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Disney's The Little Mermaid

November 16 @ 7:30PM

November 17 @ 2:00PM

November 17 @ 7:30PM

Sponsored by Boston Pizza and Canadian Tire!
 
The Academy Theatre goes "under the sea" with its production of The Little Mermaid. 
 
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
 
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
 
Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
 
Disney's The Little Mermaid offers a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets, as well as the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years.
 

“OH WHAT A NIGHT!” – THE CHRISTMAS SHOW

November 23 @ 7:00PM

 
Tickets $58.75.  “OH WHAT A NIGHT!” THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND IN 2018!
 
The cast of “OH WHAT A NIGHT!”, the internationally renowned tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, celebrates the Christmas season with a  show that returns to Canada by popular demand… one that definitely creates “holiday sparkle”.
 
In the “OH WHAT A NIGHT!” Christmas show the cast will warm you up with some of the most popular songs from their fast paced musical tribute to the legendary Frankie Valli and then transform you into a Christmas wonderland with a brand new tribute to “Mr. Christmas” himself – the great ANDY WILLIAMS. 
 
“OH WHAT A NIGHT!” Is an in-depth musical revue, bringing to life thirty of the Four Seasons' hits.  It's a captivating tribute to the songbook of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame super group with note-perfect renditions of the iconic "Jersey boys"! The show features 4 talented performers singing live that “feel good” music you grew up with that made the name Frankie Valli known around the globe.
In the 1960’s and 70’s the ANDY WILLIAMS television show was a staple in households around the world and his annual Christmas shows were some of the most anticipated specials ever made. His “Moon River” Theatre (named after his signature song) was the first non-country music theatre to be opened in Branson Mo., and allowed this iconic performer to remain in front of his loyal fans until shortly before his passing. 
 
The talented cast of “OH WHAT A NIGHT!” easily recreates the legendary sound of “Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers” with such songs as “It’s The Holiday Season”, “Jingle Bells”, “The Christmas Song”, “White Christmas”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (which was written specifically for The Andy Williams Show), and of course “Moon River”. 
“Everybody loves these songs.  The melodies and harmonies are great to sing and the songs are always a special memory for somebody”, says producer George Solomon. 
 
Staying true to the original recordings this tribute to Frankie Valli & Andy Williams honours the talents of two American legends.  Don’t miss this incredible musical experience.
 

The Legendary Downchild Blues Band With Special Guest Rick Fines

November 24 @ 8:00PM

It's tempting and not altogether far-fetched to apply an engine metaphor to the mighty Downchild, one of the planet's foremost most feted, longest-running blues outfits with quite possibly the best back story ever told.
 
Roaring through bracing, high-octane performances since 1969, the band founded and continuously steered by harmonica and guitar ace Donnie "Mr. Downchild" Walsh is as vibrant today as when Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi were inspired by Downchild for their brilliant Blues Brothers venture back in the 1970s. The pair elevated Downchild's "Shotgun Blues" and Walsh's "(I Got Everything I Need) Almost" to smash status on their 1978 Briefcase Full of Blues record.
 
Actually, the 2017 iteration of Downchild - with each member boasting a minimum of 20 years of service - might be the most electrifying yet. For proof, simply check out the sextet's towering, lid-lifting, juke-joint jumping 18th studio album, Something I've Done, a bona fide group effort and a sonic hit.
 
With Special Guest Rick Fines.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Show - A Saturday Night Special featuring Southern Fried

December 1 @ 8:00PM

All the hits from Lynyrd Skynyrd with the opening 1st set tributing The Allman Brothers. 2 sets in total.
 
Lynyrd Skynyrd is without a doubt one of the most iconic rock bands to emerge from the US and is best known for having popularized around the world the Southern rock music genre during the 1970s. The band gained worldwide recognition for its live performances with signature songs like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". But at the peak of their success, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines died in a highly publicised airplane crash in 1977 putting an abrupt end to the 1970s era of the band. Due to popular demand, the surviving members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie's younger brother, Johnny Van Zant, on lead vocals.

