Score $49 tickets to Tommy – limited-time offer!

Pinball fever is running high at the Festival these days and we’re bringing the hype to Toronto tomorrow, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Canadian Place. We’ll be hosting Pinballapalooza – our largest promotional event to date – to celebrate our 2013 production of Tommy

If you’re not able to join us in Toronto for Pinballapalooza, you can still catch some of the action. We’ll be posting YouTube videos and tweeting live photos from the event all day long using hashtag #sfPinball, so follow along online through any of the Festival’s social sites! Longer videos of the live performances from the cast of Tommy will be shared the following week.

Robert Markus as Tommy. Photo by Michael Cooper.

Robert Markus as Tommy. Photo by Michael Cooper.

The sharing doesn’t stop with photos and videos – we’ll also be offering all of our social followers the exact same deal that Pinballapalooza attendees will receive. Starting tomorrow, May 16, score $49 tickets for any June performance of Tommy AND 20% off any production across the whole season!* This great deal is only available until May 17 at 5 p.m. EST!  You can book online, through Stratford Social Ticketing on our Facebook page, in person or through our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of this rockin’ deal!

If you’re booking through our website, follow the steps below:

1)      Log into our website with promotion code 48935
2)      Select any performance of Tommy during the month of June to access $49 tickets OR select any performance across the whole season and receive 20% off your tickets
3)      Select your seats
4)      Check out!

On Facebook? Try booking with Stratford Social Ticketing and creating an event page!

1)      Visit our Facebook page and click on the Stratford Social Ticketing Tab
2)      Select any performance of Tommy during the month of June to access $49 tickets OR select any performance across the whole season and receive 20% off your tickets
3)      Enter promo code 48935 in the “Have a Promo Code” box at the top of the “Select Your Seat” page
4)      Select your seats and check out!

Create an event page and follow the steps above to book your tickets and invite your Facebook friends!

Booking in person or by phone? Quote promotion code 48935 when speaking to a Box Office representative.

If you’re in the Toronto area, join us tomorrow for live performances, a Guinness World Record attempt and free play on 100 pinball machines! Learn more about Pinballapalooza!

* Offer may expire without notice and excludes 2-for-1 Tuesdays and A+ seating. Excludes group orders (15 tickets or more to one performance date). Not valid on previously purchased tickets (new orders only), on exchanges or in combination with any other offer. Valid while quantities last. Performances, casting, dates and pricing subject to change without notice. All prices exclude applicable taxes and handling fees.

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Meet Tommy – Interview with Robert Markus

Meet your 2013 Tommy, Robert Markus! Robert sat down and chatted with us about becoming Tommy and about his role as Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof as he embarks on his debut season at the Festival! Enjoy learning a bit about our resident pinball wizard!

Robert Markus

Robert Markus

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Stratford Festival (SF): We’re so excited to welcome you to the Festival this season! You’ll be playing the title role in Tommy as well as appearing as Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof.  Has musical theatre always been a passion for you?

Robert Markus (RM): Actually, my introduction to theatre was by being involved in straight (non-musical) plays. I went to the University of Alberta for drama. We didn’t do much musical theatre. I think my love for theatre started with non-musical and then as my love of singing grew, I started to gravitate toward musical theatre.

SF: Tommy is undoubtedly a troubled character. How have you been preparing for the role?

RM: Research. I tried to do as much research as I could on The Who and Pete Townshend, trying to understand where they were coming from and what was surrounding them at the time they were writing it.

SF: There are so many iconic songs in both Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof – what’s your favourite song from each show?

RM: I love “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler and “Pinball Wizard” and “Listening to You” from Tommy.

SF: What excites you most about our upcoming production of Tommy and what do you think will distinguish it from past iterations of the show?

RM: Hearing this fantastic cast sing this amazing music is incredibly exciting. This production is suped up – brand new theatre technology for a bright and shiny new production of Tommy.

SF:  Have you been practicing your hand at pinball lately?

RM: I’ve been trying to! I went to an amazing Pinball museum last December.

SF: Both Tommy and Fiddler boast amazing casts and artistic leadership – is there anyone in particular that you’re excited to be working with? 

RM: Two actually. Donna Feore and Des McAnuff.

The first production I saw at Stratford was Oklahoma!, which Donna directed in 2007. I was awestruck. It is probably one of my favourite productions that I have seen. It was magic. The storytelling in that production was crystal clear. It ignited a passion of wanting to pursue classic musical theatre.

Working with Des is a huge dream for me. I’m still kind of awestruck by him. I mean the man envisioned the stage show of Tommy. He knows the show better than anyone, besides Pete Townshend himself. It’s pretty cool.

Just for fun…

SF: One thing we’d always find in your refrigerator is…

RM: Ketchup.

SF: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

RM: Trying to pursue some kind of singing career.

SF: The most-played song on your iPod is…

“Down” by Summer Camp

Follow Robert on Twitter -> @robert_markus

Read Robert’s full stage bio here!

Don’t forget that you can see Robert and cast members from Tommy perform live at our Pinballapalooza in Toronto this week on May, 16 at First Canadian Place at 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Waterfall Stage! The fun doesn’t end at the performances; we’ll be around all day with 100 pinball machines set up for free play, amazing prizes, an exclusive ticket deal along with a Guinness World Record attempt at 12:40 – best of all, the whole event is free! So come out to enjoy some great music and fun at our first ever Pinballapalooza!

For more information about Pinballapalooza, visit our website at www.stratfordfestival.ca/pinball!