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Our picks for SummerWorks 2015!

Are you festival-ed out yet? After Panamania, the Fringe Festival, Luminato, giant music extravaganzas like WayHome and Field Trip, and smaller festivals popping up all the time – could we possibly be seeing Peak Festival?

 NO WAY! Because the 25th annual SummerWorks festival is coming up, running from August 6 to 16, and there’s always more time in the day for SummerWorks. Lots of Acting Up Stage’s friends and colleagues have played in the SummerWorks pool of new and boundary-pushing work – and this year is no different. Here are a few of the more musical offerings at SummerWorks 2015 that we can’t wait to catch. More

Our picks for Hot Docs 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the Acting Up Stage team is not totally obsessed with musical theatre. Well, maybe we are. But we’re not ONLY obsessed with musicals. We’re also big documentary fans,  and lucky for us, the world’s biggest documentary film festival is starting next week! 

Hot Docs is taking place in Toronto from April 23 to May 3, and to get ready we’ve picked what we think are some of the most exciting movies coming to this year’s festival. And yes, some of them have to do with musical theatre. More

The Show That Changed My Life

March 27th was World Theatre Day. So I spent a lot of time reflecting on meaningful theatre experiences, performances I’ve attended and shows I’ve been in. One particular production came to mind, that was particularly life changing:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Yes, Lord Lloyd Weber’s poppy biblical tale was a pretty life changing experience. More

Critics are loving The Wild Party!

This is officially the party of the season!

Critics react to The Wild Party. More

Six surprising facts about our Wild Party

Another show, another opening. On Friday we put The Wild Party in front of an audience for the first time. I feel that usual combination of excitement and terror. Mostly though, I’m just delighted to share this massive show and its incredible cast with Toronto.

The Wild Party itself has a dramatic history: the original 1928 poem was nationally banned for its risque content, and two different musicals inspired by the poem, both called The Wild Party, both opened in New York City in 2000 (considered to be the first time in Broadway history that’s ever happened). As such, I thought it appropriate to share a few little known – and hopefully interesting – facts about our production of The Wild Party and its own unusual and winding path to arrive at the Berkeley Theatre stage. More