Elmira Theatre Company’s Mary Ann Kennedy chats about Menopositive The Musical

Menopositive The Musical now playing at The Elmira Theatre Company.
Menopositive The Musical now playing at The Elmira Theatre Company.

A roller coaster ride of laughter and tears, moments of reflection and genuine friendship.

The hilarious and poignant musical comedy tells the story of four 50ish women who come together to stage a review for their 35th high school reunion. What unfolds is a rolicking and riveting explosion of music, revelations and gut-splitting humour.

Four women are rehearsing a musical for their 35th high school reunion and as they rehearse, they get to know each other, for better or for worse.. in this comedy/drama about growing old … and everything that comes with it whether we like it or not. There is a different bond between women friends than there between is male friends… but men can also relate to this show as well.

This is the story of four women going through the change Marnie, Cynthia, Kate and Zsuzsu… and they decide to get involved to their utter in a musical about menopause written by Kate ….but they do it anyway. Theatre creates unusual families.

Written by J.J. McColl. Directed by Mary Ann Kennedy. Music Director Paul Warder, Menopositive the Musical features ETC Veteran Deb Deckert, with Lindsay Quinn, Tracy Biggar, and Denise Gismondi.

Music by J.J. McColl and Reuben Gurr, Menopositive The Musical is An Out to See Production Originally produced by Musical TheatreWorks and Firehall Arts Centre

Some language and mature humour. Catered by The Stone Crock dinner theatre tickets are $50.  Show only tickets are $20.

Veteran actor/choreographer/director Mary Ann Kennedy and I talked about this very funny and poignant look about four women going through The Change.  Mary Ann also met Menopositive’s creator the late J.J. McColl,  McColl’s good friend Moyra Rodger who workshopped the show with ETC.

Menopositive! The Musical runs from Nov. 14 to Nov. 29, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are available through Centre in the Square, 519-578-1570 or toll free at 1-800-265-8977. For more information or online tickets, visit www.elmiratheatre.com.

Elmira Theatre Company

Here is my lovely and amazing chat with Mary Ann  Kennedy featuring some of her favorite songs from Elmira Theatre Company’s latest production Menopositive the Musical on Coral FM.  I have been to these shows and ETC continues to do a stellar job. Mary Ann and I also chat about the ETC’s 2015 Season.  Break legs! – Coral FM.




Changing Times – The Daily Grrr for November 20, 2014

Welcome, I am your host Trish Holmes and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, soundfm.ca on the web, today is November 20, 2014. That was Hall and Oates from 1977 with Rich Girl which is all about the disconnect between wealth and responsibility.

The first piece I want to examine today harkens back to the topic a few weeks ago about policing strategies. Last week it was reported in the Waterloo Chronicle that Waterloo regional police are forking out $600 …read more

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Living Wage Waterloo Region Launches Living Wage Employer Recognition Program

The Living wage Movement Grows in Waterloo Region

Brayden McNeill, Grand River Media Collective

Living Wage Waterloo Region (LWWR) launched its Employer Recognition Program on Tuesday November 4th, commending ten local companies for their progressive wage schemes. LWWR is a local initiative to calculate a living wage for our region and to lobby employers to adapt their pay scales accordingly.

The living wage for our region of $16 per hour was determined with the help of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. It’s based on the needs of a typical family of four, with two parents …read more

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episode 100 agriculture show nov 18 2014


For the 100th episode, the first guests on the show were re-invited. This picture is from a WFA board meeting also showing our President Ken Hunsberger. Gord was stuck in snow at home so this picture is OK.

We talked about the issues from 3 years ago and where they were now. Played a couple “chicken” songs on Marks behalf and Gord had a couple Mose Allison tunes for his pre-recorded section of the show.

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Award Winning Composer and Audax founder Kat Gimon on Coral FM.

Kat Gimon
Award Winning Composer, Improvisor, Soprano – Kat Gimon

Come out to the second student Student Composers’ Concert of the year and enjoy a wide array of new music by students in Laurier Music‘s contemporary music program.

Admission is free! A reception will follow the concert (including fresh pretzels and apple cider).

A special thanks to our sponsor Grainharvest Breadhouse Inc. for making the reception possible.

Works by:
~ Dylann Miller
~ Jeffrey Fleming
~ David Klassen
~ James Reesor
~ Stephanie Orlando
~ Mike Borkovic
~ Melanie Bakos Lang
~ Maria Kouznetsova
~ Andrew Hewitt
~ Stephen Schooley
~ Justin Sullivan


Kat was a guest on my show recently.  Part two of the Student Composer’s Series is happening Wed Nov 19.  Admission is free!

Kat is also the innovator of nine voice all female live improvised music collective Audax.

for more Go to Kat’s Facebook events page. https://www.facebook.com/events/389151831209956/

And here is the link to the Nightlife story that I wrote about Kat for The Waterloo Region Record.  Good luck to all the composers!  – Coral FM.


Composer, Improvisor, Soprano Kat Gimon and Audax
Composer, Improvisor, Soprano Kat Gimon and Audax


So Old It’s New set list for Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

1. Link Wray & The Wraymen, Big City After Dark
2. Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar
3. Peter Gabriel featuring Youssou N’Dour, Shaking The Tree
4. Little Feat, Down The Road
5. Lynyryd Skynyrd, Every Mother’s Son
6. Bob Dylan, Love Minus Zero/No Limit
7. AC/DC, Boogie Man
8. Deep Purple, Razzle Dazzle
9. David Bowie, All The Madmen
10. Bad Company, Evil Wind
11. Joe Jackson, The Evil Eye
12. Pete Townshend, Now And Then
13. Love, A House Is Not A Motel
14. Boz Scaggs with Booker T. & The MGs, As The Years Go Passing By
15. Mark Knopfler, The Long Road
16. Eric Clapton, Driftin’ Blues (live from E.C. Was Here album)
17. Santana, Stormy
18. Fleetwood Mac, Doctor Brown
19. Herbie Hancock featuring Joni Mitchell, River (live)
20. John Coltrane, My Favorite Things
21. Black Sabbath, Too Late
22. Bukka White, Shake ‘Em On Down
23. Chicken Shack, San-Ho-Zay
24. Metallica, Better Than You seguing into next show/my old show programmed Sonic Attack by Hawkwind.

The Daily GRRR! – November 14th, 2014 – Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday November 14th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The …read more

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