NEW MUSICAL WORKSHOP PRESENTED THIS MONTH BY TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE

Tweed & Company is very excited to present our newest musical creation, FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT, this month at the Marble Arts Centre.  Just in time for halloween, you won’t want to miss this outrageous new musical comedy.  FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT tells the story of a small hamlet, Windy Hollow, as a strange legend comes to life during the super moon solstice.

Brainchild of HASTINGS! A New Musical lead composer Tricia Black, FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT is based on the local legend of the Loup Garou, and is being presented for two nights only in a workshop fashion.

There are many steps to creating a successful new musical, and one of those steps is performing a workshop presentation, before mounting a full fledged production of a new show, to gauge audience reaction and input, before taking a show back to the drawing board one final time.  Presenting a workshop gives us the opportunity to refine a show, while seeing what works and what doesn’t, and raising a small amount of funding to continue work on the Musical.

So audiences know what to expect, the performers will be using their scripts, as we will be making changes leading up to, and potentially between the performances, so that we can adapt and refine based on the audience’s reactions.  But rest assured, with this incredible cast and hilarious content, you are in for a night of incredible entertainment, all while helping us to create our next big success story!

Tweed & Company has now created a total of four large scale entirely original Canadian Musicals, and FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT could be our next big hit.  There will only be two chances for local audiences to get a sneak peak into our creative process, and experience this exciting and hilarious new show before the rest of the world.

With an all star cast of professional performers, we are very excited to be bringing back some returning favourites, as well as some exciting new talent for Tweed & Company!  Local audiences will of course recognize the hilarious Tricia Black, star of countless productions, and composer and writer on many of our shows.  They will also remember Colin Jones, featured in many of our major musicals, including HASTINGS this past summer, and returning favourite, Jacquie Martin, making a return to the company after last performing in ALECK BELL & GODSPELL in 2012.  Also returning to Tweed will be Alexandra Hurley, who appeared earlier this year in the smash hit SONGBUSTER!  New to Tweed, but not new to the company is Nick Whelan, who performed in our hit Fringe show STALKYARD HURTS.  And entirely new to the company and our performances here in Tweed, we are thrilled to welcome the incredible talents of Sarite Harris, a sought after performer who worked in professional theatres coast to coast this season, and Caitlin English, the co-writer of the show.

FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT will play October 20th & 21st, both at 7:30 PM at the Marble Arts Centre in Actinolite.  Tickets are available online by visiting www.tweedandcompany.com, or in person at the Tweed News.  For more information visit our website, or follow us on Facebook.  And be sure to book your tickets today!  Many of our productions have sold out this season, and we need your support at events like these to continue our exciting work here in Hastings County.  Join us for a night of mayhem and amusement as we showcase the first public presentation of FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT, and then stick around after to have your say!

We hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to be a part of our creative process, and for a great night of hilarious and spooky musical mayhem.  All tickets only $15.00.  Visit our website for full cast bios and more information.  See you at the show!

PEOPLE ARE RAVING ABOUT HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL!

HASTINGS! A New Musical has officially premiered in Tweed, Ontario at the historic Tweed dance pavilion, and the audience response has been overwhelming!  We are overjoyed and ecstatic that the community has embraced this show as much as we hoped they would, and we wanted to take a quick moment to share what the audience was saying, as well as some of the newspaper reviews.  Read on below to see how much people are LOVING this show, then watch for future productions!

 

HASTINGS! REVEW ROUND UP:

Amazing…awesome…astonishing…awe-struck…astounding….and I am just on the “A’s”….this a show you can’t afford to miss…loved it. Definitely going back…we are so lucky to have such talent come to our town!  Tim Porter…small town boy delivers big theatrical dividends….you can’t afford to miss this show! I am going back….Wow…oh-la-la….what a show. The Tweed & Company Theatre have created another original Canadian musical sensation. Last night’s performance was packed to the rafters. This history of Hastings production contains many interesting tidbits that are superbly portrayed by a cast that is both hilarious and dramatic. The musical score is absolutely breath taking….with hand clapping foot stomping tunes that had everyone in the audience moving with the beat and the harmonies were chilling. Don’t miss this amazing show. Catch it in Tweed before Broadway!! Congratulations!  Tim Porter…small town boy delivers big theatrical dividends….you can’t afford to miss this show! See you there…going again. This musical is magical!

*****

Don DeGenova, Town Council

 

 “Excellent performance!!! Very entertaining!!! Loved it!!! Susanna Moodie stole the show!!!”

Sandor Johnson, Potter Settlement Wines

 

“Just saw this production. Wonderful upbeat, hilarious and completely original musical. Think I’ll go back for seconds with my sister!”

Beth Anne Power, Tweed, ON

 

You need to see this production. They are such a talented cast. An original musical history of our Hastings County. So enjoyed it! Get your tickets. A must see!!!

Joanne Albert, Mayor of Tweed

 

“The show was Absolutely amazing! I was blown away from the minute I walked in and saw the stage! Thank you for a night I will always remember” 

*****

Ali James-Wilson, Lucky Clover Candles

 

“Wow….that was an incredible show…Blew us away with all the talent. So happy we are seeing it again x 2.  Fantastic show and a amazing cast…..So happy to be apart of the debut night. A must see.”

Cheryl Clark, Waterloo, ON

 

“The show is amazing! Great work and congratulations to all of you!”

Judy Mewett, Stirling, ON

 

“Thank you Tim and all the cast for a very enjoyable, fun, hand clapping evening!  I agree this is a must see. The show was amazing. The storyline, the music, the fun…such talent! Congrats to all!  Your opening night was nothing less than amazing. John and I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing Talent you presented to everyone that attended. So proud of all your accomplishments. Such an amazing show! The pavilion is transformed into another place and time by this talented crew. A performance to remember.  A MUST SEE show! The talent this cast presents is nothing short of awesome!”

*****

-Kathy Scott, Belleville, ON

 

Best show/production ever!

Shelley Bateman, Bateman House Furniture

 

“Saw Hastings the Musical tonight – Tim Porter & his company brought MAGIC to the Kiwanis Pavilion. See it!”

Billy Piton, Central Hastings News

 

“Saw the performance tonight and they were amazing as always. So lucky to have all this talent coming to Tweed.”

Lynda Van Will, Tweed, ON

 

“So impressed with the show. Can’t say enough about the talent. See our history in music. Hastings the Musical. Come one come all. If you are looking for something to do on one of these rainy nights drop by and see “Hastings the Musical”. So impressed with the show. You are seeing big city quality right in our backyard.  You will not be disappointed. The history of Hastings written, produced and performed by this talented group of performers. Tickets are available at the Tweed News or at the door.  Bring a friend, spread the word.”

Linda D Yorke, The CarpentHer

 

“Loved it!  Deborah and I have a wonderful evening.  What talent!  What a great story! What an excellent venue!  Choreography, props, costumes, all so impressive!  You should be proud!  We all are proud to have you as part of Hastings County. Keep up the great work and please congratulate every member of the cast for providing us with a memorable evening of enjoyment. We need to promote this production on our Facebook and web pages – it is a “Must See!””

-Mark Hanley, Hastings County

 

“Does this rain have you in a crummy mood? Stuck indoors but want to get your summer started? Come to the Tweed Pavilion to see HASTINGS The Musical! It is a show you do NOT want to miss, a show that will instantly warm your heart and put a smile back on your face. This show is magic! Travel through the ghosts of Hastings past with the amazing cast and crew (for real the cast is AMAZING and the crew is as well). There may not be sunshine outside today but there will be an abundance of happiness in the Pavilion!”

Katherine Marlin, Tweed, ON

 

 “I saw it last night!! Fantastic! I mean FANTASTIC. The music was great, the stories heartwarming and funny, and the creativity in this production is just incredible!! Such a talented crew and what a wonderful story/tribute to the past!!”

Catherine Fergusson

 

“We saw Hastings tonight.  The music was amazing!” 

-Tristan Haynes Lindsay, TheMiddleAgedWomanWhoLivedInAShoe

 

“Incredible!!! What a beautiful show. Such a talented group of individuals, beautiful music, and the staging and direction was brilliant. So clever. Funny. And Touching. Such a special show.  Congratulations!!! My mom is going to try and get a bunch of friends out to the show next week. Thanks for such a special night at the theatre.  You definitely don’t want to miss this show. I had the opportunity to witness the magic last night.”

Jackie Mustakas, Drayton, ON

 

“Saw the performance opening night. It was amazing. Tim never lets the audience down. Every production is wonderful. I think I’ve seen them all. Just sayin’ like it is. Your talent and talented team of actors never fail to impress.

