Summer 2021

High Park Ampitheatre
Steven Gallagher & Anton Lipovetsky. Photo by McKenzie James.
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BLACKOUT

On August 14th, 2003, Toronto was sent into chaos when the largest blackout in Canadian history left millions stranded in the dark and unable to reach or connect with their loved ones.

Inspired by real events,  Blackout depicts three stories of connection that unfolded when the city was dark, and strangers banded together to find the light. A preview production of a new Canadian musical by two of Canada’s most exciting voices, Blackout is a story of hope, resilience, and community.

Originally developed through The Musical Stage Company’s innovative musical development initiative Launch Pad, a selection of this new work was first seen in 2019 as part of REPRINT.

A MUSICAL STAGE COMPANY PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH CANADIAN STAGE


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SPONSORS

HIGH PARK PROGRAMMING
HIGH PARK PROGRAMMING
David Binet
HIGH PARK PROGRAMMING
Lucy White
PRODUCING PATRONS

Credits

A MUSICAL STAGE COMPANY PRODUCTION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH CANADIAN STAGE.

COMMISSIONED WITH FUNDING BY THE AUBREY & MARLA DAN FUND FOR NEW MUSICALS (VIA THE MUSICAL STAGE COMPANY).

ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY THE MUSICAL STAGE COMPANY (MITCHELL MARCUS, ARTISTIC & MANAGING DIRECTOR; ROBERT MCQUEEN, DIRECTOR OF NEW MUSICAL DEVELOPMENT) AND YONGE STREET THEATRICALS (LINDA BARNETT AND NATALIE BARTELLO, PRODUCERS) AS PART OF LAUNCH PAD 2019.

Creative Team

Book by
Steven Gallagher

Music & Lyrics by
Anton Lipovetsky

Direction & Dramaturgy by
Ann Hodges

Music Direction & Supervision by
Wayne Gwillim

Movement Direction by
David Andrew Reid

Venue

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much do tickets cost?

Advanced tickets for BLACKOUT are $49.

48 hours prior to each performance a minimum of 45% of ticket capacity will become available at Pay-What-You-Wish pricing. A limited number of tickets will be available in-person starting 45 minutes prior to the performance to accommodate cash sales.

Advertised ticket prices include applicable fees and HST.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets for Dream in High Park performances will go on sale once there is clarity surrounding the resumption of outdoor performances. The Musical Stage Company Donors will receive a presale in advance of the public onsale.

If you purchased a ticket to the postponed production of BLACKOUT (originally scheduled to occur May 14 – June 6, 2020 at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre (Formerly the Berkeley Street Theatre), you will receive first access to tickets for BLACKOUT in High Park, beginning on April 28, 2021. An e-mail will be sent you, providing details of the presale window.

Questions? Please contact Andrew Markowiak (Audience Services Manager at Canadian Stage) at amarkowiak@canadianstage.com.

How will I receive my ticket(s)?

Tickets will be delivered to you as a PDF attachment by email. You may either print your tickets and bring them with you to your performance, or you can display your ticket barcode(s) on your mobile device.  Please be sure to have your tickets ready upon arrival and, if you are using your mobile device, have the brightness turned all the way up.

What is pod seating?

To enable physical distancing between groups, seating in the High Park Amphitheatre will be set up in pods of one, two, or four seats.  When purchasing tickets for your group, please select a pod that has the correct number of seats.  If you are not able to find a pod to accommodate your group, please call the box office at 416-368-3110 for assistance.

The maximum number of patrons in a single pod is 4.  If your group is larger than 4, please purchase multiple pods.

We will not be able to combine pods.

When should I arrive at the amphitheatre?

To facilitate physical distancing, we have indicated on your ticket a preferred time of arrival.  As you are able, we ask that you arrive within the designated timeframe.

What if I or someone in my group fails the onsite health screening?

If someone in your group is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 your party will be asked to not attend the performance.  Our Audience Services team will assist in making arrangements to reschedule your tickets for another time.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell in advance of my performance?

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

Contact the box office at 416-368-3110 as soon as possible and our Audience Services team will be happy to discuss your ticket options.

Where is the High Park Amphitheatre?

The High Park Amphitheatre is situated in the heart of one of Toronto’s most significant and iconic natural sites, High Park.

Please visit our High Park Venue and Directions page for detailed location maps and directions.

Where can I park?

While there are several parking areas within High Park, please be sure to check the City of Toronto website to verify whether vehicular traffic is permitted in the park on the day of your performance.

Please note that High Park will have Vehicle-Free Weekends throughout the spring and summer of 2021.

Show Calendar

TICKETS

Advance tickets for BLACKOUT are $49.00.

