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Wednesday, November 20th – Friday, November 22nd 8pm each evening
Blue Mountain Resort, The Weider Room
Created by Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart
Concert & storytelling
Soul Sister’s tells the story of the birth of Soul Music and R&B for women. Starting with Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Soul Queen Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight, through the 60’s and 70’s with Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross and Tammi Terrell. The show also includes the music of Tina Turner, Chaka Kahn, and Janet Jackson.
The show includes two amazing lead singers and Chris & Colin’s outstanding band! These are the folks that brought us the very popular “Rockin’ All Night-Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & The Big Bopper” show in 2018!
At Georgian Bay Hotel
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!
Beside Myself is Gabrielle’s first appearance for The Foster Festival but she has been fortunate enough to have performed some of Norm Foster’s work elsewhere:
- The Ladies Foursome, Theatre Aquarius & Drayton Entertainment
- A Foggy Day, The Shaw Festival
Gabrielle has spent twelve seasons with The Shaw Festival, six seasons at The Stratford Festival and, over the past five years, has appeared in many productions for Drayton Entertainment.
She has toured Canada and the U.S. with Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! (Mirvish Productions and Little Star) and has appeared at many other theatres including:
- Theatre Calgary
- Persephone Theatre
- Studio 180
- The Vancouver Playhouse
- Stage West
- Capitol Theatre
- Talk is Free Theatre
- The Grand Theatre
Gabrielle lives in Niagara on the Lake with her husband, Shaw Festival actor Peter Millard.
Notable Theatre Credits Include:
- Prom Queen, World Premiere, Segal Centre
- Nigerdo Hotel, World Premiere, Dora Award Nomination, Tapestry Theatre
- The Big Sleep, World Premiere, Theatre Aquarius
- Colours in the Storm, Theatre Orangeville
- The Team on the Hill, Theatre Orangeville
- Jake and the Kid, World Premiere, Theatre Orangeville
- Les Misérables, Mirvish Productions
- Dirty Dancing, Mirvish Productions
- Man of La Mancha, TBTB
- Closer than Ever, Latimer/Follows
- 12 Angry Men, Drayton Entertainment
- The Dining Room, Grand Theatre
TV Credits Include:
- Murdoch Mysteries
- Christmas in Love
- The Ransom
- The Expanse (2 Seasons)
- Open Heart (Series Lead)
- Alienated (Series Lead)
- The Kennedys
- Lost Girl
- The Avro Arrow
- Lucky Girl
Feature Film Credits Include:
- Brotherhood Deep Six
- Land of the Dead
- Three Men and a Baby
- Virgin Suicides
Jonathan is a graduate of Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors degree in Performance and a 2015 participant of the Banff/Citadel Professional Development Program.
Breton is zealous about making her Foster Festival debut, back in the city where she first began her acting career (thanks to all the folks at Garden City Productions!).
Theatre Credits Include:
- Romeo and Juliet, Winter Garden Theatre
- Macbeth, Toronto Center for the Performing Arts
- Aunt Dan and Lemon, Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
- Hair, North American Tour
Film and TV Credits Include:
- Sarah Jane in Carmilla
- Web of Lies, Discovery
- Forbidden, Discovery
- Charlotte in Dirt Town
Breton is a recipient of the Theatre Ontario Emerging Artist Award and a Broadway World Award. Thanks to Seventh House and family for the continuous care and good vibes! Enjoy the show!
Griffin is an actor, writer, musician and composer from Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program.
- The House of Martin Guerre, Theatre Sheridan
- My Bonnie Lass, new Johnny Reid and Matt Murray musical, Theatre Sheridan
- The Phantom of the Opera, Theatre Sheridan
- Kelly vs. Kelly, first workshop of Britta Johnson and Sarah Farb musical, Canadian Musical Theatre Project
Griffin is passionate and excited about the creation of new Canadian works, specifically new musicals, and hopes to continue to participate in their creation for years to come.
At The Blue Mountain Inn, Weider Room
SUMMER OF ’69
From The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia
Conceived by David Rogers
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!
At First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood
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.
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.
“We’ve got a real hit on our hands! Audiences are simply mad for WHERE WE ARE… three immediate standing ovations in a row!” – David Nairn, Director of Where We Are and Artistic Director for Theatre Orangeville.
To accommodate ticket demand we have added 2 more matinees! Please note the following show times:
Tuesday, May 21 – 8pm
Wednesday, May 22 – 2pm & 8pm
Thursday, May 23 – 2pm & 8pm
Friday, May 24 – 8pm
Saturday, May 25 – 2pm & 8pm
DAN NEEDLES – TRUE CONFESSIONS FROM THE NINTH CONCESSION
APRIL 4th 2pm & 8pm
APRIL 5th 8pm
At The Simcoe Street Theatre
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Written by and Starring Andrew Prashad
Produced by Scott Hurst
“Wait till you see what love can do!”
ONE STEP AT A TIME is a theatrical testimony to the power of faith, love and teamwork, in which a stay at home father learns to balance a successful career in the performing arts while raising two daughters, and anticipating the arrival of a son diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Using monologues, original songs, and improvisational tap dance, Andrew Prashad shares he and his wife’s journey of caring for Ezra. The production is so touching and perfect for an intimate theatre space. It includes a post-show Talk Back with updates on Ezra and a Meet & Greet. Expected run time: 1 ½ hours.
