Steven Gallagher & Anton Lipovetsky. Photos by McKenzie James. Image Design by Helios Design Labs.
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BLACKOUT

The Musical Stage Company

Book by: Steven Gallagher
Music & Lyrics by: Anton Lipovetsky

A captivating new musical from Canada's leading musical theatre company.

On August 14th, 2003, Toronto was sent into chaos when the largest blackout in Canadian history left millions stranded in the dark and unable to reach or connect with their loved ones.

Inspired by real events, BLACKOUT depicts three stories of connection that unfolded when the city was dark, and strangers banded together to find the light. A preview production of a new Canadian musical by two of Canada’s most exciting voices, Blackout is a story of hope, resilience, and community.

Originally developed through The Musical Stage Company’s innovative musical development initiative Launch Pad, a selection of this new work was first seen in 2019 as part of REPRINT.

The Dream in High Park outdoor experience has been designed with the safety and comfort of patrons, artists, and staff as the top priority.  Canadian Stage will continue to monitor and respond to governmental policy changes and advice from health authorities to ensure we are always up-to-date and offering the safest experience possible.

Things to know.
  • Face Coverings: Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
  • Reduced Contact: As much as possible, interactions between Dream in High Park staff and patrons will be contactless. This includes ticket scanning, box office transactions, and health screenings. Staff will be equipped with masks to keep all guests safe.
  • Physical Distancing: Staff, stanchions, barriers, and signage will be in place throughout the Dream in High Park site to encourage physical distancing for patrons.
  • Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Dream in High Park site. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

All residents and visitors of Toronto must follow the City of Toronto's current Public Health regulations. Click here to view the current Public Health Regulations for the City of Toronto.

Liability Waiver

While we have put measures in place to enhance safety and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from person to person, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people gather. By attending Dream in High Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure of COVID-19. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in removal from the venue.

Canadian Stage has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council.  This international symbol is designed to allow travellers to recognize companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene safety measures that ensure customers experiences are safe.

High Park is a unique and sacred ecosystem. We can all do our part to keep it vibrant for generations to come. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy the park responsibly: 

  1. Stay on paths. They were created to allow you to enjoy nature without affecting it. Stepping off a marked path may seem innocent, but it can result in damage to animal habitats and nests and can cause harm to native plants vital to maintaining balance in the ecosystem.
  2. Don’t disturb plants and animals by moving their things around. This is their home. That branch might have a specific purpose. Best to leave everything as is. They will appreciate it.
  3. Leave no trace. Anything you bring on your visit including wrappers, snacks and masks, should exit the park when you do.
  4. Open your heart. The beauty of High Park is to be experienced with your heart. Be present, listen to the sounds, enjoy the views and smells, feel the freshness of the air, and your spirit will swell.

By following these responsible practices, we can minimize our impact on the natural environment in High Park. Enjoy your visit!

Please note that vehicular access to the park is very limited. Please be prepared to walk to the Amphitheatre from one of the numerous points of entry to High Park.

Ticket prices will vary based on production and performance.  For many performances, some advance tickets will be available for purchase at set prices however the majority of tickets will continue to be offered on a Pay-What-You-Wish basis. At noon, two days prior to each performance, an allotment of tickets will become available at PWYW. Advertised ticket prices include applicable fees and HST.

In accordance with Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen, advance registration is required for all of our outdoor performances.

Tickets will be delivered to you as a PDF attachment by email. You may either print your tickets and bring them with you to your performance, or you can display your ticket barcode(s) on your mobile device.  Please be sure to have your tickets ready upon arrival and, if you are using your mobile device, have the brightness turned all the way up.

Seating in the High Park Amphitheatre is General Admission.  We are maintaining a significantly reduced capacity in order to allow ample space between parties.

The pathway leading from the road/sidewalk to the Amphitheatre seating is a natural, unpaved pathway and you may encounter tree roots, rocks, and sections of uneven ground.

Accessible seating is available in the top row of the Amphitheatre. Please inform our Box Office representatives if you require accessible seating when booking your tickets.

