OPEN THE WINDOW

November 18th.

From: Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT)

Admission: FREE (But you must reserve a ticket)

Location: New Life Church – 28 Tracey Ln, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0G7 – See Map

OPEN THE WINDOW is a nationwide celebration of Arts Education and Canadian Musical Theatre.  Theatre Collingwood is delighted to be working with Talk Is Free Theatre on this project, and incorporating into the project TIFT’S CMTdB (Canadian Musical Theatre Database).

A committee of artists asked students and educators from across the country to nominate peers and colleagues who had a positive impact over the course of the Pandemic. The committee then helped each nominator select a song from a Canadian musical that best celebrates the achievement of their nominee.

The concert of chosen songs will be performed by some of Canada’s most prominent musical theatre performers, including Louise Pitre, Chilina Kennedy, Arlene Duncan, Gabi Epstein, Jake Epstein, and Nicole Joy-Fraser, among many others, featuring songs by Leslie Arden, Corey Payette, Joey Miller, Richard Ouzounian, Kevin Wong and others.

Directed by Saccha Dennis and Peter Jorgensen, concerts will take place in Barrie on November 15, 16 and 17, with a different program on each night. Then on November 18th one of those concerts will move over to Collingwood and be presented at New Life Church.  Mark Camillari will be the Musical Director (you may have seen him perform this summer accompanying Gabi Epstein in Collingwood at The Porchside Festival).

Please watch for the list of artists who will perform in Collingwood, which will be posted soon.  One of those performers, which we are thrilled to have performing for us, is Chilina Kennedy!

Chilina Kennedy

Chilina is known for playing Carole King in the musical Beautiful on Broadway for over 1,200 performances. She also recently originated the Tony-award winning role of Dina on the First Broadway National Tour of The Band’s Visit. Chilina’s first appearance on Broadway was in 2012 when she played Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which also had successful runs at the Stratford Festival of Canada and the La Jolla Playhouse. Other US credits include the world premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, in which she originated the role of Phoebe at Hartford Stage and The Old Globe in San Diego (San Diego and Connecticut Outer Critics nominations), the world premiere of A Sign Of The Times as Cindy (Delaware Theatre Company), Binky in the Off-Broadway world premiere of This Ain’t No Disco (Dir. Darko Tresnjak/Chor. Camille A. Brown) and Sophie in the 1st US National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Selected Canadian credits include the title role in Ted Dykstra’s Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival and original recording), the title role in Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Critic’s Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival (three Broadways World Awards) including Maria in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, Eva Peròn in Evita, Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate, three seasons at the Shaw Festival, the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Stratford/Toronto), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Neptune) and the title role in Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius).

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