News From Around the Barrio

The Toronto theatre community, is all atwitter (literally, I’m sure as well as figuratively) over this exciting news: Jake Epstein (Ross Petty’s Cinderella, and the star of this winter’s hit play Dog Sees Goda National Theatre School of Canada graduate, and much beloved internationally for his turn on CTV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation) has been cast in the National Touring Company of the Broadway hit musical Spring Awakening. When this show was playing in Toronto I frequently told anyone who would listen that as talented and fantastic as the American cast of Spring Awakening is, our Canadian theatre stars are equally as brilliant. I am thrilled to my toes that the Casting Directors of this fantastic show apparently agree! I will post more information as it becomes available and I wish Jake an amazing adventure. We’re so proud of you!
It is with bittersweetness I’m sure that Sharron Matthews gets ready for the second last Sharron’s Party ever this weekend. You’re not going to want to miss the greatest Cabaret in the city. Sharron is ever fabulous. Tomorrow night she entertains special guest stars Patti Loach and Brad Hampton. For a preview of the hilarity that will ensue, check out this promotional video.

Saturday night features the FIERCE Carling Connor and Marcus Nance. Saturday and Friday both feature the divinity of Sharron Matthews, who needs to be seen in person for her genius to be truly appreciated/believed and for you to really have entered the divalicious rockstar haven that is Sharron’s Party. Get your tickets now, people! All the cool kids’ll be there! Buddies in Bad Times. May 29th and 30th. Second. Last. Party. EVER.

Lastly, I’m providing a very special, awesome opportunity for everyone in Halifax who knows children between the ages of four and eighteen. And there is an extra special opportunity for children between the ages of four and six years old! Beginning June 30th, I, Amanda Campbell, along with an epic conglomeration of other enthusiastic, knowledgeable, gosh-darn fun theatre artists and practitioners, are going to be teaching Summer Camps at Neptune Theatre School! The camps run in either one or two week sessions for a total of eight weeks and focus on a variety of different forms of theatre such as musical theatre, Shakespeare, script work, and themed camps for the little ones like Super Spies/CSI and Dr Seuss and all sorts of opportunities for adventure! I teach the four to six year olds, where we play tons of games, read stories, and write our own plays to perform at the end of the week! It’s a blast and a half and I’m stoked! You can register for the Camps and get more information on this lovely website!

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