Friday, 24 October 2014

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Conversation Starters
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
From the Wire
TO Toasts
In Case You Missed It
You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email.  Our archives are online and the October issue is now available.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Browsing The Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming Career Stream and Creator Stream workshops

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
Theatre Inspirato's Playwriting Academy
application deadline is October 23
Chris Whidden and Magdalena Barys
bagged by Madeleine Jullian
dramaturged by Theatre Ontario Talent Bank
member Lindsay Price
  • Deadline to apply to Theatre InspiraTO’s Playwriting Academy is October 23
  • Shaw Festival’s next Teachers Day for professional educators is October 24
  • SPARC—Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities—has extended the Network Summit Application deadline to October 24; the event is November 14 to 16 in Haliburton Highlands
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Tom Hendry Awards celebration is on October 27
  • Tarragon Theatre’s Playwriting course with Paula Wing begins on October 30
  • Aluna Theatre is seeking volunteers for front-of-house for their production of What I learned from a decade of fear, opening October 30
  • Deadline to apply to the Toronto Fringe Festival’s OAC Theatre Creators Reserve is October 31
New on The Bulletin Board
  • Canadian Stage invites submissions for their OAC Theatre Creators Reserve; the application deadline is December 1
  • Nominations are now open for the Gina Wilkinson Prize, for experienced female theatre artists transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction; nomination deadline is December 15
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 October 2014

ArtsVote Across Ontario

By Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Over the past two months, we’ve been profiling the work of ArtsVote collectives in communities across Ontario as they work to have arts and culture as part of the election conversation.  With Election Day coming up next Monday, here are resources available to inform you about candidates in many communities:

Burlington Candidate Surveys (download from Facebook group for Arts and Culture Collective of Burlington)

Guelph Candidate Responses

Hamilton Candidate Surveys

Kawartha Lakes Candidate Surveys

Kingston Candidate Surveys

London Candidate Surveys

Niagara Candidate Report Cards

Ottawa Candidate Surveys (Mayor and Councillors in specific wards without incumbents)

Peterborough Candidate Forum Livestream

Thousands Islands Candidate Surveys (covers Brockville, Prescott, Augusta, Elizabethtown-Kitley) (not published at press time, but check the link for updates)

Toronto Candidate Report Cards

Windsor and Region Candidate Surveys (covers Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Lasalle, Leamington, Tecumseh, Windsor)

We’ve reached out to numerous other communities, and we’ll update this post throughout this week if new resources are brought to our attention.

(Updates since original publication include Guelph and Hamilton)

Monday, 20 October 2014

ONstage Openings for the week of October 20

ONstage Opening in South Central Ontario
The Capulets and the Montagues at Theatre Erindale
Eilish Waller and Samuel Turner (foreground)
Anthony Raymond Yu, Jaime Luhan, Hannah Vanden
Boomen, Kate Cattell-Daniels (background)
Photo by Jim Smagata
In Eastern Ontario
Oct. 21, The Mousetrap at Ottawa Little Theatre
Oct. 24, The Importance of Being Earnest at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa), with previews from Oct. 21
Oct. 25, A Few of My Favourite Things at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival (Prescott)

In Northeastern Ontario
Oct. 21, Hope Op at Sault Theatre Workshop (Sault Ste. Marie)
Oct. 24, Another Home Invasion at Sudbury Theatre Centre, with a preview on Oct. 23

In Northwestern Ontario
Oct. 24, The Hours That Remain at Magnus Theatre (Thunder Bay), with a preview on Oct. 23

In South Central Ontario
Oct. 24, The Capulets and the Montagues at Theatre Erindale (Mississauga), with a preview on Oct. 23

In Toronto
Oct. 23, Global Cabaret Festival at Soulpepper Theatre
Oct. 23, DeColores Festival of New Works at Alameda Theatre Company
Oct. 23, The 39 Steps at East Side Players
Oct. 23, Bookworms at Toronto Irish Players
Oct. 24, Les Miserables at Etobicoke Musical Productions
Oct. 24, My Treasure Island!!! at Theatre Passe Muraille
Oct. 25, Night of Dread at Clay & Paper Theatre
Oct. 26, Hallowe'en Howl at Solar Stage Children's Theatre

