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  October 27, 2020  

Meanwhile Issue 25Halloween, a holiday based entirely on dressing up and putting on a show — sign us up! We’re always on board when real life goes theatrical. Not sure how you’re going to celebrate this weekend? We’ve got you covered — whether you are single, a couple, a family, whatever. We’ve got suggestions and all you'll need to do is add your favourite candy. Once the festivities are decided you’ll need a themed playlist, but Monster Mash is so last year. Why not try a mix of music from our favourite spooky shows? Or spend the day reading or listening to the entire series of Ghosts of the Royal Alex. And, of course, SnL are full of ideas for you too. Trick or treat!

Ghosts Complete Series

In the spirit of Halloween, our intrepid videographer, Tristan Gough, dared to venture into the shuttered Royal Alexandra Theatre (the last performance there was on Friday the 13th of March!) for a ghost tour of this hallowed building. At 113 years old, the Royal Alex is the country’s most famous haunted theatre, with a treasure trove of more than a century of ghost sightings. Tristan visited all the spots where ghosts have been seen — from the darkest corners of the fly tower to the red, plush box seats where nobility once sat. A trick or a treat? You’ll have to watch the video and decide for yourself.

After watching the video ghost tour, you may want to read the complete Ghosts of the Royal Alex story and listen to the accompanying song cycle. These are now available in one complete experience. You can read the story online, with links at the appropriate moments for the music videos; or you can listen to it as a podcast, with the songs interspersed accordingly. The story features many of the ghost sightings that have happened at the theatre, while sharing some of the Royal Alex’s history. The songs are performed by many of Canada’s finest musical talents. There is no question whether this is a trick or a treat. It’s a treat all the way!

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We need your help

We need your help! In the last edition, we asked you to submit your theatre-themed Halloween costumes of the past. Over 80 of you submitted your incredible costumes and now we need your help deciding the winners.

We’ve selected the top 20 submissions and it is up to you to vote for your favourite. The three costumes with the most votes will be deemed the winners and the wearers will each receive a $100 Mirvish Gift Card. Winners will be announced in Meanwhile’s next edition. And, yes, you can vote as many times as you want!

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50 Shades of HalloweenAt the TicketKing office, festivities are taken very seriously. Halloween was never complete without some spider webs, skeletons, and other extravagant decorations signaling the occasion. And, of course, these celebrations always included an annual TicketKing Pumpkin Carving Contest. While co-workers are not able to gather this year, we wanted to share with you the many winning pumpkins of the past as well as how some of us at Mirvish will be celebrating at home this year!

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skeletonMake it a family Halloween party! My family of five will be spending Halloween in our matching skeleton pyjamas (our costumes), eating yummy treats (our trick-or-treat without having to go door-to-door) and watching scary movies! - Chris Dorscht

Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays! From pumpkin carving to crazy costumes and, of course, the candy. This year we are going to go all out on decorating the house and dress up and have our own indoor Halloween party in our bubble.- Franca Longobardi

Flick or treat! This year we’ll celebrate Halloween with an outdoor movie marathon! Our kids will get dressed up in their costumes and we’ll set up a projector in the backyard. We’ll get cozy under blankets, take in some of our favourite halloween flicks and load up on delicious treats! - Aubrey Stork

Halloween for me has always been about hanging out with friends and dressing up in fun costumes. This year, my plan is to make a delicious charcuterie board and watch a movie/tv marathon. I’m still trying to decide between the Harry Potter movies or all the Halloween-themed The Office episodes. - Isabela Stille

CandyMy kids were bummed about not trick-or-treating, but they love to play boardgames so we are going to have a game night. We will swap out the money/tokens for Halloween candy. For games that don’t have an easy swap whoever wins gets a big bag of candy. - Erin Frey

SpiderWe’ve been celebrating by watching horror movies all month, from Little Shop of Horrors to The Haunting of Bly Manor. Halloween week, we plan on carving and displaying a pumpkin on our balcony. We’ll also probably buy and eat a whole box of candy then regret it the next day! - Tiffany Grace Tobias

I have always loved all things Halloween — scary movies, sweets, costumes etc. This year I’ll bake some treats, stay in with my husband and have a horror movie marathon. Even though I watch scary movies year-round, Halloween is the one time a year my husband will join me — can't wait! - Daniella Frustaglio

Since my friends and I won’t be able to gather for a Harry Potter marathon this year, we’ll spend a night catching up and having a virtual game night. It will be a fun – and potentially stressful – evening of Halloween-themed Pictionary, Harry Potter Trivia, and Among Us (online multiplayer game)! - Lianne Wu


Check in From Away
This week SnL checked in with fellow Come From Away cast member Kristen Peace (Bonnie & Others, Dance Captain) for some spooky Halloween makeup fun, Gurdeep Ahluwalia (CP24 Breakfast) for some canine costumes, and last but not least our very own Jen Cooper (Assistant Company Manager) for a pumpkin carving party! (Can you tell that we love pumpkins around here?)

SpotifyLooking for the perfect songs to give your Hallow’s Eve a Broadway kick? Don’t worry — we’ve got your back! Our Spotify playlist will get you in the Halloween mood.

BREAKING NEWS: & Juliet and Dear Evan Hansen Win Big at London’s Olivier Awards

Everyone knows award ceremonies are an important and fun part of the arts ecosystem, as they recognize outstanding work and promote the arts in general. But this year, the pandemic has put a stop to the traditional award ceremonies. For instance, the Olivier Awards that honour London theatre, announced their nominees for the 2019 season at the beginning of March, fully expecting that the star-studded, black-tie ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall would take place in early April as scheduled. Alas, it didn’t happen that way.

But seven months later, on Sunday October 25, the Oliviers finally announced the winners in a virtual ceremony from the London Palladium. The big winners include two shows Toronto audiences may know: & Juliet, a new musical that will have its North American premiere in the Mirvish 2021 season, won three awards; Dear Evan Hansen, which was in the 2018-19 Mirvish season, also won three awards.

Miriam-Teak Lee won Best Actress in a Musical for & Juliet. Sam Tutty won Best Actor in a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen

Miriam-Teak Lee won Best Actress in a Musical for & Juliet. Sam Tutty won Best Actor in a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen.

Other winners include:

  • Emilia (three awards), a new play about Emilia Bassano Lanier, a 16th century poet, theologian and feminist who has been long forgotten and who is rumoured to have been the real author of the plays attributed to Shakespeare;
  • the Old Vic production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter (two awards — including one for film and tv star Andrew Scott);
  • Tom Stoppard’s newest play, Leopoldstadt (two awards, including Best New Play);
  • a radical hip-hop adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac won Best Revival.

Watch the entire virtual ceremony, with clips from the nominated shows and special guests such as Sir Ian McKellan.