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GIRLS NITE OUT

2019-04-21T19:22:16+00:00

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.

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Girls Nite Out bios

Elvira Kurt

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 KurtFour 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

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

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 Parker

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.

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GIRLS NITE OUT2019-04-21T19:22:16+00:00

The LOVE Cabaret

2019-02-19T22:53:56+00:00

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 7 pm.
At The Historic Gayety Theatre

The LOVE Cabaret

Love is Back in Town! Reserve your seats for February 11th!

There’s no need to drive to Toronto this winter because we’re bringing the stars to Collingwood! Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment featuring some of Canada’s top theatre performers (scroll down for artist bios) in our LOVE Cabaret. And stay tuned as we add more names to the list of our incredible talent!

It’s the 5th Anniversary of this popular fundraiser that sells out each year. So, gather your friends and join our RED CARPET VIP guests who will not only see the show but will also celebrate with the performers at our after-party at Collingwood’s hottest new restaurant, PRIME SEVEN NINE!

Regular Tickets – $60 Available online

RED CARPET VIP – $100 Includes reception with hors d’oeuvres and a beverage ticket. A portion of your VIP ticket is a charitable donation to Theatre Collingwood and you will receive a $20 Tax Receipt. VIP tickets are available by phone 705-445-2200 or at our Box Office.

All Ticket prices include HST & service charge.

Produced by Erica Angus and Theatre Collingwood.
Music Director, Chris Tsujiuchi
Sponsored by Monaco Condominiums Collingwood

Featured Artists

Chris Tsujiuchi – Musical Director

John, Paradises Lost (SummerWorks Festival), and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors (Lower Ossington Theatre and T3 productions). Musical Direction credits include 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 (WatersEdge Productions). Chris has also 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 and with Sharron Matthews as an accompanist/arranger (Sharron’s Big Broadway Show, Jesus Thinks I’m Funny, GOLD, Full Dark).

Leah Canali – singer

Leah Allyce Canali is a Boston born, Toronto based vocalist with a BA in theatre performance from Northeastern University. Most recently Leah was a featured vocalist in A Very Christerical Christmas Cabaret at, you guessed it, Theatre Collingwood!! She is thrilled to be back for this show! Leah has performed internationally for such companies as Celebrity Cruise Lines, Spirit Entertainment and Pure Energy Entertainment. She has sung for both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and was a featured singer at the Official Inaugural Ball (Boston) of President Obama. Leah has a successful YouTube channel, that has been featured on NewNowNext, Gay Star News, and the Wow Report. She has performed on the main stage of Pride Toronto with Toronto Drag Legend, Tynomi Banks, opening up for such acts as RuPaul and Brandi! In addition to Toronto Pride, some of Leah’s most notable performances have been at Digital Pride, Mirvish Productions, “Bombshell” and “Limitless” shows, choreographed by Scott Fordham (Nelly Furtado, Deborah Cox), and as a featured vocalist at “Posers” in Los Angeles. Leah also has a bi-weekly residency at Statlers in Toronto’s LGBTQ Village. She is currently the lead vocalist for Toronto based soul band, The St. Royals.

Alexis Gordon – singer

Alexis hails from London, Ontario. Selected theatre credits include four seasons at The Stratford Festival: Virgilia in CoriolanusThe FantasticksThe Tempest, Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls, Anne in A Little Night Music, Julie in Carousel, Clara in PassionThe Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeThe Sound of Music. Mom/Steph/Heather in Hook Up (Tapestry Opera/Theatre Passe Muraille), Belle in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), Sunday in the Park With George (TIFT), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory/Obsidian); Obeah Opera (Nightwood); Starbright ChristmasCanada SingsGodspell (Petrolia Playhouse); Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood). Awards: Banks Prize for Emerging Artists (Musical Stage Co). Education: BFA Acting, University of Windsor. Upcoming: Fiona in Brigadoon and Leila in Rope at The Shaw Festival.

Andrew Prashad – dancer, singer

Andrew is a solidly trained and versatile dancer as well as  a musician, singer and actor.  He is quickly becoming one of the leading tap dance artists in Canada, teaching and choreographing across North and South America. Andrew 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.  Andrew was a featured singer and dancer on the 20th Anniversary World Tour of RIVERDANCE after which he performed in ANYTHING GOES with Drayton Entertainment, the record-breaking world premier of MONSOON WEDDING, played Cogsworth in Young People’s Theatre production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Boutons in CINDERELLA at Neptune Theatre, and will be in Mirvish’s production of JUKEBOX HERO THE MUSICAL in February 2019.  We are delighted to present his one man show “One Step At A Time” at The Simcoe Street Theatre April 4th & 5th.

