Wavestage is thrilled to be announced as the winner of the BroadwayWorld.com Regional Toronto Award for “Best Community Theatre” and “Best Community Theatre Production” for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Our run of Follies has come to a close, but audiences are raving about this production! Here's a look at some of the comments that came in this past week:
"The Wavestage Follies production was mesmerizing! Outstanding performances, interesting choreography, evenly flowing production and passionately performed by a strong cast. Special mention to James Woods for richly grasping the text and to Sarah Langford for allowing the audience to see and experience a broken Sally. Beautiful voice; passionate singing. The Pastiche number of One More Kiss brought tears to my eyes. Magical. Congrats to the entire team." - Fred Barrows, Montreal stage director
Our July 25-28 production of HAIR at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts was a hit with our audiences! Four nights of standing ovations, crows cheering, and - of course - groovy dancing. What an incredible run! BroadwayWorld Toronto also took a liking to this production. Read their review here.
In the meantime, here are some rave reviews from our audience members of HAIR!
[testimonial authorposition="Elaine Ross" ]Great production of HAIR. A really talented bunch of young people.[/testimonial]
[testimonial authorposition="Erin Cartwright" ]What a fantastic show! Blown away! Wow! Loved every minute of it! Bravo!![/testimonial]
[testimonial authorposition="Brittany Rodrigues, BroadwayWorld.com" ]The young, fresh faced cast put an incredible spin on the iconic characters of HAIR, and director Sarah Kyle clearly understood the essence of the much beloved show. Every move was in unison, lighting was appropriately "far out," and everything was done on cue. There was no dull moment in the Wavestage production of HAIR.[/testimonial]
Did you come to see HAIR? Let us know what you thought of our production in the comments below.
We always love hearing feedback from people that have attending our shows! If you saw Sweeney Todd, make sure to leave a comment on this post, on our Facebook page, or Twitter (@APerformingArts) to let us know what you thought! Here's what some of our audience members thought about our production of Sweeney Todd:
"Thank you so much for the enjoyable evening last Saturday of Sweeney Todd. A talented group of actors. Mrs Lovett was fireball of energy. She overtook the stage with her playing out to the audience moments and it was great fun to see a new way to present such a dark character. I particularly enjoyed the actors Tobias and the Judge. They had great charisma on stage playing the parts of the human psyche we seldom want to acknowledge in darkness or sadness. Having a woman play the Tobias role was brilliant. I soon forgot she was a she, and saw the story through the eyes of a sad and tormented boy. 'Not While I'm Around' was a still and quiet defining moment in the performance. No need for bravado or playing to the audience. This actress owned the stage. Similarly excellent, was your Judge Turpin. Power came from his deep voice and from never having the need to fan out or over act the moments. It was also interesting that you had a woman playing the role of Pirelli. She was an admirable actress and most believable. In fact, all the supporting actors were terrific. Johanna and Anthony strong, strong singers and Johanna was quite comical. I liked your Sweeney. The story was scary enough and so directing this man to be a reserved and calmer Sweeney really added different colours to the musical. I am quite interested in music theatre and travel around to see all the community theatre in a 50 K radius each season. I shall look forward to all three of your next seasons productions." - Ray L.
"Last weekend, my wife and I attended your Sweeney Todd performance at Newmarket Theatre. We had a fine evening - the story was well-told, the singing was terrific, the sets great and we had ice cream on the way home. Not a bad evening at all! A few days later - I was struck by this amazing thing about your production company. It isn’t anything fancy, really: its just the way you allow your actors to come out into the lobby and give us, the audience a simple thank you for attending. But it struck me as a positively first-class, smart-as-heck move. By doing this simple practice it invigorates our experience by giving us the opportunity to share and remember a few particularly compelling moments from your production. The Aurora Performing Arts Group actors were gracious and spoke to all the audience members in such engaging ways simply talking about the performance. You are doing whatever you can to bring audience members closer and closer to the art, which is (to my mind) an admirable goal. An excellent decision. Why don't all theatres make this a standard practice? This isn't a theatre with a huge budget or staff; money can't be an issue. I think other companies sometimes focus too exclusively on the work they put on stage, rather than on the entire theatre-going experience they're creating for audiences. I really appreciated you allowing for us to check in with the actors after the performance is over. I said it to many that night. These actors are well directed, well taught. They sing well, act well and they deserve the kudos. But so do you as Director and Producer for making the enlightened performance, for directing the team and the simple added bonus of the meet and greet at the end. Bravo! " - Andy J. We hope you've enjoyed reading some of the feedback that we have received about our Sweeney Todd production! Thank's to all who came out to support the arts in York Region, our company, and our talented performers. Follow us on Twitter: @APerformingArts Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/APerformingArtsGroup