SesayArts in Conversation with Pierre Simpson: Les Zinspirés–”waiting in the wings is a wild ride about to burst forth in 3D!”

If you’re a French-speaking Ontario teen with some Molière in your soul, then directors Guy Mignault and Pierre Simpson want to shine a spotlight on you. This October, 5 Toronto-area teens will, once again, get a chance to shine as playwrights, when Théâtre français de Toronto presents Les Zinspirés 3D. Now in its third year, […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Jeff Miller: The Enduring Relevance of To Kill a Mockingbird (…plus some thoughts on the Fool!)

The Young People’s Theatre has a lot of nerve. The 49th season opener is To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel‘s dramatization of Harper Lee‘s classic novel. Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been surrounded by controversy. The novel’s portrayal of bigotry, abuse, racism, systemic injustice, and loss of innocence made it […]

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Actor Emilio Vieira dreaming it and doing it in two completely different Shakespeare worlds

If you’re a Toronto resident, nothing says summer like watching Shakespeare under the stars in High Park. Since last year, Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park (SiHP) has presented a repertory of Shakespearean plays: a comedy and tragedy alternating nightly through July and August, with members of the acting company playing different roles in each […]

No Divas-just Essential Opera

I hope they don’t take this the wrong way, but I just can’t call Erin Bardua and Maureen Batt divas. Yes, I know that they’re operatic sopranos who are also the founders of Essential Opera, a Toronto-based opera company whose mandate is to provide audiences and singers the opportunity to experience opera “at its most […]

Louise Pitre: YPT, Potato Chips and “Great Advice”

Louise Pitre is a household name. Especially in my house, where three of the toughest critics I know (who happen to be my children) regularly discuss her talent and pose questions about her career. They are fascinated to hear that she originated the role of  Fantine in the Canadian production of Les Misérables, (for which […]

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 […]