SUNDERLAND: “Beauty and the Beast”, … a story of wonder, mystery and true love, entrances all with its tale as old as time.
Wonder has filled the Sunderland Town Hall auditorium this past week, as the Sunderland Lions Community Theatre (SLCT) presents the junior version of this Disney classic. Magnificent sets; special effects and lighting; beautiful music, featuring an in-house band; and dazzling costumes are highlighted by an amazing young cast, with their engaging characters, joyful dancing and soaring voices.
Beauty and the Beast is the second presentation of the SLCT, after last year’s highly successful Annie Jr. The cast features 54 talented young performers from Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge, ages 9 to 18.
Director, Deborah De Jong and her production team, have created a meaningful theatrical experience for these young performers that is a joy for audiences of all ages.
Performances continue on November 24th and 25th, at 7:30 p.m., and November 26th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, at www.sunderlandlionscommunitytheatre.eventbrite.com, or at the Sunderland Town Hall box office, Friday, November 25th, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The theatre skills program at Oshawa Arts Resource Centre offers performance and play writing training to Durham youth.
Theatre 3x60 is pleased to announce the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its Youth Theatre Collective, now running at the Arts Resource Centre in Oshawa. The 3x60 Theatre Collective is a free theatre training experience for Durham youth and young adults, emphasizing performance skills, stagecraft, play writing, and process. With the guidance and mentorship of Theatre 3x60’s qualified theatre professionals and instructors, 3x60 Theatre Collective members experience writing and collaborating, to create their own original work, while developing their performance and production skills. Through hands-on exercises and activities, and production opportunities, Theatre 3x60 Theatre Collective participants discover and explore theatre creation, both on the page and on the stage.
The play writing and creation phase of the 3x60 Theatre Collective is now underway until December, and participants are learning play structure by creating monologues, dialogues and ensemble scripts, led by Theatre 3x60 artistic director, Carey Nicholson, with playwrights Graeme Powell and Rob Corbett.
The performance skills phase of the program takes place from January to early March, and will feature guest instructors Amanda Jane Smith, Alex Courey, Carol Salamone, and Ms. Nicholson. Participants will work with original and scripted material for scene study and character development, in addition to learning skills in voice, movement, and ensemble. A studio performance will take place at the end of the program.
Registrations are still being accepted for the performance skills phase of the 3x60 Theatre Collective, which starts Tuesday, January 10th and runs to Saturday, March 4th, 2017. No previous experience is required. Sessions take place twice weekly, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The 3x60 Theatre Collective is open to all youth and young adults, ages 14 to 21, in Durham region, and there is no fee to participate; however, space is limited to 20 participants. Registration forms are now available online, at www.theatre3x60.ca until December 21st, 2016.
Theatre 3x60 is also proud to partner with the City of Oshawa to bring the 3x60 Theatre Collective to the city’s Arts Resource Centre. In addition to youth involvement in theatre, Theatre 3x60 is committed to artistic excellence, accessibility to theatre, and audience engagement, through touring productions to schools, community workshops, staged readings and full productions.
KAWARTHA LAKES: On Saturday, November 26th, Wards PC Lawyers of Lindsay presents 'Christmas House Tour 2016', in partnership with St. Paul’s Anglican Church and The Victoria County Historical Society. A selection of homes from mid-Victorian to modern day will be awaiting guests, each with something unique to offer, decked out for the holiday season.
The Christmas House Tour is scheduled from 2p.m. until 8p.m., with some exceptions. As a stop along the tour, St. Paul’s Anglican Church will be serving refreshments.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 each, at Hill’s Florist and Greenhouse (Lindsay), Kent Florist (Lindsay), Kate & Co. Home Accents (Lindsay), My Favourite Things (Bobcaygeon), Country Sampler (Oakwood), Luke’s Country Store (Port Perry) and Sweet Bottoms Coffee (Fenelon Falls), as well as at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and The Olde Gaol Museum.
Tickets may be purchased during the tour for $20 each, at any of the stops.
Organizers and volunteers take great pleasure in celebrating their community through its cultural heritage, and hope that this year’s tour will create lasting memories for the year ahead.
Proceeds from the event will go to St. Paul’s Anglican Church and The Victoria County Historical Society.
SCUGOG: The clip clop of horses’ hooves will return to historic downtown Port Perry this December, and thanks to the Port Perry BIA, the rides will be free to all. So get your sweetheart, gather the kiddies, or bring your out of town visitors for a taste of real Port Perry hospitality. Carriage rides are offered on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The activity is just one of many ways that families can mark the holidays. The season kicks off on November 18th, with the BIA’s annual Candlelight Walk. A magical evening awaits all who join the carol singing, along Port Perry’s beautiful Victorian streets. Participants are asked to gather at Palmer Park around 6 p.m. Candles, both traditional and battery-operated, will be for sale. Then, at 6:30 p.m., Stewart Bennett and the Claidhmor band will lead the parade of carolers, as you make your way to the municipal offices for the official tree lighting. The group will then sing and stroll back to Palmer Park, for hot chocolate and cookies. This year’s goodies are provided by Hanks Pastries and Harp & Wylies. Proceeds from all sales, during Candlelight Walk, will go to Operation Scugog.
