Each summer we are able to pair a quality big city theatre experience with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality. Our productions take place in the historic Town Hall 1873 – Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Port Perry and other local locations, all close to the waterfront, restaurants, shopping and accommodations. Take advantage of our Season, Family or Doubleheader ticket packages and plan some extra Port Perry time into your theatre visit.
Performance Dates Announced For Our Festival 2019 Summer Season! July 3 – August 16 Town Hall 1873, Port Perry, Ontario
Once again, we captivate audiences this July and August with a diverse slate of entertaining and compelling plays – including four Canadian works, a world premiere musical, a beloved children’s classic, the quintessential Victorian comedy and a provocative look at power and sexuality.
Willow Quartet Musical (world premiere) book and lyrics by Joan Burrows and Ron Cameron-Lewis, music and lyrics by Jason Saunders Preview July 3 @ 2 pm Performances July 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 @ 7:30 pm, July 13 @ 2 pm Director - Carey Nicholson Music Director – Carol Salamone Leading our Festival 2019 season is the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Joan Burrow’s Willow Quartet. Willow Quartet Musical is the heartwarming story of one couple’s recovery from grief and has been workshopped at Sheridan College in the same play development program that gave the world Come From Away.
Wind in the Willows Adapted by Michael Shamata, from the book by Kenneth Grahame Preview July 10 @ 2 pm Performances July 11, 13, 19 @ 7:30 pm, July 11, 16, 18, 20 @ 2 pm Director – Carey Nicholson and the company A family friendly production of the classic childrens’ book, The Wind In The Willows follows the adventures and misadventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger as they foil Weasel’s plot to take over Toad Hall.
Tempting Providence By Robert Chafe Preview July 17 @ 7:30 pm Performances July 18, 20, 23, 24, 26 @ 7:30 pm, July 27 @ 2 pm Director – Jeannette Lambermont-Morey Set in early 20th century Newfoundland, Tempting Providence is an evocative telling of Canadian pioneering “legend” Myra Bennett, an Englishwoman who volunteered to serve as a nurse along the remote rugged coast, “only until the road comes”.
The Valley By Joan MacLeod Preview July 24 @ 2 pm Performances July 25, 27, 30, 31, August 2 @ 7:30 pm, August 3 @ 2 pm Director – Carey Nicholson Four lives intersect and collide in The Valley, a timely and powerful perspective on the complex issue of police interaction with the mentally ill.
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde Preview July 31 @ 2 pm Performances August 1, 3, 6, 7, 9 @ 7:30 pm, August 10 @ 2 pm Director – Michael Serres and Annette Stokes Considered by many to be one of the most brilliant comedies ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s commentary on Victorian society.
Venus in Fur By David Ives Preview August 7 @ 2 pm Performances August 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30 pm Director – Carey Nicholson The season closes with a battle of wits of a different kind in David Ives’ Venus in Fur, a sharp provocative tour de force inspired by the erotic novel of the same name by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
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We’re excited about our upcoming season and we invite you to join us on the ridge in 2019!
Carey Nicholson, Artistic Director
*productions and performance dates subject to change