(Gananoque, ON) They’re lurking out there, somewhere in Canada – kids with big dreams, kids who are going to make it all the way to super stardom, and by gum they’re going to do it with their own greatest God given talents. The future can be nothing but rosy for the next great Canadian classical pianists.
“‘2 Pianos 4 Hands’ is the riotous tale of two Canadian boys, Ted and Richard, sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom,” said the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a recent release. “They work fervently towards their dream amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions, and the dream of greatness. As they mature, Ted and Richard become more aware of the gap between the very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that greatness may be out of their reach.” Continue reading →
It isn’t easy to talk about the past, especially about events that are painful to all involved. It can be even more difficult to look at it with laughter and light, turning tragedy into a comedy that can reach all people. However, Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has done exactly that with “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth”. Continue reading →
(Gananoque, ON) We’re talkin’ ‘bout my generation… about a whole lot of people’s generation. Ladies and gentlemen, Rick Miller’s “Boom!” has hit the stage with all the wildness and complete abandon of the generation for whom it was named, and whether you are a “Baby Boomer” or not, you’re in for a great ride through one of the most turbulent 25 year periods in modern history. Continue reading →
Whether you are heading “Beneath Springhill” or “Into the Woods”, the Thousand Islands Playhouse has wonderful times in store.
Into the Woods rehearsal
“‘Beneath Springhill’ is the incredible story of Maurice Ruddick, ‘the singing miner,’ an African-Canadian who survived nine days underground during the historic Springhill mining disaster of 1958,” said the Playhouse. “This multi-award-winning one-man show recalls the events during the disaster, the effect it had on the rural Canadian community, and the racial tension that grew from it. The play is a celebration of hope, courage and community.” Continue reading →
Poor Charles (Stephen Gartner). Writers have troubles at the best of times, and getting good research is only one of many. He was sure he had it all worked out – he would hold a simple séance at his home with local clairvoyant and medium, Madame Arcati (Anita Wittenberg), and not only would he, his wife Ruth (Krista Colosimo) and his friends, Doctor Bradman (Christopher Weddell) and Mrs. Bradman (Janet Michael), participate in some good clean fun, but there should be more than enough material. His maid, Edith (Kelsey Gilker) would handle dinner and arrangements, and things would be perfect. And so they were, until his deceased wife Elvira (Shannon Currie) decided to liven up the evening with a few antics of her own…
Welcome to Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, a spooky little comedy bent on keeping the eternal triangle exactly that – eternal. Continue reading →
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written by Lorraine Payette, June 3, 2016
(Gananoque, ON) Patsy Cline has come to Gananoque, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse may never be the same again. As Little Big Man spins the platters and reminisces, the music flows on down and everyone – everyone – is invited to join right in and sing along to those amazing hits from yesteryear.
Alison MacDonald doesn’t just play the part in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” – she is Patsy, from the moves to the look to that one and only voice. Continue reading →
(Gananoque, ON) It’s time to go out walking after midnight with a brilliant two-person musical based on the life and career of superstar Patsy Cline. As the opening show at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, it promises to be everything her fans could want and more.
Returning to the Playhouse for this production are actress Alison MacDonald as Patsy Cline, musicians David Archibald and Bob Arlidge, costume designer Jayne Christopher, assistant stage manager Michael Barrs, set designer Ross Nichol, and director Daryl Cloran. New to the Springer Theatre stage are actor Tyler Murree as Little Big Man, musicians Dan Charbonneau and Duncan Holt, stage manager Lisa Russell, lighting designer Davida Tkach and sound designer Ben Malone. Continue reading →
A handful of the faces both new and familiar who will be gracing the stages at the Thousand Islands Playhouse this season.
By Lorraine Payette, Written May 10, 2016
(Gananoque, ON) After a winter of roller coaster weather, it’s hard to wait for the start of what could be the hottest and coolest season yet at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
“Our 2016 season is right around the corner, and I’m so excited to be welcoming our incredible creative teams and cast members from across Canada,” said Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director. Continue reading →
Geoffrey Pounsett as Mitch and Ian D. Clark as Morrie – photo by Jay Bridges
by Lorraine Payette, written August 30, 2015
“There is no point to love – loving is the point.”
– Morrie Schwartz, “Tuesdays With Morrie”
There is an unexpected power and poignancy to “Tuesdays With Morrie”. While the play is about death and dying, at the same time it is filled with warmth and humour, daring us to look the spectre in the face and readying us to greet it not just as a natural process when it comes, but as an old friend reaching out to give us one final embrace. – to read more>
Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) enjoy the moment in “Bed and Breakfast” – photo by Jay Kopinski for the Thousand Islands Playhouse
(Gananoque, ON) Hello, World, and welcome home to Gananoque! In this world premiere production, playwright Mark Crawford is well on his way to proving himself an absolute genius in his creation of “Bed and Breakfast”, a romantic dramady about two boys from the big city of Toronto who end up moving to small town Ontario and opening a bed and breakfast.
Ashlie Corcoran picked another winner when she chose to produce this play written under last year’s Playwrights’ Unit. – to read more>