2019 Summer Festival Season2019-01-09T14:46:41+00:00

2019 Summer Festival Season

MAY 21-25

Where You Are

World Premiere By Kristen Da Silva
Directed by David Nairn.
From Theatre Orangeville
Comedy – Drama
Sisters Glenda and Suzanne live a peaceful retirement selling homemade jam on Manitoulin Island. This summer, their usual concerns – trying to orchestrate sightings of their handsome veterinarian neighbour and preparing for the visit of Suzanne’s grown daughter, Beth – are complicated by a secret the sisters can no longer contain. When Beth arrives with secrets of her own, the three women are forced to face things that will change their lives and relationships forever.
JUNE 19th-22nd

LOUISE PITRE – From Piaf to Mamma Mia

Concert/One woman show with accompaniment
We are thrilled to announce that following her performance in the Canadian Stage Company’s production of Next To Normal in April/May 2019, Louise Pitre will be making her way to Collingwood to perform for us in June in a very intimate show highlighting her magnificent musical career portraying the legendary Edith Piaf to the starring role in Mamma Mia, and everything in between!
Receiving a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! was a highlight for Louise Pitre, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, in a career that spans theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe. In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal and Paris), the title character in Edith Piaf, Mama Rose in Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Gary Griffin director)and Joanne in Company (again with Gary Griffin). In September, 2009, Louise made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ulrika in the concert version of the musical Kristina by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus which she reprised at Royal Albert Hall in April 2010. In 2013 Louise premiered her self-penned one-woman show On The Rocks at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto with original songs by Louise Pitre, W. Joseph Matheson and Diane Leah. Louise has guested with orchestras across Canada and the U.S. and appears in concert regularly throughout North America with accompaniment ranging from big band to solo piano. She was chosen to be one of the three judges for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CBC series Over The Rainbow. Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betsy Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.
JULY 9TH-13TH

SUMMER OF ’69

From The Victoria Playhouse
Conceived by David Roger
Music Arranged by Mark Payne
HAS IT BEEN 50 YEARS ALREADY?!
Join us for a sunny celebration of one of the most iconic years in music & pop culture, with songs from The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and The Guess Who, to television classics like Hee Haw and Sesame Street. So turn up the radio and let’s travel back a half-century to the carefree summer of groovy tunes…and the first man on the moon! David Rogers and David Hogan produce nothing but stellar, sold out shows and we are delighted to bring their quality entertainment to Collingwood. Songs will include: Galveston, Sugar Sugar, Everyday People, These Eyes, A Boy Named Sue, Honky Tonk Women, Get Together, In The Ghetto, and Sweet Caroline!
AUGUST 20-24

BESIDE MYSELF

Comedy – Musical
Book & Lyrics by Norm Foster
Music by Steve Thomas
Directed by Patricia Vanstone
Set & Costume Design by Peter Hartwell
(photo is Patricia and Norm)
What would you do if you could hit the re-set button on a stale marriage? Paula and Sam have finally decided to pack it in as a couple. As they divvy up their household goods they wonder what would have happened if they’d never met. Would their dreams and young ambitions have come true? The discovery of a long-forgotten wedding gift sets off a chain of events that transports them back to their college days and the opportunity to rewrite their history together. This wonderful musical reunites playwright Norm Foster and composer Steve Thomas – co-creators of audience favourites Jasper Station, Race Day.
Premiering at The Foster Festival just before coming to Collingwood, this comedic musical is funny, irreverent, and ultimately a feel good story. Trademark Norm Foster!
SEPTEMBER 24th. – 28th.

OPRY GOLD

Starring Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind Band
Concert & story telling
Sheeeee’s BACK! Collingwood’s favourite! Leisa Way!
Opry Gold is a toe-tappin’, roof-raisin’, salute to the greatest music in the history of Country Music! To share the Opry’s history is to share the story of Country Music. Leisa Way and her phenomenally talented Wayward Wind Band have brought audiences many great shows, and this latest concert raises the roof with the hottest country songs from the last few decades. Sing-a-long to Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, George Strait, Roger Miller, Flatt & Scruggs, Ricky Scaggs, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Alan Jackson, and more!