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Uxbridge High Drama Presents Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice Poster
The Uxbridge Secondary School Dramatic Arts Department is proud to present…

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austin
Adapted for the Stage by Jon Jory

Selling over 20 million copies, Jane Austin’s, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous and beloved novels in English literature. Its popularity has resulted in the demand of audiences for a dramatization of the novel– ours being one of them.
All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

Filled with brilliant wordplay, laughter, dance and gorgeous costumes, Pride and Prejudice is a delightful theatrical experience that will appeal to all. Come out to support the dedicated students of Uxbridge Secondary School and experience the magic of Jane Austen’s world. Shows are Jan 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door.

Uxbridge Historical Centre

Wednesday, October 15, 7pm – Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society presents Ted Barris and his book, The Great Escape: Presentation and book signing with author and educator Ted Barris discussing his latest book, The Great Escape. At the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6. All are welcome to attend, light refreshments, donations appreciated. for details.

Friday, October 24, 7pm to 9pm – Fright at the Museum, Haunted Village and Scavenger Hunt. Interactive and family appropriate with some scary content. $2/person at the door. Last entry at 8:30pm. At the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6. Visit for details.

Tuesday, October 28, 7 to 9pm – Museum Lecture Series presents PROO(F): Paranormal Researchers of Ontario. Learn all about paranormal research and ghost hunting, including equipment and research methods, and view fascinating footage from Proo(f)’s previous paranormal research. Might not be suitable for children. Light refreshments, by donation. At the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6. Visit for details.

Wednesday, November 5th, 7 to 9pm – Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society presents the Uxbridge Legion Pipe Band. Hear the Pipe Band and learn about its history. All are welcome to attend, light refreshments, donations appreciated. At the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6. Visit for details.

Uxbridge Historical Centre Events

Thursday, Sept. 11, 1 to 3pm – Nurses of WW1 Presentation with author and historian Sher Leetooze. Uxbridge Historical Centre hosts a special presentation by author and historian Sherrell Leetooze with her fascinating new book ‘WW1 Nursing Sisters of Old Durham County’. For this presentation Ms. Leetooze will present her research on WW1 nurses from Uxbridge and other Ontario County communities. The author of over a dozen books on history and natural history, Sherrell’s historical knowledge and storytelling skills are bound to keep you entertained. Copies of her other books will also be available for purchase. Don’t miss it! 7239 Concession Rd. 6, Uxbridge.
By donation, light refreshments. 905-852-5854 or

Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30 to 4pm – Victorian Fashion Show and Tea with historian Nancy MacLeod at the Uxbridge Seniors’ Centre, 75 Marietta Street, Uxbridge. Fundraiser for Uxbridge Historical Centre. Historian Nancy MacLeod has taken her Victorian Fashion Show all over southern Ontario and now she is bringing this popular show to Uxbridge. Victorian fashion and tradition come to life in this highly entertaining and historically accurate show that offers a fascinating look at Victorian clothing and life from the ‘Gone with the Wind’ era. Everything from the underwear on up will be modelled by members of the community.
Tea sampling, sweets and treats, door prizes and much more. Tickets $25/person available at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6, Uxbridge.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30 to 5pm – Plein Air Experience, a FREE Culture Days event at Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession Rd. 6, Uxbridge. Calling all Artists and Artists-at-Heart ! Dust off your paints and brushes and experience creating art “En Plein Air” (outdoors). Participants can work at the scenic Uxbridge Historical Centre, or other outdoor locations around beautiful Uxbridge, the Trail Capital of Canada! In the afternoon, participants will showcase their art and enjoy a talk by a guest speaker. Registration and information package at Uxbridge Historical Centre 8:30-10am day of event. – See more at:

Visit the Historical Centre’s website at or contact them at 905-852-5854 or for more information.

Exhibit at Art on the Fringe

Artists of Uxbridge has taken over the Art on the Fringe

From the Heart – Concert

Village Voices, directed by Joan Andrews, presents a selection of love songs in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. With vocalist Sharon Smith and her group. Choral Café refreshments and Aunt Sarah’s delicious chocolates will be available.

Wednesday February 12, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Please join us in the Rehearsal Hall, upstairs at the Cornell Community Centre, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham.

Tickets: Adult $20 Sr/St $15. Children 12 and under free. At the door, call 905-294-8687 or email

Visit for more info. Donations for the Markham Food Bank are appreciated.

