Critically acclaimed SONGBUSTER coming to Tweed!

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

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

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

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

-Julianna Romanyk, My Comedy Report

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

-Life With More Cowbell

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

-Mooney On Theatre

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

Robert Claxton & Hugh Mosher

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

-Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

And Check out this crazy BUZZ on the TWITTERVERSE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIVE THEATRE!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Tweed & Company Theatre!

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 SEASON!

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

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

And without any further ado, presenting our 2017 Season!

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SONGBUSTER: The Fully Improvised Musical!

February 19th @ 2 & 7 PM

Tickets: $12.00 General Admission

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

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

 

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HASTINGS! A New Musical

STUDENT MATINEE: Wednesday, June 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets: $20.00 Adults, $10.00 Students/Youth

At The Tweed Pavilion in Memorial Park

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

 

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THE DARK NIGHT CABARET

Saturday, July 8 @ 8 PM

Tickets: $10.00 General Admission

At The Marble Arts Centre

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

 

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FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT     

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

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

Tickets: $15.00 General Admission

At The Marble Arts Centre   

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

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

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

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

SALT WATER MOON a Box Office Smash!

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

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

-Lacy Meeks, The Tweed News

 

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

-Don, Tweed

 

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

-Norma, Toronto

 

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

-D’thea, Tweed

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

-Mike Bossio, MP Hastings-Lennox and Addington

 

This play should not be missed!”

-Bill, Belleville

 

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

-Don DeGenova, Tweed Council

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

-InQuinte

 

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

-Vicki McCulloch, VMTweed

 

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

-InQuinte

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

Check Out Our Stellar SALT WATER MOON Cast

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

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

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Jamie McKnight – Jacob

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

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

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Brittany Rae Robinson – Mary

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

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Scott Pettigrew – Instrumentals

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

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Amy Marie Wallace – Instrumentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUST THE FACTS:   

WHO: Tweed & Company Theatre

WHAT: SALT WATER MOON by David French

WHEN: 

Wed, July 20th: Performance 7:30 PM

Thurs, July 21st: Performance 7:30 PM

Sat, July 23rd: Performance 2:00 PM

Sat, July 23rd: Performance 7:30 PM

Sun, July 24th: Performance 7:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

-Jack Evans, The Belleville Intelligencer 

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ Rocks Tweed!

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

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

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

-Hali, Tweed

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

-Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings County

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

-Linda, Tweed

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

-Don DeGenova, Tweed Council

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

-Maril, Tweed

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

-Ellen, Tweed

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

-Wayne Kay, Tweed & Area Arts Council

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

-Vicki, Tweed

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

-Angela Hawn, Country Roads

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“Best show ever!”

-Carolyn, Tweed

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

Announcing our thrilling 2016 season!!

Tweed and Company Theatre is ecstatic to announce our 9th anniversary season, and our 7th at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed! Our 2016 season is our most ambitious to date, with many incredible productions and new works for our audience to enjoy.

Over the past several years Tweed & Co. has been overjoyed to bring high quality professional live theatre to Hastings County, and this year will be no exception. Coming off our incredibly successful and critically acclaimed 2015 season, we knew this year had to pack a punch, and we are sure this incredible package of plays will not disappoint!

Our first production of 2016 is a new musical being created by the Tweed & Company ensemble, THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING. This show will centre around the thrilling, world changing events of the 60’s, and will feature all of your favourite songs of those days, including music by Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and more! The glory days of television, the space race, and the Vietnam war were just some of the events that made this the defining decade of our generation, and this production will both celebrate those events, and remind us of the peril of repeating history. We are truly honoured to be presenting this production as a co-fundraiser with the TWEED REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE to assist in their fundraising to support a Syrian refugee family. Theatre is a medium dedicated to social justice and positive world change, and we are incredibly passionate about this project, and overjoyed to be working with this inspiring and remarkable group of volunteers. All proceeds from this production will be split evenly between our two groups. This show will feature an incredible cast of six of Canada’s best rock and musical theatre performers, and will be the perfect mothers day present, date night, or friends night out! THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING will play at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed on May 13th and 14th at 7:30 PM. All tickets will be $20.00. Doors will open at 6:30. be sure to join us before and after the show and at intermission for a drink or a snack at our bar, to bid on our silent auction, and to learn more about these two incredible organizations! Tickets online at www.tweedandcompany.com, or in person at the Tweed News.

