Tonight is the night! We open Beauty and the Beast at Newmarket Theatre this evening and our cast could not be more ready for an audience! With stirring musical numbers like “Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” this lavish production radiates with sweetness and light. Discover the redemptive power of love with a charming story that will warm your heart and affirm your faith in miracles.
It's no easy feat being the youngest lead performers in any production, but our two shining stars, Lucas Geuzebroek and Ashley Romanovich, are loving being Chip in Beauty and the Beast! The production opens this Thursday and our Chip's are eager to take the stage. We asked Lucas and Ashley a few questions as they prepare for the exciting run. Here's what they had to say...
We are officially under a week away from opening night of Beauty and the Beast at Newmarket Theatre! Just in time for tech week, we wanted to introduce two of the shining stars of our cast. Hunter Agnew will be seen as Lumiere after previously performing in Wavestage productions such as Titanic and Big Fish (Don Price). Michael Barker makes a grand return to Wavestage as Cogsworth. Long-term Wavestage audiences will remember him from our productions of Cabaret (Emcee) and Oliver (Fagin).
Get to know these two hysterical talents before seeing them on stage from April 19-22 at Newmarket Theatre!
When we held auditions for Beauty and the Beast, our creative team had a very specific vision in mind for the leading role. There were over 200 applicants for this role alone - our leading lady emerged from the sea of hopefuls! We have no doubt that our Belle, Genna Giampaolo, will wow you will her incredible performance as this iconic leading lady. Here's what she had to say about her experience preparing for this role:
It's the iconic villainous duo that everybody loves to hate (or secretly love). Although their portrayals are convincing, we can assure you that the real men behind the roles of Gaston and LeFou are nothing like their theatrical counterparts. We talked with our very own Gaston, Bevan Bühler, and Lefou, Milton Dover, to take a peek into their process as they prepare for these roles.
As we enter our 24th Season of exceptional entertainment, Wavestage is very proud to support actors with productions that add vivid culture to our community. We are bursting with excitement for this season featuring three MainStage productions and one youth production throughout 2018/19. We aspire to create influential works of great magnitude that open doors for many performers, looking to stretch their wings. 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 and the stories they tell, we believe each performer will have the chance to touch the hearts of many audience members.
For our audiences, we seek an experience where they leave the theatre feeling their minds opened and their souls touched. After all, live theatre is not just intended to entertain, but to make us feel something powerful. This season asks our audiences to explore themes of moral responsibility, fearing the “other” and finding one’s purpose through love for one another - all topics of extreme importance in today’s global climate.
We begin this July 6-8, 2018 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The musical was written by two masters of musical theatre canon, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Audiences and actors will be transported by an unspeakably gorgeous score, with its lush, emotionally rich songs augmented by a large choir. Audiences will be swept away by the beautiful telling of Victor Hugo’s story of love, aloneness, obsession and heroism. This production will begin rehearsals in Toronto on April 24th, 2018.
Next up, Wavestage Theatre presents the Tony Award Winning Broadway Masterpiece - HELLO DOLLY! from November 22-25, 2018 at Newmarket Theatre.
Feel the room swayin’, for the band’s playin’, one of your old fav’rite songs from way back when” - the grande dame musical of them all returns to Wavestage Theatre. Hello, Dolly! is the story of turn-of-the-century widowed matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, who, after cunningly negotiating marriages for others through a series of comic romantic entanglements, ultimately finds her own match. HELLO, DOLLY! is a magical piece of musical theatre filled with memorable songs such as 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes', 'Before the Parade Passes By', and 'It Only Takes A Moment.' Show-stopping dance numbers like 'Dancing' and 'The Waiter's Gallop' are combined with beautiful turn-of-the-century costumes to create a musical the whole family will enjoy! This production will begin rehearsals September 5, 2018 in Toronto.
West Side Story, one of the greatest love stories of all time, opens at Newmarket Theatre, April 11-14, 2019.
This timeless classic mesmerizes audiences of all ages from the first note to the final breath. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features beloved American musical theatre classics including “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” With spectacular dance numbers and an iconic score soaring throughout, theatre goers will experience the tragic love story between lead characters Maria, and Tony, each from different neighbourhoods in New York City. The strength of their love cannot overcome the hatred between warring street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. Rehearsals beginning January 2019. Auditions for this production will be held October 2018.
For participants in our youth programs, we will be producing a youth-only production of the classic story Seussical Jr. at Newmarket Theatre. This production will be rehearsed in Newmarket as part of our youth program beginning September 2018, ending with the production (Feb 8th). Registrations for our 24th Season youth programs will open in March.
We are very excited to produce shows that we know will become a part of our audiences' hearts and souls. Wavestage is very proud to be producing our 24th Season of entertaining, thought-provoking theatre. We invite you to join us for one of our most ambitious seasons yet!
Auditions will begin February 2018 for our first two productions. Please click the link below to learn more about our audition requirements and to book an audition.
Earlier this month, our cast of Beauty and the Beast gathered for the first time to perform a table read of this exciting production! In these first few hours we began to see this "tale as old as time" step off of the page and come to life. We are thrilled to have such a multi-talented cast and will be sharing many more behind-the-scenes sneak peeks in the coming weeks as we dive into rehearsals!
Big Fish, The Musical is stompin' its way into the Newmarket Theatre from January 25-28, 2018. Enjoy this peek behind the scenes at witches, daffodils, giants, circus folk, and the love between father and son!