The Loot Collective Presents Joe Orton’s LOOT

Loot Collective Bygone Theatre Toronto

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE:
MONDAY JANUARY 8, 2018

The Loot Collective Presents Joe Orton’s 1960s Farce

LOOT

TORONTO, ON (Monday January 8, 2018) – Bygone Theatre has partnered with the Loot Collective to support their production of Loot, running March 8-17th, 2018 at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto. This is a Canadian Actor’s Equity Association production under the Artist’s Collective Policy. Directed by Emily Dix.

SYNOPSIS

England, 1965; Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs. McLeavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal (Kevin Forster), and his best pal, Dennis (Kenton Blythe), who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. The boys try to hide the corpse from the recently widowed McLeavy (Patrick Young) and his deceased wife’s nurse, Fay (Sarah Thorpe), but with Inspector Truscott (Scott McCulloch) hot on their heels, their plan quickly begins to unravel. Absurdity abounds in this dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.

ABOUT THE CAST

Patrick Young Bygone Theatre Loot

Patrick Young is Mr.McLeavy in “Loot”.

Patrick Young (Mr.McLeavy) has had an extensive career on and off stage, and may be best known in Toronto for his work at Sheridan College, where he founded the joint actor training program with the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is the author of 4 award-winning biographical plays, and has an extensive directing resume. Past acting credits in Toronto include Flicks, The Relapse and the original production of Automatic Pilot.

 

Scott McCulloch Bygone Theatre Loot

Scott McCulloch is Inspector Truscott in “Loot”.

Scott McCulloch (Truscott) has had a career spanning over 30 years, 100 plays and nearly 50 films. Recent credits include the immersive production Hogtown at Campbell House, the Wolf Manor Theatre production of Three Sisters, and the Thought For Food production of The Trial of Judith K for which he received a Broadway World Toronto nomination of Best Performance by a Male in a Featured Role.

Kenton Blythe Bygone Theatre Loot

Kenton Blythe is Dennis in “Loot”.

Kenton Blythe (Dennis), was most recently seen in the Toronto Fringe hit, Grey. Other stage credits include the Starvox Entertainment production of Evil Dead: The Musical, and a stint at the Shaw Festival, where he was seen in Juno and the Paycock and Cabaret. You may also remember Kenton from Bygone Theatre’s 2013 production of Dial M For Murder.

Sarah Thorpe Bygone Theatre Loot

Sarah Thorpe is Fay in “Loot”.

Sarah Thorpe (Fay) is a multi-talented theatre artist and a core creative member of Soup Can Theatre. She created and performed in the award-winning one-woman show Heretic, a modern retelling of Joan of Arc, in 2015, and has more recently been seen in Toronto Fringe Hit, Behold! The Barfly! and Gut Girls at Alumnae Theatre.

Kevin Forster Bygone Theatre Loot

Kevin Forster as Hal in “Loot”.

Kevin Forster (Hal) is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and has been featured in several productions at the Lower Ossington Theatre, including The Buddy Holly Story, Always ABBA and The Little Mermaid. He has also performed at Hart House Theatre and in the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

Jonah McGrath Bygone Theatre Loot

Jonah McGrath is Meadows in “Loot”.

Jonah McGrath (Meadows) is a recent graduate of the Brock University Dramatic Arts program. Recent credits include Play by Samuel Beckett, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Chekov’s The Man in the Case.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Emily Dix Bygone Theatre Director Producer

Director/ Producer, Emily Dix.

