The Best Drawing Tools the Library Has

January 20, 2018 | Irene

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So, you want to learn to draw but don't know where to begin. Everyone can draw, really! There is no good or right way to draw but if you haven’t done it in a while – or ever – it may seem overwhelming to just jump in and start. We...

Audition material for Plays, Shows and Musical Theatre at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th Floor

October 6, 2015 | Wendy

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We have audition material for upcoming plays and shows that you can use at the Arts Department, 5th floor of Toronto Reference Library (the list is updated regularly). ** Attention Auditioners! Current audition listings have been moved to a new blog where you can sign up to receive instant email...

Audition for Trojan Women @ Alumnae Theatre

December 6, 2011 | Bill V.

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Alumnae Theatre is in rehearsals for The Trojan Women - adapted by Canadian poet Gwendolyn MacEwen - and they need two more women for the Chorus. Auditions are this coming Wednesday December 7 between 1 and 6 pm. They are seeking two non-union female actors of any age/any ethnicity to...

On Stage with "The Penelopiad" - Performing Arts Theatre Series Fall 2011

December 3, 2011 | Bill V.

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"Now that I'm dead I know everything" - so begins The Penelopiad and how mysteriously powerful is that phrase? Please join us for a free program on Monday December 5, from 7-8 pm, and hear guest speaker Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre, talk about the play "The Penelopiad"...

Monologues for teens and youth @ Toronto Public Libary

April 4, 2011 | Irene G.

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Are you a teen with an audition? Are you a teacher needing monologue ideas for young student actors? It can be tough finding monologues for teens but the Performing Arts Department at the Toronto Reference Library can help. Here are a few suggestions: Actor's choice: Monologues for teens: Features both...

Audition script for "Yellow Face" by David Hwang - now available to read at the Toronto Reference Library

December 1, 2010 | Irene G.

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The play "Yellow Face" by the award-winning American playwright David Henry Hwang is on audition for Hart House Theatre. The script is now available to read at the Performing Arts Desk on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Auditions will be held on December 1st and 2nd, 2010,...

Monologues for Women

September 30, 2010 | Wendy

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Are you a woman with an audition coming up? Check out the Performing Arts monologue collection! Here are a few of my favourites... Actor's choice: monologues for women: this collection is great because the audition pieces are current and fresh. And at playscripts' website you can find an almost complete...

A Molière celebration / Célébrons Molière!

May 12, 2010 | Wendy

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Aimez-vous Molière? This week Toronto Masque Theatre will unveil a production exploring Molière's life and work through music, theatre and dance. A Molière Celebration will run from May 12-15 in the Al Green Theatre at Bloor and Spadina. Tickets at or at 416-410-4561. Dance and incidental music by Lully...

Kurt Weill and his haunting song " The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife "

April 28, 2010 | Bill V.

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Recently someone asked for the score of a Kurt Weill song, " The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife ". While lyrics are easy to find using basic Google or other online internet based searches, sheet music and piano vocal scores are harder to find online. This is where the 40,000...

Stella Adler & Acting Methods and Yiddish Theatre

March 23, 2010 | Irene G.

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It may be my imagination but when I saw Jack McFarland's acting teacher Zandra Zoggin for first time on Will and Grace my thoughts went to Stella Adler. The mannerisms, the voice, the body language - were the writers doing an homage to the great Stella Adler ? Was the...