Young professionals take to the stage in Port Perry this July and August!

Live, learn and love theatre this summer…  

Meet our Summer Company!

Theatre 3×60’s summer company members – Alexis MacRae, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Michael Williamson, Manon Ens-Lapointe, Caroline Watling

It’s “Summerstock 101” for Theatre 3×60 this July with the hiring of 5 professional theatre students through the support of the Canada Summer Jobs student employment program. Four talented students from the George Brown College Theatre School will be seen on stage in two of this summer’s Port Perry Summer Theatre productions – Salt-Water Moon (opening July 8) and Mary’s Wedding (opening July 18). They will also be appearing in the site specific Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For cemetery walks. A fifth student, currently a theatre major at the University of Toronto, is the company’s summer production/stage manager overseeing all the productions.

For aspiring actors Manon Ens-Lapointe, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Lexi MacRae and Michael Williamson, performing on stage is the perfect summer job. “I’ve had lots of summer jobs, but this is the first year I have been able to work at something that I have been training to do”, says Duncan, and Lexi agrees “This is a perfect opportunity to put what I’ve been studying to use and to build my resume.” Production/stage manager Caroline Watling, a native of Oshawa, sees this summer job as an opportunity to build on her theatre experience and productions skills towards a possible career in arts management. “This is a lot more real than what we do in school. It’s a real taste of the industry.”

The company has been in rehearsal since mid June at Town Hall 1873 and the actors are getting the full summer theatre experience by billeting locally with Theatre 3×60 board members and staff. Theatre 3×60 vice president, Marion Meyers was eager to offer her home, saying “When I heard we had young actors coming to Port Perry to act in our summer theatre season, I immediately volunteered to house them. I knew that they would bring an enthusiasm and skill to our local theatre scene, and this was an additional way for me to support the arts in our town. … young people trying to make it in any arts field need lots of support in many ways.”

Theatre 3×60 president, Ruth Spearing sees hiring student actors as an ideal way of meeting the company’s mandate – “As a theatre company committed to enriching lives on and offstage, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity that Canada Summer Jobs provides for these talented and hard-working young people. It feels good to know that we are playing a part in the training and growth of future theatre artists and to be able to pay artists for their skills here in the community.”

Audiences can see Lexi and Michael onstage at Town Hall 1873 in July 8 – 22 in David French’s Salt-Water Moon. Manon and Duncan appear in Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding from July 18 – 29 and all four will perform through July and early August in Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For. Full production dates, details and cast biographies can be found at www.portperrysummertheatre.ca.

Tickets for Salt-Water Moon and Mary’s Wedding are on sale at the Town Hall 1873 box office at 302 Queen St. Port Perry, by phone 905 985-8181 or online at www.townhall1873.ca. Student/Senior, group and EyeGo prices available. Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested) at the gate only.

To learn more about Theatre 3×60, visit www.theatre3x60.ca

Step Back into History with Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For

July 9, 19, 23, August 2, 6 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert

On alternating Wednesdays and Sundays this July, local heritage is brought to life in Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For, a site specific theatrical cemetery walk with local historian Paul Arculus, through Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Lake Scugog Historical Society, Theatre 3×60 has created 2 programs of original vignettes based on the lives, loves and fortunes of the inhabitants of Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery: Ghosts and Ghastly Deaths, and Fame, Fortune and Femmes Fatales.

Performances are the final phase of a project that started with playbuilding workshops led by Carey Nicholson to create scripts based on actual historical events as recorded by Paul Arculus in his book Pine Grove Cemetery. Local playwright Graeme Powell then completed and polished the final scripts. The workshops, and subsequent rehearsals, were open to all members of the community, and now, a cast of newcomers to the stage, local performers and members of Theatre 3×60’s summer company are ready to take their audiences back in history, under the directorship of Michael Serres and Annette Stokes. Famous, and infamous, characters such as the McCaw sisters, Reuben Crandell, Milton McDermott, Elizabeth Christie, Mina and Mary Eddy, and the Markham Gang will be portrayed by Beverly Brown, Laura Cutting, Evan Descary, Manon Ens-Lapointe, Trish Harris, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Alexis MacCrae, Colin Murphy, Laurel Vine-Hansen, Bill Watling, Michael Williamson and Andy Williamson.

Performances run alternate Sunday afternoons at 1 pm and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm through July and August, with performances of Ghosts and Ghastly Deaths on July 23 and August 2 and Fame, Fortune and Femmes Fatales on July 9, 19, and August 6.

Admission to Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested) at the gate on day of performance only. For more details visit http://www.theatre3x60.ca, or contact project coordinator, Amy Barron (416) 627-3327, or at info@theatre3x60.ca.

Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is part of Theatre 3×60’s Port Perry Summer Theatre programming. Learn more at wwwportperrysummertheatre.ca

Port Perry Summer Theatre 2017 – a diverse line up and fresh new faces!

