FRED AND DORIS SAY:
“YE CANNA THROW YOUR GRANNY OFF A BUS”
With Ted Codack and Audrey Otter
SENIOR ABUSE PREVENTION PROJECT
SENIORS PERFORM A POWERFUL PLAY WITH MUSIC TO DISCLOSE THE REALITIES AND IMPACTS OF SENIOR ABUSE. TO THEIR PEERS , GENERAL AUDIENCES AND YOUTH.
Doris is determined to brighten Fred's life, but Fred has a dark secret. As they catch up on news about old friends, Fred learns he's not the only one who's been abused. And he finds out what can be done to change things.
“Fred & Doris in: Ye Canna Throw Your Granny Off A Bus”, a play that mingles gaiety, misery and lively music, offers a heartening approach to the harsh reality of senior abuse.
Script by Ted Codack, Audrey Otter, Joan Chandler and David Sereda.
The primary purpose is to improve the awareness about senior abuse, creating a climate in which disclosure may be more easily made by victims and others in rural and urban Grey and Bruce Counties.
Length: Approx 1 hour. Performances last about 45 minutes, and are followed with a 15 minute interim for audience interaction
The cast includes Audrey Otter and Ted Codack, the stars of “Bruno and Alice”, part of the “Stay On Your Feet” falls prevention program with the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
Book a presentation for your community.
The project is a production of Sheatre, with The Seniors Awareness and Advocacy Network (SAAN) and The United Way. It is funded by New Horizons for Seniors.
“Bruno and Alice ~ A Love Story”
The falls prevention message presented with a humorous approach.
This 45 minute play is presented by senior actors Audrey Otter and Ted Codack. As Bruno and Alice, they are a widower and widow who discover each other and attempt to date, but have difficulty because falls and injuries interfere with their plans. The play, while showing the serious message of the impact of falls in older adults, has been delivered with humour and song to audiences, large and small, all across Ontario and in England. Otter and Codack deliver their own special surprise twist to this story.
Contact Audrey directly at 519-369-3625.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF TOM
songs inspired by the life, art & times of Tom Thomson
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It's a rendezvous with Tom Thomson, one of the most unpretentious and mysterious painters of them all. Tom was down-to-earth, unpredictable, impatient and tenacious. He was a fisherman, a music-lover, a loner and a loyal friend. All of these qualities are explored in Songs in the key of Tom, a musical journey of his life from his boyhood in the town of Leith near Owen Sound to his artistic prime and disappearance in Algonquin Park.
Songs composed by david sereda and the brush collective weave together with songs of Thomson's world to create a musical portrait of Tom, his times and his spirit. It's played to delighted audiences in theatres, galleries, art centres and concert venues in Toronto, Huntsville, Sarnia and Owen Sound.
The Songs in the key of Tom trio:
david sereda, voice & piano
Keira McArthur, cello & voice
Tyler Wagler, bass & voice
(Depending on availability, the trio can be augmented with Sandra Swannell, violin & vocals and Ken Whiteley, mandolin & vocals.)
"Songs in the key of Tom" is available to be performed at a place of your choosing!
to present "Songs in the key of Tom" at your
function or event!
for Songs in the key of Tom:
"Songs in the Key of Tom is a moving but fun concert
both for people who know nothing about Canadian artist
Tom Thomson, and for experts on his paintings. The lyrics
in many cases are based on the participants' long looking
at the artist's production, and connecting with what
he was trying to do as a painter in response to the
northern woodlands. Tom's story is told in song in a
sensitive and engaging manner. Each "number"
is distinct and different from the last, as the story
unfolds. I found the event gripping, emotional, and
uplifting. The sense of a strong and vital connection
between visual art and music was very powerful and exciting."
– Liz Wylie, curator, The University of Toronto
"…how amazing and profound and brilliant
this concert is -- I was deeply moved and inspired.
I think you have a huge hit on your hands, this work
definitely has legs, I can see it touring Canada. It
touches something very deep in our collective psyche,
just as Thomson did and does."
– Robin Pacific, artist
"Thank you again for that sublime concert."
– Lilie Zendel, City of Toronto
"Loved the songs and the evening was so beautifully
conceived and coordinated....
so much rich material..."
-Cynthia Grant, theatre director
“Songs in the Key of Tom is charged by David
Sereda's clear voice and strong songwriting. I was able
to see, as well as hear the music which artfully carried
me through the painter's life."
- Martha Johnson, singer, songwriter
"Far From the Heart"
The girls and guys are concerned about image, popularity, and sexual conquest at The Big Party. Felicity finds herself first tormented by her controlling boyfriend, and then raped by the guy who seemed to want to help her. What can Felicity do? Who will help her?
A Forum Theatre presentation for students in grades 7 - 12.
Recipient of the Ontario Minister of the Attorney General's Victim Services Award of Distinction 2008.
Our third tour: September 28 - October 19, 2009
"Desperate Road to Freedom"
chronicles the perilous journey of a young slave girl and her family to Canada and eventually Owen Sound in 1863. From the big house and the torment of the Overseer we experience the horrors of the life of a 11 year old slave girl Julia May and her family as they take steps to free themselves from the oppression of a life of slavery in the southern United States and the dream of freedom in the Canadian north.
This is a short adaptation by Joan Chandler from Dear Canada - A Desperate Road to Freedom, a powerful new novel for young readers by Karleen Bradford.
Attend the book launch and see the play at The Downtown Bookstore, Owen Sound on September 24 at 7:00 p.m. A Special performance for school children will occur on September 25 at the Owen Sound library.
... he’ll risk it all to paint the land he loves...
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A NEW MUSICAL
inspired by the story and passion of Tom Thomson
Featuring Christopher Sawchyn as Tom
withMatt Evans, Lada Darewych, Alastair Love, and Paul Chaput.
Supporting chorus of dancers and singers includes Talia Azzano, Bill Legate, Olivia Quinn-Smith, Sarah Mills, Kit Boulter, Eric Braul, Briana Wilson, Dylan Chauvin-Smith and Lauren Best.
Musical ensemble features Keira McArthur on cello, Tyler Wagler on bass, and music director and composer david sereda on piano. Soundscape and percussion is by Bridget DeBernardi, designed by Bridget and Peter Jarvis.
Movement and choreography by Clare Preuss.
Set and Prop Design by Brad Harley (Shadowland).
Lighting design by Gareth Crew.
Costumes by Kim Jung Hye.
People think the mystery of Tom is how he died: this play asks, how did he live?
It also asks: why make art? Why make it here, can't we import it? Why do we need it?
TOM: a musical story of a life rich with passion, colour, canoes, contradictions and... mystery.
TOM is supported by The Ontario Arts Council, Theatre Office, The Grey Bruce Community Foundation, ArtsVest, The Bank of Montreal and The Ontario Trillium Foundation. Thanks as well to all our supporters at fundraisers in Owen Sound and in Toronto.
“TOM” helps to celebrate the Tom Thomson Days Festival and Owen Sound’s 150th Homecoming Celebrations.