Tag: Lisa Horner


Meet the Beales!

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The Toronto premiere of Grey Gardens is fast approaching and one question remains – what are you going to wear? Let Little Edie give you a little fashion advice…

Watch the promo video below to hear Lisa Horner sing “The Revolutionary Costume for Today” from Act 2 of Grey Gardens, a song featuring lines ripped directly from the 1976 documentary this musical is based on. After you watch the music video (also featuring Nicola Lipman as Big Edie, and special guest star Catsby), watch the documentary clip below to spot the similarities! 

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Why I programmed Grey Gardens

Now that UnCovered has come to an end, we are turning our attention to our next production – the Toronto premiere of Grey Gardens.

Plans for Grey Gardens have been in the works for nearly a year already and so it’s a great delight (and relief) that we can let the cat out of the bag officially.

While the 1976 documentary following two women living in squalor may not instinctively seem like the stuff that musicals are made of, I have been thoroughly fascinated with the Grey Gardens musical since it premiered in New York in 2006 and I’m thrilled that we can finally bring it to the stage in Toronto with an all Canadian cast.

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The 2nd annual Take The Stage was a hit!

The second annual Take The Stage event has come and gone in a blur for us at Acting Up Stage – but that’s nothing compared to the whirlwind day that our five competing teams had this past Sunday! In only four hours, these five teams – each from Etobicoke Musical Productions, Scarborough Music Theatre, Sheridan College, the R.A.T. (Really Amateur Theatre) Pack, and one made of individual participants known as the Public Team – learned a group song with four-part harmonies and even choreography. At the end of the day, each team did an amazing job performing their song for a panel of three judges: talent agent Daniel Birnbaum, producer Derrick Chua, and critic Carly Maga.

But before all this – these teams successfully raised over $10,000 in support of Acting Up Stage Company! We’re forever indebted to their enthusiasm and love for musical theatre in Toronto. And we feels o lucky they chose to spend a rainy Sunday with us! More


Step Up, and Take the Stage!

Attention all local singers and musical theatre enthusiasts! Have you always wanted to be coached by Canada’s finest musical theatre  stars, have a unique day of team-building and skill development, and end it all with a performance to celebrity judges – all while supporting a local charitable theatre company? Well, Acting Up Stage is here to serve your very specific dreams with Take the Stage! More