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MT Scavenger Hunt: Rocky Horror Show

In honor of their tenth anniversary, and in perfect timing for Halloween, Fallen Rock Productions presents The Rocky Horror Show, replete with your favorite transvestites  transsexuals and Transylvanians. Featuring up and coming emerging musical theatre artists, including Acting Up Stage perennial, the gorgeous and talented Kelly Holiff, this is Rocky like you’ve never seen it before. Most excitingly, Fallen Rock donates all proceeds from the performance to the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. Let’s see how Artistic Director Jason Spetter fared on his MT Scavenger Hunt!

The Year of The Child – Who’s on First?

Recently, I feel like life is a juggling act, trying to prioritize my children.

There is of course the obvious juggle of trying to prioritize two twins, both of whom want my attention, care and love 24/7. Every moment that both babies are awake involves some degree of choice: Who is the most hungry and who might be able to hold off for 20 minutes? Who needs the most attention and who might be content playing alone on a mat? Who gets loaded into the car first and who has to amuse themselves in the house for 2 more minutes? Through trial and error, and learning each babies’ personality, each one of these decisions becomes less and less of a gamble with more success than error.

But I also have a third child. More

More Than Friends Triple Threat

Today we have a very special triple Triple Threat ! In honour of their upcoming Cause We’re More Than Friends Cabaret on Oct 23, we’ve sat down with Colleen Dauncey, a delightful up and coming music theatre composer and member of Petty Victories, Nathan Carroll, an emerging Toronto based cabaret artist and performer and Acting Up Stage stalwart Thomas Swayne, actor and music theatre producer. Cause We’re More Than Friends is a celebration of camraderie through choruses and break out showtune hits.

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

NathanUrinetown, for its endless energy, and a moment I’ll never forget, when someone goes behind the piss-stained wall, and appears to be pulled by their head and feet—stretched out to both sides of the wall. Theatre magic.
Colleen: A Chorus Line, my mom took me to see it as a kid and it’s what made me want to dance… and wear lots of spandex (which I did, in the early 90s).
Thomas: Definitely Newsies! It was one of the first movies that made dancing cool for boys…and now it’s on stage!  Watching them all jump, flip, and leap on stage was incredible…I should take more dance class. More

Steven Gallagher’s Triple Threat

Steven Gallagher is a Toronto based actor and performer who has had a long and illustrious career playing a variety of roles in all forms of theatre. He has performed in various Acting Up Stage productions, most notably as Gordon in A New Brain.

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

Jelly’s Last Jam starring Gregory Hines was like nothing I had ever seen, the choreography was seamlessly interwoven with the story. I could not get over how he moved. More

The Year of The Child – Babies on Board

To post or not to post? That is the question.

I have never liked Facebook. I find it all a little too public – people are constantly updating where they are, and who they are with. I have used it many times to spy on people – has someone who hasn’t returned an email actually been online since I sent it? Did that person from high school ever actually come out? Were rumours of their divorce actually true?

I like Facebook for one thing: theatre promotion. I like reading what shows people are doing, I like to see all of the amateur reviews that people post in their statuses, and – most of all – I like to watch information about our performances go viral (at least on my network) when we have a show running.

So that was my relationship with Facebook – purely professional; a promotional tool at best. And then came babies… More