Cast Spotlight: Kenton Blythe

Kenton Blythe Bygone Theatre Loot

Kenton Blythe is playing trouble-maker Dennis in our upcoming production of Loot. You may remember Kenton from one of our Retro Radio Hours, or from his role as Max Halliday in Dial M For Murder, back in 2013.

Renting out a professional theatre and building flats for Dial M For Murder were major costs.

Kenton Blythe and Rebekah Manella in Dial M For Murder, 2013

Bio: Kenton is excited to be farcing around with you and this awesome cast. Selected Theatre Credits include: Grey (Toronto Fringe)[Best Ensemble Nominee My Entertainment World], Heart of Steel (Next Stage Fest.) Cabaret. Juno and the Paycock (Shaw Festival), Evil Dead: The Musical (Starvox Ent. w/ Jeffery Latimer Ent.), Dial M for Murder (Bygone Theatre) Selected Film: Sandman: 24 Hour Diner (Youtube / Vimeo), Reign (The CW), Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War (AHC), Looking For Today (Canadian Film Fest.) Twitter: @KentonBlythe IG: @KentonBlythe Youtube: Kenton Blythe

What made you want to be a part of Loot?

I loved the script when I read it and I always get cast as murders and racists, so a farce is a lovely change of pace.

How do you feel about your character? Do you relate to them at all? Share any of the same traits?
Dennis is fun loving, scatter brained, and perpetually horny. Yes.
What’s been your favourite part of the rehearsal process so far?
Figuring out how to make everything I say sexual in some way. Don’t know if they’ll all make opening night…
What’s your favourite thing to have come out of the 1960s?
The Beatles, and my Aunties (All of them.)
Are you working on any other projects at the moment/ What might we have seen you in recently?
Check out my youtube channel and facebook page for highlights from the show I wrote and performed at the 120 Diner in November 2017. Conor Fitzgerald (One of the producers of this show) and I made a movie that premiered at the Canadian Film Festival in 2016 called Looking For Today which is also on Youtube. Finally you should check out the Sandman fan film I was in called Sandman: 24 Hour Diner.
Why should people come out and see the show?
We have all the comedy of a corpse without the smell.
Anything else you want us to know?
Here are all my social media outlets, you should totally follow them:
Twitter: @KentonBlythe
Instagram: @KentonBlythe
Facebook: Kenton Blythe (the page)
YouTube: Kenton Blythe
You can see Kenton Blythe onstage at the Alumnae Theatre March 8-17, 2018.
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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: 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: 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: Hannah Gallant

Hannah Gallant Bygone Theatre

See Hannah Gallant perform in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas on Friday December 1, 7:30pm, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today!

Bio: Hannah Gallant is a Toronto based actor/improvisor and graduate of York University’s Theatre program. She recently completed the Second City’s Sketch Conservatory program and can often be found improvising around the city with various troupes. Hannah is excited to work with such a talented group of artists and friends on this show and wishes everyone a Happy Holiday! 

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Working with talented, funny, and driven artists who would make any show a blast.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

The Christmas movies

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Santa Baby (sing it in the shower year round)

Why should everyone come see the show?

Because it’s going to be funny, joyful and heartwarming (and who can turn that down)

Anything else we should know?

The cornflakes are complimentary

Cast Spotlight: Vince Deiulis

Bygone Theatre 'Twas the Cab Before Christmas

Vince Deiulis is the feature of today’s Cast Spotlight, come see him perform onstage December 1, 2017 in ‘Twas the Cab Before Christmas.

Bio: Vince Deiulis has trained with some of Canada’s brightest theatre talents including: Gil Garratt, Hume Baugh, Maja Ardal and Anna Chatterton. Recent credits include: Nerve (Shining Star Theatrical Co.), Blue Remembered Hills (Good Old Neon), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (The LOT), Out in the Open, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (To Be Determined Theatre Co.). Vince is also a volunteer puppeteer with The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto.

What made you want to be involved in the cabaret?

Tom asked… and who can say no to that face?

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?

Mulled wine and shortbread cookies.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Any Christmas song that is Dubstep remixed.

Why should everyone come see the show?

You won’t see anything like it. In Toronto or on this planet.

Anything else we should know?

You can follow Vince on Twitter: @VinceDeiulis and Insta: vinnie_edwardo

Friends of Bygone – Theatre Inamorata Presents Virgin Burlesque: You Never Forget Your First Time

375265-250The ladies of Theatre Inamorata (Hilary Carroll, Lesley Robertson, Michelle Langille and Tennille Read) have an exciting burlesque performance coming up – we asked Hilary Carroll some questions about their upcoming show, Virgin Burlesque: You Never Forget Your First Time.

1. Tell me about the show – who came up with the concept and what are you hoping to do with it?

It is a cabaret fundraiser, a fun evening of music, comedy, burlesque, silks, clown and more! For us, it is an exciting adventure into the world of Burlesque. I can’t remember exactly who came up with the idea, but it was thrown out amidst a brainstorming session and we all thought it was fabulous. Michelle came up with the name: Virgin Burlesque: You never forget your first time. We though it was a great way to explore themes of sexuality, body image, nudity, sex appeal, and could also be very enticing to a new audience.

2. What has got you most excited about the show?

Seeing the reactions from the audience! I think a lot of our audience will be new to the burlesque world just as we are, but there has been a lot of buzz. That, and seeing our wonderful professional burlesque acts in action, they are sure to blow the crowd away.

3. Any funny anecdotes from rehearsals?

Nothing specific comes to mind…just the fact that we are all practicing stripping in our living rooms 🙂

4. Why should everyone come out and see it?

It is guaranteed to entertain. It will be funny, sexy, musical, and provocative. What more can you ask for?

5. Where and when can we see the show? How about tickets?

June 9th doors at 7pm- Pravda Vodka bar 44 Wellington St E.
You can buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/694376 or at the door for 20$

6. Anything else you’d like to share?

Help us pop our Burlesque Cherries! Also, stay tuned for our upcoming projects at www.theatreinamorata.com