The Wild Party wins at the Doras!

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Once again, the Toronto theatre, dance, and opera community gathered to celebrate all the great work made over the past year at the annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards!

We had a whopping 8 nominations (!) in the Musical Theatre Division for our production of The Wild Party this past winter and were lucky enough to see two of our colleagues walk up on stage and give their thanks. Watch the speeches from actor Daren A. Herbert and choreography Stephanie Graham below! More


The Banks Prize: Where Are They Now?

Alexis Gordon, Jonathan Winsby. Photography by Don Dixon.

The end of the theatre season hits when the summer arrives, which makes the warmer months a great time to reflect on past years. It’s also when summer festivals kick into high gear. And this summer is a happy example of how those two things can combine!

The Banks Prize is an annual prize awarded to two up-and-coming Canadian musical theatre performers, one man and one woman, who receive $1,000 and a year of mentorship and performance opportunities in the Acting Up Stage Company season. In its history, six talented performers have gone through the program and are now up to some pretty exciting career achievements. Find out where these Banks Prize winners are now!  More


An Evening with the NoteWorthy Program

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Many people know Acting Up Stage from the musical productions we stage every year – which is something we happen to enjoy very much. But another part of what we do at Acting Up Stage goes beyond promoting the art of musical theatre as it is today, and instead looks at the musical theatre creators of the future – especially those in Canada. It’s a void we’ve noticed in today’s artistic landscape, and one we’re very excited to help fill.

Our major initiative in this area is our annual NoteWorthy program, which has taught and trained 25 emerging composers and lyricists/book writers from across the country in its history. The focus of NoteWorthy is to allow possible partnerships to form between composers and lyricists, or as Mitchell Marcus explained to a crowd of Acting Up Stage friends and supporters on Monday, June 1, “for Rodgers to find his Hammerstein.” More


The 2nd annual Take The Stage was a hit!

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The second annual Take The Stage event has come and gone in a blur for us at Acting Up Stage – but that’s nothing compared to the whirlwind day that our five competing teams had this past Sunday! In only four hours, these five teams – each from Etobicoke Musical Productions, Scarborough Music Theatre, Sheridan College, the R.A.T. (Really Amateur Theatre) Pack, and one made of individual participants known as the Public Team – learned a group song with four-part harmonies and even choreography. At the end of the day, each team did an amazing job performing their song for a panel of three judges: talent agent Daniel Birnbaum, producer Derrick Chua, and critic Carly Maga.

But before all this – these teams successfully raised over $10,000 in support of Acting Up Stage Company! We’re forever indebted to their enthusiasm and love for musical theatre in Toronto. And we feels o lucky they chose to spend a rainy Sunday with us! More


Meet our New Intern, Victoria

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We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Barber to our organization as our Intern Producer. She will be a regular contributor to “Musical Notes” as she shares her experiences with Acting Up Stage.

I was going to work in the arts, one way or another.

I started my musical journey as a young performer at Original Kids in my hometown of London, Ontario.  Throughout my 13 years at Original Kids I took the stage as a performer, stage manager, choreographer, and director.  After completing my B.A. from Western University I was at a crossroads, trying to determine where I would land next.  All I knew was that I was going to move to Toronto and let my love of musical theatre guide me.
I was accepted into an Arts Management Post-Graduate degree from Western and, while Toronto was calling my name, I knew this was the smart choice. More