As the curtain rises, both those on stage and those in the auditorium bring their own perspectives and history to the story about to unfold before them. People travel from far and wide and descend on the theatre to create a unique and shared experience. Today we explore both the far and wide and the hyperlocal.
This week's Check In From Away has our hosts checking in with Come From Away companies from around the globe. We also have our Director of Communications, John Karastamatis, in a Q&A with Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue (Room, The Pull of the Stars). Finally, we chatted with longtime Mirvish staffer, Laurel Purvis, about her favourite local spots in Toronto!
Hello from T.O., the Big Smoke, The 6ix!
In this edition of Meanwhile we explore summer in the city. Our Check In From Away hosts visit their favourite hot spots around town and we open up our Archives to revisit what we were doing eight summers ago in SNAIL, the eight-issue Mirvish magazine published back in 2012.
We also have our much-anticipated third instalment of Ghosts of the Royal Alex, complete with a brand new song!
Finally, we check in with Alan Forsyth, our Phone Operations Manager and human encyclopedia of theatre, in our Staff Spotlight.
Relationships are like comedy. They can both bring laughter, self-awareness, joy, at times discomfort, and meaning into our lives. In this edition of Meanwhile we aim to bring you a little bit of each of these things.
Check In From Away features hilarious guests Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath, we look at our favourite funny stage duos and we reminisce about Once Date Night when 1,200 people were set up on blind dates at the theatre. Also featured is a personal essay written by our own Erin Frey entitled, "My Dramatic (not quite) Mid-life Crisis" that explores her relationship with theatre as she enters a new decade of her life.
So, don't hog all the laughs, share this edition of Meanwhile with someone who means something to you!
Welcome to Meanwhile!
In today’s edition we reminisce about Honest Ed Mirvish who would be celebrating his 106th birthday this week. Our very own Franca Longobardi, who currently works in the marketing department at Mirvish Productions, spent 39 years working at Honest Ed’s and brings us a uniquely wonderful perspective on the famous celebrations Ed held for his birthday each year.
Ed’s first foray into the theatre business came with his purchase of the Royal Alexandra Theatre; the 113-year-old building is the oldest Mirvish-owned theatre. With its long history comes a storied past rife with mystery, intrigue, and of course ghosts. With this, we have our 2nd instalment of the Ghosts of the Royal Alex story. If you missed the first instalment, get up to speed by reading it here or listening to it now wherever you get your podcasts!
All this plus a great new music-focused episode of Check In From Away, our Les Misérables contest winners, and more!
It's the 14th of July and the 14th edition of Meanwhile is here!
In honour of Bastille Day, we caught up with some of the original cast members from the first Toronto production of Les Misérables. In doing so we heard some fantastic stories and have compiled some of the most memorable moments to share with you.
This edition of Meanwhile also brings the long-awaited announcement of the Show Tune Idol winners.
Finally, though our world may be in ruff shape, we've got something that'll be sure to put a smile on your face. Go behind the scenes with the cast of Come From Away to meet their cute and cuddly canine friends PLUS learn about dogs on stage in our Did You Know feature!
This is the 13th issue of Meanwhile, so we thought it appropriate to focus on theatrical superstitions.
Theatre people are famously superstitious. One can’t really blame them because superstitions are born when people feel they don’t have control of their own destinies. In the theatre there is a long list of what you should never do to court good luck and what you should always do to avoid failure. In the Archives column this week, some of these superstitions are revealed.
But the biggest superstition is the belief in theatre ghosts. Most old theatres are said to be haunted. We explore this theme in a new six-part biweekly series called Ghosts of the Royal Alex. Every second week there will be a new song and a new chapter in a serialized story.