David Ball – singer

SHAW 2018: Appeared in and assistant choreographer for Grand Hotel, appeared in Oh What a Lovely War; 6th season. David will be returning to Shaw Festival in 2019 to perform in Brigadoon and The Horse And His Boy.

(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: 1837: The Farmer’s Revolt, Me and My Girl, Sweeney Todd, Our Town, The Next Whisky Bar, Pygmalion, Sweet Charity, Juno and the Paycock, Cabaret, Major Barbara, Guys and Dolls.

ELSEWHERE: choreographer for Candide, appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Inspector General, Bye Bye Birdie, Talk Is Free Theatre; Cinderella, Snow White, Ross Petty Productions; Ren in Footloose, Rainbow Stage; Queen for a Day: The Musical, April 30th Productions; Rent, Oklahoma!, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Drowsy Chaperone, Theatre Sheridan; Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty, Charlottetown Festival; Sleeping Beauty, Theatre by the Bay.

AWARDS: Brian Linehan Triple Threat award (3-time winner).

TRAINING: Sheridan College – Music Theatre Performance.

Scott Hurst – host

Scott is happy to return for his third helping of Collingwood LOVE!, and he sends a big sloppy thank you to Erica Angus for including him again this year. In April patrons will hear him, if not see him, in Andrew Prashad’s ONE STEP AT A TIME at the Simcoe Street Theatre, and in May Scott heads to Regina to appear in the Globe Theatre’s production of Beauty and The Beast.

Colin Asuncion – singer

Colin Asuncion is a Toronto based performer and marketing professional. He has performed in musicals, plays, concerts, cabarets, and even a handful of television appearances. He most recently performed in Chris Tsujiuchi’s Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret at the Historic Gayety Theatre. He has also produced a number of solo cabarets and was a 2018 BroadwayWorld Toronto nominee for Best Cabaret Performance. By day, he is the Marketing Communications Manager for myBlueprint, a tech company that develops career/life planning software for Canadian students.

Natasha Buckeridge – singer

Originally from Wales, Natasha has spent her adult life performing in live bands and various musical outfits across the UK, as well as in theatre, film and television.

Now living in Canada, she is happy to be able to continue the trend!

Jennifer Walls – singer

Jennifer Walls is a Toronto theatre performer, impressionist, producer and voice over actor. As a performer, she has earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in her solo show Liza Live! as well as for her autobiographical rock cabaret Jagged Little Me. She has also enjoyed five seasons at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia and most recently spent the summer with Drayton Entertainment in Canada 151 Better Late Than Sorry. She has performed in and presented a number of hit shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival and was featured on the cover of Toronto’s NOW Magazine for her efforts at the festival and around the city. As an impressionist, Jennifer has toured across Canada and the United States, performing as a number of celebrity characters including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga. She is the host and producer of Singular Sensation, Toronto’s premier musical theatre open stage as well as a curator and mentor for a prestigious Cabaret Series at the 120 Diner in Toronto. As a voice actor, Jennifer is the voice of the Family Jr. network and can also be heard on a number of animated series including PBS’ Peg + Cat and Amazon’s Creative Galaxy. This fall, Jennifer made her directorial debut at Hart House Theatre directing Heathers The Musical. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @jeniwallsto

Shealyn Angus – singer & stage manager

Shealyn Angus is a powerhouse singer who spends her days working in the business of LOVE, which makes it only fitting she play a part in this LOVE cabaret. She owns Shealyn Angus Weddings & Events and has been featured in such respected magazines as WedLuxe, Wedding Bells, and The Toronto Globe & Mail newspaper. She is a graduate of the Creative Ensemble program at York University, and has sang at the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies games, The Women of Influence Awards at The Royal York, and in many cabarets and nightspots. Shealyn may have been the reason for the LOVE Cabaret taking the year off in 2018, as she was giving birth at the time to Executive Director Erica Angus’ first grandchild! She is thrilled to be back for this very special event.

Kevin Wong – singer

Kevin Wong is a composer-lyricist, singer/musician, dramaturg. Past works include: Recurring John: A Song Cycle, STAR!(ving): A Collection of Songs;  Misprint (with bookwriter Lauren Toffan, Women of Musical Theatre Festival 2016); Drama 101 (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Steven Gallagher, Bravo Academy 2017 / Etobicoke School of the Arts 2018 / Stage Door Academy 2018); and Reframed (Musical Stage Company / Art Gallery of Ontario, Dora Nomination – Best New Musical/Opera). Currently in Development: The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Act One) (with bookwriter Julie Tepperman, most recently a sold-out hit at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival and winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada Stage West New Musical Award), and In Real Life (working title) (with bookwriter & co-lyricist Nick Green, most recently presented in reading at the 2018 Canadian Music Theatre Project’s Festival of New Musicals at Sheridan College). Kevin was the Musical Stage Company’s Associate Artistic Director from 2016-2018. He is a member of the vocal group Asian Riffing Trio (with Chris Tsujiuchi and Colin Asuncion).

