Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Browsing The Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming courses and workshops, including Self-Producing, Playwriting: Idea to First Draft, Playwriting: How to Self-Edit and Critique, and our weekend intensive Crazy Canucks! Building Good Character

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
  • SPARC – the Symposium on Performing Arts in Rural Communities – in Haliburton Highlands starts April 24
  • Upcoming interview and audition dates for The Grand Theatre’s Fall 2014 High School Project 2014 in London is April 28 (Backstage) April 29 (Vocal and Acting) May 1 (Orchestra) and May 5 (Dance)
  • Acting Up Stage Company, Theatre 20, and Angelwalk Theatre is presenting “And 5,6,7,8… A Musical Theatre Dance Party” a free event on April 29 in Toronto
  • Deadline for nominations for the Buddies In Bad Times’ Queer Emerging Artist Award is April 30
  • Toronto Fringe’s next free Tent Talk In The Lab is “How to Create Your Dream Show with $7” on April 30
    Toronto Fringe Festival's Tent Talks in the Lab
    "How to Create Your Dream Show with $7" on April 30
  • Culture Days early-bird registration date is April 30
  • Deadline for nominations for the Patrick Conner Award honouring theatre and sustainable living has been extended to April 30
  • Deadline for nominations for the Edmund C. Bovey Award from Business for the Arts, honouring a business professional who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy or leadership in arts and culture in Canada is April 30
  • Upcoming Ontario Arts Council grant deadline for Access and Career Development is May 1
  • Upcoming Canada Council grant deadlines for Theatre International and Theatre Touring and Special Initiatives Program is May 1
  • Deadline to register for Humber College’s Puppetry Intensive is May 1
  • Shaw Festival’s Teachers Day of professional development is May 2
  • Deadline to apply for Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip for emerging female playwrights is May 2
  • Deadline for applications for the Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seeds Fund for artists developing, creating, and/or disseminating community-engaged arts projects is May 2
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, job postings, and volunteer opportunities on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

ONstage Openings for the week of April 22

ONstage Opening in London
Oil and Water at The Grand Theatre
Jeremiah Sparks, Starr Dominique, Neema Bickersteth,
Anderson Ryan Allen, Petrina Bromley
Photo courtesy of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland
In Southwestern Ontario
Apr. 21, Crazy For You at Stratford Festival, in previews
Apr. 22, Oil and Water at The Grand Theatre (London)
Apr. 23, Legally Blonde at Drayton Entertainment: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
Apr. 24, The Artist at Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
Apr. 25, Too Many Cooks at Elmira Theatre Company
Apr. 25, The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists at Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in previews*
Apr. 26, Paper Song at Carousel Players (St. Catharines)

In Toronto
Apr. 23, A God In Need of Help at Tarragon Theatre, currently in previews
Apr. 24, Of Human Bondage at Soulpepper Theatre, currently in previews
Apr. 25, Blithe Spirit at Bloor West Village Players
Apr. 27, The Company We Keep Cabaret at Theatre 20

In Central Ontario
Apr. 24, Shrek the Musical at VOS Theatre (Cobourg)
Apr. 24, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands at Port Hope Festival Theatre

In Eastern Ontario
Apr. 22, Memories of the Summer of Love at Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg)
Apr. 25, Three Musketeers at Smiths Falls Community Theatre

In Northeastern Ontario
Apr. 23, Soldier's Heart at Sault Theatre Workshop
Apr. 24, Avenue Q at Sudbury Theatre Centre

In South Central Ontario
Apr. 23, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at Driftwood Theatre Company (Ajax)
Apr. 25, Play On at Ovation Performing Arts Academy (Markham)

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Beatrice and Virgil at Factory Theatre
Damien Atkins and Pierre Brault
Photo by Joanna Akyol
Check out last week’s openings

For more information on 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 our discount tickets program

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Exceptional Theatre to be Had at Festival 2014

By Anne Mooney, Community Theatre Coordinator

Theatre Ontario Festival is one of the most unique theatrical experiences in which you can participate – as an actor, crew, host or audience member.  Over four nights the audience gets to see the cream of Ontario’s regional community theatre.   The participating groups travel, set up, perform and strike their sets in a single day.  The shows can run the range from full-on comedy to serious drama.  The groups can be completely new to theatre or experienced veterans, but all come together to share the best of their performance work.

Doubt, A Parable
Presented by Theatre Kent
Tracy Schillemore-Morton and Audrey Hummelen
Photo by Cheshire Media
This year’s Festival opens with the Western Ontario Drama League’s presentation of Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, performed by Theatre Kent of Chatham.  This is the first time that Theatre Kent has represented the region at the provincial level.  The group started in 1978 and performs out of the beautiful Kiwanis Theatre in the Chatham Cultural Centre.

Cast member Audrey Hummelen (Sister Aloysius) and Set Designer Tom Coatsworth have been with the group since its inception.  Two members of the cast are new to Theatre Kent.  Neil Wood (Father Flynn) is new to community theatre.  He received the WODL Newcomer award presented by Festival preliminary adjudicators Dennis Johnson and Sandy MacDonald.  At the regional Festival in Windsor, Neil won the Best Actor award.  Zoe Burbank (Mrs. Muller) is a very busy girl—not only is she working with Theatre Kent, she is a performer in her high school’s Sears Ontario Drama Festival show and participated at the Regional Festival in Hamilton in early April.  This student-written show is called Phoenix.   In a final community theatre twist, Stage Manager Gina Paradis accepted the Best Production Award at the WODL Festival from WODL President Gina Paradis.

