For Immediate Release - August 23, 2012

Brochure Now Available, Construction Underway
for Theatre Erindale’s 2012-13 Season: ‘MAYHEM!’


[Mississauga ON, August 2012] “Mayhem!” Nothing other than a few stray bricks now remains of the Western end of UTM’s North Building – where Theatre Erindale for many years rehearsed and stored its scenery and costumes. The new wing that will house the company’s working and storage areas beginning in 2014 will soon be rising in its place. Chain-link hoardings and building machinery block off what used to be a bus loop and driveway. And meanwhile, inside the Erindale Studio Theatre, construction is also underway – in this case for the first of the season’s five mainstage productions, which are collectively and appropriately titled “Mayhem!”

Taking its cue from the construction on the doorstep, the company promises this year’s audiences a wild ride! The exciting new season features the Canadian Première of a Noël Coward play, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 with the world’s first show about its women, and supplies bard-lovers with a unparalleled overdose: screwed-up Shakespeare, comic Shakespeare, and tragic Shakespeare – all in one season!

The claws in Coward’s Semi-Monde – set in the Paris Ritz Hotel in the 1920s – may be sheathed in velvet, but they draw blood nonetheless; it’s a comedy of bad manners that opens in late October and climaxes with a gunshot. And speaking of gunshots, the women who will star in November in the collectively adapted world première about the War of 1812 ¬– In the Midst of Alarms, from the book by Dianne Graves – fired off a volley or three themselves!

The Beck Festival of one-act Independent Student Productions in December is always an adventure. Then to launch the New Year in January, the company guarantees you’ve never seen a disaster as hilarious as the one perpetrated by the ladies of Farndale Avenue. This British little theatre drama festival production of ‘the Scottish play’ will be mounted for the first time ever in the MiST Theatre in the CCT Building: its audience will get to park and be entertained under the same roof!

The chaos that follows in February for the lovers, the would-be thespians, and even the fairies in the woods on Midsummer’s Eve in Shakespeare’s beloved Dream has never been equalled. And then at last it’s back to the battlefield, with the bard’s blackest, shortest, and most exciting tragedy: Macbeth.

Guiding the stars of tomorrow from the Sheridan-UTM Theatre and Drama Studies Program will be veteran professional directors Brian McKay, Ralph Small, Patrick Young, Sue Miner, and Alan Dilworth.

Theatre Erindale’s Twentieth Anniversary season last year set new records both for attendance and for acclaim. Free colour brochures for the 2012-2013 “Mayhem!” season are now available. Single tickets continue at the rock-bottom price of $10-15, and Memberships – now on sale – offer a 20% discount (or one show FREE!). Evening or weekend parking in Lot 1 or the CCT Garage is $6.50. (While construction continues, please check for the latest on passenger drop-off and ticket pick-up.) Call the box office at 905-569-4369 or visit www.theatreerindale.com.

Contact: Patrick Young at 905-845-9430 ext. 2709
Box Office: 905-569-4369 or
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Theatre Erindale for 2012-2013: MAYHEM!

SEMI-MONDE
by Noël Coward, directed by Brian Mckay
The Canadian Première
OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 4, 2012

IN THE MIDST OF ALARMS
adapted by the Company from the book by Dianne Graves under the direction of Ralph Small
A Theatre Erindale World Première
NOVEMBER 15 – 25, 2012

THE BECK FESTIVAL
MiST Theatre DECEMBER 13 – 15, 2012

THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY’S PRODUCTION OF MACBETH
by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, directed by Patrick Young
MiST Theatre JANUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 3, 2013

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare, directed by Sue Miner
FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 3, 2013

MACBETH
by William Shakespeare, directed by Alan Dilworth
MARCH 14 – 24, 2013

Two men sword fighting a third down on the ground

“Mayhem!”: Jack Morton, Adam Cresswell, Michelle Nash in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – January 2012