For our second production, we are very excited to announce a huge programming COUP for Tweed & Co., a first for our group, and a first for the area. SALT WATER MOON will make it’s professional debut in Hastings County from July 20th to 24th at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed. This show marks the first fully produced PLAY that our company will present (That is, not a musical) although the show will feature some stunning new instrumentations being created by the Tweed and Company ensemble. The show is Canada’s most produced and most successful straight play, and has seen incredibly successful productions across the country and around the world, including a run right now at the Factory theatre in Toronto. The play takes place in Newfoundland. It’s a splendid moon-filled night in Coley’s Point in

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1926. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to this tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed…

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

“On Thursday night, I saw Salt-Water Moon at Factory Theatre. On Friday morning, I woke up and the first thing I did was buy tickets to go see it again.”

-J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

Salt Water Moon is sure to delight all audiences, and is a massive step in Tweed & Company’s progression into a successful year round professional theatre company. We are overjoyed to be presenting this Canadian classic at the ideal venue for this show, the Marble Arts Centre. Tickets are available online at www.tweedandcompany.com, and in person at the Tweed news. Don’t miss this truly beautiful play, in a new production that will raise the bar for live theatre in Hastings County.

Also returning this season is our favourite night of music, laughter, and dance, THE DARK NIGHT CABARET! This one night only presentation which Tweed & Co began in our 2010 season has been absent for a few years, and we are thrilled to be bringing back this evening of fun! During our run of SALT WATER MOON, the actors from that production, as well as several of our most popular ensemble members, and some local talent, will take the stage to present a one night only evening of special skills, hidden talents, crowd favourites, original pieces, and Broadway Standards. The Dark Night Cabaret is a one night only, created in the moment, unlike anything else spectacle that had been a huge favourite of our audiences in the past and we are thrilled to be bringing it back this year.

And finally, later on in the year we will be announcing a very special SECRET MUSICAL for the fall that is sure to delight our local audience, and bring in tourism patrons from far and wide. Stay tuned for more info on that!

This is our most exciting season to date, and we are overjoyed to be returning to Tweed and to Hastings County with another thrilling season of professional live theatre for our ever growing audience! Tickets for these productions will go on sale shortly both online and at the Tweed News. Book early to avoid disappointment. Last year we were very excited to sell out several performances, so make sure to get your tickets in advance. The Marble Arts Centre is a beautiful space for those who haven’t been there before, but seats just over 100 people. So get those tickets, and come early to get a good seat!

We also want to quickly thank all of our season sponsors who make these productions possible. Our major season sponsor GAYLORD HARDWOOD FLOORING, our season sponsors AONinc, and DeGenova Consulting, and our secondary season sponsors Dr. Charles Mustard Medical Corporation, and John-Ross Parks ProAlliance Realty. Also our media sponsor the Tweed News! We couldn’t do it without them!

We can’t wait for you to join us for this thrilling 2016 season! All of our best for the year, and we’ll see you at the Marble Arts Centre!

Tim Porter
Artistic Director
Tweed & Company Theatre

I’LL FLY AWAY A Huge Success!

Well, we’re a little late on this post, but now that 2015 has wound down, we’ve finally found some time to get caught up, and share the success of our most recent production I’LL FLY AWAY!  This was one of our most successful productions to date, and we were so thrilled that the community and our patrons took to this show as much as we did.  This was definitely a project that we were passionate about, and we were so happy to see it get off the ground.  Thank you to everyone who came out and saw the show, and we hope to see you again in 2016 for one of our fantastic performances!  Lots coming up this year, so stay tuned!  And in the meantime, check out all these great reviews!

