The Curtain Opens Again on Mississauga’s Musical Theater Series After More Than Two Years

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By Karen Longwell

Posted on September 27, 2022 at 11:11 a.m.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame returns as part of the Encore series at the Meadowvale Theatre.

One of Mississauga’s longest-running musical theater series returns to the stage this fall after more than two years away.

The Encore series returns to the newly renovated Meadowvale Theater this fall with five musicals. The Encore series, launched in 1993, brings together five community theater groups for a series of Meadowvale Theater subscriptions. The groups have changed over the years, but now the five groups are Clarkson Music Theatre, Meadowvale Music Theatre, Theater Unlimited Performing Arts, City Center Musical Productions and Etobicoke Musical Productions.

The 2019-20 series was put on hiatus in March 2020 due to the pandemic, says Encore series marketing co-president Michael Buchert.

Downtown Music Productions the hunchback of Notre-Dame de Paris was on stage in March 2020.

“Halfway around the world, closed,” says Buchert.

The last production of the series, Theater Unlimited Performing Arts’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang didn’t go on stage. These two productions will therefore return in the 2022-23 series. Jheatre Unlimited is currently looking for actors for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Pandemic restrictions associated with renovations to the Meadowvale Theater meant the series could not return until now.

The season begins with Etobicoke Musical Productions’ 42nd street November 4-13. The musical tells the story of a young tap dancer, Peggy Sawyer, from Pennsylvania, trying to break into Broadway.

Next is Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella from the Clarkson Music Theatre. The show, featuring fairytale magic with giants and dragons, runs from November 25 to December 4.

by Roald Dahl Matilda The Musical is the third show running February 3-12. The Meadowvale Music Theater production promises energetic dance numbers and the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

City Center Musical Productions is bringing back its production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel with songs from Disney’s animated feature. The show runs from March 3-12.

Lately, Chitty Chitty Bang BangTheater Unlimited’s high-flying fun adventure runs April 21-30.

With the return of The Encore Series, organizers hope to bring back subscribers. Before the pandemic, there were about 1,900 subscribers, but it’s now down to 1,200, Buchert says.

“So we had a number of people who didn’t come back,” he says.

There can be many reasons why people don’t return – some may be nervous about the crowds, and others may have moved on.

“We would really like to encourage more subscriptions.”

For adults, the five-show series costs $150 or $140 for seniors. Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $32 for seniors or students.

Audiences say the productions are as good as Toronto’s but for a much more affordable price, Buchert says.

“We provide very high quality entertainment.”

But the shows also aim to support Mississauga residents and provide young people with a career launch pad.

“When you buy our ticket, you are giving back to the community.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Encore Series website.

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