Smile Theatre tour
After a wonderful summer performing in an original Canadian musical in Port Dover as well as a few weeks visiting friends and family in Newfoundland, I’m happy to have landed back in Toronto in time to start rehearsals for “Romeo and Juliet (and Joni)” the newest piece by Artistic Director Jim Betts for Smile Theatre. Since I moved to Toronto I’ve been wanting to do a Smile theatre tour, many artists I respect and friends have been a part of this company and they do important work: bringing theatre to seniors across Ontario who are restricted by physical limitations and aren’t able to get out to see a show like the rest of us. I’ve been told it’s one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. So far, we’ve had Shakespearean sword fights with umbrellas, I’ve rehearsed my first death scene, and Paul Mills (one of our music directors for the project) has been teaching to play the Ukulele. All in all it’s going to be a fun show.
Also the Three Guys from the Prairies are gearing up for another show this November- really looking forward to playing with these guys again. Click the link on the right to learn more.
Rum Runners in Port Dover
We’re deep into rehearsals now for the new musical “Rum Runners” written by Derek Ritschel and Steve Thomas. This five person show is set in 1929 Port Dover and is based on the lake Erie boot legging trade, and we’re having a great time with it. Rehearsing a show that takes place in the town you’re performing in is an added bonus, with tons of local history and stories to draw on. Our first show is on the 7th of August, so come on down to Port Dover, spend the afternoon on the beach and make your way two blocks to the lighthouse festival theatre to see our show!
New Musical Workshop
Heading to Calgary soon for the workshop of a new one act musical I’m writing called “Bingo Ladies!”. So glad to be heading home to see family and friends and to work with some amazing people on this new idea. Have you ever gone to Bingo? I spent many years growing up volunteering for groups I was involved in and working the bingo floor. I became fascinated by the people, their good luck charms, and the way the seemed to remain eerily calm even after winning a thousand dollars. My bingo thoughts will be coming together in the workshop of the musical with the wonderful Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary.
3 Guys from the Prairies return!
Wednesday May 30th, at 9pm at the Cameron house, looking forward to sharing the stage with my fellow Prairie ex-pats once again! David Hein is a fellow Singer/Songwriter and Musical theatre writer (writer of the huge hit “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding” and Jeffrey Straker has become an international touring sensation since we started our little songwriting circles a few years back. It’s been a year since our last sold out show in Toronto– hope you can make it. Click on the event to the right for more details.
Review of the New Play
Week one of Love Notwithstanding is done, and you only have one more week to catch this show. We’ve had a review from Mooney on Theatre, you can read the full review on their website, but a few excerpts:
“The dialogue is heartfelt and honest. Tilly’s characters are well-crafted and the writing is intelligent and humorous.”
“Sarah English as Jenna, is calm, collected, controlled and candid. Natural and real, English has a lovely stage charm. Tilly as the unattached yet sensitive Chris is the perfect contrast of energy and impulsivity, bursting with uncertainty about life and his career. Both Tilly and English show great chemistry, creating believable roles.”
“Love Notwithstanding is a play about making authentic connections, making choices and sometimes having to make sacrifices. A consummate artist, Grant Tilly creates for us a sweet and endearing play.”
Check it out if you can, just a week to go!
“Love Notwithstanding” Opens!
And away we go! The play I’ve written (which I also happen to be in) has it’s first preview May 9th, with our official opening May 20th at the Red Sandcastle theatre on Queen East. We’ve worked hard on this new play, and it’s been so incredibly interesting playing a role that you’ve written (and sometimes, sort of forgetting that you’ve written it when you’re concentrating on being an actor). I am incredibly proud of what this show has become. You can RSVP your tickets at 416 845-9411. See you there!
Love Notwithstanding- Rehearsals start!
Our pre-production work is almost done, I just finished a re-write, and in just a few days we’ll be going into rehearsals for my new play, “Love Notwithstanding”, which will open May 9th at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. To say I’m looking forward to this play hitting the boards would be a bit of an understatment; I’ve been working on it for a few years now, it had a workshop through Talk is Free Theatre, and and now it feels ready. Go to our website www.lovenotwithstanding.com for more info on the show, cast, and tickets.
CD Release Monday
Just a few more days now until the CD release this monday at Revival. Had a rehearsal with the band and they’re sounding great, especially on a few of the new tunes we’re trying out. Ben Kunder will be opening and I’m also pleased to announce that Alison Jutzi will be joining us as well. Both are talented musician/writers who also spend some of their time performing in theatre (where I met them both) so I’m looking forward to having these wonderful people on the stage. I’ll also be playing this song, the first from the new album, “With Open Arms”. Show starts at 8pm!
Love Notwithstanding- a new play
I’m happy to announce a new play I’ve written, Love Notwithstanding is going to receive a production in Toronto this coming May at the Red Sandcastle theatre in Leslieville. We’ve assembled a wonderful group of talented people to give bring this show to life. See the page for the play here.
Toronto CD release coming up!
Back in Toronto from a great trip to my hometown of Calgary for a CD release now. Thanks to everyone who came out and for being such an incredible audience. Now, we’re less than two weeks away from the Toronto CD release at Revival on April 16th, with band rehearsals underway. Also, looking forward to trying a few new songs out that night, like this song, “I like you because you’re a geek (even though you’re hot”. See you at Revival!