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News & Events

THEA Gala - Menu

Cash Bar Service from 4:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

1 Bottle of Red Wine & 1 Bottle of White Wine per table included.  Soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and espresso

Dinner Service at 6:00pm

Specialty Breadbasket: An assortment of specialty breads and rolls

Bruschetta: Sliced French loaf topped with diced tomato, garlic and parmesan cheese

Malaysian Salad - Vegetarian spring roll, mixed greens, sliced mango drizzled with mango chutney

Pasta - Ravioli: Meat filled in a tomato or cream sauce.  Arugula and Spinach Risotto - Chopped arugula, spinach and Reggiano Parmigiano cheese

Main Entrée - Stuffed Chicken Supreme6oz. supreme chicken breast stuffed with asiago cheese and spinach.  Chef selection of seasonal vegetables and potatoes

Vegetarian & Vegan - Vegetable Stir Fry

Dessert - European Pastry Platter- an assortment of European pastries served to your guests centre table

Posted: February 20, 2020
| Take down: April 07, 2020

ACT-CO Board Meeting Schedule

Anne Currie-O'Brien, President, ACT-CO Board

ACT-CO Board Meeting Schedule - March to June 2020

Here is the schedule for the balance of the 2019-2020 season:

  • Monday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Annual General Meeting - Monday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m

If you have any items to add to the Agenda, please send an email to secretary@actco.ca or president@actco.ca

 

Posted: February 20, 2020
| Take down: June 03, 2020

Provincial Theatre Festival 2020

Anne Currie-O'Brien, President, ACT-CO Board

The Provincial Theatre Festival scheduled for May 13-17, 2020 in Sault Ste. Marie will go ahead as planned.  QUONTA is hosting this year's festival and plans are well-underway.  As a reminder, ACT-CO provides funding to the group that represents the region at the Festival.  More details will be provided when available.

Posted: January 17, 2020
| Take down: May 17, 2020

ACT-CO Gala 2020

The Gala Package has been sent to the Member Groups today.  It includes the following details:

  • Gala Overview
  • Ticket Order Form 
  • Sponsor a Thea Form
  • Show Photos for the Slide Show
  • Donations of Tickets/Subscriptions for the Gala Draw

The deadline is March 20, 2020 for ordering tickets, sponsoring a Thea and donating tickets or subscriptions. Send in photos for the Slide Show now.  

Please call Linda if you have any questions regarding the Gala.

See you there!

Linda Lyons
Gala Chair
ACT-CO Board of Directors
www.actco.ca

Posted: January 17, 2020
| Take down: April 06, 2020
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Ongoing & Upcoming Shows

Many Young Men of Twenty

Toronto Irish Players at Alumnae Theatre, Toronto
February 13 - 29, 2020  
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It’s 1960 and young Irish men and women are leaving the country in droves, bound for England and the hope of jobs and money to send home. Peg sees them leaving from the Hannigans' pub, not able to leave herself, because she has a small son to take care of. The perennial conflict of emigration, the difficulty in leaving the land you call home, the seeming impossibility of staying, plays out in this blend of comedy, drama and music.

Steel Magnolias

Newmarket Stage Company at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 426 , Newmarket
February 20 - 29, 2020  
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The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Disgraced

East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
February 21 - March 07, 2020  
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A play about Amir Kapoor whose life is unraveled over the course of a dinner party with close friends. The conversation navigates through faith, race and politics as everyone's beliefs are challenged and truths are revealed. This incredibly thought-provoking play will have the audience talking long after the curtain comes down.

The Savannah Sipping Society

Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
February 21 - 29, 2020  
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In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate and an impromptu happy hour and decide its high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years.

Good People

The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
February 28 - March 21, 2020  
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In South Boston, where money is tight and entertainment means a few games of bingo, Margie Walsh has lost her job. Scrambling for a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie as a doctor might be her ticket to a fresh start. But is success climbing over the class divide, or making the rent from the card you’ve been given? Margie is about to find out whether strength of character or a lucky break makes good people.

Footloose The Musical

The Oakville Players at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
March 04 - 08, 2020  
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When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

The Tempest

Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
March 05 - 14, 2020  
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Table Manners

South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
March 05 - 22, 2020  
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In this play, Annie has arranged to spend an illicit weekend with her sister Ruth's husband Norman, and for this reason, suitably disguised, has asked her elder brother Reg and his wife Sarah to look after their widowed mother and the house. As it happens the seduction, thought or planned, by each of the six characters never takes place either. Table Manners is part of The Norman Conquests trilogy.

Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
March 06 - 21, 2020  
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In the Bennet sisters' world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight. Journey through a world quite unlike — and yet perhaps not so different from — our own, as Lizzy and Darcy learn that first impressions aren't all they seem, and that second chances can lead to answers that have been there the entire time.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

City Centre Musical Productions at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
March 06 - 15, 2020  
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The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Always A Bridesmaid

Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
March 13 - 22, 2020  
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Four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings... no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra's "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years not only has a wandering eye, but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers—the hard way—that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself. Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season.

Tempting Providence

The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
March 19 - April 04, 2020  
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In 1921 Myra Grimsley signed a two-year contract and boarded a steamship from London, England to St. John's, Newfoundland. Her charge: to serve as the sole health-care provider for three hundred miles of the sparsely settled coast of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula. By the time her contract ran out two years later, Myra was married to local Angus Bennett, and had given birth to their first child, Grace. Based on the true story of Nurse Myra Bennett, Tempting Providence is a play about duty and sadness, love and change. Four strong characters drive this no-frills drama about a young British nurse who only signed on for two years, and the local man for whom she stayed for seventy.

Prelude to a Kiss

Georgetown Little Theatre at John Elliott Theatre, Georgetown
March 27 - April 05, 2020  
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At Peter and Rita's wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita's soul and the old man's to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love's spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it's too late.

The Little Mermaid - Disney's

Scugog Choral Society at Town Hall 1873, Port Perry
March 27 - April 11, 2020  
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Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Goodness

Durham Shoestring Performers at Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa
March 27 - April 04, 2020  
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This remarkable autobiographical play is a Russian-doll-like play: concentric stories enveloping each other. A writer is told, in confidence, a terrible tale of murder and injustice and he promises never to repeat the story. Goodness is the writer breaking his word.

A Red Plaid Shirt

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
April 03 - 18, 2020  
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How do you cope with retirement? Even more pressing, how do you cope with your husband’s retirement? Join Marty, Deb, Fred and Gladys in this light comedy as they seek out new interests to occupy their now abundant leisure time. Choices range from art classes and wood-working projects to rediscovering your youth on a motorcycle, or becoming an obsessive hypochondriac. Middle ground may seem hard to find, but that’s what teamwork – and marriage -- is about, right?

Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun

Whitby Courthouse Theatre at Whitby Centennial Building
April 09 - 25, 2020  
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A pregnant young woman and a disabled man meet at a bus stop and begin a friendship that will change their lives forever.

Rabbit Hole

Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation at Orillia Opera House - Studio T
April 16 - 26, 2020  
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Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca's younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca's mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Theatre Unlimited at Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga
April 17 - 26, 2020  
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An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa.

Mamma Mia!

Burl-Oak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Perfor
April 22 - 26, 2020  
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ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Chapter Two

Ajax Community Theatre at St. Francis Centre, Ajax
April 23 - May 02, 2020  
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Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. This sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone, and she's a keeper. Still, it's a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Theatre Aurora at Theatre Aurora
April 23 - May 02, 2020  
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We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother—these require no further description or amplification here.

Mending Fences

The Bloor West Village Players at Village Playhouse, Toronto
April 24 - May 16, 2020  
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Harry Sullivan hasn't seen his son Drew in thirteen years. And now Drew is coming to Harry's Saskatchewan ranch for a visit. This poignant comedy tells the story of two men who are too stubborn to give in to feelings of the heart. Canada’s best-loved playwright is the height of his craft, and seamlessly weaves pathos and humour in a play that will resonate with anyone who has ever been a father, mother, son or daughter.

Outside Mullingar

Markham Little Theatre at Flato Markham Theatre for the
April 29 - May 02, 2020  
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Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

Cabaret

Scarborough Music Theatre at Scarborough Village Theatre
April 30 - May 16, 2020  
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The scene is the Kit Kat Klub, a nightclub in Berlin, as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. The entire orchestra is onstage, and the actors play along with it when they are not part of the dialogue. Cliff, a young American writer, meets Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff’s luggage at the German border. Musical numbers include Willkommen, Cabaret, Mein Herr, Maybe This Time, The Money Song and Two Ladies. When we revisit the Klub at the end, much is changed, and show ends with a stark foreshadowing of things to come: The Emcee strips off his overcoat to reveal a concentration camp prisoner’s uniform marked with a yellow Star of David and a pink triangle, and the backdrop rises to reveal an electric barbed-wire fence.

The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby

Milton Players Theatre Group at FirstOntario Arts Centre, Milton
May 01 - 09, 2020  
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Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual Fishing Derby. A quirky story complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack.

