Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Music & Memories at Village Mosaic and Centennial Park Place

Throughout the month of November, two Smile Theatre artists, performer Léa Beauvais and music director and performer Noah MacDougall are visiting some of our dear audience members at Village Mosaic and Centennial Park Place in Toronto.  Léa and Noah are collecting songs and life stories from the members of these groups, and will present them back in special performances to the communities, and also live streamed on the web.

This program is funded by the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat.

If you would like to be invited to our live streamed performances, just drop a message to tom.carson@smiletheatre.com and we will make sure you get the link.

Below is a post from Noah after yesterday's session:

Léa Beauvais and I were visiting Village Mosaic Senior Drop-In Centre yesterday and talking with a lovely group of folks...
Posted by Noah Malcolm on Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

You Are Invited!

Come and join us at the dress rehearsal of Smile Theatre's Home for the Holidays by Sandra Margolese.  Directed by Jim Betts, Choreographed by Lesley Ballantyne, Music Directed by Rosalind Mills, Designed by Cathy Elliott, Stage Managed by Paula Stewart.  Starring Jessie Cox and Stephanie Wilson. 
Home for the Holidays is a musical story of two “Minstrels of War", Canadian Army Show entertainers who faced the hazards of war in order to boost the morale of men fighting on the front lines. Full of popular tunes for the holiday season.

Monday, November 16, 7:00 PM

Wychwood Theatre (in Wychwood Barns) 
601 Christie Street, Studio 176 
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Auditions - Home for the Holidays

Smile Theatre is looking for performers for its upcoming tour.

Home For The Holidays is a musical by Sandra Margolese for 2 Young Women, and is set on Christmas Eve, 1944, at a performance in Naples, Italy, of the CASO, The Canadian Army Show Overseas.

KATEY and VIOLET are two young performers in the CASO show. KATEY is slightly older and more worldly-wise; VIOLET is younger and more trusting and naïve.

Audition Date, September 21, 2015

CAEA, ITA TYA type contract
Rehearsals begin November 2, 2015
Local Tour Ends December 19, 2015

Both performers should be excellent singer/actors, with an ability to move well.
Please prepare 2 contrasting songs suitable to the period; and be prepared to read sides from the show, which will be provided ahead of time.

The creative team is Jim Betts, Director, Lesley Ballantyne, Choreographer and Rosalind Mills, Music Director.

Please submit by email to Tom Carson, General Manager tom.carson@smiletheatre.com

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thanks For Making Us Smile!

Join us for Smile Theatre's annual party and fundraiser, celebrating over 40 years of bringing professional theatre to seniors. Light refreshments and a sampling of Smile Theatre performances will be served. 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
6:30 pm Reception, 7:30 pm Performance
The Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario
Tickets $100 (tax receipts issued for a portion)
Stephanie Kalisky - stephanie.kalisky@smiletheatre.com, 
416-599-8440 x221
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Auditions - Newfoundland Mary

Smile Theatre is holding auditions for its Fall premiere production of the new musical "Newfoundland Mary" by Peter Fenton and Scott White.

Audition Date: June 15
Location: Toronto, by appointment
Contract Type: CAEA, ITA TYA Category, local touring
Director: Liz Gilroy
Music Director: Scott White

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday June 10, 2015

Casting contact: Tom Carson, General Manager, tom.carson@smiletheatre.com

Audition requirements:

Successful applicants will be sent both music and script sides.
Those wishing to read the script in advance of submission may go to

Contract details:

