Skip to main content

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents Miss Caledonia - To November 22 2012

From a media release:

TARRAGON THEATRE PRESENTS
Miss Caledonia
written and performed by Melody A. Johnson
musical accompaniment and original score by Alison Porter
directed by Rick Roberts and Aaron Willis
Previews from October 13, 2012 - Opening Night October 24, 2012
Closing November 22, 2012

TORONTO -
Tarragon Theatre proudly presents the 2010 SummerWorks hit Miss Caledonia, written by and starring Dora Mavor Moore and Canadian Comedy Award winner Melody A. Johnson. Produced by Lunkamud in association with Tarragon, Miss Caledonia is directed by Rick Roberts and Aaron Willis, with musical accompaniment and original score by Alison Porter. This acclaimed, virtuosic one-woman-show from one of Canada's most creative talents previews from October 13, opens Wednesday October 24 and closes Thursday, November 22 in Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space.

How does a farm girl in 1950's Ontario escape? She becomes a movie star. And the most proven route to Hollywood in the mid 1950s was to enter as many pageants as possible and to sing, twirl and pivot her way into the hearts of judges.

And so Melody's mother - Peggy Ann Douglas - did just that, as did so many other young gals of her generation - hoping to follow in the footsteps of starlets like Debbie Reynolds and Oprah Winfrey. This transporting memory play looks back at one young, optimistic farm gal, desperate to escape the stall-cleaning, cow-milking, hay-baling drudgery of 1950s life on Rural Route 2. In addition to Peggy's journey for fame, Miss Caledonia also illuminates the lives of one Scottish, Protestant family's will to survive the harsh farming culture of the times as Johnson portrays numerous characters along the way.

Miss Caledonia straddles the worlds of both comedy and drama, complete with the delightful magic of a live fiddler, in a highly successful marriage of great writing, storytelling and acting.

The multi-talented Melody A. Johnson is well-known to Tarragon audiences - both as an actor and a writer - appearing in In the Next Room or the vibrator play last season, winning a 2003 Dora Award for her performance in Little Mercy's First Murder and premiering her musical Mimi, co-written with Rick Roberts and Allen Cole, in 2009.

In the new year, she tours Miss Caledonia to:
Apr. 4-5/13 - Rossland Miners Hall - Rossland, BC
Apr. 7/13 - The Arden Theatre - St. Albert, AB
Apr. 23/13 - Valleyview Home - St. Thomas, ON
May 7-9/13 - River Run Centre - Guelph, ON
May 14-25/13 - National Arts Centre - Ottawa, ON

Tarragon Theatre presents
Miss Caledonia
Written by and Starring Melody A. Johnson
Musical Accompaniment and Original Score by Alison Porter
Directed by Rick Roberts and Aaron Willis
Lighting Designer: Raha Javanfar
Stage Manager: Jessica Severin


Opens October 24 and runs to November 22, 2012 (Previews from October 13)
Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Saturday matinees begin October 20 at 2:30pm; Sunday matinees at 2:30pm
Tickets range from $21-$5 (Discounts for students, seniors and groups);
Sat Nov 17, 2:30pm matinee is Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC).
Tickets can be purchased through the box office at 416.531.1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com
- $13 Rush Tickets at the door Friday nights beginning Oct. 26 (on sale at 6pm) and Sunday matinees (on sale at 1pm) -

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

Jazzy Pop: Shihori - Soul Trip (Independent / 4 September 2020)

Jazzy Pop:
Shihori - Soul Trip
(Independent / 4 September 2020)New York City based singer and songwriter Shihori's new single Soul Trip is atmospheric and ambient. Interesting rhythms and interwoven melodic vocal lines showcase jazzy harmonic progressions in a slow groove mode. 
As a songwriter, she uses electronic effects with impeccable musical taste. As a singer, her flexible vocals range from a sweet soprano to a strong mid-range.A veteran of the Japanese pop scene, Shihori moved to New York City in 2018, a move she talks about in a media release."I was so surprised when I came to NY for the first time. Independent and strong women are respected and there are lots of different preferences in music and style. I thought, 'oh my God! This place really accepts uniqueness and freedom! I didn't know there is a place like this totally different world that allows you to be yourself. Everybody looks so different. So many races, colors, cultures, fashion, ideas...I am so happy…

