Tweed & Company Theatre Postpones All 2020 Productions

As the repercussions of COVID-19 grow and the timeline for recovery remains unclear, many small businesses and organizations are making the difficult decision to slow down in 2020, and postpone or cancel events until a more appropriate time. The latest decision comes from Tweed & Company Theatre; the local professional theatre company that has been growing steadily and building an incredible reputation for the past 12 years.

“Tweed & Co was founded with a mission to bring quality, live, original Canadian musical theatre to stages in Tweed, Hastings County, and across the province. While we are devastated with the decision to postpone our current season, we know that at this point, even if we are able to proceed later this year, we would not be able to live up to our very high standards, or promote our sponsors and our community in the way they deserve.” This statement comes from Tim Porter, the founding and current Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre, and their board of nine. The company has built a lasting reputation in the region, and many will be disappointed by the void in professional theatre productions in Tweed this summer and fall.

“It is just too uncertain at this point, and the last thing we want to do is burden our sponsor base, or encourage people to attend large social gatherings before Public Health is confident it is safe to do so. We would rather take a calculated step back now, and return stronger than ever in 2021 to present this incredible lineup of performances.”

Tweed & Co had an exciting season planned for this year. Celebrated Canadian songstress Kelly Holiff was set to create and premiere her new one woman show ‘HOT MESS’ in Tweed this spring, followed by star of Degrassi and Netflix Jake Epstein bringing his show ‘BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY’ to Tweed before playing one of the Mirvish theatres in Toronto next year. In the fall, the area was looking forward to a return engagement of Tweed & Co’s most successful original musical HASTINGS, which would have toured to six venues in the area and across Ontario. Annual favourites such as THE HARVEST DINNER & DARK NIGHT CABARET with Enright Cattle Company, and A TWEED & COMPANY CHRISTMAS were also part of programming.

Tweed & Co is confident that most or all of these performances will be rescheduled at a later date, and that the company will continue to grow and thrive into the future. “We were incredibly excited about this amazing lineup of shows, and this decision was not made lightly after months and months of planning,” says Porter, “But we are confident this is the right decision for our company, for our audiences, and for our sponsors; many of whom are struggling as well. Let’s all conserve and get inspired in 2020, and come back stronger than ever in 2021.”

Porter remains confident that live theatre in the region will survive and thrive. The company looks set to be on solid footing for the future, with the past four seasons being their most successful ever, and the first three performances of 2020 already in the books, all of them profitable and popular. “By making this decision now we can preserve our success and eliminate a lot of risk for the future. We can re-emerge in 2021, even more revved up to entertain and inspire our audiences.”

All online ticket purchases will be refunded in the coming weeks. Tweed & Company is working on creating some virtual performances in place of annual favourites the Dark Night Cabaret and A Tweed & Company Christmas. Stay tuned to for more information, and watch these local legends closely for their return in the near future.

It May be Called HOT MESS, but this Show is Sure to Impress!

HOT MESS: A Way Too Intimate Evening of Stories & Song with Kelly Holiff Explores the Musical Industry in a Fun and Outlandish Way You’ve Never Experienced Before

Since it’s inception in 2009, it was clear that Tweed & Company Theatre had a mission, and a will to see that mission come to fruition. “We started off small, but with a very clear idea of what we wanted to produce, and what we wanted to offer to the region,” says founding and current Artistic Director Tim Porter, “We knew we wanted to create high quality, professional musical theatre in the town that we love, and make something lasting and special for the community there, and I’m pretty sure we’ve accomplished that.”

Tweed & Company has grown from one or two short runs a season to approximately 8 productions and 30 some odd performances throughout the year. Their shows have gone on to be recognized across the province, winning BroadwayWorld Awards, being named Hastings County Tourism Champions of the Year, and most recently one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario. Most notably their shows TWEED, ALECK BELL, and HASTINGS! have all successfully toured across the province, and been unconventional box office hits.

This year, two Canadian celebrities will pilot their productions in Tweed, with bright futures for these shows already on the horizon. In July, Jake Epstein (Yes, that Jake Epstein, from Degrassi, Suits, Designated Survivor, and Broadway shows like Spider-man and Beautiful) will bring his show BOY FALLS FROM THE SHOW to Tweed & Co as a test run before a major Toronto Production next year. But up first, celebrated songstress Kelly Holiff will be creating her new one woman show HOT MESS in Tweed this April.

“I was there for the first time last fall for the Dark Night Cabaret, and I felt a really special connection with the people of Tweed. From the person hosting me, to the head of the board, to the enthusiastic audience at the show, the people really had a special energy, and it excites me to start and build my show there with that energy.” Says Holiff; an established Canadian performer having lead major performances at the Rogers Centre, Koerner Hall, Drayton Entertainment and Mirvish theatres to name a few. “I’m excited to play with the audience. I love having the audience as another character, and I’m excited to see how Tweed responds to my crazy.”

Audiences fell head over heels for Holiff, and Porter knew immediately that he had to strike while the iron was hot. “Kelly has a full slate of performances already lined up for 2020, and theatres knocking at her door to work on this show with her, so I knew we had to get to her first, and show her why Tweed was the perfect place to premiere this production.” Porter and Holiff are old friends from the stage, working together for the first time in 2014, and most recently in a hit production of Man of La Mancha at Drayton Entertainment. “Sharing the stage with Alex Mustakas as he sang the Impossible Dream will go down as one of my favourite theatre memories.” Says Holiff. 

Audiences at the show this spring can expect a whirlwind of story and song, as this captivating performer takes us on the strange and exciting journey of a professional performer; from touring as a duet partner with Colm Wilkinson, to behind the scenes shenanigans at Presidential galas. “The show is essentially delving in to how tough this business is versus how shiny it is. Like when I opened for president Bush and Clinton, but they forgot to set a seat at the fancy table, so I ate in a hallway with the wait staff; who were lovely people; dressed in a purple silk ballgown.”

HOT MESS: A Way Too Intimate Evening of Story and Song with Kelly Holiff is sure to be one of the hot ticket events of the season, and is an exciting opportunity for local audiences to be a part of the creation of a show that will likely play at major theatres across the province. “In the wake of shows such as last season’s Ghost Light which is now playing across the continent, we’re excited to be a part of this original creation, and gain some insight into Kelly’s process.” Says Porter. And Holiff is excited too. “Even though these stories seem far fetched cause it’s a unique life we live, the awkwardness and excitement are going to be relatable to what your life is, and the hope is to connect with as many audiences as we can. These stories are weird, and funny, and outlandish, but I think relatable and important.” HOT MESS plays for two performances only at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed on April 25th at 7 PM and April 26th at 7 PM. Tickets are $20.00 and are available in person at the Tweed News or online at

Something Wicked…LY FUNNY this way comes… Tweed & Company Theatre to Present Their First Ever Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre!

Clear your calendars and bring your appetite, because Tweed & Company has another first ever don’t miss production planned for this October, THE HAUNTING OF HUNGERFORD HOUSE!  Recognizing the popularity and appeal of the dinner and a show combo, Hasting’s County’s resident professional theatre company has gone big this season, programming their first ever Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production amidst an already large, exciting, and successful 2019 season.  

“This is something we’ve talked about doing for years, and with an ever increasing support base, and a great opportunity for partnership with the newly rebranded Stoco Lake Lodge, we knew the time was right,” Says Artistic Producer Tricia Black, currently prepping for her premier as a cast member in this year’s Second City MainStage production. “The show is styled on the murder mysteries that I cut my teeth on on the east coast, which differ greatly from traditional dinner theatre shows here in that the shows are also musicals, and the cast play many of the instruments.”  This is nothing new for Tweed & Co regulars, who keep coming back again and again to witness these incredibly talented performers in action, but the addition of a murder mystery, where the audience will also get in on the action, as well as a delicious three course dinner, have meant that this show has already become the hottest selling ticket in Tweed & Co history.

“We have seen the highest selling advance sales in our history with this show, and the numbers grow every day,” says Artistic Director Tim Porter, “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming large and enthusiastic crowds to this show that already has us bursting into tears laughing, and clapping along to these amazing musicians.”

It’s easy to see why this show is already selling like hot cakes.  Nine actor musicians, three course meal, exciting set, impressive costumes, and murder mystery where YOU decide the ending!  That’s right, the audience at each night’s performance will determine the true culprit, and the cast will play out the ending based on three alternate finishes.  “We don’t want to give too much away, but yes, the cast will have a different ending prepared for each circumstance based on what the audience decides that evening.  Makes it extra thrilling!” says Black, who conceived the script and created the show alongside Porter.  

This production will also be welcoming back some of Tweed & Company’s favourite past performers, along with an array of new to the company talent that boast impressive resumes.  Playing the Owner of Hungerford House (as well as some other surprise characters) will be Artistic Associate Joel MacMeekin, last seen in his star turn as the flamboyant prince in HASTINGS! The Musical.  Playing his associate, the Keeper of the House, will be new company member Kati Pearson.  Kati is a recent graduate of the celebrated Musical Theatre Program at Sheridan college, and also hold’s a degree in voice from Queen’s University.  Her credits include lead roles in large scale productions like Busch Gardens, Les Miserables, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.  Playing psychic medium Molly will be another newcomer to Tweed & Co, Lauren Mayer.  A popular Canadian Singer/Songwriter, Lauren is a talented musician as well as an award winning Musical Theatre performer, recently appearing beside Tweed & Co favourite James King in the Toronto two hander Hedwig & The Angry Inch.  Also appearing in the production will be returning favourite Stephen Ingram who played Aleck in ALECK BELL last fall here in Tweed.  You’ll likely remember Stephen for his powerful vocals and incredible skill on the piano.  He will also be musically directing this production.  Playing a couple of reality TV show ghost hunters will be a pair of newcomers, Liam Lynch, fresh off his summer with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival and also a recent graduate from Sheridan, and singer, actress, musician, comedienne Katherine Cappellacci.  And returning once again for his third season in a row will be talented local actor/musician Mark Lesage who has stolen many moments on the Tweed & Co Stage with his impressive upright bass playing, and impeccable comedic timing.  Rounding out the company will be guitarist Alex Purcell from the Purcell project, and drummer Pieter Huyer who has played major theatres across the country, both taking on supporting roles in addition to their musical skills.  