Classic Lightfoot Live

December 8 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $39.00.  Honouring the Legendary GORDON LIGHTFOOT

CLASSIC LIGHTFOOT LIVE 
 
Take a trip down memory lane. The show features dozens of timeless songs from Gordon Lightfoot’s extensive catalogue. Lead singer John Stinson has spent the last decade recreating our favourite Lightfoot music in this incredible tribute to Canada’s legendary singer/songwriter. “Lightfoot’s music reflects what it means to be Canadian. His lyrics tell stories; his stories, our stories, Canadian stories. They reach out and touch audiences in deep emotional ways.”
 
The show features a wonderful ensemble that brings the studio recordings to life. Stinson, on lead vocals and guitar, is backed by the impressive musical talents of Steve Eyers on bass guitar (Lightfoot’s nephew), Eric Kidd on lead guitar (former student of Red Shea), JG Jones on keyboards and Malcom Gould on percussion. Each of them has been highly influenced by Lightfoot’s music and the passion comes through in every performance! 
 
Don’t miss the excellent tribute show, CLASSIC LIGHTFOOT LIVE! 
Genre:  Tribute Show  
 
** Follow this link to play LIVE VIDEO CLIP ** --->  http://classiclightfootlive.com/
 

John McDermott Family Christmas 2018

December 9 @ 2:00PM

Tickets are $69 and $59. We are proud once again to bring International recording artist and a former member of the Irish Tenors,  John McDermot to Lindsay this December 9th for a Family Christmas Concert . John will be performing a number of your all-time favourite Christmas Carols along with a number of seasonal songs plus some of John’s platinum awarded inspirational music.
 
Here are some comments from patrons of last year’s Oshawa concert: “This has become an annual tradition with my hubby and I. No matter how hard the year has been, his show always puts us in the spirit of Christmas”,   “Love your show, wouldn’t miss it”, “Constantly amazing”,   “It isn’t Christmas until the John McDermott concert”,   “How wonderful to arrive and be greeted by the man himself, very classy” and the list goes on and on with many more accolades.
 
Born in Glascow Scotland, John McDermott performs in theatres around the world and we are very fortunate and pleased to have John perform at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay. Hope you can join us for this very special “Family Christmas Concert”.

Lunch At Allen's

December 14 @ 7:30PM

MURRAY McLAUCHLAN, CINDY CHURCH, MARC JORDAN and IAN THOMAS ARE LUNCH AT ALLEN’S
 
Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s Farmer’s Song, Marc’s Marina Del Rey and Ian’s Painted Ladies, just to name a few. These three artists have come together adding the incredible voice of Cindy Church (Quartette, Great Western Orchestra) to form Lunch At Allen’s. Attending their stage show is to embark on an intimate musical journey replete with laughter and personal anecdotes, familiar favourites and new material, fashioning an unforgettable evening’s entertainment …from their hearts …to your soul. And, as a nod to the season, there’s sure to be a dash of Christmas spirit mixed in as well.
 
“You would be hard pressed to find another Canadian ensemble with more collective depth of influence over Canada’s musical landscape than Lunch At Allen’s.” - The Beat Magazine 
 
Audio/Video Clips
http://www.shantero.com/LAAclips.html     

Sultans of String: Christmas Caravan

December 17 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $35.00.  Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! Billboard charting Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics and seasonal favorites to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising & delightful holiday fiesta heats up when these 3x Canadian Folk Music Award winners bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, The Huron Carol, a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas and a Rumba Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells. The band is joined by guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry, Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Paul Quarrington, Parachute Club). Their companion CD hit Billboard's World charts (#6), The New York Times Hits list, & features such luminaries as The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in The Rock, Richard Bona & more!

Click on the links below to see Sultans of String on YouTube! 

Hallelujah -- with guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry, Emmylou Harris) - https://youtu.be/jotHqUJ-NWo

Django Christmas - https://youtu.be/twUFepphC-0

The Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells)/ Al Vuelo - https://youtu.be/kFxrGXtv0IM

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Splendour of the Season

December 22 @ 7:30PM

Adults are $25.00, Students/Seniors $22.00.  The Academy Theatre holds a meaningful place in the hearts of many, enjoying a memorable 125th anniversary year. Triple Threat Theatre is pleased to close out the celebrations during the special Christmas season, with the eleventh and final production of Splendour of the Season. 
 
