Past Performances

Over the past years, there have been some excellent performers here in our little town, including a variety of musicians, many dramas, comedies, and children's shows. Check here to see whom we've enjoyed these past years.

Laura and Friends
Soprano Laura Schatz and her talented troupe from St. Anne's Music and Drama Society in Toronto bring " Songs of Love " every type of love; romantic, ridiculous, exciting, ill-starred, passionate, unrequited, sincere and hilarious.

A trio from Central Canada that started out several years ago singing traditional Canadian folk music. Over the years they've written a lot of songs that seem like traditional folk songs, but are really the very contemporary songs of three singer/songwriters - James Gordon, Molly Kurvink and Alex Sinclair.

Puffin Travels
A puppet and humans show for children and family. Colourful puppet characters swim, jump and fly through the beautiful handmade fabric set. With rousing live music and audience participation, the story is full of laughter, music and suspense.

Perhaps the wackiest and most inventive band in Canada. The Angstones craft a unique sound that has been described as balkan-zydeco, polka-jazz and ethno folkrock. Their most recent recording earned them a Juno nomination for Best Global Recording. A hilarious comedy and instrumental act.

A highly entertaining quartet using ten folk instruments and their voices to present traditional and original music ... songs drawn not only from history but also from the myths, legends and outright fictions that come to us from early Canada ... popular in town and country appearances ... real funny too.

Lorne Elliot
Star of CBC radio comedy ... a humorist stand-up comedian, storyteller and musician ... he has opened concerts for Rodney Dangerfeild and Jay Leno ... a genuine and talented nut case.

Donna Bennett & Brian Finley
Bennett's soprano and Finley's piano is mesmeric ... always revealing an engaging wit. This couple charms audiences with a vast repertoire of opera, art song and Broadway classics as well as works for solo piano and original music.

Kevin Bradshaw & Carol Ann Feldstein
Baritone Kevin Bradshaw, mezzo-soprano Carol Ann Feldstein and pianist Leslie De'Ath put on such a fabulous show in 1995 we have invited them to return, this time with Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Man and His Music.

Jaccee Dallyn
Jaccee was crowned one of the top three rising stars in Canada's Bud Country Talent Search. She has opened for Prairie Oyster, Crash Test Dummies, Joel Feeney, David Foster and Marty Haggard, had an appearance on the Canadian Country Music Awards with Rita MacNeil, and released two singles. She has been featured on CBC Radio and on CTV with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Nunsence 2 The Sequel
A heavenly musical - book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. Parry Sound's own Rainbow Theatre Group presents their production of Nunsense 2 with Joanna McDermott, Ann Birsh, Cathy Elliot, Vera Mcdonald and Deanna Overland.

Trail By Jury
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Toronto Presents a full production of the comic operetta - Trial By Jury - plus favorite concert numbers from the G&S Operettas. Directed by Laura and Roy Schatz. At the piano - David McCartney.

Elizabeth Beeler one of Canada's leading Soprano Soloists, unleashes her delightful new musical comedy "Ladies Unlaced" on our stage.

Heralded as Toronto's Andrew Sisters, Swing Rosie's first CD, Sing Cool Sing Hot, recently debuted as #1 on the National College Jazz charts. Kira, Shannon and Chantelle will enchant you with their natural passion, soulful swing and energetic playfulness. The engaging persona and dazzling choreography of these three talented young ladies will have you jiving in your seats with their renditions of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Old Cape Cod and St. Louis Blues to name just a few.

David Bradstreet is simply one of the best acoustic singer/songwriters in the music business. A Juno Award winner, and working musician for over 35 years, he just released his 14th album, "Lifelines", this past spring (2006).

Mark DuBois, the consummate performer,will mesmerize you with his artistry and showmanship. Universally acclaimed for his outstanding lyric tenor voice, Mark's stage career is global. Television appearances include Handel's "Messiah" and the lead role of "Shanty" in McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio."

The Dave Parsons Quintet has been entertaining fans for many years with the wonderful music of the great composers from the Golden Age. Swingin' over Broadway is an outstanding review of this fabulous musical era performed in an engaging style by superbly talented and experienced musicians. Enthusiastic audiences have enjoyed their renditions of Richard Rogers, Cole Porter, the Gershwins and Jerome Kern.

Ken Whiteley & Mose ScarlettMose Scarlett, a 40-year veteran of the music business, has a rich baritone voice, an intricate finger-picking guitar style, and a penchant for the "good old tunes." He will delight you with his Blues, Jazz, Ragtime and "Tin Pan Alley" Treasures. Grizzled yet elegant, deadpan yet hilarious, songster Mose Scarlett is truly one of a kind. Ken Whitely is a gifted and versatile guitarist and mandolinist, prolific songwriter and a powerful singer! He has been called a "playing encyclopaedia" for his depth and range of styles from folk to swing to blues and gospel. His many accolades include a Gemini for Best Song in a Film, numerous Juno and Grammy nominations and member of the Mariposa Folk Festival Hall of Fame.

Gabrielle Prata and Robert Longo, internationally acclaimed singers, will perform a delightful revue about relationships. In this playful romp "Opposites Attract", the seductress and the matinee idol meet and fall passionately in love while continuing to pursue individual stardom. Their musical vehicles are outstanding selections from Rogers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sondheim, Verdi and Bizet.Gabrielle and Robert truly do make beautiful music together. This fabulous revue shows the thrills, spills, trials and tribulations of raising a family while chasing a dream.A wonderfully stylish collection of songs that run the gamut from wordy and clever to tender and intimate.

My Sweet PatootieSandra Swannell, fiddler-singer and Terry Young, finger-style guitarist and vocalist, were both members of the award winning roots group Tanglefoot. They like to call their music "Hayseed Jazz", humorous songs which draw on swing and country blues influences. This is a stage show jam packed with energy, charm, wit and humour. Mark S. Tucker of the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange describes their Debut CD "Nowheresville" as "a world of string wizardry". Imagine Chet Atkins meets the Andrew Sisters with a little Vaudeville and gypsy jazz thrown in for good measure!

Jenny Parsons and Steven Morel's show "The Funny Ones", is a sketch and music show about their real life relationship as a husband and wife duo and the comedians who inspired them along the way. Imagine Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on a double date with Gracie Allen and George Burns. Or Abbott and Constello's classic routine "Who's On First" performed by Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) of "Silence of the Lambs". And many other duos. Michael Murray of the Ottawa Citizen writes "An utterly captivating and charming performance. You will want to follow them home and move in with them."

The CBC has described British comedian Chris Gibbs as "the most solid bang for your comedy buck going", and the National Post says he's "one of the funniest guys around." He was a regular guest on NBC's comedy series 'Howie Do It', is a veteran of the Just For Laughs Festival as well as the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and is even a published author. In Antoine Feval he brings his quick wit, stand-up, improv skills, and a charming irreverence for the 'rules' of theatre to a one-man play about a kindhearted man who believes he's the sidekick to a famous Victorian detective. "Absolutely priceless… Sherlockians will be in heaven. " Edmonton Journal

In the league of "The Andrew Sisters", the Satin Dolls are four outstanding singers who, after decades of individual music careers, now rekindle the fabulous music of the past in a rare vocal jazz quartet. Gorgeous harmonies abound, with a rich mix of old and new popular jazz, in this Sectacular Tribute to the women of the '40's. Karen, Donna, Liz and Ilana, accompanied by Mark Kieswetter on piano, will enchant you with their natural passion and energetic playfulness. On July 20, fasten your time travel seatbelts and prepare to blast off to the great Classic Jazz and Swing era of the '40's. Their intricate harmonies and vivacious stage presence will have you cheering for more.