Billy Bishop Goes to War is sure to both entertain and inspire.Â Director Sandy Thorburn stars in the production along with award-winning actor Mark McGrinder in the role of Billy Bishop. This truly Canadian play is about Canada's greatest flying ace and introduces audiences to the life of this lively and inspiring Canadian hero.Â Part musical and part drama, this is a wonderful production that also includes real life photographs of Bishop.
Sandy is thrilled to be a part of Theatre Collingwood's season. This is the third time Sandy has directed and appeared in this beautiful and honest look at war. He has been Resident Music Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque since 1986, and teaches music history at Lakehead University and the University of Waterloo. Other recent productions of his include Forever Plaid and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As musical director, Sandy has music directed more than 50 productions. Among his favorite are Les Miserables, Anne and Gilbert, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Mark McGrinder is delighted to return to Collingwood, where he appeared in last season's world premiere production of Vern Thiessen's Do Not Disturb. He is looking forward to the role of Billy Bishop which he took on last summer at the Port Hope Festival Theatre. A veteran of five seasons with the Shaw Festival and several revues with The Second City's National Touring Company, Mark is also a co-founder and Core Artistic Team member of Toronto's acclaimed Studio 180 Theatre where he has appeared in The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park, Our Class, Parade, Stuff Happens, Offensive Shadows, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Passion of the Chris and The Laramie Project.
"Since Billy Bishop was an Owen Sound boy, we feel that bringing Billy Bishop Goes to War to our community is very exciting and meaningful for our community," said Harold Bickerstaff, Chair of Theatre Collingwood.Â "This is an outstanding play with a great mix of history, drama and music that will appeal to so many people."
Highlight - After the 2pm matinee performance on Wednesday July 17th there will be Q&A with actors Mark McGrinder and Sandy Thorburn.
Tickets are available onlineÂ Â or by phone 705-445-2200 or at 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, ON.