Merritt Awards

The 2015 Merritt Awards were held last night at Casino Nova Scotia.
It was a glamorous fun filled evening. Karen Bassett and Joanne Miller were hilarious as the hosts as they poked fun at the theatre community in Nova Scotia. The crowd loved them.

It was so wonderful that Gay Hauser received the Legacy Award, which is sponsored by the Cassidy Group.

She has worked tirelessly and has given so much to so many people and has mentored so many, she really is a cornerstone in the industry.

She is loved by everyone!

It was great to see Mayor Savage, who kept us laughing, even at the state of our snowpocalyse.

In my opinion Robin Hebb won for best dressed as she rocked a slicked back brunette do and was a hot bombshell.

Her one woman show, the Belle of Amherst opens on Thursday and we can’t wait(more on that later).

For now, I’ll leave you with this news-clip from last nights show… enjoy.

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Merritt Award Nominations

Nominations were announced yesterday in 14 categories for the 2015 Merritt Awards,
recognizing the best of 2014 professional theatre productions in Nova Scotia.

We are very proud to announce Merritt nominations went to these fabulous members of THE CASSIDY GROUP!
Christian Murray
Kat McCormack
Genevieve Steele
Dave Rossetti
Stephanie MacDonald
Francine Deschepper
Click here for the full press release and nominations list.

Sarah Bell and Jeremy Webb at last years Merritts,clowning around!


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“And now here is something to help keep the winter blues away!!….”

For Immediate Use
February 5, 2015


Halifax: The Theatre Nova Scotia annual Merritt Awards, which celebrate excellence in Nova Scotia theatre, have announced today that they are following up their 2014 success with two brand new hosts.

The Merritt Awards are to be held on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room. Theatre Nova Scotia’s Executive Director Nancy Morgan announced today that the 2015 hosts will be Karen Bassett and Joanne Miller, both popular Nova Scotia actor/writers.

“We are thrilled to welcome our very own version of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler to the arduous job of hosting the Merritt Awards,” said Morgan. “They will do an amazing job of satirizing our industry, making us smile, but at the same time showing a lot of heart and respect.”

Joanne Miller is quick to joke about her new gig. “The Merritts are important because there is quite frankly not enough rejection in the arts. As a 2015 host I will be there to celebrate the losers. I am thrilled to be a Merritt host this year because Target wasn’t hiring.”

Bassett was equally excited on hearing she’d landed the job: “Wow. The only award I’ve won is for endurance skipping in grade four. I won the plaque, which was pretty nice, but lost the use of my legs for three days. So I felt the intensity of both victory and defeat. Just like the night of the Merritts!”

Producing the show again for Theatre Nova Scotia is Halifax-based director/producer/performer Jeremy Webb. Webb is a previous host of the Merritts (2005) and is excited to be back with the show again for the fourth year in a row as Producer.

“Every year the Merritts grow in size and glamour,” says the Producer. “This year we have to up our game again. Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room is the perfect spot for a night of celebration and fun and we got so much positive feedback from the crowd.”

“With Karen & Joanne hosting, the audience are definitely in for a few surprises! We have already started planning the night.”

Casino Nova Scotia have partnered with Theatre Nova Scotia as a sponsor of this year’s Merritt Awards.

“This is a night when every theatre professional and theatre-lover in Nova Scotia gathers together, dresses up and celebrates the successes of the previous year,” Webb continues.

“The Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia is e such a great spot, with every ticket holder having a place at a table, some great food, and a lot of laughs Over three hundred artists in one room on one night and the atmosphere is electric.” Returning this year as the house band are Chet Caruso and The Action Figures.

“We are delighted to be joined this year for the first time by The Coast as a Presenting Sponsor,” adds Morgan. “The Coast supports the theatre industry on a weekly basis online and in print. It’s great that they are on board with us to sponsor The Merritt Awards.”

Details regarding these awards can be found on the Theatre Nova Scotia

Tickets are available from the Theatre Nova Scotia office: 902 425 3876
Price: $20 (individual members of Theatre Nova Scotia) $25 (Non-members) and a table of ten costs $200. Every ticket includes some delicious hors d’oeuvres

For Further Information contact:
Nancy Morgan, Theatre Nova Scotia 902 425 3876

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Here’s something special to warm up the winter!!!


castpaperWe are so proud of our Actors and Directors.
It’s an article about Studio Black in the Chronicle Herald!
You can read more about it….

