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Theatre on the Ridge Brings Another Season of Captivating Summer Theatre to Port Perry

Summer is just around the corner and Theatre on the Ridge has another season of captivating live theatre for all ages at Festival 2018 – from 20th century classics, family favorites, Canadian comedy and drama.

Festival 2018 takes place through July and August in Port Perry with 5 productions, an original Lake Scugog themed childrens’ play, a company cabaret and 2 new stories for Pine Grove Plots, the popular theatrical cemetery walk, which debuted in 2017. Festival 2018 has something to keep visitors, and residents in town all summer long!

Theatre 3×60 recently changed its name to Theatre on the Ridge, but continues to be Durham’s entertaining and innovative professional theatre company captivating lives on and offstage. Each summer Theatre on the Ridge presents professional theatre and musical productions of new, Canadian and international works that entertain and engage audiences, pairing a quality big city theatre experience with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality.

Returning to Theatre on the Ridge this summer are several cast members from past seasons, including Michael Williamson and Lexi McRae (Salt-Water Moon), Duncan Gibson-Lockhart (Mary’s Wedding) and Liam Lynch (Godspell). The company also welcomes several new company members, well known local actors and, for the first time, youth apprentices to the summer roster.

The Festival 2018 line up includes The Melville Boys by Norm Foster; Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – sponsored by Vos’ Indpendent Grocer; The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams; Armstrong’s War by Colleen Murphy; The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, Daniella Vlaskalic; Speakeasy Sunday, a cabaret evening featuring the artists of the company and Monsters & Milfoil, original theatre for young audiences made possible with the support of the Scugog Council for the Arts and the Scugog Lake Stewards.

Joining artistic director, Carey Nicholson, director of The Melville Boys, Peter Pan and The Drowning Girls, are Annette Stokes and Michael Serres as co-directors of The Glass Menagerie and Pine Grove Plots, and Duncan Gibson-Lockhart as co-director of Armstrong’s War. Monsters and Milfoil: A Tale of Lake Scugog will be created and directed by members of the company.

All productions are held at Town Hall 1873, 302 Queen St. Port Perry with the exception of Monsters and Milfoil: A Tale of Lake Scugog, which will be presented at the Scugog Memorial Public Library on Tuesday afternoons, and Pine Grove Plots, which will take place both in Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert (Sunday afternoons) and downtown Port Perry (Wednesday evenings)

Full show, cast and ticket information can be found at www.theatreontheridge.ca. Tickets are on sale now at www.townhall1873.ca.

Join us on the ridge this summer for Festival 2018!

Our summer theatre festival, held annually in Port Perry, presents professional theatre and musical productions of new, Canadian and international works that entertain and engage audiences, pairing a quality big city theatre experience with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality.

Five mainstage productions, one original childrens’ play, and the return of our popular site-specific theatrical cemetery walk are featured at Durham’s only professional summer theatre festival. Productions take place July and August at Town Hall 1873 – Centre For The Performing Arts and other local venues in picturesque downtown Port Perry, close to the waterfront, restaurants, shopping and accommodations.

The Melville Boys, by Norm Foster
Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
Armstrong’s War, by Colleen Murphy
The Drowning Girls, by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, Daniella Vlaskalic
Monsters & Milfoil, by the artists of Theatre On The Ridge
Pine Grove Plots: History To Die For, by Graeme Powell with Paul Arculus

It’s a season filled with something for all ages – from comedy to drama, from heartwarming family stories to fantastic adventures, monsters and residents past!

Tickets go on sale April 1 at Town Hall 1873, with ticket prices and packages available for seniors, students, families and groups. Visit us at  https://theatre3x60.ca/festival-2018/ to learn more!

 

Auditions – Port Perry Summer Theatre 2018

We are now auditioning youth/young adults and adults for our 2 major productions for the 2018 Port Perry Summer Theatre season – Monty Python’s Spamalot and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

Audition Dates
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Sunday, February 25, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Callbacks: TBA
The Anglican Church of the Ascension
266 North St., Port Perry L9L 1B0

Monty Python’s Spamalot by Eric Idle and John Du Prez
Performances:
July 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 @ 7:30 pm, July 8 @ 2 pm
Town Hall 1873

A co-production with Cadenza Productions.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features some of your favorite Monty Python moments, a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and more! The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Performances:
July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 @ 7:30 pm, July 11, 14, 15, 18, 28 @ 2 pm
Town Hall 1873

J.M Barrie’s classic tale is presented in an imaginative staging that will draw audiences of all ages to Neverland to join in the exploits of Peter Pan, the boy who won’t grow up, the Darling children and the Lost Boys as they outwit Pan’s arch nemesis Captain Hook and his pirates!

Full audition details and requirements at https://theatre3x60.ca/auditions/

Share the Spirit of the Season!

