Stage Door News
Collingwood: Venues announces for Theatre Collingwood shows
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
I'm absolutely delighted (and a little relieved) to share with you all the details about our 2019 Summer Theatre Festival.
By now, you well know that our non-profit organization was put in a regrettable position where we were forced to take our productions from the Gayety Theatre due to unrealistic increases in our rental rates that would have seen YOUR theatre company charged more than 67% above what we paid in 2018. Coupled with a per-ticket surcharge for successfully selling more than 150 tickets per performance, we simply could not provide professional live theatre there this year without compromising the future of the company.
Our loyal patrons have been waiting to hear the exact locations for our shows and now that we have contracts with each new partner, we are happy to announce the venues for our exciting Summer Theatre Festival!
Where You Are May 21 - 25, is our first show of the season and it will take place downtown at the Simcoe Street Theatre. If you have not visited this arts hub before, you are in for a treat!
Located in Collingwood's former newspaper building, 65 Simcoe has become a vibrant home to creative and culinary businesses including the Creemore Coffee Studio, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts and the Press Gallery as well as a 100-seat black-box theatre, which will provide an intimate setting for this humorous play about family-life on Manitoulin Island. David Nairn is the Director and the set drawings are magical!
First Presbyterian Church at 200 Maple Street is an historic gem in Collingwood's admired Tree Streets neighborhood and it's the perfect setting for our second production of the summer, Louise Pitre: From Piaf to Mamma Mia June 19 - 22. The parish is more than 160 years in the making and the current building that's within a stone's throw from main street, dates back to 1878. We know you'll be delighted by the incredible sound this venue provides for us to showcase Canada's First Lady of Musical Theatre in a performance that highlights many moments from her magnificent career.
In the height of summer, we invite you to take an easy drive from downtown to one of Ontario's most popular tourist destinations! Summer of '69 July 9 - 13 will take place at the base of the slopes in the Weider Room at Blue Mountain Inn Conference Centre. State-of-the-art technology is matched by scenic and comfortable surroundings at this beautiful location. It's fully accessible and boasts a spacious outdoor terrace.
For the next show of our Summer Festival, we hope you'll join us for a brand new production by the prolific playwright, Norm Foster! Beside Myself, August 20 - 24 will be staged at the gorgeous Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. Many patrons are familiar with this venue, which has been home to our annual fundraising Gala for several years. In fact, if you want to a sneak peek at this location, grab your tickets now for Reelin' In The Years.
We'll round-up the festival with a toe-tappin', roof-raisin' good time at the ideal spot for Leisa Way's Opry Gold - Sept 28-28 at the Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds. This incredible gathering place has been a mainstay for community events from rodeos to weddings, and everything in between since 1855! It's centrally located on the east side of Collingwood less than 10 kms from downtown. Leisa and her Wayward Wind Band will be right at home!
2019 Summer Theatre Festival:
May 21-25 Where You Are - Simcoe Street Theatre
June 19-22 Louise Pitre: From Piaf to Mamma Mia! - First Presbyterian Church
July 9-13 Summer of '69 - Blue Mountain Inn & Conference Centre at The Weider Room
August 20-24 Beside Myself - Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre
September 24-28 Leisa Way's Opry Gold - Great Northern Exhibition Fairgrounds
November 20-22 Soul Sisters - Blue Mountain Inn & Conference Centre at The Weider Room
For tickets, phone 705-445-2200 or visit theatrecollingwood.ca.
STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT OF 3 MORE SHOWS THIS YEAR!
Thank you EVERYONE for your patience and understanding. We need your support more now than ever, and in return we promise to give you a year of outstanding entertainment.
See you at the theatre!
Erica Angus, Executive Director