Month: June 2013

The best way to spend a summer evening in Cottage Country


Back in the early 2000s, I was a musical theatre performer. Though it’s been over 8 years since I last appeared onstage, I still remember the thrill of landing a job and heading out to start rehearsals for a show with anticipation and excitement. 

Summer meant employment. Though it was tricky to sometimes get a job in a musical during the rest of the year, I could always guarantee finding work in the summer as all of the Summer Stocks in Ontario opened their doors for their seasons. More

Acting Up Stage Picks: June 2013


thelightinthepiazza-pageThe Light in the Piazza

Patti Jamieson and Juan Chioran reprise their roles from Acting Up’s production of The Light in the Piazza. A glorious musical story set in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara has a chance encounter with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine, and they fall in love. Margaret tries to keep them apart to protect her daughter, who isn’t what she seems. But the romance of Italy is powerful, and it slowly transforms them all. From the writer of the musical Floyd Collins, which the Shaw Festival produced to huge acclaim in 2004.

Now on stage until October 13th – The Court House Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-lake – or 1-800-511-SHAW


Be one of the first to experience an all-new Canadian production of CATS. For the first time in over 25 years, an all-Canadian cast graces the Toronto stage with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical masterpiece.

Now on stage until September 1 – Panasonic Theatre, Toronto – or 416-872-1212


bf0d7f6b-babf-4e55-8d96-4de5a1139aafFiddler on the Roof

This affectionately humorous portrait of life in a Jewish village in Tsarist Russia centres on Tevye, a milkman-philosopher who finds his values challenged by his daughters’ insistence on following their hearts rather than the dictates of tradition. Meanwhile, more sinister changes are on the horizon – ones that threaten the community’s very existence.

Now on stage until October 20 – Festival Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford – or 1-800-567-1600

Meet our Intern Producer!

Thomas Swayne

Thomas Swayne has just begun full time work with us as our Intern Producer. Thomas is an actor, producer, and director based out of Toronto.  A recent graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA Acting Program, he has most recently worked as the Assistant Director on The Barber of Seville with Soulpepper Theatre.  Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Producer on the world premiere of Queen for a Day: the Musical starring Alan Thicke. He is thrilled to work with Acting Up Stage through a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship grant to create thought-provoking and moving music theatre in Canada. Thomas will be with Acting Up until May 2014. 

Producing Notes – Doras & Tonys & TV, oh my!

It’s that time of year! As the 2013-2014 theatre season comes to a close, awards season has begun.

On June 9, I hosted an impromptu Tony Awards-party. Twelve (or so) musical theatre people gathered in my living room and we watch the show enraptured. I loved getting to see performances from all of the shows that I missed this year (I’m now dying to see Pippin and Matilda) and the three hour show flew by with beautiful speeches, hilarious banter from host Neil Patrick Harris, and entertaining song after entertaining song. More

Thomas Tony Tuesdays – Once

Once. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical. It took me a long time to see this show. I worked off and on in New York City for the past four years and generally saw most of the nominated shows (plays and musicals) each season. Last year, my friends in the city would always tell me to go see Once whenever I was choosing a show to see. They would say things like: “Best show of the season!” or “I cried the entire show!” or “Just go see it!”. Even though I had numerous chances to try to see it, I would always pick a different show over it. I didn’t think the show would interest me and live up to all the hype surrounding it. Then I saw this Tony performance…I knew I was wrong. More