Andrew Prashad is a multi-disciplinary artist and quickly becoming one of the leading tap dance artists in Canada, teaching and choreographing across North and South America. He is an award-winning actor, composer and writer, having recently had his self- produced short film officially selected in 12 festivals around the world and winning 4 awards including BEST SHORT FILM. He was a featured singer and dancer on the 20th Anniversary World Tour of RIVERDANCE after which he performed in ANYTHING GOES with Drayton Entertainment. After returning from doing the record-breaking world premiere of Mira Nair’s MONSOON WEDDING musical at the prestigious Berkeley Rep Theatre, he played Cogsworth in Young People’s Theatre’s production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He’s just returned from Newfoundland playing Billy in ONCE at Theatre St John’s and will soon head out to Neptune Theatre for a lead role in Cinderella.
Regular Season Pricing
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH at 8pm
At The Historic Gayety Theatre
Come Celebrate International Women’s Day at
GIRLS NITE OUT
Girls Nite Out is an all-female, all funny, mix of stand-up and improv comedy. Led by the fearless & fabulous, Elvira Kurt, these Canadian Comedy Award Winners, CBC darlings and Second City alumni will make you laugh and cry (tears of laughter!) as they celebrate womanhood. Audience participation is encouraged, so grab your friends and join Theatre Collingwood for a fun-filled evening!
Starring: Elvira Kurt (The Debaters, Baroness Von Sketch & so much more!), Jennine Profeta (The Second City Theatricals, “Howie Do It” w/Howie Mandel), Diana Frances (Just for Laughs, Corner Gas: The Animated Series) and Karen Parker (The Second City).
Regular Tickets – $35 Available online
VIP Tickets – $80 Includes pre-show celebration at 7pm in the lounge including finger foods & sweets, feather boa, cash bar, & pre-show entertainment. VIP tickets are available by phone 705-445-2200 or at our Box Office.
Girls Nite Out bios
Elvira Kurt is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning, Cannes Film Festival award winning (Real Women Seen), Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick (Parallel Play), sold out multi-solo show performing (Funny AF, Fearless, Homosexual Panic, Fired Up) and CSA nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran whose credits as star, host, guest, writer and or talent director are simply far too many to mention. Except for these: Baroness Von Sketch Show, Iron Chef Canada, The Great Canadian Baking Show (Canadian Screen Award nominee), Master Chef Canada, SpinOff, NickMom Night Out NYC, The Debaters, Degrassi, YTV’s The Game, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Cook’d, Popcultured with Elvira Kurt, Four Weddings Canada, Best House, The Gayest Show Ever, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Ellen DeGeneres’ HBO special, Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and, of course, Elvira’s unforgettable stint on both of CBC Radio’s hit show, ‘Q’ and, ‘q’.
Jennine Profeta is a performer, writer, corporate workshop facilitator and MC/host. She has performed with The Second City (National Touring Company, Theatricals) across Ontario and aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. As a writer, Jennine has penned scripts for television – Ollie The Boy Who Became What He Ate (CBC), Opie’s Home (TVO), Gemini and Genie Awards, and CBC Radio, and waxed poetic for Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Best Health magazines. She’s appeared in numerous commercials and summer theatre productions, and was a principal player in Howie Mandel’s “Howie Do It” for NBC. She’s thrilled to be back with her sister act, Girls Nite Out, now entering it’s 12th (!!!) year.
Diana Frances is an award-winning improviser and comedy writer. Originally from Vancouver, she now calls Toronto home and is a writer on Corner Gas: The Animated Series (Comedy Network,) Still Standing (CBC) and The Beaverton (Comedy Network.) Diana has been nominated for 8 Canadian Comedy Awards for ‘Best Female Improviser’ and has entertained our Canadian troops in Bosnia, Egypt, Israel and Afghanistan
Karen is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winning/Dora nominated actor and an alumnae of the Second City Toronto Mainstage (Facebook of Revelations, Tazed and Confused, Barack to the Future). She has Assistant Directed two MainStage shows, was Director of the National Touring Company , Family Co. and House Co. She has performed with theatre companies across Canada. Selected film and television credits include: Designated Survivor, People of Earth, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Hemlock Grove, Beauty & The Beast, The Firm, Saving Hope, Being Erica, The Jon Dore Show and Instant Star. You can currently catch her onstage in the all female sketch revue “She the People”. When not performing she is an acting and improv instructor at the Second City Training Centre and Making Box Theatre. Karen also travels the world teaching and performing with the Lusty Mannequins. The Lusty ’s recently took home the Best of the Fest award at the Toronto Sketch Festival.
Kevin Baker – Musical Accompaniest
Kevin is a celebrated music and drama educator, entertainer, singer/musician and improv actor originally hailing from rural Saskatchewan. He began his music career performing in multiple bands and currently performs bass and background vocals with indie rock band “Nickeltree”. Kevin is a graduate of The Second City Training Centre’s Conservatory Program and was musical director for The Second City Training Centre, Education Company and understudy for the National Touring Company (Canada). He has also served as musical director for the Bad Dog Theatre Company and independent troupes such as Slap Happy and The Kate Ashby Improv Academy. As an educator, Kevin specializes in instrumental/vocal music and the dramatic arts and currently serves the students of the Upper Canada District School Board, recently earning the “Trustees Innovation Award” for Teaching Excellence.