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Stratford Festival Opens With Crazy For You - April 24 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:55
Fresh from her triumph with last season’s hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof, acclaimed director and choreographer Donna Feore returns for her 20th Stratford Festival season with an exciting new production of Crazy for You specially conceived for the Festival Theatre’s thrust stage. The new Gershwin musical began previews on Monday, April 21, marking the first performance of the 2014 season.
Feore, the force behind a growing list of hit musicals at the Festival, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oklahoma! and Oliver!, has taken a completely fresh approach to Crazy for You, creating an entirely new production with its own unique staging and choreography. The show boasts more than 14 spectacular song-and-dance numbers featuring a broad range of styles, including jazz, Charleston, lindy hop, cancan and even the early stages of jitterbug.
“Not a single day has passed since I began work on the show that I have not heard something new in Gershwin’s extraordinary music,” says Feore. “The complexity of his score inspired me to explore equally demanding styles of dance. I’ve based the choreography on the most exhilarating dance styles of the period. Gershwin loved hanging out at the Savoy Ballroom in the late twenties, and I’m certain that while there he was dazzled by the Charleston and the original swing dance – the lindy hop – a dance that was hot, wild and not a little dangerous.”
Crazy for You tells the story of Bobby Child who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre but unexpectedly falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. The high-energy comedy and romance are further elevated by the dazzling score packed with beloved Gershwin songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Celebrating the joyous insanity of the bumpy road to love, Crazy for You is a lighthearted choice within the season’s overall theme of “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge.”
“Crazy for You promises to be a masterpiece in every sense of the word: a song-and-dance spectacle with stunning dance routines, exquisite staging and costumes, and of course, the powerful force of the Gershwins’ timeless music,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “Revamping the show especially for our stage, as Donna has so brilliantly done, brings the most spectacular dancers in the country up close and personal with our audiences, giving them an experience they can’t find anywhere else in quite the same way.”
The production features two Stratford newcomers: Josh Franklin as Bobby Child and Natalie Daradich as Polly Baker. Festival favourite Tom Rooney will play Broadway impresario Bela Zangler.
The cast also features Lally Cadeau as Mrs. Lottie Child, Shane Carty as Lank Hawkins, Keith Dinicol as Everett Baker, Robin Hutton as Irene Roth, Monique Lund as Patricia Fodor, Marcus Nance as Mingo, Stephen Patterson as Sam, Steve Ross as Moose and Shawn Wright as Eugene Fodor. Artistic credits include Musical Director Shelley Hanson, Designer Debra Hanson, Lighting Designer Paul Miller, Sound Designer Peter McBoyle and Fight Director John Stead.
“The excitement of rediscovering these dances, these songs and Crazy for You’s particular brand of screwball comedy has inspired our exceptional company to push themselves to the edge of madness,” says Feore. “I am blessed, thrilled and delighted to have found these most remarkably talented artists with whom to collaborate.”
With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You was co-conceived by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. The musical was inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan, and originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams.
Fresh from her triumph with last season’s hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof, acclaimed director and choreographer Donna Feore returns for her 20th Stratford Festival season with an exciting new production of Crazy for You specially conceived for the Festival Theatre’s thrust stage. The new Gershwin musical began previews on Monday, April 21, marking the first performance of the 2014 season.
Feore, the force behind a growing list of hit musicals at the Festival, including You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oklahoma! and Oliver!, has taken a completely fresh approach to Crazy for You, creating an entirely new production with its own unique staging and choreography. The show boasts more than 14 spectacular song-and-dance numbers featuring a broad range of styles, including jazz, Charleston, lindy hop, cancan and even the early stages of jitterbug.
“Not a single day has passed since I began work on the show that I have not heard something new in Gershwin’s extraordinary music,” says Feore. “The complexity of his score inspired me to explore equally demanding styles of dance. I’ve based the choreography on the most exhilarating dance styles of the period. Gershwin loved hanging out at the Savoy Ballroom in the late twenties, and I’m certain that while there he was dazzled by the Charleston and the original swing dance – the lindy hop – a dance that was hot, wild and not a little dangerous.”
Crazy for You tells the story of Bobby Child who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a derelict theatre but unexpectedly falls for its owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. The high-energy comedy and romance are further elevated by the dazzling score packed with beloved Gershwin songs, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Celebrating the joyous insanity of the bumpy road to love, Crazy for You is a lighthearted choice within the season’s overall theme of “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge.”
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Movies - April 18 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:46

At the Park Theatre in Goderich

Phone: 519-524-7811 or 1-800-265-3438 (Toll Free)

Movies run from Friday, April 18 to Thursday, April 24.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Steve Rogers (Captain America) finds himself having to team up with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) when a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is murdered, while at the same time battling a threat from the past.

Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson.

Rated PG

Show times

Friday to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday matinee, 1:30 p.m.

 

RIO 2

A family living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil decides that their kids need to know what it is like to live like birds in the wild, so they head to the Amazon for a family trip. The family, joined by a group of ambitious birds, then set a plan in motion to save the Amazon and the rainforest from destruction.

Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruno Mars, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia and Jamie Foxx.

