Meanwhile...Our Online Magazine
This week's Meanwhile brings the fourth instalment of Ghosts of the Royal Alex, a Check In From Away episode which reunites contestants from Over the Rainbow and a special write-up from the Toronto Star about what the cast of Come From Away has been up to since leaving the stage back in March. We also learn a little bit about our Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Isabela Stille's favourite things, announce the winners of our Fan Art contest from last week and bring you information on the Toronto Jewish Film Festival which will be presenting The Honest Eds Experience: Online Screening Series.
Read by David Mucci / Length: 18 minutes
In chapter four, Herbie finally catches up with Jack, the missing stage door employee who abandoned his shift and left Herbie to look after the haunted theatre overnight. Jack has some revelations that make Herbie all the more determined to solve the mystery of the real identity and life story of Yvette Lafayette. Just joining the story? Catch up here with chapter one, two and three.
The fourth song in the cycle is entitled “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” and takes its inspiration from the famous soliloquy Macbeth speaks upon hearing of his wife's death. The song is about Sir Michael Kabirian, an acclaimed Shakespearean actor from the 1910s whose ghost is said to reside at the Royal Alex. The performer of the song is Kyle Brown, an exciting new talent who joined the company of Come From Away in March. Kyle’s beautiful voice illuminates Ron Jacobson’s haunting lyrics and Shakespeare’s immortal sonnet about human existence.
By Isabela Stille
Favourite Local Spot
Padaria Toronto (@padaria_to)
5 Manor Road East
A new Brazilian bakery, located in midtown, that opened its doors in the midst of the pandemic. Its Brazilian treats are as traditional as you can get, including my personal favourite, the coxinha. There are sweet and savoury treats, depending on your preference, but make sure to try the coffee!
I was a big fan of Les Miz, but when I found out about Schönberg and Boublil's second major hit show, Miss Saigon, I fell in love instantly. The music in the show is able to capture the characters’ feelings in a magical way. Although it is an example of work with many controversies over the years, recent productions have made an effort to educate their audiences, providing show guides with historical and cultural context. All in all, the heartbreaking story line, haunting music and beautiful performances make Miss Saigon an absolute classic. And how to forget the helicopter scene?
Favourite Arts Organization
The Toronto Fringe Festival
It sure didn’t feel like July this year without the Toronto Fringe Festival and a beer on the patio. Unfortunately, the 2020 edition of the festival has been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. However, you can catch an encore of all 4 Acts of the Fringe Collective, a digital Fringe experience, from August 19-23, which will be available on their website.
Feature in Toronto Star - August 12, 2020
By Karen Fricker & Carly Maga - Theatre Critics
The Toronto Star wrote a feature on the cast and crew of Come From Away looking at their lives after they left the stage during the pandemic, which included creating the video below of the smash hit show’s anthem "Welcome to the Rock".
This week's episode takes us Over The Rainbow as our hosts, SnL, reunite the contestants from the chart-topping reality show which aired back in 2012 and aimed to find the perfect Dorothy for the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Weber's stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
Last week, we asked artists to share their theatre-inspired artwork with us. We were blown away by the incredible Fan Art that was sent to us! The decision wasn’t easy, so we decided to pick 6 lucky winners.
Congratulations Laurel B, Koh Lauren Q (@kohlaurenquan), Gianluca F (@puckheroesart), Carley S (@sweetandsketchy), Gavin M (@gavinminardart) and Sarah H! Your artwork and name will be displayed on the digital marquees of our theatres, and you will each receive a $100 Mirvish Gift Card. We’ve also put together a gallery with all submissions for your to enjoyment.
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS!
TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
TJFF and OJA present a special screening series celebrating the life and legacy of Jewish impresario Ed Mirvish and his beloved discount store, Honest Ed’s, a landmark for generations of immigrants upon their arrival in Toronto. Featuring the new, celebrated documentary, There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace by Toronto filmmaker Lulu Wei as its jumping off point, this collection of four films and one panel discussion explores the store’s impact on the city, the history of the diverse cultural community that emerged around the Honest Ed’s block, and the future of these residents in the wake of the store’s closing in 2016 amid Toronto’s current housing boom.