At least one accessible portable washroom will be available with roll in ground level access, grab bars, and a self-closing, unmotorized door.

While the pathway within the amphitheatre grounds is lit after sunset, the portion of pathway between the amphitheatre grounds and the road/sidewalk is not.

 

To facilitate physical distancing, we have indicated on your ticket a preferred time of arrival.  As you are able, we ask that you arrive within the designated timeframe.

Please do not attend if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.

Contact the box office at 416-368-3110 as soon as possible and our Audience Services team will be happy to discuss your ticket options.

The High Park Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue so we suggest you wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. You may also wish to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a blanket or cushions on which to sit.

No, except for service animals, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre.

The High Park Amphitheatre is situated in the heart of one of Toronto's most significant and iconic natural sites, High Park.

Please visit our High Park Venue and Directions page for detailed location maps and directions.

 

Yes, you can access the Visual Guide below. It will allow you to read and see pictures about the experience of attending Dream in High Park.

ACCESS VISUAL GUIDE

While there are several parking areas within High Park, please be sure to check the City of Toronto website to verify whether vehicular traffic is permitted in the park on the day of your performance.  

Please note that High Park will have Vehicle-Free Weekends throughout the spring and summer of 2021.

Portable washrooms, including an accessible portable washroom, are available on site for the use of ticketed patrons, and are regularly sanitized. All washrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizers. Please sanitize your hands before and after use.

No, food and beverages will not be allowed in the amphitheatre, except for water. Once seated, guests may remove masks briefly while taking a drink of water.

 

 

The Musical Stage Company is indispensable. – The Globe and Mail

A Musical Stage Company Production, in Association with Canadian Stage.

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BLACKOUT Producing Patrons for The Musical Stage Company: The Don & Shirley Green Family Foundation.

Commissioned with funding by The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals (via The Musical Stage Company).

Originally commissioned by The Musical Stage Company (Mitchell Marcus, Artistic & Managing Director; Robert McQueen, Director of New Musical Development)" and Yonge Street Theatricals (Linda Barnett and Natalie Bartello, Producers) as part of Launch Pad 2019.

Book by

  • Steven Gallagher

Music & Lyrics by

  • Anton Lipovetsky

Direction & Dramaturgy by

  • Ann Hodges

Music Direction & Supervision by

  • Wayne Gwillim

Movement Direction by

  • David Andrew Reid

Set Design by

  • Brandon Kleiman

Costume Design by

  • Alex Amini

Lighting Design by

  • Logan Raju Cracknell

Sound Design by

  • Kaitlyn MacKinnon

Production Management provided by

  • WxW (WhatbyWhen)

Production Supervision by

  • Crystal Lee

Production Management by

  • Leslie Hernandez

COVID-19 Safety Consultation by

  • Tali Anzel-Sivkin

COVID-19 Infection Control Monitoring by

  • Daniel Oulton

Stage Management by

  • Dustyn Wales

Apprentice Stage Management by

  • Joey Lau

Music Assistance & Copyist work by

  • Jonathan Corkal-Astorga

Fight & Intimacy Direction by

  • Siobhan Richardson

Props by

  • Mary Spyrakis

Wardrobe Production Assistance by

  • Bebe Brunjes

Production Assistance & Running by

  • Aimée Tremblay Woodman

Apprentices

  • RBC Apprentice Director, as a part of the Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund - Vanessa Sears
  • RBC Apprentice Producer - Alicia Barban
  • RBC Apprentice Stage Manager - Joey Lau
  • RBC Apprentice Sound Designer - Olivia Shortt

Cast

  • Brandon Antonio
  • Michael De Rose
  • Chilina Kennedy
  • Rami Khan
  • Germaine Konji
  • Yemie Sonuga
  • Jonathan Winsby
  • Synthia Yusuf

Band

  • Piano/Conducting by Wayne Gwillim
  • Guitar by Steve John Dale

IA Technicians

  • Chris Robbinson- High Park Head Technician
  • Paul Bourgeois- FOH Mixer
  • Giulia D’amanzo- Head LX

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