The Crucible – play

The Uxbridge Secondary School Dramatic Arts Department is proud to present…

By Arthur Miller

The Crucible is the first dramatic production ever to take place in our newly constructed theatre at U.S.S.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and written by world-renowned American playwright Arthur Miller, The Crucible recounts the real life events surrounding the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in Massachusetts. The play begins with a group of girls dancing in the forest around a fire and trying to contact spirits. One of the girls is found unconscious on the ground and stories of witchcraft arise. Trials ensue where some of the townsfolk are accused of witchcraft while others are denounced as liars. Adultery is revealed, provoking a truly extraordinary test of the human spirit. The witchcraft trials divide the town into those who want something for themselves and those who are willing to fight for what is right.

“In a crucible of searing heat, a man’s soul must submit to relentless examination where his character will be forged or destroyed.”

The play was written as an allegory during the era of ‘McCarthyism’ in the United States when the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities engaged in a ‘Witch-Hunt’ of their own and blacklisted several accused communists, whipping up an atmosphere of paranoia and deceit which closely mirrored the hysteria that gripped the early Puritan towns of New England.

An ageless tale of fear, greed and power written by one of the greatest playwrights of all time

The Crucible reflects the infinite capacity for both good and evil which lurks within us all and the enduring power of the human spirit. Come out to be among the first audience members to experience our new venue and help support the dedicated students of Uxbridge Secondary School. Shows are January 15th, 16th, and 17th 2014. Doors open at 6:30pm, curtain at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door.

Handmade In Uxbridge

The Handmade In Uxbridge Christmas sale
at the Blue Heron Studio
(behind Blue Heron Bookshop on Toronto St in Uxbridge)

We hope to see you all for Pleasurable and Unstressed Christmas shopping, you will surely find Unique and Lovely pieces made by local artists and artisans!

Come and join us for the opening event at 2-5pm, or later in the sale

3rd Christmas Show for WindReach Farm

Scugog Council for the Arts – Sparkle Sale

Your Invitation
to visit the
“Sparkle Sale”
Dec 7 to 21, 2013

Pink Chinese Soapstone – The Wave – $450.

Jellies Hanging Art – Gallery Wrap – 20″ x 30″ $225. also as “Gift Card” with envelope. $4.95

Sparkle Sale Opening Reception
Saturday December 7. Join us from 1 to 4 p.m.
Art and crafts from local artisans are on display until December 21 at the Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, located at 181 Perry Street, right next to the township office.

Join us on Saturday December 7 to meet and greet some of the artists who have work on display and for sale at this years’ Sparkle Sale. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 3 p.m.

Scugog Council for the Arts
181 Perry Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1B8

Stone Carving
“I look at the piece of stone until I see a shape in it, then I just chip way everything that’s not that “Shape”. – Stuart Blower – 2013

For me the ability to change a lump of stone into a specific shape and form is very satisfying. It’s a control thing, I enjoy the fact that I can shape the rock to my will and produce a three dimensional form where non existed before.
My first piece was a small, Haida myth inspired soap stone carving affectionally named Igor, who has a permanent place in our living room. He took me a year to complete, working with a wood carving knife. I finished him just in time to go back to Bancroft, Ontario to buy another piece of soapstone for my next project, which also took a year to finish. Since then, my output has increased and I am now able to work with bigger, heavier materials such as marble and granite, using air powered tools.


This season, OnStage Uxbridge and Director Andy Fiddes are offering up something a little different from the repertoire normally seen at small Canadian theatres. A wonderful play named RED – which – for those who keep tabs – is a 2010 Tony Award winner, and up until this year has played only in large urban venues. Until this Fall one had to travel afar to see RED. A full purse or a wallet full of plastic would likely be necessary – RED has been presented in Chicago, Vancouver, London – well you get the idea- in big expensive cities.

RED is a compact, serious, highly concentrated play and it deals with an incident in the life of Mark Rothko one of the pioneers of American abstract expressionist painting in the 1950s. The cast is small – two actors only – allowing for a wonderful counterpoint and dramatic tension which starts early in the play and continues unabated until the very end.

RED is opening at the Music Hall Thursday Nov 28th, 29th & 30th (Fri also has a student matinee) and Thurs Dec 5th, 6th & 7th. (Sat Dec 7th also has 3:00pm matinee). All evening shows start 8:00pm. Think about coming to the Gala Friday Dec 6th 6:30.

Tickets can be purchased on line at or the Little Acorn in Uxbridge. If you need more information call Anne Wilde on the Onstage Uxbridge tel. 905-904-0895.

Wine $5 tax in, complimentary ord’eurves, tea, coffee. Friday Dec 6 is also adjudication night. You are invited to stay for the public after show adjudication.