Production is very excited to be starting up the next block in Feb.–character/cast info for both episodes is coming soon.

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Here’s another reason to celebrate the kickoff of 2015!!!!!

60 Minutes. 30 Plays. Maybe. Up The Hill Theatre Productions present 30/60

January 13-17 8pm, January 18 4pm, 2015
The Bus Stop Theatre , 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
Tickets: $11 + a roll of a six-sided die. $15 Early Bird Tickets Available. To Reserve Tickets: Email

Media Contact: Andrew Chandler at (902) 981-6349 or

(HALIFAX, NS, December 28, 2014) – Up The Hill Theatre Productions are terrified to present a fascinatingly challenging and hilariously ambitious theatrical performance: 30/60. Hot off the heels of last year’s sell-out production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, this exciting ensemble of up-and- coming professionals presents another race-against-the-clock attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The audience consults a menu, choosing the order of plays performed and a timer is started. When the timer rings, the evening is over. Can they do it? By times laugh-out-loud funny and surprisingly moving, this one-of-a-kind event guarantees an experience like nothing you have ever seen before!

With plays written, directed and performed by the ensemble, 30/60 will be performed at the The Bus Stop Theatre (2203, Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS), January 13-17, 8pm and January 18, 4pm. The ensemble features Andrew Chandler, Daniel Gervais, Emily Jewer, Ashley Marie Pike, Sean Skerry, Schoel Strang, and Bill Wood, with technical design by Vicky Williams and Matthew Downey, and additional writing by Michael Lake.

Admission for all performances is $11, plus a roll of a six-sided die; you will pay between $12 and $17. Seating is limited, and this show will sell out. $15 Early Bird Tickets are currently available, with priority seating. Please email to reserve tickets.

Up The Hill Theatre Productions is a new company of up-and-coming performance artists, led by Ashley Marie Pike. Up The Hill aims to foster work that is unexpected, invigorating and inclusive to an audience. Our goal is to create work that incites a dialogue: theatre that doesn’t speak to an audience, but with.

For further details and support materials, please contact Up The Hill Theatre Productions via Andrew Chandler (902) 981-6349 or

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Lucy DeCoutere is a role model

lucyI have been waiting until the right time to write a post about this cult of celebrity….it’s been a month since the media circus began and now it seems appropriate.

Yesterday, a petty tyrant was charged by the Crown, thanks to five brave women who came forward with their abusive experiences and allegations.

It’s now up to the court to decide what this petty tyrants’ fate will be.

At this point hopefully justice will be served and he will get what he deserves.

Lucy DeCoutere is a role model. It would not have been easy to come forward and tell her story to the police. However, she is brave and has always done the right thing, it is her nature.

We have Lucy to thank for the incredible domino effect in which she helped bring to light regarding rampant abuse in our country, albeit celebrity,parliamentarians neighbours or relatives.

This type of abuse has been going on since the dawn of time. Now is the time to put an end to it by bringing it to light. Not just for women but for men and children as well…This is not just a woman’s issue, it’s a human issue.

It’s wonderful that so many people are talking about this problem and now perhaps the abusers may think again before they commit more crimes because they will be outed and hopefully arrested.

Thank you Lucy and thank you to everyone who dares to take a stand and says no to any type of abuse!!!

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Andria Wilson,The Cassidy Group, as Nance and Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden

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Congratulations to Mary-Colin Chisholm for winning best actress at The Atlantic Film Festival!

We are so proud of her!
Also the film Cast No Shadow took best feature at the festival.It is a must see for any film fan.


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Summer Time at the Cassidy Group

Summer theatre is in full swing in Nova Scotia and audiences from near and far are loving the shows.

This season numerous Cassidy Group members have  taken to the boards.
Dave Rossetti just sent us this rave review for the The Motor Trade in Antigonish.
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This Just In……

The Book Of Negroes television series which wrapped filming in Nova Scotia recently, WILL DEBUT AT CANNES!!!!
We are so proud and delighted to have had so many wonderful performers with The Cassidy Group who took part in this important project.
Even though summer is here…you can’t quite feel it in the air yet…
Our breeze is still a bit chilly but this latest news is sure to warm us all up!!!

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