Month: May 2015

Meet our New Intern, Victoria

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

The next UnCovered concert tackles Simon & Garfunkel!

You heard right - this November, some of our favourite Canadian musical theatre stars are getting ready to transform the beloved tunes of Simon & Garfunkel into brand new orchestrations and arrangements by Reza Jacobs. UnCovered: Simon & Garfunkel is playing three nights (more than ever before!) this fall, November 3-5 at Koerner Hall at 273 Bloor St. West.

Tickets are now on sale for groups of eight or more. If you’d like more information, please visit this page or contact THE Group Tix Company at 647-438-5559, or if you’re outside GTA, at 1-866-447-7849. Single tickets go on sale September 8, 2015. More

Some Thought-Provoking Quotes on Ballad of the Burning Star

Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star makes its North American premiere this week, from May 19-24 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St. West), starring an international cast of performers from the UK, Israel, Austria, Japan and Canada. The Canadian cast member, Toronto’s own Amy Nostbakken, recently sat down with our friends and presenting partner, The Koffler Centre of the Arts - which turned their conversation into these amazing graphics with images from the show.

Ballad of the Burning Star features Star, a bold drag queen, and five of her back-up Starlets as they tell the story of a boy named Israel growing up surrounded by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The following images demonstrate some of the thoughts that might strike you as you watch it this week. More

My first trip to Winnipeg as an incoming Artistic Director

So, I went and spent some time in Winnipeg.

“The Winnipeg Whirlwind” as I took to calling it was a crash course of meetings with board members, current staff members, community partners, donors, sponsors, supporters, actors, music directors, choreographers, designers, playwrights and other people who are in some way affiliated or have any kind of interest in the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.

In 18 days I’m going to officially become WJT’s Artistic Director; a dream come true. And while it’s definitely going to be hard to leave my family, friends and colleagues in Toronto, I can’t imagine a more welcoming community than Winnipeg - it truly is the friendly province. More

People, Places, and Things in Ballad of the Burning Star

Opening night is just around the corner for Ballad of the Burning Star,

Running May 19-24 at the Theatre Center, 1115 Queen St. West.
Get your tickets here

This is a fast-paced production depicting stories of those affected in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Stay ahead of the game, and check out our Ballad of the Burning Star study guide.