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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Billy Elliot goes on at Stratford; Mickey memories; and the Crooners in Port Stanley

   One-Tank Trip for Nov. 2/19


   (c) By Jim Fox

   Encore, encore!
   The show will continue for several highly popular Stratford Festival performances.
   “The festival’s season will now stretch to Nov. 24, with a three-week extension of Billy Elliot the Musical, which has been packing houses since it opened in the spring,” said publicity director Ann Swerdfager.
   “Introducing Nolen Dubuc as Billy and featuring Dan Chameroy and Blythe Wilson, this production is not to be missed,” she said.
Performances of the blockbuster hit Billy Elliot the Musical have been extended by three weeks in Stratford.
    It’s an inspirational story about a talented young boy’s tough life, with moving dance numbers and music by pop legend Elton John.
   This gritty new take on the smash-hit show has been “reimagined for Stratford.”

   The New York Times says director and choreographer Donna Feore’s thrilling version “finds new doors into the material and strides confidently through them.”
   In response to demand, the festival has also added performances of the musical Little Shop of Horrors, now running until Nov. 9.
   Henry VIII, which was virtually sold out for its run winds up tonight, the Never Ending Story is on through Nov. 3 and earlier Nathan the Wise had three performances added in October. stratfordfestival.ca; 1-800-567-1600.

   Mickey memories
   It’s called the “ultimate journey down memory lane with Mickey Mouse” and it’s coming to London with other shows set for Toronto and Hamilton.
   Mickey is the star

   Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories for eight shows from Feb. 20 to23 at Budweiser Gardens.
   “Grab your mouse ears and get ready for a worldwide party” says publicist Beth Merrick for this Feld Entertainment Inc. production as Mickey is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
   They’re on a journey to discover Mickey’s favourite memory of all time.
   Using his “Mouse Pad,” show hosts encourage fans to be part of the action and help the gang venture though Disney stories.
   Along the way, families sail away with Moana as she displays courage to save her island on a high-seas adventure with the demigod Maui.
   There’s the wintry world of Arendelle with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the mysterious magic of Fantasia as a sorcerer’s apprentice makes brooms come to life.
   The Disney princesses use perseverance, determination and hard work to inspire Mickey and children around the world to share their favourite memories.
The Emotions from the Disney Pixar film Inside Out will perform in London.
   Details, Tickets:  disneyonice.com; 1-866-455-2849
   Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena Jan. 24 to 26 for eight performances while Worlds of Enchantment runs from March 18 to 22 for 10 performances at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton.

   Holiday improv by the lake
   It’s Improv Night with a holiday show featuring a “seasoned troupe of improv specialists” on Nov. 30 at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre (302 Bridge St.).
   Relive the “swinging times” with the Crooners at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre.
    It’s called a “gift of laughter” to kick off the “festive month of December,” said artistic director Simon Joynes.
   The show stars Jan Caruana, Kerry Griffin, Lisa Merchant and Gord Oxley for two sets of high energy improv magic by these Toronto Second City alumni.
   Then stay tuned for A Really Retro Crooner Christmas with two performances on Dec. 14.
   ““This show brings together crooners Rick Kish and Connor Boa, those fabulous Croonettes
and the Nevin Campbell Trio for a cool afternoon/evening of lots of surprises, great stories and swingin’ tunes,” said theatre manager Natasha Newby.
   It’s a journey back to those 1950’s and 60’s Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra-style Christmas specials with two hours of popular standards of the era as well as a whole lotta Christmas music,” she added. psft.ca; 1-855-782-4353


   Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
   For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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