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7 01, 2018

ROCKIN’ ALL NIGHT

2018-10-16T09:50:10+00:00

Bios

CHRIS McHARGE
The Big Bopper (Narrator)/Director/Co-Creator)

Chris has been directing for nearly 30 years and has served as Artistic Director at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, Artistic and Executive Director of Theatre on the Grand in Fergus, as well as former Artistic Associate at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. Working with partner Colin Stewart and their production company Stewart-McHarge Productions, Chris has created numerous theatrical tribute shows, including Rockin’ All Night, Alice’s Restaurant, Hallelujah: Remembering Leonard Cohen, Soul Sisters, Memories of Rock & Roll, Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny & June, Vegas Knights, Sweet Soul Music, Cowboys & Outlaws, Heaven’s Little Honky Tonk, Memories of the Summer of Love, Memories of the Rat Pack, DooWop to Motown, and Memories of Hank Williams & Patsy Cline. Chris maintains an active schedule as a freelance director and producer, and has worked throughout Canada, in Europe and in the United States. In his career he has directed over 100 productions including 31 world premieres, and has been nominated for a number of awards including the Eleanor and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre (2001 & 2004), the Township of Centre Wellington Artist of the Year Award, the Canada Council John Hirsch Award and the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing. Chris is most proud of his role as dad to twenty-six-year-old Caitlyn, twenty-one-year-old Erin, and eighteen-year old Quinn.

COLIN STEWART
(Musical Director/Bass/Vocals/Co-Creator)

Colin has worked as a professional musician for nearly 30 years, and has worked in professional theatre as a Musical Director, Band Leader and Musician for nearly 30 years. Having performed in clubs and theatres throughout Canada, and on Carnival Cruise Lines around the world, Colin has worked with such blues artists as John Ellison, The McAuley Boys, Dutch Mason, Chicago Pete, Ellen McIlwaine and Phil Guy. Colin’s musical theatre credits include West Side Story, Annie, The Pajama Game, Oliver, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Anne of Green Gables, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. As Musical Director, Colin’s credits include Fire, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, 18 Wheels, Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and the world premieres of Lovin’, Lyin’ and Leavin’ and Canadian Café. Colin has been touring extensively with his live musical tribute shows, Alice’s Restaurant, Hallelujah, Memories of Rock & Roll, Soul Sisters, Memories of the Summer of Love, Memories of the Rat Pack, DooWop to Motown, Memories of Hank Williams & Patsy Cline, Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny & June, and Vegas Knights, which he co-created with Chris McHarge, and which have played to capacity crowds throughout Canada and in Europe.

AARON SOLOMON
(Buddy Holly/Ritchie Valens, et al)

Aaron is a world class musician and performer. He has been wowing audiences as an energetic singer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist performing on violin, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and banjo. He has mastered an astonishing variety of styles having performed with diverse artists such as Shania Twain, Big Sugar, Jeff Healey, Jason McCoy, George Hamilton IV, Mac Wiseman, and many others. Aaron has also performed on over 500 recording sessions besides working as a record producer. He recently released albums entitled “Transformation,” with progressive rock band FM, and “Water Journeys,” with Celtic rock band Coole Park. Aaron currently stars regularly in theatre productions as Johnny in Johnny & June, as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in Memories of the Rat Pack, and covers many songs, playing multiple instruments in Alice’s Restaurant. Aaron also performs nineteen different rock stars in Memories of Rock & Roll, is the star of Wichita Lineman: The Music of Glen Campbell, and has been featured in many other productions as an actor or a musician on the stage or in the orchestra. www.fiddleheadproductions.com

MICHAEL RAY
(Guitars/Vocals)

Michael Ray has been playing music for over 50 years. At the age of 6, Michael performed on the Tommy Hunter Show, and recorded his third album bythe age of 11. He has opened for headliners such as Johnny Cash, John Cougar, and more recently, The Roadhammers. MIchael has been doing musical theatre for over 10 years. When he is not doing theatre work, Michael performs in a variety of different musical acts and teaches a wide range of musical instruments and vocals at his home studio

CHRIS DAHMER
(Keyboards/Accordion/Vocals)

Chris’s 40 year career as a keyboard player includes a 3 year stint as house keyboardist at Lulu’s Roadhouse in Kitchener which saw him backing up various artists including Chuck Berry, Ben E. King, Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits), to name a few. For the last 10 years Chris has been involved in many musical theatre acts, including multiple European tours.

