23rd Season Announcement

Wavestage Theatre is incubating for its 23rd Season three vibrant MainStage productions and one youth production throughout 2017-18. We aspire to produce influential works of great magnitude that open doors for performers looking to stretch their wings with exciting new opportunities. As always, we aim to create an environment in which our performers feel they have grown and have been artistically challenged from their experiences at Wavestage. With these productions, we believe each performer will have the chance to touch the hearts of many audience members with human truths.

For our audiences, we seek an experience whereby they leave the theatre feeling their hearts opened and their souls touched. After all, live theatre is not just intended for entertainment, but to make us feel something powerful. This season is about human truths, human trials and tribulations and, ultimately, love.

We begin this July 2017 at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts with Titanic, the Musical. The musical follows the historical story and real lives of its passengers. In the final hour of April 14, 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women, and children lost their lives. Based on actual people aboard the most infamous ship in the world, Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever. This production will begin rehearsals May 2017 in Toronto.

For participants in our youth programs, we will be producing a youth-only production of the classic story A Christmas Carol at Newmarket Theatre (December 2017). This production will be rehearsed in Newmarket beginning September 2017 (Term One). Registrations for our 23rd Season youth programs will be opening in February.

Continuing our MainStage season in January 2018, we are thrilled to bring a new musical to Newmarket Theatre, Big Fish. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. This beautiful musical is overflowing with heart, humour and spectacular life moments that remind us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life. This production will be rehearsed in Toronto beginning September 2017

Finally, in the spring (2018) at Newmarket Theatre we will bring our final production of the season, Billy Elliot.  Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. Set in a mining town in the north of England against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Rehearsals beginning January 2018 in Newmarket. 

We are very excited to produce shows that we know will become a part of our audiences heart and soul. Wavestage is very proud to be producing our 23rd Season of entertaining, thought-provoking theatre. We invite you to join us for one of our most ambitious seasons yet!

Auditions will begin January 2017. Please click the link below to learn more about our audition requirements and to book an audition.

SHREK The Musical at Newmarket Theatre

 

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Our opening night audience was thrilled by Shrek the Musical! Only four performances remain. Don't miss this show at Newmarket Theatre. 

PERFORMANCES

Thursday November 17 - 7pm
Friday November 18 - 7pm
Saturday November 19 - 2pm
Saturday November 19 - 7pm
Sunday November 20 - 1pm

 

RAGTIME at RHCPA

RAGTIME at RHCPA

It's show week for RAGTIME at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. This epic production will run from July 14-17, 2016 only - get your tickets today here or by calling the box office at 905.787.8811. Limited tickets will be available at the box office before each performance.

PERFORMANCES 

July 14 - 7pm
July 15 - 7pm
July 16 - 7pm
July 17 - 1pm

In Rehearsals for RAGTIME

In Rehearsals for RAGTIME

We are just over a week away from opening night of RAGTIME! This production features a talented cast of 57 performers and will star Korin Thomas-Smith as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Keena Eloise as Sarah. The role of Mother will be portrayed by Lauren Lazar. Manuele Mizzi will play the Eastern European immigrant Tateh, with Sean Catheroy starring as Father and Klint Uzuni as Younger Brother. Toronto's Louisa Burgess Corbett will take the stage as Emma Goldman.

Enjoy the following behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of RAGTIME! 

Audition Notice: Shrek the Musical

 

Wavestage Theatre Company is currently auditioning for supporting roles in their November 2016 production of SHREK THE MUSICAL. Based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical is the heartwarmingly-upended fairy tale featuring a crusty but loveable ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Together with a wise-cracking donkey, a defiant princess, a vertically challenged bad guy and a gang of storybook misfits, this unlikely hero discovers that real friendship and true love are not only found in fairy tales.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD BY APPOINTMENT IN TORONTO on June 25, 2016. Video auditions accepted until June 30.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held in Newmarket (461 Park Ave) beginning September 10, 2016 on Saturdays between 3:30-9pm and Sunday's between 1:30-7pm. Due to the short rehearsal period (10 weeks), all rehearsals are mandatory (for scenes called). Performers will be called for rehearsal as broken down by scene. 

PERFORMANCES: This production will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from November 17-20, 2016.

Non-union. Non-paying. Performers will be required to pay a costume fee and help with painting or building a set.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITON, EMAIL info@wavestagetheatre.com

AUDITION INFO (PLEASE READ)

  1. Please prepare two selections of contrasting songs (32 bars). Bring accompaniment track on iPhone or iPad etc. (anything with an aux input).
  2. Please bring an updated resume.
  3. Please bring a printed copy of your headshot (either colour or black and white).
  4.  Currently accepting video auditions until June 30, 2016. Please email info@wavestagetheatre.com with your video (follow audition requirements detailed above), resume, and headshot.
  5. Supporting characters: many featured roles with lines, solos, dances, or action. Roles include: Humpty Dumpty (strong belter), Big Bad Wolf, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Ugly Duckling, Peter Pan, Shoemaker’s Elf, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Three Blind Mice (trio, strong harmonies), Three Little Pigs (trio, strong harmonies). 
    Ensemble: ensemble will portray tap-dancing rats, various fairytale creatures, knights, happy people, skeletons, angry mob.
 

RAGTIME Table Read

 

Ragtime is coming to the GTA this summer! We are thrilled to be producing the show "of the century" this summer at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Voted by Time Magazine as among the Top 100 Best novels of the last century, this sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the powerful tale of a white, upper-middle class family, an African American couple, and an Eastern European immigrant escaping to America with his daughter, as they all confront the timeless contradictions of wealth, poverty, freedom, prejudice, hope, and despair in pursuit of the American Dream.

Don't miss the show of the summer!

 

Unfolding through the fiery rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, and the vibrant klezmer of the Lower East Side, this vivid and unforgettable Tony-winning score bursts onto the stage “on the wheels of a dream” in what will be the largest and most epic production ever staged at Wavestage Theatre Company.

The cast of Ragtime joined together for the first time this past weekend to perform a table read of the show. The talent in the room was undeniably palpable! We have collected the best of the best to perform this raw and energetic show, and we can't wait to share it all with our audiences this July.

In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of our table read!

The cast can't wait to get started with staging and choreography! Here's what they had to say after the read through:

I have to say what an amazing cast Wavestage has put together. It was so humbling to do the read through with such talented people today. I can’t wait to tell these stories with all of you.
— Manuele Mizzi (Tateh)
Wow, wow, WOW! Just got back from the read/sing through for RAGTIME. Based on pure vocal talent, this may be the best cast I have ever worked with! Feeling excited to share the stage in July with such a talented group!
— Lauren Lazar (Mother)

To learn more about this production, visit the official Ragtime production page

 

Behind the Scenes in Rehearsal for Gypsy

Behind the Scenes in Rehearsal for Gypsy

Show week is upon us! We open our production of Gypsy this Friday, April 22nd and run until the 24th. Everything’s coming up roses with this classic musical based upon the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy centres upon Mama Rose, the consummate stage mother who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career at any cost in order to fulfill the dream of stardom she never achieved herself.