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Broadway Star performs in Theatre Collingwood's Fall Presentation (Posted On: Wednesday, October 11, 2006)

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Theatre Collingwood proudly presents a brand new musical "Could You Wait?" from October 17-22, 2006 for just seven performances at the Gayety Theatre. Evening performances are at 8pm, with one matinee on Saturday October 21 at 2pm.

Mary and Bud meet as he is shipped off to fight on behalf of his country. Struck by love, they ask each other: COULD YOU WAIT?

Theatre Collingwood proudly presents a brand new musical "Could You Wait?" from October 17-22, 2006 for just seven performances at the Gayety Theatre. Evening performances are at 8pm, with one matinee on Saturday October 21 at 2pm.

Set against the backdrop of World War II, this beautiful war-time fable told in song recounts the story of one couple who dared to fall in love while their world was at war. Just two kids who thought they knew better than everyone else except when it came to matters of the heart.

"Could You Wait?" is filled with fabulous melodies, both old and new, that will transport audiences back in time. "Could You Wait" features favourite war-time songs like "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now", "I'll Be Seeing You", "It Had To Be You", "The White Cliffs of Dover" as well as some brand new melodies.

This exciting new production stars one of Canada's leading ladies and Broadway star, Ms. Louise Pitre. An award-winning actor and singer, Louise has had a career rich with success. She was catapulted to national fame in 1992 when she portrayed legendary French singer Edith Piaf and also earned accolades for her work in "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris", "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", "Blood Brothers", and "Les Miserables" to name just a few. In 2001, after wowing audiences in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Louise made her Broadway debut when "Mamma Mia!" opened at New York's Winter Garden Theatre.

Co-star (and partner in marriage) W.J. Matheson has enjoyed a multi-faceted career performing on film, television and live stage. Joe is touring his own tribute to Hank Williams, a one-man show "Live at the Kawliga Cafe" throughout western Canada this fall.

Accomplished Music Director and accompanist Diane Leah has created the arrangements. The trio developed the original lyrics and music together.

This Theatre Orangeville world premiere production is directed by their Artistic Director, David Nairn, choreographed by Janet Kelley & assisted by Glen Kerr, and Stage Managed by Laura-Lynn Reid. It has been workshopped and developed over the past year as part of Theatre Orangeville's "Script Tease" new works development program. That's how Steven Thomas first caught a glimpse of the work in progress.

Says Thomas, "Theatre Collingwood and Theatre Orangeville have collaborated for many years on exchanges of costumes, sets, props and plays. David invited us to attend one of the early readings of this musical, and I was completely mesmerized by the power of the music and the romantic and sensitive story which Louise, David and Diane tell.

Believe me when I say, “this is a hot theatre property”! It's a rare privilege for Theatre Collingwood audiences. Already many provincial regional theatre companies are clamouring for this show."

This presentation is proudly sponsored by faithful corporate sponsor Tim Horton’s Collingwood, a company equally dedicated to community values. The Enterprise Bulletin and The Peak FM offer their continuing support to this quality musical production.

With only seven performances of "Could You Wait", do not wait to purchase your ticket for the hottest selling show this fall. Tickets are just $30 for adults and youth are half-price at $15 (all prices plus gst).

Theatre Collingwood and the Huron House Restaurant offer an evening gourmet dining & theatre package for just $61 per person. The nch/matinee package ($49) is only available on Saturday October 21. Located one block northwest of the theatre, this casual fine dining establishment offers gourmet meals in a beautifully restored century home with a unique shipbuilding history.

One call to Theatre Collingwood reserves this delicious package: 705-445-2200/1-866-382-2200.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the romance.

For more information, visit Theatre Collingwood's main box office in the Rail Car located beside the Museum/Welcome Centre, 45A St. Paul Street (year-round Monday to Friday from11am-3pm).
Call: (705) 445-2200 / 1-866-382-2200, email: info@theatrecollingwood.com or visit the website:
www.theatrecollingwood.com

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