Porridge, the school play Reply

Review by Stéphane Potvin

Recently, the George R. Allan school students and staff presented a production of Porridge, a humorous musical play counting in its midst, characters like the Three Bears, Goldie Lox (Goldilocks), Mother Hubbard, Jack Spratt, Simple Simon, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Peter Piper, and many more.
The play is described as follows: When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there’s a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who’s stolen Ma Hubbard’s recipe book? Who’s kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire?porridge_finale

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“Back to the 80’s”… a captivating trip Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
When handing us our tickets from Theatre Ancaster’s box office; the lady behind the glass stated “You’ll really enjoy tonight; it’s good enough for any downtown stage!” After sitting through 2 ½ hours of intense vocal and terpsichorean talent; creative direction, and an impacting visual presentation, her observations were certainly not hyperbolic. “Back to the 80’s” is a delightful trip; &  a reminiscent voyage…not a ‘trip’ in the colloquial of the era!

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

Colin; Tracy & the Youth Chorus

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JESUS CHRIST Superstar; critic’s 4th viewing 1

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    The Webber/Rice Gospel rock musical retelling the last week of Jesus’ life may be four decades old, but it still gleans mixed reviews. Audiences love it; critics range from cold to lukewarm to destructive (i.e. New Yorker Magazine ‘12). This scribe must admit to an ambiguous opinion after three previous takes about ‘Yeshua the Nazarene’. Some were good, others – feh, but City Centre Musical Productions’ take is a serious TOP TEN contender.

Jerusalem; circa 32 a.d. CCMP's Jesus Christ Superstar cast members

Jerusalem; circa 32 a.d.
CCMP’s Jesus Christ Superstar cast members

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“THE SECRET GARDEN”, enigma exposed! Reply

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny
                    Burnett’s 1911 children’s story is actually a subtle advocate for the principles of M.B. Eddy’s ‘Christian Science’ philosophy. Eddy respected the Bible but also believed that disease was strictly spiritual thus should be healed by prayer, not medicine. Plot-wise; Mary’s attitudinal change; Colin’s recovery; Dickon’s affinity for nature and Martha’s empathy are all manifestations of the C.S. dogma. Nevertheless, the storyline; especially presented musically; is still an optimistic charmer…for all ages. Meadowvale Music Theatre captures all the enchantment.

The inhabitants, real & spiritual of SECRET GARDEN's Yorkshire mansion

The inhabitants, real & spiritual of SECRET GARDEN’s Yorkshire mansion

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“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, another Sheridan hit Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                    History: – First, a comedic play titled ‘Bedtime Story”; thence a name change and a film with Niven & Brando. Next iteration was an updated flick with Caine & Martin. Subsequently a ’05 musical play starring Lithgow and Betz. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, the quintessential ‘sting’ confidence operation by Launer; Shapiro, and Henning (Beverley Hillbillies & Petticoat Junction) can still amuse, fascinate and entertain in spite of its familiarity and Pygmalion plot-basis.

Trottier, MacCormac and Truong; in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Trottier, MacCormac and Truong; in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

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“SIDE SHOW”, a musical about a natal rarity Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG
                    “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry; step right up folks and see some human wonders of the World…!. This emblematic cry of the carnival barkers hopefully would draw patrons to see freaks of nature.  During the early part of 20th century; the Hilton sisters – Daisy & Violet; conjoined at the hip were features all over Europe as the ‘Singing Siamese Twins’. A few years ago, composer Henry Krieger collaborated with Bill Russell to create a musical retelling of their lives. Result- SIDE SHOW, the musical.

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

Daisy & Violet; Terry and Buddy

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