The PROBUS Club of Applewood
in Mississauga
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A midsummer outing for Applewood Probus theatre buffs  -- the Protagonists -- took a group of  21 to see the British farce Run for Your Wife at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 16. Lights Out Productions delivered a spirited performance of the somewhat dated, but still amusing play, first staged in 1983.
The group also enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner at the nearby Pepperwood Bistro.
The new Applewood Probus Theatre Group, the “Protagonists,” organized an outing to the Meadowvale Theatre for 16 Probians and their wives and guests on Thursday, March 22, 2018. They saw a musical play, Chess which has been around in various forms for some 20 years. The lyrics are by Tim Rice and the music by Swedes Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA. The story takes place around a “grand master” chess rivalry between an American and a Russian at the height of the Cold War in 1979-80. And of course, there’s a love interest and national pride included in the mix.

The general view seemed to be that the voices and the staging were terrific, and that a number of the songs were beautiful and moving. Overall impressions varied from OK to spectacular!

The group enjoyed a pre-show dinner at the Symposium Cafe in the Meadowvale Town Centre.

Bob Weese
Chess - at the Meadowvale Theatre
A funny thing happened on the way to 2018: A 1962 Broadway classic, billed as "one of the funniest musicals ever written",  appeared to be showing its age.
Indeed, A Funny Thing happened On The Way To The Forum may not have aged quite as well as the Applewoood Probus drama buffs who took it in at Meadowvale Theatre on Oct. 25.
Just sayin'.
In any case, a talented cast from Etobicoke Musical Productions delivered a lively performance.

Dinner at the Symposium in Meadowvale Town Centre preceded the
show, the fourth event for the Applewood Probus Protagonists.
A return visit to Theatre Sheridan on February 21 to see the Leonard Bernstein musical On the Town marked the Protagonists' first event of 2019. The outing, which attracted a contingent of 36 drama buffs, once again confirmed Sheridan's reputation as an incubator of theatrical talent.

Beforehand the group dined at the nearby Spoon and Fork.

The first trip to Theatre Sheridan was a year ago for an equally enjoyable production of Kiss Me Kate.

On a related note Sheridan had a special reason to celebrate: an Academy Award for a graduate of its Animation, Arts and Design faculty: Domee Shi. A graduate of the animation program at Ontario’s Sheridan College, Shi is the first woman to direct a short film at Pixar, where she works.

In her acceptance speech she said "don't hide behind your sketchbooks - don't be afraid to tell your stories to the world."

Don Hendry

Theatre Group
The Applewood Probus Theatre Group is back after a lengthy hiatus with yet another visit to Theatre Sheridan in Oakville slated for Feb. 27. 
This time the talented students in Sheridan’s Theatre and Drama Program will present the musical Cabaret. Tickets, at $25.50, have been going fast, but a few will be available until Jan. 30.    

Cabaret, with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is set in the months preceding the outbreak of World War II.  American writer Clifford Bradshaw lands in Berlin and soon finds himself at the notorious Kit Kat Klub. There he falls madly in love with the English ex-patriot entertainer Sally Bowles. Their affair is tested as her reckless lifestyle overwhelms him and as the world around them marches toward chaos. Throughout, the Kit Kat Klub’s Emcee taunts and satirizes with dazzling musical numbers in a score that includes Wilkommen, Money (Makes the World Go Around), Maybe This Time, and the unforgettable title tune.

The theatre group – now dubbed the Protagonists -- was formed in 2017 to give club members and their guests an opportunity to sample the broad variety of productions on offer locally.
 
Outings have included two previous visits to Theatre Sheridan for presentations of the Leonard Bernstein musical On the Town and  Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate.