Authors Articles by Sam Tweedle

Articles by Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle
354 Articles
Since 2013, Sam Tweedle has been writing as an arts and culture journalist for kawarthaNOW, with special attention to Peterborough's theatrical community. However, his career as an arts writer goes back further via his website Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict where Sam has interviewed some of the entertainment world's most notable and beloved entertainers. Sam's pop culture writing has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, The National Post,, Filmfax Magazine and The New Yorker. You can follow Sam on Instagram at sam_tweedle_z where he posts about his four greatest loves: cats, comic books, movies, and records. Sam no longer uses Twitter because, as far as he's concerned, it's no longer a thing.
Many artists, creators, and performers have been spending their isolation time preparing future projects, but acclaimed local filmmaker LA Alfonso has been busy sorting through the past by uploading his entire archive of short films online for public consumption. While LA's feature films are also all available to stream for a small fee, the shorter community films are all available for free, providing hours of material that create a fascinating look at the Peterborough arts community's past. LA's story is one of four that arts writer Sam Tweedle shares in his new column. (Photo: TK)

Performance, collaboration, and creativity lives on in Peterborough and the Kawarthas despite the pandemic

Featuring IE Weldon Secondary School students' online rehearsals, LA Alfonso's video archive, a short film by Jamie Oxenham and Kat Shaw, and Avery Cantello's musical collaborations.
The 15 members of the cast, all Trent University students, during a dress rehearsal of the musical song cycle "The Theory of Relativity", which runs for six performances from March 13 to March 26, 2020 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in downtown Peterborough. Musical director Justin Hiscox and his band, made up of Sam Quinn, Nick Gilroy, and Mark Hiscox, are pictured in the background. (Photo: Alyssa Cymbalista)

‘The Theory of Relativity’ is a joyful musical look at our surprisingly interconnected lives

Anne Shirley Theatre Company production runs for six performances at Peterborough's Market Hall from March 13 to 21.
In The Theatre on King's production of Peter Shaffer's controverial and award-winning play "Equus", Conner Clarkin plays Alan Strang, a disturbed young man with an obsession for horses. Here, Conner's character rides the horse Nugget (played by a custumed Derek Bell) with other horse characters played by Naomi Duvall, Nikki Weatherdon, Samuelle Weatherdon, Ange Soransen, Dreda Blow. The play runs from Wednesday, March 11th and runs until Saturday, March 14th in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

A nightmarish ride: ‘Equus’ is emotionally potent and brilliantly executed

The Theatre on King's production of Peter Shaffer's controversial hit play runs March 11 to 14 in downtown Peterborough.
Four of the 24 young performers during a dress rehearsal of Funfolk Theatricals' production of "Calling All Sidekicks!", written and directed by Cavan children's author Shan McFadden. The fun and affordable family play runs for four performances from March 15 to 17, 2020 at the Millbrook Legion. (Photo: Siobhan MacQuarrie)

Leap into action during March Break with ‘Calling All Sidekicks!’ by Funfolk Theatricals in...

Fun and affordable family play about superheroes, supervillains, and their sidekicks runs March 15 to 17 at the Millbrook Legion.
Esca Brooke-Daykin, the first-born son of the second White Rajah of Sarawak in Borneo, later in his life in Canada. Esca fought to be recognized as the rightful heir to his father Charles Brooke, after Brooke's second wife had Esca sent away as a child. Dave Carley's play 'Canadian Rajah', running for one night only at Peterborough's Market Hall on March 8, 2020, imagines a conversation between Esca and his stepmother Margaret Brooke, as performed by Jon De Leon and Barbara Worthy who reprise their roles from the original Toronto production. (Photo courtesy of the Brooke-Daykin family)

The man who would be king: ‘Canadian Rajah’ comes to Peterborough’s Market Hall

New Stages presents March 8 production of Peterborough native Dave Carley's play about Esca Brooke-Daykin's fight for legitimacy as the rightful Rajah of Sarawak.
In Amanda Murray Cutalo's one-act comedy "Typecast", gym-teacher-turned-drama-teacher Ms. Ball (Taite Cullen, left) casts normally typecast student actors, including Jane "The Control Freak" (Lena Ross, right), against type in a high school play. Presented by youth theatre group Enter Stage Right, the play runs for one night only at the Peterborough Collegiate auditorium on February 29, 2020. (Photo: Dakota Hamilton)

Peterborough high school student actors play high school student actors in one-act comedy ‘Typecast’

Enter Stage Right production runs for one night only on February 29 at Peterborough Collegiate auditorium.
Star Slade, who first acted on the Lindsay Little Theatre stage when she was 15, now has a blossoming career on television and plans to focus on more film work. She is best known for her role as Luna Spence in CBC's hit TV series "Burden of Truth", which is currently in its third season. (Photo: Charles Venzon)

Lindsay actress Star Slade strives to be a good role model for indigenous youth

20-year-old who began her acting career at Lindsay Little Theatre continues to shine in CBC's hit investigative drama 'Burden of Truth'.
Keith Goranson as Harry, Tyrnan O'Driscoll as Rainman, and Jack Roe as Harry in the Peterborough Theatre Guild production of "Frozen Dreams", written and directed by Robert Ainsworth. The critically acclaimed play, often referred to as "the play about the homeless people and the turkey", runs at the Guild Hall in Peterborough from February 21 to March 7, 2020. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Robert Ainsworth’s acclaimed play about homelessness returns to the Peterborough Theatre Guild

Jack Roe and Gillian Wilson reprise their 2002 roles in 'Frozen Dreams', running from February 21 to March 7.
Linda Kash and Patrick McKenna perform an audience-selected improv scene as Deborah Kimmett, Meg Murphy, and Paul Constable look on during klusterfork entertainment's debut sold-out comedy show at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in downtown Peterborough on November 22, 2019. klusterfork returns to the Market Hall on February 21, 2020 with "klusterfork It's Winter! Still." featuring Second City alumni Geri Hall from "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", Lisa Merchant, Ed Sahely, and Linda Kash and local performers Pat Maitland, Meg Murphy, and Andrew Root with special musical guest Dan Fewings. (Photo: Marlon Hazelwood / Hazelwood Images)

Laugh away your winter doldrums with klusterfork on February 21 at Peterborough’s Market Hall

Big-name Second City alumni Geri Hall, Lisa Merchant, and Ed Sahely join Linda Kash and local performers at 'klusterfork It's Winter! Still.' raising funds for YES Shelter.
Erin Underhill as Kat, Tara Worrall as Nora, and Jessica Ernest as Carrie in a scene from Stacie Lents' "Laugh Out Loud (Cry Softly)", a play exploring the online dating experiences of twenty-somethings living in New York City. The Anne Shirley Theatre Company production runs for six performances from February 7 to 15, 2020 at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Andy Carroll)

Swipe right for comedy with ‘Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly)’ at The Theatre on...

Anne Shirley Theatre Company production of play about online dating runs until February 15 in downtown Peterborough.

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