With trees lit and decorations in place, Port Perry is ready for Santa Claus! Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to meet with the boys and girls of Scugog, at his Queen Street headquarters in front of the Post Office. The jolly old elf will be in town on Thursdays and Fridays from 3p.m.-5p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday festivities in Port Perry continue at the Scugog Memorial Public Library. From December 3rd to January 4th, you won’t want to miss seeing the Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village. It’s a visual treat for all ages.
And of course, there’s the annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. The Scugog Chamber of Commerce and Port Perry Lions Club team up to present this evening spectacle. The parade leaves the fairgrounds at 5 p.m., and makes its way along Simcoe Street to Queen Street. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland”.
For more information about holiday events in Port Perry, visit www.discoverportperry.ca
SCUGOG: Operation Daddy: Here Come the War Brides performs at Town Hall 1873, November 17th to 26th, 2016.
A Swingin’ Musical Tribute to WWII, and the women our guys fell for ‘over there’!
Port Perry, Ontario, October 29th, 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of WWII War Brides in Canada, and SCS Musicals led by playwright/director Liz Auston is in the last throws of rehearsals, preparing to wow the crowds with the revival of OPERATION DADDY: Here Come the War Brides!, a theatrical tribute to WWII and the girls who followed their hearts to Canada!
Just announced is a special Celebration & Performance Evening on November 18th! On that date, show producers are hosting a Celebration Evening, including a 7p.m. pre-show party and official Opening Night performance, at 8p.m. SCS is thrilled that a couple of those War Brides (those Liz had interviewed in creating the show in 2006) &/or a family representative, may be in attendance, taking a bow in recognition of their inspiration of the show.
Sadly, most of the 25 women Auston interviewed in 2006 are now passed away, or are physically unable to travel, but it is hoped that a couple of these women who have been reached, now in their 90s, will feel well enough to attend. The experiences and memories of these women will soon all be lost. SCS is proud to have these ladies participate on November 18th, as part of the Celebration Evening. Municipal and higher government delegates have been invited, along with the press, and we are anticipating Veteran Affairs Canada will attend as well. The goal is a lovely evening that celebrates the show and honours Canada’s War Brides, particularly the ladies whose stories inspired this production.
November 18th also would have been Auston’s War Bride Grandmother’s birthday, and it was her stories of being a War Bride that originally inspired the idea of a tribute musical, even though Sarah had passed away in 1989.
“It’s like she will be there with us,” says Auston, “this would have made her so happy, and that makes it all feel emotionally right, somehow.”
The evening starts at 7p.m., in the Patron Lounge at Town Hall 1873, and includes refreshments, a good old War Time sing-a-long and ‘meet members of the cast’, with lots of mingling and photos. The theme is a British tea, complete with Celebration cake and treats, and the show starts promptly at 8p.m. Anyone who has purchased a ticket to attend the show that night may attend, at no additional charge!
Operation Daddy: Here Come the War Brides! Delivers a musical journey through the Canadian War Bride experience, backed by a musical score of 40’s inspired musical numbers and war anthems of the era! The show is produced by SCS Musicals, performing at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, November 17th-26th, 2106. Written, directed and choreographed by Scugog’s Liz Auston, with music direction by Alissa Smith, also of Scugog.
Cupid's Historic Role: As World War II ended, Canadian troops were sent back home. In 1946, nearly 50,000 women and 24,000 children were transported to Canada on specially re-outfitted luxury ocean liners and war ships, to be reunited with husbands and fathers. The press aptly coined this reuniting effort “Operation Daddy”, and it remains the largest, most unique immigration endeavor ever to be coordinated by the Canadian government.
Performances of Operation Daddy are November 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2016; Thurs. to Sat. each week, at 8p.m., with matinees Nov. 19th and 26th at 2p.m. Tickets are $26 each or $78 for a 4-pack; Preview Night is Nov. 17th, with tickets just $18!
On sale now at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts, 302 Queen St., Port Perry; 905-985-8181, or online at www.townhall1873.ca
UXBRIDGE: The process to plan Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration in Uxbridge is continuing to move forward.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1st, another public meeting was held in Council chambers. Approximately 20 people showed up from organizations such as; the Optimists Club, the Uxbridge Lions club, the Pineridge Chorus, the BIA and the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association, to have their say.
