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Volume 7 Issue 4 - December 2001/January 2002

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performance of Sig~und Romberg' s The Student Prince. And if you can't make the Gala, you can still catch the show, which runs from .. December 29 through January 5. Gala tickets are 5; for reservations, call 416- 366-7723. WHILE TRADITION GETS its holiday. due, I'm pleased tQ say there will be lots of originals around, too. From December 4 to 16, performer/ playwright Damien Atkins (who won the ,000 Prism International prize for his Good Mother, produced MUSIC THEATRE SPOTLIGHT •:• MUSIC THEATRE LISTINGS · last year at Stratford) is staging his solo cabaret Real Live Girl at Buddicrs in Bad Times; It's a revue of songs originally written for women, and "has more theatrical ambition" than most cabarets, says Atkins. Accompanied by "fantastic pianist" John Hughes, Atkins will perform songs from Chicago, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and even Disney musicals. "They're all united because they all say something about femininity," he says. The period right after the holidays is often a 'dead' time in the theatre season, so it's fitting that D.O.A. Productions is presenting their "phantasmagorical musical comedy", titled The Dance of the Dead, from January 11 to 26. The concept is intriguing: besides being a play about a suicidal fellow named Edward ~orrows~who makes a bargain for his soul, it's also an experiment · in sound performance that places a chorus of 16 spirits right in the audience. The musical selections sound pretty tempting: ruHiling the gamut from c~orales to torch songs to gospel. There's no shortage of operatic offerings over the season either. The Canadian Opera Company is presenting their double bill of Strauss' Salome and Rossini's fl Viaggio a Reims in repertoire between January 18 and Feb 5. The gory details. Atom Egoyan's Salome returns to the COC Jan 1.8 Filmmaker Atom Egoyan directs the Salome. And well before that, the COC Ensemble is presenting the extremely rare Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Antonio Sartario. Krisztina Szabo plays Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare; she's also in Salome. "I'm quite excited," she says. "I've heard a great deal about the Salome. It's always interesting to work with someone frorri another field." (Incidentally, the very busy Szabo is also performing a . concert for CBC broadcast with James Westinan at the Glenn Gould Theatre on December 14. She'll be reprising Idamante's aria from Idomeneo, which she , sang with the COC last season, as well as "something from Bellini's I Capuletti i Montecchi. ") MEANWHILE, Opera in Concert offers more Bellini, in this, the 200th anniversary of his birth, with La Straniera on December 2. Opera Ontario presents Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in Hamilton (January 26 to February 2) and Kitchener (February 8), while Opera Mississauga stages its first ever benefit concert, the Night of a 'Thousand Stars, on December 7 and 8. So long for 2001; I wish WholeNote readers the abundant blessings of the season and peaceful, happy holidays! 22 wholenote D ECEMBER 1, 2001 - JANUARY 31, 2002 Arts Huron. Bye Bye Birdie. December 1: 8:00. Dinner theatre 6:00 or shqw only. Huron Heights Secondary School, 40 Huron Heights Drive, Newmarket. 905-895-2385 ext.503. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Real Live Girl Damien Atkins performs show of songs originally written for women. December 4, 6·8, 11-15: 8:00; December 9 & 16: 2:30. 12 Alexander St. 416-975-8555. (opening), -, Sunday & Tuesday PWYC. ' Canadian Opera Company. Rossini· II Viaggio a Reims. Elena Voznessenskaia, Ekaterina Morozova, Henrietta Bonde· Hansen, Viktoria Vizin, Michael Schade & other performers; Richard Bradshaw, conductor. January 22: 7:00; Jan 24,26,30, February 1: 8:00; Feb 3: 2:00. Pre· , performance chat 45 minutes prior to each performance. Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East. 416-872- 2262. -5. Discount prices for seniors, students and young adults. Canadian Opera Company. Sartorio: Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Roger Honeywell, Krisztina Szabo, Colleen Skull, Martha Guth, Shannon Mercer & other singers; Gary Thor Wedow, conductor. December 3,5 & 7: 8:00; December 9 matinee. Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. East. 416·363-8231. . Thomson, Graham Abbey, Ross Petty & Fred Penner. December 4 to January 6. 