Theatre 3×60 presents
A Holiday Reading
Sunday, December 17, 2:30 pm
Scugog Memorial Public Library

 There will be cider and cookies, stockings and gifts, and lots of good cheer at the Scugog Memorial Public Library on Sunday, December 17, 2:30 pm when Theatre 3×60 shares the spirit of the season with a uniquely Canadian staged reading that will soften the hardest heart.

Theatre 3×60 company members and guests Peyton Deguilio, Lindsay Faulkner, Carolyn Goff, Kelly Hoare, Tom Lynch and Michael Serres will be presenting one performance only in the Rotary Community Room, right next door to the popular annual animated Gingerbread Village display in the Kent Farndale Gallery and just down the hall from the library’s popular Snowflake Sale. What better way to get in the holiday spirit!

Tickets are PWYC (suggested donation of $12/adult, $5/youth) at the door. Doors open at 1:45 pm. Advance reserved seats available for $15 at www.theatre3x60.ca. Suitable for children 10 and over.

 

 

Theatre 3×60 remembers with Vimy and the Great War: 100 Years Later

Vimy and the Great War: 100 Years Later
Readings and Reflections on World War 1

Sunday, November 12, 2:30 pm
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St. Port Perry

Theatre 3×60 is presenting an encore performance of their tribute to the many Canadians who served in World War 1. On Sunday, November 12, in the Rotary Room of the Scugog Memorial Public Library, artists and guests of Theatre 3×60 present a special afternoon of readings, songs and reflections taking place 100 years after the first soldiers went over the top in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Theatre 3×60 summer company members Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, and Michael Williamsonjoin original cast members Annette Stokes-Harris, Michael Serres, Tyler Cox, and Andy Williamson onstage for readings that encompass life at the front and at home, from the early days of enthusiastic recruits to the heartbreaking aftermath of battles conducted on a scale never seen before. Also appearing with the company is Port Perry native, Kelly Hoare to read from the works of his great grandfather, Pte. Frank Walker. Pte. Walker was a poet and stretcher-bearer throughout the Great War, including the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

This special encore presentation of Vimy and the Great War takes place, one performance only, at the Scugog Memorial Public Library on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:45. Admission is PWYC at the door, with a suggested donation of $10/person and limited reserved general seating available in advance for $15.

Purchase your advance tickets available here.

 

Port Perry Summer Theatre wraps up with Canadian Staged Readings

at the Church of the Ascension, Port Perry

Tuesday, August 1, 7pm
King Of The Crease, The History of Us
2 one act plays by Kevin Craig

Thursday, August 3, 7 pm
Stronger, Freer
A f
ull length play by Patrick & Marianne Lannigan

The Port Perry Summer Theatre season wraps up with two evenings of new Canadian plays directed and presented by members of Theatre 3×60’s summer company.

Three new works will be presented in an informal staged reading format, where the audience plays a vital role in supporting the continued development of the scripts. Playwrights create in isolation, hearing their text and dialogue only in their heads. Hearing their words aloud can be an invaluable experience and staged readings provide an opportunity for the playwright’s creation to come to life; transmitted by actors and received by an audience.

The first program on August 1, features two one-act plays by Kevin Craig, King of the Crease in which Frank Eno is a once great goaltender with a rocky relationship with his son, his wife is worried about the pain medication he takes to keep his career wounds in check, and his daughter’s boyfriend is mesmerized by the treasure trove of hockey memorabilia and merchandise in Frank’s basement.

In the second play, The History of Us, Charlie’s not quite the man he used to be. He’s an ongoing concern, taken to obsessing about the night sky. David and Ben want to care for him, but his other son has different plans.

Kevin Craig is the author of young adult novels and adult-themed novels featuring young narrators. His published novels include; Summer on Fire, Sebastian’s Poet, The Reasons, Burn Baby Burn Baby, and, Half Dead & Fully Broken. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Kevin is also a playwright. He has had ten 10-minute plays produced, both locally and internationally. His poetry, short fiction, memoir, and, articles have been published and internationally. Kevin is a member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. He was also a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Writers’ Conference.

On August 3, Patrick and Marianne Lannigan’s Stronger, Freer celebrate the sesquicentennial through the challenges and accomplishments of one Canadian family as it grows and changes with the times from Confederation in 1867 to present day 2017.

Patrick & Marianne Lannigan are a husband and wife team, who worked together in the same department of the same banking software company and then theatre happened. As members of the Stouffville Theatre Company board of directors, they looked for a play to perform for the public and schools for the Canadian sesquicentennial celebration, but came up empty-handed and so they created Stronger, Freer as a celebration of Canada.

3xCanadians is being presented at the Church of the Ascension, 266 North St. in Port Perry at 7 pm on August 1 and 3. Tickets are $10/evening and are available at the door, or in advance online at www.theatre3x60.ca.

Full details on 3xCanadians staged readings and Port Perry Summer Theatre can be found at either www.theatre3x60.ca or www.portperrysummertheatre.ca

 

 

 

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.