Review by Judith Caldwell
Friday evening at Grace Lutheran Church, the choir of Musikay presented an evening of Christmas inspired music. The ten singers opened a cappella with three of the Noels Anciens of Donald Patriquin who is a French Canadian composer currently living in Montreal where he used to teach music at McGill. He is best known for his folk music arrangements and the three chosen Noels reflect that. Venez mes enfants is very pretty with beautiful four part harmonies.
The choir members of Musikay
Review by Judith Caldwell
Editor’s note. Our ARTS REVIEW does not make a habit of publishing articles about a CD launch or other commercial enterprise That’s reserved for our advertising section and the $$$ it earns. Ms. Mercer and her team will be an exception!
Ensemble Made in Canada is a quartet of superb musicians each of whom has established herself as outstanding in her field. Angela Park, piano, has won numerous awards world-wide and currently teaches at Indiana University.
The talented quartet of ENSEMBLE…
Review by Anita Flegg
The opening scenes of Orpheus productions “LEGALLY BLONDE” appear silly and saccharine, and we cringe; but Wait! It’s all part of the plan. The show opens with Elle Woods, our blonde from the title, showing her shallow cheerleader/party girl side, but we soon learn that there is much more to Elle than first appears. The plot, similar to the movie of the same name, tells her story as she changes her life completely with the goal of reclaiming the man she loves.
The undergrads of ‘LEGALLY BLONDE’
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
Review by Danny Gaisin
Disclaimer- this writer is a lousy dancer and like most ‘dog-in-the-manger’ males thus circumvents critiquing dance of any kind. However, I DID witness one Toronto Fringe 2012 entry strictly because of its subject matter. I was astonished at what I saw and stunned by my reaction. The following was what we then wrote: -
“NUMBERS” @ Factory Theatre
Kokus Productions & director Lukas Press have a definite contender for Best of Fringe in this large dance-oriented emotional story of the Holocaust.
Halina, her parents; Gentile friends and her Nazi adversaries