Kyle Golemba – singer

Kyle Golemba has performed across the country from Nanaimo, BC to Summerside, PEI, including seasons at the Charlottetown, Shaw, and Stratford festivals. His favourite roles (so far!) have been Dickon in The Secret Garden, Bobby in Cabaret, Andy Lee in 42nd Street, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Eddie in Funny Girl, and Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables. Along with his best friend, Adam White, Kyle created a revue of Canadian musical theatre called Making Love in a Canoe. You can check out the show’s album on iTunes! This year, Kyle will be appearing at the Shaw Festival in Rope and Brigadoon. He’s delighted to have been invited to celebrate love here in Collingwood tonight.

Robin Claxton – drummer

Robin is a freelance drummer based out of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance where he studied with legendary Canadian jazz drummer Terry Clarke.  Through his studies and performances with a wide variety of ensembles, Robin has become an extremely versatile musician, with tremendous fluidity in all genres of music.  Robin has been performing since he was a child and has since shared the stage with iconic music figures such as Dame Cleo Laine, the late Sir John Dankworth, Louise Pitre, Nia Vardalos Matt Dusk, Guido Basso, Lorne Lofsky, the late Peter Appleyard, Maria Schneider, and Jackie Richardson. Robin has recorded on numerous albums and most recently, is the drummer for Canadian blues icon vocalist; Shakura S’Aida. www.robinclaxton.com

Mike Meusel – bass

Born in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of four Michael began lessons on the violin. After years of lessons, the violin was set aside in favour of the clarinet. The clarinet was soon replaced by the saxophone and after playing the saxophone for only one year, Michael auditioned and was cast for a part in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” at The Festival Theatre when he was only thirteen years old.

During high school Michael learned the trumpet as well as the bass guitar. At seventeen he became the bassist/saxophonist and singer of the ska band “Running On Empty” and recorded 2 albums.  He attended the Kincardine Jazz Festival in 2001 and 2002, including clinics and master classes, which greatly influenced his decision to attend Humber College to study music and purchase his first upright bass.

After graduating Mike performed internationally and with a multitude of bands and performers.  He is a freelance musician in Toronto and can be seen performing with such groups as Parkside Drive (Top 40), Carlo Beradinucci, La-nai Gabriel and the Free People (Reggae/Hip Hop), and Pure Finesse (Funk-Art Rock).

Scott Neary – guitar

Scott Neary is an international touring musician and award winning guitarist/composer/arranger. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Master’s of Music program, where he was a member of the Grammy Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and can be heard on their recording Lab 2013.

From Wabush, Labrador, Scott now lives in Toronto as a freelance guitarist/pianist/vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and music director.

You can hear him on Ilios Steryannis’s The Bethany Project (2018), and Leslie Huyler’s Thank You (2017), and as a member of The Hit Pickers.

The Asian Riffing Trio

Separately, they are 3 prominent powers.

Together, they unite to form 1 Superpower; Asian Riffing Trio

Colin Asuncion, Chris Tsujiuchi, Kevin Wong

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The LOVE Cabaret2019-02-19T22:53:56+00:00

OPRY GOLD

2019-08-01T18:42:49+00:00

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SEPTEMBER 24th. – 28th.

at the Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds
2220 Fairgrounds Road North, Stayner

 

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!

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ROCKIN’ ALL NIGHT

2018-11-20T18:48:24+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.

ROCKIN’ ALL NIGHT2018-11-20T18:48:24+00:00

Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret

2018-12-15T14:09:45+00:00

Please note: This is not your grandmother’s Christmas show.  Guaranteed to be amazing, entertaining, funny, emotional, heart warming, hilarious, and maybe a little bold!  Some mature language/themes may make an appearance.

Chris-terical 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
Featuring Sharron Matthews (from Frankie Drake Mysteries)
Leah Canali – vocals
Colin Asuncion – vocals
Kevin Wong – vocals, violin
La-Nai Gabriel – keyboard
Bruce Scavuzzo – bass
Robin Claxton – drums
Steve John Dale – guitar 

A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret – Official Trailer

Come and celebrate the holiday season with Theatre Collingwood and Musical Director Chris Tsujiuchi! This super fun cabaret will be packed with outstanding performers sharing with us a great mix of holiday music/entertainment, musical theatre and pop music. Grab some friends and come out for a Christmas party like no other!

Show Dates: December 20th and 21st, 2018.

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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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THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND

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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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COME DOWN FROM UP RIVER

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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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ACROSS THE POND – The British Invasion

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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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SUNSHINE EXPRESS

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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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