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 ...
Remember when you were in grade school and each year there was an assembly just before the holidays? Remember how much fun it was to see your friends perform songs of the season and share stories and somehow create a sense of community and joy seemingly out of very little? That’s what is known as the magic of the holidays. In this issue of Meanwhile, we will attempt to do the same.
SnL have assembled many of their guests from earlier Check In From Away episodes for a two-part Holiday Extravaganza, their version of the school assembly. It’s a blast of songs, carols, stories and joyous wishes.
• A beautiful new love song for the holidays performed by our very own Steffi D.
• A video interview about the forgotten songwriter of the classic ballad, “I’ll Never Smile Again”, Frank Sinatra’s first #1 recording.
• Reelin’ in the Years, a new feature that will takes us back to favourite musical productions from the past by bringing back videos of musical numbers. This issue celebrates The Wizard of Oz.
• Easy holiday gift ideas — gift cards, t-shirts and masks.
A bounty of entertainment and good wishes for you to enjoy as we enter the holiday season.
We have turned the corner from plausible deniability to harsh reality: It’s cold. The holiday season is rapidly approaching, but we’ve got one milestone to celebrate (before we focus entirely on the juggernaut that is a mere month away) — a Come From Away-iversary. Take a look back at some of the incredible moments and test your CFA knowledge. If you are clever enough you could win a special prize. To help keep the celebration going, SnL are taking us to Newfoundland to check in with some of Canada’s favourite artists, all of whom happen to be proud Newfoundlanders. They share personal stories and their love for their home province. And if you are looking to add a bit of mystery to your life join us for a video conversation with Katie Daubs, the journalist and author of The Missing Millionaire. Her thrilling new book attempts to solve the century-old cold case of the disappearance of Toronto theatre impresario Ambrose Small. Let’s get started!
It has been a hell of a week! With so much of our attention drawn south of the border, we think a breather is in order. SnL celebrate World Kindness Day with a look at the Pay it Forward annual 9/11 tradition that was created by one of the real-life “come from aways.” And speaking of kindness, there’s the heartwarming story of how one of our staff members was reunited with her childhood stuffed animal that was lost during a flight over Hamilton, the city not the musical. We have a new video trailer for Blindness. There’s a very personal dance video created specifically for Meanwhile by Dayna Tekatch. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t take some time to acknowledge Remembrance Day. Let’s do this!