Friday 27 April 2012

Brownstein speaks about his father-in laws survival of the holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Castel Royale residents commemorate HolocaustApril 25, 2012
Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

The annual Yom Hashoah commemoration of the Holocaust at Côte St. Luc's Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Synagogue is the most widely known community remembrance of the atrocities of the Nazis. But several other events were held last week to also remember the six million Jews who perished during World War II. One such ceremony was held at the Castel Royale residence in Côte St. Luc, where a smaller version of the community commemoration was held. Residents lit candles in memory of those who died, and also to represent the partisans who fought Nazis, veterans, the Polish army, the Russian army, the Israeli army and Castel Royale itself. Rabbi Mark Friedman, of the Castel Royale, offered words of inspiration. Eva Bass, a Holocaust survivor, said it would be impossible to explain everything she experienced during that time in Hungary. “I don't wish what we went through on anybody in the world.” Castel Royale director Sonya Miles told of a trip to Europe she took as a teenager. While there, she visited the house of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who wrote her famous diary as her family was being hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam. “This really meant a lot to me,” Miles said. “I remember the day like it was yesterday. When I went back to Europe two years later, I went to Poland and I wanted to go to Cracow, and I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau. When I crossed the gate, I felt very emotional.” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said his father-in-law, Eddy Yagodzinsky, survived the Warsaw Ghetto through various harrowing means, including hiding in a barn, dressing as a Christian, living under a Polish man's identity and hiding in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto after the uprising, where he was found and saved by a man named David Landau. Yagodzinsky is now 92. “The blood that goes through my children is thanks to his survival,” Brownstein pointed out.

Friday 20 April 2012

Norm Foster's Office Hours

Contact: Anisa Cameron

(514) 939-9845            CÔTE SAINT-LUC DRAMATIC SOCIETY


Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society presents Norm Foster’s Office Hours in May

This fast-paced comedy is set to send the city into hysterics!
Côte Saint-Luc, April 18, 2012: A laugh riot in our own back yards!
The Côte Saint- Luc Dramatic Society will perform Norm Foster’s Office Hours from Thursday, May 24th to Saturday, May 26th, 2012 in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Hot on the heels of their sold out success with Grease in January, The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is set to send the city into hysterics with Norm Foster’s fast-paced comedy, Office Hours.  Tickets will be available for purchase online, at The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Blvd.), the Aquatics and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Ave.), The Côte Saint-Luc Parks and Recreation Office (7500 Mackel Rd.), or by phone at (514) 485-6806.  Tickets cost $15 (plus tax).  Showtimes are 8 pm on May 24th, 25th and 26th.  There will also be two 2 pm matinees, one on Friday, May 25th, and one on Saturday, May 6th.

Norm Foster’s Office Hours takes place during the same Friday afternoon in six different offices in the big city.  We follow the stories that take place in each office, and, as the story unfolds, each story becomes connected with the other; A newsman who will do anything to keep his job, a Canadian Producer willing to overlook the shortcomings of a down and out Director, an Entertainment Agent caught in a scandal, a lawyer with big news to share, a delusional jockey, a love-starved therapist and a man on a ledge, this promises to be a production you won’t soon forget!

"Norm Foster is Canada's most-produced dramatist, and no wonder. His snappy dialogue, everyday situations and gently balanced characters dare to represent that great, under-represented middle of North American society." - Halifax Daily News

Anisa Cameron returns to direct the cast of 15, which includes Côte Saint-Luc’s own Mayor, Anthony Housefather and three City Councilors (Mitchell Brownstein, Sam Goldbloom, Côte Saint-Luc, and Herbert Brownstein, Dollard Des-Ormeaux).  Ariel Sterlin, who played Frenchy in Grease, has joined the cast as the production Stage Manager and Scott Drysdale returns as the lighting and Technical Director for the production.

About the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society
The Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society is a community theatre initiative that began in the summer of 2011 in partnership with the City of Côte Saint-Luc.  The goal of the society is to bring together actors, writers, musicians and other artistically minded community members to produce theatrical works in an inclusive environment where emphasis is placed on team work and comradery, not celebrity.

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Camp and Comedy at the Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society

After the smash hit of Grease the Musical, our next production is the comedy, Norm Foster's Office Hours.  A two week camp for children ages 9 to 15 is also planned for this summer starting July 2nd.

Thursday 5 April 2012

Cote Saint Luc Theatre Program

Classes will be run by Anisa Cameron, and her colleagues within the performance art field, giving children, ages 7 to 16, a chance to learn more about theatre productions from stage design and costumes to acting and directing.