Rated G

Show times

Friday to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday matinee, 1:30 p.m.

 
Mini MEtoWE Event Coming to Blyth - April 10 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:30
“Get involved!  Whatever you put into your passions, you will receive more in return”, exclaims a young person who participates in the annual Mini MEtoWE event at the Blyth Memorial Hall. When teens see a problem in their community or in the world, they immediately want to help.  Either on their own or as groups in schools, churches or clubs, teens are finding ways of raising awareness and funds for projects that build wells and schools in far off places, programs that help people struggling with mental illness, and offer immediate relief for life-threatening natural disasters.  At the upcoming Mini MEtoWE event on Friday, April 25 at Blyth Memorial Hall, many youth will take to the stage presenting through video, power point, word, song, art and dance -the passions they live for.
Modelled on Free the Children’s WE DAY, an event in Toronto that many local schools have been a part of, The Mini MEtoWE Event in Blyth, is about embracing our shared humanity and thinking beyond ourselves and our personal needs.  Kathy Douglas, in her work as Youth Minister in the United Churches of Huron Perth, finds that youth want to make a difference.  On stage, the youth will share how the passions they live for are fun, meaningful and, most importantly, needed. Whether inspired with music, dance, social injustice or ill health, our youth get up and get out to tell others about it.
This year, organizers Kathy Douglas and Vicky Bremner are gearing up for yet another spectacular night of entertainment and education featuring Huron and Perth County youth. As well, community youth groups and schools are invited to set up displays, featuring their efforts for social change. Broken Remarks will kick off the night with their rock and roll sound, young dancers and singers will take to the stage and youthful philanthropists like Farren Goos and Grace Caldwell  will tell of their efforts to raise funds to help relieve suffering in the world. Glen Bacarro and Bri Parks will add their stories of overcoming personal obstacles of physical, emotional and mental health struggles.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 25 at Blyth Memorial Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 each and are available from the Blyth Festival box office at 519-523-9300. All proceeds will be going towards various charities, both local and global.
Interested in being involved? Want to set up a display?  For more information please contact Kathy Douglas at kathymdouglas@ hotmail.com
“Get involved!  Whatever you put into your passions, you will receive more in return”, exclaims a young person who participates in the annual Mini MEtoWE event at the Blyth Memorial Hall. When teens see a problem in their community or in the world, they immediately want to help.  Either on their own or as groups in schools, churches or clubs, teens are finding ways of raising awareness and funds for projects that build wells and schools in far off places, programs that help people struggling with mental illness, and offer immediate relief for life-threatening natural disasters.  At the upcoming Mini MEtoWE event on Friday, April 25 at Blyth Memorial Hall, many youth will take to the stage presenting through video, power point, word, song, art and dance -the passions they live for.
Modelled on Free the Children’s WE DAY, an event in Toronto that many local schools have been a part of, The Mini MEtoWE Event in Blyth, is about embracing our shared humanity and thinking beyond ourselves and our personal needs.  Kathy Douglas, in her work as Youth Minister in the United Churches of Huron Perth, finds that youth want to make a difference.  On stage, the youth will share how the passions they live for are fun, meaningful and, most importantly, needed. Whether inspired with music, dance, social injustice or ill health, our youth get up and get out to tell others about it.
This year, organizers Kathy Douglas and Vicky Bremner are gearing up for yet another spectacular night of entertainment and education featuring Huron and Perth County youth. As well, community youth groups and schools are invited to set up displays, featuring their efforts for social change. Broken Remarks will kick off the night with their rock and roll sound, young dancers and singers will take to the stage and youthful philanthropists like Farren Goos and Grace Caldwell  will tell of their efforts to raise funds to help relieve suffering in the world. Glen Bacarro and Bri Parks will add their stories of overcoming personal obstacles of physical, emotional and mental health struggles.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 25 at Blyth Memorial Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 each and are available from the Blyth Festival box office at 519-523-9300. All proceeds will be going towards various charities, both local and global.
Interested in being involved? Want to set up a display?  For more information please contact Kathy Douglas at kathymdouglas@ hotmail.com
 
Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath to Perform in Blyth with Royal Flush Improv - April 3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:39
­­Royal Flush Improv is returning to Blyth with the same local flare as the group’s November performance, but a little more star power.
Canadian comedic royalty Colin Mochrie, and his equally accomplished wife Debra McGrath, will be in Blyth for the May 9 show at Memorial Hall.
Organizer Nug Nahrgang, a Clinton native who worked as an usher at the Blyth Festival in his younger years, says it was his intention to bring Mochrie and McGrath to Blyth for the group’s first show late last year, but at the last second, the pair had to pull out.
Mochrie, a veteran of Second City, became famous as a regular cast member of Whose Line Is It Anyway? both in the United States and in Britain. He has also appeared on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Drew Carey Show, Little Mosque On The Prairie and he hosted the Canadian version of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
McGrath also began her career with Second City and became a regular cast member of Little Mosque On The Prairie.
In an interview with The Citizen, Nahrgang said Mochrie had been looking forward to performing in Blyth last year and apologized profusely when he had to cancel.
Mochrie had to cancel, Nahrgang said, because the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was picked up for another season, and Mochrie had to fly to Los Angeles nearly immediately to begin filming.
“He said he was so sorry and he said he was on board for the next time,” Nahrgang said.
Nahrgang and Mochrie are not strangers, Nahrgang says, far from it.
After performing together a number of time through Second City, the pair have developed a relationship where, Nahrgang says, if he calls Mochrie, he knows he’ll pick up the phone.
Nahrgang has also welcomed Mochrie as a guest on Illusionoid, Nahrgang’s performance-based podcast.
In addition to Mochrie, McGrath and himself, Nahrgang will be returning with the same cast he brought to Blyth late last year, which included Bluevale native and Brussels Public and F.E. Madill Secondary Schools graduate Mandy Sellers.
Immediately after the success of November’s show, both Nahrgang and Sellers knew they wanted to return to Blyth in 2014.
“It was such a good time,” Nahrgang said. “I think we all had a blast.”
Nahrgang recalls the snowstorm on that weekend, saying there were questions as to whether the show was going to be cancelled or not, but he knew the cast had to forge on.
Sellers says she and Nahrgang, both being Huron County natives, were able to play to the crowd and make local references that really resonated with the audience.
She said she heard nothing but nice things from audience members after the show, whether they were members of her family or not.
Sellers’ grandparents, who had not seen her perform professionally before, told her they were “so impressed” with her performance and the thinking on her feet she displayed on stage.
“They said they couldn’t believe I was making that stuff up,” Sellers said in an interview with The Citizen.
She says she’s looking forward to performing alongside Mochrie, which she has done once before, but she says it’s always a treat.
“[Mochrie] is just so well known and he really is the face of improv, both here and in the U.S.,” Sellers says.
As far as the Toronto improv scene is concerned, Sellers says, Mochrie is always very supportive of up and coming comics and is a staple at some of the “smaller” improv shows in Toronto.
Sellers says that what’s impressive about being on stage with Mochrie is his ability to elevate the skills of the people he’s performing with.
“He’s just great at putting you on his level,” Sellers says. “He always makes you feel great. When you’re on stage with Colin, you know he’ll take care of you.”
Nahrgang agrees, saying that with the level of experience Mochrie and McGrath will be bringing with them to Blyth, it will almost be on him, Sellers and the rest of the cast to let Mochrie and McGrath “do what they want” and be there to support them.
Both Sellers and Nahrgang say that with improv, you never see the same show twice, so it’s difficult to predict what the May show will be like, but it’s guaranteed to be fun.
In addition to Mochrie, McGrath, Nahrgang and Sellers, Dale Boyer, Ashley Comeau and Trevor Martin will all be appearing on stage, with music by Chris New and lights and sound by Mark Andrada.
Tickets for Royal Flush Improv at Memorial Hall on May 9 at 8 p.m. are on sale through the Blyth Festival box office at 519-523-9300 or online at www.blythfestival.com
­­Royal Flush Improv is returning to Blyth with the same local flare as the group’s November performance, but a little more star power.
Canadian comedic royalty Colin Mochrie, and his equally accomplished wife Debra McGrath, will be in Blyth for the May 9 show at Memorial Hall.
Organizer Nug Nahrgang, a Clinton native who worked as an usher at the Blyth Festival in his younger years, says it was his intention to bring Mochrie and McGrath to Blyth for the group’s first show late last year, but at the last second, the pair had to pull out.
Mochrie, a veteran of Second City, became famous as a regular cast member of Whose Line Is It Anyway? both in the United States and in Britain. He has also appeared on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Drew Carey Show, Little Mosque On The Prairie and he hosted the Canadian version of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
McGrath also began her career with Second City and became a regular cast member of Little Mosque On The Prairie.
In an interview with The Citizen, Nahrgang said Mochrie had been looking forward to performing in Blyth last year and apologized profusely when he had to cancel.
Mochrie had to cancel, Nahrgang said, because the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? was picked up for another season, and Mochrie had to fly to Los Angeles nearly immediately to begin filming.
“He said he was so sorry and he said he was on board for the next time,” Nahrgang said.
Nahrgang and Mochrie are not strangers, Nahrgang says, far from it.
After performing together a number of time through Second City, the pair have developed a relationship where, Nahrgang says, if he calls Mochrie, he knows he’ll pick up the phone.
Nahrgang has also welcomed Mochrie as a guest on Illusionoid, Nahrgang’s performance-based podcast.
In addition to Mochrie, McGrath and himself, Nahrgang will be returning with the same cast he brought to Blyth late last year, which included Bluevale native and Brussels Public and F.E. Madill Secondary Schools graduate Mandy Sellers.
Immediately after the success of November’s show, both Nahrgang and Sellers knew they wanted to return to Blyth in 2014.
“It was such a good time,” Nahrgang said. “I think we all had a blast.”
Nahrgang recalls the snowstorm on that weekend, saying there were questions as to whether the show was going to be cancelled or not, but he knew the cast had to forge on.
Sellers says she and Nahrgang, both being Huron County natives, were able to play to the crowd and make local references that really resonated with the audience.
She said she heard nothing but nice things from audience members after the show, whether they were members of her family or not.
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