Over The River And Through The Woods

Caledon Townhall Players at Caledon Townhall Players Theat
May 01 - 09, 2020  
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An Off-Broadway hit about four Italian American seniors who struggle to accept that their remaining grandson has his own dreams that apparently don’t include them. A touching and hilarious play that examines the nature of love, relationships, and the importance of family.

A Gentleman"s Guide To Love And Murder

Kempenfelt Community Players at Ferndale Banquet Hall, Barrie
May 06 - 10, 2020  
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When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind....

The Secret Garden

South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
May 07 - 24, 2020  
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Mary Lennox lives with her rich parents in India. One day a cholera epidemic breaks out and nearly everyone dies. Mary hides in the nursery and wakes up the next morning, no one left. She is sent to England where her uncle, Archibald Craven, lives. The Manor on the Yorkshire moors isn’t a place for a child to grow up and there is a big mystery about a Secret Garden that had been locked up ten years ago. In the gardens she meets an old gardener, and his robin. The robin becomes Mary’s first friend. He shows her the key to the Secret Garden and also the door hidden under thick ivy. As soon as she enters the garden, it becomes her own little mystic world. In a room behind a tapestry she finds a boy, Colin Craven, her cousin. He can’t walk nor stand up, and everybody thinks that he’s going to die. With Mary’s help he goes into the Secret Garden in a kind of a wheel chair, and learns to walk. They all say it’s “Magic” that made all these wonders possible. Great entertainment for the entire family!

Opal's Husband

Newmarket Stage Company at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 426 , Newmarket
May 07 - 16, 2020  
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Bent as usual on a good deed, Opal tries to round up a husband for her friend Rosie and answers a lonely hearts ad placed by "Mister Handsome"—who, when he shows up, proves to be a ninety-five-year-old escapee from a nursing home. As expected, complications ensue, and when Rosie rejects her would-be suitor, Opal reluctantly agrees to marry him in order to keep the old man from the clutches of his scheming daughter. It seems that he really is quite rich, and his desire is to spend his last days (and his fortune) with a nubile maiden on a South Pacific island while his daughter wants him to expire quickly, and quietly, in the old folk's home. Thereafter the plots and counter-plots multiply hilariously as the daughter and her husband try to discredit the marriage (and convince Opal that she is cuckoo), while the old man devises his own plan to catch them in their dirty work. Happily he succeeds, and off he goes to his fond reward, leaving Opal with both an annulment and another delightful lesson in life to pass on to her myriad admirers.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

The Curtain Club at Curtain Club Theatre, Richmond Hill
May 21 - June 06, 2020  
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"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is a witty musical revue that tackles modern love in all its forms.: from the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world and told in a series of vignettes and songs I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Chances traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life.

The Gin Game

Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation at Mariposa Arts Theatre Workshop, Orillia
May 21 - 31, 2020  
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This play uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time, and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats, but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man, and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely, old age.

Shakespeare In Love

East Side Players at Papermill Theatre at Todmorden, Toronto
May 22 - June 06, 2020  
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Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

Leading Ladies

Century Theatre Guild at Century Church Theatre, Hillsburgh
May 29 - June 07, 2020  
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In this hilarious comedy, we meet an elderly lady on her deathbed who is looking for two relatives, Max and Steve, whom she has not seen since she was a child. She plans to bestow her fortune upon them, to be shared with her one remaining niece, Meg. Enter Jack and Leo, two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors. Jack and Leo plot to pose as the missing nephews and arrive in time to claim their inheritance. Imagine their surprise when they discover that Max and Steve are really Maxine and Stephanie! The laughs increase as confusion runs amok, right up to the happy ending when “All’s well that ends well.”

Government Inspector, The

Scarborough Players at Scarborough Village Theatre
May 29 - June 13, 2020  
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South Simcoe Theatre: Four Play - A Showcase of Play Readings

South Simcoe Theatre at Old Town Hall, Cookstown
June 04 - 07, 2020  
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Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott

Scarborough Theatre Guild at Scarborough Village Theatre
June 26 - July 11, 2020  
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Innocence Lost is a riveting take on the Steven Truscott criminal case that follows the events prior to the murder, the subsequent trial and conviction, and a decades-long crusade to have the verdict overturned and Truscott’s name cleared. Still within living memory of many of the baby-boom generation, this is the story that rocked the country for decades, and set in motion seismic changes to the Criminal Justice system in Canada.

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (Youth Performance)

Theatre Aurora at Acton Town Hall Centre
July 26, 2020  
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