Colin Mochrie, Debra McGrath headline new amphitheatre opening in Fenelon

By Lindsay Advocate

The Grove Theatre is excited to announce an eclectic line-up of talent for a month-long season opening — including improv masters Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath. 

From Canadian classics, to local artists, and even something for the kids — The Grove is ecstatic to announce that the doors will be opening to the public, following all health guidelines this August. Artistic Directors Christy Yael and Sean Cox have assembled a fantastic collection of artists, according to a media release, to help celebrate the opening.

The amphitheatre will be filled with music this August as they welcome Juno winner Crystal Shawanda and her band. Julian Taylor whose current release “The Ridge” has received Polaris, Juno and Summer Solstice Indigenous Awards nominations and was named “Solo Artist of the Year” at the CFMA’s this year. Heather McGuigan’s Musical Cabaret featuring Stratford and Shaw festival regulars and The Rave On’s Liverpool Sessions featuring music from The Beatles and Glad All Over a collection of British Invasion favourites. The harmonies continue with a Sunday concert featuring four female local singer/songwriters, Cassie Noble of Lindsay, Tania Joy of Uxbridge and Shannon Roszell and Vicki Heacock from Fenelon Falls.

The Dance in the Grove evening will feature the multitalented choreographer and performer Bill Coleman as he shares his unique skills of dance and storytelling. Following Bill Coleman and Company, a performance of Worldly Women, an exciting work from the Toronto based troupe Dance Fachin.

The laughs will continue on both Comedy Night, as a pair of comedians from the Toronto comedy scene take the stage, and Family Fun Day, when the wickedly talented Greg Tarlin brings his high energy juggling comedy show to the Grove to delight kids of all ages.

During this season, and every season to follow, safety will remain a key priority for The Grove Theatre and its team. They will open with reduced capacity in accordance with the regulations outlined in the Reopening Ontario Act and have an on-site COVID-19 safety policy.

A theatre company at their core, The Grove is excited to produce high-quality performing arts productions when the time is right. As a professional theatre company they were saddened to postpone their inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical due to COVID-19. However they are thrilled to offer the community an exciting and diverse lineup of music, comedy and family fun. The company will officially open with their production of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy in the summer of 2022.

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