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Fall in love with theatre and music at annual cabaret performance

Love Cabaret features ten performers with backgrounds in music theatre, opera, and pop music
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Theatre Collingwood has curated an evening of entertainment meant to help guests celebrate love this February. 

The upcoming Love Cabaret, is a collection of ten performers with backgrounds in musical theatre, opera, and pop, all on stage to celebrate love this Feb. 12. 

Theatre Collingwood's artistic director, Erica Angus has partnered with musical director Renee Cingolani to create this year's cabaret, which features professional performers who have sung on the stages at Mirvish, the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, the Charlottetown Festival, and Broadway. 

"Each one of them would be worth the price of admission to just see them," said Angus. "This will be an evening to celebrate love in all its many forms." 

This year's performers include Jeremy Walmsley, a Toronto pop singer/songwriter and actor. Walmsley has a 10-year career in TV, film, and musical theatre with roles on the stage at Mirvish, Royal Manitoba Theatre, and Grand Theatre. He's also had parts on TV shows such as A Teacher, Private Eyes, Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, and Reign. 

Mezzo-soprano, Laura Aylan-Parker, is also on the Love Cabaret. Her career highlights include performing at Roy Thompson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Andrea Bocelli at the Air Canda Centre, and at the BlackCreek Music Festival with opera legend Placido Domingo.

Scott Hurst is returning to Theatre Collingwood for the fourth time. The professional singer, director, and playwright is active in the local theatre scene with his works featured at Barrie Theatre by the Bay, Talk is Free Theatre, Kempenfelt Community Players, and Orillia's Sunshine Festival. 

Saveria, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Ottawa will also perform at Theatre Collingwood's Love Cabaret, returning after her performance in Soul Sisters – also put on by Theatre Collingwood. 

Deb Fitzsimmons is injecting some local talent in the show as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Collingwood. She performs locally singing jazz, blues, gospel, classic rock, Celtic, and folk music. 

David Ball is a triple-threat performer from Barrie (now in Toronto). He's coming off his seventh season at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. 

Erica Angus' daughter, Shealyn Angus is the host of the cabaret this year. She sings and is also the owner of Shealyn Angus Weddings and Events. 

"She spends her days working in the business of love," states a press release from Theatre Collingwood. 

Mariah Campos will be performing in the Love Cabaret, and has past acting credits with Stratford Festival, Netflix, Stage West Calgary, and Drayton Entertainment. 

Constant Bernard is a bilingual actor, singer and dancer, and has been working in the Canadian entertainment industry since 2004. He recently worked as a performer on Disney Cruise Line ships, and he will be bringing his talents to Collingwood for Love Cabaret. 

Rounding out the list of performers is Mark Cassius, a singer/songwriter, dancer, actor, and musician best known for his work in the international performing a capella group The Nylons. He is also a music theatre veteran with credits on Broadway. 

The Love Cabaret will be on the stage at First Presbyterian Church in Collingwood on Feb. 12. Tickets are $45 for regular or $75 for red carpet VIP, which includes a post-show reception, with food and a beverage at Prime Seven Nine. 

Tickets are available online here

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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