Month: September 2014


Triple Threat with Jake Epstein

Jake Epstein in Beautiful The Musical

Get to know our 2014/15 season artists as we get them to dish on their favorite and most influential musicals. Triple Threat is a regular feature in which we interview a musical theatre artist and ask them to recall which musicals left indelible impressions on them. Plus, we’ll throw in a couple of extra questions every interview to see what kind of musicals make their inner theatre geek sing.

Rehearsals begin this week for this year’s UnCovered featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel. Fresh from his Broadway turns in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Spiderman: Turn off The Dark, Jake Epstein is making his first stage appearance back in Canada with his return to UnCovered.

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Mitchell’s Musings – God I Hope I Get It!

God I Hope I Get It. I Hope I Get It. How many people does he need?

Those opening lines of A Chorus Line ring in my head every time I am heading to auditions. Dozens of hopeful, incredibly talented individuals, vying for a few roles in a production. 

Sitting on an audition panel is always a humbling, inspiring and exhausting experience. This past week, I had the great privilege of seeing 60 artists for 9 (remaining) roles in The Wild Party – our winter production in association with Obsidian Theatre Company. More


The Last 5 Years Movie Review

We are thrilled to welcome Ari Weinberg to our organization as the Intern Artistic Director. He will be a regular contributor to “Musical Notes” as he shares his experiences transitioning from a career as an actor to an Artistic Director.

Disclaimer: The Last 5 Years opened off-Broadway in March 2002, the cast recording was released that April. So, by September 2003 (as I started my first year in Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program) the sheet music was out and everyone was singing it. The songs were an intrinsic part of my college experience. More


To ice bucket, or not to ice bucket?

 

For the past month, but especially the past few weeks, we’ve been bombarded with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos on social media platforms. Everywhere I look, I keep reading about this ‘organic’ movement that is changing the face of not-for-profit philanthropy. Looking at the $80 million the ALS foundation has raised this year in comparison to last year’s $2.5 million (National Post), one can’t deny the financial success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign.

Watching all the videos, and reading about the success of the campaign over the past few weeks, I started wondering if a similar model could be adapted by not-for-profit theatres. The two causes are significantly different from each other by nature; yet I can’t help but wonder if there is a common denominator in the philanthropy for health equation that would activate more people to donate to the arts as well.

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Ambassador Newsletter #1

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