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Barrie: Theatre by the Bay announces its 2022 season

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

After an award-winning 2021 season, which included being recognized as the "Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year" at the Barrie Business Awards, Theatre by the Bay is marching into its 20th season with a compelling, diverse, and expansive new season.

At our season announcement last night we revealed our three headlining productions, new educational programming, and a sneak peak at our 20th season anniversary celebration. Read on to see what we've got coming up.

Theatre by the Bay's 2022 season is presented with the support of the City of Barrie, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The season is also made possible thanks to the support of its sponsors, donors and members.

If you're excited about what you see, please consider making a donation to Theatre by the Bay to help make our 20th season fantastic!

The Lost Heroes of Oro

Written and directed by Alinka Angelova

February 17-20, 2022

The Lost Heroes of Oro is a new musical that tells the story of Black Canadian hero, Richard Pierpoint, and the establishment of the Oro African Church.

This series of lightly staged presentations will offer audiences an opportunity to provide their feedback of the show and help Theatre by the Bay develop and improve the show for a full-scale production in the future.

A very limited number of tickets are now available to attend The Lost Heroes of Oro, as current COVID-19 restrictions limit the size of audiences that can attend. We encourage you to book quickly as they will not last!

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival

Written and directed by local artists

June 2022

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival is a festival that will provide opportunities for local artists to write, direct and perform their own original act (approx. 45 minute) plays. Applications are open now for playwrights/creators, directors, and artist teams or collectives.

A Scandal for All Seasons

Written by Burke Campbell

Directed by Iain Moggach

August 2022, with touring to Collingwood in partnership with Theatre Collingwood.

A Scandal for All Seasons is an original farce about two Barrie socialites who engage in a "battle of the bulge" over the sexy, progressive Mayor of Barrie.

Cutting, outrageous, and extremely funny, A Scandal for All Seasons is unlike anything we have produced before!

Mary of Shanty Bay

Written by Leah Holder

Directed by Brandon Nicoletti

September 2022

The return of the moving love story between Mary Sophia Gapper and Edward O'Brien. This smash-hit of our 2018 season is back with performances across Simcoe County in September 2022.

Twenty Years by the Bay

A documentary mini-series

Directed by Khaleel Gandhi

Streaming online this Spring

This year, Theatre by the Bay is celebrating its 20th season anniversary. This is a landmark occasion for us and we're so grateful to all of our patrons, donors, sponsors, members and artists for helping us to get this point.

In 2002, Theatre by the Bay first started with a big tent in Heritage Park and a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Spearheaded by founding Artistic Director, Larissa Mair, the company would go on to produce more Shakespeare productions, theatre for young audience shows, musicals, and, starting in 2013, new plays written about Barrie.

This spring, we're taking a look back at 20 seasons of Theatre by the Bay in a new documentary mini-series streaming exclusively through our website. Check out the trailer for this series below.

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