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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
February 2, 2017

Amazing show as usual! We are in our 6th year at the Elgin. Can’t wait for next year. Read more...


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
January 2, 2017

What a wonderful afternoon. Remarkably joyful performance! Read more...


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
December 27, 2016

Sleeping Beauty….saw it, loved it! Hilary Farr looked gorgeous. Tell Ross his cameo was much appreciated. Read more...


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
December 20, 2016

You have made so many memories for so many families. I can attribute the love of theatre that my 5 nephews and niece enjoy to the positive experiences you provided. Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 29, 2015

From Steve T. Dear Ross Petty and all your team What a fabulous production of Peter Pan! You all were truly wonderful, and followed the tradition of the Panto in the best possible way. My wife and I were celebrating 37 years of marriage and for our anniversary we booked tickets for your show. We […] Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 26, 2015

From Pat S. For seventeen years my husband and I took our two grandchildren to your annual pantomime. As they grew older we would ask them if they were sure they still wanted to see the panto. Each year we got an emphatic YES!! This year we decided that it was time to end the […] Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 26, 2015

From Sandra Ross, There are no words really to describe how much fun and laughter emanated from our family this afternoon. Everyone, to the littlest person, said that it was the best ever. So much vitality and wonderful colour and huge sets and fabulous personalities and all round extraordinary entertainment. The energy it takes to […] Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 21, 2015

From Ingrid W. We have attended your shows for 20 years. We always managed to sit in the box and lean in for up and personal look at the action and glimpses behind the curtain. Once an actor made his entrance from the box. It was exciting. You have given us so many wonderful memories. […] Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 20, 2015

From Allison K. Dear Mr Petty, I would like to share a story with you. As a child I adored all things theatrical. My life was my stage! I am originally from Stratford so I guess it was to be expected. My father took me to see a show every year on my birthday and […] Read more...


What People Are Saying..
December 20, 2015

From Kendra H. Ross Petty, My name is Kendra and I am 15 years old. My sister;17, my nanna;77 and my Opa;80 have attended your shows for the past 10 years and we have loved every one of them! Your effort and dedication to the production is clearly seen in the performances and the shows […] Read more...


What people are saying..
December 18, 2015

From Cathy L. My mother and father-in-law started taking our daughter to this wonderful show when she was very young. As the family grew over the years, all of the other 12 grandchildren were included. A few years ago, the cousins decided to revisit this show and invited their grandparents to once again attend. I […] Read more...


Updates from Wonderland!
November 14, 2015

Rounding out our exceptional cast for PETER PAN, I’m really excited to have Jessica Holmes return to the Elgin Theatre for her 3rd tour of Silly Duty with us. Her previous appearances were in Robin Hood and The Wizard of Oz…and I’ll never forgive her for insisting that I put on green makeup in playing […] Read more...


Ross Petty Presents: Stars of TV’s “THE NEXT STEP” in Peter Pan
September 24, 2015

With this winter’s production of PETER PAN, I’m taking the Biggest Step of my performing career by deciding that Captain Hook will be my final role onstage at the Elgin Theatre. To help me through the Next Step of this life adventure, I’ve enlisted three extraordinarily talented young performers from the Family Channel TV series THE NEXT STEP […] Read more...


Ross Petty Takes his Final BOOOO
May 27, 2015

The winter of 2015/16 will be bittersweet. While celebrating the 20th anniversary of my Fractured Family Musicals at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with a brand new version of PETER PAN, this year will also mark my final appearance as an actor on the Elgin stage.  I’ve experienced such delight and pride in having created an entertainment […] Read more...


Chilina Kennedy: The fear and the reward of playing Carole King
April 6, 2015

Starring role in Beautiful on Broadway almost got away from Canadian actress, who relates to the songwriter she’s playing.   By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, Published on Sat Mar 28 2015 NEW YORK—On the afternoon of March 7, 2015, Chilina Kennedy stood backstage at Manhattan’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre and felt something she had never really felt before. […] Read more...


Chilina Kennedy on finding the ‘joy’ of Carole King on B’way
March 7, 2015

BY MARK KENNEDY AP DRAMA WRITER NEW YORK The last time Broadway theatergoers got to see Chilina Kennedy, she was portraying Mary Magdalene. Now she’s returned to play someone much more contemporary — songwriter Carole King. Kennedy replaces Jessie Mueller in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” this weekend, taking over such hits as “So Far […] Read more...


