Wednesday, November 7, 2012

News Roundup, November 7, 2012

Ashlie Corcoran
SEASONS ANNOUNCED: (Toronto) Soulpepper has announced an incredibly ambitious 2013 season which includes the two parts of Tony Kushner's miraculous Angels in America as well as the gloriously funny Ayckbourne trilogy, The Norman Conquests. (Source) Meanwhile, the lineup for World Stage 2013, slated for February, will include the Dutch production KAMP, Othello, C'est Qui from Germany and Côte d'Ivoire, Claire Coulter as Lear in Philip McKee's play of the same name and the wonderfully silly Dachshund UN, an installation/performance piece with - what else? - Dachshunds. (Source) (Vancouver) Bard on the Beach has released some details of the upcoming summer season. In the lineup: Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex. (Source) (Gananoque) The Thousand Islands Playhouse new Artistic Director, Ashlie Corcoran, will be presenting a wide variety of Canadian and American works as part of the 2013 season. Among them David Young's No Great Mischief, David French's Salt-Water Moon and the musicals Suds and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Source) Drayton Entertainment, the company that handles several venues in Cottage Country and beyond, has announced its summer 2013 lineup. Productions include: Lend Me a Tenor and two shows with flyers: Mary Poppins and Peter Pan. (Source)

NUMBERS: (Toronto) Alexander Neef, the COC boss, has much to be proud of with the release of the numbers for the Canadian Opera Company for its last season. The 2011/12 season had 91% attendance - amazing with such an ambitiously eclectic season - and the fourth highest single ticket sales in the company's history. 125,238 patrons attended the 67 performances. Meanwhile, the company's music director, Johannes Debus, renewed his contract through the 2016/17 season. (Source: COC) War Horse, the British import, will conclude an astounding run of 368 performances on January 6, 2013. (Source: Mirvish)

AWARDS: Gascon-Roux: The National Theatre School has announced it will award its annual Gascon-Roux Award to directors Dominic Champagne and Peter Hinton. Siminovitch: The final $100,000 Elinore and Lou Siminovitch prize has been awarded to lighting designer Robert Thomson. Thomson has chosen as his protégés (who will share $25,000 of the prize) designers Jason Hand and Raha Javanfar.

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