The production will be directed by Porter, and assistant directed and stage managed by incoming Artistic Associate Rebecca Ballarin.  “The company has continued to grow and expand to the point where we needed to bring on some extra support staff, and we are thrilled to be welcoming Rebecca to the company as an incredible administrator and a talented artist.” Porter had high praise for Ballarin, originally from Peterborough, who is a sought after independent Producer and Director in Toronto, as well as core staff member at SPARC (Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities).  And a sure sign of the times that this small theatre company with an impressive history and continuous audience growth rate continues to build and grow their organization here in our community.

This production will be fully staged on Tweed & Co’s exciting Alley Stage which has been a staple of their past few productions, this time assembled and enhanced in the main hall at Stoco Lake Lodge.  Their updated sound system from last season will be put to good use with nine actor musicians, and a sought after Toronto Sound Designer, Sean Downing, at the helm.  New lighting and impressive costumes from Stratford costume designer Julia Holbert will round out this new production. 

“We could not be more excited for this show, and just can’t wait to get it in front of an audience,” says Porter, saying they are well prepped for their Halloween adjacent performance schedule.  “This cast, this setting, and this delicious dinner are going to blow people away, and we are thrilled to be able to offer this whole experience for $50.00, which is the equivalent to just a show at most other professional theatre companies.”  Porter says their incredible sponsor support base, and the volume of ticket sales at their recent productions have allowed them to keep their costs down and continue to fulfill their mandate of creating theatre that is affordable and accessible for all.                                     

Stephen Ingram who made his Tweed & CO debut last season as Aleck Bell in ALECK BELL returns for the Haunting of Hungerford.  Photo by Billy Piton.

‘The Haunting of Hungerford House’ plays for four performances only from October 24th to 26th at Stoco Lake Lodge in Tweed.  All tickets are $50.00 and include dinner and the show.  Tickets are available at the Tweed News, or through  Full artists bios and headshots can also be found on the site.  Don’t miss your chance to catch this hilarious and spooky new musical mystery production, before it disappears once again into the mist…and from the sounds of it, you’ll want to book your tickets soon…            

ALL STAR Cast Coming to Tweed for STAG & DOE: An Outrageous Comedy By Mark Crawford

Cast includes recognizable Canadian Actors from Schitt’s Creek, The Handmaid’s Tale, CBC, Over the Rainbow, Toronto’s Kinky Boots, Tweed & Co favourites, and Artistic Director Tim Porter in a lead role!

Tweed & Company Theatre has been upping the game season after season, and they obviously didn’t want their 11th year of production to be any exception!  With a mid December announcement of 8 new shows playing over 11 months of the year, anticipation was already high for this award winning theatre company’s 2019 season, but a few months in, and the anticipation continues to build for this blockbuster program. 

Now mid June, the company has already hosted four successful performances, bringing Toronto Sketchfest winners ‘Swordplay: A Play of Swords’ and a new event the Superhero Extravaganza to the Tweed Winter Carnival, acclaimed Canadian actor Shawn Wright’s sold out presentation of his one man show ‘Ghost Light’, and multi award winning singer songwriter Jessica Wilson to the Tweed Pavilion for a summer season kick off.  ‘It’s already been an exciting and well received season and we’re less than half way through!’ Says Artistic Director Tim Porter.  Rave reviews continue to pour in for this company of young creators, who were also the recent recipients of a Celebrate Ontario Grant for their new fall musical murder mystery dinner theatre production, and were named one of the top one hundred events in Ontario at a Gala Ceremony in London this year from Festivals & Events Ontario.

Last season’s record breaking attendance and exceptionally high tourism numbers inspired the company to program another huge calendar this year, with over 20 performances still on the docket for this group in 2019.  Next up is one of the headline productions of the season, STAG & DOE: An Outrageous Comedy by Mark Crawford.  Taking place at a local community hall while two couples try to simultaneously hold their Wedding and Stag & Doe, mayhem ensues and local comedy abounds.  Mark Crawford’s shows have gained increasing recognition the past decade, with a slew of awards and accolades following his four hit plays that have been programmed across the country.  This young author has been hailed as one of the funniest playwrights of our time, with Stag & Doe being called ‘An Absolute Riot’ and ‘Funnier than any sitcom of the past decade’.

Artistic Director Tim Porter appearing in the Toronto Production of Trey Parker & Matt Stone’s CANNIBAL! The Musical at the Panasonic Theatre.

And Tweed & Co didn’t shy away from approaching the best cast possible for this blockbuster production playing for six performances only this July.  With a cast of six with resumes as long as their arms, and a celebrated young director at the helm, this group has already garnered great excitement locally and online.  And leading the team with his first appearance on stage in Tweed in several years is Artistic Director Tim Porter.  A popular Canadian actor who many will recognize from Toronto appearances in ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Cannibal: The Musical’ as well of course as the popular children’s production ‘The Doodlebops’, Porter has stayed almost entirely behind the scenes here in Tweed (where he was born and raised and lives half the year), directing countless productions with the company in between professional acting gigs at Canada’s largest theatre company, Drayton Entertainment.  ‘I am thrilled to be returning to the stage here in Tweed in this hilarious production, with this incredible cast of Canadian talent,’ says Porter, ‘this show is an absolute riot, and I can’t wait to share it with our audience here in Tweed.  Get ready to laugh!’  

Joining Porter on stage in this production is one of the most impressive groups the company has assembled to date.  Playing the Bride to Porter’s Groom will be returning favourite Danielle Leger, a local comedy legend who audiences have grown to love over seven seasons with Tweed & Co.  Most recently, Danielle returned to her role in ALECK BELL for the 3rd time, as well as joining the touring production of HASTINGS! The Musical, playing the role of Susanna Moodie in Belleville, Bancroft and Perth.  She is also a passionate singer-songwriter who spent a recent year in London on the music and comedy circuit, and competed in the prestigious Toronto music competition, THE BOUT.     

Malindi Ayienga is not only an up and coming performer, but also a social advocate and founder of the charity Diva Day.

Playing the Doe will be recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Program, Malindi Ayienga, a Toronto based artist and social activist.  Audiences may recognize her from her turn on the CBC show OVER THE RAINBOW, as well as productions with Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, and YES Theatre in Sudbury.  Malindi is also the founder and director of the incredible charity Diva Day.  Her Stag will be played by another up and comer, Sam Van Dusen.  A recent graduate of the theatre program at Queen’s University, Sam has already made a name for himself in the Drayton Entertainment productions of ROCKY and MAN OF LA MANCHA, as well as bouts with Ottawa Little Theatre and St. Lawrence Shakespeare.  No stranger to the area, Sam is an ‘almost’ local actor whose family hails from Stirling and Madoc, although Sam has spent most of his life in Ottawa.  

Recent Graduate of the Dan School of Music and Drama at Queen’s University, Sam Van Dusen has already made appearances with CBC, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Ottawa Little Theatre, and Drayton Entertainment.
Popular television actress Lili Connor, seen here in ‘Saving Hope’, will play the maid of honour in this production, adding to her long list of theatre credits including ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the National Arts Centre, ‘Les Belles Soeur’ on tour, and ‘Legally Blonde’ at several theatres across Canada.

Playing the maid of honour is popular Canadian film and television Actress Lili Connor, who will be easily recognizable to fans here in Tweed as a regular on Schitt’s Creek, and from her appearances on Handmaid’s Tale, Saving Hope, and Reign to name a few.  Lili is also a celebrated Canadian musical theatre performer, having appeared in countless musical productions such as LEGALLY BLONDE, LES BELLES SOEUR, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Also originally from Ottawa, Lili is no stranger to the GTA (Greater Tweed Area).  And finally, playing Jay the Caterer, is ‘that guy from those commercials’ Justin Bott.  Moving deftly from Stage to Screen, Justin has appeared in countless major television campaigns, most recognizably for Casper mattress with John Tavares, Sonnet, and Westjet, and currently for Heinz Mayo.  He is also a Dora Award, Sterling Award, and Toronto Theatre Critics award winning actor for his various musical theatre performances such as Avenue Q, the Wizard of Oz, and multiple seasons with Drayton Entertainment.  

Thomas Alderson, who first appeared here in Tweed as a performer in 2010’s TWEED! The Musical, will be at the helm of this production, after directing and producing across the country the past several years. He is seen above in Drayton Entertainment’s ‘White Christmas’.

Directing this production will be Thomas Alderson, who since appearing with Tweed & Company almost ten years ago in the original production of TWEED! The Musical, has gone on to make a name for himself as a celebrated independent producer and director.  Having assisted Broadway Directors at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre, Theatre Calgary, and the Citadel Theatre, Thomas also directed the Canadian professional premier of the musical CARRIE, and as a performer appeared in the hit Toronto production KINKY BOOTS, as well as MAMMA MIA, WHITE CHRISTMAS and CAMELOT across North America.  Stage Managing this production will be Tweed & Co general manager Emily Mewett, a sought after Canadian Stage Manager whose work mostly keeps her in Toronto with Young People’s Theatre and the highly prestigious Soulpepper Theatre.  Emily is originally from Stirling Ontario.  

STAG & DOE is sure to be the sell out hit of the season, already reporting the highest advance sales in the company’s history.  This popular Canadian Comedy has been hailed as ‘Snappy and Crisp as a well written sitcom’, and ‘A rousing rural wedding farce receiving an enthusiastic and deserved standing ovation’.  This production is not to be missed, and will be running for six performances only at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, from July 10th to 14th.  Attend on Friday the 12th to catch an intimate post show concert with this musically talented cast, or attend on Opening July 10th to join in a post show reception with treats and beverages and an opportunity to meet this incredible troupe.  Tickets are $15.00 for Students and Youth, $20.00 for Seniors, and $25.00 for adults.  There are also two bus trip options, one from Napanee and Belleville through Venture Bus Lines, and one from downtown Tweed through the Tweed & Area Arts Council.  Tickets available online at, or in person at the Tweed News.  For more info email, or message them on facebook, twitter, or instagram.  

Don’t miss the most anticipated comedy of the season with STAG & DOE!  Book your tickets today, and join Tweed & Company for an amazing evening of laughter.  The Arts Centre is a fully accessible venue, and this performance will also host a cash bar in support of the Arts Council, a Silent Auction, 50/50 draw, raffle for Black River Trading Company, Stag & Doe games, refreshments and more!  We’ll see you there!          