Denyse Marie Aimee Mouck, Stirling, ON

 

“Are you looking for an evening of unique local entertainment? Tweed and Company’s most recent original production ‘Hastings: The Musical’ will fit the bill.  Since 2009, the theatre company helmed by Artistic Director and Tweed native Tim Porter has produced original Canadian musical theatre, as well as quality professional grassroots regional shows.   I have seen many of Tweed and Company’s productions over the years, and this is the best yet, not to be missed.  ‘Hastings’ offers something for everyone: vignettes of local regional history, original music, and amazing choreography and costumes.  The cast of nine talented actors includes long-time favourites (Tricia Black, Joel MacMeekin, James King, Amy Marie Wallace, Mike Lee and Michael Colin Jones) as well as faces new to the Company (Rachel Clark, Becca Guilderson, and well-known Tweed actor and musician Mark Lesage). Behind the scenes, Tim Porter directs, and Emily Mewett from the Stirling area is the General Manager. This clever show is a collaborative effort, with several cast members contributing to the writing/composing.  The result includes a variety of musical genres, with moments both poignant and hilarious.  The venue – one of the few lakeside pavilions remaining in Ontario – has been transformed with a unique set design.  This musical takes you back by boat, train and coach to a Hastings that was still considered a new frontier – a journey taken with prominent historical figures and regular ‘Petes’. Much of the action centers around Mrs. Simpson’s Tavern, once an important gathering place that hosted political intrigue along with the drinking. This show is suitable for all ages. ‘Hastings’ opened on Wednesday June 28 to a sold-out crowd and runs daily at 7:30 p.m. until Friday July 7. Susanna (Moodie) says you must see this!” 

-Vicki McCulloch, for the Community Press

 

“I was lucky enough to see the show on Wednesday with our kids from TES. Very impressed with the musicianship and overall talent . Clever portrayal of historical events affecting our locale. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended to others in the community.”

Vicki Louise, Tweed Elementary School

 

“I’ve seen many of your shows over the years – I think this is the best one yet! Well done, I highly recommend it…Enjoyed by all… Everybody was very engaged. Well done you and the team should be very proud.  My two cents worth: your best show yet! Highly recommended. Coming back for a second viewing this evening… I enjoyed it even more the second time around tonight! It is so good!”

-Vicki McCulloch, VMTweed

 

“I love, love, love, LOVE it all. Last night I didn’t fall asleep until 2:00 am because the songs and harmonies were playing OVER and OVER in my head. Everyone is just so lovely with so much to offer. I have been telling EVERYONE about the show. EVERYONE.  It actually hurts being back in Balderson. Like I’m not in the right place because I should be with all of you cheering you on.  Can I come back right now?….. I’m not kidding. OUTSTANDING.  Hastings the musical is a must see. The original music is an absolute hit! Toe- tapping fun and gorgeous ballads. Each actor plays multiple instruments while contributing breathtaking harmonies throughout the entire production. The performers are on stage the entire time! When the show starts it takes off with incredible energy. A Kitchen party flair and impeccable harmonies matching those of a family. The stamina of the artists is unstoppable. The quick scene changes, perfect costumes, quirky script, including the details, and the choreography is captivating and wonderfully unique. Hasting the musical is an experience. A perfect show reflecting the stories of special community. Tweed, it will make you proud! Saw it 7 times and love it more each time!” 

-Julie Kevan, Perth, ON

 

“Your performance at Moira Place was great. The residents really enjoyed it. The people performing are just amazing with lots of talent.  Please pass this on the them.  Thanks!”  

-Karen Arnold-Magee, Moira Place/AONinc

 

“Such a wonderful show!” 

Claire LeSage, Tweed, ON

 

“Irene and I can’t wait to see Hastings The Musical this Friday by the Tweed & Company Theatre in Municipality of Tweed!”

-Mike Bossio, MP

 

“It was fantastic we will definitely see it again. You were all amazing.Great show. Very talented group. Amazing Loved the whole thing

*****

Will Austin, Newton House Bed & Breakfast

 

“I was lucky enough to see the show on Wednesday with our kids from TES. Very impressed with the musicianship and overall talent . Clever portrayal of historical events affecting our locale. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended to others in the community.”

-Vicki Louise, Tweed Elementary School

 

EXERT FROM INSIDE BELLEVILLE & CENTRAL HASTINGS NEWS: “Hastings the Musical – an extraordinary panorama of song, dance and Hastings County history. James King, cast and composer and Rachel Clark, cast, composer and choreographer of Hastings the Musical held the opening night audience spell bound. The cast recieved a resounding standing ovation and many vowed to return for a second performance. Hastings the Musical, a celebration of Canada’s birthday, is an energetic explosion of young talent that you dare not miss. The Tweed and Co. opening night, June 28 at the Tweed pavilion, was full throttle energy, soulful harmonies, original opera and camp songs, that all went straight to the heart of their theme of Hastings County history. The cast of nine bombarded their handmade stage swirling to the well-constructed songs. Throughout the evening, cast members played and exchanged a large collection of instruments.  The staging, compositions, high-octane choreography, and sweet harmonies captivated the audience. After the two-hour extravaganza, and a standing ovation, comments included “Fantastic!” “You can tell it is good – everyone is glued.” “Incredible local talent.” “We are so lucky to have Tweed & Co in our community.” “The harmonies!” “Incredible, it deserves to be re-staged throughout Hastings County.” The characters burst into living colour. Tweed’s Merrill Denison, 1955 dances in pavilion, 1960s all-woman council, and the midnight train in Kaladar met with applause. Rachelle Clark (Babor) choreographed the production, while sharing her clear, smooth tones – of silk.”

Lynn Marriott, INSIDE BELLEVILLE, CENTRAL HASTINGS NEWS

 

The script was excellent, well written and great review of the history of Hastings County. The songs (I assume original) were wonderful, catchy and a pleasure to listen to both the tune and lyrics. The performance, acting, singing and instrumental were top notch. A thoroughly enjoyable, quality evening. Kudos to all. Good show for the Empire theatre in Belleville.”

John M Dorion, Belleville, ON

 

Please! Play in Kingston!

Jason Tilley, Kingston, ON

 

“A fantastic production. Charming, intriguing, beguiling…and oh so fun! In the beautiful and historic Tweed pavilion….a great venue for an incredible show. See it! Take a friend, or seven!”

-Clare Lesage, Tweed, ON

 

“Everyone is just lovin this show…don’t miss it…going back on Friday…definitely need a Hastings the Musical fix!!

-Don DeGenova, Town Council

 

The cast of Tweed & Company Theatre‘s ‘HASTINGS A New Musical’ were nothing short of amazing! I still can’t tell if I was more impressed with the vocal harmonies, that they interchanged playing different instruments, or the acting that transported me back in time. Overall, I’m still just in awe. It was absolutely incredible! I was blown away by the talent of the cast and the seamless execution of the entire performance. Would recommend it in a heartbeat!Congrats on an amazing achievement – great to see and hear the musical talents, from songwriters to performers. A truly remarkable show! I would see it ten times over if I could.”

-The Wanderer, Ontario’s Highlands Tourism

 

“We went to the play last night and I just wanted to say a fabulous job was done by all.  My daughters loved the music and were curious if you will be putting out a recording of it.”

-Julie Wendland, Tweed, ON

 

“WOW!!! What an amazing and incredible show. I had the opportunity to attend last nights performance and was blown away! The cast members did a fantastic job intriguing the audience to laugh, cry, and stomp their feet. This is definitely an award-winning musical. Congratulations Tweed & Company Theatre!”

