Thursday, December 20th & Friday, December 21st, 2018
Our friend & very talented Musical Director, Chris Tsujiuchi produces a sold-out cabaret each Christmas in Toronto. Super fun, packed with talent, a little risqué (but not really). This cabaret will be a great mix of holiday music, musical theatre, and pop. Consider this a “morph” of our LOVE cabaret!
A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance program, Chris’ Musical Direction credits include Over The Rainbow (Theatre Collingwood), Any Dream Will Do (Theatre Collingwood), Onegin (Musical Stage Company), 35MM (Toronto premiere), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), One Song Glory ’10 ’11 & ’12 (ActingUp Stage), A Joyful Noise (co-composer/lyricist, Smile Theatre), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe), and bare: the Canadian Premiere (Waters Edge Productions). Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale as a singer, cabaret superstar Sharron Matthews as an accompanist, and can be seen in his biannual “Chris-terical” cabarets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Chris Tsujiuchi – writer, music director, co-producer, performer Leah Canali – vocals Colin Asuncion – vocals Kevin Wong – vocals, violin La-Nai Gabriel – keyboard Bruce Scavuzzo – bass Robin Claxton – drums Steve John Dale – guitar
A Whole New World:
The Musical Magic of Alan Menken
Conceived & Directed by Adrian Marchuk
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Chris Tsujiuchi
Elena Juatco, Adrian Marchuk, Dana Jean Phoenix
Produced by Brian Goldenberg & Adrian Marchuk
October 11th-13th, 2018
Premiering at Theatre Collingwood
Revisit your childhood with the iconic music of Alan Menken, the master songwriter of Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Discover how one man’s music gave us a whole new world of animated characters, stories, and classic films.
Hear all your favourite hits, including Be Our Guest, Part Of Your World, Friend Like Me, Under The Sea, Colors of the Wind, Go The Distance, Suddenly Seymour, and of course, A Whole New World.
This in-concert production will highlight the work of composer ALAN MENKEN, produced by Adrian Marchuk, and including his incredibly talented musicians and performers.
Starting with his bursting onto the scene with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, then on to his spearheading the Disney renaissance with THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, POCAHONTAS, and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and finally his return to live-action singing with NEWSIES, SISTER ACT, and ENCHANTED, Menken’s shows are known and loved by everyone.
Adrian Marchuk has mined Alan Menken’s catalogue for the famous treasures and the little unknown gems, and will also highlight some great Canadian connections. This show contains endless amazing songs and will be attractive to audiences of all ages 5-105!
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From Dave Campbell and The Gravenhurst Opera House
September 4th-8th, 2018 Musical Revue
Cast of 5 plus 6 musicians
The World Goes Round is a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The revue takes its title from a tune that the songwriting team wrote for Liza Minnelli to sing in the Martin Scorsese film, New York, New York.
Enter the world of the distinguished and celebrated writing team, Kander and Ebb. The World Goes ‘Round is a stunning revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team, with the original production winning three Drama Desk Awards.
Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this is a celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. Five individuals find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.
Dave CampbellDirector & Choreographer
Greg Gibson Musical Director
Jeff Braunstein Stage Manager
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Shaver Bennett has lived a rather solitary life as a logger in the woods of northern New Brunswick. One day he arrives at the doorstep of his estranged sister’s daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. The niece, Bonnie Doyle and her wife Liv Arsenault welcome him into their lives in this sweetly moving tale. Set in Saint John, New Brunswick, Come Down From Up River explores family and forgiveness with a healthy dose of laughter sprinkled with tears. This latest Maritime saga from Norm Foster is guaranteed to delight!
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This music production celebrates 50 years of British pop and rock music, from those thrilling hits of the 1960s to today’s biggest stars. It features the music of the “Fab Four” (the Beatles), the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and many more great artists, who came to North America from Britain and Europe. From the first few bars to the final chord, the audience is swept away on a fabulous musical adventure. Leisa is again backed up beautifully by her band of talented musicians who, on several numbers, take over the vocals while she makes one of several costume changes. Joining her on stage, are Bobby Prochaska of Toronto, bass and lead vocals; Fred Smith of Kitchener, guitars and lead vocals; Nathan Smith of North Bay, fiddle, guitars, mandolin and lead vocals; Bruce Ley of Mulmur (near Shelburne), piano, guitars and lead vocals; and Sam Cino of Guelph, drums and lead vocals. Mixed in with the phenomenal music, is a great narrative about the “British Invasion.” You’ll learn that Paul McCartney wrote a song for British pop duo Peter and Gordon (Peter Asher and Gordon Waller) to record, and it ended up knocking the Beatles’ top hit off the charts, along with other music history facts. The show contains a wide variety of music, superbly performed by this group of Collingwood favourites!
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A clever production with tons of heart, a hilarious and thoughtful comedy, in which the four actors perform nearly 30 unique characters — sometimes in the same scene — in a tribute to the seniors’ bus tour industry. It is all about snowbirds heading off to Florida on a coach tour!
In Sunshine Express, the audience is welcomed aboard a “Charlie Cheetles Charters” tour bus going from Ontario to Florida and back. Their tour guide for the trip is the warm and welcoming Sandy and friendly and enthusiastic bus driver Tommy. The trip is seen through the eyes of Alan and Brenda, a couple dealing with the daily stresses of kids, money, and the Canadian recession. When Alan turns 40, a well-meaning elderly aunt books the couple onto a seniors’ tour bus down to the Sunshine State.
Boarding a bus filled with eccentric elderly characters, the couple initially seems out of place and Alan’s jaded skepticism about the entire trip is noted. Soon they experience border crossings, lemon smuggling, southern breakfasts, Wal-Mart visits, Happy Hour, Bingo, sing-a-longs, and the politics of getting back to the bus on time and the “slow clap.”
