What's the Buzz? | April 16, 2022
 A Happy Easter and a Happy Passover
to All Who Celebrate!
It may still be cold and windy outside but the sunshine says SPRING! Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate. And a Happy Springtime to everyone!

Our office will reopen on Monday at 10am.

I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that things are really HOPPING around the Theatre Collingwood Offices! I have been busy finalizing all the porches for the July PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL and I can tell you that it is going to be an amazing group of locations and artists. I’m kind of shaking my head over the idea I had of having 39 performances in one month! LOL! It’s a ton of work but honestly I am so thrilled to be doing it and to also be employing so many artists, and to be providing this quality of entertainment in Collingwood. I also have an amazing team of very hardworking staff who are all helping to make this happen! Here are all the things we are working on and what you may want to watch for and book:
SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS 2022
We have had waiting lists for our camps for two years and we are so happy to finally be able to offer them again. What these means is the camps are just going on sale now and are almost FULL! Info is below. Please call the office if you are interested.
April 2022 THEATRE SEASON SHOWS ANNOUNCED
AND TICKET SALES BEGIN
We are so excited to announce our regular season shows for 2022…and to actually be presenting shows again this year. We are offer three ways to buy your tickets this year – 5-Play Subscriptions, 4-Ticket Flex Packs, and Single Tickets. We can’t wait to see you back in the audience!
May 1st PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL SHOWS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE
If last year is any indication, these tickets will sell out fast! Please do not wait and be disappointed. Order your tickets early. We are offering 13 different shows this year. Each show will be offered 3 times, for a total of 39 performances, on or around the porches of Collingwood throughout the month of July! It’s going to be a fantastic festival. New this year is that we are partnering with Holly Haire Events to offer wonderful little personal charcuterie boxes that you can pre-order to enjoy at the shows. We were lucky to test them out at the office and I can tell you they are delicious! And perfect for the festival! Stay tuned for details on May 1st!
April 5th-May 10th EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING CLASSES– FOR SENIORS WITH SOMETHING TO SAY
Our first senior’s storytelling classes are underway, with instructor Scott Hurst, and we are so impressed with all the participants! We are actually learning so much from them! It is our intention to continue to cultivate and offer drama education programs for seniors going forward. We know there is a demand. And we are working to be able to get funding to subsidize any senior who wishes to take classes but has financial restrictions. It is our belief that seniors have fascinating stories to tell and we want to listen!
May 3rd DIRECTORS GIVING CIRCLE EVENT – SEASON LAUNCH AND EVENING WITH SHORT FILM DIRECTOR MICHAEL DUHAMEL
Our Directors Giving Circle Members are a special group of people who support Theatre Collingwood with donations of $1000 or more annually. This year, as a thank you, we want to bring them together to hear the story of short film director Michael Duhamel and to see not only his beautiful film HOMECOMING, but also to be the first to publicly view our new Theatre Collingwood promotional video that Michael created for us. If you are interested in information about becoming a directors Giving Circle Member please contact Valerie at the office or email valerie@theatrecollingwood.ca.
May 18th The CORKS & KEGS Raffle
Do you have your tickets? They are only 3 tickets for $20 or $10 each. The winning prize is a collection of over 100 bottles and cans of Wine, Beer & Cider just in time for the long weekend! If you don’t drink perhaps you could give the winning prize to a friend or club. The money raised from this raffle will go to support our seniors and youth drama education programs. For tickets call 705-445-2200. We also need people to sell tickets, and invitations to events that we can sell tickets at. Please let us know if you can help out..
June 1st-5th FIRST SHOW OF THE REGULAR THEATRE SEASON!

We are so excited to be able to finally present Micah Barnes and Billy Newton-Davis in A Night in Vegas! This show has been on hold for two years and we are just bursting to have you enjoy it! Check out the info on it and the great stars HERE
July 1ST-28TH 2022 PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL

August 2nd-6th A SCANDAL FOR ALL SEASONS

August 7th OUR ANNUAL SUNDAY IN THE VINEYARD EVENT

Join us for wonderful wine and food pairing, amazing entertainment, and a fantastic setting at Georgian Hills Vineyard.

August 16th-20th LEISA WAY AND THE WAYWARD WIND BAND IN ROCK N ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

September 20th-24th NORM FOSTER’S THE FOURSOME - Performed at a local golf course!

October 5th-9th MARY OF SHANTY BAY

December WATCH FOR OUR ANNUAL READING OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL!
LIVING BETTER WITH PARKINSONS is a community-based collective of volunteers, which includes people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family members and community volunteers. They are having a very special fundraiser on May 29th with the incredible Daniel Vnukowski and Dean Hollin performing. We encourage you to support this very worthwhile cause. For information visit

NEWS FROM GASLIGHT COMMUNITY THEATRE - Four Scenes and a Cup of Tea

Four scenes were chosen from the Winter 2020 Scene Writing Course (taught by Dan Needles) to be performed on stage. These scenes have been secured in the Gaslight vault but are finally going to be released for a public viewing at the Simcoe Street Theatre on June 12th, 2022. Put this date on your calendar! The scenes are:

Princess Louise by Jake McArthur

TABATA by Janet Wilkinson

Doors by Drew Murdoch

What Goes Up by David Gee
Gaslight will be looking for Volunteer Actors to bring these scenes to life. These scenes are “lightly rehearsed”, and actors will have their scripts in hand. This is a perfect opportunity for those folks that would like to try some acting, without the responsibility of memorizing lines. This is a relaxed and informal way to get involved and have some fun!

Four Scenes and a Cup of Tea Important Dates:

AUDITIONS: Sunday May 1 (12pm - 3pm)

REHEARSALS: May 15, May 22, May 29, June 8 (evening), June 9 (evening)

PERFORMANCE DATE: Sunday, June 12

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Raciunas by emailing: anneraciunas@gmail.com

Tickets will be on sale for $15.00 each and will be available through the Theatre Collingwood Box Office beginning on Monday, April 18th at 12:00pm.  
Have a wonderful week! Please SHARE our news! Thank you!
Erica

Erica Angus
Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood
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