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Fantasy - History AND Music (Posted On: Monday, June 06, 2016)

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First on the docket, June 16th & 17th at The Historic Gayety Theatre, is a beautiful and well-loved story for elementary age students & families. The Balloon Tree will have children leap from reality into this Renaissance inspired fairy tale by beloved Canadian children's author Pheobe Gilman. Follow Princess Leora on a magical adventure through her village in search for the one object that will save them all - a balloon. Up against her evil uncle the Archduke, and all the guards in the kingdom, she cannot make it without the help of the villagers (and of course, the audience)!

"We're working with To Be Determined Theatre Company on this production and could not be more impressed with their very talented actors", said Executive Director Erica Angus.  "This production is designed for ages 3-9, but through the music, song, audience interaction and lots & lots of balloons, it is a magical journey for audiences of all ages!"

If balloons aren't your thing, perhaps a journey through history is. On Saturday, June 18th at 2pm at The Simcoe Street Theatre, Theatre Collingwood will present the second of their Learn & PLAY talks. The Ross Sea Party-Shackleton's Forgotten Men is a slide show and lecture by Catsue McBroom AND a personal reflection, as one of Catsue's own family members was involved. The Ross Sea party was a component of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914 -17. Its task was to lay a series of supply depots across the Great Ice Barrier from the Ross Sea to the Beardmore Glacier, along the polar route established by earlier Antarctic expeditions. Ms McBroom is a historian as well as a costume designer and teacher, and presented the first in the series of various lectures for the company in May. Tea, coffee and cookies will be served. This very interesting and entertaining presentation may also make a unique Father's Day gift for that hard to buy for Dad!

Last but definitely NOT least this month, is the week-long production of Wichita Lineman - the stories and songs of Glenn Campbell, June 21st -25th at The Historic Gayety Theatre. This incredible 2 hour concert stars Aaron Solomon, with guest stars Leisa Way, Fred Smith and Bobby Prochaska. "Glenn Campbell has had a profound effect on the music industry as a whole and we are really looking forward to celebrating that with this tribute to the pop & country music legend", said Erica Angus.  "We also are so thankful to have Royal LePage-Trinity back once again as our Production Sponsor, and Blue Mountain Resorts as our Season Sponsor. We certainly could not do what we do without the fantastic corporate support that we get."  The 2016 summer season is also dedicated in memory of the company founder, and long time arts supporter, Barbara Weider.

For more information or to reserve tickets call 705.445.2200 or toll free at 1.866.382.2200 or visit the theatre's website.

Schools may ask for ticket sponsorship's. Interviews can be booked through Erica Angus.


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