Municipality of Tweed

 

EXERT FROM THE TWEED NEWS: “Hastings, The Musical a huge success. The Kiwanis Pavilion in Tweed Memorial Park has been a hot spot of activity over the last two weeks thanks to multiple performances of Hastings The Musical, presented by Tweed and Company Theatre. A steady stream of fans have made their way to the live musical, which boasted a sold out crowd on opening night, and has welcomed large attendance at every performance since. Tim Porter, once again put his talent to the test, creating an incredible stage for the pavilion that thoroughly impressed ticket holders before the show even began. The original design added to the unique atmosphere of the pavilion, making for a memorable production. The show itself incorporated a blend of toe taping music with clever choreography, and a beautiful, yet well informed story line. Inspired by the rich history of Hastings County, the show mentioned Billa Flint, Susanna Moodie and Mrs Simpson’s tavern, among several others. And of course the County’s history of gold and cheese were also prominently featured, along with insights into the United Empire Loyalists and the Rebels who opposed them. In many ways the show was a living history lesson, with as many laughs as heartwarming moments. In short the show was simply fantastic, but it was the talent of the all-star-cast that brought the story and the music to life. As with past productions, Tricia Black was once again a shining star, earning herself an even larger fan base with her humour and powerfully unique voice. Amy Marie Wallace proved a talent with both her fiddle and her accents. While local thespian Mark LeSage was a surprising delight, adding an extra depth to the production and teaming up well with his cast mates. Emily Mewett, production stage manager noted how pleased she and Porter were with the response to the show. She attributed the extra buzz surrounding the show to the increased marketing and the growing fan base. “The reputation of the company is growing,” said Mewett, referencing the company’s two sold out shows of Songbuster earlier this year which she believes helped to earn a positive standing for the company. “This is certainly one of our favourite shows yet,” said Mewett. Over the last several years Tweed and Company Theatre has made great strides in earning a loyal fan base in the immediate Tweed area. Productions could count on a great deal of local support, thanks in part to the top notch productions brought forth time and again. As the company has continued to grow, so has the fan base. A combination of talent and heart have proven this small theatre company to be one worth travelling for, which is why live theatre enthusiasts from all around the region are happily making their way to Tweed for these spectacular shows.”

-Lacy Meeks, The Tweed News

 

“What a show! Go see it while you can! Incredible cast, amazing music and the Tweed pavilion was completely transformed. Bravo! Keep doing amazing things!”

-Alyssa Ross, Trenton, ON

 

“Went again tonight (Thursday) with my sister, Cathy. She and I both agreed that we were blown away. And the history, comedy and original music – spectacular! Cathy says better than any Mirvish production this year!

Beth Anne Power, Tweed, ON

 

“Congratulations on an excellent production! The stage in the centre of the Pavilion, and the professional way in which all the participants worked that stage to involve the audience was impressive.The standing ovation was well earned. How that troupe maintained their high-energy performance throughout the evening is a tribute to their determination and stamina! Again, to all involved, congratulations and thanks!”

-Evan Morton, Tweed Historical Society

 

“Leslie and I were blown away. It was awesome . I will be sure to be at your next production.”

-Chris Rashotte, Rashotte Home Hardware

 

“It’s opening night, and the show – a musical based on local history – is sold out. There’s a buzz inside the building that may have something to do with the well-attended, operational bar which rests at the far end of a very long, wooden plank stage. There’s something quite lovely about the open-aired ambience of the place that is difficult to articulate – it possesses a kind of old-fashioned grandeur. The show begins with a reference to Mrs. Simpson’s tavern – which in fact, was the first watering hole in Belleville in the late 18th century. We are to imagine the door of her tavern as a “passageway to the past”, and for much of this performance, this concept seems apt because the play itself is a “doorway” to the “incredible people and events which give Hastings County its identity”. Events like: the hardships of pioneer life, the War of 1812, the first Hastings County Fair, the Rebellion of 1837, the Farmers’ Revolt, Irish immigration due to the Potato Famine, the Eldorado Gold Rush, and the Suffrage Movement. Again, to name a few. The content of the musical resonates with me, too. I grew up in this place, and have lived here much of my life. A copy of Historic Hastings, by Gerald Boyce, has sat on my parents’ bookshelf since 1967, Centennial year. The performance of Hastings. The Musical runs for ten days and coincides with Canada’s 150 celebrations. Fitting, indeed. As the play progresses, I recognize the tremendous energy and creativity of this theatre group; the play moves from burlesque to serious, in keeping with the songs which move seamlessly from upbeat foot-stompers with lots of drums, piano, guitar, mandolin, and bass to elegies fuelled by violin and flute. Throughout the evening, the voices of the performers capture and captivate. It’s a play that uses two large wood trunks, stamped with “Ship to Hastings County”, and a few wooden chairs as props to create a tavern table, a newspress, a stage coach, a sawmill, a grave, a train, a boat . . . the simplicity of this is echoed with the homespun attire of the men and the simplicity of the women’s dresses. And as with good theatre, we are pulled into the past. These young people truly like being here – in Hastings County – giving back history to the community in a place that holds so much history. They are having fun – just as the founders of the Pavilion intended. I’m impressed with the artistic enthusiasm of the performers – they are passionate, excited, and happy. Hastings County is a place that draws dynamic artists and talented young people from all over Canada. Like those early pioneers, these young people are resilient and creative.  Places and histories can loop back and forth. Watching this musical is a double hook: the play is about local historical events, set in a venue that is historical, in a county that continues to inspire.  It’s history inside history. Hastings County is both old and new, a home and a destination with lots more history in the making.”

-Ardith Racey, Hastings County

 

“What a show! I really enjoyed Tweed & Company Theatre’s Hastings the Musical last night in Municipality of Tweed! Great job, everyone! It was a fabulous show, best musical I have seen.  Really well done.”

Mike Bossio, MP Hastings-Lennox & Addington

 

“Intermission! So far we’ve laughed, we’ve gasped, we’ve stomped our feet and we’ve gotten goosebumps. Mom even teared up!”

Ontario’s Highlands

 

“Rebel Anthem, Newpaper Song, Suzanna Says, A New Home, Gold Rush, Not Getting off the Boat, Misguided Sisters, Christie keeps playing over and over in my head. The entire show keeps playing OVER and OVER in my head!

Julie Kevan, Perth, ON

 

 “I wish there was a CD of the music from the play….I probably would wear the CD out from over use.”

Tammy Austin, Tweed, ON

“Thanks to all for bring this show to our town. Great music, wonderful acting, love you guys. Til next time.”

Linda D Yorke, Tweed, ON

 

 “Loved the show. WOW!

Diana Cassidy-Bush, Tweed Realtor

 

“Fantastic evening taking in ‘Hastings The Musical’ with Tweed & Company Theatre! Congrats! Fantastic show!”

-Megan Burnside, Stirling, ON

 

EXERT FROM THE WANDERED BLOG: “The moment we entered the Tweed Pavilion you could feel It, the sense of anticipation. It was visible on the faces of the audience and seemed to hang in the air, floating in and around the vintage Edison lights hanging from the rafters. As we found our seats, excited chatter and authentic fiddle music filled the warm, summer air. By the second verse of the first song, my right foot couldn’t control itself for another bar. That’s where the toe tapping, knee slapping and shoulder swaying began, and it didn’t stop until the final note rang out into the night. It was lively, fresh, sweet, funny and oh so impressive; it was hands down the most memorable theatre performance I have seen to date. Not that you should need any –  the raving reviews really speak for themselves –  but here are three reasons why you should scoop up the last tickets for the final performance:

1. The Storytelling: Each character, each set, each line and each song was meticulously crafted to weave together the rich and interesting history of beautiful Hastings County, which I am lucky to call home. From the Loyalist and Rebel feud to Irish immigration, and from the first discovery of gold to the first agriculture fair, the script references the unique events that have shaped the evolution of Hastings County.

2. The Musicianship: Each of the cast members played one, if not multiple, instruments and together they performed the score to all of the pieces. Live! Not only did they perform the pieces, but cast members also composed them. The lyrics were raw and the harmonies were layered making for a very powerful delivery of the story.

3. The Humour: I honestly have not laughed that hard in quite some time. While the entire play is comical and light, there is one character in particular (I won’t give anything away) that is beyond hilarious. The facial expressions, the gestures, the persona; all of it is executed with absolute perfection!

So go, now, quickly. The last tickets for tonight’s closing show have your name on it.”

-The Wanderer, Ontario’s Highlands Tourism

 

We can’t thank the community enough for getting behind this project, and we are so excited for it’s future!!!  Don’t miss this incredible, all original Canadian Musical, celebrating the stories, legends and fables of Hastings County.  See you at the show!

Support HASTINGS A New Musical!

https://fwyc.ca/campaigns/hastings-new-musical

HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL!

This season, join us at the Tweed Pavilion for a brand new musical retelling of the history of our county, HASTINGS!  A NEW MUSICAL!  This irreverent, foot stomping, laugh out loud new show features a stellar cast of eight actor musicians, and brand new music from some of Canada’s top composers.  We need your support for this evening of music, comedy and mayhem as we relive the founding of this beautiful region, and experience our history first hand.  HASTINGS is sure to be the entertainment highlight of the 2017 season, taking place on a beautiful new stage at the historic Tweed pavilion as part of the Canada 150 celebrations!

“When I walked into the Arts Centre I knew what to expect, I knew how good the show was going to be, and yet as I walked out of the centre, I was amazed just how far the musical surpassed my very high expectations.”