Celebrated Canadian Actor Bringing Lauded Theatrical Production to Tweed

If you have been to any of the major theatre festivals in Canada in recent years, you will most likely recognize the face of much awarded and much celebrated Canadian Actor Shawn Wright.  From playing Matthew Cuthbert in Canada’s longest running musical ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at the Charlottetown Festival for the past two seasons, to a lead role in the Toronto Production of ‘Jersey Boys’ and in the original company of ‘Mamma Mia’, or his ten years at the renowned Stratford Festival, Wright’s resume is as long as his arm (perhaps longer).  He is also the recipient of Toronto’s prestigious Dora Award for his appearance in the 2014 Canadian Stage production of ‘London Road’, and was a recurring character on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ and ‘Due South’.  But we think you get the point, he is an incredible actor, and a Canadian Treasure, and this spring, he will be bringing his much lauded one man show ‘Ghost Light’ to the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed with Tweed & Company Theatre.

“To say we are excited about this show is a massive understatement.” Says Tweed & Co Artistic Director Tim Porter.  “This is such a special show, and Shawn is such an amazing performer, we are just overjoyed to be one of the first theatre companies in the Country to get this production for our season.”  At this point, Ghost Light has only played in select major centres, St. John New Brunswick (where the show was created with Theatre New Brunswick), as part of the Charlottetown Festival’s Season last summer, and a SOLD OUT run in Toronto last year where multiple shows were added, along with a few other venues.  “We consider this a real coup for Tweed, we are incredibly lucky to get the show, and we were just fortunate that we had reached out very far in advance, and were able to arrange the production for a date when Shawn was available before he returns to Charlottetown for the summer.”  The show has since been announced as part of major Canadian Theatre Seasons at Neptune Theatre, the Prairie Theatre Exchange, and more, in 2020.  

Ghost Light tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of his relationship with his late mother, and how she inspired his passion for theatre and his love of life.  Starting from his mother’s birth and carrying through all the way until her passing, topics range from religion and sexuality, to country music and Meryl Streep.  As a one-man show, Ghost Light is driven by Wright’s powerful stage presence. One minute animated and fully in character, the next conversational and down-to-earth. His performance is both entrancing and humanizing.  

Shawn spent the final months of his mother’s life travelling from Toronto to her nursing home in the Maritimes to spend as much time with her as he could before she passed. On these visits, she would spin stories of her life during the commercial breaks of her favourite TV show, Murder She Wrote. Wright chronicled these stories and developed a comedic, poignant story about the relationship between mother and son.  Growing up in New Brunswick, the youngest of seven children, Shawn developed a love of life that he attributes to his mother. “She is the reason that I am an actor,” says Wright. “She used acting in community theatre as a break from motherhood. Since I was the youngest, I got to go with her to rehearsals. I was basically raised in the wings by a host of colourful theatrical personalities.”  Wright plays every character in the play, including his mother during different stages of her life. A blessed cross necklace, given to him by her to wear on stage, never leaves his neck. “I love playing my mother,” says Wright. “For 80 minutes during the show I know that she is with me on stage.”

A “ghost light” is a theatrical term referring to a light that is left energized on stage when the theatre is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. Superstition has it that the light is meant to provide a warm welcome to the ghosts of the theatre to congregate on stage all night and recreate the best performances they played in life.  Wright says it was the perfect title for his play. “My mother told me that story when I was a kid and looking back now, I remember her being at her most beautiful as she told it to me.”  

GHOST LIGHT plays for two performances only, Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 PM at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, 13 Bridgewater Road.  All tickets are $20.00 and are available in person at the Tweed News, or online at  With only 2 shows, and a capacity of 120, it is highly recommended that you get your tickets well in advance.  “We expect that this show will sell out, and really hope that it does”, says Porter, “this is one of those shows that comes along so rarely, and really needs to be seen.  Book early, arrive early, sit close, and get ready to be moved.”  Ghost Light is the third production in a full season of live professional theatre from Tweed & Company Theatre.  For full season details and to book tickets visit


After celebrating their 10th anniversary season in 2018, Tweed & Company Theatre is thrilled to be back in action in Hastings County in 2019, with a solid slate of events running from February to December.  This season will feature 8 professional Canadian Theatrical productions, with some musical workshops and new play readings thrown in between.  As this small but mighty company steadily grows, they continue to add to their exciting programming, but also frequently return some of their past favourites.  This season, that includes their return to the ever popular Tweed Winter Carnival, where they will be hosting two exciting new programs, SWORDPLAY!  A Play of Swords, and THE SUPERHERO EXTRAVAGANZA, a huge superhero party for the little ones.

“The company almost doubled in size and attendance last season, and we are thrilled to continue bringing new and exciting productions to the region for an ever growing audience,” says Artistic Director Tim Porter, “this season is one of the most anticipated yet, with lots of exciting new stuff, and some of my favourite performances coming to Tweed for the first time.“  Tweed & Company has built a reputation of quality original theatrical productions, and that reputation precedes them, bringing in over 2000 tourism patrons to the small town of Tweed last season, more than the population of the town itself.  They are hoping for an even stronger attendance this year, as they continue to grow their offerings and work on their next major musical…whatever that may be.  “We have established a process of taking some time to write and workshop new musicals, and then doing smaller presentations to see what works, followed by major future productions for the shows that we believe in.” Says Artistic Producer Tricia Black, currently appearing in Second City Toronto’s She The People.  “This year we are building on that workshop process by adding our new in development program, and have started working on a couple new productions that we are very excited about, to premiere next year or the year after. 2019 is going to be an incredible year, and we are so excited to show you everything we have been working on.”

First up in the 2019 season is SWORDPLAY!  This show is an established production created by Toronto sketch Comedy Troupe Sex-T-Rex, and the show is preceded by a list of reviews and accolades as long as the highway from Toronto to Tweed.  Winner of the Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award, and the Atlantic Fringe Best Comedy Award, the show is just over an hour of pure comedy, blasting us all back to the Princess Bride, pixelated video games and Monty Python-esque comedy, with a bit of Game of Thrones and current reference thrown in.  “I saw this show in 2015 at the Toronto Fringe, where we were also playing our production of STALKYARD HURTS, and I absolutely fell in love with it,” says Porter, “I remember being totally star struck when I saw the cast in the beer tent later, the show had that much of an affect on me, and I knew I wanted to bring it to Tweed, and give other people the opportunity to share in this hilarious and exciting theatrical production.”  SWORDPLAY! plays for two performances only on Saturday, February 16th, at 3 PM and 7 PM at the Tweed Elementary School, 52 McClellan St in Tweed. 

Also playing during the upcoming carnival is a new take on last year’s over sold event The Princess Ball, this year taking the form of THE SUPERHERO EXTRAVAGANZA!  Tweed & Co invite you and your little ones to join Spiderman, Super Girl and Wonder Woman for two hours of play, entertainment, and super duper superhero fun!  Similar to last year this event will include a bouncy castle, face painting with the superheroes, cookie decorating, and colouring station, and will be capped off with a 20 minute superhero musical play!  New this year will be a photo station, piñata party, and additional games and activities for the kids.  This event will also take place at the Tweed Elementary School, and due to the additional space available there, it is only required that you pay for the children attending, adults do not need a ticket.  THE SUPERHERO EXTRAVAGANZA will take place from 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday, February 17th.  It is recommended that you book early, as last years event entirely sold out in advance.  

With an exciting season of over 8 productions, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for Tweed & Co in 2019.  Events this year will take place at venues across the municipality of Tweed, including the company’s return to the Marble Arts Centre, some events back at the Tweed Pavilion, and new this year, a dinner theatre production at Stoco Lake Lodge.  There’s a little something for everyone is this 2019 season, and with over half of last years events entirely selling out, it’s probably a good idea to get your tickets for all of these shows early to avoid disappointment.           

Quotes from past productions of SWORDPLAY are too extensive to list, but we’ll leave you with one of our favourites from My Entertainment World in Toronto: ““It doesn’t get any better than this, folks! Part videogame homage, part Princess Bride…inspired, imaginative, and first-rate theatrical magic!”  Book your tickets today, and we’ll see you there!


Well, the reviews are in again for one of our most popular productions, and ALECK BELL continues to be a crowd pleaser, once again becoming our highest attended production to date!  ALECK BELL recently played the Tweed Pavilion for 10 performances, and with an incredible cast, amazing new sound system, beautiful new set and costumes, and a fully revitalized staging, this musical has once again become a crowd favourite, and proven itself a Canadian Musical for the ages!  Read on below to see what audiences and press had to say about ALECK BELL, and get excited for our new 2019 season of Canadian Theatre to be announced soon!

“The performances last night were amazing!! I need to see it again and again!!”

-Lynda Van Will

“ALECK BELL opened last night to sold out house at the Kiwanis Pavilion- it’s on til the 29th – don’t miss another original Canadian musical by Tweed & Company Theatre! Verdict: Top-notch acting by an ensemble cast, new take on the invention of the telephone, and great Canadian pop / rock hits! Don’t miss this show!”

-Vicki McCulloch

“The opening show was AMAZING by the way!!!!!”

-Shannon, Tweed News

“Went to opening night. The show was great. Lots of laughs and great music.  Job well done Tim and all the cast.  Get your tickets. You won’t be disappointed”

-Linda Holmes

“Wonderful performance tonight! I saw it again – even better the second time around! Noticed subtle details in costumes, staging, dialogue and story line. Sound seemed even better! Coming again next Wednesday for the Arts Council fundraiser! Well done, Tweed & Company! I have seen Aleck Bell twice now – it’s a great show, look forward to seeing the crew at the Summit!”

-Vicki McCulloch


-Elaine Aileen Vannest

“Fantastic show…”

-Marlene Boomhower

“Great show. Well done.”

-Lawrence Bennett

“Fanastic show.  Congratulations Tweed and Co. , a fanastic evening with a wonderful group of people…..what a fabulous show…… much talent……thank you Don and Chuck for sponsoring the after party.  Tim , last night was totally amazing…..the crew were fanastic and performed well together……the post party was fanastic ….thank you for everything you and crew do for our community.”

-Tammy Austin

“Great show”

-Will Austin

“Great show and great pics.”

-Jane Porter

“This is one of the best shows that Tweed and company has to offer. They are such a talented group who continue to amaze the audience from start to finish in all that they do. Thank you Tim Porter for bringing live theatre to Tweed.”

-Lisa Lesage

“Great show!”

-Melissa MacDonald

“Amazing show!”

-Karen Coles

“An amazing performance tonight! Thank you all….”

-Kathy Scott

“You were amazing. What a great opening night.”

-Joanne Albert

“You were amazing!”

-Karen Fischer

 “Great pics, after a spectacular show. They took a piece of history, brought it into 2018 and made it so everyone understood it yeaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!”

