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Theatre by the Bay bringing 'dazzling cabaret of talent' to Barrie

Starstruck taking place June 7 at Five Points Theatre
The Five Points Theatre in downtown Barrie is shown in this file photo.

Theatre by the Bay presents Starstruck, a dazzling cabaret of talent, June 7, 2024, at the Five Points Theatre.

Tickets starting at $50.

Indulge in an unforgettable evening with Theatre by the Bay as we proudly present Starstruck — a dazzling cabaret of talent.

Immerse yourself in an intimate and exclusive night where the stage comes alive with sensational performances from the brightest stars of Canada’s renowned theatres, including Mirvish, Stratford, and Shaw. Be prepared for an enchanting journey through song and celebration as we bring the magic of the biggest stages right to your doorstep.

But that’s not all — this soirée promises more than just a captivating performance. Dive into the excitement with our silent auction, where treasures await your bids. For our VIP guests, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and even meet some of the performers before the show.

The night is destined for surprises, laughter, and memories that linger long after the final curtain falls.

Your presence will also be a contribution to a noble cause. Every penny raised from this spectacular event goes towards supporting Theatre by the Bay’s Spark Education Series — a commitment to nurturing the next generation of theatre artists and enthusiasts in our community, and ensuring the flame of creativity continues to burn bright.

Secure your spot for a night of unparalleled entertainment and join us in making a difference through the magic of Starstruck.

It’s more than a show; it’s an invitation to be part of something extraordinary.

To book your tickets:

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected], 705-795-3022.

For more information, or to book your VIP Tickets, contact us at [email protected], 705-735-9243.

Here are just some of the stars performing at Starstruck.

Cornelia Luna

Cornelia Luna is known for having performed on Broadway, London’s West End, as well as national/international tours.

Roles include Grizabella in Cats, Fantine in Les Misérables, Tuptim in The King and I, Ellen and Kim in Miss Saigon, lead vocalist in Cameron Mackintosh’s Hey! Mr. Producer, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night.

Described as an “artist of the first order” by the Toronto Music Report, Cornelia Luna released an independent album titled Starting Here, Starting Now, which has received spectacular reviews.

Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Internationally renowned Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne has been celebrated for his emotive and virtuosic playing.

Raphael has defied traditional notions of how the cello should sound and developed a unique artistic voice that has resonated with listeners on a deep emotional level.

He has played on Juno-award-winning albums, performed in front of over 40,000 people at the world’s biggest metal festival, and worked closely with contemporary dancers on multidisciplinary collaborations.

Tessa Alves

Tessa Alves is a true triple threat. Born and raised in Brampton, Ont., Alves has been involved in celebrated musical theatre productions across Canada including several years in Mirvish productions, and New York.

Favourite credits include Rock of Ages, Beetlejuice, Diana: The Musical, Escape from Margaritaville and West Side Story — all on Broadway.

Tessa moved back to Canada from New York in 2022 and, along with performing, has become a dance instructor.

Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen is an actor and singer who is equally at home in opera, theatre and on screen.

Described as having a “rich tenor that gracefully glides” (CBC), Ryan began his 2024 season as the tenor soloist in the Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

As a theatre artist, Ryan made his Broadway debut as the General in The Book of Mormon, called “the best musical of the century” (the New York Times). Most notably he has also been seen as Mister in the Canadian premiere and tour of The Color Purple, and as Jabulani in the world premiere of Sousatzka at the Elgin Theatre.

On screen, Ryan’s work has spanned a variety of networks and streamers with highlights including a series lead role on Between (Netflix), a recurring guest star on John Ridley’s Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV+) and as Jack Drake in the DC Universe on Titans (HBO Max).

Gabi Epstein

Hailed “Canada’s Queen of Cabaret” by CTV, Gabi is a DORA award winner and one of Canada’s leading stage performers best known for playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Stratford Festival and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Segal Centre and in concert for the Harold Green Jewish Theatre.

Selected theatre: Tell Me on a Sunday (Canadian premiere — Magnus), A Little Night Music (Koerner Hall opposite Will & Grace star Eric McCormack), Rock of Ages (Elgin Theatre), Billy Elliot (Stratford), Once (Mirvish — DORA Award, Best Ensemble/Musical), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sweeney Todd (TIFT — DORA Award, Best Musical), 9 to 5: The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (Capitol Theatre/Stage West), Blood Brothers, Perfect Wedding (Drayton), To Life (HGJT — DORA Award nomination, Outstanding Performance).