-Lacy Meeks, The Tweed News

WHY WE NEED YOU

After nine seasons of successfully creating original Canadian Musical Theatre for our audience, we want to take the next step in our development and we are thrilled to be producing our biggest musical to date!  The added costs of this project include additional cast, the creation of a new stage for the pavilion, additional instrument rentals, commisions for original music, additional sound and lighting equipment, and more!  At Tweed & Company we strive to make theatre affordable and accesible for all, and pride ourselves on offering the lowest ticket prices for professional theatre in the country.  So in order to continue producing bigger and better productions, and in order to bring more and more people into our beautiful community to experience all we have to offer, we need a small influx of funds to continue our growth.

We want you to feel as much a part of our community as we feel of yours, so please join us in this unique opoortunity to contribute first hand to the arts and culture of your community, and be a part of the magic!  We aren’t asking for a few big donations, we would be much more thrilled if in the true spirit of crowdfunding, hundreds of people donated a small amount to help make this production a reality.

“How do I know that two hours of theatre can be uplifting, humorous, energetic, educational and thought provoking? Easy – I have seen the latest work produced by Tweed & Company Theatre.”

-Andrew Willett, Theatre Aficionado

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

$2000: Help to cover the costs of a larger cast

$1000: Marketing & Promoting our increased number of performances

$750: Songwriting Commissions

$500: Additional Sound & Lighting Equipment

$500: Building the Unique Stage for the Pavilion

$250: Additional Instrument Rentals

“It is worth the drive to Tweed for the night to see this play and theatre fans can consider themselves lucky that Tim Porter brought this story to our area.”

-InQuinte.ca

ABOUT TWEED & CO

TWEED & COMPANY Theatre is a creator and producer of Original Canadian Musical Theatre, as well as quality professional grassroots regional theatre.  The company formerly known as IANA Theatre has been around since the fall of 2009, and has produced three large scale original Canadian musicals, as well as countless other Canadian and international productions.  Tweed & Co is based out of the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, ON, but also produces in Toronto, and has toured its productions around the province.

CAST OF HASTINGS

WRITING TEAM:

Book By: Tricia Black, Joel MacMeekin, Tim Porter, & The Tweed & Company Ensemble

Music By: Tricia Black, James King, Trevor Patt, Andre Morin, & Joseph Tritt

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: Tim Porter

Musical Director: Tricia Black

Choreographer: Rachel Clark

Stage Manager: Emily Mewett

CAST: 

Rachel Clark, Tricia Black, Rebecca Guilderson, Michael Colin Jones, James King, Mike Lee, Mark Lesage, Joel MacMeekin, Amy Marie Wallace

“The plays Director, Tim Porter, is leading a masterful group of experienced, talented performers, and the quality of Mr. Porter’s productions are always top-notch.  I have greatly enjoyed attending a number of the plays Mr. Porter has directed, and I am confident that this production will be just as entertaining.  Hastings County has a rich, diverse history, and I am looking forward to seeing our story told on stage this summer.”

-Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings-Lennox & Addington 

OTHER WAYS TO HELP

We are so thankful for every donation, big or small.  Thank you for helping us to reach our goal!  And now that you have supported the show, make sure to come and see it!  We are incredibly proud of this production, and can’t wait to share it with the world.  Get your tickets today at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2723927.

You could also help our cause by sharing the link to this crowdfunding campaign on all of your social media platforms, emailing it to friends, texting, calling, any way that you can help us spread the word!  Every dollar we raise makes a huge difference in being able to produce high quality original Canadian Musical Theatre in Hastings County, and in helping us increase our tourism and local attendance!

“With young talent like this, the future of Canadian theatre is in good hands.”

-Jack Evans, The Belleville Intelligencer

https://fwyc.ca/campaigns/hastings-new-musical

ANNOUNCING OUR INCREDIBLE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL!

2017 is well underway, and we here at Tweed & Company are gearing up for our biggest production ever, HASTINGS: A New Musical!  HASTINGS is a laugh out loud, stomp your foot, irreverent retelling of the history, fables and legends of our home, Hastings County.  This new musical creation is being written by a team of Canada’s top composers, as well as our Tweed & Company Ensemble.  Featuring a stellar cast of 9 musical performers, this talented group sing, dance, act, and play all of the instruments in the production, creating a truly unique and exciting experience for our entire audience.

We invite you to join us for an evening of song, celebration and dance, as HASTINGS takes the stage this June/July at the historic Pavilion in Tweed’s Memorial Park.  Come and experience the rich history and culture that our area has to offer, told as you’ve never seen it before!  Have you lived the County Gold Rush?  Feared the Pirate of the St. Lawrence?  Heard noted local Author Susanna Moodie speculate and exaggerate on her life in the clearings?  Come and encounter all of this and more in what is sure to be the entertainment highlight of the season.  And it’s all in celebration of Canada 150!

While there will be many more sneak peaks and special features on the show itself and the progress of the production in the coming months, we currently want to fill you in on the incredible group of people who will be bringing this project to life!  We have assembled one of our largest and strongest groups of professional performers to date, with a bit of local talent in the mix as well, to create this thoroughly entertaining and awe inspiring production.

Read on below to see which of your returning favourites are back, see the incredible talent of our new company members, and check out the local talent that will be gracing our new stage at the pavilion!  We are also thrilled to be working with some of the country’s best composers on this project, and can’t wait to share their incredible music with our audience.  Please read on below to hear all about our incredibly talented cast and composers!

COMPOSERS:

TRICIA BLACK: (ALSO IN CAST)

Tricia Black is an actor, singer, and musician. Tricia can be seen performing at Bad Dog Theatre in Kinsey Fail, Filthy & SONGBUSTER. She is also a member of one of the oldest improv sketch troupes in Toronto, The Sketchersons, performing a brand new weekly sketch show every week. Tricia has studied improvisation and musical improvisation at Second City Chicago, Toronto and iO Chicago. She is also the Artistic Producer of Tweed and Company Theatre, producing original Canadian theatre.

JAMES KING: (ALSO IN CAST)

James King is a multi-faceted artist who hails from North Augusta, Ontario. As an actor he has appeared with a variety of companies across the province including: Godspell, Aleck Bell, All You Need Is Love, The Times They Are A-Changing(Tweed & Co.), Taming of the Shrew, Measure For Measure(St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Laura Secord, All For Beaver Hats(Festival Players of Prince Edward County). Based in Toronto, he has appeared in: Into The Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar(Hart House), Commencement(Toronto Fringe) and has been a featured artist in The Manhattan Concert Series at Soulpepper Theatre. He also is a singer/songwriter and has released his first EP this year “Where Will You Take Me” and performs regularly with his band all over the city. James is delighted to return to Tweed. It is always a pleasure to perform and see all the fantastic friends he has made here. “Buy the ticket -take the ride” -HST.

TREVOR PATT:

Trevor Patt is so excited to be working on his first show with Tweed & Co. Theatre! Trevor is an actor, musician and writer, with a deep love for creating new music and telling Canadian stories. He’s currently in his second season as an actor at the Stratford Festival performing in Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore. Trevor has been fortunate to work across Canada with many wonderful theatre companies including the Charlottetown Festival, the Grand Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Drayton Entertainment, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Aquarius, and others. He sends all his love and thanks to Tim, Andre, the Talent House, Jade, and his family.

JOSEPH TRITT:

Last season’s intern musical director at Shaw, and Sound Designer for this season’s The Madness of King George, Joseph is also an alumnus of Rainbow Stage’s Creative Mentorship Program and took to the podium as music Director/conductor for recent shows The Producers, and Les Miserables, as well as Billy Elliott and Cabaret at RMTC. Selected music directing credits: Shrek (Theatre Sheridan), A Man of No Importance and Follies (Dry Cold), Rooms: A Rock Romance (Winnipeg Studio Theatre) and Altar Boyz (Prairie Theatre Exchange). Training includes Manhattan School of Music and the University of Manitoba.  This year will see him MDing at Drayton Entertainment and the Grand Theatre.  When not Musical Directing he can be found Composing, arranging and Sound Designing for companies across the country.

ANDRE MORIN:

Originally from Madoc, Andre has been a frequent composer/arranger for Tweed & Company, and has spent the past several seasons at the Stratford Festival honing those skills.  He recently played Edmund in The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Peter Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Oedipus Rex, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo & Juliet.  Elsewhere he has performed as Fenton in the Merry Wives of Windsor, and in Man of La Mancha (Theatre By The Bay).  Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre), The Full Monty (Moonpath Productions).  He is a graduate of the George Brown theatre School and Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival.  He also played Aleck Bell in Aleck Bell, as well as creating the musical arrangements for that production, and he is the composer and arranger for Tweed: The Musical.

