University Outreach
There are a variety of opportunities for university and post-secondary students to connect with Toronto Masque Theatre during our 2015-16 season of masques, contemporary & classic. Admission to the events listed below is free of charge for students with valid identification. Tickets are strictly limited, so please book early.

Open Dress Rehearsals
Our open dress rehearsals include an introduction by the TMT creative team and a chance to meet the performing artists in a post-rehearsal talkback.

DRESS REHEARSAL #1: 
The Mummers' Masque by Dean Burry

1:00 pm, Thursday 17 December 2015, 1 hour 40 minutes duration
The historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street

A rollicking alternative to Toronto’s usual seasonal offerings. The Mummers’ Masque is a celebration of the 400-year old Newfoundland holiday tradition of mummering – when holiday revelers, in disguise, roam door to door offering entertainment in the form of music, dance and storytelling. For more information about the production – which features four of our Canada’s finest singers, step dancers, a Celtic band and a small children’s chorus – go here.

 

DRESS REHEARSAL #2: 
The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell
The historic Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue
1:00 pm, Friday 27 May 2016, duration TBA (approx. 3 hours including break)

Set in the enchanted world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this “Restoration spectacular” from 1692 is a masterpiece of the masque art form.  Inspired by the themes of Shakespeare’s play – poetry, sleep, love, nature and marriage – Purcell weaves song, chorus and dance into five short masques that contain some of his most sublime music. Designed as a popular entertainment in its day, The Fairy Queen is the ideal introduction to Baroque masque. For more information on the production, please go here.

Salons

This year, our season of salons will look at the past and future of the masque art form. Hosted and sponsored by TMT patrons Walter and Marina Unger, the evening will include snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.

SALON #1: BEN JONSON AND THE MASQUE
7:30 pm, Tuesday 20 October 2015
The Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue at the Summerhill subway

English poet and playwright Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is a towering figure in the history of the masque art form. Artistic Director Larry Beckwith and guests take a look at the masque tradition as it existed during the Jacobean era, featuring dramatic and musical excerpts from Jonson's own work. For more information on the salon, please go here.

 

SALON #2: A PASSAGE TO INDIA
7:30 pm, Monday, 29 February 2016
The Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue at the Summerhill subway

 

An introduction to the music theatre traditions of India and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a brand-new masque based on the myth of Narcissus for Toronto Masque Theatre by composer Juliet Palmer and librettist Anna Chatterton. For more information on the salon, go here.

 

Volunteer Opportunities
Toronto Masque Theatre always has room for volunteers. Get in touch with us and get involved in one of the few performing art companies in the world devoted to the historic masque art form. For more information, go to our volunteers page.

BOOKINGS

To book your free tickets to either the Open Dress Rehearsals or Salons, please contact:

Vivian Moens at 416-410-4561
or write to
admin@torontomasquetheatre.com