Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Guelph 190 History Night Party Sat April 22, 2017

History Night Party at Guelph Museum. Sat April 22, 2017 @ 9:00pm - Sun April 23, 2017 @ 1:00am Admission Free. 52 Norfolk Street Guelph ON

We're pleased as punch to be performing theatrical recitations from the 19'th Century at this event.

Come celebrate Guelph's 190 birthday and Canada's 150 with this "Founders Day" event. That's right! We start the party at 9:00pm and go on into the wee hours of the morning as we ring in "Founders Day - April 23 at the stroke of midnight and party into the morning - 1:00am.

A theatre-makers dream.

A fantastic venue, filled with history, brought to life through theatre and poetry.

I understand I will be joined by other Guelph "installation artists". Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Canada 150 Guelph 190 Guelph In Postcards

I am incredibly excited about this year's production of Guelph In Postcards at McCrae House this summer. I can't imagine a more fitting tribute to Guelph and Canada as we mark these anniversary celebrations.

This post contains a spoiler alert.

As I can no longer contain my excitement for the poetry in this show, I would like to share with you the opening poem - Canadian Recollections.

This poem, and many others in the play Guelph In Postcards can be found in David J. Knight's book "Guelph Versifiers of the 19'th Century".

"Canadian Recollections" by John Galt.

At pensive eve what time the sun
Peep'd through the trees his journey done
I lov'd to walk the greenwood still
Where gloom seems silence visible
And note the fading hues of light
My heart partaking too of night

When flowers that in noonbeam shone
With colours like my hopes were gone
Oft in the twilight of the wood
I own'd that aw'd prophetic mood
Which sees the future as a dream
And life a shadow'd woodland stream

Till through the boughs I chanced to see
The heavenly orb's bright revelry
And felt assured however late
That time would be my advocate
And make my aims despite my fear
As stars from darkness come, appear.

PS if you can see yourself reciting this, why not audition?

Just call to book an appointment 519 820-3269

Guelph In Postcards - The McCrae Years
July 8-22, 2017 7:00pm $20 a presentation of Guelph Museums

Monday, March 20, 2017

Live summer theatre in Guelph 2017

The Guelph Museum presents the 2017 Backyard Theatre Project

 "Guelph In Postcards - The McCrae Years (1872-1918)"

"Guelph in Postcards" takes to the stage July 2017.

Actors wanted.

Details HERE

Information about the Guelph Museums HERE

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Puppets and Songs" A variety show for children

"Puppets and Songs" is an all ages variety show.

Now with more characters!

Lionel a very friendly lion. 

Valerie, a simple marionette who doesn't say a word, but loves to assist with puppet warm up exercises. 
Boo, named by audience members, this ghost is sure to please. 
Pandora and Prometheus, fun characters from Greek mythology, who tell silly jokes and deliver clever routines. 

And finally Petunia, a skunk with an interesting history and a very special tail.

This is part puppet show,  part puppet workshop, with a few original songs (The Dino Boogie and The Cricket Song) and some poetry thrown in for good measure.

"Puppets and Songs" is the perfect show for festivals and fairs because it is a variety show. You can come in late and you won't have missed the story.

This show has been pleasing audiences all over Ontario.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Elocutioner. A one man show featuring Jay Wilson.

Some short video samples of me at the Guelph Guild of Storytellers.
While not The Elocutioner  these videos show my 'mighty' side.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The smallest theatre company in Ontario

"A Ticket To Morrow"

This is a routine written by Prometheus. He has a strange sense of humour.

Similar to "Who's On First", "A Ticket to Morrow" is pure silliness, but VERY hard to perform as it really makes no sense at all and I'm stuck with having to play both parts!


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Song list - The Variety Shows

For those of you curious about what songs are performed in The Variety Shows here you go...

Variety Show # 1
Pandora’s Sox Theme Song - Jay Wilson 2010
The Puppet Song - Jay Wilson 2012
Ain’t She Sweet - Milton Ager & Jack Yellen 1927
Hey Good Lookin’ -  Cole Porter 1942. (Hank Williams 1951)
Yes Sir That’s My Baby – Walter Donaldson & Gus Khan 1925
Lovesick Blues – “I’ve Got The Lovesick Blues” – Cliff Friend & Irving Mills 1922 (Hank Williams 1948)

Has Anybody Seen My Girl or Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue – Percy Weinrich & Jack Mahoney 1914 or Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis & Joseph Widow Young 1925

Variety Show # 2
Vaudeville Song – Jay Wilson 2014
There’s a Kinda Hush - Les Reed & Geoff Stevens 1966 (Popularized by Hermin’s Hermits)
Whispering – John Schoenberger & Richard Coburn 1920
Yes Sir That’s My baby – Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn 1925

A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square – Eric Maschwitz & Manning Sherwin 1939
Sweet Georgia Brown – Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard & Kenneth Casey 1925

Variety Show # 3
Button Up Your Overcoat – Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva & Lew Brown 1928 (Ruth Etting)
Toot Toot Tootsie - Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman & Dan Russo (From the movie The Jazz Singer 1927 Al Jolson)
Anytime – Herbert Happy Lawson 1921
When The Red Red Robin – Harry M. Woods 1926
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover – Mort Dixon & Harry M. Woods 1927

Variety Show # 4
Red Roses For a Blue Lady – Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett 1948
Grandad’s Flannelette Nightshirt – George Formby 1940
Why Don’t Women Like Me? – George Formby 1933
Oh You Beautiful Doll – Seymore Brown, Nat D. Ayer & Irving Berlin 1911

Variety Show # 5
Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 - Tribute to Bill Robinson
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller 1929
All of Me - Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons (Ruth Etting) 1931
What A Wonderful World - Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (Louis Armstrong)1967