We are very pleased to announce our 21st annual Stratford Festival Tour

For twenty-one years we have been hosting group tours to this amazing Canadian treasure.  To make this year’s trip extra special, we will be attending two productions in the brand new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, Stratford’s newest $70-million architectural showcase, including Richard III (the first production ever mounted by the Stratford Festival 68 years ago) with Colm Feore!  We will be able to take in as well some of the special events the Festival has scheduled during this week to inaugurate the opening of this epic space, and be a part of Canadian history in the process!

Join us for three days of incredible theatre, including five world-class productions, with luxury coach transportation from Perth to Stratford, two nights accommodations with breakfasts included, and Stratford Festival special events.

And, exciting news, as we have been able to upgrade our accommodations, and we will be staying this year at the beautiful Best Western Plus Arden Park Hotel (closer to downtown with an indoor swimming pool!). See www.ardenpark.ca

Don’t miss what everyone’s been raving about – join us this year for a life changing experience, and support this incredible icon of Canadian performing arts.

This year’s trip will be especially popular and spaces are limited – please register early to save a space and avoid disappointment.

All ages are welcome, from 5 to 105!

We particularly encourage students to join us.  A trip fee discount is offered as an incentive, and a certain number of trip spaces will be reserved for students to experience this incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading actors and theatre professionals.

Come be a part of this iconic Canadian celebration!

June 10 – 12, 2020

 

“We are excited to welcome an outstanding company of actors for this historic season,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “These diverse, talented performers possess an enormous range of skills and experiences. Together we have the joyous opportunity to breathe vibrant life into a brand new theatre, a bespoke space unique in the world. With four venues in full splendour, our season will allow all of our artists to stretch their creative muscles with everything from newly imagined classics – both Shakespearean and musical – to fascinating new plays, movement pieces, a brand new musical – even iambic pentameter improv. Join us in 2020 as the Stratford Festival steps into its future!”

 

Richard III

 

Colm Feore will return to the Festival for the first time in five years to play the psychopathic title role in Richard III, directed by Antoni Cimolino. This play holds great historical significance for the Festival as the first play ever performed under the tent back in 1953. Similarly, it will open the new Tom Patterson Theatre in 2020. Feore was last seen at Stratford in 2014, playing the title role in Cimolino’s production of King Lear, one of the top-selling Shakespeare productions in the theatre’s history.

Feore will lead a powerhouse cast featuring Michael Blake as the Duke of Clarence, Ben Carlson as Lord Hastings, David Collins as Stanley, Martha Henry as the Duchess of York, Jessica B. Hill as Lady Anne, Seana McKenna as Queen Margaret, Lucy Peacock as Queen Elizabeth, Tom Rooney as Buckingham and Mike Shara as Catesby.

Also in the cast are: Marion Adler, Wayne Best, Jacklyn Francis, Andrew Iles, Ron Kennell, Qasim Khan, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Roy Lewis, Jamie Mac, Gordon Patrick White, Brigit Wilson and Mamie Zwettler.

 

 

Chicago

Donna Feore’s reimagined production of Chicago – the first major production outside of New York and London in 30 years – will feature Dan Chameroy as shady lawyer Billy Flynn, with Chelsea Preston and Jennifer Rider-Shaw lighting up the stage as aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and vaudeville star Velma Kelly, respectively.

Preston, a Stratford newcomer, has most recently taken the lead at Drayton Entertainment, playing Sandy in Grease and the title role in Cinderella: The Panto. Returning for her 10th season, Rider-Shaw’s leading roles include Janet in The Rocky Horror Show and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street.

The cast also features Sandra Caldwell as matron Mama Morton and Steve Ross as Amos Hart, Roxie’s faithful husband.

Also in the cast are: Robert Markus, Eric Abel, Gabriel Antonacci, Devon Michael Brown, Colton Curtis, Amanda De Freitas, Henry Firmston, Bonnie Jordan, Heather Kosik, Bethany Kovarik, Jordan Mah, Amanda Mattar, Allison McCaughey, Lily McEvenue, Chad McFadden, Genny Sermonia, and Jason Sermonia.

 

 

Monty Python’s Spamalot

 

After his searing portrayal of King Henry VIII in this season’s sold out production of Henry VIII, Jonathan Goad will play a completely different monarch, King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, a return to musical comedy having played Harold Hill in 2008’s The Music Man.

This sublimely silly musical, directed by Lezlie Wade, will also feature Eddie Glen as Patsy, George Krissa as Sir Galahad, André Morin as Prince Herbert, Trevor Patt as Sir Robin and Mark Uhre as Sir Lancelot.

Also in the cast are: Carla Bennett, Aidan deSalaiz, Josh Doig, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Ryan Gifford, Josh Graetz and Heather McGuigan.

 

Much Ado About Nothing

 

When it comes to trading witty insults, Beatrice and Benedick are foes worthy of each other’s steel – and their friends think they’d make a great romantic match, too. This merrily warring duo will be played by Graham Abbey and Maev Beaty in Chris Abraham’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, which will open the Festival’s 2020 season. Abbey and Beaty previously teamed up with Abraham for 2017’s Tartuffe, a production so popular that it moved on to Toronto after its Stratford run.

They will be joined by Kaleb Alexander as Claudio and Andrea Rankin as Hero.

Also in the cast are: Jakob Ehman, Bruce Horak, Kevin Kruchkywich, Josue Laboucane, André Sills, Michael Spencer-Davis and Norman Yeung.

 

Here’s What It Takes

 

Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page, Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor and Canada’s top director-choreographer Donna Feore will bring a brand new musical to the Tom Patterson stage, featuring the exceptional talents of Sean Arbuckle, Scott Beaudin, Dan Chameroy and Robert Markus. A roller-coaster ride of creative highs and living-the-life lows, the musical charts the journey of fictional rock duo Walker and Rhodes, played by Chameroy and Arbuckle, respectively, with Beaudin as Young Walker and Markus as Young George.