DON REID
(Drums/Vocals)

Don has traveled much of North America starting in the early 80”s as a professional touring musician. Don has worked with Orchestra London, and was a regular in the pit at the Grand Theatre in London. Over the years he has worked in several musical genres. From the mid 80’s to the mid 90”s, Don was also a partner in a music production company, Take Note Productions. He wrote and produced musical scores for video, radio and TV programs and various recording projects. Don has been teaching private music lessons dating back as far as high school and currently serves with the Georgian Triangle Music Teachers’ Association. He is also involved in the Healing Arts as a certified Reflexologist since 1996. Don is music director of the Trinity Band a St Mary’s church (Collingwood) since 2004. He studied privately with Ass. Professor Bob Hughes (UWO) and also attended Music Industry Arts (Fanshawe college, London). Don is currently studying privately with Steve Mancuso (Humber College). As always Don thanks Marilyn, J.T. and Callum for their never ending support!

ROB MIDDLETON
(Stage Manager)

THEATRE AQUARIUS: SM – A Few Good Men, If I Were You, It’s a Wonderful Life, Boeing Boeing, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Driving Miss Daisy, The Sound of Music, Time Stands Still, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, For This Moment Alone, The 39 Steps, Tuesdays with Morrie, White Christmas – The Musical, The Diary of Anne Frank, Rope’s End. ASM – The Comedy of Errors, Beauty and the Beast, The Big Sleep, Spamalot, The Mousetrap, The Last Romance, Top of The Pops, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, A Christmas Carol – The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Forever Plaid, Having Hope at Home, Oliver!, Seussical!, Opening Night. OTHER THEATRE: SM – How the Other Half Loves (Drayton); Harvest, Sexy Laundry (LFT); Mary’s Wedding (Grand); The Long Weekend (Orangeville). ASM – A Man and Some Women, Hedda Gabler (Shaw Festival); 7 Seasons at Lighthouse Festival, Carmela’s Table (Centaur); Sorry… I’m Canadian, My Fair Lady, A Funny Thing Happened… , CATS – Tour (Drayton). ET CETERA: For their constant support, I would like to thank my family and friends, especially my lovely wife Julie.

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ROCKIN’ ALL NIGHT2018-10-16T09:50:10+00:00
1 11, 2017

CHRIS-TACULAR CHRISTMAS CABARET

2018-05-11T19:30:17+00:00

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.

Cast Members:

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 

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1 11, 2017

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

2018-10-09T15:46:44+00:00

A Whole New World:

The Musical Magic of Alan Menken

Conceived & Directed by Adrian Marchuk
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Chris Tsujiuchi

Featuring…

Cast:
Adrian Marchuk,
Stewart Adam McKensy,
Dana Jean Phoenix,
Camila Diaz-Varela

Band:
Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director, piano, voice
Jamie Bird – Drums
Bobby Hsu – Reeds

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!

Song List for A Whole New World:

Little Shop Of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour
Under The Sea
Part Of Your World
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Be Our Guest
Beauty And The Beast
Prince Ali
A Whole New World
Colours Of The Wind
Just Around The Riverbend
Bells Of Notre Dame
Out There
God Help The Outcasts
Zero To Hero
Shooting Star
Go The Distance
King Of New York
I See The Light

Bios

Adrian Marchuk – Creator and Performer

Adrian is the creator and co-producer of four hit concert musicals –  Any Dream Will Do, The Sweetest Sounds, Over The Rainbow, and A Whole New World.   By taking us behind-the-scenes and inside the lives of the greatest composers of Broadway and Hollywood, Adrian and his co-producer Brian Goldenberg are bringing audiences to their feet across Canada.

Adrian spent three years playing Frankie Valli in the Toronto and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys.  Other recent credits include starring in Marry Me A Little (Tarragon Theatre), Dr. Fine in the hit rock musical Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre), Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions, Persephone Theatre), Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (Ontario Tour), Musical Of Musicals (Mirvish), and the Canadian premiere of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. 

