It was a year ago that we launched Meanwhile. The first issue was on April 7, 2020. At that time, we thought this pandemic would be short-lived. Still, we thought it would be good to keep in touch with you, our theatre family.
Obviously we were wrong about the length of the pandemic, but we are still hopeful we will be able to reopen our theatres sometime this fall, as soon as it is safe.
In the meanwhile, we are still here to provide you with "interesting, informative and even instructive articles, videos and podcasts during these housebound, reflective times.”
Our theme this week is adaptation. It’s now been more than a year since the pandemic began. How have we all adapted? From a story about Ken Dryden’s famous goalie mask to websites that help you travel virtually to Check In From Away with the cast of the Australian production of Come From Away, we explore how we’ve learnt to live in these unusual times. Also: the winner of the What’s My Wig? contest and your chance to win a digital pass to watch the Oscar-nominated film, The Father.
March 8th, was International Women’s Day (IWD). It has been held on the same day for more than a century — although the idea of celebrating women on a certain day had been in practice from the very beginning of the 20th century, it wasn’t until 1914 that March 8th was officially chosen as the day. Canada did not adopt this date until 1975. Does that mean nobody cared enough about women until then? It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? Well, we at Meanwhile care. In this issue one member of our team, Jennifer Jenkins, shares memories of her feisty, loyal, proud and community-minded mother, who walked in the very first IWD march in Canada. In her honour and in solidarity with women everywhere our masthead for this issue is purple, the colour of IWD.
In this jam-packed issue we look back at 21 years of Mirvish Theatre Tours, we continue to celebrate Black Theatre Artists, SnL’s latest episode is a “slumber party pandemic-style” theme and Matilda returns, if only in a video of highlights from the production of 2017. The Marsh Family in Kent UK delivers their latest parody song and we reveal the winner of the Best Love Song poll. And did we mention International Women's Day is just around the corner?
Hello, again! We haven’t seen you since December. We took January off in solidarity with the stay-at-home order from our Public Health officials. But we couldn’t stay away from you any longer, so we are back to entertain you and feed your love of theatre. And speaking of love, our first issue of the year is all about the emotion that drives all of us, a theme that is often explored theatrically and in many different ways.
Steffi and Lisa are back with their second season of Check In From Away; they speak with guests who met and fell in love backstage. We have a poll to determine the best love song from a musical. Love bloomed in the lobby of the Ed Mirvish Theatre last December, and we have the story and photos to prove it. And Melanie Doane and Cara Hunter have returned to serenade you with a cover of “I Will Always Love You” and the sentiment is truly heartfelt.
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This is our last issue of the year — 29 altogether since we began publishing in April. Our goal then was to offer a forum of theatre news and ideas to entertain you while our theatres were closed. We hope we have accomplished this.
In this issue SnL bring you part two of their Holiday Extravaganza. We share with you a new full-length adaptation of A Christmas Carol from the co-director of Les Misérables; we offer you our new time travel tool that goes all the way back to 1963, when the Mirvish family purchased and restored the Royal Alex; and we have a wonderful new music video entitled “All I Want for Christmas is You … to Socially Distance”.
We wish you and yours the merriest of holidays and we hope the new year finds you in good health and spirits.
In many ways 2021 feels like a new beginning for all of us. With many vaccines for the pandemic, we are hopeful for the reopening of many parts of our society, including theatres. But until then, we must all continue to be vigilant and steadfast in keeping ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our fellow citizens safe and healthy.
Meanwhile will be taking January off, but we will return with renewed vigour, enthusiasm and fun on February 2, 2021.
To be continued ...