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Milbrook: 4th Line Theatre postpones the world premiere of “The Great Shadow” to 2022

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I hope you are surviving, this global pandemic which we find ourselves in. As the weeks have moved into months, and then into a full year, and now into year two, this event has stretched my ability to come up with words to describe these strange and unpredictable times.  Over the past 13 months, I have experienced the spectrum of emotions from incredible hope to desolution. Today I am filled with both great sadness and real optimism.

I am sorry to have to announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the world premiere of Alex Poch-Goldin’s The Great Shadow until the summer of 2022.  This decision is based on many factors. Most critical to our decision is the public health directive presently in place for our region. At the present time, we are in the red zone here in Millbrook. As such, we can only have 25 people in the audience at any single performance. This number represents only 1/16th of our available seating, making it impossible to budget for and present the kind of epic theatre people have come to expect at 4th Line. We will happily move people’s tickets into performance of The Great Shadow, next summer, which will be our 30th anniversary season. What a celebration it will be!

Please call the box office to discuss your ticketing needs.

We also have to make the health and safety of our company members and audiences the number one priority. While the vaccine roll-out is moving forward, the number of active cases in the province is concerningly high. I wish I had better news for you, and I know that this decision may cause you disappointment and frustration. 

On the positive side, I know there will be theatre at the farm later this summer. And I expect us to produce theatre into the fall and winter of 2021. In terms of Maja Ardal’s Wishful Seeing, we will make a decision about how to proceed on May 1st and will let everyone know our decision at that time.

I am confident that our theatre will rise up stronger than ever, once we are through the worst of this pandemic. People desire to gather together, and laugh and cry, and create art, and share stories. This is in our DNA. And it will happen again!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us, if you have questions or need more clarification.

I wish you all the best and hope we can meet at the farm in the near future.


Kim Blackwell, Artistic Director

4th Line Theatre's Box Office

& Administrative Centre

4 Tupper Street, Millbrook, ON

705-932-4445 or toll-free 800-814-0055