Adrian is also on faculty at Randolph Academy, Sheridan College, and St. Clair College in addition to teaching voice privately in Toronto.

www.adrianmarchuk.com

Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director

Chris Tsujiuchi’s performance credits include Box 4901, Recurring John, Paradises Lost (Summerworks Festival), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Lower Ossington Theatre). Musical Direction credits include The Last Five Years (YRG Productions), Onegin (Musical Stage Company/National Arts Centre/Arts Club Western Canada Tour), 35MM (Toronto Premiere), Any Dream Will Do (Angelwalk Theatre & Theatre Collingwood), A Misfortune (Next Stage Festival), HAIR (FirstAct Productions), Mickey & Judy (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe), and bare (Canadian Premiere/WatersEdge Productions).  Chris has worked as an accompanist and teacher at Sheridan College, Randolph Academy, and George Brown College. He has toured extensively with Sharron Matthews, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and can be seen performing in Asian Riffing Trio (aka ART), as well as his upcoming Christmas Cabaret here at the Historic Gayety Theatre this December!

Dana Jean Phoenix – Performer

Dana Jean Phoenix is a synthwave singer/songwriter from Toronto. Dana attended the nationally-renowned Humber College Contemporary Music Program in Toronto and graduated the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College. While at college, she would go to every open mic night she could find

Dana Jean has performed alongside Melanie Durrant and Jully Black, as well as touring internationally as the frontwoman for the Juno-Nominated band God Made me Funky.  She has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Calgary Stampede, Ottawa Bluesfest, Toronto Beaches International Festival, NXNE (12), Canadian Music Week, New York M.E.A.N.Y Festival, and Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival.     Her acapella version of Nicky Minaj’s hit ‘Starships’. has garnered over 1 Million views on YouTube.

www.danajeanphoenix.com

Camila Diaz-Varela – Performer

Camila Diaz-Varela is a first-generation Mexican-Canadian theatre maker, performer and musician based in Tkaronto, on Dish with One Spoon wampum belt treaty territory. Camila performs both for theatre and as a singer-songwriter, and composes original music for theatre and film. As an actor and musician, she has most recently been seen in The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, a new musical written by Meiko Ouchi and Hawksley Workman, and the Princess of the Tower, a new musical written by Leslie Wade and Scott Christian

Stewart Adam McKensy – Performer

Originally form Richmond Hill, Stewart is thrilled to be a part of A Whole New World with this

talented group. Selected credits include: “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast (YPT); “Lola/Angel” in

Kinky Boots, The Wizard of Oz (U.S National Tour/Mirvish); Hairspray and The Producers (Mirvish);  Me and My Girl, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Ragtime, Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw Festival); To Kill a Mockingbird, My One and Only (Stratford Festival); “Sebastian” in The Little Mermaid, Buddy Holly (Globe Theatre). Enjoy the show!

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1 11, 2017

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND

2018-04-06T19:34:27+00:00

 

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.

Dave Campbell
Dave CampbellDirector & Choreographer
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson Musical Director
Jeff Braunstein
Jeff Braunstein Stage Manager
JP Bladwin
JP Bladwin
Debbie Collins
Debbie Collins
Naomi Costain
Naomi Costain
Dean Deffett
Dean Deffett
Jane Miller
Jane Miller

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THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND2018-04-06T19:34:27+00:00
1 11, 2017

COME DOWN FROM UP RIVER

2018-07-16T23:44:21+00:00

 

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!

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COME DOWN FROM UP RIVER2018-07-16T23:44:21+00:00
1 11, 2017

ACROSS THE POND – The British Invasion

2018-05-17T23:01:37+00:00

 

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!

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1 11, 2017

SUNSHINE EXPRESS

2018-05-28T15:16:08+00:00

 

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.

Anna Silvija Broks
Anna Silvija Broksas Brenda
Anna is thrilled to be working in Collingwood at the beautiful Gayety Theatre. Anna is a University of Windsor BFA graduate and also studied classical voice of the Royal Conservatory of music in Toronto.

