December 5, 2013 Local News
Once On This Island
December 4, 2013 Local News
With UnCovered: Sting & The Police behind us (and a huge success at that!) we turn our attention to the rapidly approaching Once On This Island. A love story for all ages, this Ahrens and Flaherty musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a dark skinned peasant woman who must navigate the forces of love and death when she falls in love with the lighter skinned, upper-class man Daniel. Sabryn Rock, rising star of the Toronto theatre scene plays Andrea, Daniel’s fiancee. You may remember Sabryn from her riveting turn as Emmie in Caroline, or Change and today we have the great fortune to sit down with her and chat musical theatre!
What musical’s score and book will you always remember?
I have always loved the book and score of Into the Woods. It’s my favourite. The story and the music played a huge role in my transition into adulthood. I got to play the Witch in high school and it was one of the most eyeopening and challenging acting experiences I’ve ever had. There is so much depth in the music and lyrics that accompanies the characters’ individual journeys, the transformation they undergo and what the audience takes from witnessing and hearing it in a breaktaking manner. The score is the perfect balance of comedy, tragedy and a beautiful darkness and therefore makes it a killer acting and singing challenge to capture the layered effect I believe James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim were aiming for.
November 25, 2013 Playlist
Why does Toronto have an ‘unofficial’ policy that the smaller the venue, the cheaper the tickets? Wouldn’t seeing a show in the 100-seat Tarragon Extra Space be more of a VIP experience than sitting in the front row of the Princess of Wales Theatre along with 1999 other Torontonians? More
November 20, 2013 Interactive Q&As
A Misfortune, premiering at the Next Stage Festival on January 9, is a a romantic, bittersweet musical about small moments and momentous decisions. Based on a story by Chekhov, composed by the team behind the Summerworks hit Hero and Leander and starring our very own Banks Prize Winner Jordan Till, we’ve got to say we’re staying up nights in excitement over their new foray. We asked composer Scott Christian, lyricist Wade Bogert-O’Brien and book writer Kevin Shea to compile a playlist of their influences for A Misfortune More
The State of the Art
November 15, 2013 Banks Prize
Today marks the first installment in our new podcast series, The State of the Art. Hosted by Associate Producer Nathaniel Bryan, this series promises to offer an in depth look at everything this country is currently offering, and how we can do it even better.
First up, Nathaniel chats with Artistic Board Chair of Theatre 20 and incoming Artistic Director of the Confederation Centre for the Arts Adam Brazier, and Artistic and Managing Director of Acting Up Stage Mitchell Marcus. More
Meet Dana Jean Phoenix and Jordan Till, our 2013-14 season Banks Prize Winners, as they get ready to perform in UnCovered: Sting & The Police on November 18! More