Stage West, some HEARTBREAKING NEWS Reply

 by Danny & Terry Gaisin

Our friend Muhammed Huq, general manager of Mississauga’s STAGE WEST THEATRE confirmed that one of our favorite local venues, and a vibrant opportunity for many of the young graduates in theatre arts; will close for good on June 30th. Last week our newspaper published a glowing critique of both the delectable buffet and the site’s latest presentation – ‘GAME SHOW’. The thought of facing the 2013-14 theatre season without the five offerings at Stage West has hit this newspaper and its staff like a sucker-punch.

HAPPY(ier) DAYS at Stage West

HAPPY(ier) DAYS at Stage West


Hansel and Gretel, another BPOC operatic foray Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

               Engelbert Humperdinck,  born May 1936.  Real name – Arnold Dorsey.
Engelbert Humperdinck,  born Sept. 1854.  Real name – Engelbert Humperdinck!

Why the above; because this year’s Buchanan Park Public School’s Opera club certainly includes nineteenth as well as 21st century compositions. The original singspiel has been supplemented with 60’s & 70’s pop hits. I’ve been an opera fan, & traditionalist, for seven decades, thus somewhat biased. Thus, we’ve decided to include opinions from some erudite 11-year olds!

Humperdinck's operatic siblings, portrayed by real siblings Deanna & Dylan Wardell

Humperdinck’s operatic siblings, portrayed by real siblings Deanna & Dylan Wardell


Our newest sponsor; a brief biography Reply


On advice from counsel, I respectfully . . . etc.” from the 1950’s televised House Un-American Activities interrogations to today’s ‘Law & Order’ episodes; these words are part of our lexicon. Recently, in response to a laid charge after a minor accident, our lawyer suggested we’d be better served by a professional paralegal. So, with both a referral and “on advice from counsel “, we took our case to Hamilton’s Traffic & Court Services, or T&CS!

Bruce & Denise; preparing for court

Bruce & Denise; preparing  a defense;


O. C. O. plays “a Farewell Symphony” Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell
reviewer_JudithIn their final concert of the 2012/2013 season the Oakville Chamber Orchestra played a Violin Concerto and an Orchestral Suite by Bach as well as the Farewell Symphony of Joseph Haydn.  This does not mean ‘farewell’ to the Orchestra, thank goodness, as they also announced their concert line up for the 2013/2014 season and it looks very appealing… the orchestra is obviously thriving under the leadership of conductor Charles Demuynck.

young Leslie; old violin!


“GAME SHOW” – more Jeopardy™ than Wheel™ Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

reviewer_DannyThe newest event at STAGE WEST IS an event. “Game Show” does have a rather minimal plot about the star’s psychological salary negotiations, but it’s the game that makes the evening so much fun. Adding Charles Shaughnessy to the mix is pure apple-polishing. Remember his suave imperturbable ‘Sheffield’ opposed to Fran Drescher’s shrieking shenanigans; he still projects that charismatic, twinkle-eyed demeanor as Troy, the host of the game.
Audiences are insinuated into the evening as the on-stage crew start prepping for a performance.

Shaughnessy quizzing his 1st round contestants


Summer’s coming…, Reply

Summer’s coming, so – [PLAN Ahead]

Preview by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Yup, the solstice horribilus seems to be over. The buds are budding and the birdies are doing their birdie things. So, dear readers, let’s ‘plan ahead’ for our cultural summer, i.e. SHAW, the Toronto Fringe; STRATFORD & the Brott Festival.

In recognition of Brott’s being invited to conduct this month before Pope Francis, let’s mention the BROTT FESTIVAL’s line-up first. June will have Beethoven’s 9th; Valerie Tryon; an all-day Brandenburg banquet with 4pm & 7pm sessions on the 29th. More…