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    American Idiot's Jake Epstein!!

    Last updated 5 years ago

     Jake Epstein may be in American Idiot, but he’s nobody’s fool.

    The 24-year-old Torontonian helps launch the North American tour of the Green Day musical TONIGHT at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, playing Will, one of the three leading roles.

    Did you miss last week's Toronto Star Big Interview??? Don't worry, you can still check it out HERE!

    American Idiot runs Dec 28 through Jan 15.
    Tickets are still available. For more information, visit

    Learn How to Improv!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you’re getting ready to take your children to a play or musical, you can help prepare them by teaching them about the basics of live theatre. Start by making sure they understand the importance of being quiet and courteous during the performance. Next, you can help them get excited to go to the theatre by playing some theatre games!

    In this video, you’ll learn how to play the “Yes, And?” improvisation game. Actors use this game to help them get ready for a live performance, but it can also help children learn more about live theatre. To play, one of you will make a statement, and then the other will agree and add more information. You can keep going until the story is complete! Soon, your child will be ready to experience the performing arts on stage.

    Toronto Centre for the Arts | 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto | (416) 250-3724

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    What makes you nostalgic about the holidays?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    A Sneak Peek at the 2012 TCA Season

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Now that the end of the year is approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning fun activities for you, your family, and your friends for the upcoming year! At the Toronto Centre for the Arts, we offer a variety of fantastic entertainment options for live theatre fans of all ages. You can start planning your live theatre outings by taking a sneak peek at the 2012 TCA season:

    • American Idiot

    This exciting and powerful musical started back in December, but you can still see it playing through January. Inspired by the rock anthems of Green Day’s “American Idiot” album, this musical is an exhilarating and thrilling look at modern life for three friends struggling to turn their dreams into realities. You’ll also be able to hear some of your favorite hits from Green Day’s top-ranking album.

    • The Laramie Project

    Playing January 26th to February 5th, this thought-provoking play was inspired by the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard. After learning of the hate crime that led to Shepard’s death in 1988, ten New Yorkers took a trip to Laramie, Wyoming to interview residents and get a feel for local opinions. The Laramie Project shares an intimate look at the thoughts and emotions experienced by Laramie residents.

    • Shrek the Musical

    It started on the silver screen and is now making its way to the Main Stage Theatre! Shrek the Musical is a new take on the beloved movie series starring Shrek the Ogre, Princess Fiona, and everyone’s favorite donkey. With 19 brand-new songs and some favorites from the films, everyone in the family will love this musical.

    • Gerry Dee

    Gerry Dee is the star of CBC's new sitcom Mr. D, and also appears on Gerry Dee-Sports Reporter on The Score and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Catch Gerry Dee on his Life After Teaching Tour. This former Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Comic in Canada is a comedian you do not want to miss. Touching upon marriage, fatherhood and his years as a teacher, Gerry Dee will certainly provide you with a night of laughter you will never forget.

    You can learn more by contacting the team at the Toronto Centre for the Arts today! Visit us online or call us at (416) 250-3724 to learn about our schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.

    4 Elements Children Appreciate in Live Theatre

    Last updated 5 years ago

    A live theatre outing can be a great way to spend quality time with the entire family. The Toronto Centre for the Arts offers a variety of fantastic family-friendly performances. Not only does a live theatre outing offer an exciting alternative to usual family activities, but also helps children appreciate the performing arts. Here are some of the elements that children appreciate about live theatre:

    1.      Exciting Music

    Throughout childhood, music plays a special role. Children learn a number of important lessons with the help of music. Different songs can also help children understand different elements of the world. As they grow, children develop a personal relationship with their favorite songs and artists—a quality they can carry throughout life. You can encourage your children’s love for music by taking them to see an exciting musical performance.

    2.      Fantastical Themes

    Children have magical imaginations that help them create games and activities both on their own and with their friends. You can indulge your child’s imaginative interests with a trip to the theatre. There are many productions that take place in fantasy worlds—a quality that children will love!

    3.      Great Sets

    Children’s imaginations help them make new worlds of their own. They often exhibit their creativity by using regular objects to represent other items. They also build scenes for their new worlds by using everyday furnishings as props. In live theatre, this creativity is taken even further with imaginative set design. Children will love seeing the sets that create the background of each scene.

    4.      Breathtaking Costumes

    As all parents know, dressing up is a favorite hobby for children of all ages. From Halloween costumes to homemade fashion shows, children love to use clothing to help them feel more in character during playtime. When seeing a live theatre performance, children are sure to be dazzled and delighted by all the fantastic costumes.

    Toronto Centre for the Arts | 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto | (416) 250-3724                                

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