RCMPI Newsletter

Tickets on Sale Now!
Tickets are on sale for The Wizard of Oz and going fast!

Buy your tickets now! Seats in the balcony are already open and on sale too.

Follow the yellow brick road and get your tickets today at!
9 to 5 AUDITIONS!!
Audition information is now available online for 9 to 5!  
Make sure to check out the TWO different ways to showcase your talent in your audition! Auditions are November 5 and 7.

Tickets are on sale now at!
Guelph Storm Tickets
Once again we have tickets available to the Guelph Storm Game on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 against the North Bay Battalion. Tickets are $17.00 (which is cheaper than children's tickets!) 

They are available online at or by emailing

In our recent review of committees, we have established two new committees to take the place of our Resource Development and Facilities Committee.

The new Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee will take over the responsibilities related to fundraising, an integral part of any charitable organisation, including RCMPI.

Our new committee is in need of people interested in these areas. Your commitment would be to attend a monthly meeting of 2 hours maximum, look for and develop innovative fundraising initiatives, and identify possible sponsorship opportunities within your personal and professional contacts. If you think this is something that might interest you and you can make the commitment, please contact Gary Roche at

In addition, RCMPI has created an ad-hoc committee tasked with planning activities to celebrate our upcoming 40th anniversary. The Anniversary Committee will be tasked with developing special events and initiatives in conjunction with RCMPI's standing committees for the 2018/2019 season. If you are interested in joining this committee please contact Jane Martin at for more information.

Welcome Back Pub Night!
At the Pennywhistle!

On Thursday, September 29th, the Social Committee is hosting a Welcome back get together for all members to get caught up at 7:30pm at the Pennywhistle.

This is open to the entire membership to stop by and say hello at anytime! Check out our Facebook page for more details.

Call for Proposals Has Closed

The Artistic Direction committee would like to thank all who have submitted show proposals for the 2017-18 Season! 

Evaluation is ongoing, stay tuned to find out about our 2017-2018 season.

A Family Affair - Meet the Directors of Oz!
We have a fabulous team of directors for the Wizard of Oz and it's time we took a closer look at who they really are! Meet the team: 2 sisters and a daughter/niece.

Karen Allen, Director
What was your first RCMPI show?  
I auditioned and got called back for both leads in the 1982 production of Guys and Dolls. At that time, all chorus parts were cast before leads were selected. I didn't get any of the lead parts, but the director encouraged me to get involved backstage.

Is this your first time directing? If not, a brief history?
I have been directing school musicals for most of my teaching career. After several years on stage with RCMPI, I decided to throw my hat into the directorial ring with RENT. That experience was so wonderful, I decided to do it again! I took on the challenge of musical director for Rocky Horror in the Spring of 2015 and for Fiddler on the Roof in the Fall of the same year.

What made you decide to submit The Wizard of Oz?  
The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favourite stories. My whole family knows how much those ruby slippers enchanted me and it was the first home movie I ever purchased. When I was contemplating proposing a show, it seemed the obvious choice.  

What are you most looking forward to in Wizard of Oz?  
I think it would have to be working with so many wonderful people to make this story come to life. I am thrilled that the cast consists of tried and true members and some brand new faces. I'm also excited to be working with my family in various capacities.

What is your favourite moment in Wizard of Oz?
It may seem funny, but it's the scene when our four friends recover from the poppy field and we hear the chorus sing "Optimistic Voices". 

Anything awesome and fantastic we should know about you?
That's a hard question!  I have been involved with RCMPI since 1982 and have learned so much, met some wonderful people, seen
 many come and go, enjoyed playing some fantastic roles, sat as President and am still a part of this amazing company.
Susan Lawrenson: Musical Director
How did you learn about RCMPI?  
From my sister. She was involved in shows in the early 1980s and I got involved in 1986 (As the baby sister, I’ve always followed her lead!!)

What was your first RCMPI show?
I was assistant to the director for My Fair Lady in 1986. The musical director was David Rogers and the Director/Choreographer was Sarah Jane Burton. My sister Karen was in the show. Meghan was a glint in her eye.

What is your Dream role? 
I have always wanted to play Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Such an amazing role with great songs. If my pipes were in better shape, I would love to Play Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.  I’ve recently gone back to vocal lessons so who knows??

