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Randolph Academy Patron Sergio Trujillo Wins Olivier Award (April 12, 2015)

George Randolph Kicks Off Canadian Screen Week 2015 with a Canadian Screen Award Win (March 3, 2015)

Randolph Academy to Develop Triple Threat® Arts Program for Shanghai School System PHOTOS (November 21, 2014)

Randolph Academy Celebrates 20th Year, introduces Randolph Theatre (September 27, 2012)

College Program Alumni Accepted into Leading U.K. Masters Program (April 12, 2011)

 


Press Coverage

Randolph Academy's Musical Theatre Mission Spreads to China
by Michael Crabb, Toronto Star, Jan 1, 2015

In what might seem a geographically improbable connection, Toronto’s Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is about to play an integral part in the burgeoning growth of musical theatre in China. Read more

 

INTO THE WOODS Film Music Arranger David Krane Surprises Randolph Academy Students After a Performance
by Alan Henry, Broadway World, Aug 2, 2014

The graduating students of Toronto's Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Canada's premiere Triple Threat post- secondary training program, appearing in the academy's production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" received quite a surprise Friday night . Among backstage visitors congratulating them was David Krane, the music arranger of Disney's forthcoming musical adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Johnny DeppRead more

Randolph Academy celebrates twentieth anniversary

by Cynthia Brett

On October 15th Randolph Academy celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a fundraising gala in Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Concert Hall. Over 200 people, including honorary co-chair David Mirvish, attended the dinner, auction and concert featuring over 150 students, alumni and special guests. The evening also celebrated the Bathurst Street Theatre's renovations and official name change to the Randolph Theatre. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Gregory Hines Performing Arts Mentorship Award to Tara Young, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. The late Gregory Hines, a friend of Randolph Academy founder George Randolph since the 1970s, periodically made surprise visits to the school to teach. He is buried in Oakville, Ontario, and, once a year, Randolph and other tappers pay tribute at his grave with stories and improvisation.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

 

Celebrating 20 Years: In Conversation With George Randolph, Founder of Toronto's Randolph Academy For the Performing Arts

George Randolph with David Mirvish

Chances are, if you’ve gone to the theatre anywhere in North America lately, you’ve witnessed something of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in action. Since its founding in a Toronto church basement 20 years ago, the performing arts school has produced two generations of theatre professionals modeled after the old Hollywood tradition of the Triple Threat – that is, a performer who, in equal measure, can sing, dance and act. First coined by the likes of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney when they were kids performing in musicals some 70-years ago, the Triple Threat was a relatively unused term in Canada until George Randolph, an American-born hoofer, came to Toronto to literally shake things up. Trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the former dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal arrived in Toronto in the 1980s at time when the city was being transformed into Broadway North. The big shows of the Great White Way were then crossing the border in record numbers, lured by local theatre impresarios like Garth Drabinsky and Ed Mirvish. Audiences were hungry for them, but the country didn’t have the manpower to sustain them. Theatre professionals here were either dancers or singer or actors. Rarely were they all three at once. They hadn’t had the training. Spying an opportunity, Randolph threw himself headlong into the void, eventually creating a signature Triple Threat program that is today the envy of much of the theatre world as he explained recently in conversation with Deirdre Kelly. Read on to find out how the Randolph Academy started and where it’s going next.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

“Before being called up to the stage [Lawrence Gowan] was treated to a performance with his own music by the choir from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. The group sang his hits A Criminal Mind and Strange Animal. He had never heard his music performed by a choir and it left him speechless - almost.” Inside Toronto News, May 13, 2011

It was a beautiful moment as the founding members of Theatre 20 blended with students from The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and showed just how effective our musical theatre talent is when they work together. The audience was visibly blown away by the calibre and quality of the performance.
BroadwayWorld, January 22, 2011

Then, in a stunning coup de theatre, the front third of the theatre suddenly stood up and revealed themselves as the student body of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, who joined the Theatre 20 ensemble in a stirring rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday"

—Richard Ouzounian, Toronto StarJanuary 21, 2011

George Randolph reviews Glee 3D The Globe and Mail, August 16, 2011

Training A Triple Threat .... —Annex Gleaner (April 06)