Theatre 3×60 brings a diverse line up and fresh new faces to Port Perry Summer Theatre this July and August! From contemporary musical cabaret, established and emerging Canadian playwrights, to site specific performances in the local cemetery, Theatre 3×60 has something for everyone this summer with Port Perry Summer Theatre.

The season opens at Town Hall 1873 on July 6 with Songs from the Shower, a musical cabaret co-produced with Cadenza Productions, featuring popular favorites and songs from the 21st century musical theatre repertoire. Canadian content is covered with our two non-musical productions, David French’s classic Salt-Water Moon (opens July 8th) and Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding (opens July 18th). Both stories tell of young love in early 20th century Canada with charm, tenderness and humour. On alternating Wednesdays and Sundays, local heritage is brought to life in Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For, a site specific theatrical cemetery walk with local historian Paul Arculus through Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery. In early August, new plays are discovered during our 3xCanadian Staged Reading series featuring new work by local playwrights.

Not only is the line up diverse, but for the first time, the season schedule offers productions running concurrently through the month of July, making it even easier to include live theatre in your plans this summer. Only in town for one week? That’s not a problem! On any given week, there is the possibility of taking in up to 3 different Port Perry Summer Theatre events. Away on weekends? We have mid-week performances running through July and early August.

Want to make the most of your Saturday in Port Perry and save on tickets? On July 8th, 15th, and 22nd, catch one show in the afternoon and another in the evening and save $5/ticket/show. There’s a great selection of shops and restaurants in downtown Port Perry to fill the time between shows!

Audiences will recognize many of the performers appearing onstage this summer. Cast members are a mix of familiar and fresh faces, with artistic direction provided by Carey Nicholson, Carol Salamone and Michael Serres. Audience favorites from Durham include Todd Appleton, Lyle Corrigan, Donna Lajeunesse, Catherine Marzola, Andrew Smith and Michael Williamson. Joining us for the first time are Beverly Brown, Manon Ens-Lapointe, Trish Harris, Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, and Alexis MacCrae, with newcomers Evan Descary and Laura Cutting.

Tickets are on sale now at Town Hall 1873 for Songs From The Shower, Salt-Water Moon and Mary’s Wedding. Purchase in person, 302 Queen St., Port Perry, by phone at 905 985-8181 or online at http://www.townhall1873.ca.

Admission to Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation ($10 suggested) at the gate on day of performance only.

Tickets for 3xCanadians Staged Readings are available at www.theatre3x60.ca.

Please visit www.theatre3x60.ca and www.portperrysummertheatre.ca for full details and dates on all productions.

Theatre 3×60 acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Summer Jobs and the Lake Scugog Historical Society for making the 2017 season of Port Perry Summer Theatre possible.

Theatre 3×60 and Cadenza Production together for Songs from the Shower this July

Songs from the Shower showcases some of the best in recent musical theatre at Town Hall 1873!

This summer Theatre 3×60 and Cadenza Productions are bringing another dynamic musical cabaret to the stage as the first production of this year’s Port Perry Summer Theatre season. Following in the footsteps of previous Cadenza Productions cabarets, this year’s offering, Songs from the Shower, features a varied repertoire of contemporary musical theatre numbers, from solo to ensemble, poignant to hilarious. Six stellar performers share their vocal guilty pleasures in a musical cabaret of contemporary show tunes that reflect the challenges of 21st century life and its day to day, and big picture, moments of introspection, action, decision and indecision.

Onstage, to deliver their songs with humour and passion, are local and Durham favorites Todd Appleton, Lyle Corrigan, Donna Lajeunesse and Catherine Marzola, joined by Trish Harris and Andrew Smith from Toronto.

Cadenza Productions founder, Carol Salamone, and Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson have collaborated with the cast in song selection and staging to bring some of recent musical theatre’s best gems to the Town Hall stage in a unique and entertaining song cycle. Please note that there is mature language, content and situations in Songs from the Shower.

Songs from the Shower runs July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 (8 pm) and July 16 (2 pm), at Town Hall 1873, 302 Queen St., Port Perry. Ticket information and sales at www.townhall1873.ca, or 905 985-8181. Full production details and cast information can be found at www.portperrysummertheatre.ca.

Pine Grove Plots Phase 2 – Help us bring Scugog’s heritage to life!

We’ve got the stories, now it’s time to bring these tales from Scugog’s past into the present!

The first phase of Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is now complete. Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is an original site specific, theatrical cemetery walk, taking place this summer in Prince Albert (Port Perry). Theatre 3×60 is working with the Lake Scugog Historical Society and the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create these theatrical vignettes through writing workshops, rehearsals and performances.

With the help of our community contributors and aspiring wordsmiths, we’ve workshopped 6  stories from local historian Paul Arculus’ book Pine Grove Cemetery. And there are some great stories of love, mishap, mystery and wrongdoing to tell! Playwright Graeme Powell is busy tweaking the scripts in preparation for phase two – final readings and rehearsals.

We’re now looking for actors to work with director Michael Serres to bring these stories to life and to perform on site at Pine Grove Cemetery this summer!

