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Buy Your Season’s Pass Now for Our Exciting New Season!

season2014For a limited time you can purchase a Season’s Pass for our 2014/15 Season that will allow you to see all four of these wonderful shows for only $65 – that’s a $15 savings!

You can purchase a Season’s Pass online now by clicking here or you can buy them in person at The Little Acorn Children’s Store at 77 Brock Street West in Uxbridge (Hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00 – 18:00, Sat: 10:00 – 17:00,Sun: 12:00 – 16:00).

When the tickets are available for you to select your seats we will let you know in advance of sales to the general public and you will be able to use your pass to select your preferred performance and seating.

For more information on these shows please check out our Current Season page.

Historical Centre Play Centres on Prelude to Great War

bohemianUxbridge’s summer professional theatre scene is doubling in size.

The one-woman show, Maud of Leaskdale, opened for its third season last week at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Historic Site in Leaskdale, with Jennifer Carroll in the title role. Now the creator of that piece, local writer and actor (and OnStage Uxbridge co-founder) Conrad Boyce, is debuting another show of his this week, that will run for the summer at the Uxbridge Historical Centre on the Sixth Concession.

The Bohemian has a few things in common with Maud of Leaskdale. First, it features the words of another great Canadian writer, this time poet Robert Service, who was born in the same year as LMM, 1874. Second, it is told in the form of a journal, in this case that of a fictional American poet named Stephen Poore, struggling to make a living in Paris in the years 1913 and 1914, who joins up as an ambulance driver when the First World War breaks out.

Third, the play is staged in a historic church, the 80-seat Fifth Line Church at the Historical Centre, as a companion piece to the Centre’s summer-long exhibit, Uxbridge at War. The Bohemian will perform Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings (though not all of them, so check with the Centre at 905-852-5854 for a complete list of show dates).

A major difference is that The Bohemian is a musical; composers Bonnie Lawrence and Val Dean set a number of Service’s poems to melodies reminiscent of the period. The play had its original premiere in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1980, where Boyce and Lawrence were prominent members of the performing arts community.

“Yes, the show’s been in mothballs for more than three decades,” admits Boyce, “since Bonnie left the Yukon shortly after we wrote it. But now a couple of factors – the centennial of the Great War, and the availability of a collaborator as excellent as she was – seem to make it an ideal time for its revival.”

Boyce will be joined on stage by singer/musician Jane Loewen (another OnStage veteran), with whom he has worked many times since her arrival in the Uxbridge area about ten years ago. Loewen plays piano, guitar and accordion in the show.

“Most Canadians know Robert Service as the Bard of the Yukon,” says Boyce, “the creator of Sam McGee and Dan McGrew. But in the early part of the last century, he was actually more renowned for his war poetry. His second book of poems from that period, Ballads of a Bohemian, published in 1921, provides all the content for the show, and it’s virtually autobiographical, since Service himself served as an ambulance driver during the war, like many other writers and artists, such as Ernest Hemingway and A.Y. Jackson. The material about the war is very moving, very powerful.”

Tickets for The Bohemian are $25 ($20 for students or seniors), available at Blue Heron Books or at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Show dates are July 22, 25, 26, 29 and August 5, 12, 16, 22, 23, 26 & 29.

2014/15 Season Announced!

We have an exciting, fresh line-up of plays and musicals for the new season and we just couldn’t wait to share it with you! More information on purchasing Season Tickets will be coming in the next week, so stay tuned!

2014/15 Season


emily
EMILY: THE MUSICAL (October 2014)
Written by Richard Ouzounian and Marek Norman
Directed by Conrad Boyce

Based on the beloved ‘Emily’ series by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical tells the story of Emily Byrd Starr, recently orphaned, who is sent to live with her stern aunt Elizabeth Murray, her loving aunt Laura and her whimsical cousin Jimmy. She makes friends and enemies among the children in her new community and uses all her adventures as a catalyst for her burgeoning writing career.

Romance and mystery take the stage too — so book your seat and let our talented cast take you back to a time of simple joys.

 

renovationsRENOVATIONS: A COMEDY (November 2014)
Written by Graeme Powell
Directed by Annette Stokes & Michael Serres

‘Renovations’ is the story of Brent and Jenny, a young couple in the midst of renovating an old Victorian house in a small southern Ontario town. On the surface, all seems well…they are still madly in love, Jenny’s dad is lending a much needed hand, and they are meeting the neighbours. But there are cracks in more than just the plaster. Soon, both the past and the future begin to exert more and more pressure. Is the foundation strong enough to withstand the weight?

 

hairsprayHAIRSPRAY: THE MUSICAL (January 2015)
Written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman,  Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Cathy Christoff

The 1950′s are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 inBaltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire– to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true,Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use hernewfound power to de-throne the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network – all without denting her ‘do!

 

thentherewerenoneAND THEN THERE WERE NONE (April 2015)
Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Samantha Smilovic

Another enduring classic mystery from the pen of the inimitable Agatha Christie! On an island off the coast of Devon, ten diverse travellers have been led to a secluded vacation home. When the host fails to appear and someone is killed, the guests quickly realize their trip will be far from relaxed. The race is on to determine the identity of the murderer before no one remains.