“If you don’t already have your tickets, you need to buy them for I’ll Fly away. Honestly it is easily as good as something you would see at Mirvish.”

-TRISTAN HAYNES LINDSAY, The Middle Aged Woman Who Lived In A Shoe

“I hope people take advantage of this opportunity – a great night of entertainment something for everyone. Definitely a must see- it was amazing.”

-VICKI MCCULLOCH, VMTweed

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“5 Stars. I’ve been to a few shows and they are all incredible. Keep up the good work!”

-GREG LEWIS, Gaylord Hardwood Flooring

“So amazing. Such talented people.. everyone should go”

-NICOLE BLACK

“Great show! We loved every minute! Congrats on a great opening!”

-MELISSA MACDONALD

“Loved it…loved it…loved it! Still talking about it! The cast from I’ll Fly Away…what a truly awesome production. Bring lots of Kleenex ….definitely some of the best singing and harmonizing you are ever going to hear. The three Sarahs blew me away…and Joel you continue to shine brighter and brighter with each new show. Congratulations to Tim Porter , Joel MacMeekin and Tricia Black on another Canadian original play. Please come out and support the cast by filling those seats. The show starts at 7:30 tomorrow and runs until Sunday. A Five Star Production.”

-DON DEGENOVA

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“Such amazing talent! The writers, performers and everyone involved did such a great job. Throughly enjoyed the show!”

-JUDY MEWETT

“Just returned home from I’ll Fly Away. A Broadway production at the Marble Church Arts Centre! What a talented cast. Thank you for bringing it to Tweed.”

-JOANNE ALBERT, Tweed Reeve

“5 stars. Great Job!!! Will definitely be back! Awesome that we have this opportunity in the community to bring the big star actors in and give our local talents an amazing experience!! Great job girls!!”

-Susan Ross

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“5 stars.  I’ll Fly Away was a fantastic show! Lots of laughs and definitely need your tissues! Gave me goosebumps!”

-Bonnie Coutts

 

“Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thanks for a great evening”

Maril Swan

 

“The Marble Arts is about to brim over with talent.   I feel like sometimes I sound like a broken record, but sometimes records break at a great part of the song,
I have now seen the show three times and could easily see it again.  It was excellent. Tim put together this amazingly talented cast of professional actors (and a few really talented young locals).  The three female leads Sara Wilkinson, Sarah Strange and Sarah Higgins had the most stunningly beautiful voices, and the harmonies sent shivers.  Joel MacMeekin stole the show with his character Maverick and his impeccable comic timing.
I loved sitting in the audience and becoming lost in the excellent story every single time I went to see the show.  I loved looking around the audience to see if anyone saw me crying.  I will miss the hauntingly beautiful songs those three AMAZING Sarah’s shared every night.  I will miss seeing Joel up on that stage like a deer caught in the headlights.  I will miss Colin spitting out his drink and his “Just Wait a Tick”.  I will miss Katie’s crazy stage momma.  I will miss it all.  It was the best play that Tim has done to date, and I have seen most of them.
If there are any big time fancy smancy producers reading this, please give Tim a call.  This is a wonderful production, that deserves to grace the stage again and again.  This is a play beautifully written that honestly in my opinion deserves to win an award for writing.  It was so very good, and I really hope to see it again.”

-Tristan Lindsay, The Middle Aged Woman Who Lived In A Shoe

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STALKYARD HURTS Blows the Roof Off Toronto Fringe!

STALKYARD HURTS in Toronto in 2015 (Tricia Black, Danielle leger, Mike Lee)

Well, the summer is coming to a close, and that means that our exciting 2015 season is two thirds done.  But don’t worry!  We still have one more blow out musical this fall to keep you going!  I’LL FLY AWAY is the story of a classic country radio show that is struggling to survive as they learn the may have to shutter their doors.  It’s gonna be a blast!  More on that soon…

But first – we wanted to give you a little FRINGE recap!!  Tweed & Company was so incredibly honoured to be a part of the Toronto Fringe Festival this season with our original Canadian Musical STALKYARD HURTS!  We had a blast!  And we blew the roof off of iconic rock venue Lee’s Palace for 11 nights.  With packed houses, and loads of critical acclaim, we are so happy with how the show went, and we thought we’d share a couple of the comments and photos with you!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see the show, and hopefully we’ll see you this fall in Tweed for I’LL FLY AWAY!!!