ONstage Now Playing in Central Ontario
The Mousetrap at Northumberland Players
Tim Houghton, Tiffany Wolters
ICYMI: Check out last week's openings

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

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Directors Day at The Shaw

by Roxanne Joseph, Fundraising Coordinator

On Friday September 19th, five of us from Theatre Ontario set off for Niagara-on-the-Lake to attend the 2014 Directors Day performances of the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival. Our first stop was for lunch at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, the oldest golf course in North America. While there, we raised a toast to our Community Theatre Coordinator, Anne Mooney’s birthday and Mairin Smit, our Program Coordinator, who ended her tenure at Theatre Ontario September 26th and launched the next chapter of her theatre career a few days later in Bangkok, Thailand.

At the golf course, I spotted a man sporting a Tilly Hat in the Tee-off area who clearly appeared to be in the zone.  A little while later, he purposefully sent his ball in flight.  As any golf player knows, misalignment while setting up your shot can have unfavourable results. Full engagement on the green as well—as while directing actors on the stage—is key to performing either endeavour with focused intention.

Rough for Theatre I from Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Alistair Newton at the 2014 Shaw Directors Project
Benedict Campbell and Patrick Galligan
Photo by Mark Callan
It was apparent that Rachel Peake and Alistair Newton, this year’s Directors Day Interns, challenged themselves with their contrasting play selections. Alistair Newton directed Three Short Plays; Catastrophe, Rough for Theatre I and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett. To me, Alistair’s take on Beckett’s pieces lent comic relief to the potentially disturbing threads in Beckett’s work. After all, “Life ain’t worth living when you’re dead.”  Alistair’s direction illuminated the character’s obscure psychological underpinnings, and evidentially charted his own course within the rigour of Beckett’s theatrical framework.

Rachel Peake’s direction of Rosalind, by J.M. Barrie, allowed the audience to witness a clever and witty century-old story with contemporary overtones about ageism in society.  Afterwards, during a chat with Rachel, I mentioned that I know a man who has been “a long 29.” Traditionally, it is usually women who’re preoccupied with their age and appearance. As the play unfolds, an intricate tale is revealed about Rosalind’s relationship with herself.
Rosalind by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Rachel Peake at the 2014 Shaw Directors Project
Claire Julien and Ben Sanders
Photo by Mark Callan

From the perspective of a first-time Niagara-on-the-Lake visitor, I was captivated by the awe-inspiring, picturesque old-world charm of the town.  Obviously, it’s warmth and welcoming atmosphere is the perfect setting to house the Shaw complex and thusly the Directors Project.

Knowing that such a magically stunning place exists, right here in Ontario is quite affirming!  And, what’s even more exciting is the opportunity for anyone interested in applying to become an Intern in Shaw’s collaborative director’s program.  The long-standing partnership between Theatre Ontario and the Shaw Festival offers a magnificent learning experience for intern directors to hone their craft under the tutelage of world-class professionals. Jackie Maxwell, Shaw’s Artistic Director, not only provides exceptional leadership and access to mentors, she’s also known for her nurturing nature within the Festival’s community. Eda Holmes, Shaw’s Associate Director is one of the Director’s Project illustrious participants who has literally “had their day” showcasing their productions. This event is held in high regard and no matinees are scheduled during the afternoon of the Director’s Project performances.

That evening, I had the privilege to see more of Alistair’s handiwork as the Assistant Director for Shaw’s rendition of Cabaret. The story takes place in pre-Nazi Germany, chronicles the shift in democratic freedoms and presents us with an integral plot message that asks “what would you do?”  In the words of the protagonist Cliff Bradshaw, “If you’re not against all this, you’re for it.”

What a superb way to end our day!  And, my 34-year wait to see such a stupendous production of Cabaret was worth it!