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Mayor Crombie Welcomes New LAC CEO Natalie Lue

Mississauga – On behalf of Members of Council I would like to congratulate Natalie Lue on being selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Living Arts Centre (LAC), Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today during the official announcement.

“This recruitment process for a new CEO was an exhaustive process but the hard work has paid off,” Mayor Crombie said. “Needless to say, we have a new star among us.”

Natalie Lue’s extensive resume and professional experience includes her most recent tenure as Vice President Production and Visitor Experience at the Toronto International Film Festival Group – the world renowned TIFF. Continue reading Mayor Crombie Welcomes New LAC CEO Natalie Lue

Double Your Shakespeare at Theatre Erindale!

Theatre Erindale is about to try something totally unique. “The Blackfriars Project” (named after one of Shakespeare’s theatres) gives you a chance to double your pleasure with not one but two related Shakespeare productions: The Comedy of Errors and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.  Choose the farce or choose the adventure, but catch them fast, because they play for only five performances each! And on one very special occasion, audiences have the chance to catch them BOTH in one day! The double production starts with Comedy February 11-13, continues with Pericles February 25-27, and ends with performances of BOTH shows February 28th at the Erindale Studio Theatre.

The project features two extraordinary tales set (freely!) in ancient Persia. Two families torn apart by the wrath of Neptune and reunited – after a lifetime of trials – by the intervention of a goddess. One comes from the beginning of the bard’s career, the other from near the end.

David Matheson’s production of The Comedy of Errors is set in the early Christian era. The lunacy mounts as a straight-laced master and his servant arrive in a town famous for its piracy and black magic, only to be completely baffled by the demands and accusations of the locals – who put them in danger for their very lives! Not until the last minute do they discover what the audience has known from the start: that each of them has a resident identical twin who is prone to getting into a lot of trouble! The play is often thought to be Shakespeare’s first; it is certainly his funniest!

Patrick Young’s production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre is set several hundred years earlier in the same area of the world. In the age when Phoenicians ruled the Mediterranean waves, a young Prince sets out to find a wife. But his hard-won beloved dies in childbirth during a violent storm. The babe must be left to be reared in the next port, but is kidnapped by pirates. Can father and daughter survive the extremities life continues to throw at them to find each other again? Wildly popular in its day, this “limpidly beautiful” storybook adventure tale of trial and redemption, death and rebirth, initiates the final phase of Shakespeare’s career: the Romances.

The Comedy of Errors and Pericles Prince of Tyre together star the third year class of the Sheridan-UTM Theatre & Drama Studies Program. Both shows are complemented by Lumir Hladik’s beautiful projections. They each run for FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY between February 11 and 28 at the Erindale Studio Theatre on the UTM campus. Single tickets are $12 or $18. Mississauga Transit Routes 44 and 110 will take you to the campus, and Parking in the CCT Garage is $6.00. For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit Image indicates that adjacent link to the right opens a new window www.theatreerindale.com

COUNTRY MUSIC COMES ALIVE WITH WINDMILL THEATRE!

Windmill Theatre is set to dazzle music lovers with its first-ever Country Music Cabaret on February 5 and 6, 2016.  The Best of Country will take place at The Great Hall located at 84 South Service Rd (QEW and Hyw 10) Mississauga.

Expect music from the likes of Shania Twain, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Patsy Cline,” says Artistic Director Brian Pritchard. “You’re out there, you love the music, so join us for a real Countryfest.”

The Best of Country features a powerhouse cast of local vocalists. Singers include Kevin Baker, Heidi Cyfko, Raylin Marcotte, Blair Barnsdale, Heather Brissenden, Chris Burke, Sarah DaCunha, Jason Hales and Erin Boyle. All will be under the musical direction of Joshua Tamayo.

Based in Port Credit, Mississauga, Windmill Theatre is a flourishing theatrical organization known for its innovative cabaret performances. The Windmill Theatre stage has served as a launch for numerous prominent Canadian artists including Darryn De Souza (Musical Arranger for the Tenors), Evan Alexander Smith (Broadway and Shaw Festival), Brianna Palmer (Wizard of Oz National Tour). Please visit www.windmilltheatre.com for more details.

Don’t miss this unforgettable salute to Country Music! Tickets are $30 and may be purchased on the Windmill website at wwwwindmilltheatre.com, by emailing windmilltheatre@mail.com or by calling 905-483-5702. Only ten tickets left, so call early to avoid disappointment.

Stellar Director for Stellar Comedy

The next offering in Theatre Erindale’s “Silver Season” is Wendy Wasserstein’s hilarious and insightful comedy Uncommon Women and Others. And in the guest director’s chair is one of the most distinguished artists in Canada, Diana Leblanc.

The show runs January 21-31 at the Erindale Studio Theatre.

In the late ’70s, five vivid personalities look back on their years at prestigious Mount Holyoke College and others join them in flashback to steer through the minefield of the changing past and present – as the women they were become the women they are.

The play pulls no punches, either in its wicked sense of comedy, or in depicting a decade that brought radical change.

Swoozie Kurtz, Glenn Close, and Meryl Streep starred in the original stage and screen versions; now it’s time for the next generation to step into their shoes!

“You leave the theatre caring deeply about its characters,” said the New York Post. The Times called the play “exuberant … funny … acute … The main emphasis is upon the lacerations, hopes, despairs and confusions that the times inflict upon these students.”

Semi-autobiographical, Uncommon Women and Others was Wendy Wasserstein’s thesis production at the Yale School of Drama. It was immediately picked up for full production, then moved to Broadway and on to PBS with the same legendary cast. Wasserstein’s subsequent writing career climaxed with two more Broadway hits in a row: The Heidi Chronicles (1988 – winner of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, and scheduled for Soulpepper this May co-starring TDS grad Paolo Santalucia), and The Sisters Rozensweig (1992 – Outer Critics Circle Award).

A member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, she died of lymphoma in 2006. “I believe I had the confidence to become a playwright” she once said “because I learned at Mount Holyoke the value of an individual woman’s voice.”

“It is a rare and happy occasion,” says Leblanc, “that allows you to direct a group of student actors in a production where all except one play characters their own age … [and] in a life situation which resembles their own. Graduation. Facing a world they have been preparing for and, at the same time, one which they have been sheltered from.”

Leblanc has received nationwide acclaim as an actress and director for theatre, opera, film and television. She is a member of the National Theatre School of Canada’s first graduating class, a member of the original Neptune Theatre (Halifax) company, a former artistic director of Théâtre français de Toronto, and a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. She has won (among others) a Gemini Award, the Silver Ticket Dora Mavor Moore Award, and the Governor General’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

Uncommon Women and Others runs January 21-31 at the Erindale Studio Theatre on the UTM campus. Single tickets are $12 or $18. Mississauga Transit Routes 44 and 110 will take you to the campus, and Parking in the CCT Garage is $6.00.

Audiences should be prepared to laugh a lot and gasp a little, as well as for sexual content and realistically coarse language.

For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit www.theatreerindale.com