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Company at Newmarket Theatre

Company at Newmarket Theatre

Stephen Sondheim's musical, Company, will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from November 19-22. 

On his 35th birthday, Bobby—a commitment-phobic bachelor—searches for the answers to love and life in New York City. While enjoying the company of some lovely ladies, he observes both the joys and pitfalls of marriage from his five quirky couple friends – but is he ready? Only Bobby can find the answer in this witty and piercing examination of matrimony. For how else can you treat marriage, but as a comedy?

Aristocats Kids at Newmarket Theatre

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Aristocats KIDS was performed on Monday January 26th at Newmarket Theatre. Wavestage offers three unique youth programs during the school year, giving children and teens the opportunity to develop their skills and perform in either youth productions and/or full scale adult productions. For more high resolution images from Aristocats Kids, please visit this gallery (simply click on an image and then click the download button to save to computer). To learn more about our triple-threat training programs, please click here.

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Peter Pan Table Read

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This past Sunday the cast of Peter Pan gathered for the first time to perform a table read! Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Tickets are available now for this magical production at www.newtix.ca or 905.953.5122.

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Meet the Cast of Guys & Dolls: Nathan Detroit

Wavestage veteran Joe Adams will be hitting the stage as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls this weekend at the Newmarket Theatre! We had a chance to talk to Joe about his thoughts on the exciting upcoming production! Read on to learn more:


 

What was the most difficult part of preparing for this role? Joe: "I've been working on posturing and trying to perfect the look of Nathan Detroit and that has allowed the rest of the character to develop. Trying to match the dialogue and songs and make it all seem natural has been the goal.  Learning the dialogue and songs can sometimes seem like an uphill battle when you get to see how many of them there are, but once I really get to understand the script and discover the natural flow of the scene, everything just falls into place, and you understand why things are written the way they are.  Sometimes the hardest part is making what you have practiced on your own time work when all the other actors are present. All the different energies can create a very exciting vibe, which can take a bit of extra effort to concentrate.  However, once everything does fall into place, it seems magical.”

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What is your favourite musical number? Joe: “I would have to say my favourite number is "Luck Be A Lady."  I love how the lyrics are very indicative of the time Guys and Dolls is set in and parallels drawn in the song. Also, musically, the song is incredible with a big build-up to a powerful finish, and in my own biased opinion, I am a big fan of the men I get to sing the song with and our own power that we bring to the song.”

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Do you relate to Nathan at all? If so, how? Joe: “I feel in some ways I do relate to Nathan Detroit, like trying to keep my illegal gambling activities two steps ahead of the police and looking so darned good in a double-breasted suit...  But in all seriousness, I do feel that Nathan is a very thoughtful person who will not make a rash decision without first weighing the pros and cons, which is something that I am known to be like as well.”

What previous theatre experiences led you to this production? I first got involved in theatre at 16 and was happy to be in the ensemble of shows like Kismet and Man of La Mancha.  I got my first starring role in Li'l Abner where I played Abner, which was an almost intoxicating experience and made me crave even more roles.  Since then I have tackled shows like The Fantasticks (El Galla), Into the Woods (the Baker), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), You'll Get Used to It - The War Show (Dusty), Parade (Leo Frank) and Annie (Daddy Warbucks).

Tickets for the show are still available at www.newtix.ca or at the box office (905-953-5122).

The Experience: My Daughter's First Season at Wavestage

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Enjoy reading Wavestage Parent Tracy Smith's reflection on her daughter's first season as a Showbiz Academy student and Wavestage performer.

I first found out about Wavestage while at another production at Newmarket Theatre with my daughter Heather. We were looking to change theatre companies for several reasons and immediately contacted Sarah to find out more information about Wavestage. I was really impressed. I scheduled an audition time for Heather the following week. Sarah was very helpful in answering all my questions to help Heather prepare for her audition. When we went for the audition Heather was greeted by Sarah who was very warm and welcoming, immediately putting Heather at ease. Heather completed her audition and spent some time talking to Sarah casually about Wavestage and the productions for their 19th season.

When I picked Heather up she was so excited about the new opportunity. For days she eagerly awaited her contract proposal for her roles. She was thrilled to be cast in 3 productions: Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof and A Little Princess. Sarah felt that with her previous theatre experience she would cast her in 2 lead roles and Heather was so happy to know about her roles so far in advance. We rented the movies for each of the productions and listened to the music on her iPod and in the car. I think my family and I knew the songs by heart too as we sang the songs wherever we drove.

Heather waited eagerly during the summer until her first Showbiz class in September. Before her first class we were provided with the member’s password to the website to keep track of all the rehearsals and important information and we were also included in the Facebook members only group. I found it so helpful to be able to have information available at my fingertips anytime. It really helped for scheduling other events or activities for the rest of our family to know the expectations and schedule, well in advance.

When Heather went to her first class she was so happy with the format and the people and the class itself. She has learned many new theatrical skills, not necessarily specific to any one show, and met some great friends too. Sarah teaches the classes with the help of older experienced Wavestage members. Heather looks forward to each and every class or rehearsal. At rehearsals, the entire cast is together. The rehearsal times seemed long at first glance but each rehearsal is broken down into scenes so that only the actors performing in a scene need to be there for it. Heather really liked this because there wasn’t a lot of standing around. She was always busy at rehearsal, either acting or singing or updating her script with notes for her parts. She has been given so much guidance from the teen or adult cast members. Everyone is so nice.

During the performances held at Newmarket Theatre I was so happy to volunteer as a backstage parent. The experience was much different from my past backstage experience. It was so organized and well run, down to smallest of details. Each cast member has their own individual costume(s), some rented, some borrowed - but no sharing with other casts! Each cast member is responsible to make sure their costume is clean and ready for dress rehearsals and showtimes. Heather was accustomed to sharing her costume with at least 2 or 3 other casts between her shows. I was able to volunteer for all 3 shows that Heather participated in and I looked forward to it each time. It was a great learning experience for both of us. Heather has been cast in 3 productions for Wavestage’s 20th season - Guys and Dolls, Aristocats Jr. and Peter Pan. She can’t wait to get started when classes and rehearsals begin again in September!

- Tracy Smith

Fiddler on the Roof at Newmarket Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof is making its way to Newmarket Theatre this weekend! This production has captured the hearts of people all over the word with its humour, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion. Tickets are still available at www.newtix.ca or at the box office before the show ($25 for adults and $18 for students and seniors). There is free parking at the performance venue.

An unforgettable experience is sure to be had by any audience member experiencing this Wavestage production. L'chaim!

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