Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES

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Acting Up Stage held it’s annual fundraiser last night at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall.  Entitled ‘Tapestries’, the show featured the music of James Taylor and Carole King re-arranged by Reza Jacobs and performed by some of the cities hottest talent.  

This was the sixth annual event for Acting Up Stage and it has become a tradition of sorts for the relatively young company.  The unique combination of well known songs with new arrangements makes for an exciting musical evening and provides an excellent showcase for the tremendous talent we have in this city.

Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus and music director Reza Jacobs amassed an impressive list of performers, including Cynthia Dale, Jake Epstein, Josh Young, Arlene Duncan, and Sterling Jarvis. Joining the soloists were four terrific ladies on back-up vocals (who were also featured performing solos of their own), Sara Farb, Kelly Holiff, Amanda LeBlack and Eden Richmond.

Reza Jacobs talent and creativity as a musical director took centre stage throughout the evening as invention variations of classic tunes such as Fire and Rain and It’s Too Late were paired with more traditional variations of Taylor and King’s hits.  Some stand-outs included Sara Farb’s gorgeous rendition of Beautiful (which including a sampling of the Christina Aguilera hit by the same name) and Jake Epstein’s version of Carolina in my Mind.  Another highlight was Sterling Jarvis and Arlene Duncan dueting on a jazzed up version of You’ve Got a Friend.

Overall, the evening served as a reminder of Acting Up Stage’s goal to be a company that produces ‘modern musical theatre.’  This is a group who aren’t afraid to take risks, and that fearlessness shows in their choice of material for Tapestries as well as their programming for the rest of year.  If you haven’t been to one of their productions – you are in for a real treat.  And if you have, you already know what I’m talking about.

For more information on Acting Up Stage's programming, please visit their official website at www.actingupstage.com and check out their daily musical theatre blog at www.actingupstage.com/musical-notes

Photos by Carly Mills Photography

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
The Cast of Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Eden Richmond

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Amanda LeBlanc, Eden Richmond, Sara Farb, Kelly Holiff and Arlene Duncan

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Arlene Duncan

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Cynthia Dale

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Sterling Jarvis

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Josh Young

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Arlene Duncan and Sterling Jarvis

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Sara Farb

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Kelly Holiff

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Jake Epstein

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES
Jake Epstein

Photo Coverage: Acting Up Stage's TAPESTRIES

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Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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