When Cute Alone Won't Do...Young Actors bring 'pre-professionalism' to production of the Wiz —National Post (March 06)

School for the Arts taking care of business —Globe & Mail (April 02)

Gotta Sing, gotta dance, gotta act —Toronto Star (Feb 99)


Reviews

Spring Awakening

Mooney on Theatre "“phenomenal performances … I was blown away”  (read more)

 

Big Love

Theatre Reader: 'compliments to director Zack Russell for giving this modern adaptation some uber-contemporary twists ... it does have a wildly talented and multifaceted cast to carry it through." Read more

Mooney on Theatre: "I tip my fedora to Matt Lacas (Piero) who I felt did a wonderful job as the perpetual salesman and host, stuck between the warring camps and knowing no one could ever be happy. I  also greatly enjoyed Rosie Callaghan (Olympia) who I felt gave a scintillating performance as a young woman struggling with a personal civil war of self-identification versus the need to be loved." Read more

My Entertainment World: "With great ensemble work from the whole cast (Rashaana Cumberbatch, Cindy Goh, and Shannon Tosic-McNally, representing the central trio, are all strong and distinctly played), and its engagingly staged story, Big Love has a lot to give." Read more

 

Our Country’s Good
Mooney on Theatre: "I liked so many things about this production that it's hard to know where to start... Buy your tickets as soon as you can." Read more

 

INTO THE WOODS

Theatre Reader: "A charming night in the woods... full of energy and passion ... a fantastic rendition of a Sondheim classic."

 Jeremy Gardiner/Jeremy Thinks Things: “Make your way out to see this show. It is totally totally worth it.” and “a phenomenal Sondheim experience”

 Mooney on Theatre: "fabulously directed and performed"

THE TROJAN WOMEN (Toronto Fringe Festival, 2014)

 Mooney on Theatre: " highly commendable performance … worth checking out”

Now Magazine Toronto: “the production shines in the fine work of the individualized chorus.” NNNN

Ontario Arts Review:  "The Randolph Academy’s entry takes the famous Greek tragedy to a new level...From direction, to lighting & sound; to support cast, this enterprise deserves a full house."

Now Magazine: Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction - Peter Pasyk, Outstanding Design - Anna Treusch and Kaileigh Krysztofiak

STUFF HAPPENS

Mooney on Theatre: " Spectacularly performed and brilliantly acted”

LORD OF THE FLIES

Mooney on Theatre: "a vibrant production. If you’ve studied the novel to death, the all-female casting should be refreshing. If you’ve never read a single page of it, then this will be an exciting introduction to the classic.”

LEGALLY BLONDE

Mooney on Theatre: "off-the-chart level of energy and severe explosion of talent... for those who aren’t afraid to be entertained."

I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER (Toronto Fringe Festival, 2013)

BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, Best Fringe Festival Production (Play)

BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, Fringe Festival Breakout Performance (Male), Matt Raffy - I Hired a Contract Killer

2013 Toronto Fringe Patron's Pick

NOW Magazine: "creative blocking, well-executed comedy and tight performances ... keep this adaptation of the film compelling throughout. NNNN"

Mooney on Theatre: "a really fun and interesting experience. Seriously don’t miss it."

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (Toronto Fringe Festival, 2012)

Now Magazine: "The young ensemble skillfully handles the difficult material--nicely adapted and directed by Bruce Pitkin--and the production further benefits from detailed staging and some beautiful musical harmonies. NNNN”

Now Magazine: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Now Magazine, Outstanding Direction – Bruce Pitkin

 

The Rocky Horror Show
Mooney on Theatre: "Like other shows I have seen at The Randolph Academy, there really isn’t a weak link in the production. There’s a fantastic synergy and it’s exciting to watch. It’s obvious that a lot of people spent a lot of time preparing the show, and it pays huge dividends. Kerry Gage’s choreography is outstanding and the talent is a pleasure to witness." ~ Mooney on Theatre, July 29, 2011

Young and Talented Ensemble Strut Their Stuff at Bathurst Street Theatre Coming Out Party—Mooney On Theatre

 

