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Hello Live Theatre Lovers!

Well, it's hard to say but we have now been in this "work from home" stage of life for some 8 months! Who would have thought? I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the brisk outdoor weather of Fall. I have to thank Mary Beth Sharpe (our fearless bookkeeper) who made this wonderful Halloween face mask for me. I love it!

Happy Halloween!
In November we will be heading into uncharted territory for Theatre Collingwood, as we will be presenting our first ONLINE show, THE MISSING PAGES!  This production was to be enjoyed live in Collingwood this fall but due to the pandemic we are going to go another route. Tom Allen is a radio host on CBC radio, resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto, he is a wonderfully talented musician, and he is a writer of beautiful Canadiana books (The Gift of the Game & Rolling Home). Tom has had The Missing Pages professionally filmed and all who purchase the link are in for a treat. Here is what it is about:

On December 16, 1825 Theodor Molt became the sole Canadian to meet Ludwig van Beethoven, but what could have happened between the two men? After Molt’s florid greeting in one of Beethoven’s notebooks, the following four pages were violently ripped out and destroyed. Betrayal? Competition? Scandal? Or just old fashioned ego and pride? With music, song, drama, history and informed speculation, The Missing Pages investigates.

We are thrilled with the level of talent in this show, including the brilliant soprano Patricia O'Callaghan and Canadian actor/director Derek Boyes. This production is a wonderful display of history, fiction, storytelling and musical talent. I would like to thank The New Classical 102.9FM for coming on board as our radio sponsor for this show.

If you are new to streaming shows, or have not been impressed in the past with the quality, please consider giving this another try. Tom Strnad from Mountain Goat Film is helping us with our streaming of this production and as I said, the quality of the filming is top notch. It is an easy process for you. You can buy a "ticket" either online HERE or by calling our office at 705-445-2200. Then the day before the show we will send you a link to watch the show. The link will be good from 7pm on Friday, November 13th to 7am on Sunday, November 15th. All you have to do is make the popcorn and enjoy the show from the comfort of your home! The cost of the link is $25 plus HST and that will enable your whole household/bubble to enjoy the show.

The truth is you may say "well I can watch things for free online, why buy a link?" That is true and we encourage you to watch free content online (and we have supplied many free links) but the reality is that we cannot present live shows right now. I look forward to when we can. In the meantime, by purchasing a link you are supporting Theatre Collingwood, many Canadian artists, and the theatre artform. We all need your help and support right now. So please buy a link, encourage your friends to buy a link, and maybe even buy links as gifts for other people. We thank you for your support and hope you enjoy the show!
Speaking of support, Linda and Anne (our box office ladies) have been calling our ticket purchasers this past couple of weeks to see how you are doing and to discuss your ticket dollars that you have in your Theatre Collingwood accounts. As you know, due to the pandemic, we have been unable to present our shows this year. This mainly applies to 2020 Subscription buyers but also some single ticket buyers. I am thrilled to announce that $20,000 in ticket sales has been turned into donations, and another $10,000 has been left as account credits for the future! This generosity and support is what is going to enable us to survive this pandemic. You see, although we have no sales coming in, we still have operating expenses. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff I want to thank all of you who have donated. It truly is so huge and I cannot thank you enough. Theatre Collingwood is 36 years old this year and we plan to see it survive and prosper. We are coming up with some fantastic ideas for you and we look forward to entertaining you again LIVE as soon as it is safe to do so! Stay tuned for information on future ONLINE shows and our PORCHSIDE FESTIVAL that will happen in the spring of 2021!
We are so happy to welcome Valerie O'Brien back to Theatre Collingwood! Valerie was off while her son had to be home, but now that Connor is back at school we get to have Valerie back to the office! Valerie is now our dedicated Development Manager and is very busy connecting with all our Board Members and mentors, as well as working on our Wall of Honour list of supporters. In our next newsletter she will be honouring all who have so generously supported Theatre Collingwood this year. If you are a Theatre Collingwood corporate donor you can expect to hear from Valerie in the near future, as she tries to get to know everyone and introduces herself to you. Valerie has done a lot of work in the past on our Group Sales and Marketing but she will now be focusing solely on Development. If you feel there is some way that you could support Theatre Collingwood either financially or in-kind please reach out to Val at valerie@theatrecollingwood.ca or by calling 705-445-2200.
We would like to announce that EPCOR has come on board through their Heart & Soul Fund as our newest corporate sponsor and we couldn't be happier! Special thanks to Georgina De Cordova in Edmonton and Darren McCrank in Collingwood for their support of this donation. We look forward to working with their team. Stay tuned for a photo in our next newsletter. At the time of this writing we are preparing to meet for a photo in Collingwood. It is through corporate sponsors like EPCOR that Theatre Collingwood is able to provide great entertainment and youth drama training for our community! We believe that theatre and the arts are not only an economic driver but also strengthens our citizens' MIND, BODY & SOUL! Thank you so much, EPCOR!
IDEAS FOR SOME ONLINE LINKS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
I loved the movie Mary Poppins! I still do! While strolling through Youtube I found a really interesting little walk down memory lane with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and composer Richard Sherman. It's about 17 minutes long and really a treat. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufmojiU7TcM
I adore father and daughter Youtube stars Mat and Savanna Shaw. I have spoken about them before. Give yourself a treat and listen to them perform All I Ask from The Phantom of the Opera. So lovely!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uahlf4fo3iQ
In honour of Beethovan and our upcoming show The Missing Pages, please enjoy the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Beethovan's 9th symphony, with conductor Riccardo Muti. I would like to add that my 2 year old granddaughter LOVES to watch this. She raises her baton and conducts right along!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjHhS5MtvA
Have a wonderful month, stay well, wear your mask, and please social distance.

Erica

Erica Angus
Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood