The LOVE Cabaret

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

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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 classically trained vocalist turned soulful songstress. Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, Leah has traveled the world performing. Picture Amy Winehouse, Bette Midler and Ru Paul having a love child and you have some idea of the type of performance you can expect from this spirited vocalist. Current projects include: The St. Royals Superband (Rhythm & Soul Review, Divas Live, Tarantino Tribute), The Vintage Souls, Leah Canali: All my friends are on Broadway (an autobiographical cabaret series), monthly residencies at The Drake Hotel (Toronto) and Statlers piano bar (Toronto)

Leisa Way – singer

Born in Kitchener and raised in Sudbury, ON.  Music was a passion for this little girl with the big voice, and by age 16 she had already sang solo concerts for Queen Elizabeth, Terry Fox, Teddy Kennedy, Wayne Gretsky, and been asked to sing the national anthem at the Special Olympics, the Labatt Curling Briar and for a Canada-Russia hockey game! Her career truly began when director Walter Learning and the late Don Harron discovered her, casting Leisa as “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI.  Leisa played this role for six seasons, including Canada, USA & Japan Tours, taping for CBC Radio, filming for television, a guest appearance on “Front Page Challenge” & three (3) Royal Command Performances.  Since then her career has taken her to more than 50 countries, performing at major theatres in Canada and the US in roles as varied as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday; Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow; Guenevere in Camelot; Peter in Peter Pan (Canada and U.S.); I Love You, You’re Pefect, Now Change! (U.S.A. National off-Broadway tour); Magnolia in Showboat; Maria in The Sound of Music; Dave Carley’s Test Drive and Norm Foster’s The Love List (at six theatres from coast to coast), among many others.   Leisa has now created ten hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out houses at over 70 theatres across Canada. She looks forward to creating her 11th concert, a celebration of the music of legendary Canadian singer/songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot.

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.

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.

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.

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 in 2019.

(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.

Mike Meusel – bass


Check back for more info and artists to come… 

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