Cleopatra Williams
December 17, 2014

Oh heeeeyyyy everyone! My name is Cleopatra Williams and I play one half of the evil stepsisters (AKA “The Uglies”) in this year’s Ross Petty Pantomime: Cinderella! How do I explain my experience thus far? Let’s just say it’s the BEST holiday gift EVER!! Firstly, my sidekick/sister/attached-at-the-hip scene partner Bryn McAuley is the BOMB. Although […] Read more...


No Tricks…Lots of Treats!!
October 27, 2014

September 2014 in New York City was as you would expect…..warm days, crisp nights and streets filled with Pumpkins. Actually, I made up the part about the pumpkins…..but I wanted to make sure that there was a Cinderella reference at the start of this blog. I was in the Big Pumpkin (sorry, Big Apple) in […] Read more...


Special message from Danielle!
October 23, 2014

Hello Everybody! My name is Danielle Wade and I’ve traded Dorothy’s ruby slippers for Cinderella’s glass slippers! After the CBC-TV series OVER THE RAINBOW, I was honoured to be chosen to star in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Mirvish production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, that played at the Ed Mirvish Theatre for most of 2012. Now, […] Read more...


The Little Mermaid’s Lana Carillo
November 11, 2013

MEET ONE OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE PANTO FAMILY…LANA CARILLO. (Lana was recently awarded the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actress for “The Little Mermaid”). WE ASKED HER A FEW QUESTIONS A COUPLE OF DAYS INTO REHEARSALS… HOW ARE REHEARSALS GOING? LANA – SHRIMPTACULARLY =) WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE […] Read more...


Snow White’s Billy Lake
December 22, 2012

Pino here! Just ‘logging’ in to say Happy Holidays to all you Ross Petty panto fans! Things are getting pretty festive here in the Enchanted Forest and this punny puppet is looking forward to sharing this special time with all of you. I come from a long line of Christmas trees, so this holiday season […] Read more...


The Wizard of Oz’s Yvan Pedneault and Kelly Fletcher
December 6, 2011

By Charlotte Herrold – Post City Magazine There’s no place like home – How two Wizard of Oz performers met and made a beautiful family together, Toto and all! When Yvan Pedneault left his family in Montreal to perform in Toronto, he didn’t expect that he’d find a new one here. Enter Kelly Fletcher and […] Read more...


Holiday Questions with Kyle Blair
December 5, 2011

Favourite Holiday Song: Oh Holy Night – it reminds me of Christmas eve with my family. Favourite Holiday Movie: White Christmas! I got to play Phil last year at MTC and the music is brilliant. Favourite Holiday Musical: The Ross Petty panto of course!!! Favourite Holiday Treat: Gingerbread. Cake, cookie, man, house, I’m not picky… […] Read more...


Holiday Questions with Elicia MacKenzie
December 5, 2011

Favourite Holiday Song: Everything on the Bing Crosby & Andrew Sister’s Christmas Album. But If I had to choose one song it would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. 
Favourite Holiday Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life/ A Christmas Story Favourite Holiday Musical: White Christmas Favourite Holiday Treat: Nanaimo bars! I don’t know if that’s […] Read more...


Holiday Questions with Steve Ross
December 5, 2011

Favourite Holiday Song: This year it seems to be a tie between The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.Favourite Holiday Movie: A Christmas Carol (the one with Alastair Sim…the scene with Jacob Marley is fantastic!!) Favourite Holiday Musical: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (The animated special….is that considered […] Read more...


Holiday Questions with Yvan Pedneault
December 5, 2011

Favourite Holiday Song: Baby, it’s cold outside Favourite Holiday Movie: Elf Favourite Holiday Musical: The Wizard of Oz of course! Favourite Holiday Treat: Eggnog Favourite Holiday Drink: No publicity but the Starbucks Christmas drinks are pretty awesome. Yvan Pedneault Favourite holiday Tradition: Kissing under the mistletoe. Favourite Cold Weather Accessory: My tuque…I’d wear it in […] Read more...


