Authors Articles by Sam Tweedle

Articles by Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle
358 Articles
Sam Tweedle is a former regular contributor to He specialized in reviews of local theatre, as well as other stories about the performing arts community.
Award-winning makeup FX artist Rhonda Causton displays one of her popular baby orcs in her Omemee studio. When the film industry shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhonda began to create and sell her creations online to keep busy. She says she's actually making a better living now than from her film work. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Omemee makeup FX artist adapts to pandemic by selling her custom creatures online

Rhonda Causton is keeping busy and earning a living until the film industry recovers.
Brian MacDonald (third from right), choirmaster of St. James Church in Peterborough, has been arranging and producing weekly recordings by a small social circle of choir members and guests, including (from left to right) Erik Feldcamp, Natalie Dorsett, Warren Sweeting, and Gillian Dorion. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Small group of Peterborough’s St. James Church choir members are singing their way through...

Social circle has been recording inspirational songs for online worship and popular songs every week.
Filmmaker Jamie Oxenham (second from left) with script supervisor Michelle Foster, sound technician Jake Phair, and production assistant Kat Shaw watching actors Steve Kasan and Rick Amsbury (not pictured) during the shooting of "Abra Kadabra" in Lindsay's Victoria Park. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Filmmaker Jamie Oxenham creates movie magic in Lindsay shooting his latest short ‘Abra Kadabra’

Kawarthas film industry is alive and well despite restrictions caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of 4th Line Theatre's ongoing programming this summer to stay connected with audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Millbrook theatre company is offering its new Monologue Series, where an actor will call you at no charge to deliver a dramatic reading of one of 27 monologues from 4th Line's archive of plays. Pictured is Sarah McNeilly in 2018 as switchboard operator Alice Cameron in "Crow Hill: The Telephone Play", written by Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow, which is one of the plays from which monologues are available. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)

Experience live theatre over the phone from 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook

Renowned outdoor theatre company continues to deliver innovate ways to engage audiences during the pandemic.
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.

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