If you are interested in acting and history, this may be the perfect opportunity to build your acting skills and knowledge of Scugog heritage. We are looking for young adults and adults (ages 16 and up) for a variety of roles. Previous acting experience is helpful, but not required and level of involvement may be subject to the final number of, and specific roles available.

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through June in Port Perry. Not all performers will be needed at all rehearsals.

Performances will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert alternate Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings on July 9, 19, 23, August 2, 6.

Contact us at info@theatre3x60.ca to learn more or contact project coordinator Amy Barron at (416) 627-3327.

Pine Grove Plots has been made possible in partnership with the Lake Scugog Historical Society and with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Scugog Council for the Arts and Arts at the Ascension.

Summer Stages – A summer program for every stage of your theatre growth!

SUMMER STAGES THEATRE CAMPS
JULY 10 – 28, 2017
TOWN HALL 1873, PORT PERRY

Summer Stages is Theatre 3×60’s unique summer educational theatre program, held in July at Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry.

This year we are offering single week programs in performance, production skills and playwriting, and a two week pre-professional performance intensive program specifically for youth 15 to 18 interested in continuing their performance studies at the post secondary level and contemplating a career in theatre. Both the production skills and playwriting programs are also open to adults.

All programs focus on process and personal growth in a supportive collaborative environment and participants work with trained professional artists from Theatre 3×60’s educational team and summer company, to have fun while they learn theoretical and hands on theatre skills. All participants have the opportunity to present/display their achievements in a public forum at the end of each session. No previous training onstage or behind the scenes is required for any program, with the exception of the pre-professional performance intensive, which is by application only (deadline June 30th).

Registration is now open for all Summer Stages programs. Spaces are limited. Any registration paid for in full before June 15st, will receive an additional savings off the regular program fee. For full details on Summer Stages, visit https://theatre3x60.ca/summer-stages-youth-camps/ or contact Theatre 3×60 at 905 431-0977.

 

Port Perry Summer Theatre 2017 – productions new, old and made in Canada!

Theatre 3×60 presents Port Perry Summer Theatre 2017

Productions new, old and made in Canada onstage through July and August!

Summer is just around the corner and Theatre 3×60 brings Port Perry Summer Theatre back with another season of music, song, comedy and drama. This season explores looking back and moving forward, from stories of local residents long gone, to young Canadians in love at the beginning of the 20th century, and to men and women managing the complexity of life and relationships in the 21st century.

At Town Hall 1873, the season starts with Songs from the Shower, a musical cabaret co-production with Cadenza Productions. Songs from the Shower features six stellar performers who share their vocal guilty pleasures in a musical cabaret of contemporary show tunes that reflect moments of introspection, action, decision and indecision with passion and humour. Music direction by Cadenza Productions founder, Carol Salamone, direction by Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson. Songs from the Shower runs July 6 – 16.

Also at Town Hall 1873, time turns back with two Canadian plays, both set in early 20th century Canada from the east coast of Newfoundland to the western prairies. In David French’s contemporary classic Salt-Water Moon, eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer returns from Toronto to his tiny hometown, Coley’s Point in 1926, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, and in Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding, Mary and Charlie discover a charming first love, filled with innocence and humour, but the year is 1914 and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Direction by Carey Nicholson. Salt-Water Moon runs July 8 – 22. Mary’s Wedding runs July 22 – 29.

Step outside the theatre and take a walk through history with Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For on alternate Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Starting July 9, Theatre 3×60 and the Lake Scugog Historical Society, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will bring local heritage to life with a theatrical cemetery walk through Prince Albert’s Pine Grove Cemetery.

In early August, Theatre 3×60 presents 3xCanadians, a staged reading series featuring 2 new plays by Durham playwright Kevin Thomas Craig and the Durham premiere of Stronger Freer by Marianne and Patrick Lannigan.

The season wraps up back at Town Hall 1873, with the return of last summer’s hit one act play festival, Durham Minifest. Over two days, up to six theatre groups will perform Peter Paylor’s comedy “The Rosewood Arts Society, established 1903”, a delightful look at the inner workings of small town committees. See two, four or all six performances and enjoy the entertaining and educational workshops that follow each presentation. Lindsay Price, of Theatrefolk returns as the festival workshop leader. Durham Minifest runs Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12.

Tickets are on sale now for all productions at Town Hall 1873. There are special rates for students, seniors and groups. Theatre 3×60 also supports Eyego to the Arts, which provides special ticket prices for high school students. Production details can be found at http://www.portperrysummertheatre with ticket sales available in person at Town Hall 1873, 302 Queen St. Port Perry, by phone at 905-985-8181 or online at www.townhall1873.ca.

Tickets for 3xCanadians available at www.theatre3x60.ca and Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For is by donation (suggested $10) at the gate on the day of performance.

Theatre 3×60 is a not for profit professional theatre company enriching lives through theatre. For more information, visit http://www.theatre3x60.ca.