Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter.
a Company of Fools had its annual sing-a-long movie musical screening of The Wizard of Oz at The Mayfair Theatre over the holidays—and what a fun afternoon! The theatre was buzzing with people of all ages! There was a costume contest for kids and adults (we saw more than a few adorable Dorothy’s dressed up for the occasion), an interactive guide for the movie, a 50/50 raffle and, of course, the lovely staff and volunteers from the Fools and Mayfair were great.
The event was a fundraiser for the Fools’ summer Torchlight Shakespeare series, (which we saw last summer). Tickets for their Torchlight shows are pay-what-you-can, and this fundraiser enables the Fools to continue to fulfill their mandate of making theatre accessible to everyone. We were thrilled that they announced The Tempest as next summer’s show.
Shakespeare’s comedy involves magic, shipwrecks and revenge, and we know The Fools have a way of updating and condensing their shows into 90 minutes in a way that makes it accessible and highly entertaining, so surely this will be no exception. We love how they tour the show at various parks all across the city and the Eastern Ontario region. Plus, to top it off, this season will be their 30th anniversary! The tour will go to 40 neighbourhood parks from June 29th to August 15th.
But back to the fundraiser! Before the movie began there was a practice run of all the interactive things to do throughout the movie, including hissing when the witch came on-screen or doing the conga when Follow the Yellowbrick Road plays. We were quite impressed that the entire theatre kept up with the interaction and singing throughout the whole film. Not to mention it was super fun and entertaining to see all the kids get involved.
After the film, there was a 50/50 draw and the costume contest prizes were awarded (including free ticket vouchers to the National Arts Centre, Chamberfest, restaurant gift cards, as well as a slew of Fools merchandise!) We left the movie skipping down the, uh, snowy paved sidewalk? Regardless, we’re looking forward to what the summer will bring from a Company of Fools.
Watch for more events from a Company of Fools and be sure to stay tuned for next summer’s Torchlight Shakespeare series in Ottawa parks.