CAST:      

TRICIA BLACK: (BIO IN COMPOSERS ABOVE)

RACHEL CLARK:

Tweed & Co: Debut.  Credits Include Mamma Mia! (Ensemble/Sophie US – Theatre Aquarius, Western Canada Theatre) Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan: The Panto, Annie, 9 to 5 The Musical, Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Theatre Aquarius). Travelling from Waterloo Ontario, Rachel is thrilled to be performing in beautiful Tweed in a creative and historic new musical!  After graduating from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Rachel entertained as a singer/dancer on board cruise ships. Living out her other passion, Rachel has traveled to Kenya five times to volunteer with impoverished children, and is now a director for Kenyan Kids Foundation Canada.  She recently became a yoga instructor and also works as a care giver for handicapped adults.  www.lifeofrachel.com

REBECCA GUILDERSON:

Becca is a Nova Scotia native excited to adventure in Ontario! She is an actor, singer, musician who spends most of her time working in Halifax. She attended Mount Allison University where she studied Opera. Becca also spends lots of her time volunteering with the Canadian Improv Games. Recent credits include Marion in The Music Man, Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (QAAW), Anne in Anne and Gilbert (Stage Prophets), Wendla in Spring Awakening, Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Side By Side), Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SBTS), Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Chester Playhouse), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Saints Alive).

MICHAEL COLIN JONES:

Michael, a Graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, is stoked to be back in Tweed again with this incredible company! Previous credits include: I’ll Fly Away, The Times They Are A Changin’ (Tweed & Co.), Joseph… Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror ShowNext To NormalAvenue QRENT (LOT), Godspell, Stalkyard Hurts (IANA Theatre Co.), Crazy For YouThe Oddyssey, WickedKiss Me, Kate (CCPA), Little WomenLes Mis: School Edition (Neptune Theatre School). Huge thanks go out to the entire cast and team. Enjoy the show! @mcolinjones

JAMES KING: (BIO IN COMPOSERS ABOVE)

MIKE LEE:

Mike Lee is thrilled and honoured to again be working with Tweed & Co!  Born and based in Toronto, Mike is a multi-instrumentalist and improviser.  He majored in classical music in the Claude Watson Arts Program and has trained extensively in Improv comedy at The Second City Training Centre and Bad Dog Theatre, including Musical Improv, BeatProv, and the inaugural Bob Curry Fellowship.  He can also be seem drumming with James R. King & The Midnight Hours. Previous productions with Tweed & Co. include The Times They Are a Changin, and Stalkyard Hurts.

MARK LESAGE:

Mark Lesage is a local actor who can’t believe his good fortune to have been invited to work with Tweed & Co. Theatre. “Honestly, I have been in awe of Tim and his exceptionally high calibre troupe for a long time now. I expect to learn a lot.” Mark brings to the stage his many talents and years of varied life experiences. A past participant with the Tweed National Theatre, Mark is currently involved with the Marble Arts Players (Love Letters and his own production, Spaceship Derp). Other recent performances have included On Golden Pond (Belleville Theatre Guild) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Village Theatre). You can also catch Mark at Tweed’s poetry event, First Tuesday Muse, or as a musician with the Charlie Bird Band. His greatest acting ambition is to be a James Brown tribute artist.

JOEL MACMEEKIN:

This is Joel’s 9th year working with our theatre company and he couldn’t be happier. Some of Joel’s best roles on our stage are, the peaceful Priest in Tweed: The Musical, loveable Maverick in I’ll Fly Away, and of course every celebrity impersonation possible, including “early years” Cher in All You Need Is Love. Joel has toured across Canada more times than he can count with Koba Family Entertainment bringing live theatre to children and has written and starred in his own work in Toronto’s Downtown Theatre scene. Get ready to clap your feet and stomp your hands because we got a show to do! We hope you love Hastings: The Musical as much as we do.

AMY MARIE WALLACE:

Amy Marie Wallace is a Toronto based Actor and Musician. Selected Theatre Credits include Salt Water Moon (Tweed and Co.), Heart of Steel (NSTF/Aim For the Tangent), The Seance with Nicholas Wallace (TPM), Centre of the Universe (Theatre Lab), Or Be Eaten (Silent Protagonist). Selected Film/TV credits include Poor Agnes (Splice Films), 11.22.63 (Hulu/Bad Robot), Diaphony (Cinematoscape), Woods (Km4 Prod.) Amy is a graduate of The George Brown Theatre Program and a classically trained violinist with a Bachelors Honours degree in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. She also dabbles in Design. As Costume Designer, Peter Pan (Bad Hats Brewery Tour), Heart of Steel (NSTF), and The Wakowski Bros. (Aim for the Tangent/Won Best of Fringe.)

CREATIVE TEAM:

DIRECTED BY TIM PORTER:

Tim Porter is a musical theatre performer, director, writer and producer, and is the founding Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre.  As a performer he has travelled extensively across North America, spending six seasons with award winning Drayton Entertainment, six seasons with the Stirling Festival Theatre, appearing in the world premiere productions of Cannibal and Evil Dead in Toronto, and several international tours as Rooney Doodle in The Doodlebops.  He is also the author and director of the award winning TWEED: A New Canadian Musical (Broadwayworld Best Independent Production), co-writer and director of Aleck Bell (Stirling Festival, Brockville Arts Centre, Tweed & Co), and director of Stalkyard Hurts(2015 Toronto Fringe Fave).  He has also taught at several institutions including St. Lawrence College, The Stirling Festival Theatre, and the Quinte Ballet School.  Currently appearing in the world premiere production of Marathon of Hope: The Terry Fox Story at Drayton Entertainment, Tim is an advocate for the creation and incubation of Original Canadian Musical Theatre, and has helped to create and produce countless original works.  He was also a nominee for the 2012 premier’s award of Ontario for his work with Tweed & Company, and he sits on the Hastings County Cultural Roundtable.

CHOREOGRAPHED BY RACHEL CLARK: (BIO IN CAST ABOVE)

STAGE MANAGED BY EMILY MEWETT:

Born and raised in Stirling, Ontario, Emily is a sought after Stage Manager in Toronto.  Credits include Assistant Stage Manager: A Christmas Carol, The Heidi Chronicles, The Just, Parfumerie, Happy Place, Yours Forever Marie-Lou, Eurydice, The Dining Room, A Tender Thing, Angels in America, Christmas Carol (SOULPEPPER).  Other Theatre credits include Salt Water Moon (Tweed & Co. Theatre), James & the Giant Peach, Emily’s Piano (Young People’s Theatre), Belleville (The Company Theatre/ Canadian Stage), 6 Essential Questions (Factory Theatre), The Producers, Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do (Stage West Mississauga), Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Oliver (Stirling Festival Theatre).  Emily Attended Ryerson University for Theatre Production.

COSTUMES DESIGNED BY AMY MARIE WALLACE: (BIO IN CAST ABOVE)

What an exciting team!  We honestly can’t wait to share this beautiful new production with you, and hope that you will all join us this summer for HASTINGS! A New Musical at the Tweed Pavilion, June 28th to July 7.  Tickets are available now, so book yours today!  Available at the Tweed News, or online at www.tweedandcompany.com.  Also, don’t miss THE DARK NIGHT CABARET July 8th at 8 PM at the Marble Arts Centre, as this incredible group is joined by some local talent to perform all of their favourite songs, dances and more!  And stay tuned this weekend for the announcement of our new crowdfunding campaign, and be a part of the magic of live theatre.  See you at the show!

Critically acclaimed SONGBUSTER coming to Tweed!

This February, Tweed & Company is ecstatic to be bringing the wildly entertaining SONGBUSTER! An Improvised Musical to Tweed!  I have seen this show three times, and have seen three entirely different, absolutely hilarious, and overwhelmingly enjoyable productions.  The real brilliance of this show is the people behind it.  This cast is full of the best improvisers in the country, and they somehow seamlessly create a brilliant new musical right before your eyes.  The show begins with a simple suggestion.  A member of the cast reaches out to a member of the audience for a suggestion of a place.  And then they are off.  And over the next hour you will be rolling in the aisles, dancing in your seat, and laughing at the memories for days to come! 

Tweed audiences will also recognize Artistic Producer Tricia Black as one of the incredibly funny members of this ensemble.  Trish has been with us for several seasons now, starting with STALKYARD HURTS, then going on to roles in ALECK BELL, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN, as well as co-writing I’LL FLY AWAY, and writing this falls upcoming Musical FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT!  

