INTRODUCING THE MASTERCLASS SERIES AT NEPTUNE!
The Masterclass Series at Neptune Theatre is developed as an opportunity for the HRM community to have intensive studying opportunities with professionals visiting the city and local artistic talents. These unique masterclasses can enhance any theatre background and serve as an introduction to a new area of performance. No experience required.
Musical Theatre Audition
April 24, 2017; (13-18, 18+) 6 - 9:30pm
Toronto based Singer/Actor/Musician Donna Garner was raised on a dairy farm near Stratford, Ontario as the youngest of thirteen children in a home filled with music. Her classical musical studies took her to Western University, The University of Toronto and to the AIMS Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Donna works as an actor, a singer, a pianist and multi-instrumentalist. Her performing has taken her across Canada, the U.S., Austria and Japan in such roles as Baruška in Once The Musical, Thea in Two Pianos, Four Hands, Vi Petty in Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story, Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret and Fairy Godmother for Disney, to name a few. She is currently on leave from her role as Frau Schmidt in the North American tour of The Sound of Music directed by three time Tony award winner Jack O’Brien.
When not on stage, Donna works as a voice specialist for masterclasses and lectures, as an adjudicator, a private voice teacher, repertoire coach, accompanist, and Music Director. She has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1997 and is currently on a performing leave of absence from the Voice Faculty of the prestigious Sheridan College Musical Theatre program.
She shares her life with her talented actor husband Rick Hughes and their stoic mini-schnauzer Cody.
Donna Garner will be playing Barushka in Once at Neptune Theatre.
Breaking Down a Script
May 1, 2017; (13-18, 18+) 6 - 9pm
Rick Hughes is a graduate of the the University of Saskatchewan’s English and Drama program (BA double hon.), and the National Theatre School (Acting). He has performed in Regional theatres across the country. Favourite roles include Del in the premiere production of Mansell Robinson’s Colonial Tongues (25th Street Theatre), Ted Phillips in Allana Harkin's Real Estate, Mitch Albom in Tuesdays With Morrie, Al in Daniel MacIvor's How It Works (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (Globe Theatre). Other credits include A Christmas Carol, Real Estate, When the Reaper Calls (STC); Full Monty, the Buddy Holly Story, Sound of Music, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown); Hamlet (MTC); The Affections of May (Drayton); The Tempest; Fire, Black Bonspiel (Globe); Love List (Theatre Northwest).
Rick has also performed on numerous film and TV productions including Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury); RoboCop (Strike/MGM/Columbia); Hemlock Grove (Netflix); Bloodletting (Shaftesbury) and Mayday (Cineflix).
Rick is based out of Toronto and is happy to be performing in the cast of Once at Neptune.
The L.A. Technique
May 8, 2017; (13-18, 18+) 6 - 9:30pm
Kirstin Howell is originally from California, and grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She began her training early, studying voice, violin, piano, and starring in several musicals. She has performed and trained across the US and Canada at some of North America's top theatre schools including Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, California), and the prestigious Sheridan Institute Musical Theatre-Performance Program [Honors Graduate] (Oakville, Ontario). She has also trained at The Groundlings (Improv, LA), Lesley Kahn & Co (Film acting, script analysis, LA), and Academie Duello (Longsword, Vancouver).
Since graduating from Sheridan, she has joined both the CAEA and ACTRA unions, she has booked film roles for Lifetime, Showcase, CityTV, CBC, TVTropolis, and more, and has worked for Neptune Theatre, Two Planks And A Passion, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Chester Playhouse, The Georgian Theatre Festival, etc. She is also passionate about creating work for herself and her peers, and is the co-founder of 521 Films; most recently having written/directed/produced a series Pilot called The Sunny Daye Show, in which she plays the title character, and Kiki Show, a sketch comedy vlog best known for her original character, Kaitlyn Ogilvie.
Kirstin will be on stage in April to play 'Ex-Girlfriend' in Neptune Theatre's Once.
His music needed one thing. Her.
Join us for a beer on set! The set is actually a working bar, so you’ll not only experience a musical with scads of awards, but you’ll also be able to mosey up on stage and share a pint.
8 Tony® Awards including Best Musical
Oscar Best Original Song, Falling Slowly
Grammy® Award Best Musical Theatre Album
Could the department store Santa be the real thing?
Author Valentine Davies got the idea for Miracle on 34th Street while struggling through the Christmas shopping crowds, trying to find a present for his wife. The commercialism he saw made him wonder what the real Santa Claus would make of it all.
This "tale as old as time" is a classic musical love story filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
A mystery and a love story spanning five decades.
Based on the classic novel by Wayne Johnson, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a retelling of Newfoundland’s first premier Joseph Smallwood. Smallwood was charismatic and controversial. While many Canadians today remember Smallwood as the man who brought Newfoundland into the Canadian Confederation, many Newfoundlanders remain sharply divided as to his legacy.
Glamorous Hollywood meets Rustic Ireland in a clash of cultures
Stones in His Pockets has been seen by over 2 million people, don’t miss this hilarious and moving tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot.
"Very funny!" Irish Times
Meet the Kim family! They’re getting standing ovations across the country!
“There are many reasons to cheer… join the celebration” – TORONTO STAR
“Stomach-hurtingly funny”, “Dramatic and moving” – NOW MAGAZINE