Auditions in August for “Bookworms” (Toronto Irish Players)

The Toronto Irish Players rent the Mainstage at Alumnae Theatre for two productions per season. Here’s the audition notice for the first of 2014/15:  Bookworms, a comedy by Bernard Farrell. It will be directed by Alan Hunt.

Bookworms
SHOW DATES: October 23 – November 8, 2014
SYNOPSIS: In this post-Celtic Tiger Ireland comedy of manners, the bankrupt middle classes cling to the civility of social rituals like to book clubs. Formerly the last bastion of female exclusivity, husbands are invited to participate in a social experiment which goes disastrously wrong. In this satire the surface veneer of normality is penetrated by resentment, adultery, repression and violence. By the end of the evening civility has been tenuously re-established and relationships somewhat restored, but it is unlikely that the men will ever be invited to another meeting of the Bookworms.

 

AUDITION DATES: Tuesday August 12 (7.30 – 10pm) and Thursday August 14 (7.30 – 10.00pm)
CALLBACKS: Tuesday August 19 (7.30 – 10pm)
ROLES:
ANN (playing age 40)-Homemaker. Attractive, insecure, determined, repressed.
LARRY (playing age 50)-Builder. Gruff, down-to-earth, pleasant.
AISLING (playing age 18) – Student. Spoiled gap-year backpacker. All appearances are via Skype.
DOROTHY (playing age 60)-Widow. Refined, nervous and obsessed by Virginia Woolf.
ROBERT (playing age 45)-Banker. Alpha male, assured, aggressive.
JENNIFER (playing age 30s)-Teacher. Confident, controlling, energetic.
VINCENT (playing age 50s)-Recluse. Timid, but with a terrible inner rage.

 

PREPARATION & INFORMATION:
1. Please contact producer Jim Ivers by email (jwivers@gmail.com) or phone 416-624-3379

to book an audition.
2. Please forward a recent performance resume & headshot.
3. If the director is not familiar with your work, please prepare a monologue (maximum 2 minutes), preferably comic.
4. Please be prepared to present a cold read from the script.
Auditions & Rehearsals will be held at Kimbourne Church, 200 Wolverleigh Boulevard, Toronto (a short walk northeast of the Coxwell subway station at Danforth & Coxwell).

http://torontoirishplayers.com/

 

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Accessibility renos, Phase II

Yep, they’re underway!  Our historic building at 70 Berkeley  is closed to outside visitors and renters for the summer.  The renos are tentatively scheduled to be complete just after Labour Day, in time for our September 26 season opener, George F. Walker‘s Escape From Happiness, directed by Andrea Wasserman.

This photo (snapped by Director of Marketing Chloe Whitehorn) was taken from outside the building.  She was on the sidewalk looking through the window closest to where the stairs would have been.  The Box Office is gone – it would be where the scaffolding is, on the right.  The wall separating Box Office and Main Stage is also gone.

Accessibility renovations at Alumnae Theatre - upper lobby.   Photo by Chloe Whitehorn, July 1, 2014.

Accessibility renovations underway at Alumnae Theatre – upper lobby. Photo by Chloe Whitehorn, July 1, 2014.

The goal of Phase II is for patrons with mobility issues to be able to use the front entrance without having to climb  stairs.  To accomplish that, the main entrance is being revised, and the whole upper lobby will be lowered to the ground, eliminating the storage space underneath.

Last summer’s Phase I of the renovations used up some backstage real estate to create a new accessible washroom, revise the two existing washrooms, and punch a doorway in the wall between auditorium and lower lobby.  Patrons who could not use the stairs at the main entrance were always welcome to use the existing ground-level side entrance.

Come back and check us out in late September!

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Toronto Fringe: A funny, charming ‘what if’ tale of Dorothy & friends in Emerald City – A musical play

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Darren Stewart-Jones’ Emerald City at the Toronto Fringe.

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emerald_cityEver wonder what happened to Dorothy and the Oz gang after she returned to Kansas? Well, wonder no more. Baby Gumm Productions presents Darren Stewart-Jones’ Emerald City – A musical play (based on the beloved Wizard of Oz characters by L. Frank Baum) at the Tarragon Main Space as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

As our story opens, life is not so much fun for Dorothy (Christie Stewart), Scarecrow (Christopher Vergara), Tin Man (Matthew Fuller) and Lion (Dillan Chiblow), as each struggles with his/her life problems. And Glinda (Rory Bray), once Dot’s BFF, is too busy with her new career as a super model to spend time with her friend. As the show progresses, we follow Dorothy and her trio of intrepid Oz pals through a group therapy session with the invisible Dr. Oz, as – through song and dance – their troubles and secrets are revealed.

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Toronto Fringe: Sharp-witted, informative & moving story of the fight for the lumpectomy in Radical

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Developed from a staged reading at Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival in March 2015, Charles Hayter’s Radical is an important piece of Canadian medical history. Running to July 13 at Tarragon Main Space in Toronto Fringe.

http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/radical/

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radical.web_-250x250So what if I told you that, up until the 70s, radical mastectomy was the go-to procedure for Stage One breast cancer (e.g., a pea-sized tumor)? You’d likely be a bit shocked, puzzled and possibly enraged. Right? I know I was.

