2020 FUNDrive!

Do you have the post-Christmas blues? Wish that giving season came back? Want to support a great cause AND get rid of everything you just replaced with gifts? Donate your used clothing and small household items and help independent theatre thrive. Bygone Theatre has partnered with Value Village to help you help us. Every pound you donate translates to dollars on the stage. Your donation will help us put on the quality, historically accurate shows you love – but will also help us house our large vintage and antique prop and costume warehouse AND allow us to give back to the arts community. Get an early start on spring cleaning and come to any one of our community partners today!

Event Dates: December 20 – February 1, 2020

Collection location during drive:
38 Cross St, Toronto, ON M9N 2B9

Gigi’s House of Frills, 731 Dovercourt Road, TORONTO, ON M6H 2W7

Pickups available – email conor@bygonetheatre.com

Visit our site for more details and to make a pledge!

Broadway World Award Winners

The Broadway World Toronto Award Winners have been announced! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, including;

EMILY DIX – Best Director, The Rear Window

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TRISTAN CLAXTON – Best Performance by a Leading Actor, The Rear Window

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KATE MCARTHUR – Best Performance by a Featured Actress, The Rear Window

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WESLEY BABCOCK – Best Original Lighting Design, The Rear Window

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THOMAS FINN – Best Cabaret Performance, A Rat Packed Christmas

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See the complete list of winners here.

A Very Vintage Christmas with the Revue Cinema

The Revue Film Society presents a Free Community Screening of Elf on Saturday December 21st and of A Christmas Story on Sunday December 22nd, in support of the Parkdale Community Food Bank. The Revue will be collecting donations for the Parkdale Community Food Bank!

Pre-show stage performance: A Very Vintage Christmas presented by Bygone Theatre! On Saturday enjoy the song stylings of Elizabeth Rose Morriss, and on Sunday the crooning and comedy of Thomas and Kevin Finn.

Special thanks to the supporters of The Revue Cinema‘s annual Holiday Community Screenings: Reunion Coffee Roasters | Pollock’s Home Hardware | Master Mechanic High Park | Dollfactory by Damzels | Scout | The Mercantile | Sweetpea’s | Meridian Credit Union | Bill Mohan Sutton Real Estate | The DuHamel Family

Please note that since this Revue Film Society event is free, it is our policy to overbook to ensure capacity. We will begin releasing unclaimed seats to the rush line 5 minutes before the start of the event. In case of a full house, your reservation may not guarantee admission. Please note that only 2 tickets can be reserved per order. We recommend you arrive early! Visit their website to book your tickets.

Broadway World Toronto Award Nominations

We’re thrilled to have a total of 14 nominations for the Broadway World Toronto Awards, 11 of which are for people involved in our March 2019 production of The Rear Window.

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Tristan Claxton as Jeff in The Rear Window.

Congratulations and best of luck to all those who are nominated, voting only takes a couple of minutes and can be done here. Bygone is honoured to be recognized in the following categories;

Best Community Theatre – Bygone Theatre
Best Direction of a Play (Equity) – Emily Dix (The Rear Window)
Best Play (Equity) – The Rear Window
Best Independent Theatre ProductionThe Rear Window
Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity) – Tristan Claxton (The Rear Window)
Best Leading Actress (Play, Equity) – Kate McArthur (The Rear Window)
Best Original Costume Design – Emily Dix (The Rear Window)
Best Original Set Design – Emily Dix (The Rear Window)
Best Original Lighting Design – Wes Babcock (The Rear Window)
Best Performance by a Female in a Featured Role (Play, Equity) – Kate McArthur (The Rear Window)
Best Performance by a Male in a Featured Role (Play, Equity) – Tristan Claxton, Alex Clay (The Rear Window)
Best Cabaret Performance – Thomas Finn, A Rat-Packed Christmas, Crooning Comics and A Night With Frank & Judy
Thank you to all the talented and lovely people who we’ve worked with this past year, here’s to many more!

Something For The Buoys

The first show of our 2019/20 season is just around the corner! October 9-20 join us at the George Ignatieff Theatre in Toronto for Eli Pasic’s Something For The Buoys!