Recently Released | The smallest Creature: Magic Beans (Independent / 30 September 2020)

Recently Released
The smallest Creature: Magic Beans
(Independent / 30 September 2020)Stream it on SpotifyWith influences from The Beatles to Alice in Chains, The smallest Creature's Magic Beans is an album of alt-rock with an intimate, almost alt-folk feel to it. The lyrics are poetic and integral to the song, lit up with tight chops and accomplished musicality.
Would You Blink has a nice sense of urgency and a driving rhythm, contrasted by October Song, something of an old blues song with a 21st century rock makeover. Their grunge influences come to the fore in Glow, with Let Burn another guitar-heavy rocker. The band goes softer in Break Me, an acoustic song that spotlights Stefanos Marnerides' soft tenor. The smallest Creature hail from Larnaca in Cyprus in the sunny Mediterranean. The smallest Creature is the brainchild of Stefanos Marnerides, with the name starting off as an alias in NYC where Stefanos was performing solo gigs and recording demos. When later Stefanos moved …

Alt Country | Doc Straw & the Scarecrows: Get on By (Independent / July 31, 2020)

Alt Country
Doc Straw & the Scarecrows: Get on By
(Independent / July 31, 2020)Stream it on SpotifyClever lyrics that tell a story and an appealing acoustic bounce give the new single by Doc Straw & the Scarecrows a classic modern folk vibe. The vocal harmonies are pleasing and the words are an upbeat ode to persevering during tough times.
It's a timely message, and Doc talked about it in a release."I wrote this song after getting off of a 3-hour long phone conversation with my sister, Jessica, and a lot of our conversation that evening  centered around some of the tougher things in life and how we were dealing with these struggles. If a person lives long enough then at some point they will experience these trying seasons. I've learned that it's important to pay attention during those times because that is when we have some of the best opportunities to grow."It has a nicely haunting harmonica line and builds to an emotional peak. Virginia based Mike Straw is…

Missing Italy? A Virtual Exhibition Can Help

From a release:Missing Italy? A Virtual Exhibition Can HelpCheck Out The Exhibition OnlineENIT and Italy: A Beautiful Tale, is a three-dimensional online virtual exhibition presenting the origins and development of ENIT (the Italian National Tourist Board) and its fundamental role for more than one hundred years in promoting Italy, as an international tourist destination. Telling our story means presenting part of Italy’s history.
You can visit the exhibition through four sections:Establishment of the National tourist board and its development;A historical selection of posters presenting travel throughout Italy;Editorial pages promoted by the tourist board;A selection of photographs from our archives covering all of the Italian peninsula from north to south.The goal is to let the public about the agency's work in promoting Italy in a digital, interactive display.

Psychedelic Punk Rock | Lord Sonny the Unifier: (All My Friends Live) Underground (Independent / 25 September 2020)

Psychedelic Punk Rock
Lord Sonny the Unifier: (All My Friends Live) Underground
(Independent / 25 September 2020)Stream it on SpotifyLayers of rhythm and percussive piano characterize this earworm track from Brooklyn's Lord Sonny the Unifier. With spooky harmonies and guitar that is all distortion with a psychedelic vibe, it's a compelling single for the time. Sonny builds the track with an almost orchestral sensibility to a big sound finish.
Greg Jiritano, the main impetus behind Lord Sonny, talked about the song in a media release."(All My Friends Live) Underground is a song about iconoclasts and outsiders who find their group of freaks, or Tribe in the shadows and underbelly, outside the conventions of  society. It's a calling to join us and leave behind  what society has embraced as the norms and the acceptable, the well trod path above. Leave the trivialities being thrust upon us since birth and join our Tribe and rediscover there the truths that will enrich you and…