April 10, 2014 Falsettos
April 8, 2014 Global News
This weekend is the closing weekend of Elegies: A Song Cycle, and we will be so sad to see this one go. So, as one last tribute to the amazing William Finn, today’s throwback is brought to your courtesy of Sara-Jeanne Hosie, or one of the “lesbians-from-next-door” from last year’s Falsettos. Like Elegies, Falsettos elegantly straddled the comic and the heartfelt, and featured some killer performers singing some incredible music.
Sarah Gibbons, Sara-Jeanne Hosie in Falsettos (2013). Photography: Joanna Akyol
When I look at this photograph I am flooded with wonderful memories. The kind of memories that you hope to make in your theatre career. I see this photo of Dr. Charlotte and my wonderful love interest, Cordelia, and I am reminded firstly of what an inspiring, and safe rehearsal process we had. Robert, Reza, Tim, Mitchell and the whole Acting Up Stage Team welcomed their artists with open arms. It was a rehearsal process where we were invited to try anything, to fail, and to try something else… the BEST kind.
This photo brings back the first Skype call back I have ever experienced in my life… haha. Reza and Robert giving me direction through a computer monitor, so wonderfully bizarre and ultimately TOTALLY worth pushing my couch out of the way and hiring my friend Caitlin to play piano for:) This photo brings back the memory of playing a role that is only in the second act. This gifted me with being able to listen to act one, in awe, as my fellow cast mates threw their guts on the stage. This photo brings back the feeling that no singer ever takes a good photo when singing their heart out. Right? Yes. This photo brings back the unbelievable amount of crackers and food I consumed playing opposite a chef.
But mostly, this photo brings up the feeling that this piece, Falsettos, written by William Finn (who came to see it! side note-amazing), was and IS so important. Important to the people who have lost their loved ones to HIV. Important to the people brave enough to stand up and say who they are no matter what it costs them. Important to the children of gay parents in their journey of understanding and acceptance. And finally, important to those doctors who were there in the beginning, fighting to be heard by colleagues who didn’t care about the gay community. Those Doctors desperate to find answers and a cure for this mysterious disease. This is who I am in this picture, Dr.Charlotte, singing “Something Bad is Happening”. Truly honoured to have been given the chance to pay homage to those brave Doctors and to tell this story with such an amazing group of artists.
April 4, 2014 Elegies: A Song Cycle
Everyone loves a good old fashioned toe-tapping showstopper… right?
Cole Porter’s Anything Goes has an incredible score full of memorable tunes, but nothing raises the roof quite like the titular tune, which also happens to be the Act 1 finale. A thin but entertaining plot filled with vaudevillian humour, zany disguises and romance all intertwine out on the ocean in this audience pleaser set on a cruise ship. More
March 28, 2014 Banks Prize
Elegies: A Song Cycle has only 10 performances left, and we’re certain you don’t want to miss the show the Toronto Star gave 4/4 stars to. As if that isn’t enough, you certainly want to check out Joel Gomez, the newest cast member in the production, in his first professional Toronto musical. A recent graduate of Sheridan’s Performance Musical Theatre Program, this is just the beginning for Joel and we are so psyched to see what he does next! More
March 21, 2014 Banks Prize
This past week, we opened the final show of our tenth anniversary season: our reimagined revival of our hit 2007 production of Elegies: A Song Cycle. But as the Elegies cast continues to astound every night, our Banks Prize winners are putting the finishing touches on their cabaret, Cabaret Sauvignon. Before they perform on March 30 and 31, we asked them what makes their inner theatre geek sing: here’s what Dana Jean Phoenix had to say. More
Tonight we start previews for the final show of our tenth anniversary season: our reimagined revival of our hit 2007 production of Elegies: A Song Cycle. But as the Elegies cast puts the finishing touches on their awesome show, our Banks Prize winners are working hard getting their cabaret, Cabaret Sauvignon, into prime form. Before they perform on March 30 and 31, we asked them what makes their inner theatre geek sing: here’s what Jordan Till had to say. More