Friday, 6 July 2012

Ontario Off Stage

Behind The Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres

Michael Wheeler has been blogging about his experience this year as an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival, as part of the Neil Munro Intern Director’s Project at the Shaw Festival (sponsored annually by Sun Life Financial and Theatre Ontario.)  In his latest post, Michael writes about his pre-show audience talks, rehearsal responsibilities, workshops, and preparations for his one-act production for Director’s Day.

Recently I saw Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  They describe it as having “a unique Toronto twist, bringing it closer than ever to High Park today.”  The “high concept” adaptation of Shakespeare can provoke complaints, but when it works, I think the reason is clear, as explored by Kate Powers in “Action, Meet Word.”

Allie Dunbar, currently appearing in Queen Marie at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, reflected on her recent participation in the “Who Is Dorothy?” casting call for the upcoming Wizard Of Oz.  That moment of self-awareness in coping with rejection is so significant and vital for every young actor seeking a career in professional theatre.


Howard Sherman kicked off Canada Day celebrations a day early on HowlRound, wondering about the export of Canadian plays onto American stages.  He provoked a good conversation there and on Twitter, with voices from both sides of the border joining in.

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