This parody of 1930s nautical musicals is being presented by Larry Silverberg and is produced by Sapling Productions in association with Bygone Theatre. Sapling is taking the creative lead while we here at Bygone help behind the scenes to mount the world premiere of this ambitious new musical comedy.

Listen to the recent Stageworthy Podcast for some insights into the creative process.

Tickets are on sale now, use the code BTVIP at checkout to save 25% off general admission!

SYNOPSIS: A starry-eyed sailor named Jimmy feels lonely and wants nothing more than to find his true love. Accompanied by Larry, his womanizing best pal, he sneaks ashore and enters the wonderful world of New York City. Of course, Jimmy immediately stumbles upon his true love. But between a big-time Broadway offer and a cranky captain with an Alka-Seltzer addiction, will Jimmy sail into the sun and live happily ever after before the final curtain? Who Knows!

FEATURING
Rob Sapienza as Jimmy
Tom Finn as Larry
Alison Beckwith as Sarah
Jacquie Martin as Betty
Kathleen Doerkson as Doris
Anthony Botelho as Captain
Justan Myers and Robert Popoli as Sailor #1 and Sailor #2

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY Eli Pasic
MUSIC DIRECTION BY Jackson Seib
CHOREOGRAPHY BY Alayna Kellett
SET & PROP DESIGN BY Emily Dix
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Wesley Babcock
SOUND DESIGN BY Shaun McPherson
HAIR & MAKEUP BY Sinéad Plunkett-Blazi
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT BY Bryan Kling
STAGE MANAGEMENT BY Kaitlind Gorman
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGEMENT BY Kathleen-Sonja Mooney-Childs

PRODUCED BY Bryan Kling and Rob Sapienza of Sapling, Emily Dix and Conor Fitzgerald of Bygone Theatre. Executive Producer Larry Silverberg.

Bygone Theatre’s Top 10 2019 Fringe Picks!

Well here we are again, Fringe time! With over 150 shows in less than 2 weeks it can be hard to narrow down what you want to see, so we’ve put together a list for all you Bygone lovers – shows featuring artists we’ve worked with or those we hope to. Enjoy!

1. Friend of Bygone Jada Rifkin

Jada has performed as Bob Burnhart’s lovely assistant in The Couples’ Game, as well as a fabulous version of the Grinch in our co-pro with Thomas Finn, The Cab(aret) Before Christmas. This Fringe, see her in two shows; Clitoria: A Sex-Positive Superhero! and Every Silver Lining.

CLITORIA: A SEX-POSITIVE SUPERHERO!

A sexually repressed high school science teacher accidentally turns herself into a sex-positive Vixen of Kink through a science experiment gone wrong. As the sex ed curriculum is scrapped in Ontario, Clitoria’s transformation wreaks havoc on her square life and her square fiancé. Musical comedy unfolds in hot, steamy, and unexpected ways!

EVERY SILVER LINING

Every Silver Lining is an original, dramedic, coming-of-age musical about illness and the perseverance of life; juxtaposing the joyful naiveté of youth, and the crushing discovery of mortality.

2. Friends of Bygone Sean Jacklin and Kevin Forster

Fringe’s Cyrano de Bergerac features 2 Bygone buddies; Sean Jacklin who played Walter Burns in His Girl Friday and Kevin Forster who played Hal in Loot.

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Cyrano, Christina, and the Comte de Guiche vie for the affection of Roxanne, one using their wit, another their beauty, and the third . . . well any trick in the book. In the tradition of street theatre of the past, The Leslieville Players invite you to lay back on a patch of grass and watch us barrel through this new family friendly adaptation of a beloved classic. Sure Shaw and St. Lawrence are doing the show too, but we’re more fun! (and cheaper.)

3. Friends of Bygone Wesley Babcock & Whitney Hewitt

Wes Babcock was our fabulous lighting designer for our most recent production, The Rear Window. It’s hard to find a photo that does his work justice, but he managed to create chilling, dynamic lighting for a series of apartments in this thrilling suspense. Whitney Hewitt also worked on our show as our invincible stage manager! She is getting in the SM booth again for Deep End.

DEEP END

Carina’s turning 18 and is hosting the Birthday POOL Party of the year! Everyone’s invited, even Lilly. When do adults intervene in harmless harassment? What happens when life throws you into the deep end? This site specific show that happens in and around a Swimming Pool asks when does “kids will be kids,” go to far?

