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This nightmare catcher was made from recycled items and has worked great for me until recently… I don’t know if it’s subliminal thought or spiritual mojo, but my wife took it down after a year of being up. She said she thought I didn’t like it for some reason??? (I made it…) I’m not sure I understand this myself yet, but I asked her to put it back up because my dreams had started turning back to nightmares a few days before I’d noticed it was down. When she put it back up my dreams got worse. If anyone’s interested in a nightmare catcher full of nightmares I guess this would be the one for you. I’m not sure what anyone would do with energy like that, but if you’re interested call me at eight-five 0 two-seven 6-5 nine-one-5.

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The Year of the Child #1

When we decided we were going to launch our “Musical Notes” initiative, I was asked to write a weekly posting, tracking the journey of an Artistic Director over the course of a season. While this was a great idea, it posed one problem – “Musical Notes” was launching exactly when I was taking a 5 month parental leave from Acting Up Stage to care for my newborn twins who were born on June 13! I wasn’t so sure that people who wanted to know what an Artistic Director does would be all that interested in how many diapers get changed daily.

(As a side note: I was going to gamble that I change the most number of diapers daily compared to any Artistic Director/Producer in the city until I remembered that Brian Goldenberg from Angelwalk Theatre has triplets.) More

Jeff Lillico’s Triple Threat

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

What musical will you always remember for its choreography/dancing? Chicago, which I saw in London’s west end. I’ve always loved Fosse. I’m a big Michael Jackson fan, particularly for his choreography, and it’s been said his moves were very influenced by Fosse. Chicago’s choreography is so slick and sexy, I love it. 

What musical will you always remember for its music?

Ragtime. I saw it on tour many years ago and again at the Shaw Festival this year. More


Welcome to a brand new musical theatre blog, Musical Notes! Here you’ll find all the latest trends, developments and gossip about musical theatre locally and internationally. We’ll have exclusive interviews with actors, directors, composers, designers and more, and feature posts from other Toronto based musical theatre companies. We’ll also give you the inside scoop on Acting Up Stage, including the latest from Artistic Producer, Mitchell Marcus and our Banks Prize winners chronicling their journey over the next year.

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Acting Up Stage Company wins 5 Dora Awards!

Caroline, or Change (2012): Londa Larmond, Jewelle Blackman, Arlene Duncan, Alana Hibbert, Neema Bickersteth

Acting Up Stage Company had a breakthrough season!

—The Globe and Mail, Article »

It was a banner night for Acting Up Stage!

—BlogTO, Article »

Completing a record-breaking season which resulted in 11,000 audience members, 6  Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards and 11 Dora Award nominations, Acting Up Stage Company received 5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards at the June 25 ceremony: More