As we set sail on a sunny voyage, things turn dark when cruise ship, The Grande Illusion collides with pirate ship, The Passing Wind. Nothing good can happen following a time warp phenomenon when history collides with present day.
Travel back to 19th century Lucan-Biddulph and learn about the famous feud between local vigilantes and the Donnelly clan. Follow the crooked signpost down the Roman Line to hear ghostly tales of mayhem and anarchy that culminate in a terrifying evening with murderous results.
Once is a truly original musical experience. Set in a raucous pub with an ensemble of actor/musicians, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician on the cusp of giving up his dreams and his chance encounter with a woman who refuses to let him. With a powerful score that features the songFalling Slowly,Once is that rarest of theatrical events, both intensely moving and irresistibly fun.
You’re invited to trick-or-trick at the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky home of The Addams Family this Halloween! Daughter Wednesday Addams falls for a ‘normal’ boy. Her parents, Morticia and Gomez must come to terms with the fact that their little girl is growing up. But, when the boy in question and his parents descend on the Addams’ mansion for dinner, all must re-examine their ideas of love, family and what it means to be normal.
Rise and shine! It’s time to start your day with some Freshly Brewed Improv! Come out and grab a mug of hilarity as Off The Hinges returns for an evening of comedy for a great cause. Stick around after the show and try it yourself at our improv jam!
Set in the 1980s,Shirley Valentine is comedic drama about the second coming of age of a fifty-something woman. Her adult children have left home and Shirley finds herself trapped in a life in which she has no sense of identity. Stuck in a dead-end job and a loveless marriage, Shirley acknowledges what her life has become through anecdotes and conversations with the wall, and the fourth wall. Rallying against the constrictions forced upon her by others, Shirley sets out on an adventure to rediscover the woman she always knew she could be.Shirley Valentine provides an often hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching portrait of an extraordinary woman trapped in an ordinary life.
A powerful, new adaptation, presented especially on Remembrance Day Weekend. Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic,The Diary of Anne FrankTweet
50 years ago in 1967,Hair debuted on Broadway, marking a stylistic shift and opening up musical theatre to a sound previously unheard of in its canon: rock and roll!Time Warp: 50 Years of the Rock Musical is a high energy, multi-faceted cabaret, celebrating five decades of rock on Broadway, and exploring every colour of the rock musical: from classic rock, to Motown, to glam, to indie, to roots, to fusion, and more!Time Warp highlights tunes from smash-hit productions including:Rent, The Who’sTommy,Hair,American Idiot,Dear Evan Hansen,Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,Next to Normal,Aida,Dogfight,Beautiful,Once,The Rocky Horror Show and more! This electrifying concert experience features a cast of over 25 local singers, dancers and musicians performing alongside an explosive rock band.
The London One Act Festival is a four day festival of short plays of any genre running 30 minutes or less. The plays are presented twice, with two nights of previews and two nights of adjudication. The 2017 adjudicator is Bryden MacDonald.
Daniel MacIvor is a playwright/actor/director who is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He has written numerous award-winning theatre productions including See Bob Run, Communion,Marion Bridge andHis Greatness, and with Daniel Brooks created the solo shows House,Here Lies Henry,Monster,Cul-de-sac and This Is What Happens Next. Daniel has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, a Village Voice Obie Award and a GLAAD Award. He is currently touring the solo show Who Killed Spalding Gray? and is working on the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company. In development is a new play for New Magic Valley Fun Town for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.
Back in the fall of 2007, Passionfool Theatre officially launched the company with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ten years later, the Passionfool team is excited to celebrate their anniversary with a bold and imaginative re-interpretation of the Bard’s timeless classic.
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative,Red is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. This group of zany characters sure is on edge, but don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
“Bah, Humbug!” True to Dickens’ timeless story, follow the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed to a warmer, gentler soul after visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. This acclaimed adaptation is a glorious family spectacle brimming with music, dance, and pure holiday delight. It’s the ideal show to celebrate the season!
As Joan copes with cancer treatment and the possibility of her own death, her adult children, Jamie and Gabe, are forced to confront their own beliefs. Meanwhile, in the farthest reaches of deep space, two lost explorers find each other.
A small town girl searches for a new life in the bright lights of 1920s New York.Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns,” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there. Filled with frisky flappers and dashing leading men,Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.
As soon as the recently orphaned eleven year old, Pollyanna arrives in Baldwinsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she begins to brighten up everybody’s life. The ‘glad game’ she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the sick, the lonely and the plain miserable – until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn’t know how to feel glad about it.
It’s that time of the year again! Time for the annual CHAOS (Canadian Honorary Association of Santas) Convention and time to appoint a new Chairman… or is it? Join in to vote on some very important issues.
