Famous People Players Dinner Theatre

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Famous People Players Dinner Theatre

Famous People Players Dinner Theatre
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This group mounts unique, visually fantastic "black light" shows. Famous People Players is renowned not just for the quality of its shows, but also for bringing out the creative potential in performers with disabilities. The price of the show includes a four-course dinner.
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Neighborhood: Etobicoke
Etobicoke is a relaxed area along the Humber River. It's saturated with green spaces and conservatories, making it a premier destination for outdoor sports, hiking, and nature walks. Its abundance of parkland and lakes makes it a typical spot for fishing, picnicking, and camping out, especially in warmer months. The peaceful area is also enjoyed by families, who appreciate its boardwalks and sports facilities. Locals enjoy the variety of golfing and country club opportunities, which also provide lessons for golfers of any skill level.
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mio espina
Glacier National Park of Canada, Canada25 contributions
The best theater and show I had ever been
Jul 2019
I had one of the best nights I ever had I once went with my camp when we got to famous people players i had saw some special needs people work there the special needs people were very kind and respectful we once watched show that was featuring rock this night its was a 19/20 mamma MIA there even props that were used in the show like they showed are camp they played song called beat it by Michael Jackson and me and another person were jamming it so loudly that one of staff members who work there told us to keep it down so we actually keep it down they even let us used one of there props which was very awesome after we used the props at the place all left smiles on are faces.
Written April 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

izabith
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
The Famous People Players of Canada
Feb 2020 • Friends
I am from LA and I was in Toronto on business and thought I catch the show of the Famous People Players.
This was one of the most inspiring beautiful evening I have spent in years.
The show was better and more original than many I have seen in my travels. The people were charming and the food was great too.
I encourage anyone coming to Toronto to experience something powerful - the human spirit at its best.
Bravo to the cast!
Written March 1, 2020
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Douglas G
new york5 contributions
What a night !!! The best !!!
Mar 2020 • Friends
Hey, we’re from Brooklyn and so we think we’ve seen it all, Well, we were not prepared for the extraordinary, moving and thoroughly entertaining night at Famous People Players Dinner Theatre. Wonderful professional production of black light puppeteers. I won’t give away the surprise ending, but it’s as unexpected as it is uplifting. I went with my wife. But the is a great show for a family night out or a group of friends. You’ll have a memorable experience and have a lot to talk about .
Written February 29, 2020
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Peter Rosen
2 contributions
Famous people players
Feb 2020 • Family
I live in New York and I remember fondly when Famous PEOPLE Players were on Broadway… it was enchanting.When I came to Toronto I was thrilled to learn they had a Dine & Dream theater thanks to Paul NewmanI went and it did not disappoint. Everything from the dinner to the show was over the top.The show a Rocking Good Time was exactly that and I have seen everyone show on Broadway and this is my most favourite of all.I encourage everyone to go there and be wildly excited as I was.This is Broadway at its very bestFor all ages
Written February 28, 2020
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Thank you Peter. We love it when people from our past show up on our doorstep. We have a rich history and Broadway was a thrilling experience to say the least. We would love to return. At that time it was selling one button at a time. We had a million buttons. We received a cheque from Paul Newman for $40,000 and he said, "Keep the Buttons". Enjoy your day.
Written March 18, 2020
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Paula Ying
1 contribution
Spectacular - Top Memory Maker
Feb 2020
My family and I are very familiar with Famous People Players - we have attended many, many times. Each time the performance gives me an unbelievable feeling - the uniquness, the mystery of the black light and the dedication of all those involved. Just recently we had visitors from LA. We wanted to share that same feeling. We were not surprised with their reaction. They have been raving to everyone about the performance, the food, the feeling of belonging and family. Don't miss this if you are travelling from out of town - at any age you will enjoy it immensely!
Written February 27, 2020
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anton ego
4 contributions
Fantastic show completely ruined by its post-show antics
Feb 2020
I hate to say it, when the show was over, I was ready to write a 5 star review, rave about it on social media and organize another date to bring family and friends to see it. But, what happened after the show really soured the experience, and as a result I don’t know if I’ll be recommending it to other people. The post-show antics absolutely have to change. Let’s start with the good…

We start with an introduction. One of the performers does an intro about the origins of the show, how people with disabilities are so often marginalized, and this show is a way of giving them a voice, showing all the talent that they have. He tells the story of the way the show got its start, with one girl who dared to dream and how the cast is living their dreams doing what they love. Very inspiring intro. Then the show…

If I could summarize the show in one word: delightful! It’s an absolute visual feast, and the concept of a blacklight puppet show is brilliant, and incredibly trippy. The puppetry is expertly done, the musical numbers are so much fun, and all I felt throughout the entire show was absolute joy. I loved it! I take this show over almost any broadway show I’ve seen. So whimsical, so creative…and I just felt so happy at the end of the show. And then the post-show antics…

