact.
Twelve Angry Men
Alexander updated the famous drama (with permission) to present-day to illustrate that the same prejudicial issues exist as much today as when the teleplay was first presented in the 1950s. Performed on a thrust stage, we had to get creative with the blocking around a table with 12 chairs.
Dracula The Un-Dead (Dramatic Reading)
Alexander adapted part of the novel for a dramatic presentation for the Toronto Book Launch. Costumes, projections on a fog screen, and live music were used.
Presented with Penguin Books Canada