Tag: Sheridan College

Come From Away, From Sheridan to Broadway

Written By Trevor Patt

“You are here, at the start of a moment.” This is a lyric from the new Broadway-bound Canadian musical, Come From Away, written by composing duo (and husband and wife) David Hein and Irene Sankoff. More

What will make the great Canadian musical Canadian?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the next great Canadian musical.

Over the last few weeks, happily, I have been immersed in experiences that celebrate Canadian writers working on musicals. In the middle of May I flew out to Vancouver to the In Tune conference and enjoyed showcases of over a dozen musicals in development out West. Earlier this month, I attended Blame Canada presented by the amazing new Canadian Musical Theatre Writers’ Collective and Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project. During that evening, some of our finest artists presented excellent songs by established and emerging Canadian musical theatre writers. At the recent Toronto Fringe Festival, I saw several new musicals and participated in a very well-attended talk for writers interested in developing new musicals. And later next month, the Musical Works in Concert Festival, co-produced with Theatre 20, will present readings of four new musicals in development.


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

10 Reasons the new musical Brantwood is a knockout

Toronto musical theatre fans have always found reliable fare in the nearby city of Oakville, Ontario, which hosts the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance program, but Torontonians have been flocking westward like never before for Brantwood: 1920-2020. The site-specific, immersive show, directed and written by Mitchell Cushman and Julie Tepperman with music and lyrics by Britta Johnson, Anika Johnson and Bram Gielen, uses Sheridan students and four adult actors to mix stories from the school’s 100-year history through the hallways, classrooms, and fields.

Here are 10 reasons why this is a must-see show (one for each decade of the school’s history). More

Highlights from And 5, 6, 7, 8!

Anyone who came out to the Drake Underground on a rainy Sunday night knows that there ain’t no party like a musical theatre party – where you’ll see anything from a classic Liza number, to techno remix of “Defying Gravity,” to a video of Cher as every single character from West Side Story. But for those who missed it, here’s a little sample of the highlights from April 19, and to get you excited already for next year. More