Scenes from Parade & Audience Review!

If you DIDN'T get a chance to come out to our February production of Jason Robert Brown's Parade, then you missed out on some great performances. Below is a video of some of our favourite clips from the show. Additionally, we've included a letter from a special audience member that we figured you might be interested in seeing! 

"I attended the PARADE production on the weekend. My family came from Atlanta to see the production. We were visiting people at a local synagogue and you might be interested to know that we are relatives of Lucille Selig. I wanted to let you know that our entire family was so moved by your production. There was a quality of calm and sense of purpose to your cast. Normally when one attends community theatre you don't find such professionalism. Your sets, your lights, your costumes were wonderful. But it was the actors that made this show exciting. Joe Adams portraying Leo Frank really captured the angst of man and the time. He was excellent in his acting and singing. Your Mr Dorsey was exactly the way I the I felt he must have been and gave me the fear that Newt Lee and Leo must have felt. Your Lucille was simply powerful. Although she was much, much prettier than the real Lucille Frank, I soon found myself believing she was Lucille and understanding the deep sense of loyalty my Great Aunt must have felt. Your actress was mature, and sang so beautifully that I literally wept twice in the performance. Even your young actors portraying Iola, Frankie and Mary Phagan were strong and well prepared. I don't know if many people take the time to write but it was an impressive production filled with moments that change the viewers. Thank you for telling the story and for presenting this way up in Canada. My aunt believed in his innocence to her dying days. I am glad we live in a different time now, where for most of the world we don't seek righteous vengence. Some day all the world will have justice and truth will rise." - C. Forwisson

Be sure to come and see our 17th Season production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Newmarket Theatre from May 10-12, 2012. Tickets at or by calling the box office at 905-953-5122. Facebook event HERE.

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18th Season Audition Announcement for York Region Musicals

The Aurora Performing Arts Group is beginning to prepare for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. We will be auditioning individuals for lead and supporting roles in our 18th Season productions. These productions include:

Kiss Me Kate with music and lyrics by Cole Porter

Annie with music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Anne of Green Gables with music by Norman Campbell and lyrics by Donald Harron and Norm Campbell

To audition for APAG please send your resumé and audition request to keepsinging @
Singers will be asked to sing one piece of music. Accompanist will be provided.

Rehearsals in Newmarket.
Performances at Newmarket Theatre and possible touring locations.
Non-paying roles.

Whether you are an adult, teen, or a child performer we are delighted to have you come and audition. We are interested in seeing performers that are passionate about being on stage and welcome various skill-sets (voice, dance, acting). 

We are also still accepting registrations for our childrens programs for 2012-13 season. Registrations are on first come first serve basis as spaces are competitive.

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Want to see what APAG is all about? Come and see our 17th Season production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Newmarket Theatre from May 10-12, 2012. Tickets at or by calling the box office at 905-953-5122. Facebook event HERE.

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Meet the Cast of Parade!

Cast of Parade
Meet the talented cast of the upcoming APAG production, Parade.
Joe Adams as Leo Frank, A Jewish man who runs the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, Georgia, and is accused of killing Mary Phagan.
Bio: Playing Leo Frank in Parade has been one of Joe's goals since he first heard of the show.  He is very excited to be portraying the role now, and offers a huge thank you to director Sarah Kyle for providing this opportunity. His previous credits include: Little Women (Professor Bhaer), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie), Oliver (Bill Sykes) and A Christmas Carol  (Bob Cratchit).

Rhiannon Kyle as Lucille Frank, The young wife of Leo Frank.

Rhiannon is a grade 11 student at Aurora High School. Previous credits include: Cinderella (Cinderella), Little Women  (Beth), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), and more.  In her spare time, Rhiannon is active in the student leadership community, serving as the Prime Minister of the York Region Presidents' Council, member of the York Region District School Board Equity and Inclusivity Committee, and External Affairs Officer of her school's Student Council. Many thanks to:  Leo for always being passionate and dedicated to the role, Mom for pulling together this production through its ups and downs, and toi toi to her fellow cast mates and crew, who have all worked incredibly hard on this project.

Kyla Whetham as Mary Phagan, A thirteen-year-old employee at the National Pencil Company who is murdered in the basement of the factory.

Kyla Whetham is so grateful to perform again with the Aurora Performing Arts Group. Huge thanks to her family and friends who always love and support her, and thanks to her director for believing in her and providing her with such an incredible role!

Rachel Sanderson as Mary Phagan, A thirteen-year-old employee at the National Pencil Company who is murdered in the basement of the factory.

Rachel is in the eighth grade and a highly spirited member of APAG.  Rachel is delighted to perform as Mary Phagan in Parade, as theatre is her number one passion. Rachel would like to thank her family and a special thanks to her APAG family for supporting her through this journey.

Colin Campbell as Frankie Epps, Mary's friend.

Colin is in his first year at Aurora High. He is very excited to be playing Frankie Epps in Parade. Colin would like to thank Sarah for all the support she gives him and all the amazing opportunities. He hopes you enjoy the show just as much as he does.

Chris Roberts as Britt Craig, A journalist for the Atlanta Georgian.
(also seen as....)

