Northumberland Players Announces the 2016-17 Season

Maureen 2016-17 Season, News 4 Comments

The Northumberland Players and Artistic Director, Jack Boyagian, are pleased to announce the 2016-17 Season Line-up.

This will be our 4oth Anniversary season!

This year features a mix of comedic dinner theatres, classic plays at the Firehall, a renowned family musical at the Capitol, a Shakespearean comedy for secondary school students, a children’s show for school audiences and families, our traditional Christmas radio play, a play by a local playwright, and a musical dinner theatre as a new twist. Three of the productions are Canadian as we get a head start on celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. This season really has something for performers and patrons of all ages.

The 2016-2017 season features successful veteran directors. Matt Kowalyk, who made his directing debut last year with The Glass Menagerie will direct the Pulitzer winning play Proof at the Firehall. Jack Boyagian, who most recently directed Harvey, will direct the hilarious Tony award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christine Sharp who directed Les Belles Soeurs will bring her musical background to directing a fun seasonal musical, The 1940s Radio Christmas Carol. Jim Finan, who directed his way to Best Director and Best Play in the Eastern Ontario Play Festival for Boeing Boeing, will be directing the popular musical Joseph and the Technicolor® Dreamcoat at the Capitol Theatre. Brenda Worsnop returns to the Firehall to direct Waiting for the Parade. Val Russell, Marie Anderson and Alina Adjemian, who staged The Secret Garden, are working on a more intimate musical comedy, Forever Plaid, as an exciting twist on dinner theatre.

John Lunman a seasoned director from Oshawa is a new director to the Players. He will direct Jenny’s House of Joy by Norm Foster. After the tremendous response to local playwright Dave Clark’s premiere of To Shut the Mouths of Lions, Jessica Outram, local writer and director who performed in The Secret Garden, will bring her extensive experience to the Players as she directs her own play, Once Upon a Rocking Chair.

Northumberland Players Youth Theatre

Northumberland Players is building a stronger youth program by expanding the opportunities for children and youth to experience live theatre in their community. Along with the fun, our summer and March Break camps provide many children with theatre skills which they use when they perform in camp shows and in our productions, both those aimed at student audiences and in youth roles like the young sons in Macbeth, Mary Lennox and Colin and the children’s chorus in The Secret Garden, and Charlie Brown and Lucy and the gang in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The children’s Christmas show continues to draw large audiences. Last year 2800 children and their families saw A Charlie Brown Christmas and we expect to see full houses again for The Jungle Book. Shakespeare returns, in this 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, as a student-focused show. Paula Worley will direct A Twelfth Night which will be performed in student matinées and limited public performances. The mandate of the Youth Theatre program is to include and engage more youth, both as performers and on the production teams. This season, over 50 students will be on stage in three of our productions. Look forward to seeing younger faces gaining valuable experience in the theatre and in Northumberland Players.

Watch for further details on each of the productions in the brochure or on the website in June. Subscriptions and tickets will go on sale in the summer.

Auditions for the new season will begin soon. Watch for audition notices at https://www.northumberlandplayers.ca/auditions/.

If you are interested in producing, directing, or stage managing one of the plays, contact Artistic Director Jack Boyagian at (905) 372-0577 and leave a message or at info@northumberlandplayers.com.

To get involved in a production behind the scenes as a member of the production team, go to Get Involved>Volunteer, call 905-372-0577 and leave a message, or call the producer contact listed on the audition notice directly if you have a specific job in mind.

Comments 4

  1. I am a classically trained music theatre performer who moved to the area and am wondering if your theatre company does musicals. I am about to explore your website bUT thought I would ask and also ask what your audition process generally entails. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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      Thank you for your interest in performing with Northumberland Players, a not-for-profit community theatre staff where everyone is a volunteer. We have just made the first announcement of our 2016-17 Season. Look for more details to be posted at the end of our current season later this month when the website will “rollover” to the new season.

      We perform a musical every year in February at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope. Our recent shows have included Les Misérables and The Secret Garden. The musical for the 2016-17 season will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. This year, we will also present a musical, Forever Plaid, for a dinner theatre audience in April.

      You can find out about auditions in many ways once the new season starts:
      – on this website, audition notices appear as news posts in the lower right corner of the home page and on the web page for each play under Our Season;
      – there is an Auditions page under the Get Involved menu which will be updated as the auditions are scheduled;
      – audition notices are posted on Facebook; Like us at Northumberland Players for all the latest news;
      – eBlast newsletters also have audition notices. Go to the About Us menu, scroll down and hit the sign-up button to receive our newsletter every two weeks.
      – auditions are also usually advertised in Northumberland Today.

      Auditions are scheduled beginning in the summer and into the fall and winter. Auditions for each show are held at our Firehall Theatre, usually over two evenings. Some directors also schedule callbacks. Each audition notice outlines rehearsal and performance dates, explains what the director expects at an audition, and provides a contact number to call for more information.

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      Hi Lois,
      I have forwarded your name to the Costume House.
      Thank you for thinking of us.
      Maureen, Webmaster

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