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Live Theatre will continue in Collingwood (Posted On: Friday, March 31, 2006)

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Summer in the Georgian Triangle area means different things to different people. But to the more than 10,000 patrons of Theatre Collingwood, it means a new theatre season is about to begin.

Theatre Collingwood is the area's resident professional production company. A not-for-profit organization that began in the early 1980's it has had a wonderful resurgence since the company's revival in 1998 and the arrival of Artistic Director Steven Thomas.

Theatre Collingwood's mission is to produce professional live theatre in the Georgian Triangle area by presenting quality productions, events and educational activities which enrich the cultural life of our community. And produce they have; to date 36 shows in 8 years: this the 9th summer season will bring forth four more wonderful theatrical experiences.

Artistic Director Steven Thomas recently completed auditions for the upcoming season. He said it was truly astounding that there were over 700 applicants for 9 acting positions. Needless to say Theatre Collingwood's reputation for quality theatre has not just grown with audiences but also within the artistic community.

This summer's line up includes three Canadian productions, one a musical, and one a world premiere. Starting the season will be a feel good comedy, Mini Putt, by Simon Joynes', about a klutzy guy who moves to a lake side resort to buy a mini-putt golf course that needs lots of work and dreams of getting his life back on track.

Returning for his third season with Theatre Collingwood is renowned Canadian actor Rod Beattie as our favourite stock broker turned rural farmer, Walt Wingfield. Walt creates his own barter system with his neighbours, printing their own currency while falling in love. Dan Needles' Wingfield's Folly is sure to leave you in stitches with all the witty rural humour.

The beginning of August brings a wonderful musical comedy, They're Playing our Song. A Broadway hit romantic comedy about relationships, written as only Neil Simon can with lots of humour. The music by Marvin Hamlisch in this piece will have you singing and dancing all the way home.

This year's final production will be Theatre Collingwood's forth World Premiere, Ed's Garage by award-winning author and Playwright Dan Needles. It is sure to be a smashing success. An ex-urbanite psychotherapist finds herself in competition with the mystical proprietor of Port Petunia's oldest unlicensed social institution. Don't miss the opportunity to be one of the first to see this exciting new comedy.

Performing in the historic Gayety Theatre in Downtown Collingwood, Theatre Collingwood continues to provide the area with quality productions featuring some of the country's top performers. For more information on Theatre Collingwood's upcoming season or to become a member of this growing theatre company please visit their web site at http://www.theatrecollingwood.com or call the rail car box office at 705-445-2200 or 1-866-382-2200.

And we will see you at the theatre.

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