Featuring talented artists, the audience will enjoy both time-honoured and modern musical selections performed by soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles, in both the traditional Splendour style and our new cabaret presentation. Highland, ballet and lyrical dance numbers presented by the Lindsay Dance Studio add to the show’s creativity. All in aid of the Academy Theatre, T3 is hoping to push Splendour’s fundraising efforts to over $100,000.00!
 
Created by the talented Triple Threat Theatre production team who brought you “Annie”, “FOUND” “Joseph”, “Les Mis”, “Into The Woods”, “The Wizard of Oz”,  and the “Best of Broadway” series, our T3 Performers are well known to the area: Tom Collver, Juliette Silveira and Cory Strong (fresh from Academy Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid!), Tim Clarke, Claire Imrie, Victoria Ingram, Kaylan Lindsay, Joey Mackey, Natasha Mackey and Sophia Mackey. We are pleased to welcome newcomers, “The Accolades”, featuring local musician Sandy Murphy and back by popular demand, our not to be missed “Dad’s dance”!
 
A wonderful family event, Splendour is a show with truly, something for everyone. In the true spirit of giving, all proceeds from this show go to the Academy Theatre.
 
December 22nd at 7:30PM       •      Adults $25.00         •    Seniors/Students/Groups $22.00

Beatles Revisited

February 2 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $48.  "Beatlemania Revisited" captures the look, the sound and the excitement of The Beatles live in concert! All songs in the Beatlemania show are performed “note for note” by this amazing international ensemble who are further augmented with incredible costumes and vintage instruments to truly capture the spirit of the Fab Four. The evening kicks off with their famous 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show and follows The Beatles through their entire career with numerous costume changes including the Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road eras. Musical highlights include “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” “Ticket to Ride” “Yesterday”  “A Hard Day Night” "Yellow Submarine", "Let It Be" and of course "Hey Jude" amongst the many audience favourites. 

Jeremy Hotz

March 6 @ 8:00PM

ONSALE: Friday November 9th – 10:00 AM LOCAL - Tickets are $53.00.  

 
Known for his astute observational comedy and charming good looks, stand-up comedian Jeremy Hotz announced today that he’ll hit the road in 2019 with his brand new DANGEROUSLY HANDSOME TOUR. Having sold out his last national tour, International Man of Misery three years back, Hotz returns with his constant companion "Shackleton the Wonderdog”, the world’s smallest service animal. Don't let Hotz's good looks fool you, he's still “The Master of Misery”, finding the miserable in the world and turning it into laughs is what makes him tick. But don't overlook his charming smile and God-given good-looks – it is a winning combination that has audiences falling in love with Jeremy and fans constantly throwing themselves at him.
 
The Gemini Award winning stand-up comedian actor and writer, fondly referred to as “the master of misery”, will return to his hometown of Ottawa, ON, for two live shows at The Algonquin Commons Theatre on November 23rd.  Celebrated for his original style coupled with side splitting takes on everyday life, Hotz confirmed that both “Profoundly Disappointed” shows will be filmed exclusively for a special forthcoming DVD release.
 
“I’m really looking forward to shooting a comedy special in Ottawa,” shares Hotz.  “It’s my hometown! The city where I started stand-up in 1984, at the crummy Beacon Arms Hotel on Albert Street.  Jesus…what was I thinking?”
 
This will be Hotz’s fifth DVD release following “What ever happened to Jeremy Hotz?”, “Oh Canaduh”, “What A Miserable DVD This Is” and “Jeremy Hotz: The Masters Limited Edition DVD” – all hugely successful releases filmed in front of sold out audiences.
 
One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Hotz is a proven international success.  With many highly acclaimed performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival, six sold out national Canadian theatre tours, as well as performances across the U.S., Europe and Australia, Hotz continues to impress audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.
 
With an impressive career to date, Hotz’s resume includes performances on The Late Show, and five appearances on The Tonight Show. He appeared on Comedy Central where he featured in his own stand-up special, and is a talented actor with numerous film and TV credits in addition to writing and performing on the critically acclaimed “The Jon Stewart Show”.
 