What are you most looking forward to in Wizard of Oz?
Everything - it is just pure magic. But if I have to narrow it down, I would say watching my family in action. My family behind the scenes and my husband and son on stage. 

Is this your first time directing? If not, a brief history?  
Since 1986 I’ve been involved in many shows both on stage and as vocal director.  On stage, Anything Goes, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Anne of Green Gables, Fiddler on the Roof, to name a few. As vocal director, Hello Dolly, Singin’ in the Rain,
 Joseph, and RENT. I’m also excited to be the vocal director for this Spring’s 9 to 5.
Meghan Barron: Choreographer
How did you learn about RCMPI? 
I grew up knowing the name RCMPI (or back then it was called RCMP). It was a theatre group that my mom and aunt were involved with. I grew up knowing many of the company members, being brought to rehearsals, or watching audition prep around the piano in my grandma's house. RCMPI has been in and out of my life for a long time. 

What was your first RCMPI show?
My first RCMPI show was Hello Dolly in 1997. My mother was Dolly, and my Aunt was the vocal director. I remember auditioning for the children's chorus and being so nervous. I had been taking dance for quite a few years already, but auditioning for a musical was a whole different thing. I got a phone call on my 7th birthday, the person on the other end (I don't remember who, my heart was pounding!), told me that they had a birthday gift for me -- I got in the show! 

What is your favourite role you've ever played?
My favourite role that I've ever played has to be Iris in Girl in the Goldfish Bowl. Last year I got to travel to Moosejaw, Saskatchewan for the role. It was a blast. My favourite RCMPI roll, however, was Tootie, from Meet me in St. Louis (2000). Tootie was so funny, charming, and obsessed with death-- to play her was so much fun. Sometimes I would forget to stop being her when I came home from rehearsals. 

What is your Dream role?
My dream role is Peter Pan (the musical). I want to fly so badly on stage. Plus, it is traditionally played by a woman -- I always loved the Mary Martin version that I had on VHS. The story offers so much opportunity for creativity, you can just let your imagination soar with this musical.  

What made you decide to suggest Wizard of Oz?
My mom wanted to direct another musical but was initially stuck with what she wanted to do. I reminded her that her all-time favourite movie was Wizard of Oz, and that's how we began. 

Is this your first time directing? If not, a brief history?
I began choreographing in high school in the dance club. I went on to coach and choreograph for my university dance team. During university, I also had an opportunity to choreograph for a student show in the UofT drama festival, as well as a pre-professional show my class was working on. In my 3rd year of university, I came back to RCMPI and choreographed as well as acted in a special production of Nunsense.  I started gaining momentum as a choreographer, and upon graduation, got hired by a small company as their residential choreographer in Toronto. Since then I've begun teaching and choreographing for a few different studios and schools in the GTA. I came back to RCMPI 2 years ago and choreographed RENT (alongside this same production team). I then had the privilege to work on Rocky Horror -- and am now choreographing for the main stage!
September 29 - Welcome Back Pub Night at the Pennywhistle, 7:30pm
October 21 - Storm Game
November 5 & 7 - 9 to 5 Auditions
November 14 - 9 to 5 Callbacks
October 17 - Board Meeting
All November - Sips for the Stage
November 17 - River Run move in for Wizard of Oz

November 23-27 - Wizard of Oz
A big thank you goes out to the Social Committee for a fantastic Welcome Potluck for Wizard of Oz on Saturday, September 3rd.  It was great to see so many new and returning faces come out and dance their hearts out, congratulations on another successful outing!
If you want to get more involved in our great company than we invite you to join a committee. There are five standing committees that include Publicity, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Artistic Direction, and Social. We also establish ad hoc committees from time to time, so if these committees don't interest you just let us know and we will get in touch with you if an opportunity comes along.

Drop us an email at if you want to get more involved.


October 28-30 Part and Parcel Theatre Productions presents The Canterville Ghost. A special ticket price of $12 is available for RCMPI members. By quoting promo code "Spirit of Theatre" you can receive a discount on tickets reserved by email for any of the 4 performances. See performance details at and email your request to

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