Beauty and the Beast News
September 11, 2010

Posted by: Ross Petty With eager anticipation, and a haughty toss of my wild mane……I’m proud to announce our 15th anniversary season at the Elgin Theatre! 15 years…..Justin Bieber was just a gleam in his father’s eye…. but we obviously struck a responsive chord with you… our faithful audience, and I’m happy to say that […] Read more...


Robin Hood News
December 13, 2009

Posted By: Jessica Holmes Hey there! I’m having the time of my life, despite being petrified (since this is my first stage play and you never know what’s going to happen). When Air Farce ended I promised myself I would take risks and try new things. This is definitely new for me; as evidenced by […] Read more...


Robin Hood News
December 7, 2009

Posted By: Jeff Irving Hey there! It’s Robin Hood, coming to you straight from Sherwood Forest. ….actually its Jeff Irving coming to you straight from his lap top. WE’RE OPEN! This past thursday was the big day. After 4 weeks of rehearsals and a week of previews we now declare the holiday season finally ON! […] Read more...


Robin Hood’s Dan Chamroy
December 3, 2009

Alter egos: Dan Chameroy and Plumbum von Botox – thestar.com By: Richard Ouzounian – Theatre Critic for the Toronto Star Dan Chameroy is understandably irate. The handsome leading man of numerous Stratford musicals has just been told that Plumbum von Botox (the character he’s currently playing in Ross Petty’s annual holiday musical, Robin Hood) is […] Read more...


Robin Hood’s Eva Avila
November 10, 2009

Posted By: Eva Avila Hello! Bonjour! Buenos dias! This is Eva, writing to you directly from the big city of Toronto. Just wanted to give you guys a little update on my rehearsing for Robin Hood! First of all, I’d like to point out that this is my official acting debut. I mean, I’ve done […] Read more...


Robin Hood News
October 12, 2009

The manly, albeit green-tighted Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, last set foot on the stage of Toronto’s Elgin Theatre in the winter Yvan Pedneault and Jessica Holmes of 2002. It’s 2009 and here we are, sillier than ever. 14 years into our run at the Elgin Theatre, we have several great young talents to be […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Ross Petty
January 29, 2009

Posted By: Ross Petty I have the January blahs…the inauguration of Barack Obama notwithstanding. I’m mourning the closing of Cinderella at the Elgin Theatre and the absence of having a destination to go to as I did for the past 6 weeks. The comfort of walking into a messy dressing room, after checking out the […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Jake Epstein
December 25, 2008

Posted By: Jake Epstein aka Prince George It’s Christmas Day and the Cinderella cast and crew were all given the day off. I’ve spent the day doing one of my favourite pastimes: eating. And right now, my stomach could not be happier. We’ve been performing Cinderella for about a month and I can honestly say […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Patty Sullivan
December 24, 2008

Posted By: Patty Sullivan aka Forgetful the Fairy Godmother “So, what’s it like?” “Is it everything you thought it would be?” “Are you loving it?” These are the kinds of questions my friends have been asking me since being cast as ‘Forgetful’ the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella”. And, to be honest, only one word can […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Adam Brazier
November 21, 2008

Posted By: Adam Brazier aka Carnivia Von Botox There are very few traditions in Toronto: The CNE, Honest Ed giving away turkeys, the Santa Claus Parade, TTC strikes, the Leafs missing the playoffs and Ross Petty’s Annual Holiday Family Musical. This is my third time through the Ross Petty experience and it once again reminds […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Paula Brancati
November 18, 2008

Posted By: Paula Brancati aka Cinderella Hi everybody, Paula Brancati here! We are in the midst of rehearsals right now and I cannot believe that our first performance is less than two weeks away. I am having an amazing time with my fellow cast mates, laughing hysterically at the hilarious scene work, belting out an […] Read more...


Cinderella’s Ross Petty
October 31, 2008

Posted By: Ross Petty aka Bertha Von Botox Somehow I know it’s coming…that time of year…an innate sense that it’s time to give up my day job. After all these years, it’s almost inbred…like salmon swimming upstream to lay their eggs or swallows flying home to Capistrano. I know it’s not the cool autumn air […] Read more...