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High School Musical Obsessions (that weren’t High School Musical)

A shot from the 2013 showcase of One Song Glory.

The last two Saturdays have been musical theatre extravaganzas for almost 50 teens from across the GTA. November 15 was the first day of rehearsal for One Song Glory- Acting Up Stage’s annual youth musical theatre intensive; it’s a free program for students aged 13-19 who are selected from a weekend of auditions.

Participants spend four Saturdays rehearsing songs from contemporary musical theatre with professional directors and musical director and they also get to take part in workshops and panel discussions. All their hard work culminates in two performances for family and friends taking place this year at the George Ignatieff Theatre on Sunday December 7.

Spending the past two Saturdays with this year’s One Song Glory team has been a blast- they are an exuberant and extremely talented bunch of young people filled with an immense passion for musical theatre. And it has also made think back to my love of musical theatre during high school. More

Acting Up and Away


Looking back at 10 years of Acting Up Stage, there are a handful of experiences that really rise to the top. Last night I had the pleasure of watching our production of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (produced with Factory Theatre) play at Canada’s National Arts Centre, reminding me that one of my most favourite experiences as an Artistic Director is to see our work “on the road”. More

A look back at UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John!

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Another edition of UnCovered has come and gone – and though we’re sad to see this year’s performers leave the stage, we’re thrilled to celebrated the most successful concert yet! Take a look at a few highlights of UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John that our photographer, Joanna Akyol, snapped during the second performance on Thursday, November 13. More

Video Roundup: Alternative “Rocket Man” Covers

Brent Carver bringing down the house with "Rocket Man" at

 If you attended one of our two performances of UnCovered: Billy Joel & Elton John this week, then you were lucky enough to see the virtuosic theatrical experience that was Brent Carver singing Sir Elton’s timeless tune “Rocket Man,” turning it into a trippy and solemn take on addiction. 

 But he’s not the first one to take the road less travelled with “Rocket Man.” Here are some of our favourite covers musical history. More

Do You Want What I Have Got? arrives in Ottawa!

Photo by Joanna Akyol.

It has been a long and quirky road for Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata by Vancouver’s Veda Hille, Bill Richardson and Amiel Gladstone of Theatre Replacement. Ever since it began out of a 20-minute sample commissioned by the PuSh Festival and Theatre Conspiracy in 2011, it has evolved into a full-length show and toured from British Columbia to Calgary to the Yukon, including a stint in Toronto with Acting Up Stage and Factory Theatre in 2013.

As the show nears the end of the its tour with a run in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre from Nov. 12 to 22, we spoke to director and co-writer Amiel Gladstone about the journey. More

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