Authors Articles by Sam Tweedle

Articles by Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle
343 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.
Christopher Spear performs as Ludwig Von Beethoven in the Peterborough Theatre Guild's production of "33 Variations", written by Moises Kaufma. Directed by Chris Lee, the play also stars Jane Werger as modern-day musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt, who is obsessed with discovering why Beethoven was himself so obsessed with a mediocre waltz by Austrian music publisher Anton Diabelli that he composed 33 variations of the piece. The play runs from January 17 to February 1, 2020 at the Guild Hall in Peterborough. (Photo: Paul Macklin)

’33 Variations’ brings Beethoven’s music to the stage in a moving story about obsession...

Peterborough Theatre Guild production of Tony award-winning play runs from January 17 to February 1.
Dora Award winner and Stratford Festival company member Steve Ross performs in "Every Brilliant Thing", Duncan MacMillan's heart-wrenching, life-affirming, and hilarious play about depression originally performed by British comedian Jonny Donahoe. The New Stages production is directed by Linda Kash and runs for nine performances at the intimate The Theatre On King in downtown Peterborough from January 16 to 25, 2020. (Photo: Trish Lindstrom)

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is a moving, funny, and incredibly relatable look at depression

Stratford actor Steve Ross performs in interactive one-man show running at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough January 16 to 25.
"Circus Boy" and "Town of Widows" are two local films screening at the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival in January. "Circus Boy" by LA Alfonso tells the story of a man who finds reconciliation with his mother when he and his husband adopt a boy that he's training for circus school. "Town of Widows" by Rob Viscardis and Natasha Luckhardt explores the fight by Peterborough GE workers and their widows for compensation for health-related conditions incurred on the job. (Photos: LA Alfonso and Rob Viscardis)

Local documentaries ‘Circus Boy’ and ‘Town of Widows’ screening at ReFrame Film Festival in...

Emotional films by LA Alfonso and Rob Viscardis and Natasha Luckhardt tell real stories of real people in Peterborough.
kawarthaNOW's theatre writer Sam Tweedle has selected Lakefield College School's "Chicago: High School Edition" as the best musical of 2019 in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Geoff and Rachel Bemrose directed a cast of 65, including Kate Bemrose (centre) as Velma Kelly, in the sold-out show which ran in November 2019 at the Bryan Jones Theatre. (Photo: Sarah Connelly)

The best in theatre in Peterborough and The Kawarthas in 2019

kawarthaNOW's theatre writer Sam Tweedle's top picks and shout-outs to the theatre community.
Planet 12 Productions is presenting a staged reading of the 1964 cult movie "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians", widely considered one of the worst films ever made, at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough from December 19 to 22, 2019.

See Santa conquer the Martians at The Theatre on King in Peterborough

Planet 12 Productions presents a family-friendly staged reading of 1964 cult film from December 19 to 22.
A few of the nearly 50 cast members of Arbor Theatre's original production "Real Rad Red Riding Hood", with a public performance on December 12, 2019 at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough. Pictured at a rehearsal in early December are Naomi DuVall as The Forester, Nathan Bertucci as Basher, Aidan Shaughnessy as the Big Bad Wolf, with Ella Smit, Izzy Desjardins, Saffron O'Neil, Logan Michaelis, Saorse MacQuarrie, Molly Beaston, and Zoe Dunaway as the wolf cubs and Riordan MacQuarrie as Mouse. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Arbor Theatre’s ‘Real Rad Red Riding Hood’ brings classic fairy tale into the 21st...

Writer and director Em Glasspool's adaptation is fast and fun with strong female characters and contemporary themes.
4th Line Theatre's "The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper" outdoor holiday show in Millbrook channels Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo as a teen detective Joanie Sweetnam (Erin Humphry) and her friends Evie (Sarah Flanigan), Billy (Tristan Peirce), and Eddie (Ryan Tobin) follow the clues to discover the identity of the mysterious Fool of Cavan. (Photo: Wayne Eardley / Brookside Studio)

Only a few tickets left for 4th Line Theatre’s ‘The Fool of Cavan’ Christmas...

Outdoor show begins at St. Thomas Anglican Church and heads out into streets of Millbrook.
Aiden Playford in costume as The Beast in Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School's production of "Beauty and The Beast - The Broadway Musical", which runs for four public performances at the high school's auditorium in Peterborough from December 5 to 7, 2019. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Delightful musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ features powerhouse cast of young performers

High school production of Disney's Broadway hit runs December 5 to 7 at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough.
Storm the Stage is an annual arts showcase, hosted by local theatre company Enter Stage Right, that features performances from secondary students in the Peterborough and surrounding area. The event, which takes place on November 29, 2019 at the PCVS Auditorium in downtown Peterborough, boasts acts such as singing, dancing, instrumental music, and spoken word, and displays student works of art, photography, and sculpture. Pictured is students in the Kenner Dance Program performing a salsa-inspired partner routine to Chayanne's "Salomé" at Storm the Stage in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Enter Stage Right)

Student performers will ‘Storm the Stage’ at PCVS Auditorium in Peterborough on November 29

Enter Stage Right's annual arts showcase raises funds for the local theatre company's spring musical and scholarship fund.
Marsala Lukianchuk looks out the window of the East City Diner in her role as wise-cracking waitress Kat in Wyatt Lamoureux and Jamie Oxenham's short film noir "Apple Pie, Ice Cream". The film, also stars Terry Convey and Michael Valliant-Saunders as two estranged brothers who have a tense reunion inside the diner (which is actually the East City Coffee Shop in Peterborough). There will be a free premiere screening of the film on November 24, 2019 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Wyatt Lamoureux)

Have a slice of intrigue and a scoop of thrills at premiere of short...

Local filmmakers Wyatt Lamoureux and Jamie Oxenham present a free screening of their new film at the Market Hall in Peterborough on November 24

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