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You Don't Know the Half of It


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 to Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 8 pm.
Pay-what-you-can Feb 21 at 2pm
Market Hall, 336 George Street North, Peterborough

Tickets: $20/$15 students and seniors.
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Set during the tumultuous times of 1971, in Millbrook's own St. Thomas' Anglican Church, You Don't Know the Half of It confronts issues of faith, love, and transformation with depth and humour in this original play by Peterborough writer Adele Finney. A team of veteran Peterborough theatre professionals has been assembled under the YDK Project banner to produce the play's world premiere, including director Susan Spicer, designer Martha Cockshutt and music director Rob Fortin. Susan Newman and Whitney Barris are playing the leads, with real-life Archdeacon Gordon Finney (from St. John's Anglican Church in Peterborough) is playing the Archdeacon of St. Thomas'.

The cast is rounded out with veteran Toronto-based actors Alison Jutzi, Jeffrey Aarles and Brad Brackenridge, joining Peterborough-based actors Dianne Latchford, David Russell, and Hilary Wear, along with youth performers Keegan Plant and Jacob Abrahamse. Some of these artists - Spicer, Newman, Fortin, Barris, Abrahamse - will be familiar to Peterborough audiences from their involvement in Hungry: A Musical Hansel & Gretel, the hit musical staged at Market Hall in 2008.

Significant funding for You Don't Know… was received from The Sacred Arts Trust of the Anglican Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. "It has been a great joy to see this play evolve over the past seven years and to see it receive the support of The Sacred Arts Trust (The Anglican Foundation) and the Ontario Arts Council," says Susan Spicer. "In the public readings we've held, the response has been incredibly enthusiastic. People respond to the humour, the wisdom and the beautifully drawn characters and relationships whether they've had experience in church or not."

Synopsis of the play: The year is1971. Pragmatic Sarah Bright and cantankerous Hazel Pater, ladies of the altar guild, welcome a new priest and his family to St. Thomas Anglican Church in Millbrook, Ontario. Change is never easy, but when a fire destroys the bell tower, more than ashes and embers are stirred up as pews are removed for new construction. Hazel, Sarah and the people of their church are offered the opportunity to clarify what is dying and what is being born as they deal with unasked for change in their relationships and in their community. Two Presences from the near and distant past and a chorus of parishioners add depth and humour to the choices facing Hazel's and Sarah's friendship.

History of the play: Adele Finney, who has lived in rectories in Elmvale, Kuala Lumpur, Toronto and Peterborough, started work on You Don't Know the Half of It in 2002. Her research comprised extensive investigation of the history of the village of Millbrook, and in particular the parish of St. Thomas Anglican Church, where the play takes place, and where Adele had a personal connection with six of the former rectors, their spouses or children. Looking for a story about the church's response to an outsider, she interviewed many parishioners, including people who knew the two women on whose lives the characters of Hazel Pater and Sarah Bright are based. She also talked with the Reverend Robert and Molly Brow whose experiences coming to the small country parish of Millbrook after years working abroad inspired the characters of the Reverend Will and Jocie Burns. Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre supported the development of the play and in the spring of 2007, Adele asked Peterborough director Susan Spicer to work with her toward a full production. Spicer, who grew up in Millbrook and attended Youth Group meetings at St. Thomas's, has over 25 years of experience in the development and production of new plays. She spent nine seasons with Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre and has directed several works by R. Murray Schafer.

Susan Newman as Sarah Bright
Whitney Barris as Hazel Pater
David Russell as Rev Will Burns
Alison Jutzi as Jocelyn Burns
Archdeacon Gordon Finney as Archdeacon Thomas Allen
Jeffrey Aarles as Saint Thomas Didymus
Rob Fortin as Frank Creighton
Dianne Latchford as Orela Creighton
Brad Brackenridge as Roy Lynch
Hilary Wear as Abby Lynch
Jacob Abrahamse as Nathaniel Burns
Keegan Plant as Rebecca Burns

Susan Spicer is director
Rob Fortin
is music director
Martha Cockshutt
is production designer
Linda Conway is stage manager
Don White is lighting designer
Kate Story is choreographer

