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In 1945 Clarkson was a farming community, with little to offer in the way of entertainment unless one traveled all the way to Port Credit. Clarkson United Church had just built its Community Hall, complete with stage and audience area. Geoffrey Hatton (a former D’Oyly Carte cast member/ G&S aficionado) had just moved to Clarkson from England and he was willing to lend his experience and guidance to a young group of people eager to try something new. And so the fates lined up, and the times were ripe for the birth of a brand new entertainment group: The Clarkson Community Church Choir. Thirty young people (including Barb Batley, Marj McMillan, Sybil Abbs, Don and Ross Paisley, and Ralph and Eva Manley) came together to form this inaugural group. CMT’s first show was H. M. S. Pinafore, produced and directed by Frank Houston. Clarkson’s productions were devoted solely to the creation of Gilbert and Sullivan shows. When Clarkson United Church moved to its new location in 1957 and was re-dedicated as “Christ Church”, CMT productions moved to the Christ Church stage (which is, coincidentally, our rehearsal venue to this day). In subsequent years, CMT moved the venue of its major productions from Clarkson Community Hall, to T.L. Kennedy High School, to Christ Church Auditorium, to Port Credit S.S. to Glen Forest H.S. to Cawthra Park S.S. to its current production home at Meadowvale Theatre.
Clarkson Music Theatre is now one of the largest and most widely respected community theatre groups in the province. How we have grown! We proudly present to our theatre community both classic musicals and productions new to the GTA. Having staged more than one hundred award winning productions, we have clearly become a powerhouse in the theatre industry. CMT continues to enrich the cultural community of Mississauga by fostering a love of music and theatre in our audience and our members. Speaking of members, Clarkson always offers a welcoming environment to our diverse membership reflected in a wide range of ages, talents and interests, and we are proud to have maintained a loyal following as well as many lifetime members; our roots in the community allow us to support local charities and encourage the future through an annual scholarship. In 2012 the Mississauga Arts Council recognized the contributions of Clarkson Music Theatre with the prestigious Marty Award. With the help of our members, and you, our loyal audience, we plan to continue to entertain Mississauga long into the future.
Clearly, the story of Clarkson Music Theatre is rich in its scope, successes, and connection to our community. As pioneers of musical theatre, we are uniquely balanced between preserving our musical heritage, and exploring new and better ways to serve the public. We have worked hard to be a significant influence on the Arts in Mississauga and hope you think so too.
Clarkson Music Theatre, established in 1945, is a non-profit organization with charitable status (Charitable Status Number: BN 89071 3548 RR 0001). Our mission is to enrich the cultural community of Mississauga – our audience and our members - by fostering a love of music and theatre; to create quality entertainment; to celebrate excellence in music performance and theatrical design; and to give back to our community through charitable donations and scholarships. Our mandate includes creating a welcoming environment for our diverse membership reflected in a wide range of ages, talents and interests. For more information about Clarkson Music Theatre, please go to our website: HYPERLINK "http://www.clarksonmusictheatre.com" www.clarksonmusictheatre.com .
Maintaining a vital partnership with the theatre community:City of Mississauga Charitable Status
Mississauga Arts Council
Music Theatre Mississauga
MEMBERSHIP PROFILE AND ACTIVITES
Clarkson Music Theatre is comprised of a diverse group of more than one hundred individuals. We range in age from 16 to 85+. We are fortunate to have many lifetime members who have been part of our group for more than 25 consecutive years. To become a member, please contact us at HYPERLINK "http://www.clarksonmusictheatre.com" www.clarksonmusictheatre.com. You will be required to audition for our resident music director by singing a song of your choice. Once accepted, members in good standing have the right to appear in any production that calls for a range of ensemble and to participate in any of our social events (such as our Summer BBQ or Christmas Party). Once accepted into the group, no further auditions are required as long as membership fees are maintained. Members of our regular shows are placed on our contact list to receive notices re social events, activities, auditions etc.
Single Membership Fee is $30 / Family Membership Fee is $40 – members living under the same roof. The Annual General Meeting for Members is held in September, at which time membership fees are due. All rehearsals are held at Christ Church, 1700 Mazo Crescent, in Mississauga. In general, we rehearse three times a week for major productions (Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – starting late August / early September), and one to two times a week for the spring concert (about 16 rehearsals). Cast members of our major productions are also required to contribute ten volunteer hours and to cover the cost of printed materials.
Clarkson Music Theatre produces two major productions annually. Our major production is presented in the fall at Meadowvale Theatre (Battleford and Erin Mills Parkway) as part of the Music Theatre Mississauga Encore Subscription Series. Our spring concert is presented on or around the second week of May at Eden United Church (Battleford and Winston Churchill). We are also pleased to share a Christmas Cheer concert with local Retirement Homes and Senior Centres in the Mississauga and Oakville area. We are proud to have been asked to perform the national anthem for our local Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts at the Roger Centre.
We hope you will consider joining CMT; we offer camaraderie, new friendships, the opportunity to be involved on and off stage, and a shared love of musical theatre!
CMT invites you to get involved! Open to both novice and experienced helpers, we welcome your involvement in the following areas: Prop design and management, costume support, assistant stage managers, makeup and hair, set painting, set dressing, set building, stage crew (age 16 or older please), front of house (ushers and greeters), publicity, fundraising through Bingo Rama Gaming Centre (18 or older - training session required). If you are interested in helping out, please contact us through this website, or by calling 905-828-1933.