Rehearsals start: Monday September 14, 2015

Official opening: Monday September 28, 2015

Closing: Sunday November 15, 2015


Luis Rodriguez-Gonzalez is nervous. All his life he has dreamed of becoming a singer like Frank Sinatra instead of being a worker in a boot factory in Cuba, but he is poor, and needs help to realize his dream. There is only one person who can assist him; the very wealthy and larger than life Newfoundland Mary. This transplant from St. John’s Newfoundland is renowned for her skill at teaching music, and her generosity with the poor. On New Year’s Eve of 1958, Luis gathers his courage and crashes a party that Mary is hosting in the hopes of convincing her to take him on as a mature student. What nobody realizes is that the following day, Castro will take power and Cuba will go through a revolutionary change. Newfoundland Mary follows the evolving relationship between two people from very different worlds as they discover the importance of music in surviving life’s challenges, the value of friendship during times of uncertainty, and the possibility of love at a mature age. This musical is a love story that features an original score of Cuban music, Newfoundland jigs and heart-warming ballads.


Gender: Female
Age range: 53 - 73
Vocal range: Mezzo Soprano
Newfoundland accent required Some dance ability an asset She is a strong tough survivor with a heart of gold. Can see younger performers who can play age range

Gender: Male
Age range: 38 - 58
Vocal range: Baritone
Cuban / Light Spanish accent required Dance ability and partnering skills an asset An impressionable romantic.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Festival of Smiles - Celebrating with Seniors Near You!

Smile Theatre presents "Festival of Smiles" a series of cabaret-style performances created by some favorite Smile artists!

From April 20 - June 27, 2015 in Seniors' Care Communities across Southern Ontario, this series of cabaret-style shows created especially for our beloved audiences:

Count Your Blessings - The Songs of Rosemary Clooney

Performed by Lesley Ballantyne and Rosalind Mills
Enjoy the songs, the stories, and the humour that was and always will be Rosemary Clooney. 'Rosie' was one of the most beloved and talented singers of the 20th century whose hits included: Sisters, Come On-a My House, Slow Boat to China, Sway, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, and of course, Count Your Blessings (from the movie classic 'White Christmas' with Bing Crosby).

I Thought You'd Never Ask: The Alex Barris Songbook

Performed by Whitney Ross-Barris
Whitney Ross-Barris is a prairie-born, Toronto-based singer-actress-songwriter. She has performed all over Canada, in the US and in Europe. She recently released full length jazz album, "Everybody's Here", featuring a number of standards, originals and even a few long-lost compositions by her late grandfather, writer-broadcaster, Alex Barris. She lives Toronto, where she is Mamma to two adorable "hellions".

Make Your Mark

Written and Performed by The Ensemble.  Four New graduates of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre program in partnership with Smile Theatre energize audiences with original songs, dance, and scenes. A high-energy show with dynamic new professionals.

Becoming Carol

Written and performed by Laura Caswell
As a young actress attempts to “become” her hero, Carol Burnett, she explores singing her songs, relating Ms Burnett’s wonderful stories and even reenacts some of her most famous sketches. As she realizes all the wonderful gifts Carol has given audiences, the actress realizes that Ms Burnett has also paved the way for female feisty comedic performers like herself. Full of laughter, zany characters, music, dance and storytelling, Becoming Carol is a show sure to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

Doubled Standards

Written and performed by Cara Pantalone and Adam White
Join Cara Pantalone and Adam White as they explore the Great American Songbook. Together this duo present new interpretations and duet arrangements of the standards of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and other beloved Tin Pan Alley songwriters.

Songs in the Key of Love

Performed by Barb Scheffler with Robert Graham
Barb Scheffler, singer, actor and comedienne, brings you a show filled with songs and stories all about love! A veteran musical theatre performer and cabaret artist, Barb has also entertained audiences for years doing interactive murder mysteries with Mysteriously Yours! She is joined by pianist, singer and music director extraordinaire Robert Graham. Come join us for a lovely show where every song has “Love” in the title!”

Gee I'm Glad!

Performed by Susan Cuthbert. Susan Cuthbert performs highlights from her prolific Canadian Music Theatre career. Favorite songs and backstage anecdotes from musicals such as Anne of Green Gables, West Side Story, Cats and Phantom of the Opera. A delightful show everyone's been waiting for!