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Volume 4 Issue 1 - September 1998

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:a s 2 z•qs MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC•THEATRE MUSIC•THEATRE Notes and Listings for September and early October 1 998 Looking over our music theatre listings, one of the most striking things is that eight of the nineteen events listed are right outside Toronto. Two of these are lavish productions at our big seasonal theatre festivals, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, which are producing Man of La Mancha and A Foggy Day respectively. Of the remaining six, one is the Huron County Playhouse's remount of 42nd Street, the movie musical hit of the early 1930's and two are "best of Broadway" type shows, Showboat Festival Theatre's Lullaby of Broadway in Port Colborn a and the Tivoli Renaissance Project in Hamilton, with the imaginative title, A Day in Hollywood; A Night in the Ukraine. The remaining three are original musical theatre pieces, Orangeville Theatre's War Brides- The Musical, Drayton Festival Theatre's Blood Brothers and Theatre Aquarius' Colours in the Storm, Orangeville Theatre Artistic Director, Ji~ Betts' show about national hero, painter, Tom Thomson, whose premature death in 1916 has never been satisfactorily explained. The same show, and, we suspect, the Sfime production, will be at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga in early October. Before Colours in the Storm arrives at the Living Arts Centre, you will find a production of the seminal G.& S. show, The Mikado. Returning to Canadian shows, The ·Canadian Stage will be opening its season with a production of the very successful, Billy Bishop Goes to War, opening on September 21 . September 18 PM Productions' "pop musical", Come Away, opens at the Trinity Basement Theatre. If you are a fan of Stephen Sondheim, this is the month for you, with two complete Sondheim shows being staged. The first is the Markham Thespian Society's production of Into the Woods at Hart House Theatre, September 24-26. The second is Reprise Concerts' production of Sondheim's Company, October 2-4 at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Opera lovers, rejoice! The Canadian Opera Company opens its season in September with its productions of Bellini's Norma, opening on September 24 and Puccini's Tosca, opening on September 25. All performances are preceded by a preperformance discussion, 45 minutes before the performance time, free for ticket holders. Another way of learning more about opera is lain Scott's introduction to opera course, "Sex, Sin and Strauss", opera classes that "remove intimidation and insert fun". This introductory survey, ten Tuesday evening classes from 7 :00 to 9:30, covers the history of opera over the past 400 years. Students will learn what to listen for in Italian, Berman, French, Russian, Czech, British and American operas. Mr. Scott is donating the course fees to the Opera Division of U of T's Faculty of Music. ••Canadian Opera John Gray. Including martial Company. Bellini: Norma. airs, barracksroom ditties, James Robinson, director; tunes of glory, Gilbert & Stephen Lord, conductor; Sullivan-like patter songs & Marina Mescheriakova, a bitter brew of Brecht- Ruxandra Donose, Jean- Weill. Begins September 21. Pierre Furlan & others, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 singers. September 24 & Front St. East. 368-3110. 30, Octobe,r' 3 & 9: 8:00; to (group rates October 6: 7:00; September available). 27: 2:00. Free preperformance discussion 45 • •Drayton Festival Theatre. minutes prior to each Blood Brothers. Book, music performance. Hummingbird & lyrics by Willy Russell; Centre for the Performing Alex Mustakas, director. To Arts, 1 Front St. East. 872- October 3. Drayton Opera 2262. 5 to 0. House. 519-638-5555. to ; group rates ••Canadian Opera available. Company. Puccini: Tasca. David William, director; • •Huron Country Richard Bradshaw, " Playhouse. 42nd Street. By conductor; Sylvie Valayre, Warren & Dubin. To Cesar Hernandez, Jean- September 5. 2 km east of Philippe Lafont & others, Grand Bend, off County singers. September 25, Road 81 . 51 9-238-6000. October 1, 7 & 10: 8:00; to . September 29: 7:00; October 4: 2:00. Free pre- • •living Arts Centre performance discussion 45 Mississauga. Colours in the minutes prior to each Storm. Musical telling the performance. Hummingbird story of the mysterious Centre for the Performing death of painter Tom Arts, 1 Front St. East. 872- Thomson. October 7 to 10: 2262. to 0. 8:00. 4141 Living Arts Drive. 905-306-6000. ••Canadian Stage ,. Company. Billy Bishop Goes to War. Written by & • •living Arts Centre starring Eric Peterson & Mississauga. The Mikado. < Opera by Gilbert & Sullivan. 872-2222. .50 to ; Directed & choreographed to 0 (gala by Brian Macdonald. performance). September 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, October 1, 2, & 3 : ••PM Productions. Come 8:00; September 26, 27, Away. Pop-musical retelling 30, October 3: 2:00; Ruth's devotion & journey to September 27 & October 4: a land of hope. R.M.M. 7:00. 