Killing Game, Toronto Fringe 2010

Four stars: ****EYE WEEKLY

uber-stylish satire  ... a treat to watch unfold. —Plank Magazine

There’s a lot of things to like about this play—Mooney on Theatre

Rating: 4.5/5 CIUT 89.5 FM : The More The Merrier Arts Radio
 


Alumni in the News

Lisa Berry's (('04) addition to the cast of Sci-Fi series Continuum in September garnered significant press coverage, in  scifiandtvtalk, Examiner.com, and  Wingman

 

Beyography: Bringing The Gospel Of Beysus To Toronto

Torontoist.com

An interview with Nicky Nasrallah ('04) about his Beyography class. Read more

 

Toronto's Iambic Pen

Theiscream.com

An interview with Brandyn McKinson ('11) about his hip-hop trio, Iambic Pen.Read more

 

Evangeline, feat. Josee Boudreau

Broadway World

Behind the Scenes at Evangeline

 

This Musical Embraces the Small

TDF.org

An interview with Paul Nolan ('99) about discovering the power of working in a 149-seat Off-Broadway venue. Read more

 

Actors find personal note in Great Expectations

Chronicle Herald

An interview with Ken James Stewart ('06) and fellow cast members of Great Expectations, now on stage at Neptune Theatre.

 

Creative Genius

Airdrie Life

Ali Froggatt ('14) is profiled among seven Ones to Watch in this article

 

Their Favorite Things: Paul Nolan

Playbill.com

Once and Daddy Long Legs Star Paul Alexander Nolan ('99) shares his theatregoing experiences. Read more

 

Paul Nolan ('99) and co-star Megan McGinnis talk about new musical Daddy Longlegs, now in previews in this Theatermania article and BroadwayWorldarticle

 

Lights of Broadway Come to Halifax's Neptune Theatre

Metro News

"Dayna Tietzen, who sings roughly 19 songs, said show-goers will hear tunes from a plethora of Broadway favourites, including Wicked, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera...For Jordan Bell, stepping onto the Neptune stage this week brings a one-of-a-kind experience." Read more

 

Lisa Berry ('04) in Post City Magazine - Richmond Hill Read more

 

Under the Ground, featuring alumni Alicia Barban ('14), Joel Schaefer ('14), and Sandra Preciado ('08), has been named one of "Three To See ED2015: New Musicals" by Three Weeks magazine 

 

A Big Bowl of Ramen at Paul Nolan's Favorite NYC Culinary Getaway

Playbill.com

Paul Nolan ('99) talks favorite foods, online chess and the importance of being able to wind down while doing eight shows a week here


Nicky Nasrallah's ('04)"Beyography" class has been named Best Dance Class in Toronto Life's Best of 2015 issue. "Several times a week, beheeled women and men totter into his Bloordale studio to learn a new routine: the boy-band moves of "Love on Top," the tribal stomps of "Run the World" and the Fosse-inspired flapping of "Single Ladies," which takes two sessions to master." Read more

  

The Sound of Meaney

Prince George Citizen

"After years of dance classes and music lessons, after working through the ranks of Judy Russell productions in Prince George then studies at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Shelby Meaney finally earned the starring role."Read more

 

Once Star Lands Leading Role in John Caird-Directed Musical Daddy Long Legs

Playbill.com

[RAPA Alumnus] Paul Alexander Nolan (Broadway's Once, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago) will star opposite the previously announcedMegan McGinnis (Broadway's Les Misérables, Side Show, Little Women) in the new musical Daddy Long Legs, which will begin previews Sept. 10 Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre. Read more

 

Thousand Islands Playhouse presents The Pirates of Penzance

St. Lawrence News

An interview with Adam Charles ('06) about playing Frederic in Thousand Islands Playhouse's The Pirates of Penzance

 

Artist Spotlight No. 1: Ellen Furey

Current Sessions

Influenced by unspoken rules, Ellen [Furey ('05)] looks at the invisible divides in her creative process. Read more

 

Brittany Banks (alum.) is one of two winners of Acting Upstage's Syd & Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists. This annual opportunity is open to musical theatre artists under 30 years of age who are under-exposed in Toronto and its surrounding areas. Through an open audition process, two artists are selected and receive a cash prize, mentorship throughout the season, a showcase performance/cabaret , as well as a role in Acting Upstage's annual concert. Read more

