Deep inside the haunting world of Edwardian Toronto, restless spirits occupy an infamous historic mansion when called forth by a meddling psychic. Unfolding amidst a bewitching séance, The Medium takes you on a candlelit journey from this realm into the beyond--where something sinister has taken root. |
An eerie mix of immersive theatre and chilling vocals, this interpretation of Menotti's "The Medium" blurs the boundaries of traditional opera, as audiences are led throughout Spadina Museum. Guided by interactive characters, the ghostly plot unravels amid a series of themed rooms throughout the third floor--a preserved historic space left untouched since the early 1900s.
Revolving around a notorious psychic's decent into madness, and the vengeful spirits she invokes, "The Medium" explores the commercialization of grief and our fascination with life beyond death. For the love of money, Madame Flora promises to reunite bereaved parents with their recently deceased children, taking advantage of her patrons' grief for a price. However, as she dabbles in the dark arts, she accidentally opens a door that should have remained closed. Questioning her own sanity, Madame Flora comes to understand that despite both her deceit and disbelief, the dead respond when called upon. Provoked by fear and fuelled by the ghosts of her past, "The Medium" examines whether Flora truly woke the dead, or simply lost her mind.
The Medium at Spadina Museum
An immersive theatre experience based on the opera by Gian Carlo Menotti
Musical direction by William Shookhoff and Claire Harris of Opera by Request
Staging direction by Brandon White and Shannon Mills of White Mills Theatre Co.
Sponsorship provided by Malabar Limited
October 19th to 27th, 7:00-9:00 PM
Spadina Muesum: Historic House and Gardens
285 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V5
MADAME FLORA (BABA)...Karen Bojti (Oct. 20/21/24/27) and Vanessa Grant (Oct. 19/23/26)
MONICA...Michelle Danese (Oct. 19/20/23/24/27) and Allison Walmsley (Oct. 21/26)
TOBY...Dylan Grant Chisholm
MRS. NOLAN...Lillian Brooks
MRS. GOBINEAU...Shannon Mills
MR. GOBINEAU...Keith O'Brien
CHARLOTTE...Emily Trace (Oct. 19/21/23/26/27) and Ella Mazur (Oct. 20/24)
Lighting Design by Chin Palipane
Set and Costume Design by Brandon White
Graphic Design by Ella Mazur
Artwork provided by Lana Filippone and Daniel Tofach
Please note, "The Medium" at Spadina Museum contains violence and adult themes, and is not suitable for children under the age of thirteen. This production includes the use of gunshots, strobe lighting, and special effects.
Please arrive early to experience our pre-performance content, as latecomers will not be permitted. All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.
Audience members are strongly encouraged to arrive in period-appropriate dress.
From Dupont Station, walk North and up the Baldwin Steps
From St. Clair West Station, walk East and turn South on Spadina Road
Paid Parking available next door at Casa Loma
About White Mills Theatre Company:
Named for its founders, Brandon White and Shannon Mills, White Mills Theatre Co. creates newly engaging, locally relevant theatre. Specializing in audience-immersive opera, the Toronto-based company is committed to developing easily accessible productions--for both audience members and performers alike. With this in mind, their work favours historic settings and local, interdisciplinary artists. By building upon pre-existing scripts, the company engages with their community to workshop original roles for additional performers--ultimately showcasing the wide breadth of talent Toronto has to offer.
About Opera by Request:
At Opera by Request we perform all manner of operatic repertoire in concert format, not such an unusual concept. The twist is that the repertoire is decided by the participants, not the company directorate.
For singers, we are an opportunity to learn and perform a role for the first time in a comfortable and supportive environment. For audiences, we present affordable concert performances by singers in the roles that most inspire them.
Two or more singers approach the director with a project suggestion. If the director is agreeable, and a mutually satisfactory date can be found, the singers and director form a cooperative whereby the remainder of the cast and a rehearsal schedule is created.
An hourly fee is assessed for coachings and rehearsals, excluding the dress rehearsal and performance, which are offered at no charge. The cast shares in the net box office proceeds, after all costs (hall rental, printing, other costs mutually agreed upon) are recovered.
About Spadina Museum:
Spadina Museum offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period through the lens of the Austin family. The museum highlights the effects of transformative events on the Austins such as the First World War, the Great Depression and societal changes in Canada. Spadina Museum opened in 1984 and completed an extensive interior restoration in 2010. Spadina's artifacts feature the family's contributions to the financial, business and cultural development of Toronto through an intact collection and archival holdings, music, art and decorative arts.
The site includes six structures: a three-storey large house built in 1866 and enlarged several times up until 1912/1913; a two-storey garage and chauffeur's residence built in 1909; a stable/ gardener's cottage circa 1850; and a greenhouse built in 1913.
Spadina Museum provides visitors an opportunity to go back in time to a very unique period in Toronto's history. The site offers guided tours of the house and garden, school programs, changing exhibits and workshops, and also hosts one-of-a-kind special events throughout the year.
Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens (View)
285 Spadina Rd
Toronto, ON M5R 2V5
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|