Please note that as this is a site specific Production the Audience will be required to remove their shoes and enter the pool deck where they will be seated on benches for the duration of the production!

4. Friend of Bygone Sarah Marchand

Sarah played The Dancing Girl in The Rear Window, but this Fringe she is working behind-the-scenes as the producer of Drink of Choice.

DRINK OF CHOICE

You walk into a bar, someone comes to take your order, and what happens next is your choice. Join us at the bar for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling experience where the drink you order leads to personal tales about sexuality, romance, and total loss of reality. A hilarious solo show about what it means to be asexual as you navigate dating and seeking connection.

5. Friend of Bygone Nicole Byblow

Nicole was a regular staple of our Retro Radio Hour series and also performed in our Vaudeville Revue. She is doing music direction for Friendly Fire at this year’s Fringe.

FRIENDLY FIRE: THE ART AND EXECUTION OF FRIENDSHIP

Friends are great, aren’t they? Wait, are they? They must be. Otherwise we wouldn’t try so hard to make them. Or keep them. Or avoid them. Until we can cut them out… hmm. Sketch revues are great, aren’t they? This one is! Grab some pals and join us for a romp amongst the minefields of friendship. Or, come alone. We’re easy.

6. Friend of Bygone Cass Van Wyck

Cass played Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday and this summer is in another show by popular playwright Michael Ross Albert (so buy in advance!).

THE HUNS

The morning after a break-in at a tech company, three co-workers assemble for a conference call to discuss the burglary. What starts as a civilized, professional meeting swiftly devolves into a brutal showdown that puts everyone’s careers– and their hopes for future happiness– in jeopardy.

Written by Dora-nominated playwright Michael Ross Albert (“Anywhere,” Best of Fringe 2018/Patron’s Pick) and directed by Marie Farsi (associate artistic director, Crow’s Theatre), “The Huns” is a new, menacing workplace comedy about millennial anxieties, minor revolutions, and modern-day barbarians.

7. Friend of Bygone The Vintage Taps

Tapping trip The Vintage Taps performed in our Vaudeville Revue, see them in an extended show with a bigger cast in The Laundry List at this year’s Fringe.

THE LAUNDRY LIST

It’s 1919, and Frankie’s Laundry is gunning to be the number one bootlegger in Toronto. His competition thinks otherwise, and a group of chorus girls find themselves in a showdown of guns…..and tap shoes. The Laundry List will whisk you back to the golden age of jazz, flappers and gangsters. With live music, singing, and tap dancing, this cast of 12 will leave you with a song in your heart and a skip in your step.

8. Friend of Bygone Rob Sapienza

We’ve just started working with Rob Sapienza as he is one half of Sapling theatre, the company we have teamed up with (along with Larry Silverberg) to produce Something For The Buoys this October. He is directing Tales of a Cocktail at the Fringe.

TALES OF A COCKTAIL

The classic story of an innocent man wrongly, but deliberately sent to his demise and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young mobster Edward is a guileless and honest young man whose plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes and live a better life are abruptly shattered when his best friend who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him. Told through a Chicago 1920s lens this dance adaptation brings to life the tale of The Count Of Monte Cristo.

9. A Quirky Victorian Comedy

This one caught our eye, and although Bygone hasn’t worked with David DiFrancesco before, our AD Emily Dix has, and is sure this will be hilarious.

THREE MEN ON A BIKE

From the company that brought you the award-winning Toronto Fringe smash hit Three Men in a Boat. Based upon the further writings of Victorian author Jerome K. Jerome. Pea Green Theatre Group proudly presents Three Men on a Bike! (Being the further adventures of three Victorian gentlemen as they embark upon a disastrous bicycling trip to the continent.) Not to be missed!

10. A New Look at Reefer Madness

Being a company that produces 20th century shows that are often closely linked to cinema, Reefer Madness the musical is of course on our to-do list. We’re intrigued by this new look at a story many of us know from the stage and screen.