-Nancy A Burton

“It was wonderful! I can’t wait to see it again next week!”

-Tristan Haynes Lindsay

“Great performance, loved it!”

-Janet Bryan

“Great performance! Truly enjoyed every minute, highly recommend”

-Cathie Fotheringham

5 Stars

“Aleck Bell… if history was taught like that I may have done better in school, amazing show!!!!”

-Joe Rashotte

“In their 10th year Tweed & Co. Theatre’s opening night for “Aleck Bell” was a resounding success! The show last night was terrific! The multi-talented cast and musical score were outstanding. If you have seen this show with Tweed & Co. before….it has been totally updated and changed. Well worth seeing again!! Thanks to Tim Porter, the Artistic Director for bringing us this show and cast.”

-Lorraine Gibson-Alcock

“The Kiwanis Pavilion got a new paint job this summer, just in time for the Tweed & Company Theatre production of Aleck Bell, playing until September 29th. We are happy to sponsor the student matinees, supporting arts and culture for local youth. This is a great production, don’t miss it!”

-Kiwanis Club of Tweed

“Show was amazing and thank you to the Kiwanis for supporting our youth and Tweed and Company Theatre.”

-Don DeGenova

“A fantastic show, not to be missed. You are gonna love it!”

-Melissa MacDonald

“The show tonight….It’s another level.  The moments, choreography, line delivery, etc is incredible.  I’ve cried like 8 time.  And I’m falling in love with all of them.  I’m hooked on Aleck Bell.  Last Night’s Show was beautiful.” 

-Julie Kevan

“They’re back and they have done it again…another breathtaking Original Canadian Musical with Aleck Bell!  Well I have seen Aleck Bell twice…..a sold out crowd on opening night and an intimate group last night….loved it so much bought tickets for closing night on September 29. And tonight is another sold out performance. Tweed and Company have reworked the already amazing Aleck Bell into an even more spectacular original Canadian musical. This production follows the life of Alexander Graham Bell from his youth to his passing with all of the highs and lows in between. It is a stunning production following on this year’s very successful run of Hastings the Musical viewed by over 2000 theatre lovers.   The Aleck Bell cast is made up of some of our favorite actors who continue to take the stage by storm with song, dance, comedy and a stunning array of musical instruments. Welcome home Danielle Leger, James R. King, Mike Lee and Mark Lesage …. you continue to take us on magical historical journeys with songs that leave us humming the whole day long. We are also thrilled for the new additions like Stephen Ingram who plays young Aleck Bell…incredible acting and a voice that will capture your soul; Cassie-hope Aubin who will blow you away with her ability to sing so beautifully and wonderful acting playing the deaf wife of Aleck Bell who herself is also deaf; Sarah Nairne, Daniel Williston, and Aiden Desalaiz….phenomenal talent we hope to see grace our stage again and again and again. Your chilling voices leave us begging for more. The entire cast benefited from the very talented Stephan Dickson who choreographed the entire production; Amy Marie Wallace who not only designed but stitched all the beautiful period costumes; and Kaitlyn Mackinnon for working your magic on the sound system. Thank you Tim Porter, Joel MacMeekin, Emily Mewett, Tricia Black and your cast for yet another incredible Canadian musical production. A special thank you to Daniel Williston for your creative genius with this production. You all continue to touch our lives in so many wonderful ways.”

-Don DeGenova

“I attended the Aleck Bell musical last night as part of the Tweed & Area Heritage Centre fundraiser. It was a great performance with non-stop action from start to finish.”

-George Logan

“We went last night!! Absolutely wonderful!! A must see!!”

-Tammy Meeks

“Best show yet!!!”

-Fran Wilson

“We saw the original 7 years ago, saw the new one Saturday afternoon and loved it. Congratulations to the cast and crew for our 2nd encounter with Tweed and Co this summer (saw Hastings in Perth). You are so talented and entertaining. Keep it coming.”

-Pamela Brown Maxwell

“You will not be disappointed! It was AMAZING!”

-Adele McMurtry Bowness

“Totally an amazing story line. Great music & good actors. If you find the time, so worth it!”

-Lynne Kamink- Buell

“My mom and I went this afternoon. Amazing show. Very entertaining. We loved it.”

-Lori Snutch

“This was a great production. Impressive talent”

-Margaret Flynn

“Boy did that show ever blow your socks off!!!   What a great, high energy, fun, well done, interesting, well casted…………. show!  You should be so proud of the whole group they are wonderful.  We all enjoyed the show and the venue – what fun to have the show right there in front of you.  It was great to see Dan, James and Cassie too.  I saw your show when it was here in Brockville many years ago – this show is so different, but gives the same history lesson.  The music and acting in this show is so POP ROCK, but made it fun.  It is very obvious that the cast is enjoying their ‘work’.  James has a fabulous voice and we enjoyed his acting as well.  The girl who played Mary, Aleck’s mother and many more parts was a hoot – we enjoyed her antics.   ALL the actors were great.  The SLC students really enjoyed the play and the opportunity to talk to the whole cast after was amazing.  They just sat there and listened and asked some very good questions.  Thank you for arranging that – what a bonus for the trip.  Congrats on this show and much success with all your endeavours in the future.”

-Joan Sponagle

“Saw Aleck Bell Friday night, great show! You don’t want to miss it!”

-Mike Bossio

“My friend Caroline Maria and I had such an awesome day, today, and this evening, we so thoroughly enjoyed this production!!!!”

-Charmaine Gagnon

“Hi Tim, saw the show yesterday afternoon.  Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the performance.  The story was great.  The music was great.  You always get so many talented people.  Really, Really enjoyed the show.  Please pass on our compliments to the cast and crew.”

-Linda Yorke

“My husband and I saw the show on Friday night and Wow! Just Wow! It was absolutely fantastic. I was so impressed by this ultra talented cast and the use of such a unique venue. I felt as if we were riding the train with you. Great story, wonderful musicians with fabulous voices. Such an uplifting show. I’ve recommended it on my facebook page and hope the rest of your performances are sell-outs! Thank you for such an amazing evening!”

-Laurie Snider

“Really enjoyed this production. Amazing – and I mean AMAZING talent! Such high energy. I learned a lot about Alexander Graham Bell that I didn’t know!”

-Beth Anne Power

“Saw the show yesterday afternoon. Loved it. Great story, Great music. Very proud of the Tweed & Company Theatre production. It’s amazing what we have in our backyard.”

-Linda D Yorke

“We were there yesterday if you haven’t been please go it was an excellent production.”

-Judy Brown Rosenplot Ferguson

“A very talented , professional cast…well done.”

-Lynda Rollins

“I highly recommend this show. Great story. Great music. Great cast. Don’t miss out.”

-Linda D Yorke

“The rich historical account, paired with a comedic and dramatic cast, along with the fun of live theatre and the invigorating sounds of good ol’ rock n’ roll made for an entertaining and memorable evening in Tweed.”

-Tweed News

“I have seen it twice. It is an amazing production!!!”

-Lynda Van Will

“You guys are truly awesome” 

-Karen Fischer

“I had a great time the other night!  We all did.  It was such a great show.  Congrats again to all on its’ success.”

-Julie Mulligan, Ontario’s Highlands

“They loved it. Nicole Black says the students want to do a musical for Christmas because of you.”

-Wendy Hay, Principal, St. Carthagh

“Awesome show and amazing talent!!”

-Bonnie Coutts

“This is a hilarious night out – soooo well done and it’s local!!! You cannot beat the price. Only a few performances left!”

-Anne-Marie Murphy

“@TweedandCompany Aleck Bell was amazing last night. One of the best shows you’ve done so far. I look forward to seeing many more of your presentations in the future. Where can I buy a mug?”


“What a show! You don’t want to miss this! Only TWO shows left!”

-Belleville Theatre Guild

“Definitely worth the short drive to Tweed! 2 shows left on Saturday- Friday night is the Dark Night Cabaret- also a great night of entertainment”


“You will not be disappointed- go to this show!”


“Fantastic show!! What incredible talent!!”

-Sally McMechan

“I have had the absolute pleasure to be involved with Tweed & Co starting in June 2018 at the Teeny Tiny summit in Tweed, followed by Hastings! The Musical in Belleville in August, and Aleck Bell and the Dark Night Cabaret in Tweed in September. The casting is superb, the stories are relevant, captivating, and well-written and composed, and what I love the most is how each member is cast in roles that capture their individual strengths and talents perfectly, and every one absolutely shines in each performance.  And everyone on the team (not just those on the stage) are truly respected for the talents they bring to every production. The caring is palpable which is a beautiful thing to see. Not only have you created a life-long fan and supporter, but you have captured my heart. Thank you for sharing your incredible gifts!”

-Karen Fischer, OMAFRA

“Saw the matinee last Saturday. Excellent!!! I was really impressed. The company has so much talent –  an incredible mix of joy and darkness. May well be the best stage work I’ve seen all year. Reviving hits and keeping working on material is a great model for creative theatre. I had my own company in Montreal for a decade, and really regretted we weren’t able to bring shows back.  Regards and once again, a loud BRAVO!  Really hope you can get that work into more theatres.”

-Marianne Ackerman, Playwright

“I wanted to speak to you at the show Tim to tell you how much I enjoyed it and congratulate you on the sound quality. I heard every word! I also saw the show one afternoon with my granddaughter’s class and they too enjoyed it. Well done again!”

-Barb Gunning, Tweed



Well, we’re a couple months behind…(Our 10th anniversary season has been BY FAR our busiest yet) but we thought it was high time to post some of the incredible reviews we received for our recent touring production of HASTINGS! The Musical!  This show played at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft, the Studio Theatre in Perth, and the Empire Theatre in Belleville to SOLD OUT houses, standing ovations, and rave reviews across the board!  Read on below for some of the incredible press and word of mouth from this summer’s production, and stay tuned for more to come from HASTINGS! The Musical!


“If you want to know what joy looks like – this show is it.”

-Barbara Shaw, Now Plan B

“Totally enjoyed opening night of Hastings the Musical at the Village Playhouse. Very energetic, humorous and touching performance depicting our local history. Hurry and pick up your tickets, you won’t want to miss this.”

Mary Kavanaugh, North Hastings Heritage

“Thanks!  Fabulous show!!  I really enjoyed it!”

Kathy Figueroa

“Congratulations. My friend and I enjoyed the play. Your hard work paid off. Here’s to a great run.”

