Padre Pio, a romantic comedy with a saint at the centre

Read about the play in this recent Hamilton Spectator article:

"Talking with Peter, Peter and John is like speaking with three disciples of the theatre.

Each has a story to tell. Each is bound up with a theatrical project that defies easy categorization. Each insists Padre Pio, the new musical they are presenting, isn't solely a religious experience..." 
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Read the review of Padre Pio in The View

"Be charmed and entertained by a fine gem of a show"    Read More.

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"Eric Luvisotto’s Padre Pio is fantastic" according to the review by Aha Blume in Monkeybiz

"Escape the winter blahs by attending the engaging and original Padre Pio..."  Read More

 

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"With theatre we express reality not as we experience it, but as we believe it to be true."

Sunday
Oct042015

Tuesdays with Morrie - Sept/Oct 2015

Sunday
Oct042015

The Classical Theatre Company's "Tuesdays with Morrie" - Reviewed in View Magazine

Sunday
Apr262015

Padre Pio - Jan/Feb 2015

PADRE PIO

This dramatic comedy with a romantic plot, traces the life of this great Italian saint - from his years in San Giovanni Rotondo to his death.

Padre Pio suffered greatly with many illnesses, but was also gifted with the stigmata, the ability to prophesize, to perform miracles and to bi-locate.

This inspirational and entertaining musical focuses, in a comedic and dramatic way, on Pio's teaching of suffering. His teachings leave us inspired and hope-filled.

It illustrates how Pio, loved by millions of people, was rejected by some in his own Church and sent to live a life of seclusion. Some considered it imprisonment for ten years. Giovanni, Pio's right hand man, who intends to be a monk like Pio, falls in love with Frances, an American reporter and skeptic, who has come to disprove and write Pio's story. Her suspicions are affirmed when she witnesses three disillusioned women, who had come to Pio for miracles. Pio had something more profound planned for them.

It’s a long struggle before Pio’s dream of constructing a special hospital is actualized and he is legitimized. It took the brilliant work of a converted Frances, a loyal Giovanni, a swayed Bishop and by others who loved him. Like many who came in contact with this great man, he also altered the path of Giovanni and Frances.

Cast

St. Padre Pio - Eric Luvisotto
Giovanni - Eric Charters
Francis - Sharon Gronfeldt
Bishop - Anthony Zita
Angela/Jolene Hart/Monk - Heather Baer
Maria/Queen Isabella/Monk - Julia Gorban
Teresa/Monk - Tara Kennedy
Mario - Peter Anderson
King Carlos/Monk - Renfred D'Souza

Wednesday
Jan092013

MacBeth - Nov/Dec 2012

Directed by Peter Anderson and Tyler Brent
Production Co-ordinator: Steve Newman

Cast
(In order of appearance)

Annie McLean - First Witch
Teresa Janes - Second Witch
Michael Zimmerman - Third Witch and Second Murderer
Ron Collingwood -Bar patron
Jim Jeffrey - Bar patron
Steve O'Brien - Duncan, Macduff and First Murderer
Nick Kozij - Malcolm, Fleance, Son, Lennox and Seyton
Tyler Brent - Sergeant, Doctor, and Siward
Aha Blume - Ross, Porter, Attendant
Peter Anderson - Macbeth and Third Murderer
William LeGood - Banquo, Menteith and Servant
Laura Ellis - Lady Macbeth
Justine Dennis - Servant
Theresa Cooke - Hecate, Lady Macduff and Gentlewoman

Wednesday
Dec052012

The Classical Theatre Company’s Macbeth: A Theatre Review

By Caden Brody

Originally published in Monkeybiz.ca,  Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:10 PM

The Classical Theatre Company’s Macbeth drops the famous play in today’s corporate world and makes it believable while remaining true to The Bard’s original intent. Co-directed by Peter Anderson, who brings the role of Macbeth to life with visceral energy and admirable singleness of focus, and Tyler Brent, acting as Doctor and Siward with equal passion and skill, the play is a group effort. All the actors are there purely for love of the play.

The ensemble is comprised of people of diverse life experience. There is an art director who works in Toronto advertising agencies (William LeGood) who is stellar as Banquo and Mentieth (I couldn’t stop thinking how powerful his stage presence was every time he appeared), to Laura Ellis, a graduate of Fanshawe College’s Theatre Arts program, who is delightful as Lady Macbeth, to Theresa Cooke, a theatre veteran who is brilliantly diabolical as Hecate, wonderfully sympathetic as Lady MacDuff and Gentlewoman, and on it goes from lawyers to administrators. The special effects are well done and perfectly timed. Best bubbling, smoking cauldron scene I’ve ever seen.

When I first saw mobile phones and Jackson-Triggs wine bottles on stage, and the actors in modern business attire I must admit I thought I had the wrong play. Five minutes in I realized they were employing the language and plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to tell a bloody tale of an executive’s relentless climb up the corporate ladder with the inevitable consequences of those actions.

Shakespeare remains timeless and this fast-paced performance by the Classical Theatre Company makes one feel one is in the thick of the action, something it takes tremendous talent to accomplish.

As Macbeth, Anderson, whose previous credits include Mark Antony, Dracula and Henry James, maintains the same energy and believability as the volatile lead character from the plays’ opening to the final curtain call. Laura Ellis plays Lady Macbeth with impeccable timing and flair. In the program every single cast and crew member state that they are grateful to be in the play, and thank Anderson and Brent.

Aha Blume, who takes on the roles of Ross, Porter, First and Second Apparitions, explains, “Everyone worked really hard, it was an ensemble and couldn’t have been done without everyone’s participation.” Every player on that stage echoes those sentiments as one. They work as a team, supporting one another. That they genuinely enjoy working together shows in a lively, flawlessly timed performance, true to Shakepeare’s lines and message. A timeless tale told in this case in our time period. I recommend seeing it. You’ll find yourself so immersed in the action that the time flies by, and I can honestly say you’ll be talking about it for days afterwards.