FROM NOW MAGAZINE:

“Justin Collette and Danielle Leger’s comedic musical rockumentary revels in stadium-sized 70s rawk, performed live with seemingly limitless energy.

-Jordan Bimm, Now Magazine

FROM TWITTER:

“If you’re at @Toronto_Fringe & haven’t seen @stalkyardhurts yet, drop everything and go. What a fantastic show with KILLER songs.”

-Nug Nahrgang, Toronto Comedian, via twitter

“Encore at stalkyard hurts!!! Everyone has to see this show! Blown away!” 

-Jamie Thornley, Stalker, via twitter

“Anyone looking for @Toronto_Fringe recommends, go see @stalkyardhurts .  Gorgeous music, talented folks, and a hilarious good time!!!”

-Daniel Williston, Kinky Boots, via twitter

STALKYARD HURTS WAS LISTED AS A FRINGE FAVOURITE AND BEST BET BY THE TORONTOIST, NOW MAGAZINE, GRACING THE STAGE, and MOONEY ON THEATRE!

STALKYARD HURTS in Toronto 2015 (Danielle Leger, Tricia Black, Justin Collette)

FROM MOONEY ON THEATRE:

“It’s not always easy rocking out at the Toronto Fringe Festival, but Tweed & Company Theatre prove that it’s not impossible with Stalkyard Hurts, a rip-roaring songfest soaking the stage at Lee’s Palace Dance Cave.

The classic rock story of a classic 80s-style rock band, Stalkyard Hurts follows the rise and fall of friendships, romances, shady managers, band mates who spiral into drug abuse, and all the other twists and turns one would expect in the world of rock n’ roll.

Musicals are tough to pull off, with Fringe musicals being the hardest, but I was quickly impressed by both the vocals and live instrumental of the Stalkyard Hurts band. Justin Collette, as writer and composer, does a great job of capturing the classic rock sound in both clever and sometimes soulful ways. Danielle Leger, as leading vocalist Carmen, truly blew me away with her gritty sound. She was like a kooky Janis Joplin, impressively playing up the comedy in her scenes while still maintaining the core sound of the show.

I found the ensemble cast very strong. Granted, Leger’s Carmen and Tricia Black’s Tori (the band’s lovably naive bassist) both stole the show for me.

Director Tim Porter makes some great decisions with the format of the show, allowing the story of the band to unfold with interludes that feel more like a rock concert. There was even an encore at the end. 

I think that if you like musicals, rock n’ roll, strong female vocals, live music, hilarity, hijinks and larger than life characters, this show is for you. Looking around at the end of the show, there was not one person who wasn’t tapping their foot or bopping their head. I feel like this one’s going to be a Fringe fave so you might want to grab your tickets in advance.”

-Lauren Stein, Mooney on Theatre

FROM FACEBOOK:

“Holy shit! STALKYARD HURTS at The 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival rawked opening night! And when the instruments went down (!), they killed with their comic delivery. Funny & rawks? Go upstairs at Lee’s Palace; playing 8pm throughout the festival. Check it out!!”

-David Rudat, Stalker, via Facebook

“Guys! Go see new fringe show #stalkyardhurts !! It’s an awesome rock concert packed with some comedic golden nuggets. ‘Nuff said. HAPPY OPENING FRINGE FOLK ❤️ #Toronto #fringe #independenttheatre #indie #theatre #rocknroll #comedy #liveart

-Julia McLellan, Kinky Boots, via Facebook

“Y’all need to see the show @tweedandcompany is putting on. #Stalkyard Hurts opened at #TOFringe last night and it’s a hilarious VH1 behind the music rock’n’roll concert.”

