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The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues Return to Uxbridge!

Due to popular demand, Roger Varley, local actor/writer/director, has reassembled his stellar cast of: Cecilia Smith, Dorothy Partridge, Denny Corbett and Lisha Cassibo to re-stage the successful show they presented three years ago.

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is a funny, poignant, irreverent, sad and joyous communion of women which is sure to have audience members talking long after the show is over. But it is a communion to which men are also invited.

Uxbridge Music Hall: Thurs. March 19 to Sat. March 21, 8 pm.

Advanced Tickets are $20 at: Check It Out, Blue Heron Books, Presents, Presents, or from the box office prior to the performance.

Due to the mature nature of the show, admittance is restricted to those 16 years old and up.

The Importance of Being Earnest

OnStage Uxbridge Proudly Presents
Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant, witty comedy

Directed by
Michael Clipperton
Produced by
Conrad Boyce

April 9 – 11 and 16 – 18 Evenings 8:00pm
Saturday Matinee April 18, 3:00pm

Tickets at • 905.862.5654
Brockstreet Music, 43B Brock St. W., Uxbridge

Writers’ Circle of Durham Region

Durham Region is home to a vibrant community of freelance writers, authors, poets, playwrights and journalists. Several hundred of us belong to the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region. Our one-of-a-kind organization actively supports experienced and developing writers through monthly breakfast meetings, workshops and other events.

Close to a hundred talented writers gather on the second Saturday of the month to enjoy an industry speaker or a special event, and to network with other creative people at our breakfast meetings. These meetings also provide an opportunity to meet the notable speakers we bring in. For example, in March, we have booked Robert J. Sawyer, Canada’s czar of science-fiction. In April, it’s Nicholas Boothman, best-selling author of How to Make Someone Like You in 90 Seconds or Less. May brings a panel discussion with an agent, small press publisher and Shelley MacBeth of Uxbridge’s Blue Heron Books.

To learn more about the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region, please explore our website at


The Borelians’ Present “PETER PAN”

Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry
Evenings at 8 pm: February 19 – 21, 26- 28 and March 6
Matinees at 2 pm: February 21 & 28 and March 7

A fundraising art draw will be held each performance to raise money for both the Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital in London, England and the Port Perry Hospital Foundation, as well as the Borelians scholarship fund. The donated paintings will be on display in the patron’s lounge of the theatre and tickets may be purchased pre-show and during intermission.

Tickets $21 adults and $19 seniors / students are available from:
Meta4 Gallery, 200 Queen St. Port Perry 905 985 2435 or 1 888 985 2435

Uxbridge Music Scholarship Concert

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

A special performance for the 12th Anniversary
Motley Theatre Company
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Terrence McNally
with Ken Welsh and Anna MacKay-Smith

Friday February 27th
7 pm – please note early start
Royal Canadian Legion
109 Franklin Street, Uxbridge
pay at the door, no reservations

Frankie and Johnny was Motley’s very first play reading…

It has been twelve years since the twinkle in Ken Welsh’s and my eyes created the very first playreading that brought about the conception of The Motley Theatre Company. At the back of the old Combine Restaurant we performed a two hander called Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally on Valentine’s Day, 1997. The success of that, led to another performance of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. This too was met with such enthusiasm that we started The Motley Theatre Company.

For eight years we produced a playreading a month for eight months of the year. That is 64 plays – comic, tragic, classical, brand new, small casts, enormous casts, Canadian, International. Some of the first ones had eight people in the audience – one that the audience even outnumbered the cast members. By the end of the eight years we were consistently bringing in over a hundred people to the Legion, the first Sunday of every month. We had incredible professional actors from Toronto and some who lived locally, including Neil Crone, Eric Petersen, Paul Gross, Graham Greene, Gordon Pinsent, Rosemary Dunsmore, Janet-Laine Green and Booth Savage, Rachel McAdams, Barbara Budd, Sheila McCarthy, Stewart Arnott, Sonya Smits, R.H. Thompson and many, many more wonderful actors. They all loved to perform for Motley and all of them commented on how incredible the Uxbridge audience was. They would ask to come back, which they often did, two or more times. It was also a joy to include Uxbridge’s own incredible talent of Ruth Smith, Conrad Boyce, Roger Varley and Suzanne Crone and more. Stephen Sword was our mainstay stage directions reader and often he kicked in to play an assortment of characters,

What wonderful memories. How often the audience, who became the Motley family, (first timers became instant members) would tell me they missed the readings which stopped in 2005. Having moved from Uxbridge, I too miss the readings and was thrilled when the Celebration of the Arts asked me for a reading for their Opening Kick-Off night for their amazing two week festival of the arts last September where we performed Painting Churches by Tina Howe to a fabulous reception. Just recently I have been asked for another Motley reading at Celebration of the Arts 2009.

