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.
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.
Big Fish, The Musical is making its way to Newmarket Theatre this January. The cast recently joined for their first table read and we are thrilled to share a peek behind-the-scenes at this exciting rehearsal. The table read was truly a high-energy event and unlike any table read we've seen. Cast members broke out into laughter, Alabama stompin', and tears as they told this heartwarming tale together for the first time.
We are thrilled to be booking auditions for our upcoming Spring 2018 MainStage musical production. Due to our licensing contract, we cannot publically announce the name of our production until January 2018. Please get in touch to receive our audition package and more information!
All roles are open for non-equity performers! We will be casting this production in the next month with auditions taking place in Toronto by appointment (Mt. Pleasant & Eglington) on the following dates/times:
Tuesday, October 3 7:15-9:15pm
Wednesday, October 4 5-7pm
Tuesday, October 10, 7-9:30pm
Video auditions will be accepted for performers currently abroad. All actors, both Wavestage veterans and those performing with us for the first time will be expected to submit/present an audition for casting consideration.
Wavestage is interested in performers of all ages and skillsets. There are a variety of featured roles available for both skilled dancers and non-dancers.
We look forward to receiving your audition for this modern Broadway classic musical!
It's time for another production to "sail on"! Titanic The Musical ran for a limited run at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from July 13-16. Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s masterfully crafted musical examines the lives of the passengers aboard the doomed luxury liner Titanic — those in first class, middle class, and steerage — in the nights leading up the ship’s fatal encounter with an iceberg at sea. Directed by Sarah Langford & Rhiannon Langford, with musical direction by Bradley Barnham, Titanic is a heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of the hopes and aspirations of those onboard.
Enjoy this look back at the first production in our 23rd Season.