Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - 195 - 13 Theatres Where I've Enjoyed Plays or Dance Performances

1 - Prince Andrew High School Auditorium - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Where my stage bug hit and my love affair with theatres began. Performed in plays including Charley's Aunt and musicals including Oklahoma!

2 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saw both the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet companies here on tour when I was a girl.

3 - Neptune Theatre - Halifax

First felt the emotional electric charge between the audience and the performers when I was a girl, in the audience for Gypsy.

4 - Pond Playhouse, Theatre Arts Guild - Halifax

Performed in community theatre out at this small performance space, as well as assistant stage managed and assistant directed productions including The Children's Hour.

5 - O'Keefe Centre / Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre) - Toronto, Ontario

Worked as front of house staff for eight years here, enjoying 24 seasons of both the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, including personal favorites such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Giselle; and Tosca, Carmen and Bluebeard's Castle/Erwartung. And don't forget about the touring companies with stellar productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

6 - Pantages Theatre (now Canon Theatre) - Toronto

I saw the first run cast of The Phantom of the Opera here. Shivery goodness.

7 - North York Performing Arts Centre (now Toronto Centre for the Arts) - Toronto

I was very lucky to see Showboat, Sunset Boulevard and Ragtime here.

8 - The Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto

Brad and I saw the Gershwin musical Crazy for You here on our anniversary.

9 - Princess of Wales Theatre - Toronto

I saw my favorite play of all here, The Importance of Being Ernest.

10 - Young Peoples Theatre (now Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People) - Toronto

I saw Road to Avonlea's Gus Pike - otherwise known as Michael Mahonen - in Salt Water Moon here.

11 - Bathurst Street Theatre - Toronto

My husband and I saw a two-man comedy show featuring Mike Myers here.

12 - Sir James Dunn Theatre - Halifax

Once I'd moved back to Halifax, I was beyond thrilled to catch a ballet performance by Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart here with my mom and sister.

13 - Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto

On trips back to Toronto, I've sighed with bliss to watch the National Ballet of Canada's Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker in this glorious-acoustics space.


Deborah Hale said...

Some beautiful theatres, Julia. I really like the new design for your blog. "The Importance of Being Ernest" is my favorite play, too! Sometime I'll have to show you a picture of me as Lady Bracknell. ;)

Julianne MacLean said...

Wow - all those theatre pics are beautiful, and you've seen some great performances in your lifetime! Love the new layout of the blog, cuz! It looks magnificent!

Xakara said...

Thank you so much! I've had a theater scene in my head but couldn't find just the right picture. These are gorgeous and will work wonderfully! What lovely places you've been :)

Happy TT,

The Clockwork Courtesan

Janet said...

Blog looks fantastic, Julia - very artistic and peaceful. Love it :)

Love the theatre pics, too - thanks for taking us on a tour.

Alice Audrey said...

Wow, a lot of those theaters are impressive.

Hey, love the new look.

Mercy said...

Some inspiring places, great T13!

M. said...

Well, I've seen performances at the Pantages and Princess of Wales Theatres (bth excellent).

Hey, look at you! I almost thought I was in the wrong place. Love the new look.

Travis Cody said...

There's really something different and exciting about sitting down in a theatre.