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SEPTEMBER 24th. – 28th.
at the Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds
2220 Fairgrounds Road North, Stayner
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!
Tuesday, OCTOBER 1st at 7:30 pm
at the Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds, 2220 Fairgrounds Road North, Stayner.
Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.
DAN NEEDLES – TRUE CONFESSIONS 2.0
Starring Dan Needles and Ian Bell
Stage Show with Music
A loving and humorous look at rural life in story and song.
After a sold-out performance at the Collingwood Legion this spring, Dan Needles is back by popular demand for one night only this fall to entertain Theatre Collingwood audiences. Needles is familiar to the community as a playwright and local columnist. To Canadians, he’s best known for his Wingfield Farm Series, which has been staged across the country, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Needles is joined on stage by brilliant folk musician, Ian Bell to take you on a ramble through small-town Ontario with stories, songs and lots of laughter.
Single Ticket: $47; Special Pricing for Groups 10+
One Night Only – Friday, August 30th
In Concert at the Marsh Street Centre
187 Marsh St., Clarksburg
8pm. – Tickets $40 + hst.
An evening of music & stories with the founding member of Canada’s own Great Big Sea, up close and personal!
A founding member of Canada’s greatest party band, Great Big Sea, Sean McCann’s look at life and music may have changed but his ability to captivate an audience has not! Sean talks with John Eaton of The Peak FM about what people can expect August 30th at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg.
Wednesday, November 20th – Friday, November 22nd 8pm each evening
at Blue Mountain Inn, The Weider Ball Room
108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains
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
10 Vacation Inn Dr, Collingwood
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!
Starring Gabrielle Jones, Jonathan Whittaker, Griffin Hewitt & Breton Lalama
Musicians Mike Allen & Ian Copeland
Directed by Patricia Vanstone
Music Direction by Steve Thomas
Set & Costume Design by Peter Hartwell
Photo credit: Alex Heidbuechel – Flashbox Photography
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!
Blue Mountain Inn Conference Centre – Weider Room
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.