-Roy Mitchell

“FRIENDS. I finally got to see Tweed & Company Theatre’s Hastings! The Musical Belleville and it was amazing!!!!!! Congrats Tim Porter, James R. King, and company! Happy Opening!!! HASTINGS! Is so good!  Go see it!”

Emily Maxwell

“How did opening night go for HASTINGS! The Musical?  There were pirates, papers, ghosts, giggles, dancing, singing, love, harmony, humour and the packed house started their standing ovation before the finale even finished.  Shows continue through August 11th.  This is a HIT!”

-The Village Playhouse, Bancroft

“Just got to witness one of the most fantastic musicals that you’re ever gonna see anywhere.  I’ve seen it more than once, and I tell ya, anyone who hasn’t seen it, you are going to be absolutely wowed by this musical.  Locally written, produced and performed, it really is a fantastic show, you’re going to love it love it love it.“ 

Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings-Lennox & Addington

“Awesome!  I saw it last year as well, and I just couldn’t wait for it to open in Bancroft tonight, and I’ll probably be back again before the end of the run.  Come on out and fill the playhouse, it’s a wonderful show, and Hospice is something we all have to support, so let’s pack the theatre every night for the rest of the run.”

Vivian Bloom, Mayor

“We thought we had experienced everything this show has to offer, but even after seeing it six times in Tweed last summer, we fell in love all over again!  The addition of Danielle Leger and Jessica Wilson to this already fantastically talented cast makes it fresh and funny in a whole new way! Love, love, love! We were singing all the way home. There’s gold in this show and its never getting old! We can’t wait to see it again in Perth and Belleville!”

-Mike Berwick and Melissa MacDonald

“I got to see the show last night and I could hardly sleep afterwards. The music was great, the stories hilarious and dramatic and the standing ovation started before the finale was done. It is an amazing show. And insider tip – we’ve had great pre-sales and today has been crazy so if you want to see this show – drop in to Vintage on Hastings and get some tickets soon!”

Barbara Shaw, Now Plan B

 “It was amazing!!”

Margaret Blaser

“Saw it last night, it was awesome!”

Annette Roy

“Awesome show people..don’t miss this one!!”

Vivian Bloom, Mayor

 “It was sooo awesome!  Thank you so very much for blessing us with your gifts and talents!!  My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed Hastings!!  Very gifted cast!  Outstanding”

Tracy McGibbon

 “It was wonderful!  Thank you!”

Karen Vance Brown

“It was a pleasure to be in the Town of Bancroft last night at The Village Playhouse to see Hastings the Musical by Tweed & Company Theatre! This locally written and produced show is on tour this year in Bancroft, Perth, and Belleville. Do yourselves a big favour and go see it.”

-Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings-Lennox & Addington

“An enjoyable evening.  To add to it, when I was walking to the theatre, 2 of my customers were crossing Hastings St. on their way to the play.  When I entered the theatre, 4 more of my customers were at the theatre already.  For you to mention me and my company during the introduction of the evening meant a lot to me since those folks were in attendance.  Then the most important part…the play was great.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  Hope the rest of your season goes well, and I look forward to being part of your 2019 season.”

 -George Offshack, Limerick Lake Lodge

“You guys rocked ‘Hastings: The Musical!’ In Bancroft tonight!”

-Vicki McCulloch

 “We really enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. It was fabulous darlings. The cast are so talented, truly a great performance.”

David White

 “Saw it tonight. Really fun. Loved the music.”

Linda Brockley

 “Have already seen this in Tweed and hoping to get myself tickets again to see it in town, loved this one!! Awesome young theatrical group.”

Vivian Bloom

“ You guys did it again!!! Rocked it!!!!”

Hali Letwin

“Great cast including Randolph grad Rachel Babor, and Trevor Patt (I taught him at GBD) Assoc Composer.

Wow what a network of talent!”

Candice Helm, Quinte Ballet School

“That standing ovation was much deserved. Friends in Bancroft and Peterborough: you should definitely try to scoop up tickets to this musical. It’s got songs about *everything* — newspapers, feminism, political action, love…. “

-Ann Douglas, CBC radio, Canadian Author

 “Great show”

Barbara Northey

“Brilliant!  Well done!”

-Ruth Arnold

“Hastings The Musical in Bancroft – AKA Date Night

Parenting is this funny thing.  No one ever warns you how tough it will be.  Everyone prepares you for the sleepless nights with newborns, and they warn of teething and colic.  No one warns you about the sleepless nights as they get older.  The worry about who their friends are, knowing that you can no longer dictate who their friends are.  Those are the sleepless nights, the ones that you now know you will not outgrow unlike the teething.  When the kids were little, we would dream of the days when they were old enough and independent enough that we could have date nights without having to pay a sitter.  The kids are now old enough and independent enough to watch themselves, and their little sister.  The problem lies now in that they are older and so independent that they have lives.  Date nights do not happen as often as we would like, but that seems to make them all the more special.  The rare times that we are able to indulge in date night, it is always worth it, and last night was no exception.

    Last night Christopher and I traveled to the town of Bancroft, Ontario to see Hastings the Musical.

    We had seen Hastings in it’s inaugural run at the Tweed Pavilion.  It has been quite a privilege to watch Tweed and Company grow and just get better and better every single year.  I am so proud to call Tim Porter a native of my home town, and to see him grow his fantastic vision of his theatre company.  This season celebrates their 10th season, and this is quite an accomplishment.   For those of you not in the know, this group of uber talented young performers not only performs plays, they write the scripts, original music, direct, create the sets and all of it original.  They create a musical commentary on life in Canada.

     We drove into Bancroft, not really knowing what to expect of the theatre.  Bancroft is a picturesque town that explodes with cottagers during the summer months.  The town itself boasts many cottage related quaint stores, and restaurants (although they can boast not one, but two Tim Hortons Coffee Shops).  We pulled up to the theatre, and it looked like it had been transported from a rural mountain village in Germany or Switzerland.  The bright red paint on the outside draws you in, and makes you want to explore.

   On the porch as we entered we saw Tim.  His face exploded into a massive smile of recognition.  There is something to be said for that kind of a beautiful welcome.  That familiar face, told me right then and there that we were in for a wonderful night.  He politely left his conversation and came over to greet us with a big hug.   Through the doors the bright red beckoned us forward, encouraged us to explore.  My eyes danced around, trying to take everything in.  We climbed up a narrow staircase, and I did not know what I would find as I climbed up to the top.

     My jaw dropped as I came into the theatre.  It was beautiful, like a warm retired rustic barn/ theatre. Stings of market lights, danced above us.  It was beautiful, and I wanted to sit that little bit closer, love my husband just a little bit more.  It was the setting you might expect to see in a romantic movie.  That air of romance hung like a fragrance.  We sat in anticipation of the play, but at the same time just happy to share the ambiance and each other’s company.  As we sat, we were approached by a familiar face from the Tweed and Company (the people who don’t take the bows on stage, but who are integral part of making the company run).  This warm, red haired lady asked if we could do a survey about our experience thus far, had we seen other performances?  How likely would we come to see another Tweed and Company production?  This one warm and welcoming team member told me (in actions not words)that The Tweed and Company Theatre had now outgrown their growing pains and were hungry for more growth.  It struck me as such a smart and professional thing to do, conduct a survey.  Don’t just assume that everyone thinks you’re great, work hard and be great!

    As 7:30 drew near, I looked around the theatre.  On opening night there were just a few empty seats.  I felt a lump of pride in my throat.  There were whispered conversations throughout the audience of people voicing their expectations.  I sat an eavesdropped quietly, the pre-show buzz was good.  The lights faded and an etherial blonde woman stood up at the front of the stage.  She was personable and funny and introduced herself to the crowd, as Barb Shaw.  She then went on to share with the audience what makes the theatre we were sitting in so much more impressive than I first thought.  The Bancroft  Village Playhouse is completely unique.  It’s uniqueness comes not just from it’s appearance and charm, but in it’s internal beauty.  The Bancroft Village Playhouse is a fundraising device for Hospice North Hastings.

    I dazzled at the stunning beauty of this theatre, the phrase “beautiful inside and out” comes to mind.  On their website, Hospice North Hastings calls it “caring through culture”, and that is a beautiful notion.  It subliminally confirms that hospice is not about dying, it’s about living and providing comfort.  It is contributing to their community and allowing wonderful productions and movies to fill their cultural centre, all the while helping to ease suffering.  It is such a beautiful arrangement.

    For the next two hours I was transported back through history, the history of the place I call home. Again and again I was dumbstruck by the incredible talent of this cast.  I say it almost every time I see a Tweed Theatre Company, but each and every cast member could easily hold their own in a Broadway production.  As I watched I kept thinking “oh I must remember the name of this song so that I can point it out as my favourite”, the problem was that they were all my favourites.  The set was  beautiful and simple.  The small amount of props did quadruple duty.  To me The Tweed Theatre Company’s strongest talent is the vocal abilities that Tim picks out for his cast.  The acoustics in the theatre were perfect and it felt like their voices drifted out from the stage and permeated into my  very soul.

   The production was so very much better this time around even from what I remembered it last year.  The choreography, the set, the music, everything was better, more mature, better refined.  The audience loved the production.  Their clapping filled the theatre like thunder after each remarkable number.  At first I wondered how they would ever be able to replace the role of Suzanna Moody that Tricia Black had made her own.  How could anyone else find that same impeccable timing, that same huge stage presence, those where large shoes to fill.  Danielle Leger apparently has exceptionally large feet, because those giant shoes that Tricia left behind appeared to have no wiggle room.  The crowd only needed to see Danielle and began to chuckle and then erupt into great belly laughs, they could anticipate the punchline, and rolled with it.

    The premise for the production is that of the ghosts of lovers who might have been but never were. It is a love story, but not just in the way that we think of romantic love stories.  Hastings, is a love story about this place we live, about where Tim grew up.  It is the love of our history and what a big part of our country’s history, our little rural community played.  It is the love story of a small town boy who made his way into the world to pursue his dream of theatre.  That small town boy put together a cast of talented fellow actors, who it is obvious over the ten year run have all become friends.  It is the love of our country and making his mark on it’s theatre history.  Hastings is a love story.

