Thursday, 1 December 2016

Theatre in Ottawa

Looking for something to do as we approach the winter season? Why not enjoy some live theatre from one of Ottawa’s great theatre companies:

Arts Court -

About: Currently housed in the building are 26 independent arts organizations. Arts Court is home to a group of Ottawa’s professional arts producers and presenters including: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Dance Directive, SAW Gallery, SAW Video, and Club SAW. A historic landmark downtown Ottawa, Arts Court continues to evolve as a vibrant hub for artists and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         December 2-4th: Mirror Mountain Film Festival
·         December 6th: Roller Derby Saved My Soul
·         December 7th: On the Fringe
·         December 8th: DIGI60 Festival Launch Party
·         December 13th: Art Battle


About: Centrepointe Theatre is a fully-serviced performance venue owned and operated by the City of Ottawa. Its amenities include 954 comfortable seats, excellent sightlines and acoustics, coat check, licensed bar and a computerized box office. Helpful staff, affordable rental rates, state-of-the art theatre technology and a large proscenium stage make the theatre ideal for all types of performances, large presentations and ceremonies.

Next Show(s):
·         December 5th: Colin Mochrie & Deb McGrath
·         December 15th: Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite


About: In 2015, the theatre building was sold again and a lease was signed to keep The Gladstone a theatre for years to come. In 2016, a newly formed volunteer steering committee held a community consultation and distributed an online survey on the subject of the future of The Gladstone. Results were highly encouraging! In November 2016, The Gladstone Theatre was incorporated as a non-profit with the purpose of managing the venue and ensuring that it remains a home for Ottawa independent theatre.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 3rd: Welfarewell
·         December 8-17th: The Maltese Falcon: The Radio Show
·         December 18-23rd: A Christmas Carol
·         December 31st: Paul Hutcheson’s New Year’s Eve

The Great Canadian Theatre Company -

About: In 2016-2017, GCTC is celebrating its 42nd anniversary season and we have great cause to celebrate our achievements. Ottawa is rich in arts organizations. Yet none is quite like the Great Canadian Theatre Company. GCTC represents a viewpoint and approach to theatre that no other arts organization in this community is exploring. With a long history of creating theatre that is compassionate, thought provoking and immediately relevant, we produce theatre that does not prescribe a point of view, but rather encourages audience members to engage in debate and discussion. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work producing over 80 and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights.

Next Show(s):
·         November 29 – December 18th: The Daisy Theatre


About: Kanata Theatre is an all-volunteer amateur  community theatre company operating in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. It began in 1968 as a play reading group in a sleepy bedroom community. At that time the town consisted of only a handful of houses, one public school, two gas stations, a post office and an A&P grocery store.

Next Show(s):
·         December 27-30th: High School Musical

The Lakeside Players -

About: The Lakeside Players is a non-profit community theatre group formed in January of 1990 in the Britannia neighborhood, and based at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (formerly Lakeside Gardens) in Britannia Park, West-end Ottawa. The spring of 1990 heralded our first production, a 2-hour variety show that included musical and comedy acts, and two dramatic scenes from full-length plays.

Next Show(s):
·         TBA

The Mississippi Mudds -

About: The Mudds are a very active amateur theatre group located in Carleton Place, Ontario. The Mudds have a mission to bring Music, Dance and Drama to the community in an engaging and inclusive way. Our goal is to foster an appreciation of performing arts for members and audiences alike.

Next Show(s):
·         November 25 – December 2nd: Mary Poppins

National Arts Centre -

About: The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. 

Next Show(s):
·         November 30 – December 3rd: Alberta Ballet – The Nutcracker
·         December 11th: NAC Orchestra Players’ Association – FanFair
·         December 13-31st: A Christmas Carol

Orpheus Musical Theatre -

About: Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is North America's second longest-running organization of its kind. Orpheus has been entertaining Ottawa theatre audiences with musical performances of all kinds since 1906.

Next Show(s):
·         March 10-19th: Catch Me if You Can

Ottawa Little Theatre -

About: OLT has produced over 1,000 plays in our first century. All directors, designers, actors and stage crew are volunteers. As a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, OLT relies on its subscribers, ticket buyers and individual donors to provide nearly 70% of its income.  The balance is raised through fundraising, rentals and other sales.  1-3% of its income comes from government grants each year.

Next Shows(s):
·         November 30 – December 17th: The Three Musketeers



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