Month: October 2012


MT Scavenger Hunt: The Beaver Den

The Beaver Den, produced by Jazz Squared Theatre, is set in 1999 in the wake of a children’s entertainment revolution and follows a cast of young actors “stuck” on a kid’s TV show filmed in Northern Ontario. Will they save the show from complete corporate takeover? It’s a musical…so probably. Get ready for a hilarious, outrageous and perfectly polite time at the Beaver Den! More


Paul Sportelli’s Triple Threat

Paul Sportelli

Paul Sportelli has been the Music Director at the Shaw Festival for fourteen seasons, where he has music directed such hits as My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George and, most recently, Ragtime. He has also composed multiple scores and is the winner of two Dora awards, including one for his first musical with partner Jay Turvey, Little Mercy’s First Murder.

What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing?

Chicago. And I mean the original production—it was the second Broadway musical I ever saw.

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Three shows: Sweeney Todd (original Broadway production), Sunday in the Park with George (original Broadway production) and The Light in the Piazza. I was completely transported by all three. And I saw Sunday on Broadway when I was a poor student in NYC, and I managed to get enough money together to see it a second time. More


The Year of The Child – Why Falsettos?

Upon reading our Musical Notes blog, a patron asked me if I programmed Falsettos because the themes of the show mirrored the themes in my own life (starting a family, redefining the definition of a traditional family). The answer – I don’t think so, but maybe a little?!

There are so many elements that go into programming a season: What shows will help to advance the organization, taking our audiences in new directions while continuing to offer the special elements that make their Acting Up Stage experience unique? What shows make sense for the company of artists who we hope to work with? What shows will provoke interesting dialogue and discourse amongst patrons who attend?

So where did Falsettos come from? More


Out There #2 – Resurrecting The Megamusical

Last week production on Rebecca, based on the 1938 gothic novel and subsequent hitchock thriller about the haunted estate at Manderlay came to an uncompromisingly abrupt halt. Paul Abrams, the mysterious overseas producer who’s ship had come to the rescue back in August when lead producer, Ben Sprecher, announced a $4.5 million shortfall, took his exit just as suddenly as reports filtered in that he had died of malaria last week. Leaving the production in the lurch, Sprecher was forced to admit that he had never actually met Mr. Abrams, had corresponded with him simply via email and, in the absence of both a death certificate or obituary, couldn’t be certain that the mysterious investor ever existed. More


Craigslist Ad of the Week — Name my Fish

Name my Fish

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata runs from Jan 30 – Mar 3, 2013 at the Factory Studio Theatre. Tickets are now on sale, or visit our website for more info.