This holiday season, fall in love with one of American musical theatre’s most beloved treasures.The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize —despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. With bright, uplifting musical numbers includingSeventy-Six Trombones,Shipoopi, andTil There Was You,The Music Man is a wicked, funny, and romantic gift destined to warm up your holiday season.
Holiday magic is made year after year by the traditional treasureThe Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition. This delightful classic is a favourite that brings magic to the holidays.
Born from a collaboration with Kleinburg’s world renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and with well over 100 costumes in richly coloured fabrics,The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition brings out the magic of Canada. 20th Century landscapes make up the stunning 30-foot backdrops, including Franklin Carmichael’sChurch and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thompson’sSnow in the Woods (1916), and L.L. Fitzgerald’sTrees and Wildflowers (1922). This is a beautiful Canadian work, and audiences are taken on Klara’s familiar, magical dream journey as she arrives in Canada and experiences winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties, and creatures of the woods.
The ballet’s second act is remembered for its celebration of varied dances, and our charming divertissements of raccoons, loons, dragonflies, and bears demonstrate Klara’s longing for the summer months as she travels excitedly through her dreams. The iconic, show-stopping pas-de-deux in the final act is lovingly danced by Lord and Lady Birch as they usher Klara safely home at the end of the adventure.
The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition is destined to become a national treasure that will warm the hearts of young and old alike. It is a holiday tradition that has showcased the magic of the season for years. Rediscover the joy of dance with the show that audiences flock back to again and again.
In 1969, the dead body of a young woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, was discovered inside an overturned car in a channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. The car belonged to the driver, Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, who did not report the late-night incident to police until the following morning.Black Water is a slightly-veiled fictional account of this tragedy. Scored for soprano and piano, this operatic monodrama requires the performers to assume multiple roles and states of mind. This intimate, moving work is presented almost completely from the point of view of the drowning woman: in reality, in flashback, in dreams and in hallucinations.
A father’s story. A son’s journey. Life’s epic adventure. This larger-than-life musical centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, fantastical stories thrill everyone around him —most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humour and spectacular stagecraft,Big Fish is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
Alexander Graham Bell connected people around the world by inventing the telephone. But it was of little use to his wife, Mabel, who was profoundly deaf. Written from Mabel’s point of view, the story begins in Nova Scotia as Mabel reflects back on her life with Bell. Together they inspired and challenged each other to become strong, original forces for good. A beautiful (and true) love story about how we communicate.
Cinderella is delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, includingIn My Own Little Corner,Impossible/It’s Possible andTen Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
Set in 1920s Canada,What A Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who is repressed by a lack of sexual education and craves liberation. Inspired by letters written to a famous British birth-control advocate, the play beautifully uses the past to reflect the present.
This musical centers on what appears to be a typical American family: Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years.Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
Experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man every night – plucked right out of the audience! This fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fusion of clown, improv, theatre, and social experiment is sure to make you fall in love with Mimi and celebrate her audience-member-turned-Romantic-Hero.
From a bombastic youth, to the Bard of Avon, experience William Shakespeare’s life as filtered through the lens of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare! All events are true, but not all accurate. William Shakespeare has just closed the first production ofRichard III, but through unfortunate circumstances, meets the love of his life, Anne Hathaway, a woman of a most outrageous temper. William is determined to woo her, with help from his father, John Shakespeare and his friends Christopher Marlowe and Richard Burbage using his newest and most problematic play,The Taming of the Shrew, it certainly won’t be easy. But not is all as it seems… As bizarre circumstances follow William into his old age, the bard must seek redemption in the eyes of his children, Susanna, Judith and in the spirit of his departed son, Hamnet. From boisterous comedy, to most tragic tale, it’s Shakespeare as Shakespeare intended.
Lovelash — Two words, compounded, defined as the emotional distress following the end of a romantic relationship…
Lovelash follows the romantic misadventures of a group of friends in the early 1990s in a small-town local dive bar, The Mack Shack. Dan is a compassionate, but awkward man who just lost his wife and is trying to get back in the game. Trey is a lady’s man who’s boasting to the world that he’s single, despite the fact that he’s in a loving long-distance relationship. Nat is in love with her oblivious best friend but cannot muster the courage to admit it to him. Finally, Carter is infatuated with his ex-girlfriend, who wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Through catchy tunes and cheesy ’90s references, this group of friends embark on a soul-sucking quest to cure their own symptoms of what can only be described as…Lovelash!
“There’s a madman living upstairs,” a young boy writes to his uncle. “He’s uncouth, has a terrible temper, and howls! – his name is Beethoven.” With his uncle’s help, Christoph comes to understand the genius of one of music’s most eccentric and brilliant composers.
An extraordinary story about the strength of the human spirit,A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of three generations of women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past in war-ravaged Afghanistan.