But don’t just take our word for it!  Check out these incredible reviews from SONGBUSTER’s recent NextStage Festival Performances:

“Tonight’s musical improvised by Songbuster’s cast was filled with as much catchy lyricism as hard-hitting humour. Though they had nothing but a man at a piano to support their spontaneous score, the nine improvisers were in tune in more ways than one.  The collaboration between the cast members in Songbuster was uncannily great. Over the course of the hour, they worked together seamlessly to weave rich characters into a complex plot while still leaving room for plenty of jokes.  This exemplary improv then continued throughout the show like a chain reaction, each person delivering solid laughs but never hogging the attention, allowing time for every person to contribute their own distinctive piece of the puzzle.  In short, Songbuster- An Improvised Musical is an amazing show. It’s different every night, so make sure to catch it once, or more than once, during its run at Factory Theatre.

-Julianna Romanyk, My Comedy Report

“Songbuster brings the funny with a musical twist.  A series of musical scenes unfolded, incorporating various music styles from classic musical, to country western, to blues, to ballads. Amazing work from the ensemble in this hilarious trip through family relationships and crises—and all with music and improvised lyrics, folks. And these guys can sing. Hidden WWII treasure, a closeted aunt, a shifty foreign cousin and other family secrets in the funny, surprisingly poignant, Songbuster – An Improvised Musical.”

-Life With More Cowbell

“At the beginning of a Songbuster – An Improvised Musical, one of the performers solicits a suggestion from an audience member for an exciting place where one meets people, and we were off to the races. The absolutely hilarious and completely improvised races, through which we galloped for a very funny hour.  There’s no actual point to discussing or reviewing the show I saw, since it won’t bear much resemblance to the show you see (and you should). Instead, it’s worth talking about delightful music director Tom King and the multi-talented Songbuster ensemble.  The great thing about Songbuster is that it’s fun, freewheeling and tight considering that everyone’s literally making it up as they go along. There are no more plot holes than the average episode of any modern television show, and this is a much better time.”

-Mooney On Theatre

“Yes, it does exactly what it says on the tin – in this instance, based on an audience suggestion of a creepy place to be, the incredibly talented cast improvised an hour long comedy musical (although it seemed much shorter because we were sorry when it was over). Most of these actor/singers have worked with Second City at one time or another, and all members have extensive experience with improv, and, boy, does it show! There isn’t a weak link in the bunch, and this is definitely a polished ensemble – they play off each other beautifully. I confess to a weakness for a show like this where the cast members manage to crack each other up, because if they can do that, they are guaranteed to have me in stitches, and they did, many times. I cannot recommend this show highly enough. It was deservedly sold out last night, and I suspect the same will be true for its entire run, but if you hurry, you might be lucky enough to get a ticket.”

Robert Claxton & Hugh Mosher

“Rating: NNNN.  If you think mounting a full-length musical is difficult, imagine the challenge of creating one on the spot. That’s what the talented, inspired folks behind Songbuster do every time out.  At the show I saw, with the setting (a cemetery) provided by the audience, the troupe came up with an amusing story that included a grieving son, two death-obsessed women, a grave-robber and his young protége and, of course, several supernatural creatures, from a soul-eating ghost to a dancing zombie named Charles.  Creating defined characters is one thing – but making them do interesting, believable things (at least within the context of this made-up universe) is another. And that’s where Songbuster excels, their comic characters bumping into each other, furthering the plot and, when the moment comes, breaking into song with grace, good fun and some damn clever rhymes.  Pianist and musical director Tom King deserves kudos for mixing up the show’s moods and rhythms. He and the cast seem to know exactly when a duet or ensemble number is needed, or when a power ballad can shed light on a character’s inner longing.  One of the most memorable songs included a cheerful duet about shovelling and determination: a good metaphor itself for what this brilliant troupe does.  I’d watch them perform anywhere, any time.

-Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

And Check out this crazy BUZZ on the TWITTERVERSE:

“Face hurts from laughing so much at @songbustermusic at #NSTF . @NickyNasrallah‘s dance # @TheBruun‘s awesome Baron, @NugNahrgang‘s wit..”

I need to see @songbustermusic again. It was so worth it. #NSTF

“Witness the performers discover songs and stories when you do.”

“I’ve seen @songbustermusic countless times but tonight was TOPS! Don’t miss them at @FactoryToronto during #NSTF for @Toronto_Fringe” 

“Yeah – go to this – it’s sooo worth your time and money. Warm up your insides.”

“It is quite fun to see two (or more) the #songbuster shows @toronto_fringe just to see how different they can be #wow @songbustermusic #nstf

“2 down, 3 to go. @SilkBathTO and @songbustermusic (again). Loving #NSTF!”

“Dear @songbustermusic I have a mega crush on all of you. Way to kill it last night at #NSTF @Toronto_Fringe @intheGreenRoom_

“1,2 punch of wild, jaw-dropping laugh-out-loud hilarity @ #NSTF tonight seeing @RockBottomMove #ManicPixieDreamGirls & @songbustermusic

“Seriously! @brittanylkay & I died. What a slew of talented artists #slaying at what they do. #getintoit #NSTF Excited to see more tomorrow!”

“Just saw @songbustermusic and it was crazy good – catch it during #NSTF before it’s gone! #Toronto #Theatre #Improv #CHARLES

@songbustermusic @torontoist we loved last night’s show so much that we recruited people for this Sunday’s show! See you again!”

“Thanks for the shout out @torontoist in your “What to do in #Toronto” list this week! #NSTF @toronto_fringe

If I could see @songbustermusic every day, I would. #NSTF

I’ve developed a @songbustermusic addiction… #nstf #fringeto

#NSTF Tweet-Review #6: SONGBUSTER, the improvised musical. Show I saw=coffee shop intrigue. Troupe=consistently funny, + singing chops.”

“This just in! @songbustermusic kicks all the butt at #NSTF @FactoryToronto So much butt that Saturday is #SOLDOUT so get yer #butt to Sunday”

“Wow wow wow @songbustermusic was so funny and the singing was so beautiful tonight!  #tresimpressed

“See Something New w @songbustermusic @Toronto_Fringe #NSTF. Heart-wrenchingly hilarious & 1 of our #NSTFestivalFaves https://inthegreenroom.ca/2017/01/11/nstfestival-favourites/ …

“saw @songbustermusic tonight and it was hilarious and incredible, 10/10 recommend #NSTF

“Started the week with #NSTF and @songbustermusic – what a hilarious show! Would absolutely recommend” 

If I could see @songbustermusic every day, I would. #NSTF

You don’t want to miss this incredible show!  This much sought after production is coming to Tweed for two performances only as part of the Tweed Winter Carnival.  With constantly sold out shows, rave reviews, and an incredible cast of performers, get your tickets for this hilarious Improvised Musical today!  Two performances only at 2 PM and 7 PM.  Tickets are available at the Tweed News, or online at www.tweedandcompany.com.  We can’t wait!

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIVE THEATRE!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Tweed & Company Theatre!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Next to theatre season of course. We here at Tweed & Company theatre want to thank all of our followers and supporters for a fantastic 2016, and wish you all the best during this holiday season!

We have big plans for 2017, and we were so excited to share our full season announcement last week! You can check it out here: https://tweedandcompany.com/2017-2/

Give the Gift of Live Theatre this holiday season with tickets to one of our incredible 2017 Productions! Theatre tickets make a unique gift, are a great last minute option, and are the perfect size for stocking stuffers!  With great performances next year starting at just $10.00, there is something for everyone!

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First up next year is SONGBUSTER! A Fully Improvised Musical, and this show makes a great gift option. This fun for the whole family, whimsical musical adventure is coming to Tweed for 2 performances only as part of the Tweed Winter Carnival.

Get your tickets or GIFT CERTIFICATE in any amount at The Tweed News today, or book online at http://www.tweedandcompany.com.

Happy Holidays, and see you at the show!!!

ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 SEASON!

Tweed & Company Theatre is thrilled to announce our 2017 season of live professional theatre!  2017 Marks our 9th season of production in Hastings County, and will be one of our biggest and most ambitious seasons to date!  Coming off the incredible success of our 2016 season, Tweed & Company continues to build and enhance our presentations.  This year we will be creating several new productions, with new collaborations, new initiatives and new venues!

This season we will present four Musical productions, all Canadian, several original, as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations in Tweed, Ontario.  We will also continue to grow and build on many of the initiatives that make our company unique and progressive.  Specifically, we would like to highlight our continued effort to make theatre affordable & accessible for all, and are thrilled to announce that we have once again dropped or maintained the ticket prices for all of our productions.  We are also putting into place new opportunities this year to allow everyone access to live theatre, even if they may not be able to afford a ticket.  This year will also mark our first ever SCHOOL MATINEE performance, and this season brings us into the heart of downtown Tweed.

