2018 Playbill

2018 Playbill 2017-11-13T10:01:17+00:00

April

TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN

April 16th–21st , 2018

8 performances per week

Written by Simon Douglas and coming to us from Talk Is Free Theatre

A VERY UNIQUE & PERSONAL 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 male, born in the 1970s and raised both on the reserve in British Columbia and in Vancouver. It is the play about a kid growing up and is told entirely from a personal perspective. Tales of an Urban Indian conjures up an array of characters that come in and out of Simon’s life as seen through his eyes, all played by one actor. 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.  This will definitely have people talking and will start our season off in a very newsworthy way!

May

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

A ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH A BIT OF BUZZ

By Mark Crawford
From Theatre Orangeville

Cast of 3

May 22nd-26th, 2018

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!

June

SUNSHINE EXPRESS

By Sarah Quick and Globus Theatre

June 12th-16th, 2018       4 actors, minimal set

 

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.

July

ACROSS THE POND  – The British Invasion

July 10th-14th, 2018

6 musicians

From Leisa Way & Way-To-Go Productions

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!

August

Come Down From Up River

By Norm Foster

From The Foster Festival – St. Catharines

August 7th-11th, 2018              Cast of 3

Comedy

2018 World Premier

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!

September

The World Goes ‘Round

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.

October  

A Whole New World
The Musical Magic of Alan Menken

October 11th-13th, 2018

Written and performed by Adrian Marchuk and cast.

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!

December

Chris-tacular Christmas Cabaret

Chris Tsujiuchi & Friends!

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.