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Greetings from the Box Office! If you don’t recognize my not-as-familiar face, please allow me to introduce myself - my name is Anne Raciunas, and I have been Theatre Collingwood’s Box Office Manager for six years! I’ve missed your friendly faces around the Box Office over the past months, and am so looking forward to the day that I can greet you in person again.
Looking to the Future

On Monday Premier Ford rocked our socks off with the announcement that Phase 3 of reopening Ontario included guidelines for re-establishing theatrical and performing arts spaces. We are spending our time shaping what this new world will look like for Theatre Collingwood. Please keep your eyes on this newsletter, and share it with your friends, to ensure that you will be the first to know!  

To learn more about this announcement and what it means for you, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

In the meantime, if you have any questions about Theatre Collingwood or would just like to check in, I encourage you to email us at info@theatrecollingwood.ca or give me a call in the Box Office anytime at 705-445-2200. 
The Stage Door 

Did you catch our friend Erica Angus during the premiere episode of “The Stage Door” last Wednesday? If you missed it, fear not! The episode is still available to watch on the Simcoe Street Theatre’s Facebook page (here: https://www.facebook.com/Simcoe-Street-Theatre-1559306034315246 )! Watch as Erica interviews Laurie May of Gaslight Community Theatre, and marvel as she talks turkey with beloved local icon Dan Needles. We’re one week away from the next episode, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Wednesday July 22nd at 8pm! We’re proud to watch our noble Executive Director keep her finger on the theatrical pulse of our community, and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
What to Watch This Week:
Stay-at-Homeo & Juliet, presented by Theatre Georgian Bay

2020 would have marked the 5th year of ‘Bard on the Bay’, a yearly presentation of a Shakespearean play performed at the Shipyards Amphitheatre during the summer months. Postponed until 2021 (like so many!), instead this coming weekend Theatre Georgian Bay will present Act 1 (plus a little extra balcony action) of their previously planned production for the public to enjoy.

STAY AT HOMEO & JULIET: A Bard on the Zoom Production premieres at 7:00pm TONIGHT, July 16th, and will consist of a virtual performance from Romeo & Juliet, as well as an online silent auction. The audience can expect to be entertained by all members of the TGB Collective as well as some special guests.

To watch Stay At Homeo & Juliet , tune in to TGB’s YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNG_jTIsk39vImPKhfWEHg ) at 7:00pm on Thursday July 16th. To bid on items in the silent auction, head to their Facebook page on the same date. Both the auction and performance will be available online until 7:00pm on July 19th.
Stratfest @Home

Coincidentally, the Stratford Festival is currently streaming a filmed version of their 2017 version of Romeo and Juliet . We mentioned this in our last newsletter as well, but would like to offer a reminder that this exquisite presentation will be available to stream for free online until July 30th. You can watch the show here:  https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome . Feel free to let us know how it stacks up next to our local talent! If you’d like to double down on your tragedies for the month, Antony and Cleopatra is also available to stream until the 23rd of July.
Show Tune Idol, presented by Mirvish Productions

As of July 14th, Mirvish productions concluded their ongoing series ‘Show Tune Idol’, a competition inviting the public to submit their personal renditions of a favourite showtune. Local Simcoe County actress Nancy Chapple Smokler secured her place in the top 10 finalists with a stirring performance of the Sondheim classic, “Send in the Clowns”. 

You can see full versions of the entries here: 

Finally, you can watch the three judges break down the performances and announce the winners of the competition here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkN-bl1TgwM
National Theatre at Home - Amadeus

Let’s hop across the pond for a moment and check in with the National Theatre. Weekly filmed performances have been made available online throughout the worldwide lockdowns, and we are grateful that Canadians are also able to access this wonderful offering. This coming week, Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, Amadeus , with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

You can stream Amadeus here from July 16th - 23rd (watch that time difference, don’t leave it too late!):

Smile - A Blast from the Past excerpt, From Weimer to Vaudeville

We are feeling encouraged and energized about the future, and would like to invite you to watch this beautiful arrangement from the show From Weimer to Vaudeville , which Theatre Collingwood brought to you back in 2015. We intend to bring Tom Allen and his merry band of intensely talented friends back to Collingwood when we’re able to, but until then my friends, let’s just take a moment to sit back and smile.