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company: The Velvet Devil

Public Energy and Indigenous Performance Initiatives present


The Velvet Devil 

written and performed by Andrea Menard

Thursday February 5, 2009
Market Hall
336 George St. N., Peterborough

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First produced at Regina's Globe Theatre in 2000, The Velvet Devil has been revived a number of times, including a production at the National Arts Centre, has been made into a CBC movie, and is now coming to Peterborough as part of a national tour. This captivating work of theatre - directed by award winning director Alanis King - has all the elements of a live concert: The Velvet Devil herself (aka Velvet Laurent), played by Andrea Menard and backed by a swingin' 3-piece band. In a sensuous mix of song and storytelling, Métis actor and jazz singer Andrea Menard, known for her Gemini-nominated work on the TV series Moccasin Flats, weaves a captivating tale of regret and unspoken farewells. It is a Métis story, a Saskatchewan story, a Canadian story and a human story.

The Year is 1941. Sultry, strong, sexy and sweet, the Velvet Devil - radio diva and "star of the Vaudeville stage", has returned to Saskatchewan to perform for her hometown crowd. Through blues, roots andjazz torch songs, Menard tells the story of the fictional jazz singer Velvet Laurent, a gifted but rebellious girl from Saskatoon who ran away to the big city lights of Toronto to become a star. Twelve years later, the famous singing sensation of stage and radio returns to her long hidden Métis roots, accompanied by a flood of music, images, and feelings that have been locked away for far too long. As the Velvet Devil, backed by her three-piece band, Menard's powerful voice portrays the lyrical and raw spirit of '30s era jazz and blues. Her charged emotional story reveals the conflict and struggles of becoming who you desire to be, and accepting who you are.

Andrea Menard - Playwright, Performer
ndrea is a multi-talented Métis actor, singer/songwriter and screenwriter, is a gifted performer. With a voice that chills your spine, she dazzles on stage and screen, bringing audiences to tears. Her voice is lyrical, raw, and reminiscent of the jazz and blues singers of the 1940s, yet she captures the simplicity of the great folk artists. Andrea Menard is a versatile, powerhouse, mesmerizing in her Gemini-nominated (Best Performance by an Actress) television starring roles, The Velvet Devil and Moccasin Flats. She currently stars in Rabbit Fall and has released two award-winning albums: The Velvet Devil; and Simple Steps as well as her new CD, Sparkle. The Velvet Devil is adapted from her successful one-woman stage play of the same title, performed across Canada including the National Arts Centre.

Alanis King - Director
Alanis is from the Odawa Nation originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve (Canada). She is the Artistic Director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon, Canada. Some directing credits include Wawatay, B Dawg, Twentieth Century Indian Boy, Song of Hiawatha, Lupi the Great White Wolf and most recently directed a staged reading Chasing Honey for the Public Theater in NYC. Her playwriting credits include: Bye Bye Beneshe, Song of Hiawatha: An Anishnaabec Adaptation, Order of Good Cheer, Gegwah, Lovechild, Artshow, Heartdwellers, Manitoulin Incident, Tommy Prince Story, If Jesus Met Nanabush, Storytellor, Nanabush of the '80s, Nothing Personal and Step by Step. Alanis was Playwright in Residence at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto from 2005 to 2007 and at Nightwood Theatre. She is a past Artistic Director of her home theatre company - Debajehmujig Theatre Group. Alanis is the first Aboriginal woman graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is collaborating on three new works, an Anishnaabe opera based on church hymns translated from word bundles - Magnificat, a 1920s all woman cabaret set in Paris on the right bank - Untitled - and a play on 1850s Chief Shingwauk for the Garden River First Nation

Teegan Jeffers - Velvet Devil Band Bassist
Teegan is a talented double bass player from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who occasionally dabbles in guitar playing and songwriting. She started playing acoustic bass about ten years ago, focusing on mainly classical and jazz. She constantly gets comments on how large the bass is compared to her, but she certainly knows how to handle herself. She loves love folk. She loves bluegrass. She loves rock and/or roll. If I she's playing music, she's a happy camper.

Teegan had the privilege of playing with a lot of really wicked players along the way. She's been fortunate enough to work with some of her idols like Kristin Korb, and Llew Matthews. She's played with many local artists as well, such as Sexually Attracted to Fire, Roy Sydiaha, Bassavoce, Gillian Snider, Farideh Olson, Mark Dejong, Quartology, Theresa Sokyrka, and the Megan Lane band. You can usually find her on Broadway in Saskatoon, with a glass of wine checkin' out the live music scene, or hauling her bass around town.