“We want to make this a great celebration, something everyone in Uxbridge knows about,” Ward 3 Councillor, Dave Barton told those in attendance.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger spoke as well about his vision for a Canada Day parade. He said the parade would be run in multiple sections, with each part representing a time period. The first part of the parade would be years 1867 to 1900, and then the parade would run in 20-year increments until it gets to 2017. Councillor Ballinger said the parade will be “the biggest one they've ever seen in Uxbridge.”
“It’s going to take eight service clubs in Uxbridge to run this,” he added.
Some of the talk at the meeting also centred on how to involve the local youth in the celebrations.
Councillor Barton likened the preferred approach to youth involvement, to the way the Sunderland Music Festival is run. “They do youth and get the kids involved in a huge way for that festival,” he told The Standard. “So I was looking to that festival as something to look at as we go forward with this, to get as many kids performing as possible, to get them into the park and then enjoying everything we are planning.”
One of the ideas floated was to possibly have some of the kids walking in the parade, dressing in time period specific attire.
Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach recommended that the local dance clubs and the Air Force Mavericks cheerleading club be approached about possibly performing in the park.
“It would be amazing to have a tent or an area in Elgin Park on Canada Day, where they could be doing demonstrations,” she said.
Local resident Gail Sanderson also recommended youth; such as Josh Morrison, of the Pennies4Homes campaign, Shooting 4 Food organizer Hayden Prince, and Adrian Giacca, be approached about being involved.
Some of the other ideas floated included an outdoor church service, as well as a large slip and slide in Elgin Park.
Councillor Barton also updated those in attendance about the cost of the event. He said normal Canada Day festivities cost about $15,000 to run.
But, with it being the 150th anniversary of the country, the Township has doubled that cost to $30,000. How much the Township will contribute is not yet known, as Councillors will make that decision during the budget process.
“I will be fighting to get funding for this event in budget, and the great thing is, we have three votes on this [Canada Day] committee right now, as Councillor Ballinger, Pam Beach and myself are all on Council.”
Councillor Barton said the Township will not charge admission for the event.
However, they are looking at options, such as taking donations at the gate or having corporate sponsors. The volunteers will now start contacting all service groups in the Township, to encourage their participation in the celebrations.
Councillor Barton said for Canada’s anniversary to be a success, they need more volunteers. He added, they hope to solidify what everyone is going to be doing for next year’s celebration at the next meeting.
That meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, at 7 p.m., in Council chambers.
SCUGOG: Bakersville, the Animated Gingerbread Village, is returning once again to the Scugog Public Memorial Library in Port Perry. Last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of this popular community event, and we are again looking for Gingerbread houses from everyone to make it a success! Anyone can submit an entry and there is no fee and it is a non-judged event. Kits are welcome, but original designs are what make the village truly unique. So start baking!
Bring your creations to the library, Monday, November 28th to Thursday, December 1st inclusive, during operating hours. Each building should have a title, a registration form is available to be filled in, and there is no entry fee.
No idea how to make gingerbread? Stop by the Library for a gingerbread recipe sheet! Then, make sure to come to the library during the holiday season, starting Saturday December 3rd, to see the spectacular animated display! There is no admission fee.
The Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village runs thru to January 4th, during regular library hours.
For more information, please contact the library, at (905) 985-7686 or www.scugoglibrary.ca
UXBRIDGE: Organizers, of the popular and well-loved annual show called “uxperience”, are looking for local non-profit organizations, that would like to be considered for funds raised from the May 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017 performances.
Entitled “The Great Canadian uxperience,” the new show will celebrate our country’s 150th Birthday, in a way that will tug at your heart and tickle your funny bone. Each year, area performers volunteer their time to take part in the show, by singing, dancing, cutting up in skits, playing music or helping backstage. They also choose among the funding applicants, to decide where the money they raise will go. Anyone interested must apply by November 18th, 2016. To be considered, groups must be non profit and create a written proposal, describing the organization and how the funds would be used.
Since uxperience began over 25 years ago, it has donated more than $130,000 to local organizations, including the local hospital, COPE Mental Health Uxbridge, North Durham Hospice, sports facilities, children’s projects, seniors’ programs, the Uxbridge Historical Society, Sunrise Pregnancy & Support Services Uxbridge, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society and the Uxbridge Public Library, to name just a few. Next year’s donation amount will depend on how much the show raises through sponsors, ticket sales and a raffle.
The 2017 show is being directed by husband/wife team Darrel Sultana and Melinda Delorme. Organizers include; producers Stacey Callaghan and Rita Irwin, Musical Director Cyndie Jacobs, Skit Directors Rick Callaghan and Rich Helms, Dance Director Wendy Dunn and Blacklight Director Tanner Ferris. Anyone who has attended uxperience in the past, will understand how much hard work and passion goes into this production, and it’s all to help our tight-knit community.
To have your organization considered to be a recipient of funds the show raises, email your written application to email@example.com.
Remember, the deadline is Friday, November 18th. For more information on uxperience and what’s in store for 2017, visit uxperience.ca.