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Acting – The Real Thing – workshop

Acting – The Real Thing

What is expected of the professional actor?
What is the real thing when it comes to a career in acting?

This two hour workshop will open up the real world of acting through exercises that demonstrate how to best use the actor’s instrument… yourself.

Taught by Anna MacKay-Smith, an acting teacher for 20 years to professionals, actor, director and producer and Sam Coyle, just out of a two year acting program at the HB Studio in New York City. Sam attended Uxbridge High School three years ago and will talk about how working in the real world of acting opened her eyes. Anna, artistic director of The Motley Theatre Company in Uxbridge and director of The MOM Project and The AhMen Project will speak of her career of teaching young actors fresh out of high school who seriously wanted to have a career as an actor.

This hands on workshop will be lots of fun and a real eye-opener for both those interested in becoming an actor and those who wish to know more about the theatre and film world.

Details: Friday September 18, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. as part of The Celebration of the Arts week.
Location: Uxbridge Library (lower meeting room)
Fee: $ 20
For registration please contact: Gretel Boose at Ph. 905-982-0356 or

Haydn Concert

A Haydn Memorial – recognizing the 200th anniversary of his death. Sonata and other piano music, songs and arias, and the Trumpet Concerto performed by Jane Loewen, soprano, Anthony Holt piano and guest trumpeter (McGill Student) Alison Hanley.

Concerts at Port Perry Presbyterian Church, Sat October 24 at 7.30 p.m. and at Uxbridge Presbyterian Church. Sunday October 25 at 3.00 p.m.

Tickets $15.00 at the door Phone inquiries 905 852 5970

OSA in the GTA: a year later

Lynne McIlvride Evans, Joseph Muscat and Judith Graham are having a three-person show at the wonderful David Kaye Gallery July 30 to August 23. Opening is July 30, 6:00-8:00 !!!


Show Details

Saturday Music Madness

August 29, 2009

Durham West Arts Centre is proud to present the 4th annual Saturday Music Madness. This program, starring talented young performers from around Durham Region, will be held in Centre Court at Pickering Town Centre on Saturday, August 29th, between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. This will be an exciting opportunity both for the young performers and for the Durham West Arts Centre to gain recognition in the community.

Art in the Park 2009

August 15 & 16, 2009
10am – 5pm
Elgin Park, Uxbridge
Sponsored by
Uxbridge & District Lions Club — “District A”

This Festival of artists and artisans has been running in Uxbridge for the past fourteen years. Uxbridge is located in Durham Region just 45 minutes north east of Toronto and Elgin Park is situated in the south central part of town. The Artists sites are situated throughout the wooded area of the Elgin Park.


Beauty & The Beast (the musical), July 2-18 in Port Perry

Cadenza productions proudly presents this stage version of the Disney animated musical. Witness the transformation of the Beast from hideous monster to charming prince, by a girl who’s ‘different from the rest’. Add the antics of all the enchanted objects in the castle plus a few other crazy characters and you have a fun show for all ages.

Show dates are July 2/3/4, 9/10/11 and 16/17/18 @ 8 pm, with matinee performances on July 5 and 12 @ 2 pm. Tickets sell out early so don’t delay to make sure you get the best seats available!

Tickets are $20 and available at Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery, 200 Queen St,  Port Perry. They can also be reserved by phone, (905)-985-2435


Maud’s Thespians present


by Paul Ledoux
at the Historic Leaskdale Church

Imagine watching a dramatic re-creation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s best-loved story while sitting in the very church (or even the very pew) occupied by the author herself, every Sunday morning for 15 years!

That will be your experience this June when you come to Leaskdale for Paul Ledoux’ hilarious but moving interpretation of Anne of Green Gables, performed in the sanctuary of the Historic Church where Maud’s husband, Ewan MacDonald, was the pastor from 1911 to 1926, and where Maud herself played a leading role in church affairs (including, locals say, directing a troupe of young Sunday School players).

All of your favourite Anne scenes are here: Anne & Matthew at the station, Anne’s apology to Rachel Lynde, Anne & Diana’s tea party, the saving of Minnie Mae, Anne as the Lady of Shallott, brought to life by an experienced and talented cast. With beautiful period costumes and imaginative staging which transforms the church sanctuary into a multitude of Avonlea scenes, you will find yourself transported easily into the magical world of Anne Shirley, one of the world’s favourite literary characters.