Lenin's Embalmers
Presented by The Curtain Club
Mark Hayward and Phil Dionne
Photo by Davis Strong
The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill is a veteran of the Festival circuit.  They were in Sarnia on the Imperial Theatre stage with Proof in the 2006 Festival.  This year, the group presents our only Canadian play, Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen.  Director Joan Burrows is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and her play, Staff Room, won the 2004 Theatre Ontario Festival.

Joan describes Lenin’s Embalmers as a black comedy.  The play is based on actual events that occurred in the mid-1920’s when Stalin ordered two scientists to find a way to preserve Lenin’s body for all eternity or be sent to Siberia.  While doing research for the production, Joan realized that the 1920’s was the end of the vaudeville era and she uses the death of vaudeville as a metaphor for the play.  (I don’t want to give anymore away—you’ll just have to come see it.)  Joan feels the play is extremely timely and found many parallels between Putin’s (modern) Russia and Stalin’s Russia.  Putin spared no expense to put on the Sochi Olympics for the glory of his Russia, and Stalin spared no expense on Lenin’s embalming as a symbol of the glorious Russia of his day.  The Curtain Club even began rehearsals on the opening weekend of the Sochi Olympics.


Glengarry Glen Ross
Presented by Gateway Theatre Guild
Verlyn Plowman and Rod Carley
Photo by Ed Regan Photography
Gateway Theatre Guild from North Bay is representing the QUONTA region with their production of Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet.  Gateway Theatre Guild has a long tradition at Theatre Ontario Festival.  The group hosted the 2008 Festival in North Bay and their 2010 production of Waiting for Godot was the Best Production winner at that Festival in London.   They even have experience on the Imperial Theatre stage—the group traveled to Sarnia in 2002 with the play High Life.

According to first-time Producer Anna Iati, this is the play “men die to do.”  Not only is this Anna’s first time producing, this is her first theatrical experience – a true newcomer.   She has volunteered on various Boards in North Bay and it was during a conversation after one of these meetings that the idea was broached to do Glengarry Glen Ross and she was asked to produce the show.   Anna has been nicknamed “Mrs. Glengarry” by the all-male cast and the almost-all-male crew.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Presented by Peterborough Theatre Guild
Patricia Young and Alex Saul
Photo by Theresa James
Peterborough Theatre Guild is also very experienced bringing shows to Theatre Ontario Festival.   The Guild won the Festival in 2008 hosted by Gateway Theatre Guild.  They have also travelled to Sarnia, winning the 2006 Festival with Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.  This year, they’re bringing The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.  Peterborough has also hosted the Festival, most recently in 1993 and 2001.  At the 2001 Festival, the QUONTA entry was Family Life Theatre’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.  The circle just keeps growing.

Jerry Allen, director, describes Beauty Queen of Lennane as a dark comedy.  It has lots of laughs and many people have told him that they are still talking about the play the next day.  He said the play “emotionally whiplashes the audience around.”   Jerry is a retired drama teacher and has spent most of his career working in theatre in the schools, and now is using his talents with the community theatre.  He has experience at the Theatre Ontario level having been an actor Peterborough’s production of The Donnellys written by Peter Colley and presented at the Festival in 1982!  Also in that cast was Patricia Young who will be on stage in this year’s  Peterborough Theatre Guild production.

This year’s Festival will have casts, crews and theatre companies run the gamut from complete newcomers to hearty veterans.  This will be a true community theatre experience and I hope to see you there!

Join us at Theatre Ontario Festival 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Browsing The Bulletin Board

Coming Up from Theatre Ontario
Check out all of our upcoming courses and workshops, including Playwriting: Idea to First Draft, Playwriting: How to Self-Edit and Critique, and our weekend intensive Crazy Canucks! Building Good Character

Upcoming on The Bulletin Board
The SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program
  • Deadline for three Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Ancillary Awards (Silver Ticket Award, Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, and the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award) is April 17
  • Deadline to apply to the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program for emerging artists and arts workers is April 21
  • SPARC – the Symposium on Performing Arts in Rural Communities – in Haliburton Highlands starts April 24
New on The Bulletin Board
  • The Grand Theatre invites short scripts from writers from London and the surrounding area for the 2015 PlayWrights Cabaret.  The submission deadline is May 9
  • The Toronto Fringe is now accepting applications for the 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival.  Next Stage is a platform for past Fringe artists to take ground-breaking work to the next level.  The 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, job postings, and volunteer opportunities on our Theatre Ontario Individual Member Resources on our website

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 Professional Theatre Training Program Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest recipients of training grants through Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP).  We thank all those who applied to the program.

$29,000 was awarded in total among the following recipients:
  • Shane Carty to train in Directing with Douglas Beattie at Pie in the Sky Theatre (Stratford)
  • Madeleine Donohue to train in Producing and General Management with Monica Esteves and Eric Goldstein at Crow’s Theatre (Toronto)
  • Kat Horzempa to train in General Management and Tour Coordination with Natalie Ackers at Roseneath Theatre (Toronto)
  • Rob Kempson to train in Directing with Ashlie Corcoran at Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque)
  • Pam Patel to train in Artistic Direction with Majdi Bou-Matar at MT Space (Kitchener)
  • Rachel Penny to train in Producing with Aislinn Rose (Toronto)
  • Joseph Recinos to train in Producing with Marilo Nunez at Alameda Theatre Company (Toronto)
  • Tim Welham to train in Actor Training and Coaching with Ian Watson at Ryerson University and the National Theatre School (Toronto and Montreal)
The next application deadline for this program is October 1, 2014.

Read more about Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program on our website

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.