 

Christina Sicoli ('01)  was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Whistler Film Festival mentorship program in association with Women in Film & Television Vancouver for her feature film, Small Cop

 

ALUMNI REVIEWS

Review: Evangeline, feat. Josee Boudreau ('03)

The Guardian

"Josée Boudreau is sweet and honest as Evangeline. She has a masterful voice."Read more

 

Review Round Up: Daddy Long Legs, feat. Paul Nolan ('99)

~ New York Times: "Mr. Nolan is softly debonair and he has a tender tenor that nicely encircles Ms. McGinnis's voice in their duets." Read more

~ Time Out New York:  Nolan is at home as her mysterious sponsor, Jervis... It's the trickier part-Jervis's motivations don't always compute, and his deceptive and controlling nature borders on abusive. But Nolan's charisma, good looks and powerful tenor gloss over his character's failings." Read more

~ Broadway World: "Paul Alexander Nolan is perfectly matched with his passionate vocals and funny portrayal of a well-meaning fellow falling in love with a woman's mind as he clumsily tries to dig out of the mess he's created." Read more

~ Talkin Broadway: "McGinnis and Nolan are a winning central pair, singing well and rendering their characters in attractive if shallow terms. ...Nolan, finds the right balance between sporty and stuffy to let us see how Jervis is a man adrift in his own private world. ...the pair has a lightly simmering chemistry." Read more

~ T&BOntheAisle: "Both McGinnis and Nolan are charming, giving agreeable performances." Read more

~ DC Theatre Scene: "Paul Nolan has a mighty strong voice ... but also a master at projecting shades of feeling: He manages to suggest a Jervis Pendleton who is vulnerable ..[and]  credible." Read more

~ Aisle Say: "[Megan McGinnis] is evenly paired with Paul Alexander Nolan, whose performance as the radical revolutionary Strelnikov was one of the only interesting things in last spring's Doctor Zhivago. Nolan is as sweetly sympathetic here as he was harshly disruptive in Zhivago. Together, they help make the most of Daddy Long Legs." Read more

~ WomanAroundTown.com: "Paul Alexander Nolan is a fetching, broad range tenor. Both artists are also fine actors. ... Nolan is now uber-refined, now guileless, manifesting both with equal skill. He exudes sincerity, embodying sentiment with extraordinary nuance." Read more

~ Robin Gorman Newman (blog): Nolan is the perfect, straight match to her spunk, and his powerful voice soars impressively when he sings Charity. His is a highly controlled, yet impassioned performance." Read more

~ The New York Observer: "handsome Paul Alexander Nolan has strength and presence, and sings with power" Read more

 

Review Round Up: Great Expectations, feat. Ken James Stewart

The Coast: "Stewart gives a believable and winning performance." Read more

The Chronicle Herald:"Pip, totally engaging and realistic as played by Ken James Stewart" Read more

 

Review: Ring of Fire, feat. Hilary June Hart ('09)

The Walleye

"Hart's tremendous vocal prowess is matched by her fluid dexterity on a number of instruments." Read more

 

Broadway on Argyle: Romance blooms between the hits

The Chronicle Herald

"But it also provides magnifique vocal showcases for Tietzen and Irving on On My Own and I Dreamed a Dream, respectively, that are among the show's standout moments. In fact, musical fans are likely to get a sugar rush from all the showstoppers liberally sprinkled throughout Broadway on Argyle, with Tietzen soaring highest on Don't Rain on My Parade and Defying Gravity, although everyone makes the most of their moments in the spotlight."

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Review Round Up: Urinetown, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Feat. Joel Schaefer ('14), Lauren Mayer ('14), Alicia Barban ('14), Sandra Preciado

~ The Public Reviews: "Joel Schaefer brings many laughs as the Officer Lockstock. Lauren Mayer is a cutesy Little Sally ... But it is the performance from Alicia Barban as Hope Cladwell the steals the show, kooky, bright and pitch perfect in delivery and reminding this reviewer of a younger Lauren Samuels this is a west end leading lady in the making and I would bet my last dollar it won't be long till we see more of this exceptionally talented young lady." Read more

