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
http://thegiantsgarden.com/NewfoundlandMary/newfoundlandmaryauditiondraft.pdf

Contract details:

Rehearsals start: Monday September 14, 2015

Official opening: Monday September 28, 2015

Closing: Sunday November 15, 2015

Storyline:

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.

Roles

Mary
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

Luis
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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Thursday, May 7, 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)
Contact: 
Stephanie Kalisky - stephanie.kalisky@smiletheatre.com, 
416-599-8440 x221
Or purchase here:

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!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Made in Canada" In the Capital of Canada!


Thanks to Smile Theatre's generous sponsors and seniors across Ontario, this past week we were able to bring our winter show, Made in Canada to audiences of Ottawa. Made in Canada is a tribute to all things Canadian and boy, did we feel the love for our country! 
The team embarked Monday, March 2nd and were all smiles for the van ride.  And the energy did not wain for the eager audiences of New Orchard Lodge, who were our first audience in Ottawa.  

Amelia, the Smile Intern, joined the group the next day. Ottawa was everyone’s first week of three two-show days and we were very pumped to start off on the right foot. Our first stop was at the wonderful Billings Lodge where we made our introductions in both French and English for our bilingual patrons.  Our audience loved joking with us about Canada, and, as you can see in the picture above, we loved bringing our show to them.  Our next stop that day was Laurier Manor, with an equally as engaged audience. Our Ukrainian dance number garnered us many giggles and much encouragement for an encore.

In between shows we were able to see and enjoy many parts of our nation’s capital including the National Art Gallery and the Museum of Natural History. We also had fun bonding as a group over board games and very tasty eats at The Lodge.



Our road trip ended with a final but lively show Saturday afternoon at Starwood. From there, the gang drove back to Toronto for a quick rest and many more big weeks ahead.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

We're Open!

Smile Theatre's "Made In Canada" is now open!  This delightful collection of Canadian songs and stories tours seniors care homes across Southern Ontario until April 18.

The cast and creative team have had so much fun devising this show, based on the "Made in Canada" Series by Tom Kneebone.

The touring team has their ceremonial coffee cards, and are ready to brave the Canadian winter in the van armed with Canadian songs for our Canadian seniors!

The cast, crew and creative team in the rehearsal hall (sporting assorted costume pieces!) for Smile Theatre's "Made in Canada" originally devised by Tom Kneebone, adapted by Jim Betts.  Directed by Jim Betts, Designed by Sheree Tams, Choreography by Lesley Ballantyne, Music Direction by Rosalind Mills, with Trevor Patt and Jenny Weisz. Stage Managed by Kevin Olson and Laura Grandfield.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fun is Made In Canada!

Smile Theatre begins 2015 with a celebration of all things Canadian in its new show, "Made in Canada".  Originally devised by Smile's beloved long-time Artistic Director, Tom Kneebone, and adapted by current AD, Jim Betts, the show leaves no toque unturned in its quest for the Canadian experience.

Rehearsals for the show began on Monday, and the show opens February 10, 2015 and tours seniors' care homes throughout Ontario until April 18, 2015.

An incredible cast and creative team is involved - Jim Betts directs, Sheree Tams designs, Rosalind Mills is the Music Director, choreography is by Lesley Ballantyne, and it features the performances of Trevor Patt and Jenny Weisz.  Kevin Olson and Laura Grandfield stage manage and keep it all together!  We can't wait to share the good times with our audiences. Fun is definitely "Made in Canada!"


A quick break in rehearsal for Smile's "Made in Canada" to take a group selfie with Jim Betts, Jenny Weisz, Trevor Patt, Rosalind Mills, Lesley Ballantyne and Kevin Olson.  Rumour has it the photo in the back is of the infamous Stompin' Tom Carson.