The Hogtown Experience
Last night I had the joy of taking part in the "Hogtown Experience" at Toronto's Campbell House. It was a wonderful night full of music, scandal and love! This immersive theatre show takes place in Toronto back in the 20's; an era of flappers, speakeasies, and women's rights. It is the eve of the mayoral election and both candidates are present and trying to garner support. There are so many other subplots with brilliant performances throughout the house that it's worth coming back a second time to explore more.
So many incredible theatre performers are in this show, you never know who you'll run into. I was inches away from the mayor's daughter for an intimate scene, she looked a lot like Gabi Epstein, sat across the dinning table with a business man who reminded me of David Keeley and on the sofa with two school girls who looked like Kelly Holiff and Arinea Hermans. Proud to say there are a lot of recent Sheridan Music Theatre amongst this talented company!!
Without giving more away about the plots, know that you have three floors to explore: the upstairs ballroom, the parlour and dinning room on the main floor and the speakeasy downstairs.
I really hope there will be more immersive theatre in Toronto that utilizes the beautiful historic buildings and the colourful history. Casa Loma anyone?
For more information and tickets visit: www.hogtownexperience.com/
Toronto Fringe Adventures
Toronto's 2016 Fringe Festival officially closed yesterday! I am so happy to say that I was able to see six spectacular shows; last week I saw "Crux" and "The Fence", this week "Life After", "Echoes", "Dance Animal" (which was a hoot!) and "Into". Each show I saw was so delightful different but they all had so passion and talent onstage. The ensemble work was strong in each production.
In particular, "Echoes" stood out to me because of the score and the staging. The songs are reminiscent of "Miss Saigon" with their haunting themes and the subject matter is still (sadly) relevant. The staging was simple and effective. I would love to see where this show goes next! The last show I saw was "Into" and it was a wonderful way to end my Fringe experience. Such a fun, kooky show that, despite all the giggles, left the audience pondering the big questions. The characters were so wonderful and I was laughing hysterically at many points throughout.
My first summer in Toronto is allowing me to really see and become a part of the theatre community and for that I am sincerely grateful. I witnessed artists doing what they love.
Here's to more adventures!
This is my first year experiencing the Toronto Fringe Festival! What an amazing time to be in Toronto. There's around 150 shows this year; I know I'll only be able to skim the surface. The following is by no means a review, just some short thoughts!
I began by going to see "Crux" a new show written by a fellow Sheridan alumni, Greg Borris and choreographed by my good friend Eric Dahlinger. This was a very innovative piece of immersive theatre that took place in a rock climbing gym! They took their scenes to new heights, literally! A very interesting piece that is worth seeing.
On Saturday I took a non-performer friend to see "The Fence" written by the team who wrote last year's "Summerland": Johnson, Johnston and Wilde. I LOVED this show! It was an amazing performance of song and dance that had the entire theatre on their feet by the end. So many beautiful moments were created with a clearly phenomenal group of artists. I was laughing, crying and beaming! Highly recommend. My friend also loved it! Not being a performer herself she was nervous that the material would be inaccessible to her, but I can assure you she was crying throughout and thoroughly enjoyed her first Fringe experience.
This week I plan to see "Life After" and "Into"! So excited for both of these pieces. I'll see what else I can snag tickets to.
This city is full of so much creativity, love and stories waiting to be heard/seen.