Kiss Me Kate continues to Aug. 24
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Elisa Sorbara loves the stage.
So much so that back in September 2007 while in Grade 12 at Westmount high school she started what would become Shooting Star Theatrics, an amateur non profit theatre group with the goal of bringing Broadway musicals to Mountain audiences.
“I love theatre so much,” said the now 24-year-old who wouldn’t let the joint pain and bruising associated with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome get in the way of setting up the theatre or Dreamlight Studio, her other for profit business that teaches dance and musical theatre to youngsters and adults.
“I still have pain,” said Sorbara, who noted she is managing the ailment through therapy three times a week, keeping her wrists and knees taped and limiting the amount of dancing she does at any one time.
Since 2011 the businesses have been running out of a 1,400 square foot space that has been converted into a theatre in a plaza on Anchor Road across from Carmens.
The east Mountain resident spent nearly three years studying applied theatre at Brock University before she gave it up two years ago to devout her full attention to her budding dance school and theatre business.
“Everything was going so well and it was at a real tipping point,” said Sorbara, who hopes to eventually return to university and complete her degree. “It was either it gets my focus now or we’re going to be in trouble.”
Sorbara said she learned dancing at Brock and from various dancing teachers at choreography classes over the years.
Shooting Star Theatre puts on three shows a year.
Kiss me Kate, their summer offering and 17th production, began Aug. 15 and continues Aug. 23 and 24.
Their next show, A Night At The Nutcracker, is slated for Nov. 28 to Dec. 7.
“It’s the Marx Brothers musical that never was,” Sorbara said.
Most of the actors and orchestra musicians are from Hamilton.
Many of the performers are theatre lovers who have other jobs during the day and the theatre allows them to step into another guise.
Some are theatre or music students who are hoping the east Mountain company will be a stepping stone to bigger things.
Sorbara said the response from the public has been positive
“Usually the general response is ‘oh my goodness, I didn’t know you were here, this is fantastic,’” she said.
The theatre atmosphere is intimate.
Depending on the production, the theatre seats 40-75 people in dinning room-like soft cushion chairs, all with a good view of the 24 by 14 foot stage and the orchestra is usually seated just a few steps form the audience.
“The music is so close to you that you can feel it in your body,” Sorbara said.
The costumes are made by a couple of local seamstresses who donate their time while the theatre group supplies that material and the stage sets are usually the handy work of a couple of the performers.
Sorbara said they are always looking for new performers or stage crew.
For ticket and other information see: www.shootingstartheatrecompany.com