CONFESSIONS OF AN OPERATIC MUTE

2014 Performances: Toronto & Winnipeg Fringe Festivals, St. Mary's Opera Guild (Stratford ON)

2015 Performances: Brantford Opera Guild (Brantford ON), Comedy Bar (Toronto ON), Atlantic Fringe Festival (Halifax NS)

                                                       

NNNN - Now Magazine (2014)

                 Chosen by CBC - Canada Writes -as one of the Top Ten Fringe shows to see in Toronto (2014)

                                                      Winnipeg Free Press Readers give Confessions four stars (2014)

Herculean Effort presents Confessions of an Operatic Mute, inspired by Briane’s first career – as a non-singing performer with the Canadian Opera Company. Over a seven-year period Briane appeared in roles ranging from a "Nubian Slave" to an “Elegant Gentlemen”, logging 287 performances without singing a note.

Sharing his successes and failures, both on stage and in romance, this comical one hour show, charts his course from the audience of the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto, when he was 8, to his adventures on tour visiting ten provinces and 38 states.

After his retirement from opera Briane went on to a career as a stand-up comic in the Yuk Yuks circuit, appearing with Howie Mandel and Jim Carrey and on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv”.

Confessions” previewed at the SouloTheatre Festivals in Toronto May 2013 and in Totnes, England July 2014, was remounted and improved for the Toronto Fringe Festival by Dora Award winning director Peter Moss – petermoss.ca

REVIEWS FOR CONFESSIONS OF AN OPERATIC MUTE:

"His borscht-belt comedy style is clearly authentically received and lends a satisfying punch to throwaway jokes and gags...this show is solidly built and nicely delivered."      Mooney on Theatre, July 2/14

"Nasimok paces the stage and narrates his life with confidence... Briane endears through this underdog narrative before winningly concluding with a transformation into the lead role."      Jason Booker - Charlebois Post - July 5. 2014

Now Magazine gives Briane NNNN - a must see Fringe show:

This solo show provides the kind of backstage view of Canadian theatre history that is rapidly being lost. Stage-struck at an early age, Briane Nasimok worked as an extra at the Canadian Opera Company under its first artistic director, eventually moving up to become a stage manager. Nasimok's deadpan delivery only makes his surprising anecdotes of behind-the-scenes goings-on at the opera even funnier.       Christopher Hoile - Now Magazine July 6, 2014

There’s a bit of Jack Benny’s deadpan expressions, a bit of the self-deprecatory manner of Woody Allen recounting his romantic escapades, maybe a bit of Groucho, perhaps with an extra bit of Shelly Berman (after all Nasimok’s middle name is Shelly) thrown in too. The eyes are wide. The jaw sometimes drops open like a fish. And yes, the stories are very funny.                       barczablog - July 10, 2014 

His stage career was purely accidental, triggered by being taken to see the touring musical Oliver! at Toronto's O'Keefe Centre. He was only eight years old but immediately became bewitched with show business, and resolute about some day finding his way onto the O'Keefe stage. "I was dreaming of being up there some day and that performing was going to be the Mount Everest of my life," he says. "I am who I am because of it," says Nasimok. "I want to say, 'This is what opera did for me.'"             Kevin Prokosh - Winnipeg Free Press July 21, 201

Briane talking about the show on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/99047468 


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Four minute preview - Briane at the SoloTheatre FEstival, Red Sandcastle Theatre, Toronto ON

http://youtu.be/-Rhq3n_68AE

VOICES OF HOPE for WORLD AIDS DAY

2012,2013,2014,2015, 2016

http://www.caseyhouse.com/news-events/special-events/voices-of-hope/

Annual community concert on World AIDS Day (Monday, December 1, 2014) raised awareness and over $70,000 in vital funds for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Toronto once again rallied in support of compassionate HIV/AIDS care, with hundreds attending a beautiful concert at Metropolitan United Church on World AIDS Day December 1, 2014. The concert raised over $70,000 for care and services at Casey House, Toronto’s dedicated centre for HIV/AIDS health care.

Hosted by founding co-chair Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea and media personality Shaun Proulx, the concert featured stellar music performances as well as readings by clients of Casey House, and a display of art created through the donor-funded Recreational Therapy program at Casey House.

Attendees raved about the fabulous performer lineup, produced by Briane Nasimok and Lesley Ballantyne of Herculean Effort. The King of the Monologue Gavin Crawford was joined by the Queen of the Songologue Sharron Matthews for a hilarious number, and 13-year old Avery Raquel wowed the audience by seemingly channeling all of the great jazz divas through her small body and immense soul. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Dillan Chiblow sang “Lost in the Waves,” and he was later joined by surprise guest Cathy Elliott as they sang from her play “The Talking Stick.” The wonderful Dyna Thirst belted out Sondheim’s “No One Is Alone,” and the fabulous Jordan Klapman did quadruple-duty as Musical Director, accompanying the performers, as well as playing jazz interludes before and after the show. At the evening’s conclusion, Avery Raquel was joined by the Oasis Vocal Jazz choir as they walked the audience out of the church in the midst of song.


THE SIMINOVITCH PRIZE

Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto

Monday Oct 20, 2014

 The Siminovitch Prize shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in Canadian Theatre with an annual prize worth $100,000. The 2014 prize goes to a playwright. Over a three-year cycle, the prize celebrates a professional director, playwright or designer, an acknowledged leader in the theatre whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize also encourages and supports emerging talent with a protégé prize awarded to a theatre artist chosen by the recipient. The prize was launched in 2000 to honour the values and achievements of the renowned scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore Siminovitch, a pioneering playwright.

Writer & Producer for the Awards presentation - Briane Nasimok (2014, 2015, 2016)

Project Manager/Stage Manager - Lesley Ballantyne (2014, 2016)

 http://siminovitchprize.com/

 

SMILE THEATRE

- YOUR SUMMER SMILE - 

A Fundraising Event for Smile Theatre

Wychwood Barns Theatre, Toronto, ON

June 23rd, 2014

http://www.smiletheatre.com/p/new-about-us.html


Briane Nasimok is the Past President of the Board of Directors for Smile Theatre.

Lesley Ballantyne is on the Event Committee and has performed and choreographed numerousSmile shows.