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The Podcast: Richard Varty of TIFT

Before the world shut down, we had a chance to chat with Barrie thespian Richard Varty, about his role with Talk Is Free Theatre, about the thriving theatre scene in Barrie and about his path to the stage.

And find out about the terrific free online coaching/mentorship theatre program TIFT is offering during these hard days.

Last Chance To See Mamma Mia Is This Weekend, Get Your Tickets NOW!

Mamma Mia by Kampenfelt Players has been an enormous success. If you haven’t seen it yet you are running out of time.  This is the last weekend you will have the chance to see this extravaganza.  Click on the link to see some great new pictures of the show and stars to see what you could be watching live at Georgia Theatre.  Also, a thank you to all the people who made it happen, see who.

It has a very talented cast who will sweep you away.  As well as the cast a lot of this success is in no small part thanks to the costumes and set.  Great talent and songs always help, but without all the background people who worked tirelessly to make it happen there would be no show.  So a shout out to Janet Ness (Director), Chris Ness (Music Director), Kieren Day (Choreographer), Rosa Ringhofer (Stage Manager), Barbara Canning (Set Designer), Hans Vander Mey (Set Construction Lead), Noah Hollinshead & Beth Elliot (Lighting Design Team) and not forgetting the Producers Pam Sparrow and Julie Underhill. There are many more background people who have made this production possible, so remember when you are sitting watching this memorable show the work that so many had to put in over the months to make it possible.

Mamma Mia the Musical Hits the Stage This Thursday

Mamma Mia the Musical


The award-winning Barrie theatre company, Kempenfelt Community Players’(KCP) presents, Mamma Mia!

The show is live on stage from February 6th through the 16th, 2020 at the Georgian Theatre at Georgian College.

If you want to get back to the 70s and 80s and have a great night out get to Georgian Theatre and buy tickets for this very lively show.  We went to Georgian and met with some of the artists and crew. Our team was lucky enough to get to see and preview the show at the dress rehearsal. The local talent on stage really impressed us, there are some fabulous singers in the show.

We talked to one of the leads Victoria and her enthusiasm shines through on the video.  Take a look at the short video behind the scenes on the last few rehearsals.



The cast has had a grueling 4 months rehearsing to make the show flawless and very entertaining.  Auditions start back in July 2019, those who made into the show have been rehearsing for 4 months to get everything right.

It was not just the onstage artists it took a whole team, there were the stage crew, the set design/build and lighting.  Then there is the director, music director, producer and choreographer.  Their dedication to working 3 nights a week for 4 months has resulted in one hell of a show.  We highly recommend this show if you want a night of wonderful music and escapism, you will be tapping along and you will be tempted to get out into the aisles and dance the night away.

A big thank you to the  Kempenfelt Community Players for letting us preview the show.  We for one are really looking forward to seeing the show in all its splendor.

As ABBA sang:

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again
My my, just how much I’ve missed you?

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Mamma Mia the Musical


Mamma Mia the Musical


Are you going to Mama Mia? Be sure to let us know what you thought of the show!