Friday, 8 February 2019

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters

Adam Paolazza. (Photo by Graham Isador from Intermission)

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts

In Case You Missed It

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities from Theatre Ontario, from our members, and from other arts service organizations.

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario

Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops.

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board

Smiths Falls Community Theatre’s production of The Great
Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
by Norm Foster.
Their "How to Audition" course starts today.
  • Smiths Falls Community Theatre’s “How to Audition” course runs today and February 13.
  • Deadline for applications for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Grants is today.
  • Deadline for applications for Laidlaw Foundation’s Indigenous Youth and Community Futures Fund is February 11.
  • Michael Kennedy’s “Acting for Film and Television” masterclass runs February 23 in Toronto, with a registration deadline of February 11.
  • ArtsBuild Ontario’s “Design for Public Spaces 101: Where Do Creative Spaces Start?” is on February 12.
  • Young People’s Theatre is hosting a free community forum on February 13 in Toronto for adult stakeholders in both the education and artistic communities around the production of We Are All Treaty People.
  • Deadline for submissions for The Bentway’s Sound and The City artist residency is February 15.

Check out these items, and other postings from our members.
Theatre Ontario individual members can also access Auditions, Job Postings and Discount Ticket Offers on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Monday, 4 February 2019

ONstage Openings for the weeks of February 4 and February 11

ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
The Mountaintop at GCTC (Ottawa)
Letitia Brookes, Tristan D. Lalla
Photo by Andrée Lanthier
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Eastern Ontario

Feb. 5, Silent Sky at Kanata Theatre (Ottawa)
Feb. 13, Of Mice and Men at Ottawa Little Theatre
Feb. 14, Cabaret at Suzart Productions (Ottawa)

In Northeastern Ontario

Feb. 13, Our Town at Gateway Theatre Guild (North Bay)

In South Central Ontario

Feb. 7, Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van at Whitby Courthouse Theatre
Feb. 13, The Mousetrap at Markham Little Theatre

In Southwestern Ontario

Feb. 7, Dating by the Book at Aylmer Community Theatre
Feb. 7, The Ladies Foursome at Theatre Tillsonburg
Feb. 8, Surrender, Dorothy at London Community Players [with a preview on Feb. 7]
Feb. 8, The Dining Room at Elora Community Theatre (Fergus)
Feb. 8, On Golden Pond at Theatre Woodstock
Feb. 9, Whole World from Carousel Players (Niagara Region) 
Feb. 13, Maggie and Pierre at The Grand Theatre (London) [with a preview on Feb. 12]

In Toronto

Feb. 6, Scott Shorts and Zelda at George Brown Theatre School
Feb. 7, You Never Can Tell at George Brown Theatre School
Feb. 8, Next to Normal at Scarborough Music Theatre [with a preview on Feb. 7]
Feb. 11, Hooking Up with The Second City
Feb. 12, 82nd Revue at The Second City [in previews]
Feb. 13, The 40th Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Feb. 14, The Land Grabber at Toronto Irish Players
ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
Sister Cities at Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
Feb. 16, We Are All Treaty People at Young People's Theatre [with school performances from Feb. 11]
Feb. 16, Good Morning, Viet Mom at Cahoots Theatre [in previews]
Feb. 16, Little Menace: Pinter Plays at Soulpepper Theatre [in previews]
Feb. 16, Paolozzapedia at Theatre Passe Muraille [in previews]

In Central Ontario

Feb. 7, Shrek the Musical at Kempenfelt Community Players (Barrie)
Feb. 8, Hilda's Yard at Huronia Players (Midland)
Feb. 15, Across the Pond: The British Invasion at Theatre Orangeville [with a preview on Feb. 14]
Feb. 15, Ethan Claymore at Kincardine Theatre Guild

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

Friday, 1 February 2019

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres


TO Toasts

Calithumpian Theatre Company's production of Hir by Taylor Mac
Ingrid Blekys, Zoe Bernard, Rob Deman, Deighton Thomas
Photo by Jackie Noble

In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Stories from Next Generation Showcase: A Weekend to Remember

by Andrew Pritchard (Canadore College)

Though we had been preparing our monologues well in advance with constant advice and coaching from our teachers, I sat in the car—in our convoy of 12 students all travelling from North Bay to Toronto for a weekend of monologues and high expectations—wondering just exactly what would happen. Though I myself and each individual student had their own image of what their performance in front of Toronto’s talent agents would look and feel like, the many weeks leading up to Theatre Ontario were finally over and the unexpected was upon us.

We finally arrived in Toronto after a little over four hours and were finally able to stretch out and get settled in. Our class had gotten to know a lot about each other in the year and a half we had spent honing our skills and learning new techniques in the great field of acting together, and Theatre Ontario Next Generation Showcase in Toronto was something that our teachers had been telling us about since day one. Each teacher would often regale us with a few tales from previous years and often say that it’s a fabulous time for a young actor to get out and show the wide world of talent just what we are capable of. Though we had practised our monologues and had everything (including the slightest gestures) down to a fine art, everything came down to two minutes of “us.”

We began our trip by loosening up and going out to dinner with our teachers, trying our best to cram in more practice for our big day. We awoke early in the morning in order to do our vocal warmups and our stretches—anything we could do to squeeze out every bit of potential we had within us in order to feel like champions. We studied the performance space, taking in the room of professionals who gazed back behind blinding lights, feeling like the studied life under a microscope. Though the experience of just feeling the performance space was stressful at first, all of the agents in the audience exuded a certain air of casual friendliness.

Finally, it was our turn. First up. All of our preparation had led to this moment. A fond memorization of the lines gave everyone in the class the ability to play with their characters and allowed us to unlock a certain finesse that lie previously unseen, a new talent untapped. It was a performance that was done individually, yet was a group success that allowed us all to get a taste of the real world through acting. And just like that, weeks of preparation and hard work was over in a little over a half of an hour.

The meet and greet was also a great time to meet industry professionals and get to know some new people from different acting schools across the country. Being complimented by professionals, who no doubt went through the same thing we had just experienced, was the real fruit of the labour. Knowing that someone with years of experience in the industry thought that our work was something special made all of the preparation worth it, and really ignited a growing passion for acting in all of us. Their insight into the professional world gave us all a great picture of what to expect and was a great learning experience.

Though all of us returned to our reality the very next morning, I believe we all, as a class, took a little piece of Toronto back home with us. It was a great look into the wild and wacky world that we all desire to be a part of. The experience left everyone with a fire in their belly that they will no doubt carry with them for a long time. It makes me excited to see where the future will take us in our potential careers. Whether it’s to make an audience laugh, cry, talk, or think, I believe we are all rest assured that everyone made a lasting impression and that everyone was able to bring a tiny two minute piece of “us” into the spotlight.

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