Friday, 24 April 2015

Ontario Off Stage

Anne Mooney
by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops, and our Summer Theatre Intensive for actors, directors, and playwrights

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
  • Upcoming Ontario Culture Days information sessions are in Newmarket (today), Burlington (Apr. 24), Thunder Bay (Apr. 27), and Oakville (Apr. 29).
  • Nightwood Theatre’s Audition Techniques Masterclass with Kelly Thornton and Michelle Alexander runs April 25 to 26 in Toronto.
  • Deadline for nominations for the Patrick Conner Award recognizing commitment to theatre and sustainability is April 27.
  • The Equity in Theatre conference is on April 27.
  • The Grand Theatre’s High School Project is holding auditions for backstage positions starting April 29.
  • Deadline for submissions for the On the Edge Fringe Lottery in North Bay is April 29.
  • Native Earth Performing Arts' Weesageechak Begins to Dance
    Deadline for submissions is April 30.
  • Deadline for submissions for Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageechak Begins to Dance of indigenous performing arts is April 30.
  • Deadline for nominations for the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council is April 30.
  • Deadline for applications for the Humber College Puppetry Intensive is May 1.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Arts Council grants for Access and Career Development is May 1.
  • Deadline for applications for Canada Council grants for Theatre Touring and Special Initiatives Program is May 1.
  • Deadline for nominations for the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence from the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada is May 1.
New on The Bulletin Board
  • The Oakville Players invites applications for the non-paying positions of director, musical director, and choreographer for their production of Miss Shakespeare; application deadline is May 16.
Check out these items, and other postings from our members of funding opportunities, workshops, calls for submission, awards, and more—on Theatre Ontario’s Bulletin Board on our website

Theatre Ontario individual members can also access auditions and job postings on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Welcoming Our Final Two Productions to Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

The final two plays have been chosen for Theatre Ontario Festival 2015, completing our showcase of outstanding community theatre productions opening May 13 in Oshawa.

On Wednesday, May 13, Festival opens with Oshawa Little Theatre’s presentation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, representing ACT-CO—the Association of Community Theatres of Central Ontario (ACT-CO).  This marks the first time since 2006 that the host theatre company has also been a presenting theatre company.

On Friday, May 15, last year’s Elsie Award recipients for Outstanding Festival Production return to Festival, as Peterborough Theatre Guild will again represent the Eastern Ontario Drama League as they present Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin.

With all four productions in place, we have plays written in the 1940s (Born Yesterday), the 1960s (The Odd Couple), the 1980s (Agnes of God) and the 2000s (The Clean House.)  This will also be the first Festival made up of four American plays since 1997.

We’re pleased to announce that our Festival Awards Live-Blog will return for the sixth year.  Festival celebrates excellence in community theatre, and the live-blog gives an opportunity for theatre-lovers across Ontario who can’t be in Oshawa to follow along with the Festival Awards presentation.  In addition to the Festival Awards, the Brunch will feature the presentation of the Michael Spence Award to John Storey of Markham for his outstanding contribution to community theatre in the ACT-CO region.

We’re also excited to introduce two more educational events at Festival.  On Thursday afternoon, Festival-goers can join us at our workshop with Playwrights Guild of Canada on “Canadian Plays in Community Theatres.”  On Saturday afternoon, immediately following our Annual General Meeting, our Youth Advisory Committee hosts “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Artists”, a conversation about engaging youth in theatre programming.  With detailed adjudications of the previous night’s performances, and our previously announced Playwright-in-Person event with Damien Atkins on Friday afternoon, Theatre Ontario Festival is the go-to educational event for the serious community theatre practitioner.

Monday, 20 April 2015

ONstage Openings for the week of April 20

In Southwestern Ontario
Apr. 21, The Sound of Music at Stratford Festival in previews
Apr. 22, The Diary of Anne Frank at Stratford Festival, in previews
Apr. 23, The Odd Couple at The Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
Apr. 24, Harvey at St. Marys Community Players
Apr. 26, You Never Can Tell at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in previews*

In Toronto
Apr. 21, HOOKED at Theatre Passe Muraille, currently in previews*
Apr. 21, tagged at Young People's Theatre
Apr. 24, Maggie's Getting Married at Bloor West Village Players
Apr. 25, Elly's Emotions at Solar Stage Children's Theatre
Apr. 25, VideoCabaret's Trudeau and Levesque: The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1971-1982 at Soulpepper Theatre, in previews

ONstage Opening in Eastern Ontario
Once Upon a Mattress at Mississippi Mudds of Carleton Place
In Eastern Ontario
Apr. 21, Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee! at Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg)
Apr. 23, The Double at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa), with previews on Apr. 21
Apr. 24, Once Upon a Mattress at Mississippi Mudds of Carleton Place

In Northeastern Ontario
Apr. 22, Missing at Sault Theatre Workshop
Apr. 24, In Piazza San Domenico at Sudbury Theatre Centre, with a preview from Apr. 23

In South Central Ontario
Apr. 23, Lost in Yonkers at Theatre Aurora

ICYMI: Check out last week’s openings

For all the theatre playing across Ontario, visit Theatre Ontario’s ONstage theatre listings on our website

Theatre Ontario individual members can access discount ticket offers for shows marked with an * asterisk

Read more about Theatre Ontario’s Discount Tickets program

Friday, 17 April 2015

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator
VOS Theatre members at the EODL Brunch.
We shall not identify them out of respect
for their clear and intense desire for privacy.

Conversation Starters
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
TO Toasts
In Case You Missed It

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