Family Road Trip #1: Toothpick Orchestra at Canada’s NAC

The status of the often-used but seldom-valued toothpick just went up. On Tuesday, June 25 Canada’s National Arts Centre received a one-of-a-kind gift: a model of the NAC Orchestra made entirely of toothpicks! The model was created by Go Sato and consists of an astonishing 12,500 toothpicks. It took him 3 years to make, including […]

Luke Humphrey — A Savvy Musketeer!

Most of us only dream of setting foot on a professional stage. Imagine if that stage was at venerable Stratford Festival — and the legendary Christopher Plummer was your tour guide. It happened to actor Luke Humphrey when he first joined the Festival ensemble three years ago. “My first steps onto the Festival stage were […]

Ma-Anne Dionisio Makes Memories in Cats

Ma-Anne Dionisio is allergic to cats. How ironic, since she’s appearing in the new Canadian production of Cats, playing perhaps the most recognizable cat in the world:  Grizabella the Glamour Cat,  who sings the signature song “Memory.”  Mind you, this isn’t the first or only time she’s had to inhabit a foreign body. The role […]

Year-End Recitals

For my family, this is Performance Week.  We have 3 children, and they have been preparing all year for  year-end recitals and performances (1 at our own studio, and 3 at other dance and theatre studios where they take lessons). By some weird synchronicity, all 4 culminating performances fall into this week. Monday was the […]

SesayArts: From Page to Stage – 4

Gee whiskers! Annie‘s coming to Toronto’s Young’s People Theatre, from November 11 to December 19, 2013 in a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) version of the renowned musical that won 9 Tony awards, and has been a perennial family favourite since its Broadway premiere 36 years ago. Little Orphan Annie, the comic strip on which […]

SesayArts: From Page to Stage – 3

After setting off musical-theatre mania in Toronto 28 years ago, Cats returns with a new all-Canadian production at the Panasonic Theatre on May 28. Cats is a musical based on a collection of poems by English poet T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. A radical departure from his still-elusive masterwork, The Wasteland, Old […]

SesayArts: From Page to Stage – 2

En garde! The family-friendly Three Musketeers is swashbuckling its way back to the Stratford Festival. Based on the novel The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) by French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), this is the classic adventure story of the camaraderie between the poor young nobleman D’Artagnan (played by Luke Humphrey) and Athos (Graham Abbey), Porthos (Jonathan Goad) […]

SesayArts Blog: From Page to Stage – 1

How many times have you heard, “the movie was good, but the book was better”? As it happens, many of the stage productions either currently playing or opening soon in the Toronto area have their genesis on the page. With summer (and family summer outings) around the corner, what better time to briefly consider the […]

SesayArts Blog: May 4 is Free Comic Book Day! by Scott Sneddon

When it comes to annual springtime freebies, what’s the best-kept secret in town? Free Comic Book Day, of course. Yes, it’s true… each year, the first Saturday in May is the day when major and minor comic book publishers alike (including Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, Archie and many, many more) create special comic […]

SesayArts Blog: Off to See The Wizard?

So you’re off to see the Wizard. The Wizard of Oz continues its run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, starring an all-Canadian cast, directed by Jeremy Sams. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage production has been adapted from the beloved MGM movie musical, with additional music by Lloyd Webber and former writing partner Tim Rice. Just […]