In this haunting adaptation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, join the visitors of the melancholy House of Usher on a candlelit journey into the macabre. Despite their apprehensions, a stubborn doctor, a resentful medium, and a murderer attend the funeral of an eccentric recluse—only to question the circumstances surrounding her untimely death. As they begin to outstay their welcome, they uncover evidence of a connection between their disturbing pasts and the sinister presence stalking their every move. With their secrets exposed, they must be willing to summon their ghosts to survive the supernatural forces at work, and confront the meddlesome housekeeper who knows more than she claims. An immersive horror opera, Tales of the Grotesque invites visitors to explore Victorian Toronto through the eyes of literature’s most twisted author, and come tapping at the door to the unknown ...
"Even in death, all is not lost."
Edgar Allan Poe (The Pit and the Pendulum)
"Of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve, Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. Heat and cold had little influence on him—no warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he…”
In this festive tale of transformation, join cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a candlelit journey to redemption. A chilling blend of immersive theatre and traditional vocals, A Christmas Carol invites audiences to explore Toronto’s historic Spadina Museum alongside three unlikely ghosts. In this musical adaptation of one of Dickens’ most beloved tales, follow Scrooge as he uncovers the secrets of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
"Will you come out with me this Christmas Eve?"
Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
Stranded in the unknown space between life and death, a shocking secret has come to light. Join the cast of 'Ether' on an unsettling journey from this realm into the beyond, where past regrets come back to haunt us. In a room with no entrances or exits, the characters must navigate the defining moments of their lives, but can they outrun their shame forever? Exploring the relationship between morality and the afterlife, 'Ether' unites an unlikely group of women to confront the betrayal and inaction that may have cost them their lives. Perhaps they can brave this limbo together.
"Time moves differently here."
Brendee Green (Ether)
A site specific, immersive opera, “The Medium” merges devised theatre with classical vocals, as audiences are led on a tour of Spadina Museum. Concluding on the rarely seen third floor, where the narrative unfolds amidst a bewitching séance, this adaptation of Menotti’s English-language opera re-imagines its source material to include interactive scenes that utilize the historic setting. Revolving around a charlatan psychic’s struggle with alcoholism and mental illness, “The Medium” is set in Toronto during the spiritualist intrigue of the Edwardian era. Monopolizing on the popularity of séances amongst affluent socialites of that time, the titular character, Madame Flora, manipulates her guests’ grief at a hefty fee. However, as the medium dabbles in the dark arts, she inadvertently opens a door that should have remained closed. Questioning her own sanity, Madame Flora comes to understand that despite her deception and disbelief, the dead respond when called upon.
“Mother, Mother, are you there?”
Gian Carlo Menotti (The Medium)
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
Concert & Fundraiser (February 2019)
Explore the wintry cityscape of Toronto through the eyes of a homeless beggar, searching for a place to keep warm. An audience immersive concert and reception, 'In the Bleak Midwinter' will take you on a snowy journey through the evolution of music--featuring a charming selection of songs and poetry from the early 1800s to today. Blending powerful vocals with original theatre, the program weaves through a young woman's hopeful daydreams as winter reaches its bitter peak, inviting performers and audiences alike to come in from the cold. In the bleak midwinter, let music bring you warmth.
"Then she saw a star fall, leaving behind it a bright streak of fire."
Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Match Girl)
Graphic Design by Langdon Krasilowez
Graphic Design by Jonathan Broderick