Arbuckle’s musical highlights include the leading roles of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. Beaudin made his Stratford debut as the Artful Dodger in 2006’s Oliver! and returned 13 years later to play Billy’s brother Tony in this season’s Billy Elliot the Musical. Chameroy, doing double-duty this season in Billy Elliot and Little Shop of Horrors, is well-remembered as Frank N. Furter in 2018’s history-making production of The Rocky Horror Show. Markus, who played Riff Raff in Rocky Horror and the title role in Tommy, returns hot off his critically acclaimed performance in Toronto’s Dear Evan Hansen.

Robin Hutton will play Carla, the band’s manager, and Vanessa Sears will play the band’s drummer, Angela.

Also in the cast are: Eric Abel, Gabriel Antonacci, Henry Firmston, Bonnie Jordan, Heather Kosik, Jordan Mah, Amanda Mattar, Chad McFadden, Chelsea Preston, Jennifer Rider-Shaw and Genny Sermonia.

 

 Wendy & Peter Pan

 

Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks and Jake Runeckles will play the title roles in Wendy & Peter Pan, the 2020 Schulich Children’s Play, directed by Keira Loughran  and choreographed by Allen Kaeja. The production will mark the North American première of this imaginative retelling of J.M. Barrie’s classic family story.

Edmonton-born Jimenez-Hicks will make her Stratford debut in 2020. She is currently starring in the world première of This London Life at the Grand Theatre, and was recently seen in The Party at Citadel Theatre and Girls Like That at Tarragon Theatre. Runeckles returns after his debut this season in another beloved adventure tale, The Neverending Story, in which he played Bastian, a role he will revisit this January when the production transfers to Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

On their Neverland adventure, Wendy and Peter will encounter a wild cast of characters including Captain Hook, played by Laura Condlln, and Tiger Lily, played by Tara Sky.

Also in the cast are: Carla Bennett, Caryn Chappell, Aidan deSalaiz, Rodney Diverlus, Josh Doig, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Ryan Gifford, Eddie Glen, Josh Graetz, George Krissa, Heather McGuigan, André Morin, Marcus Nance, Trevor Patt and Mateo Galindo Torres.

 

[You will have a choice between Wendy & Peter Pan and Much Ado About Nothing]

 

 

Trip Packages:

We are offering 3 pricing options this year.

Option “A”

 Includes luxury coach transportation to and from Stratford from Perth, tickets for 5 performances (premium “A” seating for 3 matinees, and “C” seating for 2 evening musicals), 2 nights at the Arden Park Hotel with 2 breakfasts (double-occupancy), and attendance at Stratford Festival special events.

$725.00 per adult

(plus 13% HST = $819.25)

Click on the image below for Option “A”:

 

 

Option “B”

(for students)

Includes luxury coach transportation to and from Stratford from Perth, tickets for 5 performances (premium “A” seating for 3 matinees, and “C” seating for 2 evening musicals), 2 nights at the Arden Park Hotel with 2 breakfasts (double-occupancy), and attendance at Stratford Festival special events.

$649.00 per student

(plus 13% HST = $733.37)

Click on the image below for Option “B”:

Option “C”

Includes luxury coach transportation to and from Stratford from Perth, premium “A” seating for 3 matinee performances, 2 nights at the Arden Park Hotel with 2 breakfasts (double-occupancy), and attendance at Stratford Festival special events.

Plus guaranteed premium “A” seating at the two evening musical performances (Chicago & Here’s What It Takes).

$800.00 per adult

(plus 13% HST = $904.00)

Click on the image below for Option “C”:

 

Please note that in order to guarantee your trip space, we do need to have the full trip fees paid at time of registration.

There are no refunds available, but if you are unable to attend for some reason, your trip may be transferred to another person, at your discretion.

 

Hear what people are saying about past trips:

“I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful Stratford trip.  My poor friends who didn’t get to go now have to listen to me exude joy and euphoria about the amazing time I had.  Everything you planned and included in this adventure worked together to make the whole trip absolutely fabulous.”

“The workshop, the Q&A sessions, the costume warehouse visit all enhanced the experience of the performances  – as well as having a whole busload of people to share the experience with. I sure do want to go next year!”

“It was expertly planned with consideration for everyone’s personal needs and preferences.”

“There were no details lacking and I feel privileged to have this very special opportunity. Thanks so much Heidi!”

A really great experience – the price is unbeatable – but the best part is going to theatre with a group of theatre junkies! Please know that I appreciate all

the work you put into this trip – it’s a terrific experience.  Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Christmas Gift Idea:

This trip makes a wonderful holiday gift for that special person on your list, young or young at heart!

Special gift certificates are available to put under the tree!

We hope to see you there for the best trip ever!!!

 

Our Annual Stratford Festival Tour – A Great Deal on a Cultural Jewel!

We love the Stratford Festival. It is one of Canada’s cultural jewels – world-class in every aspect.

And we love sharing our love for the Festival, introducing people to this fabulous institution, and providing an affordable way to all to partake.

Over the years we have developed a great relationship with the Festival’s Groups and Schools department which enables us to offer these tours at such great prices. We have calculated what it would cost for any one of us to take a similar trip and determined that it would total anywhere between $1,250 and $1,600, depending on mode of transportation.

Plus, our trip includes fun videos tailored to our show program, quizzes with prizes, a trip booklet with show information, meeting with actors or technicians backstage, and many more perks!

As well, traveling with several old and new theatre friends is, of course, priceless!

Your continued support and enthusiasm ensures that we can keep providing this unique opportunity, while also supporting a supremely important Canadian cultural institution.

Thank you!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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