It’s a small country church, so seats are limited. Book your tickets now for this intimate encounter with Anne of Green Gables.

June 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30 pm
June 13, 14, 20 at 2 pm

Tickets are available at Blue Heron Books and at Leaskdale Country Store, or email me and I’ll save tickets for you at the door.

Barb Pratt


The Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund now celebrates its first ten years and Lesley Joosten (flute) and Anthony Holt are giving a recital on Sunday June 14. This is at 2.00 p.m. at St Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church on Toronto Street.

Do please join us – no charge, though donations are invited towards the Fund.

The programme will not be much more than an hour – a relaxing way to begin your Sunday afternoon! We do hope to see you there.

Anthony Holt and Lesley Joosten

With Stuart Beaudoin accompanist

Founders of the UMSF

Celebrate 10 years of Adjudications

Sunday, June 14, 2:00pm

St. Andrew’s Chalmer’s Presbyterian Church

40 Toronto St., Uxbridge

One hour of mixed repertoire

No tickets required, donations appreciated

Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund

Rising Stars Concert, May 8


On Friday May 8th, the community of Uxbridge will once again enjoy the annual Rising Stars Concert presented by the Uxbridge Music Scholarship Fund. It’s an opportunity to hear some of our finest young musicians demonstrate their terrific talent, and remind us of why music education is so important. This year the concert will feature violin, piano, flute and voice performances, with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund which assists local students pursuing post-secondary studies in music.

One of last year’s scholarship winners, Kathryn Dnes, will treat the audience to her virtuosic violin playing. She will also play some tunes with her sisters Nicole and Natalie as the well-known and popular local fiddle trio, The Dnes Sisters. Their accompanists include Elaine Brandon on piano, and Chris Saunders on guitar.

The church’s magnificent grand piano will be played with mastery by two talented young pianists, Issac Hong and Stephanie Bacon, both of whom are working on their Royal Conservatory of Music grade 10 in piano. Sunderland Festival award winner Naomi Wilkes will thrill the audience with her beautiful flute playing, with Stuart Beaudoin as accompanist.

Rounding out the program will be a variety of vocal performances. The J.G. Gould Intermediate Jazz Choir, under the direction of Katie Fockler and accompanied on piano by Anthony Holt, will delight everyone with a selection of songs. Members of the cast of the Uxbridge Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of Back to the 80’s will perform several numbers from the show. As well, Ainslie Drew-Brook will return to the Uxbridge stage to sing (Ainslie is an Uxbridge favourite for her wonderful performances in the lead role of local music theatre productions such as Oliver and High School Musical, before going on to pursue drama studies at University of Toronto). She will be accompanied by Jane Loewen, the concert organizer and evening’s MC.

Come out and enjoy this special musical evening on Friday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically-grand setting of St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, 40 Toronto St. S. in Uxbridge. Tickets are available at the door (Church St. entrance) – adults $15, students $10, children under 10 free. See you there!

Silverbirch Charity Concert

Silverbirch Charity Concert at the Uxbridge Music Hall this Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m..

This entertaining event, in its 5th year, promises to be bigger and better than ever. The concert is a fundraiser for ArtsCan Circle, which extends opportunities to at risk aboriginal youth in northern communities, through music and art. This is an extremely successful program and is run, like so many, on volunteers. Musical instruments have been amassed and donated to many youth, but ArtsCan Circle requires funding to get volunteer musicians and artists up to these communities in order to facilitate workshops. Please take a moment to learn more about inspiring story by exploring their website:


You will enjoy a full night of entertainment by Wendell Ferguson, 6 year running CCMA ‘Guitarist of the Year’ award, to add to his collection of other awards and accolades. Joining Wendell will be the music of the Dnes Sisters, and of course, Silverbirch themselves – the hosts of this great event.

Tickets are only $15 at: Blue Heron, Stadam, the Legion, or through fellow UAA Member, Tom McCreight of Silverbirch at: 705-228-8426

Another great night of entertainment…close to home!