Meadowvale Theatre Music Awards
These awards recognize excellence within the Encore Series at Meadowvale Theatre:
2015 - Hello,Dolly! - Best Stage Manager (Glenn Pringle) / Best Choreographer (Michael MacLennan) / Best Show (Rita Ferguson, Christine McMahon, Nick Forrow, Donnie Morris) / Audience Choice Favourite Female Actress (Jo Kemp)
2014 – Young Frankenstein -Best Director and Choreographer (Bob Riddell) / Best Music Director (Jenny Peace) / Best Stage Manager (Glenn Pringle), Best Show (Rita Ferguson, Christine McMahon, Nick Forrow)
2012 – Mame – Best Actresses (Leslie Carney, Christine McMahon, Katie Westrope) / Best Actor (Derek Faulconer)
2011 – Hairspray – Best Actress (Katie Westrope)
2009 – Thoroughly Modern Millie - Audience Favourite Male Actor (Neil Salinas)
2008 – Sweeney Todd - Best Actress ( Jo Kemp) / Best Supporting (Christine McMahon)
2007 – Wonderful Town - Best Music Director (Jenny Peace)
2006 – Blood Brothers - Best Actress (Jo Kemp)
2004 – On The Twentieth Century – Best Supporting Actress – (Christine McMahon), Best Music Director (Jenny Peace)
2003 –Cabaret - Best Show: (Rita Ferguson, Christine McMahon, Rob Gorican)
2002 - Pirates of Penzance -Best Show (Rita Ferguson, Rob Gorican)
1999 – Hello, Dolly! -Best Show (Margo Timmons, Rita Ferguson)
1997 – The Gondoliers -Best Show (Anne Marie Sluga, Pat Piche)
1994 – H.M.S. Pinafore - Best Show (Liz Allan)
Association of Community Theatres (ACTCO) Awards:
These awards recognize excellence in community theatre for Central Ontario.
2016 - All Shook Up - Adjudicator's Award - Best Ensemble
2015- Hello, Dolly! - Best Supporting Male Performer (John Galbraith) ; Nomination for Best Female Actress (Jo Kemp)
2014 – Young Frankenstein – Best Set Design (Bruce Brown) / Best Male Actor: (Darryl Burton); Nominations for best female actress (Karyn Monk and Karen Chorney)
2013 – Legally Blonde - Best Director: (Renee Beiforte); Nominations for Best supporting Male / Best Female – (Emily Westbrook)
2012 – Mame – Nominations for Best Female (Leslie Carney), Best Male (Mackenzie Faulkner), Best Sound (Greg Salisbury)
2011 – Hairspray – Best Choreographer (Renee Beiforte)
2010 – The Gondoliers – Best Music Director (Ruth McDonald)
2009 Thoroughly Modern Millie – Best Director (Rob Gorican), Best Actress (Tammy Frederik)
2008 – Sweeney Todd - Best Actress (Jo Kemp), Best Sound (Greg Salisbury)
2007 Wonderful Town - Best Director(Rob Gorican), Best Actress (Jennifer Laarhuis)
2006 – 42nd Street - Best Light Design (Jason Hand), Best Music Direction (Jenny Peace)
2005 Blood Brothers– Best Musical (Christine McMahon, Rita Ferguson, Jan Sayer) , Best Director(Bob Riddell), Best Actress(Jo Kemp), Best Actor(Greg Shanks), Best Lighting (Roger Gowe)
2005: Mikado - Best Set (John Dalgleish / John Guy)
1996: Guys and Dolls – Best Music Director (Ruth McDonald) / “Luck Be A Lady” Adjudicator’s Award for the men’s chorus
CMT supports our community both on stage and off.
CMT’s Christmas Cheer Choir: In addition to our fall production and spring concert, CMT provides entertainment for local senior centres (e.g. Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, Cawthra Senior Centre, and Sunrise Homes for Senior Living). (“On behalf of the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, I would like to thank you for coordinating your choir’s performance at our Christmas Luncheon on Dec.17th, 2013. We had 140 people in attendance and absolutely everyone loved the performance! As I shared with you, many people approached me and said that it was fantastic, entertaining and they thoroughly enjoyed it”. Sara Stinson, Supervisor, Mississauga Seniors’ Centre)
Clarkson Music Theatre has been pleased to provide music entertainment at events such as the reopening of the Maja Prentiss Theatre and the 2014 MAC Marty Gala.
Clarkson maintains an extensive costume collection which is available for loan to local schools and community groups. There is no monetary charge for this service.
The Clarkson Music Theatre Performing Arts Scholarship offers an annual bursary of $1,000 to a Mississauga high school graduate who intends to improve his / her skills either in performance or in the technical fields of theatre. This Scholarship is designed to nurture a future career in the Arts. (Past recipients include James Da Silva (St. Paul Secondary) Elizabeth Amos 2012 / Brittni Kenney 2013 (Cawthra Park Secondary School). Julia De Mola 2014 (Father Michael Goetz) (download application form)
Clarkson’s work in music and theatre allows us to funnel funds back to our community. We make an annual minimum donation of more than $5,000 to Local Charities (not including our $1,000 scholarship program). To put that in perspective, CMT has provided more than $50,000 in the past ten years. Some of our charity recipients are listed below:
Ian Anderson House
The Canadian Red Cross (Relief funds for Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Japan Tsunami Relief Fund, Philippines relief)
Credit Valley Hospital,
Canadian Food for Children
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Well Spring (for cancer survivors)
The Jerry Love Foundation
Since 1945, Clarkson Music Theatre has established a rich tradition of Music and Theatre in Mississauga, having produced over 100 award-winning Musicals and Cabarets. CMT proudly fosters both newcomers and established talent in music, drama and theatrical design while supporting local charities. Indeed, Clarkson embodies all that is community theatre.