Artistic director preparing for curtain call

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

Ron Ulrich feels like he has attained Nirvana.

He’s living in an area of Canada he has always loved. He’s passionate about his job as artistic director with Ontario’s third largest regional theatre company, and so far, appreciative audiences have responded with high praise for the talent that has graced the Theatre Aquarius stage.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which launched Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 playbill, was lauded by critics and theatre-goers alike as a powerful, not-to-be-forgotten story of courage and hope.

The praise is welcome news for Mr. Ulrich, who had big shoes to fill when he took over last year from popular, long-time artistic director Max Reimer.

And as his first full season at the helm of Theatre Aquarius continues, the Dundas resident sees nothing but rave reviews ahead.

“There’s not anything in it (the season) that I’m not excited or proud of,” said Mr. Ulrich.

From the Governor General’s Literary Award winning production of Half Life by Hamilton author John Mighton, to the Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical in June — and everything in between — Mr. Ulrich uses words like awesome and extraordinary to describe what’s in store for Theatre Aquarius audiences.

He makes his own local directorial debut in November with White Christmas.

As artistic director, Mr. Ulrich was able to choose the productions he directed. He selected the “awesome” holiday musical, Tuesdays with Morrie because it presented the opportunity to work with “old friend” Jamie Farr and The Rocky Horror Show, the cult hit musical that shaped the sounds of an era.

In fact, without such necessities of life as sleep and a bit of leisure time, Mr. Ulrich said he would have happily jumped at the chance to direct the entire season.

“But there are so many good directors available in this area, and from a personal fulfillment perspective and an economically responsible perspective, I had to select three,” said Mr. Ulrich.

Mr. Ulrich is currently hard at work on White Christmas, which ushers in the holiday season on Nov. 24.

One of the most beloved movies of all time, Mr. Ulrich said White Christmas has been transformed into a major theatrical song and dance extravaganza that is guaranteed to make for a joyous holiday evening.

Audiences can expect 26 Irving Berling songs — all of the ones in the movie and a “whole batch” more — an impressive array of costumes and dance, and a talented cast of actors led by Michael Therriault, Steve Patterson, Robin Hutton and Dayna Tekatch.

The Theatre Aquarius playbill continues Jan. 26 when Mr. Ulrich once again brings his skills to the stage in Tuesdays with Morrie. Jamie Farr, best known as Corporal Max Klinger on the long-running television series M*A*S*H, stars in this much-loved tale of an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson.

In April 2010 it will be time to dress to impress as Theatre Aquarius closes its season with The Rocky Horror Show, which has been seen by more than 20 million people in 30 countries.

“There’s just no getting around how much I enjoy that piece of work,” said Mr. Ulrich. “I did it many moons ago and wanted to revisit that project....It’s such pure, shameless fun.”

Mr. Ulrich comes to Hamilton with an impressive resumé of success. Prior to taking up his post at Theatre Aquarius, he was the artistic director at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. He has also worked in Edmonton, Alta., Gravenhurst and Grand Bend, Ont., and for Stage West Canada.

Mr. Ulrich said he has “always loved” southwestern Ontario and has happily settled into a home in Dundas.

“People always think of Hamilton as smokestacks, but when you get inside the city, it’s phenomenal,” said Mr. Ulrich, noting the downtown charm and the artistic disciplines of the Valley Town, along with Hamilton’s proximity to wine country, the Niagara Escarpment, breathtaking waterfalls, Lake Ontario and the friendliness of people.

Last year, after a long day of moving into his new home, with boxes stacked to the ceiling and no energy left for the tedious chore of unpacking, a neighbour arrived with food and refreshments.

“I felt like I had arrived in Nirvana.” said Mr. Ulrich.

“I fell in love with Dundas. It is literally the perfect southwestern Ontario town.”

For a complete look at Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 season, log onto www.theatreaquarius.org or call 905-522-7529.

