This season The Stratford Festival is presenting one of Sondheim’s most iconic musicals, A Little Night Music. We caught up with our 2012/2013 Bank’s Prize Winner Alexis Gordon, who shines as Anne Egerman, to take us backstage on a Musical Theatre scavenger hunt!
The end of the theatre season hits when the summer arrives, which makes the warmer months a great time to reflect on past years. It’s also when summer festivals kick into high gear. And this summer is a happy example of how those two things can combine!
The Banks Prize is an annual prize awarded to two up-and-coming Canadian musical theatre performers, one man and one woman, who receive $1,000 and a year of mentorship and performance opportunities in the Acting Up Stage Company season. In its history, six talented performers have gone through the program and are now up to some pretty exciting career achievements. Find out where these Banks Prize winners are now! More
Many people know Acting Up Stage from the musical productions we stage every year – which is something we happen to enjoy very much. But another part of what we do at Acting Up Stage goes beyond promoting the art of musical theatre as it is today, and instead looks at the musical theatre creators of the future – especially those in Canada. It’s a void we’ve noticed in today’s artistic landscape, and one we’re very excited to help fill.
Our major initiative in this area is our annual NoteWorthy program, which has taught and trained 25 emerging composers and lyricists/book writers from across the country in its history. The focus of NoteWorthy is to allow possible partnerships to form between composers and lyricists, or as Mitchell Marcus explained to a crowd of Acting Up Stage friends and supporters on Monday, June 1, “for Rodgers to find his Hammerstein.” More