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Tickets now on sale for YES Theatre's first ever repertory summer theatre festival

'Violet' and 'Merrily We Roll Along' being staged by company Aug. 1-19
YES Theatre founder Alessandro Costantini speaks in December at the launch of the company's ninth season. (File)

Tickets are now on sale for YES Theatre's inaugural repertory summer theatre festival.

Patrons can enjoy two fantastic, passion-filled musicals — “Violet” and “Merrily We Roll Along” — this summer Aug. 1-19 at The Ernie Checkeris Theatre at Thorneloe University.

“We are certain this two pieces will captures the hearts and minds of our audiences,” said YES Theatre artistic director and founder Alessandro Costantini, in a press release.

“We are honoured to be presenting the Northern Ontario debut of these thrilling musicals.”

Tickets are available in person at One Sky (125 Durham St.) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12-5 p.m. They can also be purchased online at or by phone at 1-844-307-7469.

Save 10 per cent off when purchasing tickets for both shows using the code SAVE10YES.

“Merrily We Roll Along” features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, with the book by George Furth. It will be directed by Stratford Festival veteran Mitchell Cushman.

It begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of three best friends from their estrangement through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad) to the start of their careers facing a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

“Violet” features music by Jeanine Tesori, with book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Costantini will direct this piece, which features the emotional journey of a disfigured girl who was struck with a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face.

We follow Violet on a journey through the segregated American south in the 1960s, seeking a miracle – the healing touch of a televangelist who she hopes can make her beautiful.

On the way, she meets a magnitude of characters whose love for her reaches far past her physical imperfections.

“I need to stress that though people don't know these titles, I just want to tell patrons to trust us,” Costantini said back in December at the launch of his company's 2018 season.

“The same high energy and the same incredible experience you have had at all of our other productions, you will get tenfold from all of these shows. They are two of my favourites. 

“I'm really, really happy that I'm finally in a position to take this chance.”