Theatre By The Bay’s Stars Come Out is ready to hit the stage for the 2019 season, signifying the start of the city’s theatre season.
On Monday, May 13, Georgian Theatre will be full of music, dance and comedy as the traditional kick-off show for the TBTB season gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
Artistic director Iain Moggach told BarrieToday that Stars Come Out has become a huge success over the years and is more than a local show.
“We’ve been doing this show since we started as a company and to watch it grow has been fantastic,” said Moggach. “It really is a way to get some great names and big talent on a Barrie stage and showcase who we are as an artistic community to everyone else in the province and beyond.”
This version of Stars Come Out will be hosted by one of Canada’s most respected performers and singers, Raoul Bhaneja.
Bhaneja is a celebrated Canadian actor of screen and stage who has appeared in more than a hundred different film and television projects such as HBO's acclaimed adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, and The Best Laid Plans.
Along with Bhaneja will be Grammy- and Juno-nominated singer Mark Masri, Broadway star Cornelia Luna, AJ Bridel, Alana Bridgewater, David Ball, and Army of Sass Barrie and more.
Moggach believes this year’s event will be even more of a celebration of local artistry as two stars on the show have local connections.
David Ball attended St Peter’s Catholic High School and was a part of the earlier days of TBTB before moving on to performing in front of audiences all over the country.
“David Ball came up through the Barrie theatre scene before his career took him on to other cities and stages, and now he’s coming home a widely celebrated artist,” said Moggach. “Cornelia Luna performed on Broadway, but has moved to the city and has her own voice studio here in Barrie.”
All money raised during Stars Come Out helps support Theatre by the Bay’s 2019 season.
Moggach hopes everyone will come out and support not just the evening and its stars, but the rest of the year and what TBTB has in store for its audiences.
“It is a great night of a wild cabaret of fun, but we really do use this to help our whole season,” said Moggach. “We have an awesome VIP event preshow that I really encourage anyone to try at least once. It has the best seats in the house, food and drinks in an exclusive lounge, and there will be a private performance by one of the stars on the bill that night.”
The VIP experience and all other tickets are available through the Five Points Theatre box office, which you can reach through their website or by calling 705-739-4228.