-Jordan Bell, Famous Actor, via instagram

So thanks again for all of your support in what has so far been an incredible 2015 season.  It has been such a joy bringing these fantastic musical to audiences across the province, we can’t wait to get going on the next one!  See you at I’LL FLY AWAY, October 21st to 25th at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed!  Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2156379

STALKYARD HURTS 2015 in Toronto

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE A Smash Hit!

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Well, we are firmly in 2015, and what a year it has been!!!  Right from the get go we here at TWEED & CO knew that this was going to be our most exciting season to date, and it has already exceeded all of our expectations!

2015 marks our first season as our fully re-branded TWEED & CO, and the response has been absolutely overwhelming.  With one show down, and two more incredibly exciting projects to go, we are hard at work bringing quality, original Canadian musical theatre to both a regional viewing audience, and to the incredible Toronto arts community!

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE was our first production of 2015.  A new creation by the TWEED & CO ensemble, LOVE was a one night only evening of classic love songs, love letters, poems, dance music and laughter, and it was a smashing success!!!  This almost sold old production hit home with our Tweed audience, and received a much more excited reaction than we could have even imagined.  And this was one of our favourite shows to date as well!!!

Here’s what the audience thought of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!  Read on below to learn about our next two incredibly exciting projects, including our first ever FRINGE show, and a brand new fully staged musical coming to TWEED this fall!!!

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE LETTERS AND REVIEWS:

“Great job Tim Porter and cast! The show was fantastic! Was tonight the only performance? Oh that is too bad!! So much for my great mother’s day gift idea”

-Kara Enright, Enright Cattle Co.

“Joel, Danielle, Trish, James, Tim…you were BRILLIANT! What a show…take it on the road…you guys are absolutely amazing! Feelin good right now!”

-Don DeGenova, DeGenova Consulting

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“Just got home from the show – congratulations to the whole crew – it was one of the best I’ve seen yet!”

-Vicki McCulloch, VMTweed

“Jack Vance would have been proud. A great performance from a talented cast in a superb venue. “All You Need is Love” played to a near sell-out crowd May 8 at the Marble Art Centre. Tweed’s own Tim Porter and The Tweed & Company Theatre earned a prolonged standing ovation with the cast and patrons enjoying a terrific evening.  Joel MacMeekin, James King, Danielle Leger, Tricia Black were a delight with the able direction of Tim Porter in a hilarious musical romp. Anticipation for Tweed and Company’s next performance “I’ll Fly Away” to be sold out at the Marble Arts Centre October 21 – 25.  Get your tickets well in advance.”

-The Tweed and Area Arts Council

“I just wanted to say thanks to Tweed & Co. for giving such a wonderful show last night for “All You Need is Love”!!!  You guys are so talented and I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire performance. Thanks for all that you do and for bringing such wonderful things to this area. Can’t wait for the next show!!”

-Hali Letwin, Tweed Patron

“Last night I had the pleasure of seeing “Tweed & Company’s” first show… “All You Need Is Love”.  That group have the most beautiful singing voices.  Their harmonies set the hair on the back of my neck up.  I am always so blown away by Tricia Black’s pipes.  She comes up on that stage ready for comedy.  She puts on funny voices and does goofy characters, and then this huge voice comes out.  Tricia could easily be a recording artist.  I was delighted by the beautiful voice, and even more than that, I was delighted to see our community come out and support them.  It was almost a sold out house! Finally, maybe you don’t really know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

Not only has this amazingly talented group come back, they have come back with a vengeance.

Stalkyard Hurts, one of their original productions has made it!  They performed at famed Lee’s Palace in Toronto, and this July they are playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival. YEAH Tweed & Company!!!!  The masses are going to see and love, our Tweed & Company.  My only hope is that they don’t love them so much that this talented group of twenty somethings forget where they came from.

What I am saying is that if you have the opportunity to see this play, go.

Incase you hadn’t figured it out, I’m really proud of our little company that could.  I can’t wait to see what amazing things their future holds.”

