Entertainment Beat

Scarborough Players presents Alone Together, opening on Sept. 11, written by Lawrence Roman, directed by Kevin Shaver, and produced by Katherine Turner. Scarborough Players is one of the longest-running community theatre programs in the country, with members from across the East End including the Beach.

Alone Together stars, clockwise from top left, Randy Baumer, Patrick Sue-Chan, Misha Harding, Chris Peterson, Tommy Boston, and Deborah Ann Jarvis. PHOTO: Thomas Kowal
Alone Together stars, clockwise from top left, Randy Baumer, Patrick Sue-Chan, Misha Harding, Chris Peterson, Tommy Boston, and Deborah Ann Jarvis.
PHOTO: Thomas Kowal

George and Helene Butler, a well-off couple, have just sent their third and youngest son off to college, and dream of a life without kids. But as soon as the third son has left, things take a hilarious and unexpected turn, as things tend to do in the theatre, and the Butler sons begin coming home one after the other.

Alone Together premiered on Broadway in 1984, and offers a humorous take on modern family life, independence, and being a parent of adult children, with the feel of the sitcoms of the 1980s.

Special tickets include the opening night wine and cheese reception on Friday, Sept. 11, when the audience will be able to meet the cast and crew after the show. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the performance will be followed by the popular ‘audience talk-back’ session with the cast and crew.

Performances run from Sept. 11 to 26 at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham Rd. See the website for tickets and show dates and times. Tickets are $20 or $17 for seniors and students, also available by phone at 416-267-9292.

 

 

Popular East End singer Kristin Lindell will again be sharing her love of singing at Centennial College’s Story Arts campus, at Carlaw and Mortimer in East York.

Kristin Lindell teaching a singing class at Centennial College. PHOTO: courtesy Centennial College
Kristin Lindell teaching a singing class at Centennial College.
PHOTO: courtesy Centennial College

Lindell has a deep-seated belief in the power of singing.

“It’s my passion to share singing with the community. Singing boosts people’s moods, brings them together and provides an outlet for people’s creative expression,” she writes.

Raise Your Voice: Group Singing, known more formally as Sing-100, runs Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Last year’s class was a hit with students, and Lindell is hoping to share her passion with a new group.

Classes will cover contemporary songs from pop to blues. Confidence is developed through proper vocal technique, breath control, and voice projection. The group setting offers a supportive learning environment.

It’s not too late to register for Raise Your Voice. Sign up for Sing-100 online or call 416-289-5300.

 

 

Acoustic Harvest opens up its new season with Garnet Rogers on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Garnet Rogers PHOTO: Bruce Dienes
Garnet Rogers
PHOTO: Bruce Dienes

Rogers grew up singing along to the sounds of the Grand Ol’ Opry with his older brother Stan, eventually teaching himself flute, violin, and guitar. He and his brother ended up forming one of the most influential acts in North American folk music, touring and performing full-time.

He has moved on to become a celebrated solo performer, singing songs featuring unlikely heroes and small victories. He’s spurned advances from major labels in order to continue to make music his own way.

Rogers will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. just east of Warden. Tickets are $25 or $22 in advance. Parking is free, the venue is wheelchair accessible, and for the first time, beer and wine will be available at the show.

 

 

There’s still time to pick up a copy of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter to take part in this year’s edition of Beaches Reads with Tom Allen and friends.

Presented by the Kingston Road Village Concert Series and the Toronto Public Library, Bohemians in Brooklyn: Beaches Reads 2015 incorporates reading the book, a series of book discussions, a showing of the movie based on the book, and a cabaret concert of new and classic music.

Book discussions will be led by CBC Radio host Allen or local musician Michelle Mayers. Discussions will take place from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3 at local library branches – watch for dates and times in upcoming issues of Beach Metro News.

The Oscar-nominated film The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, directed by Robert Ellis Miller and starring Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke, will screen at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Beaches library branch at Queen Street East and Lee Avenue.

On Nov. 8, musicians Bryce Kulak, Patricia O’Callaghan, and Lori Gemmell will be joined by Allen at Kingston Road United Church for a concert featuring songs by Benjamin Britten, Colin McPhee, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, and members of the cast.


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