And without any further ado, presenting our 2017 Season!

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SONGBUSTER: The Fully Improvised Musical!

February 19th @ 2 & 7 PM

Tickets: $12.00 General Admission

At The Tweed Fair White Building as part of the Tweed Winter Carnival

Fresh off their recent success at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Next Stage Festival, and Just For Laughs Toronto, Tweed & Company is thrilled to bring the incredibly entertaining SONGBUSTER! to the Tweed Fair White Building as part of the Tweed Winter Carnival!  This show will have you rolling in the aisles as this incredible group of actors and musicians creates a full one hour musical based on YOUR suggestions!  SONGBUSTER has been receiving rave reviews and standing ovations wherever it goes, and we are thrilled to have this incredible group joining us this February!

 

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HASTINGS! A New Musical

STUDENT MATINEE: Wednesday, June 28

Performance #1 (OPENING): Thursday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #2: Friday, June 30 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #3: Saturday, July 1 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #4: Sunday, July 2 @ 2:00 PM

Performance #5: Sunday, July 2 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #6: Wednesday, July 5 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #7: Thursday, July 6 @ 7:30 PM

Performance #8 (CLOSING): Friday, July 7 @ 7:30 PM    

Tickets: $20.00 Adults, $10.00 Students/Youth

At The Tweed Pavilion in Memorial Park

Next up in our entirely Canadian season is a brand new production, HASTINGS! A New Musical!  This hilarious, foot stomping irreverent retelling of the History of Hastings County is sure to be the entertainment highlight of this season!  Written by the Tweed & Company Ensemble with the assistance of the Hastings County Historical Society, this show will run through Canada day at the TWEED PAVILION in Memorial Park as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations.  This show will feature music from several up and coming and established Canadian composers, many of whom come to us from the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and with major Toronto credits, and some of them originally from right here in Hastings County!  This show will not only be a major production for Hastings County, but will be a major event for the Canadian Musical Theatre Industry.  Hastings will feature a cast of eight incredible performers, all of whom also play the instruments and create a stunning live band on stage, and it will all play out on a beautiful new stage being designed and created specifically for this new production at this very exciting new venue for us, the Historic Tweed Pavilion.

 

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THE DARK NIGHT CABARET

Saturday, July 8 @ 8 PM

Tickets: $10.00 General Admission

At The Marble Arts Centre

Returning yet again as one of our most successful yearly traditions, THE DARK NIGHT CABARET will return this July during the run of HASTINGS!  Come and join this incredible cast, alongside some of our favourite ensemble members, and of course some incredible local talent, for this one night only extravaganza of song and dance and laughter!  In this magical evening, each artist will perform their favourite pieces, their special skills, small group numbers, original creations and more, in what is always a very special, impossible to recreate evening of live entertainment.  This one night only event is traditionally a hot ticket, so book in advance to avoid disappointment!

 

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FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT     

Presentation #1: Friday, October 20 @ 7:30 PM

Presentation #2: Saturday, October 21 @ 7:30 PM

Tickets: $15.00 General Admission

At The Marble Arts Centre   

Tweed & Company is so excited to present the WORLD PREMIERE presentation of this thrilling new Musical!  Legends, ya, you’ve heard ‘em. But have you ever heard the wind howl in Windy Hollow…Ontario. Join us for this New dark musical comedy, Fight the Moonlight. Follow the townspeople of Windy Hollow as they prepare for the upcoming Super Moon Solstice. All the while unaware that lurking amongst them is a secret; a legend come true and a terror they could never imagine. A tale of revenge, self discovery, and it wouldn’t be a musical without a little romance. Fight The Moonlight features a brand new musical score and book by Artistic Producer Tricia Black. This new musical will make you howl with laughter and jump right out of your seat in horror!  This show will be workshopped and created right here in Tweed, with only two public performances next October.

And that is 2017!  Tweed & Company Theatre is a not for profit organization that was founded in 2009 to present high-quality, professional Canadian Musical Theatre to a Hastings County audience, and create productions that would go on to success across the province.  We are proud of our reputation for quality live theatre, and have seen our attendance and success grow season by season.  Last year was our most successful season at the box office to date, and we hope that this year will blow that out of the water!  Join us as we present our most exciting season to date, in celebration of Canada 150, of our fantastic county, and the incredible tradition of Arts and Culture that this community nurtures and thrives on.  Another main focus of our 2017 Season will be increased tourist attendance, and we are working closely with the municipality, and with many tourism and theatre based organizations to make 2017 a fantastic year for both our organization, and the area as a whole.

For the first time this season Tickets are on sale as of December 1st!  In plenty of time for the Holiday season!  Give the gift of Live Theatre this Christmas, and treat your loved ones to an unforgettable evening in one of our beautiful venues.  For full information about Tweed & Company’s Past, Present and Future, check out our website at www.tweedandcompany.com.  And to book your tickets today visit our website, or head on over to THE TWEED NEWS to book in person.

We can’t wait to bring these high quality original productions to you, and wish you all the best of the holidays, and for a happy and healthy 2017!  See you at the show!

SALT WATER MOON a Box Office Smash!

As we wind down from our fantastic 2016 season in Tweed and begin preparations for our thrilling 2017 season, we thought we would take a minute to look back at this summer’s production of SALT WATER MOON, one of our most successful productions to date.  This beautiful Canadian play by David French was a smashing success at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, receiving standing ovations every night, huge numbers at the box office, and garnering some of the most beautiful feedback we have every received.  So we thought we would share it with you!  Read on to hear what the audience had to say about SALT WATER MOON!

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“AMAZING! Jamie McKnight is an inspiring Jacob Mercer, with so much charm, you can’t help but fall a little bit in love! He and Brittany Rae Robinson make the perfect team for Tweed & Company Theatre’s presentation of Salt Water Moon. Don’t miss this show!”

-Lacy Meeks, The Tweed News

 

“Brittany and Jamie should be on Broadway or the TO stage….they are that good! Quick snappy dialogue that has you laughing and leaves you crying! Going back tonight!”

-Don, Tweed

 

“I just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed Salt Water Moon.  In fact, my friend Donna said she liked it even better than the Factory Theatre production we had seen in March!  Very heart felt, touchingly sentimental.  It was wonderfully acted.  Please keep me informed of future endeavours.”

-Norma, Toronto

 

It was a wonderful performance–full of life and painful honesty that only truly professional actors can carry straight across the boards to an audience.”

-D’thea, Tweed

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“I loved the show, the performances and music were outstanding and I look forward to the next one!   Thank you for your tireless work to bring exceptional productions to our community!  It enriches all our lives.”

-Mike Bossio, MP Hastings-Lennox and Addington

 

This play should not be missed!”

-Bill, Belleville

 

“Tim Porter and Tweed & Company Theatre have another major hit! Stellar performances by Brittany Robinson and Jamie McKnight made for a night of laughter and tears. Salt Water Moon taps into the quaintness and honesty of the Newfoundlander… Both Brittany and Jamie mastered the accent giving way to a fast paced dialogue with many a quip that had the audience sharing many a laugh. At $20.00 a ticket you will be hard pressed to find better value for your entertainment dollar. Don’t miss this play….. And a great big thank you to our own Peter R. Snell for his musical talents and to Amy Marie Wallace who knows how to make a fiddle sing to your heart. A truly awesome performance by all.”

-Don DeGenova, Tweed Council

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“It is worth the drive to Tweed for the night to see this play and theatre fans can consider themselves lucky that Tim Porter brought this story to our area.”

-InQuinte

 

“Really enjoyed the show last night and I highly recommend it!  I have seen it twice-the two leads are fantastic – the show is funny and touching.  Coming back on Saturday with some friends!”

-Vicki McCulloch, VMTweed

 

“The Tweed Theatre Company used the space extremely well and will entertain you from the moment you walk in.  This love story will make you laugh, think and tug at your heart strings.”

-InQuinte

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for SALT WATER MOON!  We can’t wait to share next season with you, and bring more music, laughter and love to the Marble Arts Centre stage!  See you at the next one!

Check Out Our Stellar SALT WATER MOON Cast

All-Star Cast coming to Marble Arts Centre in Tweed for SALT WATER MOON!

Becoming increasingly known for their high quality, affordable and highly entertaining productions at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, Tweed & Company theatre is thrilled to announce our most exciting cast to date!  From national celebrities to local superstars, the cast of SALT WATER MOON is sure to blow the roof off of the Arts Centre this July in the region’s premiere of this multi-award winning Canadian Play by playwright David French.

