Brandishing a fresh new slogan, “Let’s go see a show”, General Manager Colleen Clack announced River Run Centre’s 2012-2013 season of professional entertainment today at a public launch and celebration to an enthusiastic crowd of patrons, volunteers, donors and sponsors.
“We’re offering something for every taste – from romantic jazz and broadway tunes to comedy and family shows,” says Clack. “Our early bird discount program offers great savings for those who wish to select a wide variety of shows.”
This season’s Guelph Mercury Family Series offers four imaginative and interactive shows beginning on October 14 with the popular adventures of The Three Musketeers byDuffleBag Theatre. On November 4, Pinkalicious, The Musical, brings to life the well loved series of children’s books by the same name. Ballet Creole heats up the stage on February 17 with the rhythms of Cuba through acrobatic dance and drumming in Heart of Cuba. The series ends on March 15 with the award-winning musical, The Berenstain Bears Live!
The Macquarie Music Series opens on October 20 with the celebrated jazz pianist Oliver Jones. On October 27 Colin James shares his catalogue of hit songs, from soul and blues to rock and roll. The famous star of Les Miserables, Colm Wilkinson, brings Broadway, Christmas and Beyond to musical theatre lovers on November 29. Country star Jason McCoy offers an entertaining evening of genuine country music The Perfect Gift – Jason McCoy’s One-Man Christmas Show on December 15, followed by Andrew Craig’s Gospel Christmas on December 16. On January 26, nearly a dozen of Canada’s finest contemporary roots musicians gather on stage to interpret the songs of Gordon Lightfoot, inThe Way We Feel. Romantic jazz chanteuse Jill Barber performs her signature love songs on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Pavlo, whose electrifying Mediterranean guitar style combines elements of flamenco, classical and Latin music, appears on February 22. On March 24, North America’s top fiddler-violinists celebrate the music, tradition and versatility of the violin in Bowfire. The series concludes with a performance by Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Royal Wood on April 26.
This year’s Wooly Kinderconcerts features three interactive performances by the Guelph Symphony Orchestra for children 5 and under. Children learn all about the orchestra’s string section in Goldilocks and the Three Bears on November 3. Woodwinds recreate the sounds of the forest in Little Red Riding Hood on January 19. Brass players end the series on April 6 as they huff and puff their songs in The Three Little Pigs.
The Arbour Trails Chamber Series features some of Canada’s most accomplished chamber musicians. It opens with pianist Jamie Parker on October 20. Trumpeter Guy Few joins forces with soprano Leslie Fagan and pianist Stephanie Mara in Project Aria on December 7. The series closes with international musical stars violinist Erika Raum and pianist Lydia Wong on February 9.
The RBC Classical Arts Series returns with a line up of large-scale productions, including,Machomer, Rick Miller’s hilarious interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on November 2. The dazzling Canadian Brass ensemble makes a rare stop in Guelph on December 19.Ballet Jörgen Canada’s lavish new production of Swan Lake, a story of true love, takes the stage on January 19. Two of Canada’s preeminent choirs, Elmer Iseler Singers andNathaniel Dett Chorale join forces in Amazing Grace on February 23. The superb actorRod Beattie performs his newest play Wingfield Lost and Found on May 15 to round out the series.
Talented Canadian singer-songwriters headline five Friday night performances in theBorealis Music Series. Ukulele wizard James Hill opens the series on October 26 followed by Guelph’s own Sam Turton and Friends on November 16. Gifted pianist and songstress,Darrelle London takes the stage on January 25. One month later, on February 22, well-know singer/songwriters Katherine Wheatley and Wendell Ferguson join forces to perform as Wendell and Wheat. Virtuoso banjoist Jayme Stone wraps up the series on April 5.
This season’s Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series showcases some of the best stand-up, sketch and musical comedians from across the country. The husband and wife comedy duo,Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath showcase their improvisational chops on October 18.The Second City troupe returns with Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, just in time for the festive season on December 13. Mentalist Mike Mandel chases away the February blues on February 8. The annual spring The Just for Laughs Road Show concludes the series on April 18.
Tickets are now on sale through the River Run Centre box office. As part of the uGO program, tickets for university and college students are $20 each and through the eyeGO program, high school students may attend for just $5 each. All tickets may be purchased online at riverrun.ca, by phone at 519-763-3000 or in person at the Box Office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Manager of Cultural Development
River Run Centre
T 519-837-5662 ext 2589