Theatre company prepped for summer productions 0
-Theatre Collingwood is set to blow the lid off summer with a season of Fantasy, Fame and Deadly Games.
For the first time in several years, the live theatre company's season won't be anchored by one of the Wingfield stories.
That's given it a chance to experiment a little more, said Artistic Director Steven Thomas, although it's not moving too far from its successful formula.
In the process, Theatre Collingwood has hooked up with several tourism partners like Blue Mountain Resort, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures and Le Scandinave spa to offer a total tourism experience.
"There's been a shift from escapism to enrichment," said Theatre Collingwood Chair Lorraine McDonald. "People want to be able to hike in the morning, relax in the afternoon and take in a show and nightlife in the evening. You can do all of that here in the Georgian Triangle."
The partners are presenting special packages offering just that, she said.
The Theatre Collingwood team highlighted what such a package could look like with side trips to Collingwood Scenic Caves Nature Adventures and Le Scandinave.
The 15 or so people taking part in the outings spent a few hours gamboling around the nature preserve at Scenic Caves, visiting the suspension bridge and poking into the the caves before heading out to the nordic spas along the county line.
As always, Le Scandinave offered a chance to immerse themselves in sheer decadence and self-indulgence under near-ideal summer conditions. Mylisa Henderson, one of the co-owners of the property, was on hand to give a quick tour of its amenities, which include a series of heated pools, saunas and sweat baths. Massages are also available at Le Scandinave.
Theatre Collingwood will present three production starting in July with The Love List,a romantic comedy by Norm Foster.
"There's a lesson in it," said Thomas. "You always want to be aware of what you're looking for.
Nostalgic types will likely flock to Sweet Dreams: A Tribute to Patsy Cline written by and starring veteran performer Leisa Way.
"She's one of Canada's great singers," said Thomas. "It's going to be out of this world. Leisa's done a great job."
The season wraps up in September with a performance ofSleuthstarring some performers from the Stratford Festival.
"We have a wonderful season lined up with great variety," said Thomas Tuesday at a media event at Blue Mountain Resort. "There's something for everyone. There's light comedy, and if you want something to keep you on the edge of your seat, we've got that too. There's great variety and a great experience for everyone.
"It's certainly a lot different than we had last year," added Thomas. "We have to make sure that we explore all of the great literature that exists."
He's expecting the latest chapter of theWingfieldsaga to return in the next year or two. The final chapter -- so far, at least -- of Dan Needles's infamous farm saga is currently restricted to larger venues, said Thomas, but will likely be available once that agreement expires.