4141 Living Arts Munoz, director. Begins Drive. 905-306-6000. September 18: 8:00. Trinity ,evenings; , Basement Theatre, 61 9 matinees. Sherbourne. 944-1493. ,,. • •Markham Thespian Society. Into the Woods. • •Reprise Concerts. Music & lyrics by Stephen Company. Music & lyrics by Sondheim; book by James Sondheim; book by George Lapine. September 24- 26: Furth. October 2: 8:00; 8:00. Hart House, 7 Hart October 3: 2:00 & 8:00; House Circle. 978-8668. October 4: 3:00 & 8:00. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 • • Opera York. From Georg Front St. East. 366-7723. to George. Music by Handel, to . Berlioz, Lahar, Coward & Gershwin. Gwenlynn Little, ••Shaw Festival. A Foggy soprano; Emile Belcourt, Day. Words & music by baritone; William Shookhoff, George & Ira Gershwin. To piano. October 3: 8:00. November 1 . Royal George Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Theatre. 1-800-511-7429. Bathurst. 416-469-0086. to . ,. ••Showboat Festival ••Pantages Theatre. Lloyd Theatre. Lullaby of Webber: Phantom of the Broadway. Conceived & Opera. Unlimited written by Burton Lancaster; engagement. September 20: music by Sondheim, 7:00: Tenth Year Gala ·Rodgers & Hart, Waller, Performance featuring 6 of Gershwin, Kander & Ebb, Toronto's Phantoms, past & Ellington & many more. present. 244 Victoria St. September 2-6. 296 Fielden TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

Ave, Port Colborne. 905- 834-0833. to . ••Stratford Festival. Man of La Mancha. Music by Mitch Leigh; lyrics by Joe Darion; Susan H. Schulman, director; Bert Carriere, musical ·director. To November 8. Festival Theatre. 1-800-567-1600. • •Theatre Aquarius. Colours in the Storm. Musical telling the story of the mysterious death of painter Tom Thomson. September 1 6 to October 3. 1 90 King William Street, Hamilton. 905-522-7529. ••Theatre Orangeville. War Brides - A Musical. Music & lyrics by Joey Miller; book by Grahame Woods; James B. Douglas, director; Jayne Lewis, Julain Molnar, Rosemary Doyle & Victor A. Young, performers. September 9 - 27. Orangeville Opera House. 519-942-3423. ••Tivoli Renaissance Project. A Day in Hollywood; A Night in the Ukraine. Book & lyrics by Dick Vosburgh; music by Frank Lasarus. A look at the movies and musicals from the 1930's, combined with comedy in the Marx Brothers tradition. September 24-26, October 1-3: 8:00. 108 James Street, North Hamilton. 905- 777-9777., (group rates available). ••Young People's Theatre. Polkaroo & Friends: Living in a Polka Dot World. Musical trip around the world. Special guest appearance: Bananas In Pyjamas. To September 27. Mainstage, 1 65 Front St. East. 862- 2222.,. Discover the joy of singing! pro VOCE Studios New York • Los Angeles Washington, DC • Toronto Dr. Michael Warren, founder 732 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor West) Toronto M5S 2J2 Telephone: (416) 960-0472 Telefax: (416) 921 -8313 "enthusiasm, knowledge, teaching skill ... teachers are great." Barry "the amazing singing technique has been a wonderful process of integrating not only the voice, but the body, mind and spirit with the voice" Barbara Thousands of T orontonians have already discovered how much fun it is to Learn About Opera! 1998 - 1 999 Courses with lain Scott to benefrt The Opera Division of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto Opera: An Introductory Survey Begins October 6, 1998 1 0 Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:30 (Another ten of) The Greatest Operas of all time! Begins January 1 9, 1 999 1 0 Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:30 Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building · Cost of each course: 5 To register call (416) 486-8408 "learn in a playful, not regimented way to free the voice." Jewel EDUCATED EXPERIENCED ACTIVE . VERSATILE THE FACULTY ••• minimum BA up to PhD at least six years teaching experience several Royal Conservatory examiners, festival adjudicators, performers, workshop clinicians We care about our students PRIVATE LESSOI\IS AND CUSSES ••• LEARN TO SING fun, informal, for adult beginners YOUNG SINGERS for age 9-16 prepare a musical review-learn vocal technique, some stagecraft and music theory SONG AND STAGE prepare a musical review - adults - intermediate level OPERA participate as lead soloist, supporting, soloist, or apprentice/ chorus in a staged production. Program includes op ~ra history lecture, role preparation, diction and Feldenkrais classes, private coaching. SIGHTSINGING (beginners, intermediate) FELDENKRAIS MASTERCLASS with MICHAEL WARREN, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 7 pm pro VOCE Studios proVOCE Studios, 732 Spadina Avenue (South of Bloor) Tel. 41 6-960-0472 Fax 416-921 -8313 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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