Review by Taylor Korolenchuk
A funny thing happened on the way to school, one day. I hopped on the bus; said hello to the bus driver, and plopped my rear-end on one of the front seats. Between then and the time I arrived at school, I was offered the chance to dip my toes into something new: performing arts reviews. A month later I walked into the foyer of the West Wing of Ancaster High School holding a pen and paper, but not on the way to my usual English class.
The folks of Rome, circa 175BC; according to the Theatre Ancaster players
Review by Tina Gaisin
Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions is presenting” BYE BYE, BIRDIE”, the 1960 musical-take on Presley & the Viet-Nam Draft. Last night was the opening… as with all of the Steppin’ Out’s efforts, this reviewer was excited to see how and what would be their take on this production!
We were in for a treat, the audience was toe tapping and singing along! The play and hero’s original name was Conway Twitty without the creators realizing there is a singer with that name.
Conrad Birdie ‘wow-ing his teenaged fans
by Danny Gaisin
That Jews contributed to the classical music genre –well recognized. Think Mendelssohn, Schoenberg, Meyerbeer, Bloch, Offenbach and Mahler. If we add in the converts, the Jewish contribution to Jazz is substantial. George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Bob Marley,
Sammy Davis Jr., Percy Faith, Herb Alpert and Paul Shaffer immediately come to mind along with Neil Diamond and Paul Simon. But, some in-depth historical investigation by Cantor Eyal Bitton demonstrated that even the ‘rock’ category has benefitted from the poetry and heritage of the Hebraic experience.
Bitton and his projector screen
By Judith Robinson
Blair The guy to talk about in the Shaw Festival’s production of Guys and Dolls is Kyle Blair. Fresh from playing the leading lady, Sarah Brown, at the Mady Theatre in Barrie last fall; this young actor knows the production well—you could say inside out. Now he gets a chance to play the leading man—gambler Sky Masterson who lights up a production that could hardly be called dull.
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Review by Danny Gaisin
Its 1950’s plot may be dated (sleepwear manufactured in America…not China); the salary raise demanded – more Bangladesh than Buffalo; and a timekeeper whose exhortations hark back to Simon Legree. But the music; lyrics and staging of Shooting Star’s presentation of Adler & Ross’s “The PAJAMA GAME” is a sure fire evening of melodic delight. Great cast, sexy costumes; fast pace and class ‘A’ choreography make this revival a ‘don’t miss’ offering.
the ‘jammies’ staff of “Sleep-Tite Ltd”
Review by Danny Gaisin
The term ‘Bittersweet’ is just about as oxymoronic as it gets, but attending our foreseeably final evening at Stage West’s cabaret theatre, it was sweet…and it was bitter. Walking through the halls between box office and theatre entrance, the visiting celebs’ photographs that we had met, socialized with, critiqued and enjoyed seem to look especially sombre for a P.R. shot!
The Phil George/ David Lowenstein creation – “SHOUT”, has virtually no plot.
the girls of ‘SHOUT’