Alan Long - Velvet Devil Band Drummer
Alan Long is a theatre artist and writer who lives and works in Saskatoon. He recently completed an interdisciplinary M.A. in theatre and history at the University of Saskatchewan. Some of his favourite acting roles include: drums/Jerry Allison in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story and drums/various characters in Fire, both at Persephone theatre. Alan is also part of the theatre collective Press Play Players which toured their show We is Blunderstruck to the Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals. He has worked on many shows as a stage manager and technical director including Buz' Gem Blues and Luff Actually at SNTC. He has also taught acting, movement and stage management workshops at SNTC where he currently works as a director and production manager.

Nate Renner - Velvet Devil Band Guitarist and Band Leader
Nate has performed and recorded with some of North America's finest jazz musicians. He's appeared at countless venues and jazz festivals across Canada and the United States. Although he is largely self-taught, Nate completed a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from Humber College in Toronto. At the age of 17, almost immediately after he arrived in Toronto, he began to perform and tour with his world class teachers. In the summer of 2006, while still in university, Nate attended the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts' Jazz and Improvised Music Workshop. He was one of less than 60 professional musicians form all over the world who was chosen to participate. In 2007, Nate represented Canada in ElastiCity, a concert series in New York City that features musicians from all over the world. Nate's latest project took him to Japan, where he worked with the acclaimed Japanese guitarist Kanta Hishinuma and studied the traditional instruments and musical styles of Japan. He has recorded two full length albums of original compositions. The first with Saskatoon musician Don Griffith, and the most recent with Toronto drummer Jeff Halischuk and Juno-winning bassist Kieran Overs. Although Nate can often be found as the leader of his own groups, he deeply values his experience as an accompanist and sideman. He is always searching for new influences to create depth and meaning behind his music, and to fully engage and move his listeners.

Tim Cardinal - Tour Stage Manager, Lighting Designer
Tim trained at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, B.C. and has been a long time member of IATSE. Tim designs lights and tours with various productions, stage manages and works as a technical director. He has been a longtime mentor to trainees at SNTC.


Hungry: a musical Hansel and Gretel

See the review from the Peterborough Examiner: "Hungry Whets Appetites"


Public Energy and the Hungry Collective present
Hungry: a musical Hansel and Gretel
October 9 & 10 at 7pm, Oct 11 at 8pm
Special Pay-What-You-Can Preview: October 5 at 2pm, presented by Artsweek.
Market Hall
336 George Street North, Peterborough

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School showings October 7-10:
to book your grade 3-6 class, call (705) 745-1788.
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Tickets available at Showplace Box Office (705) 742-7469. $17 for adults, $12 students, seniors, underemployed, $8 for 12 and under, Family Rate 4 or more $10 each

Production Designer Akiva Romer-Segal on the Hungry set


The premiere of an original, professional work of musical theatre made in Peterborough.
Produced by the Hungry Collective, presented by Public Energy.

Book by Kate Story, Music by Susan Newman, Lyrics by Rob Fortin. Directed by Susan Spicer. Performers include Jacob Abrahamse, Whitney Barris, Justin Hiscox, Haley McGee, Jeff Schissler, Caylie Staples and Jeremy Lapalme. Designed by Akiva Romer-Segal.

Created by some of Peterborough’s foremost professional theatre artists, Hungry is an uplifting story of children’s ingenuity and the struggles and rewards of finding one’s own path. Hungry traces the traditional plotline of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale in a modernized idiom with an original musical score, appealing lyrics and imaginative stage, set and costume creations. With all the dynamics of live musical theatre, fresh new characters along with contemporary dialogue and humour for both child and adult to enjoy, the re-telling of the popular classic is sure to please. Let us introduce you to Hansel and Gretel, meet the Itchy Witch, Fraidy Cat, a Blues Singing Gingerbread Man and a Princess as smart as she is pretty. A tale of triumph over neglect and poverty, of child heroes who discover their own way out of their predicaments, of the importance of friendship and sharing, Hungry will resonate with children and open the doors for discussion both in the classroom and around the dining table. With performances by a cast of outstanding professionals, the premiere of Hungry promises to be a memorable theatre event.

