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Director’s Notes: Cameron Mackenzie dishes on the synergetic origins of Elbow Room Café: The Musical

We asked director and producer, Cameron Mackenzie of Zee Zee Theatre, to give us his notes, a backgrounder if you will, on the new fully-professional staging of the play—Elbow Room Café: The Musical. Cam says, “Like all good art, it’s the years, experiences, and people that you meet leading up to the actual idea [four years in the making] that makes the ... Read More »

Q+A with Bittergirl: The Musical’s Director & Choreographer Valerie Easton

What draws you towards directing light-hearted musicals, and specifically, Bittergirl: The Musical?  Valerie Easton (director,choreographer): I am attracted to all different kinds of musicals, but I particularly like the cleverness of this script. It has within it some universal thoughts that a variety people seem to share. I also like the fact that the material is treated the way that it’s written. ... Read More »

Q+A with Pražák Quartet’s violist Josef Kluson

The Pražák Quartet provided the core of the concert series that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Chamber Music in 1998. And now, bringing the best of the burnished string sound of the Bohemian tradition, we asked Pražák Quartet violist Josef Kluson a few questions about inspiration, critique, the shaping of the ensemble, and the anticipation of playing ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Margo Kane & Corey Payette

Seventeen years after writing Moonlodge, Margo Kane is now passing her work into the hands of two of Canada’s brightest upcoming theatre artists. Directed by Corey Payette, Moonlodge will, for the first time, be performed by a different actor, Paula-Jean Prudat. Can you tell us a bit about the story? MK: Moonlodge tells the story of a young girl named Agnes who was removed from ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Barbara Tomasic turns the light on “42nd Street”

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —Dumbledore, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabhan by JK Rowling When Kathryn Shaw of Studio 58 asked me to direct 42nd Street, we were still in pre-Trump times: basking in the glow of our new, handsome, charismatic Prime Minister, ... Read More »