48 hours prior to each performance a minimum of 45% of ticket capacity will become available at Pay-What-You-Wish pricing. A limited number of tickets will be available in-person starting 45 minutes prior to the performance to accommodate cash sales.

Advertised ticket prices include applicable fees and HST. 

PRESALES & ONSALE DATES

Tickets for Dream in High Park performances will go on sale once there is clarity surrounding the resumption of outdoor performances. The Musical Stage Company Donors will receive a presale in advance of the public onsale.

If you purchased a ticket to the postponed production of BLACKOUT (originally scheduled to occur May 14 – June 6, 2020 at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre (Formerly the Berkeley Street Theatre), you will receive first access to tickets for BLACKOUT in High Park, alongside The Musical Stage Company donors.

Questions? Please contact Andrew Markowiak (Audience Services Manager at Canadian Stage) at amarkowiak@canadianstage.com.

SAFETY GUIDELINES

DREAM IN HIGH PARK SAFETY GUIDELINES

The Dream in High Park outdoor experience has been designed with the safety and comfort of patrons, artists, and staff as the top priority.  The Musical Stage Company & Canadian Stage will continue to monitor and respond to governmental policy changes and advice from health authorities to ensure we are always up-to-date and offering the safest experience possible.

THINGS TO KNOW

  1. Face Coverings: Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
  2. Health Screening: Upon arrival, and before patrons are granted entry to the Dream in High Park  site, all patrons must complete a self-assessment health questionnaire and temperature check administered by a Canadian Stage staff member.
  3. Reduced Contact: As much as possible, interactions between Dream in High Park staff and patrons will be contactless.  This includes ticket scanning, temperature checks, box office and concessions transactions, and health screening.  Staff will be equipped with masks, face shields, and gloves to keep you safe.
  4. Physical Distancing: Staff, stanchions, barriers, and signage will be in place throughout the Dream in High Park site to ensure physical distancing is maintained for patrons.
  5. Pod Seating: Audience members will be seated in designated marked areas, or Pods, that can accommodate up to 4 people travelling together. Pods will be physically distanced across the seating area.
  6. Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Dream in High Park site. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

 

LIABILITY WAIVER

While we have put measures in place to enhance safety and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from person to person, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people gather. By attending Dream in High Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure of COVID-19. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in removal from the venue.

CREATOR BIOS

STEVEN GALLAGHER – BOOKWRITER

Based in Toronto, Steven Gallagher is a writer, director and actor. His play, MEMORIAL, the winner of the Trafalgar 24 Play Festival, premiered in Toronto at the Next Stage Festival in 2013, and it’s US Premiere at Half Moon Theatre in New York. His play STEALING SAM premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013, and was also seen off Broadway at The United Solo Theatre Festival in 2014 where it was awarded Best Drama. With his collaborator Linda Barnett, his musical POLLYANNA was shortlisted for the 2016 Playwrights Guild of Canada Best New Musical Award. DRAMA 101, written with Kevin Wong, was commissioned by Bravo Academy in Toronto and premiered in 2017. WALLY FLYNN, written with composer Eli Bolin, is being developed by Yonge Street Theatricals in Toronto. He is a Merritt Award nominee and the recipient of a 2013 Harold Award.

 

ANTON LIPOVETSKY – COMPOSER & LYRICIST

Anton Lipovetsky is a theatrical composer, lyricist, performer and teacher based in Vancouver, BC.

He is currently a composer-in-residence at Toronto’s Musical Stage Company as part of their Crescendo Series, where he is at work on three commissions: BLACKOUT with Steven Gallagher, MONOCEROS with Ben Elliott, Josh Epstein and Kyle Rideout and COWBOY TEMPEST CABARET with Lucy McNulty and Niall McNeil. He is also at work on a musical commission from the Nashville Children’s Theatre called THIS IS IT (written with Dave Deveau). Other musicals Anton has collaborated on include JOSEPH JACKET MULTI-MASK (Sheridan), ELBOW ROOM CAFÉ (ZeeZee Theatre), BEST LAID PLANS (Touchstone/Patrick Street), COOL BEANS (Solo Collective) and indie-hit BROKEN SEX DOLL (Virtual Stage/The Cultch).

As an actor, Anton has performed  across Canada on stages like the National Arts Centre, the Luminato Festival, Banff Arts Centre, and five seasons at Vancouver’s Shakespeare festival, Bard on the Beach.

In addition to writing and performing theatre, Anton has a great passion for teaching; he has facilitated or been a guest at music and acting workshops for students of all ages through Capp University, Studio 58, Bard Education, Carousel Theatre For Young People, Theatre Replacement, Lyrebird, Sheridan College and Neworld Theatre. Anton is the recipient of two Jessie Richards Awards, four Ovation awards and a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist. He is a graduate of the Studio 58 Acting program and the Stratford Festival Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.