The theatre has undergone an interior facelift since it was purchased from the Russ family almost five years ago. The owners say they have been planning this important upgrade for some time.
The Gayety originated in 1911 as a movie house. A proscenium arch theatre, the nostalgic integrity of "The Rex" originally purchased by Collingwood’s Russ family in the 1920’s has been preserved through the upgrades, retaining the charm and ambience associated with an ol’ vaudeville house.
In the last 4+ years, the Theatre building has undergone extensive renovation as well as redecorating. Dressing rooms have been added to accommodate live theatre, enhanced lighting was put in place, a state of the art sound system was installed and an electronic movie screen was added.
Last year the whole building was rewired in preparation for the next upgrade: a new climatic system!
Theatre Collingwood has been the prime summer tenant at the Gayety since 2004. Producing five newly created professional productions annually; the company draws nearly 10,000 patrons yearly to the Gayety and historic downtown Collingwood.
Renowned for quality productions of outstanding literature, Theatre Collingwood delivers SCALES OF LAUGHTER in the 2007 season of famous musicals and classic comedies. Like the movements of a symphony, all four productions this season explore the universality of relationships.
Artistic Director Steven Thomas is pleased to concentrate on music-theatre for two of the four shows this season. Says Thomas, "My background in music and opera permeate my work in theatre. The spoken word in dramatic theatre is every bit as lyrical and eloquent as any song. It’s energizing to explore both together in a season".
In "Side by Side by Sondheim" (by Stephen Sondheim & additional music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jules Styne – June 13-23) the singer-dancers play with the masterful blending of words & music in a revue of show stopping tunes. The witty rural comedy "Wingfield Unbound" (by Dan Needles - July 17-21 & July 31 ¬ August 4) explores the relationship between a stockbroker-turned-farmer and his new found community.
The Broadway musical comedy "I Do! I Do!" (by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt August 8-18) traces the humorous twists and turns of 50 years of marriage while the hilarious "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (by Neil Simon September 19-29) examines the comic side of mid-life crisis.
Five-star accommodation experiences at Blue Mountain Resort, gourmet meal packages at the Huron House and group rates offer superb quality and pricing for theatre goers.
A four-show subscription package saves theatre goers between $20-28. Plus subscribers receive TWO bonus offers: an East Side Mario’s Collingwood Theatre Club Card which gives you five special offers and two individual film passes to the Blue Mountain Film Festival held June 1-3, 2007.
Relax & chill out this summer with Theatre Collingwood!