Monday, 16 October 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of October 16

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Bello at Young People's Theatre
Morgan Yamada, Gabriel Gagnon, Nicole St. Martin
Production Design by Patrick Beagan
Photo by Ali Sultani.
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Central Ontario

Oct. 20, Sugar Road at Theatre Orangeville [with a preview on Oct. 19]
Oct. 20, The 39 Steps at Northumberland Players (Cobourg)

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 19, On Golden Pond at Domino Theatre (Kingston)
Oct. 20, Fight the Moonlight at Tweed & Company Theatre

In South Central Ontario

Oct. 19, Death of a Salesman at Theatre Aurora
Oct. 20, South Pacific at Etobicoke Musical Productions (Mississauga)

ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
The Gondoliers at Guelph Little Theatre
Ben Wallace, Arthur Harkins
Photo by Dean Palmer

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 20, Once at The Grand Theatre (London) [with previews from Oct. 17]
Oct. 20, Outside Mullingar at Aylmer Community Theatre [with a preview on Oct. 19]
Oct. 20, Death of a Salesman at Drayton Entertainment: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse [with previews from Oct. 18]
Oct. 20, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Theatre Sarnia

In Toronto

Oct. 16, Huff at Soulpepper Theatre
Oct. 19, Other Side of the Game at Cahoots Theatre [currently in previews]
Oct. 20, Thirteen Hands at Alumnae Theatre Company
Oct. 20, The Valley at East Side Players


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

Friday, 13 October 2017

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Conversation Starters


Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres

Lighthouse Festival Theatre is giving away seats

Migrations


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Stories from the Summer Theatre Intensive: Sharpening Your Actor’s Tool Kit

by Michelle Cho

As a newbie, I was nervous about registering for “Sharpening Your Actor’s Tool Kit.” It was a course pitched to experienced actors and frankly, I had no ‘tool kit’ so nothing to sharpen. But after some back and forth with the lovely Rachel Kennedy, she convinced me that Tom Diamond was well-equipped to work with actors of varying levels. I was still a bit skeptical but when I learned it was going to be a small class, I decided to stick to my guns and just go for it. I'm so glad I did.

Tom asked his participants to come prepared to do a couple monologues. I admit, when I stood up to do mine I really had no clue what I was doing. I was shaking in my boots. I spewed out lines that I memorized. I didn’t know where to look…the wall, the audience? I never really thought about whom I was talking to.  What fourth wall?

By the end of Day 1, I learned that acting isn’t about memorizing lines. It’s about ideas, notions and investigating them. Asking questions like: Who am I? Where am I? What’s going on? What do I want? Or what’s my intention?

"Sharpening Your Actor's Tool Kit"
Over the course of the week, Tom helped the six of us explore those ideas through scene study work, improvisation, script analysis and working and re-working our monologues. Of course an honest day’s work didn’t begin without a good game of Twizzle (another great reason to take Tom’s course!)

It's now been more than a month since taking Tom’s workshop and I want to say that everything I learned in his class stuck with me, but I’d be lying. 

Do I always remember to act as though everything’s happening right now? No. Will I remember what I said that had my classmates laughing in an improv scene? Probably not. How ever did I pull off that southern accent while playing Mrs. Wire in Tennessee Williams’ The Lady of Larkspur Lotion? Dunno.

What has stuck and is something I find incredibly useful—not just in acting but in my every day life—is the ability to re-frame the idea of nervousness. Tom encouraged us to learn to embrace our ‘butterflies’, putting a positive spin on it. He calls this ‘life force’ and told us to make it work for you. Don't try to run from it or get rid of it. Use it. Become acquainted with that energy. Be its friend. That 'life force' can be so vibrant and alive.

The other day I could feel the butterflies starting to well up in my belly before an audition. I looked down at my stomach and said, “Oh, there you are” and smiled.

Related Reading

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities for theatre artists from us, 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

  • Work In Culture’s “Take the Lead: Principles for Administrative Leadership in the Arts” is on October 12 and 13 in Toronto.
  • “From Schtick to Script: Original Sitcom Pilot Writing Intensive” with Daniela Saioni begins on October 14 in Toronto.
  • Shaw Festival’s “Grown Up Theatre Club” for adults begins October 15 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Deadline for Ontario Arts Council “Multi and Inter-Arts Projects” and “Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour” is October 17.
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company’s next “The Hive @ GCTC” workshop for students is on “Lighting Design” on October 18 in Ottawa.
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

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of October 10

ONstage Now Playing in Toronto
Life After at The Musical Stage Company / Canadian Stage
Ellen Denny, Dan Chameroy, Trish Lindström,
Barbara Fulton, Neema Bickersteth, Anika Johnson.
Photo by Michael Cooper
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Toronto

Oct. 10, Bello at Young People's Theatre
Oct. 14, Other Side of the Game at Cahoots Theatre [in previews]

In Central Ontario

Oct. 13, August: Osage County at Port Hope Festival Theatre

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 10, Full of Beans at Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg)
Oct. 12, Our Town at Belleville Theatre Guild [with a preview on Oct. 10]
Oct. 13, Who Dunit? at Smiths Falls Community Theatre

In Southwestern Ontario

Oct. 13, Rock of Ages at Drayton Entertainment: Dunfield Theatre Cambridge [with previews from Oct. 11]
Oct. 13, Dracula – the Musical? at Theatre Woodstock
Oct. 13, The Gondoliers at Guelph Little Theatre


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

Friday, 6 October 2017

Ontario Off Stage

by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager

Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres

The Veil at Toronto Irish Players

Migrations


TO Toasts


In Case You Missed It

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Bowl-A-Thon... Final Results Are In!