    This week, go and do yourself a favour.  Go, no matter the length of drive to Bancroft.  Go early and look around that pretty town, bursting with transplanted holiday people.  Go and feel yourself reeled in by that bright, happy, German looking building that is The Bancroft Village Playhouse.  In this oppressive heatwave, go and enjoy the cool that draws you further into the red beauty.  Spend that paltry $30 and be transported to the past.  Drink in the homey atmosphere and delight in the simple yet brilliantly set for this play.  Allow yourself to feel every single note of that beautifully crafted and impeccably executed music.  Indulge in a glass of wine or beer (just one if you are driving).  Feel blessed for this gift that you have.  As your feel yourself coming back to your body at the end of this wonder performance, feel good about it.  This is a tremendous gift that you have given not just to yourself.  The gift to yourself is seeing this high caliber of performance in a beautiful rural setting, and have an indigent evening that didn’t break the bank.  The second gift is the gift you have given to the Tweed and Company Theatre.  Your support gives them not just financial gain, but it sends the message that their hundreds of hours of blood sweat and tears are worth every single second that they have lovingly given.  It validates their pride in producing Canadian plays that are crafted by Canadians and for Canadians.  Lastly you give the most beautiful gift to people that you may never know.  You give the gift of love. You allow the dying dignity and those who love them permission to take a second to appreciate that loved one without the exhausting care for that person themselves.  Giving to hospice is a beautiful gift that helps so many.  Your beautiful evening out, that delightful glass of wine or beer, it all contributed to someone getting the palliative care that they very much need.

It is my favourite play that they have done to date

-Tristan Lindsay, The Next Chapter Blog

 “Thoroughly enjoyed it! Great talents!”

Marie Filipe

“Really enjoyed. Fantastic talent on stage. Would love to go again.”

Gloria Mcalpine

“It really looks like the Tweed & Company Theatre has a real hit on their hands. Last summer, they launched a new original program HASTINGS! A NEW MUSICAL! to rave reviews and sold out houses. . Now they have taken the show on the road to regional theatres this month.

The show, written by the Tweed & Company Ensemble with the assistance of the Hastings County Historical Society, is an hilarious, foot stomping, irreverent retelling of the History of Hastings County. It features music from several up and coming and established Canadian composers, coming from the Stratford Festival, The Second City, Toronto, some of them originally from right here in Hastings County

There is an incredible cast of nine talented performers, all of whom also play the instruments and create a stunning live band on stage. The cast and production team includes cast and co-composers Rachel Babor and James King; cast and co-writer Joel MacMeekin; lead composer and co-writer Tricia Black; director and co-writer, Tim Porter; cast and costume designer Amy Marie Wallace; sound designer Kaitlyn MacKinnon; Emily Mewett, stage and production manager; composers Andre Morin and Trevor Patt; with cast members Michael Colin Jones, Mike Lee,

Danielle Leger, Mark Lesage and Jessica Wilson.

The beautiful rustic set, costumes, and unique and exciting staging complete this theatrical experience. Here are just a few samples of the reviews: “An extraordinary panorama of song, dance and Hastings County history”, Inside Quinte “Incredible, it deserves to be re-staged throughout Hastings County” ; the Central Hastings News; Ontario Highlands tourism calls it “A truly remarkable show! I would see it ten times over if I could”; “In short the show was simply fantastic”, The Tweed News; and the Hastings County Wanderer states “It was hands down the most memorable theatre performance I have seen to date. The Storytelling…The Musicianship… The Humour: I honestly have not laughed that hard in quite some time. So go, now, quickly.”

The show is currently playing at The Village Playhouse in Bancroft until tomorrow then travels to the Studio Theatre in Perth, August 14 and 15, and The Empire Theatre in Belleville August 17 and 18. Tickets are just $30 for Adults and $20 for students. There are matinee and evening performance at each venue.

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 four large scale original Canadian musicals, as well as countless other Canadian and international productions.  Tweed & Company is based in Tweed, ON, but also produces in Toronto, and has toured its productions around the province.”

-Carol Feeney, Quinte Arts Council

“Wednesday night performance was fabulous! Still laughing and humming along. Well Done!!“

“Such talented musicians! very impressed.”

“I was thrilled to attend Thursday’s matinee. Hastings the musical is jam packed with incredibly talented performers. Very entertaining on all levels. You should go!”

“Opening night was amazing!”

“Totally enjoyed opening night of Hastings the Musical, at the Village Playhouse. Very energetic, humorous and touching performance depicting our local history. Hurry and pick up your tickets, you won’t want to miss this.”

“Hope you make an effort to see this at The Village Playhouse……quality performance, music , acting……what else can I say….it was fantastic!!!! In town for a limited time!”

“Get your tickets as you will miss a great show!!”


“Versatile and Multi-talented cast of professionals.”

Marcia O’Hearn

“Last night’s performance of HASTINGS! The Musical was a real treat!  Both Bri and I adore live theatre, so when we found out that we’d be attending a performance at the nearly 100 year old Bancroft Village Playhouse we were ecstatic. The Bancroft Village Playhouse is a staple in the community, and it’s a place that gives back to the community in a number of ways. It’s aligned with several initiatives to support the surrounding community, but, more bluntly, it’s also a beacon of culture, where the town (and others) can come to be taken to another world, or another time.

That’s precisely the case with Tweed and Company’s production of “Hastings: The Musical,” which has finished its run now, but was widely celebrated. The story, recounting the birth of Hastings County, was just downright fun to watch unfold, and the cast had an unmistakable connection on stage which just made you want to root for them. I’ll be honest, I’m not really someone whose first choice for a performance would be a musical, but I’d listen to these guys sing all day.  At the end, a standing ovation was a foregone conclusion, and both Bri and I were happy to be a part of that deserved celebration.

I’d certainly be happy to go back to the Bancroft Village Playhouse for another performance, it’s an intimate venue that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show, rather than a bystander in the audience. I can’t imagine there’s a better spot to catch a show in all of the Ontario Highlands.”

-Christopher James Mitchell, travelingmitch

“Saw the show on our way home from the cottage and I hope to see you again!”


“Your song about Hastings gave me chills.  Voices are incredible, my wife and I cried!”


“I saw the show on opening night and was blown away by how incredible the cast of @tweedandcompany was We are going to come again in Belleville. Wish you had more shows, any chance of extension? My brother in law from Kingston would love to see it. New Home was my favourite number along with the country song and Susanna Moodie. A job well done.”



Donna LeClair

“Tonight I had the genuine pleasure of traveling to the beautifully rustic town of Bancroft to take in @tweedandcompany ‘s production of “Hastings: The Musical”. First and foremost- I have a deep respect for any person who performs theatre of any kind. It truly is the equivalent of walking a tight-rope. The intense focus, the energy expended, the blood, sweat and tears that are shed through hours upon hours of rehearsal…and then to perform without a chance for a re-take, without any editing; these guys and gals are artists of the highest calibre and that is certainly true for the cast of “Hastings: The Musical”.

Very briefly- the play brings to life through song, laughter and joy (and ale) various real life people and events that shaped the Hastings county and its towns that we know today. The actors all play various roles and adopt various accents (English, French, Irish, drunk) and not only do they all sing (and sing incredibly well!) they also perform the instruments! Guitar, violin, piano, you name it and they play these instruments flawlessly. What’s more, they play and sing while jumping off a table, hoping across chairs, even running into the aisleway. The entire house is transported back to a time when the living was tough, the people were tougher and the alcohol warmed all their souls. The 9 members of the cast each have their own moments to shine and they each pour their entire heart and soul into every note strummed, every word sung and every gesture expressed. You can’t help but be swept up by the sheer excitement, passion and joy that is exuded in the performance. 

It is also absolutely hysterical! While some of the songs deal with heavy issues such as women’s rights and rebellion against the crown; the characters are so outlandish, so vivid, so ALIVE; and the lyrics are performed with just the right timing and nuance that’ll make you chuckle. And you never know what’ll happen, you may even receive a beer during the show! I did! It was so cool! The colourful characters, gorgeous harmonies, humour and heart will give you one of the best theatrical experiences you’ll ever have.”


“It was a fabulous show! First class in every way. Don’t miss it if you can still get tickets.”

Susan Latremoille

 “Absolutely fabulous show. Hats off to Hospice North Hastings for bringing this great musical to Bancroft. Loved it!!!”

Lynn Carlson Neuman

“Last night, Lillian & Gary were off to support live theatre and Hospice North Hastings in Bancroft. Tweed & Co. Theatre have brought their highly anticipated production of ‘Hastings The Musical’ north of 7. We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, full of energy, humour and history, all brought to life by an incredible multi-talented cast. True, there was not a lot about ‘Old Hastings Mercantile’ in this offering, but perhaps a future consideration! Congratulations to all involved!”

The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery

 “It’s excellent! Go see it! The cast members are VERY talented.”

Diana Sheridan

“Absolutely Incredible Show!! We are so happy that we had the opportunity to get to know a few of you personally. It was a privilege to have you stay in our home and to have witnessed such amazing talent from each and everyone of you!” 

-Sarah and Darcy

“Went to see the final performance of Hastings The Musical in Bancroft on the weekend. What an amazing show, talented musicians and actors. The music is so memorable and engaging! You will find yourself singing along even though you’ve never heard the songs before! If you have any interest in the history of the area, or even if you don’t, go see the show! Made me want to come home and research all the characters that were portrayed in the show especially Susanna! Highly recommend the show!”

Grace Bott

“So happy I attended Hastings the Musical in Perth last night to a near capacity full house. The audience loved the show …so enthusiastic…the standing O was incredible. So proud of these amazing entertainers. The next day at a local Perth cafe we overheard a group of woman talking about how excellent the production was only to hear similar stories at their Tourist Bureau.

Looking so forward to the Belleville premier this Friday at 7:30 at the Empire Theatre…are you sitting…over 300 tickets sold for opening night. Get your ticket and take in this truly captivating original Canadian Musical. Congrats Tim Porter, Amy Marie Wallace, James R. King, Rachel Babor, Mike Lee, Danielle Leger, Colin Jones, Mark Lesage, Joel MacMeekin, Emily Mewett new comer Jessica.”

-Don Degenova, Tweed Town Council

“Another full house- this one last night in Perth – for Hastings! The Musical…Belleville, here we come Aug 17-18! This show has really grown since last year, and is not to be missed…happy to hear super-positive buzz/feedback this am at both local cafe and Matheson House/visitor information centre”

-Vicki McCulloch

“The music, the harmonies, the Energy; and the versatility is unbelievable. Everyone is incredible.

I was immediately impressed when I walked in and saw the quality of the set. Unbealivable. “

-Lianna Kevan, Vocalist

“Theatre has never really been my thing. Until last night when I saw Hastings the Musical. I loved it! The music, the harmonies, the energy; and everyone playing the instruments is amazing. It was also hilarious! I had such a good time! The set is also gorgeous.Thank you.”

