by Rachel Kennedy, Professional Theatre and Education Manager
I know what you’re thinking – “Rachel, there is still snow on the ground, I can’t possibly start musing about summer plans already…” – but believe it or not, sunny skies and picnic lunches are coming your way sooner than you think! Ontario Summer Theatres (OST) have been hard at work preparing their 2018 seasons and trust me, you don’t want to miss what they have in store!
After our AGM last fall one thing was abundantly clear; exciting things are happening on summer stages across Ontario. In an effort to promote even more great Canadian talent we have expanded our membership and welcomed three new members joining us for 2018, Tweed & Company Theatre, Festival Players of Prince Edward County and Stone Fence Theatre! This brings our membership up to 19 companies and 25 locations across Southern Ontario from Morrisburg to Port Stanley, and up to Killaloe in the north.
Many of these companies have opted into our annual Port-To-Port deal, which boasts a 10% discount on regular priced tickets when you present a ticket stub from another participating theatre (because we all know that two shows are better than one). A notable exception is Driftwood Theatre, and with good reason – their shows are already free to public audiences!
Our members have scheduled musicals, mysteries, tear-jerkers and knee-slappers to keep the good times rolling this summer. They have even sprinkled in a number of world premieres for those of you who’ve already seen it all and are hungry for more great Canadian stories.
Whether you’re in the Ottawa Valley or Huron County, we’ve got a summer packed with laughter, drama, and undeniable entertainment. So be sure to check out our OST Theatre Map to find companies in your region, peruse highlights and travel tips for each company on our Blog, or visit our Theatre Info page to check out individual season offerings!
Our OST members are:
4th Line Theatre (Millbrook)
Blyth Festival (Blyth)
Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (Port Hope)
Drayton Entertainment (Cambridge / Drayton / Grand Bend / Penetanguishene / St. Jacobs)
Driftwood Theatre Group (touring)
Festival Players of Prince Edward County (Wellington)
The Foster Festival (St. Catharines)
Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon)
Gravenhurst Opera House (Gravenhurst)
Highlands Summer Festival (Haliburton)
Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover)
Orillia Opera House (Orillia)
Port Stanley Festival Theatre (Port Stanley)
Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Stone Fence Theatre (Killaloe)
Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque)
Tweed & Company Theatre (Tweed)
Upper Canada Playhouse (Morrisburg)
Westben Arts Festival Theatre (Campbellford)