Emily Dix is a founding member and the Artistic Executive Director of Bygone Theatre. As a producer, she has worked with Tarragon Theatre and Theatre 20, and has produced all of Bygone Theatre’s productions to date. She got her start directing at the University of Toronto, working on shows such as the Hart House Theatre production of The Night of The Iguana as an assistant director, and directing a number of shows for the campus colleges. Bygone Theatre directing credits include; His Girl Friday; Vaudeville Revue; Wait Until Dark; Rope; Dial M For Murder and Doubt: A Parable. In addition to directing, Emily does the costume design for all of Bygone Theatre’s productions.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Thursday March 8 – Saturday March 10, 8:00pm
Tuesday March 13 – Saturday March 17, 8:00pm
Saturday March 10, Sunday March 11, Saturday March 17, 2:00pm matinee

Tickets: On-sale now. Available at https://loot.bpt.me

Media Contact: Producer Emily Dix, Emily@bygonetheatre.com, 647-343-5965
Twitter: @BygoneTheatre |FB: Facebook.com/BygoneTheatre |Insta: @BygoneTheatre

For group sales, press access or to request accommodation, please email Emily@bygonetheatre.com.

 This production is being produced by The Loot Collective and is being supported by
Bygone Theatre.

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Crew Spotlight: Larry Silverberg

Larry Silverberg is one of the producers of Twas The Cab Before Christmas.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I want to be involved because I love to support the incredible TALENT we have in this show. They MUST be seen.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

The great spirit of the Christmas season. Family, spirituality, songs and Entertainment.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Too many to name one. Some of the most beautiful, sensitive songs have been written for Christmas.

Why should everyone come see the show?

Everyone should see this show because of the great talent that will be showcased , fun, entertaining and particularly Tom Finn. Who is one of the Great Entertainers of Our Time…. so much wonderful Stage Presence and skill

Tickets are already 50% sold out – get yours now, here.

Cast Spotlight: Kelsey Willmott

Kelsey Willmott Bygone Theatre

Kelsey Willmott Bygone Theatre

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I love performing and why not do it beside the awesome cast. I was in from the moment I saw the last Cabaret of Finn and Friends. Working with singers is different then working with dancers and I was so excited for the chance to choreograph on some amazing performers.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Hmmm this question is always a hard one, the holidays bring people together and its a beautiful thing. However nothing beats curling up on the couch watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas songs during the holiday’s.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

There are wayyy to many to mention and I will sing them out in the middle of stores or where ever they are playing but I think my ultimate favourite would be “Santa Baby”, not my favourite when I was child though!

Why should everyone come see the show?

There are so many Great performers involved in this cabaret and I think the world needs to see more of them. Get yourself into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some pure talent.

Anything else we should know?

I’m sure there is lots I could say about what you don’t know about me but I’ll save them for if you see me after the show. I do teach drop in dance classes here in Toronto If your interested in working on your skills or learning how to walk in your heels and feel sexy. Men or women all are welcome! Also I am part of a show Nov. 23, 26, 28 with High Society Cabaret. Its a fun one where 1930’s Film Noir meets Vintage Burlesque. Make sure to check out “Silent Goodbye” and check out High Society Cabaret online.

See Kelsey’s dancing and choreography skills onstage Friday December 1, 2017. Get your tickets now.

Cast Spotlight: Heather Motut

Heather Motut Bygone Theatre

You may remember Heather from her role as Teresa in our 2015 production of Kill Sister, Kill! A Musical.

Bio: Heather is a singer, actress, and improviser. Originally from Vancouver B.C, Heather studied at an interdisciplinary performing arts school in Victoria, and has been living and performing in Toronto for 6 years in various productions both on stage and screen. An eager collaborator, Heather enjoys working in ensemble productions, and on the original projects of her fellow musicians.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I’m big into Christmas and all it represents. (I mean love and joy and generosity, not any of that religious or commercial crap, but please buy a ticket to the show, buy so many tickets!) And it’s always a pleasure to work with Tom.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Being with my friends and family and eating too much. Also, openly sobbing through the last 15 minutes of It’s a Wonderful Life.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of NewYork

Why should everyone come see the show? Because its gonna get you into the Holiday Spirit! Not the stressful and frantic one, but the good one that feels like magic and hope for humanity!

