Retro Radio Hour – Sin & Sensation: Saturday July 4, 2015

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Join us on Saturday July 4th at the Social Capital Theatre for the 6th instalment of our Retro Radio Hour series. This time things get a little “blue” as we celebrate the darker side of life and give a special sneak peak of our next production, Kill Sister, Kill!

All proceeds will go towards the FringeNYC – The New York International Fringe Festival production of “Kill Sister, Kill!”

Saturday July 4, 2015 – 8:00pm
The Social Capital Theatre Downstage, 154 Danforth Ave., 2nd floor (near Broadview Station).
Tickets are $10 and include one free raffle ticket.

We’ve got some amazing raffle prizes, including…

* 2 tickets to The Watershed from Crow’s Theatre
* a sexy gift pack from Good For Her
* a gift certificate from Tarragon Theatre
* a gift certificate from Factory Theatre
* a gift certificate from Theatre 20
* a gift certificate from Drayton Theatres
* a gift certificate for dance classes from Dragonfly Bellydance
* a gift certificate from Canadian Stage
* a gift certificate from The Old Spaghetti Factory
* and more!

Retro Radio Hour – Spring Fling!

On Thursday May 14, 2015, Bygone will be presenting the 5th show in the retro radio series, Retro Radio Hour – Spring Fling. We are back at the SoCap and as always, tickets are only $5 cash at the door. This week’s show features; Emily Dix, Matt McGrath, Elizabeth Rose Morriss, Ian McGarrett, Mikey Zahorak, Peter Grant Mackechnie, Nicole Byblow, Astrid Atherly and Joseph Vita with magic by Leigh Beadon.

A Review of Tarragon Theatre’s “Abyss”

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It’s not often that I go into a play having no idea what it’s about, but that’s what happened last night when a friend and I spontaneously went to see Maria Milisavljevic’s Abyss at the Tarragon Extraspace. I was in for a pleasant surprise as I found the show (aptly described on their site as a “lyrical thriller”) to be one of the most intriguing and moving pieces of theatre I have seen in a long time.

Admittedly, the show didn’t catch me right away; the first 15 minutes or so felt a little stale as actress Cara Pifko recited lines in a style that felt dated and forced. Like the sort of thing you see in a sketch comedy making fun of actors. However, once the pace picked up and she was required to show real emotional intensity, the choice in casting Pifko was clear; her raw performance was…

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Theatre Lovers

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner & I suspect many of you are scrambling to pull together something better for your loved one than the cliched flowers & chocolate. While I see lists for things like “Valentine’s Day Gifts for Geeks” or “Sports Lovers”, “Food Lovers”, us theatre folk are sometimes neglected this time of year. But while it may not pop up in the trending section on Buzzfeed, it’s certainly worth a list in my books, because really, what lends itself better to romance than theatre? Here are a few of my personal suggestions for Valentine’s gifts for the theatre lover in your life:

  1. Tickets to a Play:
    Ok, so this one is kind of a no-brainer, but it needs to be on the list because, for non-theatre folk, it may at first seem like too expensive a gift. While you can pay hundreds of dollars to see…

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Bygone Theatre’s Next Radio Show is at the SoCap Just In Time for Valentine’s Day!

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It’s almost time for Bygone Theatre‘s next radio show, the fourth in the series; Retro Radio Hour – Romance. An evening of vintage radio plays, oldies music, magic & more will take place on Wednesday February 11th, 8pm at the Social Capital Theatre (154 Danforth Ave., Toronto). Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the door.

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While the theme is romance, in honour of Valentine’s day, it won’t be all mushy gushy. You can count on appearances from Baby Snooks, and a play from the series that inspired I Love Lucy; My Favourite Husband. It’ll be a night of music & laughs, & the SoCap has great drink prices – so bring a date or a friend!

Hope to see you there,
-E.

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Calendar 2015 in Victorian Paper Frame – free printable

Definitely adding these to my already crowded desk.

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Last year I made calendars to fit into Victorian Paper Frames and today I’m uploading the 2015 version to the folder:

Wings of Whimsy: Calendar 2014 in Victorian Paper Frame - free printable #vintage #ephemera

There are 7 different colors of the paper frame to choose from:

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Opening Weekend – 3 Sold-Out Shows!

From our Artistic Director, Emily Dix.

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We just wrapped up the opening weekend of Rope, and I must say this was the smoothest opening I’ve ever had. I don’t know if I am actually getting better at this whole “producing” thing or if the theatre gods were smiling that day, but we managed to get through 3 shows in a site-specific venue that was not without its difficulties, braving the sudden snow (you’d think Canadians would be used to it by now, but no, they can’t figure out how to drive in it) all without any accidents, incidents or missed cues. I am happy.

Jamieson Child watches Chelsey MacLean tie a "jolly good parcel". Photo by Danielle Son. Matt McGrath and Jamieson Child watch Chelsey MacLean tie a “jolly good parcel”. Photo by Danielle Son.

It’s always exciting to see the show finally come together; don’t get me wrong, it’s been in a good place for weeks now, but the energy of the audience always kicks the actors up…

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Theatre Audition Tips

Some #audition tips from our Artistic Director!

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I’ve been getting dozens upon dozens of audition applications for Rope this week, and while a lot of the auditioning process is fun, over time there are some poor choices I see actors making again and again, something that leads to frustration for me, and ultimately missed opportunities for them. So here are a few quick audition tips, for those of you applying for Rope or any other show. Hopefully they help.

Headshots
Your headshot is the first glimpse the director or casting director gets of you, so it’s important to have a good one. Colour photos are the norm these days and they should be clear, close-up (shoulders up) and accurately reflect what you look like. That one’s important, so I’ll say it again; your headshot should look like you; a cleaned up version yes, but not a glamourous or fake one. This is not a modelling shot, so don’t…

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