Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival – 2022 Season

Written on December 7th, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Artistic Director Tim Carroll and the Shaw Festival proudly announce the 60th anniversary season. “We have a lot to celebrate as we look forward to our diamond anniversary season. In what might be our most ambitious programme ever, we intend to show off the range of experiences available at The Shaw,” revealed Artistic Director Tim […]

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Stratford Festival announces 2022 season

Written on November 24th, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

10 productions in four theatres Tickets on sale to Members March 6; Box office opens to the public March 18 November 23, 2021… In 2022, the Stratford Festival is coming back big to mark a monumental moment in its history with a full repertory season running from early April to the end of October, 10 […]

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New Season for The Capitol Announced by New Artistic Producer

Written on November 22nd, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

By Mary Alderson Port Hope’s Cameco Capitol Arts Centre has announced a new season with their new artistic producer.  Rob Kempson has taken on that role and has planned an interesting line-up for 2022.  In the meantime, The Capitol has two big on-going events celebrating this Christmas season. It’s the 25th anniversary of their Festival […]

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Martha Henry Dies at Age 83

Written on October 21st, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

So sorry to hear of the death of Martha Henry. We were to see her on opening night of the 2018 season in the role of Prospero in The Tempest. But a bomb threat cancelled the performance. We were told to evacuate the area. As we were driving away, we saw Ms. Henry walking down […]

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What we’ve been fighting for…

Written on September 21st, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

You may have heard this quote, attributed to Sir Winston Churchill.  The story is that when Churchill was asked to cut funding to the arts in order to support the war effort in World War II, he responded “Then what would we be fighting for?” Well, in fact, there is no record that Churchill ever […]

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Theatre in Covid Times

Written on August 1st, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Scroll through this list to see what some of Ontario’s theatres have planned. Summer/Fall 2021 – Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque Managing Artistic Director Brett Christopher has unveiled Thousand Islands Playhouse’s plans to return to the stage for the 2021 season. “In 2004, the Playhouse added a smaller, flexible venue to its operations in order to […]

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Geraldine Robertson

Written on June 2nd, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Note: I post this in response to horrific reports we are hearing about unmarked graves at the government/church-run residential schools for indigenous children in Canada. In 2017, I was part of the Right Relations Team at Huron Shores United Church in Grand Bend. One member of our group, the late Marie Strapp, knew Geraldine Robertson […]

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Our Theatres in Red

Written on January 1st, 2021 | Posted in Mary's Musings

Live Theatres across Canada were lit in red on September 22, 2020 as a reminder of what has been lost. No live theatre productions means that many people are unemployed: creative teams (writers, directors, choreographers, musical directors), cast members (actors, singers, dancers), musicians, crew members (designers and technicians in lighting and sound), costume designers and […]

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The 2020 Tony Awards

Written on October 19th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

A Strange Year Indeed… A virtual Tony awards ceremony is being planned for early December. The following nominees are in the running, despite 2020’s very short season. Sadly, Broadway will not reopen until at least June 2021. Best Play Grand Horizons by Bess WohlThe Inheritance by Matthew LopezSea Wall/A Life by Simon Stephens and Nick PayneSlave Play by Jeremy O. […]

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And We’re Back!?

Written on August 29th, 2020 | Posted in Mary's Musings

The last time I was in a theatre was March 9 for A Few Good Men at the Country Playhouse in St. Jacobs.  Today is August 27.  Last night was the first time I have entered a theatre since March 9 – that’s more than 5 months.  It’s probably the longest stretch I’ve gone without […]

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