Artistic director preparing for curtain call

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

Ron Ulrich feels like he has attained Nirvana.

He’s living in an area of Canada he has always loved. He’s passionate about his job as artistic director with Ontario’s third largest regional theatre company, and so far, appreciative audiences have responded with high praise for the talent that has graced the Theatre Aquarius stage.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which launched Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 playbill, was lauded by critics and theatre-goers alike as a powerful, not-to-be-forgotten story of courage and hope.

The praise is welcome news for Mr. Ulrich, who had big shoes to fill when he took over last year from popular, long-time artistic director Max Reimer.

And as his first full season at the helm of Theatre Aquarius continues, the Dundas resident sees nothing but rave reviews ahead.

“There’s not anything in it (the season) that I’m not excited or proud of,” said Mr. Ulrich.

From the Governor General’s Literary Award winning production of Half Life by Hamilton author John Mighton, to the Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical in June — and everything in between — Mr. Ulrich uses words like awesome and extraordinary to describe what’s in store for Theatre Aquarius audiences.

He makes his own local directorial debut in November with White Christmas.

As artistic director, Mr. Ulrich was able to choose the productions he directed. He selected the “awesome” holiday musical, Tuesdays with Morrie because it presented the opportunity to work with “old friend” Jamie Farr and The Rocky Horror Show, the cult hit musical that shaped the sounds of an era.

In fact, without such necessities of life as sleep and a bit of leisure time, Mr. Ulrich said he would have happily jumped at the chance to direct the entire season.

“But there are so many good directors available in this area, and from a personal fulfillment perspective and an economically responsible perspective, I had to select three,” said Mr. Ulrich.

Mr. Ulrich is currently hard at work on White Christmas, which ushers in the holiday season on Nov. 24.

One of the most beloved movies of all time, Mr. Ulrich said White Christmas has been transformed into a major theatrical song and dance extravaganza that is guaranteed to make for a joyous holiday evening.

Audiences can expect 26 Irving Berling songs — all of the ones in the movie and a “whole batch” more — an impressive array of costumes and dance, and a talented cast of actors led by Michael Therriault, Steve Patterson, Robin Hutton and Dayna Tekatch.

The Theatre Aquarius playbill continues Jan. 26 when Mr. Ulrich once again brings his skills to the stage in Tuesdays with Morrie. Jamie Farr, best known as Corporal Max Klinger on the long-running television series M*A*S*H, stars in this much-loved tale of an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson.

In April 2010 it will be time to dress to impress as Theatre Aquarius closes its season with The Rocky Horror Show, which has been seen by more than 20 million people in 30 countries.

“There’s just no getting around how much I enjoy that piece of work,” said Mr. Ulrich. “I did it many moons ago and wanted to revisit that project....It’s such pure, shameless fun.”

Mr. Ulrich comes to Hamilton with an impressive resumé of success. Prior to taking up his post at Theatre Aquarius, he was the artistic director at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. He has also worked in Edmonton, Alta., Gravenhurst and Grand Bend, Ont., and for Stage West Canada.

Mr. Ulrich said he has “always loved” southwestern Ontario and has happily settled into a home in Dundas.

“People always think of Hamilton as smokestacks, but when you get inside the city, it’s phenomenal,” said Mr. Ulrich, noting the downtown charm and the artistic disciplines of the Valley Town, along with Hamilton’s proximity to wine country, the Niagara Escarpment, breathtaking waterfalls, Lake Ontario and the friendliness of people.

Last year, after a long day of moving into his new home, with boxes stacked to the ceiling and no energy left for the tedious chore of unpacking, a neighbour arrived with food and refreshments.

“I felt like I had arrived in Nirvana.” said Mr. Ulrich.

“I fell in love with Dundas. It is literally the perfect southwestern Ontario town.”

For a complete look at Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 season, log onto www.theatreaquarius.org or call 905-522-7529.