~ TV Bomb: "star performer, Lauren Mayer, who takes the role of Little Sally and is exceptional in it." Read more

~ Herald Scotland: "the cleverly knowing interaction between Officer Lockstock (wise-cracking Joel Schaefer) and Little Sally (for this feisty performance, Lauren Mayer) is the glue that holds the sometimes odd show together...Alicia Barban was a practically perfect Hope Cladwell. Barban's slightly operatic vocals and her wonderful comic acting (even when she nearly took a tumble on stage) were clear indicators that she is one to watch in the musical theatre world in the future."Read more

- broadwaybaby.com: "Special mention has to go to Canadian born Alicia Barban as Hope Cladwell who had an understanding for her character that turned her into something both utterly charming and brilliantly funny at the same time. She played her role with such integrity and really developed the role into something special." read more

 

Review Round Up: Willy's Bitches, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

feat. Lauren Mayer ('14)

Herald Scotland: "Overall, it was ... Lauren Mayer (as Lavinia from Titus Andronicus) who really shone vocally." Read more

Ed Fest Mag: "The cast are superb, gutsy and passionate, and they revel in the depth of their characters; their cunning, their humour and their vulnerability."Read more

 

Review: Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Edinburgh Fringe

feat. Kristopher Bosch ('09)

Broadway Baby: "Kristopher Bosch and Brendan Matthew play the unlikely love struck lovers Mitch Maypole and Dr Von Whackoff with hilarious unity. Their work together is a joy to behold and we feel a mixed sensation of happiness and side-splitting laughter as they finally get together in their very snug-fitting costumes." Read more

 

Review: ONEymoon, Edinburgh Fringe

feat. Christel Bartelse

MumbleTheatre.net

"Surreal, silly & splendid" Read more 

 

Review: "The Vaudevillians, a Class Act"

Orillia Packet and Times

feat. Stephanie Wilson ('10)

"I'm living my dream," said Stephanie Wilson, "and I relate strongly to Estelle."Read more

 

Review: Woman's Whisper, choreographed by and feat. Lua Shayenne ('00)

Globe and Mail

"I was struck by the sense of spiritedness and presence in their performances - it was still light out, the women's faces were bright, and the expanse of green ....underscored a feeling of vividness and energy."Read more

 

Review: The Sound of Music, feat. Shelby Meaney ('12)

Prince George Citizen

"After this performance [Shelby Meaney] deserves her own Hell Yeah page on Facebook." Read more

 

Review Round Up: The Postman, feat. Matthew Brown ('04)

Now Toronto: "NNNN - the voices of Matthew Brown and Nicky Lawrence are standouts" Read more

ByBlacks.com: "BBB - Nicky Lawrence, Ngabo Nabea and Matthew Brown create rippling effects throughout the sky as they pour their hearts into original songs created by Saidah Baba Talibah and Brooke Blackburn." Read more

Song and Script: "When the cast members...especially Aisha Jarvish, Nicky Lawrence and Matthew Brown... unite their well-trained, sophisticated voices in glorious four-part harmony and their voices get louder and more powerful, it is goose-bump time!" Read more

 

Stage West's Rumours & Dreams this summer's must-see musical

Calgary Sun

Brent Thiessen, Jory Rossiter, Andrew McGillivray and Ben Montgomery ['12] are a tireless, talented quartet who more than hold their own in duets and ensembles with the women. Read more

 

Fleetwood Mac revue showcases strong vocalists

Calgary Herald

Nikki Ponte (Uptown Country Girls), Andrew McGillivray & Brent Thiessen ('80s Solid Gold) return as well, along with Lindsay Croxall, Tara Jackson, Ben Montgomery  ['12] and Jory Rossiter all bringing their considerable vocal talents to the party as well. Choreographer Stephan Dickson ['05] (here last for Fiddler On The Roof) keeps things moving, and brings animation to a band that was never associated with synchronized dance moves onstage in their heyday, and especially not in their later years. Read more

 

A Female Jesus Leads a Talented Arts Club Cast in Godspell

VancouverScape

Key vocal talent is provided by scene-stealer Lauren Bowler as The Vamp, Janet Gigliotti (The Waitress), Craig Salkeld (Homeless Man), Katrina Reynolds ['05] (The Nomad) and Scott Perrie (The Misfit).  Read more

