Fenton & White Navigate November

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FENTON & WHITE HAD SOME GRAND ADVENTURES THIS FALL

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October has passed and we are now approaching the end of 2016.  Our fall adventures took us to Paris and now launch us into preparation for three different shows.  Read on to discover how Fenton & White will navigate November.

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SCOTT’S LATEST SHOW GETS A READING AT MUSICAL CHAIRS IN TORONTO

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Scott has been working on a show called The Things We Did For Love  on and off for over seven years.  This show has changed titles, been through multiple drafts and gone from a full length play to a fifteen minute mini-play, to a one act musical.  Scott calls it his “problem-child” for it simply wouldn’t settle into something that he was satisfied with.  The script wound up back on the shelf where it sat for long periods of time until it called out to him to try again.  It has never been presented in front of an audience.  And that is about to change!

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 Musical Chairs is a musical theatre development series that has invited Scott to present a reading of The Things We Did For Love at the Senator Jazz Bar (2nd floor) on Sunday November 13th.  The bar opens at 6 PM and the reading is at 7 and should run around 65 minutes. After the reading, (and a break for a drink) the audience is invited to informally discuss their response to the material.

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This is a show about ways that people manipulate their relationships to fulfill their personal needs. The characters do and say nasty, truthful things … it also has an amazing score of stunning music.  The Things We Did For Love contains mature content and language that may offend some viewers.  And on November 13th,  6 talented performers will read the lines and sing all of the music at stands while Scott plays the score from the piano at the side.  If you truly want to say I saw it first, then this a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of a work in its early process of making its way from the page to the stage.  There are only 65 spots for audience, and the show is currently half-sold.  For details go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2707298 Due to fire code, once the seats are sold out, we will not be able to accommodate any more folks (even in a bar setting) so get them before they are gone.

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WHO WILL WEAR THIS MAGICAL MASK IN THE GIANT’S GARDEN?

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Guelph Little Theatre will be presenting the Fenton & White musical The Giant’s Garden from November 25th to December 11th.  This Southern Ontario theatre has been mounting productions since 1935.  Community theatre is about more than putting up a great show; it is about utilizing a script to bring a community of creative artists and an audience together to share in a story.  We have been so impressed with the love and care put into this production.

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PUPPETEERS ARE  LITERALLY ATTACHED TO THIS CHARACTER AT THE FEET AS THEY REHEARSE MANIPULATING THE GIANT WHO IS REALIZED USING NOH PUPPETRY TECHNIQUES

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The character of Giant will be realized as a puppet which requires two operators to cooperate on all of their gestures and movements in order to bring his actions to life.  Cooperation is is one of the key themes in the story, and it is inspiring to see the director D.J. Thomson apply that concept to the cast as they portray the roles in the show.

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IF A TREE LANDS IN A REHEARSAL HALL DOES ANYBODY HEAR IT?

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This is a show about imagination, and some of the set pieces are amazing.  Check out the magical tree above which was put up on the first day rehearsals moved from the rehearsal hall to the theatre.  The set is slowly being built up around this tree.  What will be seen,and what will the audience be asked to imagine?  You’ll have to see the production to find out.  And did I mention that the top ticket price is only $12?  If you are in the Guelph area show your support for the Guelph Little Theatre.  We will be there for the November 25th opening night and can’t wait to see the results of the hard work of the artists in the community.  For tickets go to http://www.guelphlittletheatre.com/buy-tickets-online

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ELINOR HOLT AND ERIC WIGSTON PERFORM IN LEST WE FORGET

 (Photo Credit: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo — at Lunchbox Theatre)

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With November comes Remembrance Day and for those of our readers in Calgary, we would like to URGE you to see the new show at Lunchbox Theatre called Lest We Forget.  The Lunchbox Theatre site describes the show in the following way:   Using music and song to journey from WWI to the present day, this show examines the lives of soldiers, their families, and the way our lives are changed by war. Featuring original songs from a multitude of Canadian composers, Lest We Forget will be a musical ride through time that honours all that makes us proud to be Canadian.

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 The reviews on the show have been stunning, and the multi-talented cast act, sing and play instruments in a moving tribute.  For tickets go to http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com/lest-we-forget

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FENTON & WHITE’S MUSICAL NEWFOUNDLAND MARY COMES TO CALGARY

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And speaking of Lunchbox Theatre, as previously announced, we are so proud to be bringing our show Newfoundland Mary to Calgary in the spring.  This is special for several reasons.  For Scott, it will be the first show of his played in a theatre in his home town.  For both of us, it is a special show … a romantic comedy inspired by a real-life powerhouse of a woman who spent most of her life in Cuba.  It is a musical with a warm-hearted score, and we want to sell out every seat before the run starts.  So … if you are thinking forward to the holidays and looking for a gift for your loved ones, why not give the gift of theatre?

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Scott will be there playing each and every performance and looks forward to seeing as many folks as possible after the show.  If you like love stories, if you like musicals, or if you simply like to laugh and be entertained … this show is for you.  And to top it off, the show will star Calgary favourites Guilly Ura, and Elinor Holt … yup, the same gal pictured above doing the present show at Lunchbox Theatre.  Tell your friends, and tell them to tell their friends that you know of a great show … and then after they see it, you can introduce them to the playwright.  For tickets and information go to http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com/newfoundland-mary/

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FENTON & WHITE TRAVELED TO PARIS IN OCTOBER

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We know some folks read the blogs for our artistic activities, but many folks come to this blog to read about our travels. In early October we were fortunate enough to spend 9 days in the Paris area.  In the upcoming weeks, Scott will blog about our adventures.  As you can see from the above posting, it is a busy time, so the blogs may not come out every day, but they will come out at least every other day.   By our reckoning, our adventures should generate about 3 weeks of stories to tell in pictures and words.  We look forward to sharing it all with you. In the meantime, here’s a wish that your fall is filled with fun and creativity.

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Warmest Regards,

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