Cast Spotlight: Emma Ferrante

Emma Ferrante Bygone Theatre

Emma Ferrante Bygone Theatre

Bio: Emma Ferrante is an Ottawa native, and splits her time between performing and directing. Select credits include: Nana in For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Stephenville Theatre Festival, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Lower Ossington Theatre, director for New World, The Future Theatre Festival, and director for Love+Hate, SummerWorks. Emma is excited to be spreading some Christmas cheer with her Wonderful Life pals.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Getting back together with the It’s a Wonderful Life gang. Just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without those goons.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Christmas Eve at the Ferrante’s is full of Italian traditions. The feast of the 7 fishes, watching It’s a Wonderful Life…Watching George Bailey with Bailey’s in our Christmas PJs. Christmas is extra special with the addition of baby Ian.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Barbra Streisand’s “Jingle Bells?”…yes, Question Mark. If you haven’t heard it you’re seriously missing out.

Why should everyone come see the show?

To get in the Christmas spirit!! Yes, I said Christmas! How politically incorrect of me.

Anything else we should know?

Come see Emma singing Christmas Carols at the Christmas Market in the Distillery. Basically, I will be doing everything possible to be obnoxiously Christmassy! DIY presents (thanks Pinterest), baking up a storm, making mulled wine, and listening to Christmas records constantly.

Tickets to ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas can be purchased online here.

Cast Spotlight: Ashlyn Cowie

Ashlyn Cowie | Bygone Theatre

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I always sing in my room along to karaoke music, so having the opportunity to sing on a stage with a microphone is very exciting.
What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

My favourite part of the holiday season, is hearing and singing along to all the Christmas music, and celebrating Christmas with family
What’s your favourite Christmas song?

My favourite Christmas song is Holy Night
Why should everyone come see the show?

There is so many talented individuals involved in this show. It’s also a Christmas show which makes it even better.
Anything else we should know?

I have been Irish dancing since i was 5, and have always loved performing, even more so now since i can sing while performing.

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Hurry, they’re selling fast! Buy them online now.

Cast Spotlight: Moulan Bourke

Moulan Bourke Bygone Theatre

Moulan Bourke Bygone Theatre

Bio: Moulan is a proud graduate of St. Clair College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. She is elated to be sharing the stage with Tom Finn once again. Selected Credits: Mina in Raise the Stakes (Void Room); Dolce Vita, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Jungle Book (Beaches Turks and Caicos); Broke Girls in the City (120 Diner); Trinity Tiller in Little Miss County Fair (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Aquata in The Little Mermaid (Randolph Theatre); White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (Creativiva UAE Tour); Lilah in To a Degree, Sarah in Something for the Buoys (Eli Pasic); Florinda in Into the Woods (Hart House); Laurey in Oklahoma!, Amy in Company, Maggie in Working (St. Clair College); Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Act II); Lily St. Regis in Annie (Stars of Tomorrow).

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I absolutely love Christmas and all of its cheer! Also, I am overjoyed to be sharing the stage with Mr. Finn once again.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

I love the amount of happiness everyone has during the season. Also Christmas treats, fires, and snuggies.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Wintersong – Canadian Tenors

Why should everyone come see the show?

Everyone involved in the show is very talented. This show will have you reminiscing days from your childhood and have you slapping your knees in laughter.

Anything else we should know? 

Feel free to check out my website: www.moulanbourke.com

Come hear Moulan in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas, Friday December 1st. Tickets available online.

Cast Spotlight: Christopher Benjamin

Christopher Benjamin Bygone Theatre

Christopher Benjamin | Bygone Theatre

Bio: Christopher Benjamin completed a Bachelor of Musical Theatre (Honours) in Singapore and a Masters in Teaching in Sydney, Australia. He is a performer, director and facilitator in the arts both internationally and across North America. Favourite credits include: Lockstock in Urinetown (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins (Lower Ossington Theatre), Second City Musical Improv Conservatory, Toad in Wind in the Willows (Singapore Lyric Opera) and Co-director, Cinderella: A RATical retelling (Stephenville Theatre Festival). May ugly sweaters and marshmallows fill your holiday with joy.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

I’ve been naughty all year long and need a chance to redeem myself; or it’s coal for me from Saint Nick.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Christmas to me is all about singing silly songs and consuming too many calories. So libations are accepted throughout the performance.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

“Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters. This sad melancholy song perfectly represents the loved ones we don’t get to see this holiday season.