Artistic director preparing for curtain call

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

Ron Ulrich feels like he has attained Nirvana.

He’s living in an area of Canada he has always loved. He’s passionate about his job as artistic director with Ontario’s third largest regional theatre company, and so far, appreciative audiences have responded with high praise for the talent that has graced the Theatre Aquarius stage.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which launched Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 playbill, was lauded by critics and theatre-goers alike as a powerful, not-to-be-forgotten story of courage and hope.

The praise is welcome news for Mr. Ulrich, who had big shoes to fill when he took over last year from popular, long-time artistic director Max Reimer.

And as his first full season at the helm of Theatre Aquarius continues, the Dundas resident sees nothing but rave reviews ahead.

“There’s not anything in it (the season) that I’m not excited or proud of,” said Mr. Ulrich.

From the Governor General’s Literary Award winning production of Half Life by Hamilton author John Mighton, to the Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical in June — and everything in between — Mr. Ulrich uses words like awesome and extraordinary to describe what’s in store for Theatre Aquarius audiences.

He makes his own local directorial debut in November with White Christmas.

As artistic director, Mr. Ulrich was able to choose the productions he directed. He selected the “awesome” holiday musical, Tuesdays with Morrie because it presented the opportunity to work with “old friend” Jamie Farr and The Rocky Horror Show, the cult hit musical that shaped the sounds of an era.

In fact, without such necessities of life as sleep and a bit of leisure time, Mr. Ulrich said he would have happily jumped at the chance to direct the entire season.

“But there are so many good directors available in this area, and from a personal fulfillment perspective and an economically responsible perspective, I had to select three,” said Mr. Ulrich.

Mr. Ulrich is currently hard at work on White Christmas, which ushers in the holiday season on Nov. 24.

One of the most beloved movies of all time, Mr. Ulrich said White Christmas has been transformed into a major theatrical song and dance extravaganza that is guaranteed to make for a joyous holiday evening.

Audiences can expect 26 Irving Berling songs — all of the ones in the movie and a “whole batch” more — an impressive array of costumes and dance, and a talented cast of actors led by Michael Therriault, Steve Patterson, Robin Hutton and Dayna Tekatch.

The Theatre Aquarius playbill continues Jan. 26 when Mr. Ulrich once again brings his skills to the stage in Tuesdays with Morrie. Jamie Farr, best known as Corporal Max Klinger on the long-running television series M*A*S*H, stars in this much-loved tale of an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson.

In April 2010 it will be time to dress to impress as Theatre Aquarius closes its season with The Rocky Horror Show, which has been seen by more than 20 million people in 30 countries.

“There’s just no getting around how much I enjoy that piece of work,” said Mr. Ulrich. “I did it many moons ago and wanted to revisit that project....It’s such pure, shameless fun.”

Mr. Ulrich comes to Hamilton with an impressive resumé of success. Prior to taking up his post at Theatre Aquarius, he was the artistic director at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. He has also worked in Edmonton, Alta., Gravenhurst and Grand Bend, Ont., and for Stage West Canada.

Mr. Ulrich said he has “always loved” southwestern Ontario and has happily settled into a home in Dundas.

“People always think of Hamilton as smokestacks, but when you get inside the city, it’s phenomenal,” said Mr. Ulrich, noting the downtown charm and the artistic disciplines of the Valley Town, along with Hamilton’s proximity to wine country, the Niagara Escarpment, breathtaking waterfalls, Lake Ontario and the friendliness of people.

Last year, after a long day of moving into his new home, with boxes stacked to the ceiling and no energy left for the tedious chore of unpacking, a neighbour arrived with food and refreshments.

“I felt like I had arrived in Nirvana.” said Mr. Ulrich.

“I fell in love with Dundas. It is literally the perfect southwestern Ontario town.”

For a complete look at Theatre Aquarius’ 2009-10 season, log onto www.theatreaquarius.org or call 905-522-7529.