Thursday, July 19, 2012

Outdoor Theatre in Toronto: Clouds Over TO July 19- Aug 12 2012

From a media release:

The Guild Festival Theatre Presents Clouds over T.O.
Featuring Sam Moses and Adrian Gorrissen
on the open-air Greek Stage in Scarborough
201 Guildwood Parkway


JULY 19 – AUGUST 12, 2012
Wed to Sun at 7:30 PM, Matinees Sunday at 2 PM
This is a BMO Financial Group Presentation (BMO makes theatre happen)


TORONTO - Guild Festival Theatre proudly presents its second annual season of classical theatre with an exuberant open-air version of Aristophanes’ comedy classic The Clouds.

This marks the 80th anniversary of the Guild of All Arts, an artists’ colony and sanctuary founded by Rosa Breithaupt Hewetson and Herbert Spencer Clark during the Great Depression. It is also the 30th anniversary of the construction of the outdoor Greek Theatre where Clouds over T.O. is being performed. It is the only Greek Theatre in Canada!

Clouds over T.O. is directed by founding Artistic Director Sten Eirik, featuring the rousing music and brand-new songs of award-winning composer David Buchbinder. Music Director for the show is Adam Sakiyama, with choreography by Jane Johanson, costumes by Bonnie Deakin and lighting by Amanda Gougeon.

In our adaptation, Clouds over T.O. shifts the action from ancient Athens to modern-day Toronto, capturing the new-fangled folly of our own times and the satirical edge of an ancient comedian. The show’s anti-hero is Fergus, a modern Everyman coping with the complexities and disinformation of urban living. He is deeply and desperately in debt because of indulging his son Royce’s passion for race car driving. As a result, Fergus is obliged to seek help from Dr. B. S. Kroc, who has a way of marrying therapy and obfuscation in order to escape the responsibilities of bad credit.

The Guild Festival Theatre is situated adjacent to the rugged cliffs of the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario. Every performance takes on the magic of this enchanted setting, featuring an open-air stage with eight columns, Corinthian capitals, and elegant arches joining the columns – the only theatre of its kind in Canada. Audience seating is provided, but our patrons are welcome to bring a blanket, cushion or favourite chair from home.

Tickets: $20, Kids under 12 are FREE
Box Office: 416-220-8174
or through our website www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca
or with www.totix.ca

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