 

Review: Hilda's Yard, feat. Alan Kliffer ('06)

The Wellington Adviser

"When their son Gary hops the backyard fence and back into the nest, his parents' thoughts of relaxing by the TV set dissipate. Gary is played by Alan Kliffer, as a little bit needy and affected by post-traumatic stress, from 11 years back. Kliffer keeps his character sympathetic despite his weaknesses." Read more

Paul Nolan (’99) received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Doctor Zhivago

Randolph Academy alumni counted among the winners at the Broadway World Toronto awards: Best Ensemble Cast - Theatre 20's Company which featured Cleopatra Williams ('00); Best Play - Young People's Theatre's To Kill a Mockingbird, which featured Lisa Berry ('04)and Matthew Brown ('04); Fringe Festival Breakout Performance (Male) - Matt Raffy ('13) in the Randolph Academy's Fringe Toronto production of I Hired a Contract Killer; Best Fringe Festival Production (Play) - Randolph Academy's Fringe Toronto production of I Hired a Contract Killer; for the full list of winners, see here

Lisa Berry ('04) was one of 6 winners of the Reel World Film Festival's Trailblazer Awards honouring artists who are pursuing their careers in exceptional and inspiring ways. Read more

Playbill.com announced that Ken James Stewart ('06) leads an all-Canadian cast as Duddy Kravits in an all-new version of Alan Menken and David Spencer'sThe Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravits when it bows in Montreal this June (read more)

Charlottetown's Confederation Centre of the Arts and Edmonton's Citadel Theatre jointly announced the Josee Boudreau ('03) will play Evangeline in their co-production of the sweeping love story Evangeline, one of the most ambitious musicals ever conceived in Canada (read more

Paul Nolan ('99) kicked-off the New York Yankees' 2015 season April 6 by singing "God Bless America" during the 7th Inning Stretch at their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 6. Playbill

profile of Nicky Nasrallah ('04) and his solo performance at TOSketchfest Parkdale Villager

Gillian Bartolucci ('11) and Nicky Nasrallah ('04) whose Fringe show Everything is Fine made Torontoist's Top Ten Comedy Shows of 2014 Read more 

Rhonda Roberts Smid ('95), who was interviewed in a Canadian Press/Canada.com article on 2015 fitness trends Read more

Ali Froggatt ('14), interviewed about her upcoming improv show, Holiday Hangover, in the Airdrie Echo Read more

Paul Nolan ('99), interviewed about closing Once and opening Dr. Zhivago on Broadway. Read more

Annette Wozniak ('07) featured in this trailer for Jay Baruchel new FX series, Man Seeking Woman on FX

Lua Shayenne (’00) highlighting her African dance workshop with deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Northern Secondary School in Toronto Star

An interview with Rui Amaral ('08), program director at Scrap Metal, a Toronto art space that has consistently presented challenging work by major contemporary artists. Read more.

Adam Korson ('03), who received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role. Adam's show Seed also received a CSA nomination for Best Comedy Program or Series.

Aislinn Paul (Randolph Kids), who received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series

Graham Coffeng ('95), nominated for the OVATION's Special Award as part of the reporter trio in Patrick Street Productions' Floyd Collins. Read more

Review Round Up: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman

Leicester Square Theatre, London, UK

feat. Michelle laFortune ('06), Sarah Kennedy ('10)

Views from the Gods (blog): ***** "I adore Sarah Kennedy's Sydney so much - out of all the female characters, she has the most sass." Read more

Musical Theatre Review (blog): "Sarah Kennedy is Sydney, the quizzical secretary eyeing up Kent's drab profile in the show-stopper 'You've Got Possibilities'. She's brilliant too in puncturing Max's surface charm in 'Ooh, Do You Love You?', a chirpy but tricky number she pulls off to perfection. Michelle LaFortune, as journalist Lois Lane, brings her somewhat colourless numbers to life, her duet 'We Don't Matter At All', ...being the most endearing." Read more

 

Complete casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. The cast will feature Paul Nolan...reprising [his] role as Jesus Christ, .... Rounding out the cast will be … Mary Antonini as Elizabeth, … Mark Cassius as Matthew, … Katrina Reynolds as Esther. ~ Broadway.com, December 22, 2011