Why should everyone come see the show?

We are really tight with Santa so I wouldn’t risk missing this show!!!

Anything else we should know? 

Wanna know who Santa’s favourite singer is?!? Why, Elf-is Presley of course!!! (Dad joke for the WIN).

Get your tickets to ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas online today.

Cast Spotlight: Clea McCaffrey

Clea McCaffrey Bygone Theatre

Bio: Clea McCaffrey is excited to be performing along best friends, and new friends this winter season. Ain’t that what the holidays are about?

Clea is a 24-year-old performer residing in Toronto. She has had the chance to perform with The Drayton Festival in the musical Sister Act under direction of Max Reimer. Clea has performed internationally in the show Fame as Mabel Washington in a tour to Dubai under direction of Alan Kinsella. Clea also works as a vocal teacher and freelance musician in Toronto. In future endeavours, she simply hopes to continue composing, performing, and creating art. ~ Peace is Possible, Theatre is Powerful~

 
What made you want to be a part of the cabaret?
I’m super excited to be performing with my best friends and band mates the wild bbs as the jingle belles this holiday season! I also saw Tom’s pervious cab Fin and Friends and was blown away by the way he put it all together.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?
I really love the sense of community around the holidays. Everyone seems to want to spread joy and love to each other. If we all acted this way throughout the year maybe there would be a lot less hate in this world.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Santa clause got stuck in my chimney. I mean Ella Fitzgerald, sexual innuendos, Christmas, what more do you need?

Why should everyone come to see the show?

It’s going to be so so fun, with unbelievable local talent. It’s just going to be a great place to feel good and start the holiday’s off!

AUDITIONS – Bygone Theatre Presents “Loot” by Joe Orton

Loot Collective Bygone Theatre Toronto

It’s that time again! Bygone Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of LOOT – here’s everything you need to know;

THE SHOW
WHAT: 
Loot, by Joe Orton, directed by Emily Dix
WHEN:  March 8-17th, 2018 (11 performances)
WHERE: Alumnae Theatre mainstage
SYNOPSIS: Only hours before her intended burial, the late Mrs. McLeavy is removed from her coffin by her son, Hal, and his best pal, Dennis, who have together just robbed a bank and need the coffin to stash the loot. Absurdity abounds in the dark, 1965 farce that examines attitudes surrounding death, police integrity, and the Catholic church.

This production is non-union, profit-share, and eligible for the Dora Awards.

CHARACTERS
All characters require the use of a British accent and excellent comedic timing.

HAL – early 20s, British, gay, the son of the recently deceased, full of Catholic guilt

DENNIS – early 20s, British, a sexual deviant & an undertaker

FAY – mid to late 20s, British, a nurse, says she’s a devout Catholic, uses her sexuality to manipulate men

MR. MCLEAVY – middle aged, British, a recent widower, old-fashioned, a devout Catholic, concerned about his son

INSPECTOR TRUSCOTT – middle aged, British, the bumbling police detective, not above bribery and violence, embodies every negative stereotype of the police force

MEADOWS – 20s-30s, a police officer (minor role)

AUDITIONS
WHAT TO DO: 
Email director Emily Dix (emily@bygonetheatre.com) with your headshot and artistic resume, and the subject line “Loot Auditions” to request an audition
WHEN: Auditions will be held on Friday December 8th and Saturday December 9th; callbacks TBA.
WHERE: Audition location will be sent to those selected for an audition

REHEARSALS
Will take place in January and February on evenings and weekends. Expect a total of 80 rehearsal hours before getting into the venue (exact schedule is made up after casting to accommodate as many people as possible).