All this as an introduction to the announcement that Ken and I, twelve years older and of course much wiser, will be performing Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Friday Feb. 27 at the Legion. It is still one of my favourite plays and what is the most amazing treat is that Ken performed in this as an original play on Broadway with Kathy Bates in 1987. To say the least I was a tad intimidated the first time Ken and I performed it. But I found out then that when you work with a brilliant talent like Ken, half of your work is done. He makes it so much easier because he never gives a false note. You rise to the occasion. We reluctantly acknowledge we are both too old to play these characters anywhere else but with Motley, but as I told him, in Painting Churches we were both too young, the characters being in their seventies. So we just average it with the use of my special brand of mathematical skills, and we are perfect!

We hope you will all come and relive the memories and for the first timers, join the family in our twelve year reunion party playreading.

$15 admission. 7 pm on Friday February 27…Pay at the door. No reservations.
For more information call Anna

Break The Rules

Most of us have two lives, The life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands the unspoken rules we have created for ourselves and voices that keep us small. Time to Break the Rules!

On Thursday February 26th Anna MacKay-Smith from the highly acclaimed MOM and AhMen Projects and Dragonfly Workshops presents the first in

Break The Rules Workshops Series

Creative Fire
Creativity is a birthright that was stolen from us at an early age. Reclaim it!

Provocative, fun, inspiring, entertaining!
(workshop participant)

Anna uses her eclectic talents to perform, debate, brainstorm, inspire and challenge.
Join us for an evening that will help you recognize the voices that stop your from being all that you can be. Find some useful tools to confront those voices so that you can start the steps toward living the life you know is inside you.

You will walk away with a creation that speaks from the beautiful voice of your soul.
No fancy clothes – it may get messy!!

Anna encourages me – to be me – to be the magnificent me – using art, writing, dancing, journaling, listening, imagining – always guiding me towards what I want. That is the great mystery of course, but with humor, sensitivity, compassion and play, Anna helps me untangle my tangled web of thoughts, insecurities, and digressions and keeps me focused on clarifying my goals. Anna’s own life experiences, as well as her professional acting, directing, producing, and teaching careers makes her a realistic, worldly, and exuberant workshop leader and creativity life coach.

Beware: you will laugh – many ,many times.
Janet-Laine Green (Actress)

Thursday February 26th
7 – 10 pm
Goodwood Hall
268 Hwy 47, Goodwood

$25.00 – Pre-registration – Blue Heron Books
$35.00 – Registration at the door
For more information contact Anna at

Uxbridge Chamber Choir, 25th Anniversary Concert, Feb. 8th, 3pm

Join us for a memorable, and historic, event as the Choir celebrates 25 years. The concert will be held at Trinity United Church, Uxbridge. To mark this special occasion, the Choir is joined by the Uxbridge Youth Choir with director Jennifer Neveu-Cook and talented baritone soloist Jonathan Liebich for John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”. Other featured works are Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Martin Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”.  All alumni of the choir are also cordially invited to join in with a tribute ‘fanfare’ of Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, an endearing favourite. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and children) and are available at Blue Heron Books or Presents, Presents, Presents in Uxbridge, or at the door. Full details at


Onstage Uxbridge presents at the Music Hall
the musical
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederic Loewe
directed by Chilina Kennedy
musical direction by David Geene and Steffan Brunette
Jan 15-17, 22-24, 2009

Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, For one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot.

Here, in the magical Castle of the Forest Sauvage, is where we explore themes of unrequited love, chivalry, brotherhood, truth and justice. The colour and pageantry of the days of King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Round Table come to the stage in one of theatre history’s favourite musicals, Camelot. Lerner and Loewe, creators of Brigadoon and My fair Lady, wrote some of their greatest songs for this show, including If Ever I would Leave you, C’est Moi and the title song. The show begins with the idyllic marriage of Arthur and Guinevere and ends with the tragic love triangle involving Sir Lancelot.

Our production is being directed and choreographed several musicals for Uxbridge Musical Theatre in past, and went on to star in the national US tour of Mamma Mia!

Tickets available online at or by phone at 905-862-5654 or in person at Brockstreet Music, 43B Brock St. W., Uxbridge

Magnolia’s Studio Christmas Show & Sale

10209 3rd Concession (5 km. N of Davis)

Nov. 22 & 23, 10 – 4 pm

For details, contact (905) 473-1672