A recent Randolph Academy graduate, [Courtney] Lamanna has always had a passion for the arts. She knew her home was on the stage since starting music theatre classes at the age of seven. “I always knew I’d be doing something creative. I toyed with journalism for a bit; but when it came time to make my career choice, I really couldn’t see myself doing anything else [than theatre]. And I still can’t, really,” Lamanna said. ~ the newspaper (the University of Toronto's Independant Weekly), January 12, 2012

“Lynzie Kent has just released her disc, called Something Wild, and features a parcel of excellent singing on what we used to call rock songs.  Produced by Jann Arden vet and Juno winner Russell Broom, the disc has an in-your-face boldness, without any trickery, just strong tunes with good stories, and a singer who makes you want to hear them.” ~ Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog, January 2, 2012

“Tiki is a parody of beach-party movies of the 1960s, as well as – why not? – South Pacific, Gilligan's Island and Scooby-Doo. Written, directed and choreographed by Allison Beula, an instructor at Toronto’s Randolph Academy, the unapologetically silly show's cast is mainly comprised of shirtless and bikini-clad young graduates of that Toronto musical-theatre school. “ ~ J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail, January 6, 2012

“The title Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it certainly gives a good indication of what viewers are in for when they go see the hit Fringe Festival musical. Writer and director Allison Beula spontaneously blurted out the title while standing in her boyfriend’s living room. She’d been mulling over the idea of creating an homage to the beach party movies of the 1960s.” ~ Ian Gormely, Metro Toronto, January 5, 2012

“diminutive powerhouse, Karen Andrew, rocks the joint with Midnight Train to Georgia. … Louise Camilleri* adds a gorgeous mixture of class and sass to every number she touches.” ~ Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, Dec 17, 2011

Performing comes naturally to Mississauga singer Arlene Paculan. After 10 years of acting, dancing and singing, she's honing her skills as a singer/songwriter. She finished her first EP, I'm Worth It, last year and is performing at a number of venues across the Greater Toronto Area while she works on her next EP. ~ Julia Le, Mississauga News, December 12, 2011

Paul Nolan offers intriguing levels of engagement and detachment, always leaving us once removed from understanding him in full. In that, he consciously evokes the remote superstars of our age: James Dean; John Lennon; Bowie and Jagger - all those enigmas on which we could eagerly project whatever we fancied.~ Bob Verini, Variety, December 4, 2011

“a quietly charismatic Paul Nolan … brings a kind of beatific sensuality to the role … broods over his destiny with a rock star’s ambivalence in “Gethsemane.” ~ Charles McNulty, Los AngelesTimes, December 2, 2011

The production, …., is electric in other ways: …, the vocal pyrotechnics of … Paul Nolan (as Jesus) … the quietly affecting Nolan … punctuate(s) some of the more raw songs with searing, rock-god falsetto(es); Nolan’s impassive, even serene mien through most of the show makes for a stark contrast with his suffering at the Crucifixion.”~ James Hebert, San DiegoTribune, Dec. 1, 2011

Paul Nolan is a haunted, pondering, preoccupied Christ, … bringing an awesome poignancy to Christ’s anguish.”

~ Welton Jones, SanDiego.com, Dec 1, 2011

Paul Nolan's Jesus Christ is quiet, still and mysterious ---- a secretive, passive vessel used by the swirling masses around him as a repository for their own needs (spiritual, medical, political). He sings with searing high notes as he's betrayed and suffers nobly in the final scenes.”~ Pam Kragen, North CountyTimes, December 1, 2011

“Alison is the Broadway Baby of the bunch, getting the bulk of her training at Toronto’s Randolph Academy, where she graduated with honours. Since then, she’s performed in musicals at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Manitoba Theatre Centre and many other prestigious theatres. “I was the one who was always interested in musical theatre,” giggles Alison, “but when I saw my sisters doing this, I knew it’s where I had to be. Is there anything more theatrical than the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Wow!”~ Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, November 21, 2011

Cleopatra Williams … was this production’s powerhouse. Lyricist Stephen Sondheim gave Anita some of the fastest, wittiest lines in the show in the ensemble number, America. Williams didn’t waste them.”~ Globe and Mail, October 24, 2011

