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Theatre Sarnia “A Christmas Carol” review by...

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Saturday November 22, 2014 Moving and Often Funny Production Hits All The Right Marks by Brian Hay Theatre Sarnia's production of the Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol' features impressive concept work some fine choreography that's capped by a moving and, at times, fine comic performance by Joe Agocs. The long time veteran established his versatility ages ago but continues to impress with layers he brings to characterizations. The nuggets in this production don't end there though. The set, designed by Director Anthony Fracalanza, Kristen Lannan and Emily MacDonald, was comprised of numerous small to mid sized pieces geared toward functionality and ease of movement. It allowed the varied scenarios involved in the narrative to shift into place with the fluidity needed to suggest either dream sequences or the presence of a supernatural element. Using the ensemble to perform choral numbers in the production while the most complex backdrops were being changed kept attention ...

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Sarnia Concert Association Christmas gift giving idea…

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Sarnia Concert Association...

Give someone special the gift of 4 outstanding concerts at Imperial Theatre

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Diversion Entertainment’s ALTAR BOYZ review by Brian...

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Diversion Entertainment: ALTAR Boyz November 5, 2015 Sensational ALTAR Boyz Will Make Your Day ROCK by Brian Hay This production starts out as a great time and then keeps getting better. The first few minutes have it a combination of dance, choreography, musical delivery, dazzling set and lighting and humour guaranteed to leave people breathless with amazement and laughter. The only question is whether it can be sustained. The people involved with Diversion Entertainment's production of 'ALTAR Boyz'  spent the next hour and a half not only answering that, but also showing it could be elevated to higher levels. The first thing to say is it's FUN-NEEE! Really, really funny. Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker's musical treatment of Kevin Del Aguila's book drives every point of his scathing overview home with a resounding thrust. Boy Bands along with the technology and the material underbelly that permeates peddling of gospel through mass media takes hits ...

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Catch Me If You Can – Reviewed by Brian Hay

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Catch Me If You Can –...

Theatre Sarnia: Catch Me If You Can Saturday October 25, 2014 Ensemble Production Scores Big On Music, Humour And Visual Beauty by Brian Hay (Catch Me If You Can runs until November 1) The thing that sinks in as this show progresses is that it's a lot funnier than what the subject matter suggests. But … why not? The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. is so preposterous it defies the imagination. Cian Poore plays the main character with a convincing amount of swagger and a degree of charm that insures his like-ability. It doesn't matter that he's a crook because he's an everyman, and also, a nice guy. His portrayal of Abagnale is of a person who wants those close, including his adversary, to be happy and well. In his natural range Poore was excellent, hitting the highest notes and navigating extended passages with authority. He struggled with a few of the tenor sections but ...

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Reaper’s Realm ticket give away @ Cheeky Monkey

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Reaper’s Realm ticket...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF OUR REAPERS REALM DRAWS... First Draw - Monday Sept. 29 - 2 pairs Congratulations - Winners are:  SKYE GILLINGS SAM COKES Second Draw - Saturday October 11  for  2 pairs - Winners are: AL OUELLETTE DAN OLENIUK The Reaper is waiting to take you for a ride into the 12 acre forest of monster mayhem. Open 7:00 - 11:45 pm Admission: - The Ride: $13.00 - Bickford Oaks House of Fright: $11.00 - Carnival Chaos $11.00 - BEST DEAL ALL 3 ATTRACTIONS Combo for only $25.00/person and receive a coupon for a free game of Reaper’s Putt Putt.. Come and see what Lord Reaper and his Reaper Clan has in store for you this year!  Don’t come alone! *Free Parking Open weekends until Nov. 1

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October 2014 First Friday review by Brian Hay

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October 2014 First Friday...

