We hope you are all safe and adjusting to the new realities of life in a global pandemic world.
At Theatre on the Ridge, we have been adjusting too and are excited to let you know that, although we won’t be live onstage this summer, we are still committed to bringing captivating theatre experiences to our audiences and communities.
Here are just a few programs we’re rolling out in June. Watch for more to come and stay with us as we keep working to bring more performance based events to you as well!
Looking for a way to help us make all this happen? All of our program offerings this summer are available free of charge, but we're encouraging you to consider a donation to support keeping the doors open and the programs coming. Click here and learn how your donation of any amount in June could help us win a $20,000 donation through CanadaHelps in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!
Big Theatre/Small Towns
Join us on Wednesdays in June, as we launch our very own podcast series!
Hosts Graeme Powell and Amanda Jane Smith, and guests from all walks of the theatre community explore the connection of big theatre ideas growing in small towns and vice versa.
For details and podcast schedule click here!
After listening to any of our "ridgecasts" please consider making a donation to Theatre on the Ridge, especially in June. Why? Read about the Great Canadian Giving Challenge here.
Follow Spot/Single Spot Coaching Sessions
Are you considering a career in the arts or plan on pursuing theatre as a profession? Or maybe you know someone who is? Or just curious about how to get on stage in a local production?
We may be unable to run our regular Pre Professional Performance and Apprenticeship programs this summer, but Theatre on the Ridge is still dedicated to fostering performing arts in Durham Region and is excited to announce Follow Spot and Single Spot Coaching Sessions.
Follow Spot is a one on one, social distance correct, online coaching program that pairs youth (aged 16-21) interested in a performing arts career and Single Spot connects new & curious theatre lovers of all ages with one of our mentors for a single private Q & A session to get them on the way to taking the first step on stage.
Learn more details and register here.
Cut & Paste Theatre Creation/Scrapbook Stories
Yes you can make theatre! We’re taking a classic theatre training and composition exercise and switching it up as an easy self expression scavenger hunt for literary enthusiasts and closet thespians of all ages.
Known in conservatory programs as a vocal masque, this is “cut and paste” theatre creation at its best! We give you the tools, and you pick the theme, gather the materials and do the assembly to make an original piece of theatre. We even have a junior version, Scrapbook Stories for families and younger creatives!
Intrigued? Learn more here about this unique approach to theatre creation here!
DIY Theatre Workshops
Have you ever wanted to get backstage or behind the scenes to try your hand at props making, scenic painting or costumes? What about lighting or sound design? This year we can’t bring you to the theatre, but we can bring the theatre to you…sort of!
Welcome to DIY Theatre Workshops, a general interest production skills video series designed for budding stuck at home theatremakers. These short, learning sessions are fun, informative and hands on. In DIY Theatre you’ll be introduced to basic production skills and create and build simple projects with materials you likely already have in your own home. We’ll start with basic set design and keep going until the “stage” is ready. This is a great free creative learning experience for pretty well any age and for parents to explore with children.
Learn more here!