We are so excited about the opening of our first play of the 2016 Summer Theatre Season at Theatre Collingwood.  “Stag & Doe” will be coming to us from Theatre Orangeville May 24th-28th.  I thought it might be interesting to see how the whole process begins.  This blog was written by Theatre Orangeville’s NEW General Manager, Bernadette Hardaker.  They have assembled an outstanding cast and creative team.  If you have not ordered your tickets to “Stag & Doe” please call 705-445-2200 or order on line at theatrecollingwood.ca.  Also, if you are getting married, why not bring your bridal party to the show.  The Bride will receive her ticket for FREE.  What a fun way to celebrate! 
Subscription packages are still on sale for the whole season and we also have Group Rates for all of our shows.
See you at the theatre!





Before opening night, before the set is loaded on stage, before the sound and lights are designed and the costumes selected, there are the actors, in street clothes, sitting across from each other at a table in the rehearsal hall. At one end of the table is the director. At the other is the stage manager.  Before them all, are copies of the script. Support-staff sit on the sides in wrangled chairs, a makeshift audience. This is day one of rehearsals – the all-important read through of our last mainstage production of Theatre Orangeville’s 22nd season, Stag and Doe.


The read through gives the actors a chance to stretch their chops and try out their parts in front of the rest of the cast, a sort of first reckoning.  It’s much the same for the director. He gets an an unvarnished look at his talent pool. For the stage manager it’s a chance to gauge the personalities and energy of the individual players. For the peanut gallery, it’s the big reveal. The script we read months ago is lifted off the page and the play comes to life!


Stag and Doe doesn’t just lift its lazy head. It explodes with energy propelled by its six talented young stars delivering Mark Crawford’s bull’s eye script. This is the story of two brides and two events, on the same day in the same hall, and the mayhem which ensues behind the scenes in the kitchen. The knives come out, quite literally, zingers fly and there could be a bit of a catfight. For insurance purposes, Exceptional Risk riders have been attached to all the actors’ contracts!


From what we saw at the read through, Stag and Doe the play promises to deliver everything a stag and doe does in real life…love, laughs, conflict and resolution all washed down with salty snacks and shots of alcohol-laced coloured gelatin.


Bernadette Hardaker
General Manager
Theatre Orangeville