Along with the live in-store music of THE INDECISIVE (reviewed below), October First Friday was the opening night for our newest art exhibit. Local abstract artist LUCIEN PILON is a man who views what some may consider a "disablity", to be more of an abiltly. His positive attitude and insight into Schizophrenia is refreshing. His art is a window into the heart and soul of a man who is coping, growing and learning constantly. Lucien's exhibit will continue until at least the end of October. Sarnia's First Friday, October 2014: Talent Everywhere You Look Saturday October 4, 2014 by Brian Hay Remember an old radio show called "Chicken Man"? No? It was satire and the introduction led with awed cries of "He's everywhere! He's everywhere"! The same could be said of the musical talent that was out and about to help celebrate Sarnia's First Friday this month. Sue Webber's group, The Sisters of Soul, ...

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Theatre Sarnia: Snippets Night Review by Brian Hay

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Theatre Sarnia: Snippets from the Upcoming 2014 — 2015 Season by Brian Hay Before the show started MC Andrew Hiltz mentioned that some of the actors appearing wouldn't be in those shows because the productions actually hadn't been cast yet. It turns out the only reason the statement was needed was so people won't be disappointed when different actors appear in the shows. For people working without much preparation time, and in many cases in more than one of the excerpts, the calibre of the performances they gave was outstanding. That shouldn't be much of a surprise in view of the superb level of talent in this area. In the hands of Directors Anthony Fracalanza and John L'Heureux the musical version of 'A Christmas Carol is going to receive the sensitive treatment the story deserves. Their 'Scrooge', portrayed by Joe Agocs tonight, was an individual out of touch with his generosity, not devoid ...

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Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and Dan Martin Live at Two Amigos...

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Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and...

Mike Blackmore, Sue Webber and Dan Martin Live at Two Amigos: What a Trio Can Be Saturday September 13, 2014 by Brian Hay Bassist Dan Martin was a shining star tonight. Singer and guitarist Mike Blackmore and drummer Sue Webber were great as well and sparks don't fly in an ensemble unless all the players are strong, but this was a moment where Dan stepped up beautifully. The natural chemistry that was in place when Mike and Sue played at the Gen Y event was in place again and had seasoned nicely from their having worked together before. Mike hits the right spots emphatically with his beats and injects his playing with a presence that carries to players around him. The other players expand on musical cues he sends and the circle between them evolves continually through each song. Sue Webber keeps things simple but slips inside the music in a way that few ...

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Live Music Cafe: The Sisters of Soul review by Brian Hay

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Live Music Cafe: The Sisters of Soul Saturday September 13, 2014 by Brian Hay There's a reason for the name of this event that honestly never dawned until I walked in the door. The ladies provide snacks to go with the music. They're good ones too. Sandwiches, cubes of cheese, chips, a desert or two and coffee, all of which they make themselves make up the fare. The coffee, according to Fran Schweitzer, is even freshly ground. Before show time one or more of the musicians invariably greets people as they enter to make them feel at home. On stage, the core (for now anyway) seems to be Fran, percussionist Sue Webber, her husband keyboardist and harmonica player George, and singer/guitarist George Ayers. Hedda Doyle and Jaime Keelan augment the lineup frequently to lead numbers and add harmony vocals. Hedda especially, is an exceptional backing singer. Her lovely voice and perfect pitch penetrate and ...

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Drumming for Sick Kids – Fundraiser…

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Drumming for Sick Kids –...

  Friday September 12, 2014... Final words from Chris Gormley via email to us and our generous customers ... That's a wrap folks!!! 'Drum4SickKids' 2014 is OFFICIALLY finished!! We marched 150km this summer and raised $13,740 for SickKids Hospital. Thank you for being part of this adventure. It would not have been successful without your donations!! Chris <3 Saturday August 30, 2014... Fundraising goal beat!!  Chris Gormley of Daylight for Deadeyes Drumming For Sick Kids goal of raising $10,000 has been met and beaten thanks to help from our generous customers buying during our poster sale.  In total, $308.00 was the donation from Cheeky Monkey customers.  Thank you one and all on our and Chris' behalf! SATURDAY AUGUST 16... REMINDER - Cheeky Monkey POSTER SALE to raise funds for Chris Gormley`s DRUMMING FOR SICK KIDS campaign, is continuing until AUGUST 30th.   Great way to decorate a room!! Especially dorm rooms!!! 100's of promotional music posters from our many kind suppliers ...

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