-Christina Kevan

“The play was great!”


“The Musical was AMAZING!! It ticked all the boxes: set, music, talent; and the best part was the HISTORY of the settlement of Hastings!! “

-Evelyn Morris, Balderson, On

“The show was truly excellent!  I especially appreciated the beautiful harmonies and crystal clear singing voices of the cast.  The comedic timing was incredible and I laughed my head off.  Beautiful choreography, actors also playing instruments, costumes, set…………..Whew.  I couldn’t have enjoyed it more!”  


“This past week I caught Tweed and Company’s production of Hastings, The Musical in Perth at the Studio Theatre.  Am almost lost for words – how come we have not see this group on more stages in and around Ottawa and Kingston?  So much talent – musically – where all the actors are the vocalists and the orchestra – playing a variety of instruments each, the choreography was executed with precision, enthusiasm and moved the story along brilliantly.  The acting was very strong and again, actors playing multiple characters with many character changes taking place right on stage!  The writing and musical composition was all original material – it effectively told the story of Hastings County with humour and high energy (I will never think of Susanna Moodie as another boring historical figure from high school history class).  The set was brilliant – minimal but versatile and very inviting – especially the bar that was accessible before the show and at intermission.  Costumes and lighting added to the energy and verve of the show.  This is a show that could be put down anywhere – outdoors (wouldn’t that be fun on a hot day with a cold beer in hand!), in a school gym (a great way to enhance history curriculum) and on professional stages like the National Arts Centre.  Canadians need to see this kind of show – Fun, entertaining and brilliantly executed. Congratulations to Tweed and Company – Can hardly wait to see their production of Aleck Bell- because I love first class entertainment and that’s what Tweed is offering.”

-Joan Frommer, indie women 2 productions, Ottawa ON

“Tweed & Co. rocked Hastings! The Musical opening tonight in Belleville at the Empire Theatre! Great crowd – well done, kids!”

-Vicki McCulloch

 “Fabulous show, thoroughly enjoyed it!! Vicki McCulloch and Don DeGenova, kudos to all involved!”

Shelley MacKenzie-Coates

 “It was a great show, glad we went again.”

Will Austin

 “Great show so glad we went, it is a must see.”

Deborah MacDonald

“Fabulous show. Congratulations to the entire cast.  This is a show you don’t want to miss.”

Sharon Pedersen

“There are not enough words to describe this fantastic show……so talented.”

Tammy Austin

“I am so happy for you! I loved this show. Hope it takes you to the stars and back.”

Denyse Marie Aimee Mouck

“Great show! Actors were so talented. A great troupe with such high energy. Bravo.”

Patty Preston

“Awesome show, you do not want to miss it. If you get a chance go see it.”

Eleanor Brock

“Fanastic night”

Tammy Austin

“Was invited to see Hastings! The Musical – and what a treat!! Cast, crew, writers, arrangers, and directer, Tim Porter, should be so, so, so proud of themselves for such a quality and engaging production. Any show, but particularly new musicals, are hard to sell especially in smaller areas but the writers of this show were smart both in a creative and business sense to choose a subject matter of interest to the audience of the area but spinning it in a way to engage a viewer with little or no historical knowledge of Hastings county. Funding as well is a great hurdle but there was no indication of corner cutting or lack of where with all in any way. Talent was top notch, and the musicianship was incredible! I was salivating watching the cast. Kept thinking, there is my Memories & Legends troupe. 😉 Once again, thank you and congratulations on your success with this exceptional show!!”

-Stephen Geddes, Canadian Composer

“Great show. Talented cast, high energy and fun.”

Susan Clarke

“Playing today at The Empire Theatre – shows at 2pm & 7:30pm. Worked the show last night and it is amazing! Come out and hear the historical stories of Hastings county in song & dance performed by Tweed & Company Theatre #supportlocal”

Rosi Ouellette

“Congratulations to Tweedites Tim Porter and Mark Lesage, and the rest of Tweed & Company Theatre, on a very successful opening night for Hastings! The Musical at the Empire in Belleville… see the last shows at 2 or 7:30 today. The show was good last year when it premiered in Tweed – but evolution in the production and a new sound system = fantastic! Go see it again, Tweed!”

-Tweed & Area Arts Council

“The audience had no idea what to expect next at any point in the show except that it would be hilarious and off the wall. Very clever writing and a wonderful performance. We laughed and laughed. Who knew the St. Lawrence had a pirate??”

Theresa Winchester

“Just left the production “Hastings” in Perth at the Studio Theatre. Absolutely terrific! The young cast had wonderful voices and energy. Their capabilities of playing different instruments was outstanding. Great job by the crew. Highly recommend! 

Well done!”

Ann Bradley

“It is said that in Newfoundland they tell Tweed jokes. They’d better not tell them too loudly.

This small centre Hastings village has taken the theatre world in Ontario by storm, from Toronto to Perth and from Bancroft to Belleville. Their latest hit, marking this youthful company’s tenth anniversary, completed its run in the Empire Theatre earlier this month with solid and very happy crowds.

“Hastings, the Musical’ is a cast of ghosts –but they are ghosts we know and love and have studied in local history classes – John Meyers, Susanna Moodie, tavern owner Rose Simpson, Intelligencer founder George Benjamin, his printer apprentice cum prime minister Mackenzie Bowell, assorted mid-19th century rebels, made famous in a book by local author, Betsy Boyce, and more. Ghostly characters the cast may play, but they do it with plenty of youthful enthusiasm, including compelling, rhythmic stomping that would make Tom Connors proud. The songs range from poignant ballads, to folk song to toe-tapping jigs.

One aspect that puts a stamp of uniqueness on the Tweed Theatre Company is that there is no pit band. The actors on stage play their own instruments, including a piano, drum set, bass viol, violin, mandolin, banjo and even a trumpet to announce the arrival of the Prince Regent and his song: “I’m not getting off this Boat.” All the songs and musical arrangements are also original works by individual or collective members of the cast.

In a salute to one of Canada’s oldest newspapers, there is a song about how readers of the day loved the “Belleville Intelligencer.” Perhaps using some theatrical licence, Susanna Moodie is portrayed as a raucous, rowdy social critic, although her own writings do reflect sharp comments about Belleville society in her day. As for Rosie Simpson, “If no one will open the door, just open another brew.”

Of course, there is lots of material about the railway and its impact and the famous gold rush, plus the grab for free to cheap land.

One mystery to this local historian was a song about “The Pirate of the St. Lawrence.” No one cared. They just tapped along and enjoyed. No doubt the company can confirm the historical context of this episode.

Coming within the next few weeks by this remarkable company is an updated production of their former hit musical, “Aleck Bell.” That show proved to be a real charmer the first time around in 2011 and the remake should be even more entertaining. It is scheduled to run in September in Tweed. It’s worth the drive.

Kudos and bravos to Tim Porter as director and the entire company.”

-Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer


Odds are, if you were in or near Hastings County last summer, you most likely heard about the incredible new Musical Production taking the region by storm.  HASTINGS! A New Musical was largely praised as the entertainment highlight of the season in 2017, and spurned Tweed & Company (the inventive and exciting creator of the piece) on to winning the 2017 Hastings County Tourism Champion of the Year award.  

With it’s sweeping soundtrack, beautiful set and costumes, and truly inventive staging, HASTINGS blew the audience away, selling out countless performances, and inspiring several other theatres across the region to pick up the production, and bring it to new audiences in the summer of 2018.  And now, as the August performance dates approach, Tweed & Company has announced a cast of incredible Actor Musicians who are sure to blow the roof off of these tour venues, and present a production that is yet again not to be missed.  

HASTINGS! The Musical is billed as an irreverent retelling of the history of Hastings County, and this foot stomping, laugh out loud musical with beautiful choreographic sequences, and a cast of 9 who all play the instruments (occasionally while dancing as well), does not disappoint.  Covering everything from the initial founding of the region by John Meyers, to the area’s role in the rebellion of 1837, to the Pirate of the St. Lawrence, to a certain famous novelist who you have to see to believe, the show delivers on an award winning joy ride that will leave you speechless and coming back for more.

And with a cast like the one Tweed & Company has assembled for this summer’s production, we expect you may be lining up down the street for tickets.  We’ll start with highlighting some of the returning favourites that Tweed audiences have come to know and love.  Fresh off his SELL OUT concert at the pavilion this May, JAMES KING returns to Hastings in the role he originated last year.  James is a talented multi instrumentalist who originally hails from Eastern Ontario, (North Augusta to be exact) and whose band JAMES KING & THE MIDNIGHT HOURS has been blowing up the Canadian Music scene.  In 2018 alone, James has been in the top 100 of the CBC searchlight competition beating out over 3000 other artists, and also won the MyEntertainmentWorld award in Toronto for his portrayal of Hedwig in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at Hart House Theatre.  James has been a regular at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, at Festival Players in the County, and with Soulpepper theatre in Toronto, and in our opinion, James alone is worth the price of admission.

Returning for this summer’s production after a brief time away is crowd favourite DANIELLE LEGER!  Danielle has been off in merry old England for the past two years, touring the music and comedy circuits, and has been much missed at all of our Tweed & Company Productions, so we are thrilled to welcome her back to Canada, and back to Tweed & Co!  Our audience may recognize Danielle from the Tweed productions of The Times They Are A Changin, Aleck Bell: The Musical, Make Em Laugh, Godspell, and All You Need Is Love.  We are so excited to have this hilarious and incredibly talented performer back in our midst, and can’t wait for you to see her in this show!   

Tweed & Company is also ecstatic to announce a thrilling new addition to the company this year, award winning and much sought after musician, JESSICA WILSON will be joining the touring company of HASTINGS.  Jessica is a singer/songwriter from Welland Ontario, who can be seen on stages across Canada this summer, having already performed with artists like Serena Ryder, Metric and City & Colour, and being selected by Ryan Seacrest as the international winner of his MARCH MUSIC MADNESS contest.  Jessica is the winner of the 2017 Niagara Music People’s Choice award, and is a Honey Jam Canada Emerging Artist.  She also appeared on the TV show OVER THE RAINBOW, and has a degree in Music Theatre from St. Clair College.  With the recent release of her debut EP, and an escalating fan base and body of work, Tweed & Co are thrilled to have Jessica joining us for this production, and can’t wait for the audience to hear this unbelievable voice, and see this young talent play.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a celebrated Tweed & Company Musical without the stunning, soaring voice of MICHAEL COLIN JONES.  Affectionately known as Colin, this multi talented high tenor has been seen in countless Tweed & Company productions including Hastings, The Times They Are A Changin’, I’ll Fly Away, Godspell, and Stalkyard Hurts.  Colin is also a well known Toronto Theatre performer having appeared in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Little Mermaid, The Rocky Horror Show, Next To Normal, Avenue Q, and RENT to name a few.  Originally from Nova Scotia, and a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in BC, Tweed & Company is thrilled to have wrestled Colin away from his busy performance career in Toronto for another summer of Magic in Hastings County!       