-Tristan Lindsay, themiddleagedwomanwhoeliveinashoe.com

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Tweed and Company theatre prove all you need is love and a whole lot of laughter

Tim Porter, artistic director of Tweed & Company theatre, along with his talented cast of Tricia Black, Danielle Leger, Joel MacMeekin, and James King, proved all you need is love during their performance at the Marble Art Centre in Actinolite on Friday, May 8. The show, deservedly titled ‘All You Need Is Love: A Musical Celebration’, was a tremendous success from beginning to end with audience members treated to a compilation of songs, skits, and readings, all revolving around the theme of love. Tricia Black was simply outstanding with her exquisitely strong and raspy vocals. Her unique voice seemed to hold the audience in rapture. Danielle Leger and James King also demonstrated their impressive vocal skills. While each is talented in their own right, together their voices formed an elegant and alluring harmonization. With a modern folksy sound, the duo inspired plenty of toe-tapping and hand clapping. Last but certainly not least, Joel McMeekin, who hails from Welland, Ontario, proved that while he has a trove of talents, comedy is high on the list. What some might consider the highlight of the show was when McMeekin, dressed like Cher, was joined by a Sonny inspired Tricia black, for a rendition of I’ve Got You Babe. After the show, Porter spoke briefly about his company’s recent rebranding, explaining that the intent was to have a closer connection to the Tweed community. Most of the shows are debuted in Tweed before being performed for larger audiences in major metropolitan areas. He also commented on the Marble Arts Centre’s plush new seating, air conditioning and lighting, noting how much more comfortable your theatre experience is thanks to the renovations. Porter expressed his gratitude to the season sponsors, Gaylord flooring, DeGenova consulting, AON and Moira Place, as well as production sponsor Dr. Charles Mustard Medical Corporation. Don DeGenova was more than happy to provide sponsorship, explaining “I’ve always believed in the arts, I’ve got a hidden actor inside of me”, he joked. “I also want to see Tim succeed and I think his productions are great for Tweed.” Tweed and Company theatre is excited to announce the production of a full scale original musical to debut at the Marble Arts Centre October 21 and run until October 25. ‘I’ll fly away’, written by Tricia Black, inspired by an old country jamboree radio show will feature classic and original country music. Watch for further information on this exciting production in the Tweed News.”

-Lacy Meeks, The Tweed News

“Glad it was a great success! Thanks so much for your pre show at Moira Place, the residents and staff loved you!”

-Liz Van Dijk

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“Hi Tim, really enjoyed the show last night. Kudos to all in the cast. Can’t wait for the next production.”

-Linda D. Yorke, Tweed Patron

SO THANK YOU!!!  So so much to everyone who came out and enjoyed ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.  We truly love what we do and we love sharing it with you.  We can’t wait to head back to the Arts Centre for some more fantastic musical theatre!

But first!  We’ve got some big city fish to fry!  Our original Canadian Musical STALKYARD HURTS which first premiered at the Marble Arts Centre in 2012, will be making its comeback at this years 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival!  We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing this show back for a second life, for a much larger audience, in Canada’s largest theatre festival!  The show will be taking place from July 1st to 12th at Lee’s Palace!  Check out www.tweedandcompany.com for dates, showtimes, and more info.

And also incredibly exciting, we will be returning to the Marble Arts Centre this fall with a BRAND NEW Full Scale Original Canadian Musical, ‘I’LL FLY AWAY’.  Our biggest new production since 2012’s ALECK BELL, I’LL FLY AWAY tells the story of a folk country jamboree radio show which is being forced to close their doors.  Will this loveable cast of characters be able to save their show?  Or will they be forced into accepting the future, and forging ahead into the unknown?  This visually stunning, romantic, hilarious and heartwarming musical is sure to be a great success.  Tickets go on sale soon, be sure to get yours well in advance!  Come join us this October for what is sure to be the Hastings County do not miss theatre production of the season!

Thank you again for your support, and we’ll see you at the show!

Tim Porter

Tweed and Company Theatre

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