Rousing music by O.C.O., for a snowy night Reply

Review by Judith CaldwellreviewerJudith
The Oakville Chamber Orchestra presented a program in E flat Major preceded by a lecture from conductor Charles Demuynck about the significance of E flat. He is a passionate and engaging teacher and it is no wonder this orchestra has blossomed under his direction. They are a group of very talented and dedicated volunteers.
The evening began with Piano Concerto #22 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played by Stephanie Cheng who is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the American University of Kuwait.

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

Stephanie Cheng & OCO conductor Charles Demuynck

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“GREASE”; is the word; is the music; and is the title 1

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Dickens wrote about ‘The worst of times; the best of times” but he was referring to the French Revolution – not one’s teenaged years. Obviously he could have been signifying both, for most of us the 15 to 17 year-old era, was an emotional apogee and perigee. For playwrights it was a mother lode: – think “Rebel Without a cause; “American Graffiti”; ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and of course –“GREASE”.

The student body of Rydell High School...the GREASE cast

The student body of Rydell High School…the GREASE cast

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“In The Heights”, another Sheridan success Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor

Manhattan may be an ethnic melting pot but is in reality a collage of neighborhoods. Harlem runs from 96th to 155th, and Washington Heights comprise 156th to about 190th. Ellington’s famous “Take the A Train” was, and still is, the major North/South connector including a jog over (under) to Brooklyn. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “IN THE HEIGHTS” captures the spirit of immigrant Latinos settling into a ghetto of familiar and shared socio-economic environment. All iterated as a rap musical.
Director/Choreographer Marc Kimelman’s take is classy and certainly tasteful. *

The residents of "THE HEIGHTS"

The residents of “THE HEIGHTS”

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“Windmill Theatre”, fun for performers & audience alike 1

Review by Terry McMetter & Danny O’Gaisin

Mississauga possesses a remarkably informal yet diversionary example of community ethos that offers an eclectic variety of vocal music. The soloists and combined voices of Windmill Theatre have something besides melodic talent; they obviously enjoy doing what they so ably can do. Their palpable pleasure in offering up each selection is mirrored in the enjoyment experienced by their audience. This weekend’s performances are titled ‘Tartan Joy’ and it certainly is!

the WINDMILL Choristers

the WINDMILL Choristers

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“The Heart of Robin Hood”; an innovative Mirvish success Reply

Review by Shibley AhmedreviewerAhmed
               It’s not often we celebrate the exploits of bandits, swindlers and overall criminals but that’s the case when describing a certain archetypal English hero and his band of “Merry Men”. Laced with a live bluegrass soundtrack and a multifaceted acrobatic theme we witness as folk music meets folklore in David Farr’s latest classic adaptation, “The Heart of Robin Hood”.
As the title suggests, this particular remake explores the softer side of our protagonist.  Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus

Gabriel Ebert & Izzie Steele in Sherwood Forest

Gabriel Ebert & Izzie Steele in Sherwood Forest

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“The Mumberley Inheritance”; Rx for February ‘blahs Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Feb. 6th, ‘15

A number of years ago (i.e. before SAD was defined) my GP prescribed heading south during February to offset a diagnosed ‘February Blahs’. Fortunately, West End Studio Theatre has a remedy that’s cheaper and requires no security line-ups… it’s Warren Graves’ MUMBERLEY INHERITANCE and I guarantee the season’s inclemency will seem almost non-existent for every audience member who has an easy sense of humour. It’s that enjoyable and professionally presented.

the Good; Bad & Ugly residents of Mumberley Mansion

the Good; Bad & Ugly residents of Mumberley Mansion

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