Thursday, 26 March 2015

Welcoming Our First Two Productions to Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

By Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 in Oshawa is taking shape as two of our four productions have been chosen from regional festivals.  We also welcome our Festival Honourary Chair, and invite you to check out some of the fun things to do in Oshawa while you’re attending Festival.

On Thursday, May 14, Gore Bay Theatre from Manitoulin Island will represent QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre region) with their presentation of John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God.  Of note, this production will feature our former Community Theatre Coordinator, Andrea Emmerton, as co-director of the production.

On Saturday, May 16, Theatre Sarnia will present Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, representing the Western Ontario Drama League.  Theatre Sarnia was our fantastic host community theatre at last year’s Festival.

Norm Foster
We’re excited to welcome Norm Foster as our Honourary Festival Chair.  Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright.  He is the most produced playwright in the history of the country and he receives, on average, an astounding one hundred and fifty productions of his plays each year.  It has been said that on any given day of the year, there is a Norm Foster play either in rehearsal or in performance somewhere in the world.

Oshawa is our host community this year, and there are many local attractions for Festival goers to check out between performances, adjudications, and workshops.  Art lovers can visit the Robert McLaughin Gallery for the latest contemporary and historical collections including abstract Canadian works; and car enthusiasts will want to visit the Canadian Automotive Museum, recognizing the city’s history as a national centre for auto manufacturing.

As previously announced, Festival will also feature a reading by Playwright-in-Person Damien Atkins, adjudications by Ron Cameron-Lewis (in his penultimate appearance as an adjudicator), and the presentation at the Awards Brunch of the Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre to John Storey of Markham.

The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions; a classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists; a celebration of excellence in community theatre; and a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province.  Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 is co-hosted with Oshawa Little Theatre and the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario, and runs May 13 to 17.

Join us at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

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

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
Humber College Puppetry Intensive - Earlybird deadline is Apr. 1
  • Deadline for nominations for PACT’s Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award is March 27
  • Deadline for applications for director, musical director, and choreographer at Theatre Unlimited is March 31.
  • Upcoming Ontario Arts Council grant deadline on April 1 for Arts Education Organizations, Community-Engaged Arts Organizations, Community Arts Councils, Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations, National and International Residency, and Playwright Residency.
  • Early-bird registration deadline for the Humber College Puppetry Intensive is April 1
  • Deadline for applications for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto International Artist Residencies is April 1.
  • Deadline for nominations for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ Dora Ancillary Awards (Silver Ticket, George Luscombe Award for mentorship, Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for administrators) is April 1.
New on The Bulletin Board
  • Applications are now open for The Grand Theatre’s High School Project in London, with opportunities for actors/vocalists (auditions begin Apr. 9), orchestra (Apr. 9), and backstage (Apr. 29)
  • Applications for the North Bay On the Edge Fringe Festival Lottery are due on April 29.
  • The Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada is seeking nominations of actors for the Christopher Plummer Fellowship award of Excellence; the deadline is May 1.
  • Registrations are now open for PACTCON 2015, the annual conference from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, running May 20 to 23 in Toronto.  Discount rates are available for Theatre Ontario members.
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, 24 March 2015

Join Us at Our Summer Theatre Intensive

Theatre Ontario is offering five exciting courses at this year’s Summer Theatre Intensive, running August 9 to 15 in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience. You will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle!

For 2015, we are offering the following courses:

For Performers
For Directors
For Playwrights
Your Summer Theatre Intensive package includes buffet-style meals daily (including vegetarian fare), a single air-conditioned room in the King Street Residence, a performance at the Stratford Festival, and the opportunity to share your enthusiasm, experience, and passion for theatre, while meeting other like-minded, talented, and creative people.

Register for Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive

Monday, 23 March 2015

ONstage Openings for the week of March 23

ONstage Opening in Eastern Ontario
The Lion in Winter at Kanata Theatre
Carl Cachero, Shane Bouchard,
Marko Pilic, Dale MacEachern
Photo by Wendy Wagner
In Eastern Ontario
Mar. 24, Goodbye, Piccadilly at Ottawa Little Theatre
Mar. 24, The Lion in Winter at Kanata Theatre
Mar. 25, Divas, Duets and Quartets: A Musical Cabaret at Bottle Tree Productions (Kingston)
Mar. 27, Take Me Back to Jefferson at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa), with previews from Mar. 25

In Northeastern Ontario
Mar. 27, Red at Sudbury Theatre Centre, with a preview on Mar. 26

In South Central Ontario
Mar. 26, Down Dangerous Passes Road at Theatre Aurora
Mar. 26, Jesus Christ Superstar at Oshawa Little Theatre
Mar. 27, Rough Justice at The Curtain Club (Richmond Hill), with a preview on Mar. 26*

ONstage Opening in Southwestern Ontario
Peg and the Yeti at Carousel Players
Jennifer Balen
In Southwestern Ontario
Mar. 26, Peg and the Yeti at Carousel Players (London / St. Catharines)

In Toronto
Mar. 27, New Voices Festival at Ryerson Theatre School
Mar. 29, Duets at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

In Central Ontario
Mar. 26, Emergency #21 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (Peterborough)

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, 20 March 2015

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Communications Coordinator

Gina Paradis (WODL President), Bruce Pitkin,
and Yvonne Korince (WODL Festival Chair)
At opening night of the Western Ontario Drama
League Festival in Owen Sound.
Photo by Denis Langlois of
the Owen Sound Sun Times
Conversation Starters
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
In Case You Missed It
You can also receive news from Theatre Ontario every month by email.  Our archives are online and the March issue is now available.