School Showings

Ideal for grades 3 to 6
Study Guide for Teachers now available: click here

Times and dates:
October 7 to 10, 2008. Please call for details. We will try to accommodate your school's schedule.
Show is 1 hour 45 minutes, including intermission
$5 per student.
Free admission for all supervisors
336 George Street North, Peterborough
Market Hall: Phone (705) 749-1146,
Fax (705) 749-3606, email
Call to book seats. Seating is limited and will be designated on a first come, first served basis. Please feel free to call for more information.
Bus Parking:
Buses may stop on Charlotte Street, between Water Street and George Street, in order to unload and load students safely.
Market Hall elevator entrance is located on Charlotte Street. Please let us know in advance if you require the use of the elevator, and we will be pleased to provide assistance.


A cheque, or cash, to cover the cost of the student group is required by October 1, 2008. Cheques should be made payable to Market Hall P.A.C. Inc. Please see our School Booking Policy for information on cancellations, snow days etc. at

Please arrive 15 minutes before showtime. Students should assemble in the street level lobby at 336 George Street and proceed upstairs to the theatre as a group.

Curriculum Focus & Expectations
Suitable for grade levels 3 to 6
(Teacher’s resource material available, including a comprehensive study guide linked to the Ontario curriculum)


  • Drama & Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Language Arts and Literacy
  • Medieval Times


  • Interpret and communicate the meaning of stories, poems and plays.
  • Produce two and three-dimensional works of art that communicate thoughts and feelings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of music through listening to, performing and creating music.
  • Communicate thoughts and feelings about the music and text using language and a variety of art forms and media

Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver): Nick and Juanita: livin' in my dreams


Peterborough New Dance presents
Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)
Nick & Juanita - Livin' in my dreams
Thursday & Friday, October 16 & 17 at 8pm
Market Hall
336 George Street North, Peterborough

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TIckets: $17 adults/$12 Students/seniors/underemployed
available starting Sept. 2 at Showplace Box Office (705) 742-7469

Meet the artist: reception Thursday after the show
Show runs 90 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission.

Winner of the People's Choice award at the 2007 Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver

"Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg's two-act solo brings theatre and dance together in an incandescently hilarious performance."
~ Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

Nick & Juanita- Livin' in my dreams dances with the effects of love on Juanita, a woman
who is trying to reconcile her fugitive brain and her adorably naïve heart, and Nick, a man seemingly lacking in both. Nick is a smooth, slimy talk show host whose use of a microphone brings new meaning to the words phallic symbol. His absurd, grandiose gestures in true Friedenberg style capture a physical compensation for his lacking emotions. On the other hand, Juanita wears her heart on her sleeve by continuously abandoning her brain for the next guy who will show her affection. A classic comic tragedy, we don't know whether we should laugh or cry at these two hapless personalities.

Effortlessly leaping from one character to the next, Nick & Juanita demonstrates what Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg does best: social satire strongly rooted in character-driven work. Like the bulk of this creative powerhouse's work, Friedenberg creates rich, multilayered personalities that audiences can identify with. A highly comic piece, Nick & Juanita will leave audiences grinning from ear to ear, and perhaps a little reminiscent for their own forays in the search for love, affection and understanding.

Nick & Juanita - Livin' in My Dreams is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Dance Victoria, Dancing on the Edge, Live Arts Productions, Now Showing Live Arts, Peterborough New Dance, and supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, the BC Gaming Commission, and The Banff Centre.

Alley Waltz 2008


Alley Waltz 2008
The Disappearing Theatre Presents
Counting the Ways
By Edward Albee

July 17 & 18, 10pm sharp
Meet at the Bell Telephone on Hunter St. W.

suggested donation $10

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Matt Gilbert
Nathan Govier
anya gwynne
Sarah MacKillican
Sam Sayer
Dan Smith

The Mandolin Society
with The Dreamer's Waltz
Composed by Dianne Latchford

Directed by:
Laurel Paluck & Phil Oakley

Stage Manager/Props:
Leigh Macdonald

Thanks to Pammetts Flowers and Joelle Levesque

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