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Rebecca Grace seeks actors for her Fringe play Purgatory. Looking for actors Female (25-30) and Male (45-60) and Male/Female (any age), plus a Stage Manager. Honorariums paid based on profits. Auditions April 27th! Book your time or if interested in being SM, contact rbecketgrace@gmail.com

Carol Libman's A Very Different Place onstage May 8-13 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Starring Rosemary Doyle (director of Queen Marie) and Jeanette Dagger, and developed through the Alumnae's NPD, NIF and Big Ideas! Meet Teri, a jazz singer who ran away at a young age to follow her dreams, Marge, the aging mother she hasn't seen in 20 years, and Mike, the two-year old son she left behind. Tickets: $20 in advance @ averydifferentplace.bpt.me or call (416) 845-9411 to reserve: $25 general, $20 seniors, students, arts workers - cash only.

Tina McCulloch plays a strict Mormon mother in Lemons From Life, part of Ryerson's New Voices Festival. 2 shows only: April 3 @ 9pm and April 4 @ 7pm. 17-year old Rose, an aspiring filmmaker, lives in her "perfect" sister's shadow and rebels against the restrictions of a religion she's not sure she believes in. Tickets = $10, 416-979-5118 or performanceinfo@ryerson.ca
 

Martha Spence, member and mezzo-soprano takes centre stage in a vocal concert, Ga-Ga for Gounod, this Sat April 7 @ 7:30pm at St Andrew's United Church, 117, Bloor St. East. $20 advance and $25 at the door. Gounod wrote one of the most famous settings of 'Ave Maria' - you are probably are more familiar with him than you thought! He led a fascinating life that intersected with a host of other famous composers and artists of the time. This concert will feature songs, duets and arias by Gounod and his contemporaries. Pick up an April WholeNote magazine where presenters The Castle Frank House of Melody are featured in an article!


Jennifer McKinley writes, directs and performs her solo dark comedy Operation SUNshine at Storefront Theatre’s inaugural Feminist F*ck It Festival. 2 shows only: Thurs April 12 @ 9pm and Sat April 21 @ 2pm. Venue: 360 Geary Ave. Tickets available @ brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Lots of Alumnae talent involved: Carolyn Zapf - dramaturge, Clara McBride - director, (former Alumnae member) and Liz Currie - stage manager (Alumnae associate).

Anne Tait's play Yeats in Love, with its long history with the Alum, the Abbey in Dublin and CBC radio, was the January Next Stage reading in a jam-packed lobby, directed by Nicole Arends with Andrea Irwin (Brown) as Maud. In March it was produced in Kitchener at the beautiful Registry Theatre as part of the Irish Real Life Festival.

Victoria Shepherd directs the haunting drama Tainted Justice with the Village Players, onstage March 2-24

Mairy Beam’s play The Next Mary, has been selected to be part of PinkFest hosted by Ergo Theatre in Toronto, March 23-25The Next Mary was conceived as part of 2013's Write Now, with an expanded script presented at 2014's Big Ideas.

With sadness we announce the passing of Francess Halpenny on Dec 25, 2017 at the age of 98. An influential member of Alumnae Theatre for over 70 years, Ms. Halpenny cut the ribbon this past fall at Alumnae's Gala, declaring the 100th season open. President Brenda Darling said of this incredible woman: "In 1941, Alumnae Theatre presented Sunday Costs Five Pesos and a recent grad of University of Toronto was in the cast – Ms. Francess Halpenny. She and others kept the theatre going through the war. Francess has been a member since 1941. Francess Halpenny appeared as the leading lady in dozens of our productions. When she wasn’t acting, she was directing. She wrote many adaptations of literary works for the stage. You are legendary around here, Francess Halpenny. Thank you, Francess, for giving us over 77 years of your creativity, leadership and ongoing support. Would you please honour us by cutting this symbolic ribbon to take us into our second century?" A most distinguished and accomplished individual, her obituary may be read here

Allyson Landy performs in The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Hart House Theatre, onstage Jan 19 through Feb 3. Purchase your tickets @ Hart House.

Karen Scobie performs in Or Not to Be, which originally premiered at Alum's 2017 NIF. Written by long-standing Alumnae performer Andrew Batten, this play asks: what is the role of a lifetime? How do we love, help, enjoy and hang on to one another knowing that one day we will have to say goodbye? Onstage Jan 11-28 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Tickets available @: (416) 845-9411 or Snapd Tix

Joan Burrows' play Gloria's Guy will open at the Guelph Little Theatre on Fri. Jan. 26 and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in February. Wow - congrats Joan!