He’s the winner of a Gemini Award and has been honoured with the CCA’s Best Male Stand-Up Award, as well as the Dave Broadfoot Comic Genius Award, the most prestigious comedy award in Canada in addition to receiving the Jury Prize – Best International Performer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in Australia.
 
Hotz currently has two comedy series in development with more details to come at a later date.
 
Don't miss Hotz’s latest show DANGEROUSLY HANDSOME as he travels across Canada.
 
For more information on Jeremy Hotz or to purchase tickets for the live dates please visit:
 
www.jeremyhotz.com

Serena Ryder

March 9 @ 7:30PM

Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes presents:
Serena Ryder
A Marquee Fundraising Event
March 9, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. – Doors open at 6:30
Tickets available November 15 – 22 at Scotiabank, Lindsay, cash only
Tickets available at Academy Theatre November 23
 
2019 marks the 9th Annual Marquee Fundraising Event for Women’s Resources at the Academy Theatre and another exciting year with exceptional Canadian performer Serena Ryder, who does what she does naturally and effortlessly, and has since she was a young girl.  Born in Toronto, raised in Millbrook southeast of Lindsay, she was performing by the age of eight and cut her first record at 16.  Her double platinum album, Harmony, featuring Stompa and What I Wouldn’t Do, released in 2012 is really the album where Ryder found her voice and discovered that the best formula for her success is… no formula at all.  
 
Winner of 6 Juno Awards including New Artist of the Year Award in 2008 and Songwriter of the Year and Artist of the Year in 2014, she has had songs placed in over 50 TV shows and commercials.  When her album Utopia was released in 2017, she had amassed so much music that whittling it down to fit into album size was a challenge — needless to say there is lots more to come!
 
Serena doesn’t fit into any particular genre.  Her songs encompass it all from jazzy “Got Your Number” to R & B style “Firewater”.  Finding her inspiration in stories and energy of others, she has worked with many artists and collaborators in the industry.  You are missing out if you haven’t heard Serena sing lately – she’s dynamic and full of feeling. In fact, she says “If you can hear a song and feel ‘that song was written for me’ I want to give that to people….”  And you have Serena!
 
 
Your ticket purchase and attendance helps support Women’s Resources programs and services for abused women and their children in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  For more information, contact Carolyn Fox 705-324-7649 Ext 223 or cfox@womensresources.ca Thank you.

Yesterday Once More

March 15 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $59.50.  From the creators of “Oh What A Night!”, and “Four By Four”, direct from Las Vegas comes an electrifying new show – a unique musical revue celebrating the music of ABBA, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension and The Mamas & Papas. 
The dynamic stars of “Yesterday Once More” expertly sing and dance their way through the hit songs of these pop icons in fully choreographed musical production numbers. You’ll enjoy non-stop hits such as The Carpenters’ “Close to You”, The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreaming”, The 5th Dimension’s “Up, Up and Away” and ABBA’s “Dancing Queen"...all tied together with informative and humorous banter. 
The cast members of the show are four dynamic performers whose lush harmonic interpretations are featured as both ensemble and individually. For anyone who simply loves great music and amazing vocal blends this is a show not to be missed.
 
Yesterday Once More!
 

Abbamania And Night Fever

March 16 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $53.00.  ABBAMANIA is an all Canadian cast that is quoted as the #1 and largest production of ABBA in the world with a fantastic look vocals and sound. A cast of studio musicians ABBAMANIA recreates ABBA in concert. Their authentic costumes vocal collaboration and stage performance exude an extraordinary recreation of the magic and excitement of ABBA.
 
NIGHT FEVER is the ultimate tribute to the Bee Gees. This show takes you back to the sound and the look of one of the greatest Pop Bands in history The Bee Gees. For five decades a time span more than any other group in pop history the Bee Gees outwitted the international music scene with their incredible tenacity to remain current through all the eras of contemporary music. It is an all around amazing show that captures the sound and look of the Bee Gees.