189 Yonge St. 416-872-5555. Etobicoke Musical Productions. Once Upon a Mattress. Music by Mary Rodgers; book by Marshall Barer. December 1: 8:00. Burnhamthorpe Auditorium, 500 The East Mall. 416-248-0410. ,. George Brown Theatre. Aesop's Adventure. Directed by James Simon. Annual children's show featuring music, dance & action. Suitable for children 3 & up. December 5· 7 & 10· 14: 10:30am & 1 :00; D~cember 8 & 15: 1 :00 & 3:00. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978· 8668. , group rates. Humbercrest United Church. Musical: The Star of Bethlehem; carols. Junior & Senior Choirs. December 9: 7:30. Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road. 416· 767-6122. Komitas Musical Association of Ontario. Tigranian: Anoush. Opera in concert version. · Susan Brown, coloratura soprano; Sarkis Koundakjian, tenor; Arthur Muhendissian, baritone & other soloists; Komitas Choir and Orchestra; Adolfo De Santis, piano; David Varjabed, musical director & conductor. January 26, February 2: 8:00. Markham Theatre for Performing Arts, 171 Town Centre Blvd. 905-305-7469. -. Canadian Opera Company. Strauss: · Markham Theatre for Performing Arts. Salome. Helen Field, Monte Pederson, lvanka Chews the Fat. Songs, jokes & Robert Tear, Krisztina Szabo &·other audience participation. January 17 & 18: performers; David Atherton, conductor; 8:00. 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham. Atom Egoyan, director. January 18,23,31, 905-305-7469. . February 2: 8:00; Jan 27: 2:00; Feb 5: 7:00 . . Pre-performance chat 45 minutes prior to Mirvish Productions. Mamma Mia! each performance. Hummingbird Centre for Musical based on the songs of ABBA. Music the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East. 416· & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn 872-2262. .5. Discount prices for Ulvaeus; book by Catherine Johnson; s.eniors, students and young adults. directed by Phyllida Lloyd. To March 31. Civic Light Opera Company. Oliver! Musical by Lionel Bart. Joanne Kennedy, David Haines, Gordon Elkin, Paula Wilkie, Larry Gibbs & other performers; Joe Cascone, artistic director. December 13· 15, 19-22: 8:00; December 16,22,23: 2:00. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Drive. 416-469-8450. .50,, ' .50(Wednesday & Thursday evenings). *SOLD OUT; Dec 13, 15, 16 & 22* 0.0.A. Productions. The Dance of the Dead. A phantasmagorical musical comedy. Written by Scott White; directed by Vinetta Strombergs; Sandra Caldwell, Kevin Dennis, Jeff Madden, Donald Saunders & other performers. January 10: preview; January 11-26. Mon .. Sat. 8:00, Wed & Sat. 2:00. Upstairs at Berkeley, CanStage, 26 Berkeley St. 416-368·3110. , PWYC(Mondays). Elgin Theatre. Snow White and the Magnificent Seven. Starring Melissa Tues·Sat 8:00; Wed,,Sat & Sun 2:00. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West. 416· 872-1212. to . Mirvish Productions. The Lion King. Stage musical of Disney's 1994 animated feature. To March 31. Wed-Sat: 8:00; Wed & Sat: 2:00; Sun: 1:00 & 6:30. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. 416-872-1212. to 5. · Music Theatre Mississauga. Me and My Girl Music by Noel Gay; lyrics by Douglas Furber; book by l. Arthur R~se, Douglas Furber & Stephen Fry. Dec. 1: 8:00. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. 905-821-0090. ,. Music Theatre Mississauga. Nuncrackers ... The Nunsense Christmas Musical Book, music and. lyrics by Dan Goggin. Jan. 18, 19,24,25,26: 8:00; Jan. 20: 2:00. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. 905-821 ·

0090. ,. New School of Classical Vocal Studies. Menotti: Amahl & the Night Visitors; traditional Christmas music. New School International Chorus and Orchestra; William Shookhoff, conductor; Oaniel Eby, artistic direc.tor. Oecember 14 & 15: 2:00 & 8:00. du Maurier Theatre Centre, 209 Queen's Quay, West. 416·973·4000 .. ,.50, group rates. Oakville Symphony Orchestra/Oakville Ballet Company. The Nutcracker. December 7 ·9, 14, 15: various times. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy Street, Oakville. 905·815· 2021. .99. Opera in Concert. Bellini: la Straniera. Frederique Vezina, Anita Krause, Stuart Howe, Sung Taek Chung, performers; Opera in Concert Chorus, Robert Cooper, director; Sandra Horst, music director and pianist. 1 :45: Pre·concert chat with lain Scott. Dec 2: 2:30. