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

Syd & Shirley Banks Prize Winners

Acting Up Stage is proud to announce the winners of the 2012/2013 Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Artists: Alexis Gordon and Andres Sierra!

Andres Sierra headshotHaving just graduated from the Performance Music Theatre Program at Sheridan College, Andres Sierra is thrilled to be working with Acting Up Stage as part of the Syd and Shirley Banks prize. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario from Colombian-immigrant parents, Andres showed an interest in performance since the day he was born. He started voice lessons at the age of 5, and started piano lessons the year after, studying both classical and pop music until he was 18, when he was accepted into Sheridan’s prestigious Performance Music Theatre program. There is where he fell in love with Musical Theatre and went on to play Angel in RENT, Mickey in Blood Brothers, and Silo in Central Park Tango, part of the Canadian Music Theatre Project that launched last Spring. Andres was part of Acting Up Stage’s first ever One Song Glory, and is so happy to be back to create his own cabaret. He thanks his family and friends, who wouldn’t be where he is now if it weren’t for the unconditional love and support.

Alexis Gordon headshotAlexis Gordon is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor, where she received her BFA in Acting. At school, she co-wrote, created, and performed in an original dramatic performance entitled, For Those Who Stand Upon Our Shoulders. This summer she performed in Victoria Petrolia Playhouse’s Godspell and took on the role of Titania in Driftwood Theatre Group’s musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alexis is thrilled to be working with the Acting Up Stage team after being a One Song Glory workshop member just a few years ago!

As part of their prize, Alexis and Andres will:

  • each receive a $1000 prize 
  • perform in our annual concert, Tapestries, alongside veteran Canadian musical theatre performers
  • receive mentorship from a distinguished director and musical director in the creation of their own Showcase Cabaret (which will premiere during the run of Do You Want What I Have Got: A Craigslist Cantata)
  • originate a role in a new musical reading as part of our Noteworthy series in June 2013
  • receive backstage access to Falsettos, our mainstage musical

Acting Up Stage Company wins 6 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards!

Toronto Critics

The 2012 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards were announced on Tuesday morning and Acting Up Stage Company is honoured to be the recipient of 6 out of the 16 awards distributed—the most of any theatre company in Toronto! More

Broadwayworld.com interviews Mitchell Marcus about our 2012/2013 season

Broadway World

Broadwayworld.com conducted an interview with Artistic Producer Mitchell Marcus on our 2012/2013 season.

See what he has to say about our upcoming productions, casting challenges, new relationship with the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre and building audiences in Toronto.

Read the article here