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Emerging Artists

AGES 19-35

Our Emerging Artists Program invites participants who are studying or have recently graduated from a performing arts training program, to further develop their skills under the mentorship of experienced industry professionals.  Participants in the program could intern all aspects of a musical theatre production, including performance, stage and production management, design and directing, budgeting, marketing, and promotion.  The program will also encourage exploration of new repertoire for musical theatre through table reads, workshops, and developmental projects. 

This program is a Canadian-funded program for the promotion and advancement of young Canadian artists and appropriate for participants in post-secondary fine arts education, or those who are launching careers in theatre performance or production.

Summer 2022 >

The Storyteller by Kathleen Mills

This workshop will run from

May 29th to June 5th, 2022

Final Presentation will take place on Sunday June 5th, 2022

Synopsis

In a village at the base of a mountain spring comes every year on the same day, when a storyteller climbs the mountain and gives the Goddess a story worthy of Spring. After the coldest winter yet, the town is desperate for a story, and when two strangers come to the village, the world will be changed forever.

The workshop will culminate in a table read.  

DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2022, 4 PM

LOCATION:  Extraspace - Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1X3

TICKETS: PWYC - suggested donation $25 

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GREGORY FINNEY

DIRECTOR - MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Delighted to be  starting at No Strings Theatre and returning to Opera By Request - after his company debut as Michonnet in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR – as Bartolo/Antonio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO) Baritone Gregory Finney has been hailed for his versatility and skill after his turn as Escamillo in LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN with LooseTEA Music Theatre among others. One of Toronto’s busiest singers, mostly at home in comedic roles, he garnered rave reviews for his turn as Antonio/ Bartolo in Against The Grain theatre’s hit production FIGARO’S WEDDING. He’s been seen as Il Conte (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO); Papageno (DIE ZAUBERFLOTE) and as Figaro (LA MERE COUPABLE). He was seen in the Canadian premieres of JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA, LUISA FERNANDA, KATE AND THE DEVIL and KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY and the world premieres of KAMOURASKA and Eric Idles NOT THE MESSIAH. (@gregory_finney) (www.gregoryfinney.com)

SPRING AWAKENING

a coming of age rock musical

by

 

Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater

Anique Mercier, director

Michael Spiroff, music director

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOWS JULY 22, 23, 7:30 PM

Church of St Peter and St Simon-the Apostle at 525 Bloor St E

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Setting: German Café Culture at the turn of the 20C
 Trigger warning: This show includes heavy subject matters such as puberty, sexuality,  teenage pregnancy, mental illness, suggestive content and questionable morality. PG14

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

By W. A. Mozart

In Italian and English

 

One of Mozart’s most famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro follows Figaro and Susanna, a servant and maid whose plans to be married are endangered by their master, Count Almaviva, and his attraction to Susanna. With the help of Countess Almaviva and Cherubino the page boy, Figaro and Susanna scheme to expose Count Almaviva’s infidelity to the Countess and distract him from obstructing their marriage. However, the Count’s own plans and the vendettas of Figaro’s adversaries threaten the couple’s chances at a happy ending.  

DIRECTOR – Gregory Finney

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – Anthony Goncharov

MUSIC DIRECTOR – William Shookhoff

ORCHESTRA – William Shookhoff (piano),

Claire Harris (piano), Jonah Nung (keyboard)

ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR – Claire Harris

MUSIC REHEARSAL ASSISTANT - David Smith

ASSOCIATE MUSIC INTERNS - Jonah Nung, Michael Spiroff

CHOREOGRAPHER – Alex Morris

PRODUCTION MANAGER – Jonah Nung

STAGE MANAGER – Karolina Kotus

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – Alex Morris

PROPS – Karolina Kotus

CO-PRODUCERS –

Denise Williams (No Strings Theatre)

and William Shookhoff (Opera by Request)

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WILLIAM SHOOKHOFF

MUSIC DIRECTOR - MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

William Shookhoff is a noted conductor, pianist and vocal coach throughout Canada and abroad. He has served on the music faculties of the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as the Banff
Centre for the Arts and the Johannesen Summer Institute of Music. He has been on the Music Staff of the Canadian, Netherlands, Edmonton, and Portland (Oregon) Opera Companies. Mr Shookhoff was the Associate Conductor of the inaugural Canadian production of Les Miserables, and of the Canadian Tour and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera. He
has been a guest Music Director with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). Mr. Shookhoff makes frequent appearances in those capacities throughout Western Europe and China, as well as maintaining an active coaching studio in Toronto. He is a regular guest conductor with the Bluebridge Festival and with Opera Kitchener. He has also devoted his efforts to the development and presentation of the Massed Piano or Monster Concert, and has conducted such events at Carnegie Hall, New York; Massey Hall and Nathan Philips Square, Toronto; the White House, Washington, DC;
and the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Mr. Shookhoff is Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions.

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