Category: Flashback Fridays

Ten years of Acting Up Stage productions means ten years of photos and memories. Every Friday, we invite a company member to reflect on their time at Acting Up Stage by re-introducing you to one of the photos from our archives. Do you remember seeing this production? Leave your memories in the comments below!

Flashback Fridays – Douglas E. Hughes on A Man of No Importance

Jump back with us to 2008’s A Man of No Importance, starring Douglas E. Hughes in a transcendental piece of musical theatre written by Terrence McNally and Ahrens and Flaherty, the composers of Once On This Island. The production was transformative and the cast stellar – but we though this week we’d leave it up to Douglas to paint the picture for you:


hughes-douglas-eIn the summer of 2006, I was working at the Shaw Festival with Patty Jamieson when she came up to me one day and asked me if I’d like to participate in a staged reading she was putting together.  She then handed me a copy of A Man of No Importance and asked me to take a look at the role of Alfie. More

Flashback Fridays – Tim French on Caroline, or Change

Who could forget our 2012, multi-Dora award winning production of Caroline, or Change? With an all-star cast, Caroline, or Change, wowed audiences and critics with its superb blend of semi-operatic musical composition courtesy of Jeanine Tesori, Tony Kushner’s cleverly constructed book and inspired direction from Robert McQueen. Working closely with the director was choreographer Tim French, in a staging which blended the seems between movement and dance. This week, Tim reflects on the Acting Up Stage production which earned him a Dora Nomination for choreography.


tim-french-headshot In this picture, the trio of women in sequins represent the musical sound of the 1960’s that emanate from the radio that Caroline, a maid, listens to as she works her daily shift in the basement of her employer’s house in Louisiana. More

Flashback Fridays – Jacquelyn French on The Light in the Piazza

The winter of 2010 saw our first Dora Nominated production, The Light in the Piazza, and the beginning of an indispensable relationship with director extraordinaire Robert McQueen. Based on an old movie, this lush musical by Adam Guettel follows the simple Clara and her mother as they tour Italy and discover their hearts along the way. Jacquelyn French unforgettably portrayed Clara as a an innocent girl, yes, but brought with her a mature stage presence, a delightful demeanour and some major acting and singing chops. Today she reflects on the most beautiful musical we have produced in 10 years. More

Flashback Fridays – Patricia Zentilli on A New Brain

Jump back with us to 2009’s A New Brain, William Finn’s autobiographical end of the century musical about a songwriter with creative block who suddenly experiences an attack from an arteriovenous malformation, landing him in hospital and threatening his life. As he proceeds on the journey to wellness through surgery, we are transported through Gordon’t hallucinations, inviting us simultaneously into Finn’s head when he too was hospitalized for the same thing. Patricia Zentilli played Rhoda, Gordon’t agent and ex-girlfriend with charm, humour and a killer set of pipes – and she brought her own photos to the table this week as well! More

Flashback Fridays – Jordan Bell on Edges

2008 saw the first (and only) production by Acting Up Stage to be produced in a non-traditional venue. Edges, by straight-out-of-theatre school writing duo Pasek and Paul, More