Rent hits the stage in Stratford – first performance of the season!

Written on April 8th, 2023 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Media Release from Stratford Festival April 6, 2023… The Stratford Festival’s 2023 season begins this weekend with Rent directed by Thom Allison led by Andrea Macasaet, Robert Markus and Kolton Stewart. Jonathan Larson’s sensational rock musical is staged with heart and purpose at the iconic Festival Theatre. Inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème and set […]

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Songs of Love in All its Forms

Written on March 1st, 2023 | Posted in Mary's Musings

A Bruce Dow Cabaret By Mary Alderson We had the pleasure of attending Bruce Down’s cabaret, upstairs in the Sculthorpe Theatre, in Port Hope’s Capitol. Bruce is of course known for his many roles at the Stratford Festival, including Oliver!, South Pacific, Cabaret, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Jesus […]

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Here’s to The Rowdyman

Written on February 27th, 2023 | Posted in Mary's Musings

So sorry to hear of Gordon Pinsent’s passing. I remember when I was still in high school, I watched The Rowdyman, written by and starring Gordon Pinsent. I was so excited to see a Canadian movie; they were so few and far between. Then in July 2012, I was at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia to […]

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Recipes (Yes, it says Recipes)

Written on February 20th, 2023 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Do some cooking or baking to pass the winter days! by Mary Alderson KD & Peas & Tuna I have decided to share my special secret recipe with all my fellow grandparents. This recipe will make you so popular with two-year-old grand kids. Every time our little Hazel comes for lunch, this is what she […]

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Rumour Has It

Written on January 31st, 2023 | Posted in Mary's Musings

The Songbook of Adele sung by Kelly Holiff By Mary Alderson Note: This is not a review, due to the short run. Unfortunately this is now closed. They are twins, so Kelly tells us. She and Adele were born in the same year, and both have the big hair, along with big voices. I can […]

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The Best of 2022 & The Shortened Seasons of 2020, 2021

Written on December 31st, 2022 | Posted in Mary's Musings

This is the first “best of” since 2019.  We just hadn’t seen enough shows in the intervening two years to do a year-end round-up.  So I’ve added a few from those two years, as well as the 2022 season. Dear Readers, here’s your look at the memorable shows we’ve in the past three years. I’ve […]

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2023 at the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

Written on October 31st, 2022 | Posted in Mary's Musings

News about the 2023 Season from Artistic Director Rob Kempson “Our new Strategic Plan places an emphasis on Artistic Excellence and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I’m very proud of how the 2023 season showcases those values,” said Kempson. “In a very short time, we’ve been able to grow our staff resources, increase the quality of […]

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Stratford Festival announces 2023 season

Written on October 5th, 2022 | Posted in Mary's Musings

13 productions and a theme of Duty vs Desire From The Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is pleased to announce the 2023 season, inspired by the theme of Duty vs Desire. The playbill includes 13 lively and thought-provoking productions across four theatres, along with a full slate of events in The Meighen Forum. The 2023 season […]

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Broadway Comes to Port Hope

Written on September 5th, 2022 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Port Hope’s South Street will become Broadway on Saturday, September 17th, as the United Church will be hosting The Best of Broadway, a concert of favourite songs from musical theatre. Four professional actor/singer/dancers will be performing at this Benefit Concert. No admission fee will be charged and everyone is invited to attend. Organizers are asking […]

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The Best of Broadway

Written on August 29th, 2022 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Benefit Concert – Coming Soon BREAKING NEWS!  Joining Thomas Alderson for “The Best of Broadway” Benefit Concert at Port Hope United Church September 17th will be Tess Benger and Nick Settimi. TESS BENGER – Congratulations are in order as today Tess was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for […]

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