Arts News and Events

HERE the Wild Things are!

When you were a child, did your parents read you the story of Max, the disobedient child who is sent to his room without his dinner? Did your eyes widen as – instead of sulking – Max sailed away on a ship of his own imagining, to the land of the Wild Things, whom he […]

Young People’s Theatre Opens Season with A Story Before Time

Young People’s Theatre’s season opens with an age-old story: the Dora-nominated  A Story Before Time, a colourful interpretation of the Iroquois Creation Story from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre told through music, dance and drama.  Written by Drew Hayden Taylor and created by director/choreographer Santee Smith,  A Story before Time also features original music composed by Donald Quan, which […]

Double Star Turn for Stratford Festival’s Luke Humphrey

The things that are happening to Luke Humphrey this year! For starters, though in just his third year at Stratford, he’s been playing chivalrous musketeer D’Artagnan in the Festival’s Three Musketeers to considerable acclaim (see our June 14th post for more on this). He’s also just opened in his second lead role in John Murrell’s Taking Shakespeare, […]

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 […]

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 […]