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    Gerry Dee's new comedy, MR. D premieres on CBC tonight!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Fan of comedian, Gerry Dee? We sure are! His brand new show, Mr.D premieres tonight on CBC!! 

    Be sure to check out his standup tour!  He hits our George Weston Recital Hall on April 14th, 2012! Click HERE for 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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    Your Guide to Theatre Etiquette

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you’re getting ready to see a play or musical, you’ll want to brush up on your theatre etiquette. Courtesy can go a long way in the world of live theatre, from allowing fellow audience members to have the best possible experience, to being respectful of the actors on stage.

    This video clips discusses some of the most important rules to keep in mind when exercising proper theatre etiquette. First, remember to turn off your cell phone either before entering the theatre or immediately after finding your seat. Phones can be distracting for the audience and the actors, even if they’re set to vibrate mode. Next, be aware of theatre rules regarding food and drink. Finally, make sure you show your appreciation with energy and applause!

    These tips will come in handy the next time you see a show here at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Learn about our upcoming shows by giving us a call at (416) 250-3724.

    Happy New Year from Toronto Centre for the Arts!

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    How to Choose Between a Musical and a Play

    Last updated 5 years ago

    At the Toronto Centre for the Arts, we offer something for everyone! Whether you prefer comedy, drama, suspense, or stories drawn from real life, you can find the perfect live theatre performance playing at one of our beautiful theatres. If you’re trying to decide between seeing a musical or play, take a look at these tips:

    • Think about the tastes of your group: Before choosing the performance you’ll attend, think about who will be joining you. If you’re planning a family outing to the theatre, you’ll want to find a performance that has content suitable for children. The performance should also be able to entertain them and hold their interest. Musicals often provide a more entertaining experience for younger audience members. The music and dancing makes the show more interactive and engaging, especially for children.
    • Consider when you plan to visit the theatre: If you don’t have your heart set on a particular production, explore which plays and musicals will be performed when you plan to attend the theatre. You can visit the Toronto Centre for the Arts’ website to search for upcoming performances. If you’re planning for a specific event like a birthday or anniversary, find a production that you can attend on that special day. Your schedule can help you determine whether a play or musical will be a better choice.
    • Choose based on your mood: Live theatre is a uniquely gripping form of art and entertainment, transporting audience members to totally new worlds. When choosing the performance you’ll attend, it’s important to consider your mood as well as how you’d like to feel. You can choose a romantic or dramatic play to add more passion to your life, or attend a fun and exciting musical for a joyous pick-me-up. If you’re still stuck, look for reviews of shows online and attend a production that has been widely praised. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have a fantastic time experiencing live theatre here in Toronto!

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

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