Category Archives: Upcoming Productions

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.

April 28 – a one night encore performance of Toronto Mississippi in Uxbridge

Theatre 3×60’s Community Tour 2017

Toronto Mississippi by Joan MacLeod
Comes to Blue Heron Books for a one night only, encore performance!

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7 pm

Each year, Theatre 3×60 tours a socially relevant Canadian play to schools and community venues across Durham Region as part of its mandate to increase accessibility to live theatre. Audiences will remember last year’s gripping production of The Shape of a Girl, by Joan MacLeod. This season, the company has brought Toronto Mississippi, also by Joan MacLeod, to Durham audiences, and now, Toronto Mississippi comes to Uxbridge for an intimate staged reading performance of this classic Canadian work at Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock St. W.

Toronto Mississippi is a humorous, heart wrenching and heart warming play which examines the power of hope and despair when people focus on what they have lost in life, versus what they have not yet discovered. The play explores focuses on Jhana, a developmentally challenged young adult, who, despite limitations, constantly seeks to reach out and grasp all she can from life. She is spontaneous, creative and curious. What limits her most are the adults in her life, who, despite their intact abilities, are crippled by loss and fear. Ironically, it is Jhana who carries a message of hope and has the ability to make her family whole.

Theatre 3×60’s Special Education and Community Projects Director, Joan Etienne directs a powerful cast which features Durham based actors Carolyn Goff, Graeme Powell, Michael Serres and Nicole Vezeau.

This once only, exclusive staged reading performance is PWYC at the door (pay what you can, suggested donation of $15) with all proceeds benefiting the community tour program. If you want to guarantee yourself a seat up front, limited preferred general seating can be purchased in advance for $15/ticket.

Details and tickets available at www.theatre3x60.ca.

Remembering Vimy 100 Years Later

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

Sunday, April 9, 2:30 pm
Scugog Memorial Public Library
231 Water St. Port Perry

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and in tribute to the many Canadians who served in World War 1, artists and guests of Theatre 3×60 present a special afternoon of readings, songs and reflections taking place exactly 100 years, to the day, after the first soldiers went over the top in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Join actors Tyler Cox, Reid Eastwood, Wade Minacs, Graeme Powell, Michael Serres, Annette Stokes, Andy Williamson and Theatre 3×60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson as they present 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.

Vimy and the Great War 100 years later is being presented, one time only, at the Scugog Memorial Public Library on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:45. Admission is PWYC (pay what you can – suggested donation $15), with limited reserved general seating available in advance for $15. Full event details and advance tickets visit www.theatre3x60.ca.

 

Theatre 3×60 brings Toronto Mississippi to Durham in March and April

Theatre 3×60’s School and Community Tour
Spring 2017

Toronto Mississippi by Joan MacLeod
PWYC Public Performances coming to Pickering, Scugog and Oshawa

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7 pmtoronto-mississippi-thumbnail
Act One School of Drama
1775 Plummer St., Pickering

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7pm
Scugog Memorial Public Library
132 Water St., Port Perry

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7pm
McLaughlin Auditorium, Oshawa Public Library
65 Bagot St., Oshawa

Each year, Theatre 3×60 tours a socially relevant Canadian play to schools and community venues across Durham Region as part of its mandate to increase accessibility to live theatre. This past year, the company presented a powerful production of The Shape of a Girl, by Joan MacLeod. In 2017, the company brings Toronto Mississippi, also by Joan MacLeod, to Durham audiences.

This year, Durham audiences will have the opportunity to see this enduring Canadian play in 3 locations throughout the region. For the first time, Theatre 3×60 takes their production to Pickering with the tour’s opening performance at the Act One School of Drama on March 24th. Then the company returns to Port Perry and Oshawa at the Scugog Memorial Public Library (March 30th) and the McLaughlin Auditorium at the Oshawa Public Library (April 6th).

Toronto Mississippi is a heart wrenching and heart warming play which examines the power of hope and despair when people focus on what they have lost in life, versus what they have not yet discovered. The play explores focuses on Jhana, a developmentally challenged young adult, who, despite limitations, constantly seeks to reach out and grasp all she can from life. She is spontaneous, creative and curious. What limits her most are the adults in her life, who, despite their intact abilities, are crippled by loss and fear. Ironically, it is Jhana who carries a message of hope and has the ability to make her family whole.

Theatre 3×60’s Special Education and Community Projects Director, Joan Etienne directs a powerful cast which features Durham based actors Carolyn Goff, Graeme Powell, Michael Serres and Nicole Vezeau.

All public performances are PWYC at the door (pay what you can, suggested donation of $20). If you want to guarantee yourself a seat up front, limited preferred general seating can be purchased in advance for $20/ticket.

Details and tickets available at https://theatre3x60.ca/upcoming/.

For information on booking a school performance, please contact the company at info@theatre3x60.ca.

Port Perry Summer Theatre 2017

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And the musical is….

It may be just the beginning of winter, but we are already working on our 2017 Port Perry Summer Theatre season. We are thrilled to announce that our major musical production for next year will be The Mystery of Edwin Drood, under the direction of Theatre 3×60 Artistic Director, Carey Nicholson, with musical direction by Carol Salamone, founder of Cadenza Productions and special guest choreographer, Baiba Senecal.

Guests at the recent Scugog Mayor’s Gala for the Arts in Port Perry had a sneak peek of what’s in store, when Cadenza Productions presented an excerpt from this 1986 Tony award winning, Broadway success by Rupert Holmes, and based on the response at the Gala, we are sure our summer audiences are going to love this flamboyant rendition of the famous unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.

How can there be a musical based on an unfinished manuscript, you ask? Who knows how it should end? This musical is unique because, in addition to a great score with great characters, the audience picks the ending! No two performances are identical, and each night, audiences will have the fun of detecting who done it, along doing a little matchmaking on the side!

The show is a giddy play-within-a-play performed by a loony troupe of musical hall performers and finishes with one of the most talked-about, most unusual and hilarious finales in theatre history, making The Mystery of Edwin Drood the perfect summer entertainment for Port Perry Summer Theatre 2017.

Watch our website for dates and ticket information and packages, coming in the new year!

Want to be a part of Drood? Auditions take place in February, 2017. Full audition details at https://theatre3x60.ca/auditions/