A mag­i­cal wed­ding

The Chatham Daily News - - ENTERTAINMENT - MELISSA HANK

Once Upon a Time will soon lead to a hap­pily-ever-af­ter for two of the show’s main char­ac­ters. At the end of this past Sun­day’s episode, Emma (Jennifer Mor­ri­son) res­cued Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) from Nev­er­land, prompt­ing him to pro­pose.

Fans won’t have to wait long for the Sto­ry­brooke wed­ding ei­ther — it’ll hap­pen in the May 7 episode,

The Song in Your Heart. And, as the ti­tle im­plies, it will be a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza worthy of an­i­mated blue­birds and lace-trimmed dreams.

“When we started talk­ing about the mu­si­cal, we wanted it to be a spe­cial episode,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ed­ward Kit­sis told En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “We thought Emma’s wed­ding felt like the nat­u­ral mile­stone for us.” Now in its sixth sea­son, Once

Upon a Time is also fac­ing a shakeup be­hind the scenes.

In March, re­ports sur­faced that Mor­ri­son and O’Donoghue, as well as cast mem­bers Lana Par­rilla and Robert Car­lyle, had been of­fered new con­tracts with the show. But oth­ers, in­clud­ing Gin­nifer Good­win and Josh Dal­las, could be bumped down to guest-star sta­tus in a pos­si­ble sea­son 7.

Re­gard­less, the sea­son 6 fi­nale air­ing May 14 will of­fer clo­sure to on­go­ing sto­ry­lines and open things up to a show re­set — one aimed at boost­ing rat­ings. While an av­er­age of 11 mil­lion U.S. view­ers were un­der the fairy-tale drama’s spell in the first sea­son, the cur­rent one is hov­er­ing around a less-than­mag­i­cal three mil­lion.

ABC hasn’t yet or­dered an­other go-round of the B.C.-filmed se­ries, but TVLine re­ports the upcoming sea­son fi­nale will in­tro­duce a cyn­i­cal young man played by An­drew J. West and a pre­co­cious girl played by Al­i­son Fer­nan­dez. They’d both be reg­u­lar cast mem­bers if the show goes on.

In Canada, Once Upon a Time also airs on CTV.

Fam­ily Chan­nel con­cert re­turns

The sixth an­nual Big Ticket Con­cert hosted by Fam­ily Chan­nel will land in Toronto on Aug. 27.

Bri­tish pop-rock band The Vamps will head­line at the Bud­weiser Stage, with per­for­mances by Sabrina Car­pen­ter, Josh Bogert, Mcken­zie Small and Aviva also on tap.

“Can’t wait to be back in Canada this sum­mer !!” The Vamps tweeted via its of­fi­cial ac­count. The group’s re­cent track All Night has achieved Gold sta­tus in Canada. Dancers from Fam­ily’s hit show

The Next Step will re­turn to the Big Ticket, with se­ries vet­er­ans Vic­to­ria Balde­sarra (Michelle) and Alexan­dra Beaton (Emily) slated to host the event.

Mean­while Taveeta (Thalia) will per­form for the first time as a mu­si­cal act. Her de­but sin­gle

Res­ur­rec­tion is cur­rently avail­able on iTunes and Spo­tify.

Tick­ets go on sale this Fri­day through LiveNa­tion.com. Fans can up­grade with a VIP Pack­age, which fea­tures a meet-and-greet with the show’s per­form­ers.

The Big Ticket will also be head­ing to the U.K. this year; sched­uled per­form­ers and dates will be an­nounced soon.

Jennifer Mor­ri­son stars as Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time.

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