Chris is thrilled to be in another APAG production.  Previous credits include: Little Women ( Laurie) Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw),You're a Good Man Charlie Brown ( Snoopy), and Cinderella  (Grace).  He invites you to return May 10-12 to see him portray the the title role in Sweeney Todd.  He would like to thank his on and off stage friends and family for their loving support and Sarah for sharing this magical journey. Your friendship, professionalism, and love for theatre is inspiring.

Robin Bromley as Governor John Slaton, The governor of Georgia.

Robin is delighted to play the role of Jack Slaton. Thanks and big hugs to Justine. Thanks to the amazing cast its been fun. Special thanks to Sarah for this opportunity, her guidance and friendship. Enjoy the show!

Justine Turl as Sally Slaton, The wife of John Slaton.

Registered Nurse by day, Justine thanks Sarah for continuing to help her to pursue her passion. Some past roles include: Into the Woods (Witch) and Little Women (Meg). Much love and gratitude to her two families, both biological and theatre, for all your support. 

Blair Hammond as Tom Watson, The editor of the zealot newspaper, the Jeffersonian.

Blair is enjoying playing once again a scoundrel like  last year's Cabaret (Ludwig). Favorite memories include Cinderella ( King), and Secret Garden.(Ben)   Thanks to family and to Sarah for new adventures with the APAG extended family.

Chardon Myers as Jim Conley, The janitor at the National Pencil Company, and the star witness at the trial. Also seen as Newt Lee, the night watchman at the National Pencil Company the night that Mary was killed. Seen additionally as Riley, the Slaton's chauffeur. 

Chardon is in fourth year university at York University. He would like to thank Sarah for this amazing opportunity, allowing him to share the magic of performing to the masses.

Theresa Gomes as Minola McKnight, Long term maid at Frank house. Also seen as Angela, Riley's sister.

Theresa Gomes is a soprano with La Petite Musicale and Caribbean Chorale of Toronto. She has recorded a CD with her steel pianist brother Selwyn Gomes titled "Latin & Caribbean Flavours".  Theresa enjoys acting and is happy to be a part of this sensational musical.

Bryan Edwards as Hugh Dorsey, The ambitious prosecuting attorney.

Bryan is thrilled to be returning for his fourth season with APAG. Playing a more sinister and complex role has been a fun and interesting challenge compared to his more comical characters of past plays.  He would like to thank his family for their support as well as his director for the fantastic opportunity.  But most importantly, you, the audience, for helping support live musical theatre. Thank you.

Wendy Simone as Mrs. Phagan, Mary's mother.

This APAG season Wendy enjoyed performing in A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig) and looks forward to her role of Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd. Wendy is pursuing her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto.

Sandra Whetham as Mrs. Phagan, Mary's mother.

Sandra Whetham is very excited to be playing the role of Mrs. Phagan alongside Kyla, her daughter (and inspiration), in Parade and in life. Sandra hopes that you will be as moved by this emotional roller coaster as she has been.  Heartfelt thanks for your support.

Yuriy Volyanskyy as Judge Roan, the judge presiding over Leo's trial.

Dave Kouhi as Luther Z. Rosser, Leo's attourney, a Southern 'Good Old Boy'

Jayson Rose as Detective JN Starnes, Chief of the Atlanta Police Department

Zach Baranowski as Officer Iver, Starnes' assistant

Adri Makariak as Iola Stover, Mary's best friend from the factory

Holly Bryant as Iola Stover, Mary's best friend from the factory

    Judge Roan - The  judge presiding over Leo's trial  YURIY VOLYANSKKY

    Luther Z. Rosser - Leo's attorney, a Southern 'Good Old Boy' DAVE KOUHI

    Detective JN Starnes - Chief of the Atlanta Police Department JAYSON ROSE

    Officer Ivey - Starnes' assistant  ZACH BARANOWKSI

    Iola Stover - Mary's best friend from the factory ADRI MAKARIAK/HOLLY BRYANT

    Monteen - Mary's other friend from the factory JAMIE SCHOUTEN/ SAM ROBINSON

    Essie - Mary's other friend from the factory GABRIELLE DA SILVA/ LAURA LOUCH

    Young Confederate Soldier - A young Confederate soldier in the CIVIL WAR CHRIS ROBERTS

    Old Confederate Soldier - An older version of the young Confederate soldier 50 years later DON MACINTOSH

    Lizzie Phagan - Mary's Aunt   ERIN CARTWRIGHT

    Prison Guard - The guard at the Fulton Tower Prison, Minister, Bar Tender ANDY MOLNAR

    Reporters Friend- CARLY ROSZELL

    Mr. Peavy - The guard at the Milledgeville Prison  DON MCINTOSH

    Aide to Confederate PAM WATSON

    Secretary to Conderate SAM CUNNINGHAM



    Helen - A woman at Slaton's party  JENNIFER BLAIK

    Girlfriends of Iola   ALEXA ROSE, LINDSAY BLAINEY


    Maid and Ensemble ROXANNA FERREL

Ensemble  Children of Townspeople CHEYENNE TAMBERG, WENDY ZHAN