Alexander Showcase Theatre is committed to creating the highest possible quality theatrical productions while supporting and pursuing a mandate to develop aspiring performers and technical crew.
Our Board of Directors
- Angela Hawaleshka, Artistic Director/Chair
- Ian Scott, President, Treasurer
- Jill Walker, Vice-president
- Deborah Mills, Secretary
Members at Large
- Ted Grosberg
- Catherine Kentridge
- Tom Levy
- Gillian Clavier
The Summer Choir that Never Stopped
Under the artistic direction of Angela Hawaleshka, six music students joined together twenty years ago to form a summer choir known as The Alexander Singers. The Singers were given the name as a tribute to Angela’s father Alexander.
Their music delighted audiences immediately, and it wasn’t long before the choristers were ready for even greater challenges. Six months later they were able to present a half-hour long Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Trial by Jury”. The group continued to perform, and was inspired to produce even bigger and better musicals – Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”, “The Mikado”, “The Gondoliers”, “The Yeomen of the Guard”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, and “Ruddigore”.
Then they turned to operetta, performing “The Merry Widow” and “Die Fledermaus”, and to Broadway musicals, including “Oklahoma”, “Fiddler on the Roof”(twice), and “Sweeney Todd”. These full-scale productions called for costumes, make-up, props, lighting, elaborate sets, and a small orchestra. The Alexander Singers and Players’ cast and crew grew to over 80 members, including backstage technicians and front of house helpers.
In the fall of 2012, the Alexander Showcase Theatre was born.
The Alexander Singers & Players have for many years supported Variety Village, designating a special theatre performance for the children of Variety and donating a portion of ticket sales to them. Last year they also included Casey House in their outreach.
Operating self-sufficiently as a not-for-profit organization, The Singers have always been involved in community support, performing for seniors, shut-ins, and charities such as:
- The Arthritis Society
- Perla Arditti’s MS Access Support Association
- The Cabbagetown Fair, which raises money for musical education for inner city children
- ORT Canada
- Patrons of Wisdom
- The Marie Curie Scorbaska Association