REEFER MADNESS: ORIGINS

During the Depression, a time when hope and prosperity is far from the American mind, a common enemy is created: the Mexican weed with roots in hell, marijuana. Known as hemp and cannabis and used industrially and medically across the globe, “marijuana” is promoted as the cause of moral depravity among young people and societal decay. With the support of powerful allies with various interests, economic or otherwise, the Federal Commissioner of Narcotics Harry Anslinger will stop at nothing to warp the image of cannabis into what will shape international drug scheduling for generations to come.

Click on any of the show titles in this list for more info like show dates & times. Be sure to check out the Fringe website for a complete list of this season’s shows.

 

Crooning Comics

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Bygone Theatre, in association with Godfrey & Finns, presents

Crooning Comics

The creators of the BroadwayWorld.com ‘Best Cabaret, Toronto, 2018’
are back at the LOT!

TORONTO, ON (Friday April 26, 2019): Bygone Theatre has once again teamed up with the talented fellas behind past Finn & Friends productions such as A Night With Frank & Judy, A Rat-Packed Christmas and The Cab(aret) Before Christmas Godfrey & Finns. The trio consists of comedians James Godfrey (the Disney Channel, Dangerously Safe Comedy) and Kevin Finn (Colin Mochrie Improv Award winner) and classic crooner Thomas Finn (Hairspray, SPAMalot, Anything Goes).

My sides still hurt from laughing! What a great show don’t miss these
three outstanding performers!

– Julie Morin, Theatre Professor

Come join the crooning comedic trio fresh off their Ontario-wide Christmas tour (A Rat-Packed Christmas Comedy Hour) and see them at their madcap and musical best! An evening of sketches, impressions and songs from the Golden Age of Music. Featuring the vocal stylings of Julia Carrer. On for one night only, Thursday May 16, 7:30pmtickets on sale now!

I sat in the sold-out Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood and laughed until my face hurt! I was in awe of the talent these three human beings possess!
– Sara Benjamin

Crooning Comics
Created by Thomas Finn
RECOMMENDED for ages 12+ | ADVISORY: adult subject matter.
SHOW DATES: Thursday May 16, 7:30pm
LOCATION: The Lower Ossington Theatre | 100 Ossington Ave., Toronto, ON
BOX OFFICE: ticketwise.com| ADMISSION: $25
Visit http://www.bygonetheatre.com | Twitter & Instagram @BygoneTheatre @GodfreyAndFinns

The Rear Window

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY JANUARY 28, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Dix | emily@bygonetheatre.com | 647-343-5965

The Rear Window Collective Presents the World Premiere of
THE REAR WINDOW
A Thrilling New Stage Adaptation of a Classic Tale

 TORONTO, ON (Monday January 28, 2019) – Bygone Theatre has partnered with the newly formed Rear Window Collective to support their upcoming production of the world premiere of The Rear Window, written and directed by Emily Dix. This Canadian Actor’s Equity Association production is being produced under the Artist’s Collective Policy, and runs March 8 – 17, 2019 at Theatre Passe Muraille, on their mainstage.

SYNOPSIS
Recuperating from a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jefferies (Tristan Claxton) spends his days cooped up in his NYC apartment, watching his neighbours through the rear window of his home. What starts out innocently enough quickly grows into a dangerous obsession, as Jefferies – hopped up on painkillers and too much alcohol – becomes convinced he’s witnessed one of his neighbours commit a brutal murder. Has Jefferies’ really solved a terrible crime? Or have his inner demons finally got the best of him?

Based on the short story It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich, the same tale that inspired the 1954 Hitchcock film, Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly), The Rear Window takes a new look at this classic tale of a peeping Tom who saw more than he wanted to see. Still set in the 1950s, the play’s relevancy to today is undeniable in a world where many of us waste away our hours “spying” on others through social media, making our own stories and assumptions based on these small glimpses of a person’s life. A gripping, psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the final moments whether or not what we’re seeing can truly be believed.

Featuring: Tristan Claxton (Hamelt(s); The Dutchess of Malfi), Kate McArthur (Hamelt(s), My Entertainment World Outstanding Lead nomination; The Tom and Gertie Letters Project), Alex Clay (A Streetcar Named Desire; Inch Of Your Life), Elizabeth Rose Morriss (Tell Me On A Sunday; Harvest Moon Rising), Isaiah Kolundzic (Venus in Fur; The Boys In The Band;Six Stories Told At Night), Sarah Marchand (Umbrella Academy; God’s Plan B), Casey Romanin (Moving On), Gabriel Hamilton (Edmond; The Forest; His Girl Friday).

