Kick off the Hoilday Season on the right foot with 'A Christmas Carol'
It won’t be long before homes are made Christmas cozy with the scent of pine, the sound of carols and the warmth of family. Newmarket-Aurora-East Gwillimbury residents are invited to celebrate this festive time with The Very Useful Theatre Company and Charles Dickens. Now a Christmas tradition across the country, a dramatic reading of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be presented at New Hope Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds raised will go to the Newmarket Food Pantry – in true Dickens’ fashion. Lots of free parking.
The production of A Christmas Carol features well-known dramatic personalities – the talented Readers include (in order of appearance) Phil Dionne of Newmarket; Zara Stuart-Jones of Aurora; Bruce Williamson of Aurora; Judi Cragg of Newmarket and wrapping up this festive delight is Aurora’s Ken Lloyd.
The Master of Ceremonies is none other than the well-known and well-loved Charles Beer of Newmarket. It is sure to be an evening not to be missed.
The music, which is such an important part of the dramatic reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ the well-known and popular singing group, ‘Take Note Vocal Ensemble’. This singing of traditional Christmas music adds so much to the evening and the reading!
For more information on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Newmarket, please call the ticket hotline and talk to the friendly Joanne at 905-727-3290. Tickets are only $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children over 12. Mark this date on your calendar and don’t hesitate to order your tickets and start the season off on the right foot!
This Years Presenters & Readers
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANKS ALL THE SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, PARTICIPANTS AND MOST OF ALL THE AUDIENCE. THE VERY USEFUL THEATRE COMPANY'S 2019 READING OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A SUCCESS WITHOUT YOU!
Net Proceeds to be shared with The Newmarket Food Pantry
Why not start the holiday season right? And what better way than attending "A Dramatic Reading of a Christmas Carol with Music" read by five well known personalities a truly Dramatic performance:
A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 a time of notorious poverty known as "the hungry forties". You can help us raise funds for the Newmarket Food Pantry by attending this wonderful story of transformation and redemption.
Produced by: The Very Useful Theatre Company
Helping Community Help Itself!
Start the Holiday Season Right!
A Dramatic Reading of "A Christmas Carol"
with music featuring Christmas Carols sung by:
“The Irene Ilic Singers” with Soprano Irene Ilic
Sunday December 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m .
New Hope Methodist Church,
337 Queen Street, Newmarket
Tickets: $20 for Adults
$15 for Seniors/Students
Children under 12 years of age Free/Group rates available
A Christmas Carol
Our 2018 Readers
Phil Dionne has been on the stage in York Region for 55 years. He has appeared in dramas, comedies and musicals over that time. Many people would have seen his performances for The Old Town Hall Players, Newmarket Stage Company and The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill, but a special place in his heart will always be reserved for Theatre on Main and the productions he produced, directed and performed there with Ross and Jacque Bailey
Bill has been a Newmarket resident and business owner since 1983. Bill has worked in the financial industry since 1970 and services his clients under the HollisWealth name on Leslie St. Bill and his wife Bonnie believe in giving back to their community. He has served on several Boards including Crime Stoppers, and has been a part of several community organizations and most recently initiated the concept and support of the HollisWealth Story Pod to Riverwalk Commons.
MCTAVISH Hollis Wealth
KENNETH LLOYD Actor/Director
Ken is a retired teacher and later principal in Aurora. He is a three-time winner of a best actor Thea award, as well as being nominated several other times. He has appeared as Scrooge on stage in Marquee’s production of “A Christmas Carol”, and was nominated as best leading actor. He has directed several musicals, including “My Fair Lady”, “ Jesus Christ Superstar”, with Theatre Aurora. He also directed “Oliver” for Queensville Players, for which he was nominated for a Thea as best director of a musical.
GARY JOHNSTON Actor
Gary has spent the last four decades involved in the field of energy and sustainability. An entrepreneur, business owner and professor emeritus of Building Sciences, he continues to give workshops and presentations in these areas both at home and internationally. An ordained Catholic Clergy (Diaconate), he ministers at St. John Chrysostom church in Newmarket. He thinks he is retired. His wife Helen isn’t so sure.
Barb is so pleased to be invited to participate in this wonderful annual event. She has been involved with a number of community theatre groups in York Region and currently sits on the board at Theatre Aurora. Barb has performed on stage at Theatre on Main, Theatre Aurora and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. She has also produced, directed and been costume designer with various groups. Merry Christmas to all.
& the Studio Singers
Irene Ilic, Soprano, received her Master's Degree in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed a variety of operatic and music theatre roles in the U.S and Canada. She has been a guest soloist with several Canadian choirs and orchestras, including Tafelmusik, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Kingston Symphony, the Tallis Choir and others. Ms. Ilic is quite active as a music festival adjudicator and has a thriving private teaching practice in Newmarket. She is a member of teaching organizations (NATS and ORMTA) and is founder and director of the Newmarket Voice Festival which just celebrated its 22th year. Many of her students have starred in professional musical theatre productions, won the Gold Medal for the highest mark in Ontario on a Royal Conservatory of Music exam, and have gone on to pursue professional performing and teaching careers of their own.
the Studio Singers
Stéphane Arcand is a Grade 12 student currently attending École secondaire catholique Renaissance in Aurora. He has studied voice for six years and completed his Grade 8 RCM exam. In addition to singing, Stéphane plays the saxophone, the guitar and the piano. He is very passionate about music and loves performing on stage. He has performed at various events such as the Newmarket Voice Festival and has won several scholarships. He wishes to continue his studies in music and pursue music as a career someday.
Pianist Marney, Stéphane, Allyson & Robyn - Photo by Jeanette Lawson.
Robyn MacDonald has loved singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She enjoys training with her vocal coach Irene Illic and has received many awards, her favorite being a gold medal for her grade 2 RCM exam. She loves to perform in musicals with some of her favorite roles being Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Miss Pennywise in Urinetown, and many more. Robyn is very excited to share her Christmas spirit with you all tonight, and she hopes you enjoy!
Allyson is thrilled to be part of this special presentation of the Christmas Carol. A musical theatre performer since the age of seven, Allyson loves to sing and was recently awarded the Ontario Regional Gold Medal for Level 6 Voice by the Royal Conservatory of Music. Allyson is very grateful to be the student of such a talented vocal coach, Irene Ilic. Allyson loves the Christmas season and has a great appreciation for traditional music. As an accomplished pianist and ARCT student, it is no surprise that her favourite holiday pastime is when the family gathers around the piano to play and sing Christmas carols. Allyson would like to wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas!
Marney Curran is in great demand as an accompanist for festivals, RCM exams and recitals. She has her A.R.C.T. and a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree. She is currently the accompanist at Country Day School in King and Music Director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Newmarket. She teaches piano and theory in Newmarket.