The AC/DC Show - CANADA

March 23 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00.  Re-live the Experience with The AC/DC Show - CANADA. You'll hear hits from both the Brian Johnson and (the late) Bon Scott eras. The show is an authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band. With the stacks of Marshall amplifiers and the grit of the mighty Gibson SG guitar this musical tone is sure to capture your attention from the opening notes. 
 
Performed by some of Canada's most accomplished musicians, they will take you for a ride on the rock 'n' roll train through AC/DC's incredible history of hits. The featured performers take their roles to new heights.

Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute

April 12 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $42.00. “Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute” celebrates the incredible career of the legendary “Big O”...Roy Orbison! Direct from Canada’s leading producer of musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions, this fun-filled, audience interactive performance features Roy Orbison’s greatest hits from the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, and the 1980’s. From his early days with Sun Records in Memphis to his later hits as a member of the Travelling Wilburys, you’ll hear a wide range of Orbison classics including “Only The Lonely”, “Crying”, “Running Scared”, “Oobie Doobie”, “Handle With Care” “You Got It” and of course, “Pretty Woman” amongst the many crowd favourites.  “Roy Orbison: The All-Star Tribute” stars the fabulous Michael Danckert in the lead role, backed by a sizzling live band, and features rockin’ guest tributes to Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

We Walk The Line - A Tribute to Johnny Cash

May 11 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $39.00.  We Walk The Line is a true Johnny Cash Experience that celebrates the music and lives of 'The Man In Black' and his fun loving wife, June Carter. The concert covers the entire career of Johnny Cash from the 1950's at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings label and includes Johnny's biggest hits 'Ring of Fire', 'Boy Named Sue', 'I Walk The Line', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'Hurt' and the famous duet with June Carter 'Jackson' amongst other classic songs in this not-to-be-missed musical event.
 

ABBA Magic!

July 20 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $48.00.  "ABBA Magic!" features outstanding musical performances that celebrate all of ABBA's top hits, combined with dazzling 1970's style costumes and choreography. This fun-filled, audience-interactive performance will have you singing along (and maybe even dancing in the aisles!), to all your ABBA favourites, including "Mama Mia", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "SOS". "Waterloo" and of course, "Dancing Queen" amongst the many classics. Dust off your 1970's dancing shoes, and get your tickets today!

Billy Joel and The Piano Men

August 23 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $39.00.  "Billy Joel and The Piano Men" celebrates the greatest piano artists of all time including Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Liberace, Fats Domino, Floyd Cramer and more. Starring the amazing Bruce Tournay from the Memphis Cats on piano and vocals, this unique show combines fantastic live performances with costumes, humour and interesting stories relating to the music and artists being performed.   You'll hear Bruce sing many of your favourite classics including "Piano Man," "Crocodile Rock," "Great Balls of Fire," "My Own Way To Rock" and "Blueberry Hill" amongst many other timeless piano classics.

Red Green's "This Could Be It Tour"

October 25 @ 7:00PM

Tickets are $65.50.  The name says it all. Potentially Red's last tour as he heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. Might be your last opportunity to catch Red live (or as live as he gets) before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck. 
 
This latest one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans.
 
You won't want to miss this show. It may not be his last but why take the chance?
For further information contact: Rocklands Entertainment Canada Inc.

The Legends of Folk

November 24 @ 3:00PM

Tickets are $39.00.  "The Legends of Folk Tribute" celebrates the greatest hits from Folk music history, and combines outstanding live musical performances with interesting stories about the songs and the folk artists who made them famous. Get ready to sing and clap along during this audience-interactive "Hootenany", which features music from Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The New Christy Minstrels, Leonard Cohen and many more folk legends. Song highlights include: "Blowin' in the Wind" "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" "Tom Dooley" "Hallelujah" "Four Strong Winds" and of course, "This Land Is Your Land" amongst the many favourites. The "Legends of Folk Tribute" All-Star cast features the incredible Irish songstress Loralee McGuirl on lead vocals, and guitar virtuoso Steven Miller, a musical veteran of the amazing 1960's Greenwich Village Folk scene. Buy your tickets today and get ready for a stroll down memory lane with this timeless music