Created by The Rear Window Collective | Supported by Bygone Theatre
RECOMMENDED for ages 14+ | ADVISORY: Adult situations, violence
SHOW DATES March 8-17, 7:30pm evenings, 2:00pm weekend matinees
LOCATION Theatre Passe Muraille | 16 Ryerson Ave., Toronto
BOX OFFICE online via Arts Box Office | 416-504-7529
TICKETS $25-$30 | $20 Early Bird Discount tickets available until February 7

Visit www.bygonetheatre.com | Twitter & Instagram @BygoneTheatre, @The.Rear.Window

 

The Couple’s Game Vday Edition – Make ‘Em Or Break ‘Em!

Join everyone’s favourite host, Bob Burnhart, for another fabulous round of THE COUPLES’ GAME! Watch in glee as REAL couples discover just how much – or how little – they really know about each other! The couple with the most correct matches at the end of the night walks away with an awesome prize!

“Now we’re married!” – former winners
“We don’t talk much anymore!” – former losers

**PLUS**

In honour of Valentine’s Day, a special round of THE DATING GAME! Revisit the days before Tinder and see one lucky bachelor or bachelorette choose a beau from a panel of 3 mysterious suitors. Prizes for the lucky pair at the end of the night!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Join us for a night of retro game show fun, food and drink specials and stellar raffle prizes. Bring a special someone, or come alone and mix with the other singles. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!

Thursday February 14, 2019
8:00pm
The Monarch Tavern
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Limited seating, so get yours early!

A Very Vintage Christmas – Retro Mid Century Xmas Ornaments

As much as we may be in denial about winter being here, it’s hard to deny Christmas is around the corner when you’re bombarded by Christmas music in all the malls and decorations starting to pop up in stores and street corners. Instead of grumbling about how it all starts “too early”, we’ve decided to embrace it and take this time to help you prep for your own holiday celebrations, vintage style. Here’s our list of where to source the best decorations for those of you who like a “classic” feel.

Cheerful Reproduction Ornaments

Nothing says retro Christmas like the classic Shiny Brite ornaments. The most popular ornaments of the 1940s & 50s, they faded out of fashion in the later half of the 20th century, but in 2001 Christopher Radko began reproducing them, complete with vintage style box! You can find them a lot of places online, including Amazon.

 

 

Kurt Adler is another company that has really nailed the vintage aesthetic. You can find his stuff on Amazon as well, and he’s got everything from sparkly glass ornaments to small novelty characters, bubble lights, and classic clip-on birds, as seen below.

Garlands, Tinsel & Icicles – Oh My!

No vintage tree is complete without some classic garlands and tinsel. Retro Festive has a super fun popcorn garland (if you want the look without the salty temptation) The Holiday Barn has a  candy garland if you prefer something sweeter, and of course there’s the classic Shiny Brite garland, again from Amazon.

For tinsel, you can try a garland like this kitchy pink one from The Holiday Barn, get some beautiful handmade tin icicles from Pietersma Tinworks, or go with a real classic like Brite Star tinsel strands. While all of these are available from Amazon, I have lucked out before and come across some Brite Star type stuff at Dollarama. They get their share of decent stuff and it’s dirt cheap!

Retro Keepsake Ornaments

Maybe you’re not looking to replicate a classic tree, and just want something to show off your retro-loving personality. If that’s the case, there are a tone of cute and kitschy “keepsake” ornaments out there, like these fun little guys from Old World Christmas or Winterworm (bonus – they’re in our colours!).

 

You can get both of those on Amazon. Or you can check out specialty stores like The Holiday Barn and find ones like these retro cars and trailers, which are always fun.

Of course you can also take your chances scouring vintage shops, Etsy or Ebay for some authentic vintage pieces, though the prices can be steep, and if you’re worried about little hands or paws knocking things over, you might want to steer clear of the real thing.

What’s your favourite spot to score a vintage style ornament? Let us know in the comments below.

-E.