Playwright/oncologist Charles Hayter’s play Radical – developed and presented as a reading at Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival in March, and currently running in the Toronto Fringe Festival – tells the true-life story of Dr. Vera Peters, a Princess Margaret Hospital oncologist who fought for an alternative procedure, the lumpectomy, where only the tumor is removed.

Directed by Edgar Chua, Radical has a fine cast: Jane Smythe gives a very strong performance as the sharp, wry-witted and kind workaholic Peters; and Susan Q. Wilson is a picture of efficiency and protective concern as Peters’ nurse colleague Helen. Sheila Russell is a force to be reckoned with as the…

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“Emerald City” – a musical play at Fringe

Darren Stewart-Jones, producer of the annual Gay Play Day Festival, which has been staged each September in Alumnae Theatre’s Studio since 2012, has written and directed a Fringe show.

Opening tonight at 10:30 pm!Emerald City - directed by Darren Stewart-Jones

Emerald City – directed by Darren Stewart-Jones


It’s a “wicked” Wizard of Oz sequel titled Emerald City – A Musical Play.  Dorothy and her friends take a detour off the yellow brick road and find themselves in group therapy with Dr. Oz, Psychiatrist, figuring out life in the Emerald City one step at a time.

Dorothy: Christie Stewart
Tin Man: Matthew Fuller
Scarecrow: Chris Vergara
Lion: Dillan Chiblow
Glinda: Rory Bray

Conceived & Directed by Darren Stewart-Jones
Music direction by Nicole Byblow
Choreography by Allison Beula

Show times/dates:
TARRAGON THEATRE, 30 Bridgman.
Thu July 3 at 10:30pm
Sat July 5 at 3:30pm
Mon July 7 at 6:15pm
Wed July 9 at 7:30pm
Fri July 11 at noon
Sat July 12 at 6:15pm
Sun July 13 at 4:30pm

Tickets are $10 at the door or $12 in advance at http://fringetoronto.com/ or by phone at 416 966-1062.

Remember that the new Fringe policy is to make 100% of the tickets available for advance purchase.  Darren advises that Emerald City is in one of the larger Fringe venues, so some tickets should still be available at the door even if you have not purchased in advance.

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Coming soon! Toronto Fringe 2014 & new advance ticket sale arrangement

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Toronto Fringe Festival : July 2-13. Get your schedules organized in advance, because with 100% of tickets available in advance, the show you want to see may be sold out loooong before you get there.

Originally posted on life with more cowbell:

Fringe is coming! Fringe is coming!

Toronto Fringe 2014 is coming soon, kids – running from July 2 – 13. Tickets and passes have been on sale since Thursday, June 12.

Please note a big change in advance ticket sales this year: 100% of tickets are now available in advance. This means that 50% of tickets are no longer being held for at-the-door purchase (by cash or Fringe pass).

Check out details on the Toronto Fringe site.

What looks good to you at Fringe this year?

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Second night of music from 7 Strong & friends, June 13

Last night (June 12), a lucky audience was treated to the music of Kick Off The Covers (Toby Orr, Dana Cittadino, Dave Blatt, Peter Graham, Patty Wygant, Rob Laurie) and 7 Strong (Adam Orr, Toby Orr, Angus Barlow, Garret Thomson, Peter Chapman, Stuart Constable, Carianne Hathaway).

 

How to categorize? Well, both bands play cover songs (although 7 Strong’s set included an original, “Memories Now” by bassist Stuart Constable). You could say that the genre of both bands is rockin’ folk/country with a twist of irony. In addition to the usual instruments, slide guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and harmonica are featured! And their covers are sometimes covers within covers of covers – witness 7 Strong’s version of Dylan’s “This Wheel’s on Fire” (also known as the Ab Fab theme song – a trivia question for the audience!) – covered by The Byrds, covered by Serena Ryder. 7 Strong performing at Alumnae Theatre, June 12, 2014.

7 Strong performing at Alumnae Theatre, June 12, 2014.

You like James Taylor? Tom Waits? Bowie? Mumford & Sons? How about satirical American singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton (a longtime favourite of 7 Strong’s precursor ATAG)? You’ll hear them all, but probably not the songs you’re most familiar with! Even Leonard Cohen – a gorgeous version of “Famous Blue Raincoat” with vocalist Adam Orr reaching into his lower register and deploying an effect to digitize his voice.

Big thanks to Yves St-Cyr for manning the mixing board – he came up to the stage to perform Jean Leloup’s “I Lost My Baby” in a mixture of French and English; and to Chris Humphreys for the light show.

And if you’re really good, tonight you might hear “Carrot Juice Is Murder”, originally by The Arrogant Worms. Vegetarians, take note!  7:30 start, $10 at the door.  Also on the bill tonight: pop/electronica band Ileen.  https://www.facebook.com/events/306586349495028/

 

Don’t forget there’s comedy on Saturday night (8pm, $10 at the door)! Michael Graham opens with his songs about “Edward Snowden, the FBI, and poopy diapers”. No kidding.   Check him out at http://themichaelgraham.com/

The main event is Ted & Lisa’s improv show “Complications in Corktown”. https://www.facebook.com/events/605434352882467/

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