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Volume 7 Issue 9 - June 2002

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y Sarah B. Hood 0PER \ & M1rs1c T11EATRE Summer musicals take the stage across southern Ontario FOUR BY ONE . The time of the opening of the cottages is upon us, and that means that while city stages are coming to the end of their runs, -the summer theatre festivals are opening their doors to a new season wherein musicals abound. In Toronto, things theatrical are not yet quite finished, however. Writer Vincent de Tourdonnet is taking advantage of the shoulder season to launch his Snappy Tales, an evening of four music theatre works ranging from 4 to 45 minutes in length~ In each case, de Tourdonnet has worked with a different composer. Stephen Eddins has composed The Doll's Hou!ie, a four-minute(!) mini-opera inspired by a Katherine Mansfield story. J. Douglas Dodd wrote the music for The Good Person, inspired by Brecht's Good Person of Szechuan. Kurt Vonnegut has officially approved the treatment of his story The Barnlwuse Effect, with mU&ic by Jim Kass, while the longest piece of the evening, Strange Medicine, is a collaboration with Allen Cole, and was previously produced at B. C. 's Caravan Farm Theatre. Apart from the fact that de Tourdonnet wrote the book and lyrics for all four "what unites them all is they're all social satire" he says. "They all come from the social justice tradition, which is what I'm interested in as a writer." Thus The Good Person is about a Toronto ,prostitute; The Barnhouse Effect relates the story of a professor whose discovery of a new form of · energy dr~ws the interest of the Pentagon, and Strange Medicine satirizes the drug-dominated approach to heal~ ing in contemporary society. Snappy Tales runs from June 7 to 23 at the Factory Theatre Lab Studio. IF Tiffi TITLE HAS AN EXCLAMATION MARK TIIEN IT'S A MUSICAL! Meanwhile Artword Theatre presents Ronald Weihs' Toronto the Good!, a musical evocation of the life of this city in the 1890s, when institutionalized Victorian morality clashed with the growing public ap- . petite for pleasures of all kinds, including alcohol, tobacco, sex, FIORELLO: From left to right, Trish Vergata (Marie), Pat Elia (Fiorello), Lisa Drago (Thea) Evocative: Toronto the Good! at Artword · drugs ... and bicycling. Toronto the Good! runs from June 14 to July Collingwood (705-445-2200 or 28. POPULAR CANADIANS On June 29 The Georgian Theatre Festival in Meaford welcomes perennial diva Mary Lou Fallis with her comic Primadonna on a Moose. (, or phone 888-541-4444). Composer Leslie Arden and Canada's most-produced playwright Norm Foster collaborated on the comic musical whodunnit The l.LJSt Resort, which But this summer's most popular original Canadian musical is 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, originally created by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt. The acclaimed and successful tale of growing up with music lessons runs from June 18 to July 6 at the Port Hope Festival Theatre (s00434-5W2 or www.capitoltheatre.corri); from August 6 to 18 at The Opera House in Gravenhurst (888-495-8888 or Also on the topic of municipal affairs, if you think that Giuliani was the first or only notable Italian mayor of New York City, then you've overlooked Fiorello La Guardia. Namesake of both the airport and New York's high school for the performing arts (of Fame fame), La Guardia was in office from 1934 to 1945, 'and was known for introducing major welfare programs and reducing civic corruption. The Tony­ Award-winning Fiorello!, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Barnick, will be performed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board Staff Arts organization, featuring administrators, caretakers and teachers from local schools. It runs from June 7 to 15 at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, and a portion of proceeds goes towards a 9-11 Relief Fund. AND THEN THERE'S THE BEDKNOBS AND BROOM­ STICKS SCHOOL OF TITLING ... LAST YEAR the Nipissing Stage Company opened in North Bay with an ambitious and interesting playbill. This year's season includes the premiere of a musical by Patty Fedeli and. Lloyd MacMillan, called Shadjlies and Shotguns. Its subject is the progress of a charismatic killer loose in Northern Ontario. It runs from July 30 to August 24. (705- 472-2782 or Then from Augtist 14 to 31 another original musical, Wooden Boats and Iron Men by Bruce Milner and Robert More, tells tales of the power of the lake and the courage of its people at Port Dover's Lighthouse . Festival Theatre (519-583-2221 or runs from August 13 to 24 at Theatre CONTINUES ON PAGE 36 Vivace William Shookhoff; Music Director Erika Varga, Stage Director featuring 1 Caroline Kuehn, Penelope Cookson, Cheryl Campbell, Alexander Wiebe, Erika Varga, Jane Waugh, Melanie Conly, Jay Lambie, Geoff Keating and Jon-Paul Decosse June 13 & 14, 2002 7:30 PM New Horizons Chapel, 1140 Bloor West (at Dufferin) June 17 & 19, 2002 7:30 PM The Stone Church, 45 Davenport Road, (at Bay) Tickets $.15 416-518-8506 I 24 www June 1 - July 7 2002

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