"The adorably rubber-faced Ken James Stewart is jumping ship from the Shaw Festival after five years to play Charlie Brown"~Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star, October 13, 2011

Victoria Fuller* has a lovely ingenue face and a strong presence in her solo Better from Little Women, also mastering a difficult dramatic scene from The Crackwalker. Her scene partner …  Sarah Gibbons* is a great contrast and one of the strongest actresses of this graduating year. … Devin Herbert* bears an uncanny resemblance to Julian Clary in a scene from Osama the Hero, shows good range in his song Larger than life and successfully scene steals to his heart’s content in Show Choir! The Musical.~ The Stage (UK), September 20, 2011*Class of 2010, Randolph Academy Post-Secondary Program

Brandyn McKinson can sing, dance and act — and he has the resume to prove it. ~ Mississauga News, August 20, 2011

“The cast of TV show Glee may have hit the big time singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, but for Katherine Wilson, the song has a certain resonance now that she is in a glee club of her own that is about to make its national TV debut.” ~ Vernon Morning Star, August 10, 2011

The Passion of Paul Nolan didn’t begin in the Garden of Gethsemane, but in a Stratford hockey arena.- Toronto Star, July 22, 2011

'Anne of Green Gables' inspired Kristen Pottle to become an actress - now she has a role in the musical- Canada East, June 22, 2011

[Kelly] Holiff ('07) gave the most mature performance of the night and has the strongest, most mellifluous female voice I’ve heard on stage in a long time.- Michelle Barker, Mooney on Theatre, June 15, 2011

“It took Jamie Metzger a stint in musical theatre to realize that her true calling was animation.”- The Canadian Press, May 23, 2011

“(Animation) is just acting on paper or the computer,” [Jamie Metzger] says. “The character won’t feel sad, you have to put that emotion in there.”- The Record, May 21, 2011

Kendall Savage [is] …  the kind of actor you can spot a mile away- The Charlebois Post, May 15, 2011

[Rikki] Browne recounted the whirlwind that has been her life the last two years in a coffee shop in Grande Prairie while on break from the Randolph Academy in Toronto. Currently in her last semester at the triple threat school – singing, dancing, and acting – Browne gets three-week breaks every three months as the two-year program runs 12 months a year. - Daily Herald-Tribune, May 6, 2011

Jake Simons remembers watching Happy Dayson television when he was growing up in the mid-1970s. Like countless kids, he daydreamed of being Arthur (The Fonz) Fonzarelli.- Mississauga News, February 22, 2011

His challenger, Freddy Benson, is played with stooge-like invention by Evan Dowling ('09). He is the show's funny bone: .... They make a delightful odd couple as they attempt to trump each other. —Inside Toronto/Front Row Centre, January 23, 2011

Diva Brings Soul Sound Back to Motown—Calgary Sun, January 2, 2011

Performer on Sunset Strip at Rock of Ages—Inside Halton, November 17, 2010

Francelle Maria sells out Capitol for CD launch —This Week Canada East, October 21, 2010

A career on stage: Shediac native Josée Boudreau now takes aim at TV and film — Times And Transcript, October 18, 2010

“Somebody tell Josie Marasco she's not dreaming. She, and fellow Sault Ste. Marie native Jennifer Mote, really are making their debuts at one of Canada's biggest theatre companies, the Stratford Festival, in one of musical theatre's grand dames, West Side Story.”-- The Sault Star, April 2010

 

 


Quotes

"Randolph Academy operates a very intense program in Stage Arts. It's demanding, both physically and mentally. It's not for everyone."
—Toronto Star

"I'm impressed by you. I appreciate you doing this show for me."

—Gregory Hines thanking the students of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. —Toronto Sun

"Many of our performers have studied with you in the past and I look forward to us finding more members of our future casts from among your students."

—David Mirvish, Mirvish Productions, Producers of Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast and Lion King in Canada.

"In an era of advancing globalization it might seem anachronistic to discuss the emergence of a Canadian artistic voice. But facilitating the birth of that voice is precisely what animates instructors, at Randolph Academy."

—Globe and Mail