We would like to thank all of the participants and supporters to this year’s annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event, which took place on Saturday, September 16th.

You most certainly "raised" to the challenge and made our event a total success.

We raised a total of $4,350.00 - 97% of our goal - in support of the operation of our core programs and services. A very special thanks to the event’s main organizersLeah Dietrich and Rachel Kennedy.

A super special thanks to everyone who came out to play and/or cheer all of the teams!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Browsing Our Bulletin Board

Upcoming opportunities for theatre artists from us, 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

Diego Matamoros and Oliver Dennis in Waiting for Godot
at Soulpepper Theatre. Their deadline for applications for
their Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for
Theatre is October 6. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
  • Deadline to register to apply for Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Capital Grants is October 4 (for the October 25 deadline.)
  • Ontario Arts Council grant deadlines for “Deaf and Disability Arts Projects”, “Jets de théâtre – projets” and “Touring Projects” is October 5.
  • Deadline for directors to apply for Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival 2018 (non-paying) is October 5.
  • Deadline for submissions for Soulpepper’s Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators is October 6.
  • Deadline for RSVPs for PAONE Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education AGM in Mississauga is October 9.
  • Work In Culture’s “Take the Lead: Principles for Administrative Leadership in the Arts” is on October 12 and 13 in Toronto.
  • “From Schtick to Script: Original Sitcom Pilot Writing Intensive” with Daniela Saioni begins on October 14 in Toronto.

New on The Bulletin Board

  • South Simcoe Theatre invites playwrights to submit to their “Four Play: A Showcase of Play Readings.” The deadline is November 30.

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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Honouring Legendary Contribution to Community Theatre in Western Ontario

Do you know someone whose sustained contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment has helped community theatre flourish?

Theatre Ontario is now inviting nominations for the 2018 Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre. The award is presented annually to someone from the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival—which in 2018 is Western Ontario—and will be presented at the Awards Brunch.

2017 Michael Spence
Award recipient David Parry
Past recipients of the award are Joan McRae, Anne Wilson, Lillian Sievanen, Sharon Sproule, Betty Coates, Arlene Watson, Vince Mathewson, David Glover, Harry Houston, Hans Warmenhoven, Beth McMaster, Val Hadley, Maureen Lukie, Ken Stephen, Gabe Ferrazzo, Margaret Shearman, Lawrie Bonanno, Jo-anne Spitzer, Walter Maskel, Joe O’Brien, Bev Dietrich, John Storey, and Murray Finn. The 2017 award was presented to David Parry of Perth.

The 2018 award will be presented to an individual from the Western Ontario community theatre region, which includes Bruce County, Grey County, Wellington County, Waterloo Region, the City of Burlington, the City of Hamilton, Niagara Region, and all other municipalities southward and westward to the U.S. border.

The award was established in 1997 by Theatre Ontario on the occasion of Theatre Ontario's 25th Anniversary. Multiple awards were presented on the quinquennial anniversaries of Theatre Ontario until 2012, when it became an annual award. The award is named in honour of Michael Spence, the founding President of Theatre Ontario. Michael was active in community theatre at Hart House Theatre, London Little Theatre, and the University Alumnae Dramatic Club (now known as Alumnae Theatre.) He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Dominion Drama Festival, a past President of Arts Etobicoke, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre Ontario.

The nomination deadline is January 31, 2018.

Monday, 2 October 2017

ONstage Openings for the week of October 2

ONstage Now Playing in Southwestern Ontario
A Few Good Men at Theatre Aquarius
Photo by BankoMedia
This week’s openings on Ontario’s stages

In Toronto

Oct. 6, Unapologetically Me: Sharon's Cabaret for Kids at Young People's Theatre [with previews from Oct. 2]
Oct. 6, Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene at Soulpepper Theatre
Oct. 6, Wait Until Dark at Scarborough Theatre Guild
Oct. 7, Asking for It at Nightwood Theatre [with a preview on Oct. 6]

ONstage Now Playing in Eastern Ontario
The Tomorrow Box at Studio Theatre Perth
Tracy Noonan, Courtney Mason

In Eastern Ontario

Oct. 5, Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion at National Arts Centre—English Theatre (Ottawa) [with previews from Oct. 3]


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