Toronto Masque Theatre have announced their 2016/17 season. There are two main stage productions and three salon concerts. First of the main stage shows is a double bill of Handel’s dramatic cantata Apollo and Daphne with Jacqueline Woodley and Geoffrey Sirett and dancer Stéphaie Brochard, directed and choreographed by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière paired with Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden based on the epic poem by Tennyson, performed by actor Derek Boyes and pianist Angela Park. This one is at 8:00 pm on November 17th, 18th and 19th with a pre-show event at 7:15 pm each evening at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
The second show is world premiere of The Man Who Married Himself by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton. This is a South Asian-inspired parable told through music, words and movement with singers Scott Belluz, Subiksha Rangarajan and Alex Samaras. Featuring dancers from the InDance company. Direction and choreography is by Hari Krishnan. It plays at 8:00 pm on March 10th and 11th again with a pre-show event at 7:15 pm. There’s also a matinee on the 11th at 2 pm 2with a pre-show at 1:15 pm. The venue is the Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue at Dundas Street East.
The salon series returns with live performance and discussion, beverages and light snacks served along with a cash bar. The salon series takes place at The Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue. There are three shows:
Music Amongst the Trees
September 19th 7:30 pm
Poetry and songs inspired by trees. Featuring Derek Boyes, actor; Jo Greenaway, piano and members of the Elizabeth MacDonald Voice Studio, featuring the music of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ernest Chausson, Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter and others.
O Tannenbaum: The Tree of Life
December 12th 7:30 pm
Seasonal songs and stories, including No Tongue Will Tally, written in 1974 by Harry Somers and Dr. Claude Bissell for the annual Christmas Gaudy at Massey College. Make merry with food, drink and a Christmas silent auction.
The Ben Jonson Project: A Vision of Delight
May 1st 7:30 pm
A staged reading of Ben Jonson’s A Vision of Delight – a charming celebration of Spring – re-imagined by Susan Coyne, featuring a wide array of music styles.