Anna has performed with Globus theatre many times in the past decade.
Selected credits include: “Looking” and “The Long Weekend” by Norm Foster, “Soccer Moms’, ‘I Ought to be in Pictures’ & ‘Raising the Barn’ She is the lead singer of Toronto based band : “PandaBand ” and also sings in a light opera/ musical theatre trio in Toronto called ” Amuz ”

Anna would like to thank her three teenage sons , Nikolajs, Benjamin and Jonathan for their continuous support .

Anna can next be seen performing in “Lunenburg” with Globus Theatre at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon

Mark Whelan
Mark Whelanas Tommy
Originally from Dublin and a graduate of the Irish College of Music, Mark’s previous credits with Globus Theatre include ‘Stones in his Pockets’, ‘Till it Hurts’ ‘Separate Beds’ and ‘Raising the Barn’

A regular performer in Film, TV and Theatre, Mark’s recent TV credits include appearances in Republic of Doyle, Murdoch’s Mysteries, The Divide, The Listener, Being Erica, Breakout Kings. In film, Love and Savagery, Sunday at Tiffany’s, Pompeii, Pixels.

Other selected theatre, A Number ( Cart/Horse ), Delicate Balance, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf (Alumnae), Falling Awake ( Lost and Found) Of Mice and Men (Tribal), A Scull in Connemara, James Joyce’s The Dead. (TIP)

He is delighted to be performing in beautiful Collingwood whilst on leave from his steady job as “ the Sleeman guy” in the beer commercials.

James Barrett
James Barrettas Alan
Trained at the University of Windsor, James has been a professional actor in theatre, film and television for over 20 years.

He co-wrote, co-produced and starred in ‘MINE’ and ‘Jackpot!’ which toured across Canada to great acclaim. Other theatre credits include; ‘Chains of Justice’(The Stage Co.), ‘Biloxi Blues’(PersephoneTheatre), ‘Bordertown Café’ and ‘Peggy Grace’ (Kawartha SummerTheatre) and ‘Peggy and Grace’ again (The Red BarnTheatre.)

Co-founder & artistic producer of Globus theatre James has performed in over 50 productions with the company – favourite credits include: ‘The Love List’, ‘The Secret Lives of Henry & Alice’, ‘Looking’, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, ‘Sexy Laundry’, ‘Making a Move’, ‘NoTell Motel’, ‘Buying the Moose’ and ‘Funny Farmers’.

James’ television credits include ‘MissingTreasures’, ‘Top Cops’, ‘Codename Eternity’, ‘Amazon’, ‘D.C.’, ‘Twice in a Lifetime’, and ‘The Eleventh Hour’. Film credits include ‘Welcome to Mooseport’ and ‘Knockaround Guys’.

Sarah Quick
Sarah Quick Playwright and Sandy
Sarah is the co-founder and Artistic director of Globus Theatre, the company-in-residence at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon.

Trained at the University of Wales, Sarah obtained a BA(Hons) degree in Drama along with certificates in acting from the London College of Music and The Guildhall.

Sarah has performed in over forty production with Globus Theatre with highlights including ‘Educating Rita’, ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Love’, ‘The Secret Lives of Henry & Alice’, ‘Shirley Valentine’, ‘Sexy Laundry’, ‘Real Estate’, ‘Raising the Barn’ & ‘Halfway There’.

She has written over 15 plays including ‘Knickers! a Brief Comedy’ which is currently in production at Upper Canada Playhouse and her newest play #Happy which was commissioned by the Lighthouse Festival Theatre.

Sarah can next be seen in “Sugar Road” with Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon, having appeared in the World Premiere production of the play last year at Theatre Orangeville

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SUNSHINE EXPRESS2018-05-28T15:16:08+00:00
1 11, 2017

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

2018-06-20T00:25:01+00:00

 

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

A ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH A BIT OF BUZZ

By Mark Crawford
From Theatre Orangeville

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!

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!

CAST:

Mark Crawford
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 Spence
Jane SpenceDirector
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 Napoli
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 Davis
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 Pearson
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-Collins
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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1 11, 2017

TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN

2018-04-09T08:56:09+00:00

 

TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN

April 16th – 28th , 2018

16 performances per week

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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