As their journey goes deeper into the American South, Alan and Brenda realize that — despite the age gap — they aren’t that different from their elderly traveling companions, and they discover you’re never too old to make new friends and have a good time. Their journey is filled with laughter, love, and a lot of heart as Alan and Brenda discover the true magic of Charlie Cheetles Charters.
Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home with her mother, a beekeeper. They live across the road from Earl, a farmer who’s been keeping busy with a long list of ladies ever since his divorce. Things get interesting when Ben, an eager young grad student, arrives to study the declining bee population. This raucously funny new comedy tackles sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys!
Gail used to be married to Frank, and Earl to Sheila. Then one day, Frank ran off with Sheila leaving Gail and Earl sitting alone on opposite sides of their concession road. Earl is trying to move on but Gail has given up on love and turned to beekeeping. When Gail’s turkey-farming daughter moves back home and a young man studying the decimation of the local bee population shows up, things really start to buzz!
This play is laugh out loud funny! You won’t want to miss it! It portrays adult situations and language…all in good fun and, of course, in the very best of taste!
Mark Crawford Playwright
Mark Crawford is excited to have The Birds and the Bees on stage at Theatre Orangeville and then on to Theatre Collingwood! Mark’s plays have been produced from Victoria to Halifax and many points in between! Also an actor, he is currently performing in Prairie Nurse at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. His play Bed and Breakfast will be produced this August at Soulpepper Theatre Company and his brand new play, The New Canadian Curling Club, premieres at the Blyth Festival in June. Thanks to David Nairn for his continued support, to Jane Spence for taking a turn in the director’s chair, and thank you for coming. Gobble gobble!
Jane has had the pleasure of performing professionally in theatres across Canada for the past 18 years including four productions for Theatre Orangeville: Ed’s Garage, Melville Boys, Elvis and Mavis and Ladies Foursome. She is thrilled to be returning as Director of The Birds and the Bees. Thanks to Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program she has been studying directing with her amazing Mentor David Nairn at Theatre Orangeville. There she assisted on productions of The Ghost Island Light, Miracle on 34th Street and Sexy Laundry. Other directing credits include: Associate Director for Numbers Game Lighthouse Festival Theatre, The Julius Caesar Project for Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Company, The Little Prince for Compass Theatre, Auto-Erotic Misadventure for the Pumphouse Festival of One Act plays for which she was awarded Best Director and Best Production. Jane would like to thank Mr. Nairn for his support and wisdom on this journey.assic Theatre Festival).
Rose Napolias Sarah
Rose is a Toronto-based actress and playwright. Acting favourites include: bridezilla, Mandy, in Mark Crawford’s Stag and Doe (PSFT), Juliet (twice!) and Romeo (once!) in Romeo & Juliet (Citadel, SLSF, Ruff) and Jamie in Roseneath’s Canadian and US tours of The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh (Dora nomination). She’s the author of six plays and is the Playwright in Residence at Theatre Front. Upcoming: Rose will be taking on the Shrew in Taming of the Shrew at St Lawrence Shakespeare. When she’s not being tamed this summer, she will be co-writing her first feature film! Tweet to her @rosenapoli1
Sheldon Davisas Earl
Theatre Orangville: Debut
Other Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, and A Christmas Story (Neptune Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, All Shook Up, Anything Goes, Sexy Laundry, The Odd Couple, and Weekend Comedy (Drayton Entertainment); And Then The Lights Went Out, and The Producers (Stage West); Rob Ford: the Musical (Factory Theatre); She Loves Me (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Last Resort (Globe Theatre); Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary). Upcoming: Harvest (Thousand Islands Playhouse); and Angel Street (aka Gaslight) (Classic Theatre Festival).
Michael Pearsonas Ben
A theatre graduate of Brock University, Michael is incredibly excited and grateful to be making his professional debut with The Birds and The Bees. His most recent credits include: The Melville Boys and Foxfinder at The Village Playhouse, Divine Wrecks at Alumnae Theatre, and the award winning Hamilton Fringe production Places. When not on stage Michael can be found guiding the next generation of actors as a high school drama teacher.
Susan Johnston-Collinsas Gail
I am thrilled to cross the boards at Theatre Orangeville in this beautiful play with good friends old and new. Favorites elsewhere include Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Liz in The Last Resort, Olive Madison in The Female Odd Couple, Marilla and Rachel in Anne of Green Gables and Maria in Lend Me A Tenor. Heartfelt thanks to Jane for your trust and friendship and to My Love Jeff for our amazing life together! I hope the thoughtfulness, laughter and tears we all share here tonight will help to heal our troubled world. Enjoy!
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Written by Darrell Dennis and produced by Talk Is Free Theatre
A VERY UNIQUE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE presented totally ON A MOVING TOWN BUS!
90 minutes in length
Comedy & Drama
Tales of An Urban Indian is the story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary First Nations man, born in the 1970s and raised both on the reserve in British Columbia and in Vancouver. Played by one actor,Simon conjures up an array of characters that come in and out of his life as seen through his eyes. Simon’s friends on the reserve, his mother and grandmother, his girlfriends and every other character are all portrayed through Simon’s mimicry. At the outset Simon explains that he is just like most people, a regular guy with a very common story to tell. As his story unfolds, layers of his character are revealed as are the lessons he has learnt in life that have molded him into the person he is now, telling the story.
Staged on a moving transit bus, visiting locations described in the story, the play becomes a unique and unforgettable theatrical experience.
“Starring Craig Lauzon”
Theatre Collingwood wishes to acknowledge and thank the Town of Collingwood for supporting this extraordinary presentation.
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