Local performer MARK LESAGE will also be rejoining the production on tour this summer, with a considerable amount of added local acclaim, and a passion for performance that is unmatched.  Since making his Tweed & Co debut in Hastings last summer, Mark went on to write his own one man show THE REBEL OF HUNGERFORD, that packed houses in it’s premiere presentation at the Tweed Harvest festival, and was then picked up for successful runs at The Old Church Theatre in Trenton, The Royal Theatre in Gananoque, and at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed.  Mark is an incredibly accomplished instrumentalist, and with several hilarious star turns inthis production, you won’t want to miss seeing this local legend shine.

Also returning to the show is costume designer and violinist extraordinaire, AMY MARIE WALLACE.  Amy has had a very busy few seasons with Tweed & Co, first performing in Salt Water Moon, then returning for Hastings, and Living History: A Walking Tour, along with designing the costumes for all of these productions.  Not only is Amy a remarkable violinist and a beautiful designer, but her talents spread far and wide with everything from assisting celebrated illusionist Nick Wallace at his performances in Toronto and Niagara, to her film and television appearances, and owning and operating her own handbag company, Wallace-Read.  You can catch Amy’s design work at a Tweed & Company Production this season, or downtown Toronto this winter in the celebrated revival of Peter Pan at Soulpepper.  Her incredible costumes and unmatched skill on the violin also add to HASTINGS! being a production you won’t want to miss.    

Another major collaborator on this project also returns for year two, the beautiful and talented RACHEL BABOR will once again bring life to the role of Christie, as well as choreographing the show (for which she received high high praise last season), and as the composer of audience favourite, THE NEWSPAPER SONG.  Few people can claim performance, instrumentalist, choreography, and composing credits on a single production, but Rachel is truly one of a kind.  Her stunning dancing and choreography brought audiences to their feet last season, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for this revival production.  Besides being a favourite here in Tweed, Rachel also works regularly across the country as a triple threat performer, most recently in Mamma Mia with Theatre Aquarius and Western Canada Theatre, and in countless productions with Drayton Entertainment, Canada’s largest theatre company, in Honk The Musical, Joseph, 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, and Hairspray, to name a few.  Rachel is also a Yoga instructor, and active volunteer, having travelled to Kenya on five occasions.  You won’t want to miss this truly special performance by a gifted and caring artist.      

Associate Artistic Director JOEL MACMEEKIN also reprises his role in HASTINGS, much to the delight of all.  Joel is well known in Tweed for his incredible comedic ability and beautiful visual artistry.  An accomplished and respected Visual Artist (with so many commissions currently he can barely keep up), Joel is also responsible for all of Tweed & Company’s beautiful original Season Graphics, including his 2016 work for SALT WATER MOON, which is now the cover of the printed play version.  As the pouty prince, Joel steals the show, and can also take credit as a co-writer of the script for HASTINGS, and the lead writer on ALECK BELL.  People may also recognize Joel from past productions such as I’ll Fly Away, All You Need is Love, The Times They Are A Changin, and many more.

And last but certainly not least is everyone’s favourite wizard on the drum kit, MIKE LEE!  One of the most musically gifted performers in the country, Mike is a magician on countless instruments, and his switching from skill to skill during this performance has to be seen to be believed.  Mike is also an active member of the Toronto Comedy Community, having performed with the Second City Conservatory, Claude Watson, Bad Dog Theatre, and more.  When he is not performing with Tweed & Company, Mike can be seen with a number of up and coming and successful bands as one of the most exciting drummers in Toronto, including James King & The Midnight Hours, The Haunted Lovers, The StarGazers and more.       

HASTINGS! A New Musical will play three cities in Eastern Ontario this August, at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft from August 7th to 11th, The Studio Theatre in Perth August 14th & 15th, and the Empire Theatre in Belleville August 17th & 18th.  Tickets range from $20-$30, and can be booked by visiting  Don’t miss the show that the Central Hastings News calls “MAGIC. An extraordinary panorama of song, dance and Hastings County history”, or that Ontario’s Highlands says “Hands down the most memorable theatre performance I have seen to date.  A truly remarkable show.  I would see it ten times over if I could.”  Book your tickets today, and join this incredible cast for the encore production of HASTINGS! The Musical!  See you at the show!  

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TWEED & COMPANY Huge 10th Anniversary Season Kicks off this February at The Tweed Winter Carnival!

Local professional theatre troupe TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE recently unveiled a huge 2018 season to much excitement and anticipation.  This greatly enhanced wide ranging season is in celebration of the group’s 10th anniversary, a huge milestone for any organization, but particularly for a small theatre company with a mandate of Original Canadian Musical Theatre.  “We are thrilled with the success of the company so far, and are so thankful for the support and excitement we continually receive from our community, and from the municipality” says Artistic Director Tim Porter.  “It has been a remarkable ten years so far, and the growth of the  company, increase in attendance, and the quality improvements we have been able to make over the years is a really exciting indication for the future.”

In speaking with Porter about the company you can tell that the dedication and ambition of the organization is high, and there is potential here to have a major theatre festival rivalling the larger organizations in Toronto, and in Western Ontario.  “We have always wanted to create something really special for the region, and for Tweed specifically, and we are well on the way to accomplishing that.  Last season we doubled our average attendance, as well as doubling our tourist attendance, and we were honoured to win the Hastings County Tourism Champion of the Year award.  We really think that it is only a matter of time before Tweed has one of the most exciting and celebrated professional regional theatre groups in the province.  And we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all of that, or have such hopes and dreams for the future were it not for our incredibly supportive patrons, and the dedication of our fan base who have attended productions over the past ten years.” Says Porter.

The Tweed News has attended most, if not all of those productions, and can speak to the integrity, quality and extreme entertainment value of these shows.  We have given Tweed & Co several rave reviews over the years, and our writers have always been impressed with the quality and originality of the shows this group presents, not to mention how much the audience continually enjoys themselves and returns for more.  One of the most exciting parts about witnessing these shows over the years has been watching the audience grow and expand, with many people returning time and again, and new faces in the audience at every production, hitting a peak this past summer with HASTINGS! A New Musical.  “HASTINGS was a very special project for us, and we were overjoyed at the community’s reaction and at its success.  We sold out many performances, and it was our highest attended show to date, with people coming from as far away as Waterloo and Ottawa to see the show, and more local people coming into the theatre than ever before.”  HASTINGS will receive a remount at three regional theatres this coming August: In Bancroft at The Village Playhouse, in Perth at The Studio Theatre, and perhaps most exciting, in Belleville at The Empire Theatre, the largest venue the company will have played up to this point.

It truly is an exciting time for this still fledgling theatre troupe, and excitement has already been mounting for their very ambitious 2018 programming, kicking off with two different productions at the Tweed Winter Carnival.  SONGBUSTER makes a triumphant return in 2018 after two sold out performances at the 2017 Winter Carnival.  This Fully Improvised Musical is an absolute riot, with an incredible cast of 6 musical improvers, and an out of this world pianist who makes up melodies on the spot.  SONGBUSTER was a huge hit last year, with many people taking in both performances (it is a brand new show every time after all).  This season there will be three performances, Saturday, February 17th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, February 18th at 1 PM and 7 PM.  THERE IS A MISPRINT IN THE WINTER CARNIVAL BROCHURE which states the matinee is at 2 PM, but it is in fact at 1 PM.  “But we will make sure everyone knows the show is in fact 1 PM, and will do our best to make sure everyone has a chance to see this hilarious production.”  It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance, as seating is limited, and this show has been incredibly popular in the past, both here in Tweed and across the province at events like Just For Laughs, Canadian Comedy Week, NextStage Festival, and the Toronto Fringe.  “This show sells out pretty much wherever it goes, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.  It is a riot.”  Porter himself has seen the show 6 times, and insists he loves it more with each performance.  The show is a one hour performance, and all tickets are $12.00 general admission.  Doors will open half an hour prior to showtimes, and a cash bar will also be available.  The show is suitable for all ages, but the evening performances may feature more adult content.

Tweed & Company is also bringing a new endeavour to the Tweed Winter Carnival this season with THE PRINCESS BALL!  This two hour princess party extravaganza will host three of your favourite Disney princesses in a magical afternoon of song, dance, storytelling, crafts, games, tea party, photo ops and more!  “We are overjoyed to have been able to book the top Princess Party company in the province, THE FAIRYTALE FACTORY to create a truly magical afternoon for young people and their families at the Winter Carnival.  For $12.00 a person you get a Princess Show, Story time, a chance to take photos and meet and greet with the princesses, do crafts and face painting with them, enjoy a tea party with your favourite princess, and more!  We have also booked a Princess bouncy Castle with a slide!  It’s going to be a really magical and fun afternoon, and we encourage everyone to dress up like their favourite princess, and get ready to have a great time!”  Attendance for THE PRINCESS BALL is also quite limited, so it is recommended that you book your tickets in advance, either online through, or in person here at The Tweed News.

There is also a winter carnival package option in the works for families of four who wish to take in all the carnival has to offer at a discounted rate.  Visit tweed and company’s website or follow them on facebook for more information on that.

“We are very excited for this thrilling 2018 season” says Porter, “And we hope everyone will join us for these first two productions, which are sure to be a blast!  All tickets for our Tweed Winter Carnival events are only $12.00.  We started an endeavour a few years ago to ensure the we were offering theatre that was affordable and accessible for all audiences, and we are proud of the fact that we offer some of the lowest ticket prices in the province, which again we wouldn’t be able to do without the incredible support of our patrons and sponsors.  We guarantee you will be blown away by the productions you attend.”  For more information on Tweed & Company’s entire 2018 season, or the Tweed Winter Carnival, visit their website at  And get your tickets for one of these incredible productions at the Tweed News today!  We’re positive you won’t regret it.