Jamie McKnight - Jacob
Jamie McKnight – Jacob

First up, in the role of Jacob, we have celebrated Canadian Actor/Singer JAMIE MCKNIGHT!  Making his premiere with Tweed & Company, Jamie is perhaps best known for his time with international sensations THE CANADIAN TENORS, at the STRATFORD FESTIVAL, and starring in the Toronto Productions of THE PRODUCERS, THE TOXIC AVENGER, HAIR, ALADDIN and more!  His theatre career has brought him coast to coast to all of the major theatre companies across the country, and Tweed & Co is absolutely ecstatic to have him join us for this production.

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In the role of Mary, current ‘it girl’ BRITTANY RAE ROBINSON is sure to shine.  Originally from Arnprior, Brittany has made a huge name for herself in her few short years since graduating from Sheridan College’s lauded Musical Theatre Program, appearing with awarded Toronto theatre companies NEW BORN THEATRE, AIM FOR THE TANGENT, PURE CARBON, HART HOUSE, and as part of last year’s TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL.  You will most likely recognize Brittany from the countless commercials she currently has on the air, including Office Max, Hello Life Insurance, Veuve Clicquot, Oh Henry, Hello Flow, Lufthansa, Stub Hub, McDonald’s, Honda, & Fido.  An actress who is usually booked solid, we are thrilled that Brittany was available for this production and will be making her TWEED & CO debut!

Brittany Rae Robinson - Mary
Brittany Rae Robinson – Mary

And, for a little local colour, Tweed & Co is over the moon that stellar local musician SCOTT PETTIGREW will be joining us on this project, to provide some musical accompaniment and to play a small acting role in the production.  Scott is nothing short of a local celebrity, best known for his past work with THE TWEED TWANGERS, and as a talented musician in many instruments and styles, who is much sought after at gigs around the county.

Scott Pettigrew - Instrumentals
Scott Pettigrew – Instrumentals

And Finally, rounding out this incredible group is the very talented Amy Marie Wallace.  Amy Marie is a Toronto based Actor and Musician. Selected Theatre Credits include: Heart of Steel (NSTF/Aim For the Tangent). SÉANCE with Nicholas Wallace (TPM), Centre of the Universe (Theatre Lab), Of Shapes Transformed by Love (Aim for the Tangent) Or Be Eaten (Silent Protagonist). Selected Film/TV credits include: 11.22.63 (Bad Robot/Hulu), Diaphony (Cinematoscape), Woods (Km4 Prod.) Amy is a graduate of The George Brown Theatre Program and a classically trained violinist with a Bachelors Honours degree in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Amy Marie Wallace - Instrumentals
Amy Marie Wallace – Instrumentals

The show will be directed by Tweed & Co’s ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TIM PORTER.  For those of you who don’t know Tim, this well rounded and very busy Canadian actor was born and raised right here in Tweed, ON.  The founder of the company, and Director of most of Tweed & Co’s hit shows, Tim is mostly busy with his successful acting career, appearing at theatres across the country as Rooney Doodle in THE DOODLEBOPS, and in the world premiere of TREY PARKER’S CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL last spring, and frequently appearing with Canada’s second largest theatre company DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT, most recently in LES MISERABLES, ALADDIN, and upcoming in CINDERELLA.

This show will also feature a wealth of talent behind the scenes.  This production will be Stage Managed by Stirling native EMILY MEWETT, who is taking time off from her year with Toronto’s celebrated SOULPEPPER THEATRE specifically to be a part of this production.  The instrumentations for the show are being composed by Tweed & Co Artistic Producer and crowd favourite TRICIA BLACK, and the set, costumes and properties will be co-designed by Porter and by Associate Artistic Director JOEL MACMEEKIN, well known for both his acting in past productions, and his beautiful artwork, graphic designs, and multimedia creations.

SALT WATER MOON is one of Canada’s most produced and most successful plays, and has seen incredibly successful productions across the country and around the world.  It’s a splendid moon-filled night in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, in 1926. Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to this tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed…

Salt-Water Moon won the 1985 Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics’ Award, and was a finalist for the 1985 Governor-General’s Award for Drama.

We are overjoyed to be presenting this Canadian classic at the ideal venue for this show, the Marble Arts Centre. Tickets start at $15.00 and are available online at http://www.tweedandcompany.com, and in person at THE TWEED NEWS. Don’t miss this truly beautiful play, in a new production that will raise the bar for live theatre in Hastings County.

And for anyone coming to enjoy live theatre in Tweed from out of town, check out our very exciting re-vamped STAY AND PLAY program for great offers from local restaurants, accommodation partners and tourist attractions!

JUST THE FACTS:   

WHO: Tweed & Company Theatre

WHAT: SALT WATER MOON by David French

WHEN: 

Wed, July 20th: Performance 7:30 PM

Thurs, July 21st: Performance 7:30 PM

Sat, July 23rd: Performance 2:00 PM

Sat, July 23rd: Performance 7:30 PM

Sun, July 24th: Performance 7:30 PM

WHERE: The Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Road, Tweed, ON

TICKETS: $15.00 (Students/Arts Council Members) $20.00 (Adults)

Available in person at THE TWEED NEWS, or online at http://www.tweedandcompany.com

SPONSERED BY: GAYLORD HARDWOOD FLOORING, DeGenova Consulting, Dr. Charles Mustard Medical Corp., AONInc, & John-Ross Parks

“With young talent like this, the future of Canadian theatre is in good hands.” 

-Jack Evans, The Belleville Intelligencer 

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ Rocks Tweed!

Well, the Times They Are Indeed a Changin’, and they are packing the house at the Marble Arts Centre!  Our newest musical hit THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ sold out it’s opening night performance in May, and had a packed house for the second night.  And the reviews just keep pouring in!  We can barely keep up!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported, and helped us raise over $1000.00 each for the TWEED REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE, and for our future productions!  And be sure not to miss our next production SALT WATER MOON by David French, one of Canada’s most celebrated plays, with an all star cast, and a new atmosphere in the Marble Arts Centre!

Did you miss our last production THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN?  Read on to see what the audience thought of this fantastic show!

“This one was my favourite by far! Thank you to the cast for putting every ounce of what you have into these incredible performances. I know I am not just speaking for myself when I say I’m so excited for the next one! Please keep doing what you do and keep coming back. Keep spreading the joy, it’s contagious!  Thank you again.”

-Hali, Tweed

“Awesome show, must see show tonight. Talented, witty, musically brilliant! Just loved it! Thank you Tim for bringing another fabulous production to the Marble Arts Centre!”

-Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings County

“We are so lucky to have this level of live entertainment in our backyard.”

-Linda, Tweed

“Just returned from The Times They Are a Changin….a sold out performance. The incredibly talented cast kept us spell bound all night. Tim Porter is Tweed’s gift to the arts! Thank you for bringing all those amazing awesome talented actors to Tweed.  Thank you thank you for bringing the big stage to our little community. We are forever grateful! Don’t miss tomorrow night’s performance…you gotta see this show!”

-Don DeGenova, Tweed Council

“I wished it would go on and on – wonderfully entertaining and nostalgic for us 60’s kids”

-Maril, Tweed

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“We went last night and were blown away! Congrats!”

-Ellen, Tweed

“Last evening we attended a near capacity audience at the Marble Art Cente to enjoy ‘The Times They Are A Changing”  an innovative, creative and enjoyable production by Tweed & Co Theatre. The cast earned a well deserved double standing ovation. Through persistence and quality performances Tim Porter and the Tweed & Co team of professionals continue to expand their presence in the greater Tweed area; which is no small feat in what has historically been a caring but rural community focused primarily on sports and recreation.”

-Wayne Kay, Tweed & Area Arts Council

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“What a fantastic show-congratulations to all who are involved! Great music, funny and thought-provoking dialogue. Thank you for your generosity in sharing with the Tweed refugee sponsorship committee!”

-Vicki, Tweed

“A good time was had by all!  There was much exclaiming on the ride home at how incredibly talented you all are and how lucky the community (Tweed and beyond) is to be able to enjoy professional theatre (and such entertaining professional theatre) so close to home.”

-Angela Hawn, Country Roads

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“Best show ever!”

-Carolyn, Tweed

Thank you all so much again for coming out and enjoying THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN!  And don’t forget to book your tickets today for SALT WATER MOON, Canada’s most celebrated play!  Tickets are available at the Tweed News, or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2521421.  See you at the show!