Interview with Eclipse Theatre Company Planner, Vince Kennedy By Wendy B., Arts Reporter, 15 November 2020 RSS

ETC has announced its intention to hold a Charity Art Auction in May 2021, with the theme ‘Revival’.  What is the aim and how is that going to work? The aim is to raise $40,000 to help underwrite the new musical that is set in ETC’s sights for the 2021-2023 time period – Mona – The Musical.  This is a great story about one Canadian woman – a singer and actress before she went to Amsterdam to help her family in the late 1930s.  Mona Parsons, from Nova Scotia, then got caught helping allied airmen get back to England –...

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Eclipse Theatre Company is currently looking for new Canadian musicals to foster and develop for current and future development. This is an open call to any and all Canadian writers and composers. We strongly encourage all voices from all backgrounds and lived experiences to submit - either completed works, or works in progress. Please (only) include: Short Synopsis - approx 100 wordsLong Synopsis - No more than 1 pageBios of the creative team3 Demo Songs Email submissions to: submissions@eclipsetheatre.ca  with the subject title “New Canadian Musical Submission”. Submission Deadline: Friday October 30, 2020 - 5pm

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Eclipse Theatre Company is launching its new educational initiative - Mentoring, Training and Opportunity. How is that going to work? ETC has always included an educational mandate since it’s inception. We all feel strongly about mentoring and training the next generation of artists, but also helping professionals continue to train and hone their skills. Since the pandemic, we have all learned how successful the use of the internet and Zoom technologies can be in sharing knowledge and skills, so this felt like the right time to begin this arm of the company. We have a very rich roster of Associate...

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What is the news on the Andrew Seok video “Birth of a Song” and its song “Who I Forgot To Be”? Andrew wrote this beautiful song and approached me to record it. I happily agreed and Vanessa Sears then came on board as the other half of our duet. In exchange, Andrew agreed to make this a fundraiser for ETC.  People will be able to download the video and song for donations to ETC, and in turn ETC will provide a share of those donations to Black Lives Matter Global Coalition’s registered charity  . . . Yes,  the poster features...

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So the whirlwind that was Kiss of the Spider Woman is gone.  How was it, bringing those professional artists and the Sheridan students together in one dramatic play and one dramatic place – the Old Don Jail? That was an absolutely incredible and epic experience. The blend of professionals with Sheridan students was the perfect fusion for this particular piece.   They get excellent training in all the performance areas, and so we were very fortunate in Michael Rubinoff’s generous work to contribute their time and effort and I know the equity actors adored them and cherished their time with the students and...

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