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. East. 416·366:7723. ,. Opera Ontario. Mozart· The Marriage of Figaro. Andrew Tees, Jennie Such, David Bedard, Odette Beaupre, Michelle Sutton, Russell Braun, Michel Corbeil, Laura Whalen, Robert Milne, Sinead Pratschke, performers; Carlo Palleschi, conductor. Jan 26 & 31, feb 2: 8:00 at Hamilton Place, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton; Feb 8: 8:00 at The Centre in the Square, Kitchener. 800·575· 1381. Opera Ontario. Popera. Jeanne·Michele Charbonnet, soprano; Jean Stilwell, mezzo· sopra~o; Eduardo Villa, tenor; Jason Howard, baritone; Kitchener·Waterloo Symphony; Daniel Lipton, conductor. Dec l: B:OO. Hamilton Place, 1 Summers Lane. 800·575· 1381. Peel Panto Players. Jack and the Beanstalk. December 1 & 2: 1 :00 & 4:00. Lester B. Pear~on Theatre, 150 Central Park Dr., Brampton. 905·874·2800. St. Anne's Music and Drama Society. Gilbert & Sullivan: Princess Ida. Laura Schatz, director; Ori Siegel, music director. Jan, 25,26,31, Feb. 1,2: 8:00: Jan. 26,27, Feb. 2: 2:00. St. Anne's Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin St. 416·922-4415. Jan. 25 & 31: ; all other performances: ,. Scarborough Music Theatre. She loves Me. Music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon . Harnick; book by Joe Masteroff. February 7· 9,14·16,21·23: 8:00; Feb 10,17: 2:00. Scarbo(ough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. 416·396-4049. ,,8. Theatre Aquarius/Markham Theatre for ' Performing Arts. Joseph & the Amazing ·Technicolor Oreamcoat. Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical. Dec.4: 7:3.0; Dec.5· 7: 8:00; Dec.8: 2:30 & 8:00. 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham. 905-305· 7469. .50-. Theatre Centre. Body Geometry: the 7th Angel lnter·media event incorporating new music, film, aerial dance, spoken word, · extended voice & the circus arts. Jane Miller, vocals; Viv Moore, performance/ dance artist; Julia Sasso, dancer; John Kameel Farah, pianist/composer; Kayt Lucas, aerial artist & other performers. December 5· 1 ~. Tuesday·Saturday: 8:00; Sundays 2:30. Theatre Passe Muraille Mai~space, 16 Ryerson Ave. 416·504· 7529. ., PWYC (Dec. 5 preview & all Sundays). Theatre Non Nobis/Capricorn 9 Production~. We Need A little Christmas. Musical revue. Larry Westlake, director; Flo Umphry, musical director. December 8: 8:00. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. East. 416·3_66-7723. ,. Proceeds in part to Covenant House. Tim Hortons. The Wizard of Oz. Family musical. December 21 ·23,26·28: various times. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy Street, Oakville. 905-815· 2021. .99. Toronto Operetta Theatre. Romberg: The Student Prince. Elizabeth DeGracia, Stuart Howe, Bruce Kelly, Keith Klassen, performers; TOT Orchestra and Chorus; Robert Cooper, conductor; Guillermo Silva· Marin, stage director. Dec 28(pre· view),29,31, Jan 4,5: 8:00; Dec 30, Jan 2: 2:00. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St. East. 416·366·7723. -: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Club Swing. Mini-musical with music by Shaw, Goodman, Ellington & others. Five by Design, vocalists; Willis Delany, conductor. January 7,8,9: 8:00; January 9: 2:00. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe. 416·593-4828. -. University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Opera Tea. Donizetti: l 'elisir d'amore. An afternoon of opera and tea on the theatre stage. January 20: 2:30. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen's Park. 416-978-3744. . Yorkminstrels. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Oreamcoat. Lyrics by Tim Rice; music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. David Bolt, Caroline Moro·Dalicandro, Darryl Hicks & other performers; Bach Children's Chorus; Virginia Reh, director. December 1: 8:00; December 1;2: 2:00. Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst. 416·291·0600. ,, group rates. Please bring non·perishable goods for the Food Bank. lain Scott's Opera Courses in support of the Opera School at the University of Toronto This year's Winter Course - by popular request . The Ten Greatest Arias starts Tuesday, January 15, 2002 • ten Tuesdays - 7;00 to 9:30 pm llllllt I 00 metres from 1Museum subway station llllllt huge videc;> screen - comfortable seats llllllt 5 per course - seniors 5· • jusk ask anyone who has ta~en his courses ... For a Registration Form call 416-486-8408 For information o.n Iain's TOUR OF ITALY in May 2002, call 4 I 6-221-641 I DECEMBER 1, 2001 - JANUARY 31, 2002 wholenote 23

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