One of the performers took off her mask, got on the mic, introduced the entire cast, as we applauded. My friend and I looked at the time. It was 8:55. We had a concert to get to at 9:30, but we figured her speech would be quick. 2 mins in, we could see where this was going. She was going to ask for a donation. She shares a sad story, then another sad story, then another sad story, then her pitch for us to donate money. Then another sad story, then another reiteration of why we need to donate money. It’s now 9:05, she’s still talking. Now she’s attempting to sell books to us written by the founder of Famous People Players and now she’s giving a full on synopsis of every single book she’s written. It’s 9:10. She shares another sad story and another ask for money. Whatever joy and fun the audience had as the show ended has been completely sucked out of the audience with a 15 minute+ sales pitch of guilt tripping the audience to no end. We had to go! We stand up to leave, to which the speaker comes off really offended asking us where we’re going. We explain we have somewhere to be at 9:30, to which she’s all like, “Why weren’t we invited?! Let’s all stare at them as they leave.” I have no clue how long her sales pitch went for. Did she talk for a full half hour? An hour? Was her plea for money longer than the show? I don’t know, but I didn’t care to stick around and find out. Did she get this idea from going to a timeshare meeting? If you’re a charity or non-profit, act like one! Don’t use sleazy sales tactics.

Look. It’s a great cause and I would have been happy to donate, but such a forceful, blatant sales tactic was extremely off-putting and as a result, we didn’t donate. It’s the equivalent of a charity that does great work in the community, but employs telemarketers who are pressured to be ultra aggressive with their phone pitch, harassing its donors with 10 phone calls a day to give more money than they already have. Any good will I had towards your charity is gone because of your forceful approach to getting money. I expect this behavior out of Wallstreet, not a charity.

The introduction was great. The show was fantastic. We felt inspired. All you needed was a 2 minute ask for money at the end. Thank the audience for coming, stress how important donations are to the livelihood of the show and its cast and that’s it. That’s all you need! You do not need a 20 minute guilt trip. Go to a buskerfest. They put on a 28 minute show and 2 minutes asking for money. They don’t perform for 15 minutes then do a 15 minute sales pitch about how their livelihoods depend on our donations. We get it! If the show wows us, we’ll be happy to make a donation.

I read this blurb from another google review. Is this what I missed?

“I respect what they do and the need to raise money , but she just wouldn’t let up! From name dropping, telling stories of who donated what and how much, to finding out where you work (not because she was being friendly, but so she could say ohhh you work for ... we need _________... have them donate!” ). It made me uncomfortable and not want to give any more than the price of admission.”

Let the show speak for itself. If you dazzle us, and treat the audience well, we’ll reward you by coming back for more shows, making a donation and by spreading the word to other people to see it. Isn't that what you want? Great word of mouth? Send the audience home happy. Last impressions are key! Do a very brief ask for money, and if you want to talk to the audience, say, “Thanks for coming. And if you want to stick around for a Q&A or a discussion, please stay in your seats.” Give people the option to leave when the show is done. Don’t trap people in their seats and embarrass them when they have to leave. As long as this approach continues, I will definitely not be back and I will give this very lengthy warning to anyone who thinks about seeing the show.
Written February 25, 2020
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John K
Thunder Bay, Canada4 contributions
Lunch matinee
Feb 2020 • Couples
Marvelous experience. Great lunch of either salmon or chicken. Rock music black light puppet show. We will return.
Written February 20, 2020
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Thank you John for taking the time for your review. We rely heavily on word of mouth and Trip Advisor reviews. We look forward to your return.
Written March 18, 2020
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C F
2 contributions
Amazing show! Truly unique event.
Feb 2020
I had heard about The Famous People Players, but had never attended a show until this year. It was amazing! I am blown away by the skill of the performers. I can’t even begin to guess how much practice it must take to put on such a well choreographed show. In addition to the show we had dinner and dessert. The service was excellent. Highly recommend going, as a date, family outing, special occassion.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We love making memories for our guests and we work very hard to achieve a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for your support.
Written March 18, 2020
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Jake Ramsey
1 contribution
Exciting show!
Feb 2020
Cool classic tunes, interesting show, and pretty good dinner.

The performers also cook and serve your dinner before the show. Afterward they serve you dessert.

The audience had people from about age four to past retirement age.
Written February 13, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We definitely cater to all age groups. There is something wonderful for everyone. That is why it is so great to bring extended families as they all love different things. The one common denominator is, that every one leaves with joy in their hearts. We hope to see you again.
Written February 15, 2020
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Freedom60169824234
7 contributions
Just a night out
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very happy with the food, the performance and the over all evening. Well worth the purchase price of a ticket. Atmosphere is fun and everyone takes pride in their role as a performer and waìt staff.
Written February 12, 2020
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Thank you so much for experiencing "A Place Where Special Happens" We look forward to meeting you again.
Written February 13, 2020
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