Our Summer 2021 Season - here’s to keeping it live this summer! Box office and ticket sales now opening on June 25th!
Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor Preview – July 13, at 7 pm Opening – July 14, at 7 pm Performances – July 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 at 7 pm West End of Water Street Parking Lot #5 (Water & North Sts.), Port Perry Director: Carey Nicholson with Amanda Jane Smith, James Dallas Smith
Arthur Copper, a life-long lakeside Indigenous resident wants to re-introduce wild rice into the lake while Maureen Poole, a life-long cottager, wants to preserve her lakefront as it has been for as long as she can remember. Cottagers and Indians is a thought provoking mix of comedy and commentary about contemporary confrontations between environmentalism and consumerism, Indigenous and non-Indigenous sensibilities and is being presented with the generous support of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Limited Seating July 30 Preview - $30/ticket All other performances - $35/ticket
Something From Nothing New Play by Trudee Romanek Staged Readings – July 28, 29, 30, 31 at 7 pm Scugog Arts Space Rear Courtyard, 175B Queen St., Port Perry
Guest playwright Trudee Romanek premieres a one act comedy with our summer company. Join us for the first public reading of this new work!
Limited Seating All performances - $25/ticket
The Ends of the Earth by Morris Panych Preview – August 4 at 7 pm Opening – August 5 at 7 pm Performances – August 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 Scugog Arts Courtyard (behind 175 Queen St.), Port Perry Director: Carey Nicholson with Isabelle Blanusa, Reid Martin, Christopher Noonan, Jacqueline Plante, Daniella Reid, Nathan Simpson, Angela Zieleniewski
This surreal comedy tells the story of Frank, an unremarkable man and Walker, an unlucky one and reminds us all that fear can be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Winner of the 1994 Governor General’s Award for Drama, this Kafka-esque work seems presciently well suited to the world we find ourselves in today.
Limited Seating August 4 Preview - $30/ticket All other performances - $35/ticket Pine Grove Plots Historical Walks by Graeme Powell July 18, August 8 leaving each evening on the half hour 6:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm & 8 pm from the Scugog Arts Space, 175B Queen St., Port Perry
Our popular Pine Grove Plots historical walks returns this summer. Our guides will safely escort you on an evening walk around downtown Port Perry where our company will be waiting at various locations to bring Port Perry’s past to life. Proceeds from this event will support the community programs of Theatre on the Ridge.
Only 4 groups/evening 10 persons/group* $20/person *based on current provincial Covid gathering restrictions We are pleased to announce that we’ll be back this July and August for our second Covid summer of theatre in Port Perry.
If you joined us last year, you’ll remember how satisfying, and safe it felt to experience live theatre with others in the open air. Once again we’ll be outdoors and observing all mandated physical distancing and gathering protocols. And once again, we will be making the health of our performers and patrons our top priority - we are now members of the TIAO (Tourism Industry Association of Ontario) Safe Travel Stamp accreditation program and will be welcoming a Covid Compliance Coordinator to our summer staff.
And we’re supporting physical safety with our play choices as well. Our line up is building on the Something From Nothing model we put in place to adapt to the sudden changes and challenges of last year. Rehearsing virtually and live, our summer artists will bring another new comedy to the stage with our Something From Nothing new play workshop and deliver a fully staged production of Morris Panych's The Ends of The Earth that entertains and captivates while observing all protocols.
Our opening production this summer – Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor, was originally scheduled for our season last year. Cottagers and Indians has a cast of two and explores the politics and issues around the harvesting of wild rice in the Kawartha Lakes region. It is a powerful mix of comedy and commentary on contemporary confrontations between environmentalism and consumerism, Indigenous and non-Indigenous sensibilities. Cottagers and Indians is being presented with the support of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Throughout the summer, we'll be offering a delightful touring production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, perfect for families and young audiences. With minimal set, costumes and props, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to life with a cast of two and a lot of imagination. This 45 minute show can be packed up and taken on the road, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re making a number of performances available for private outdoor home viewing and will bring the show to your driveway or lawn, maintaining all mandated regional and provincial gathering protocols for performers and audience. Public performances are also being tentatively scheduled for later in the summer.
In response to the recent re-opening plans announced by the provincial government, the box office will now open June 25th. All productions remain subject to change and to taking place only in accordance with Covid health restrictions.
Watch for information on Plays From The Past and Pine Grove Plots coming soon!
This summer we're bringing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to your door
Now booking home performances for mid-July to mid-August!
The pandemic has made keeping theatre live very difficult for over a year as rehearsal spaces and theatres remain closed and Theatre on the Ridge continues to meet the challenge this spring and summer. This summer, we’re moving outdoors to bring a unique travelling adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ beloved children’s classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to life.
With only a cast of two, and minimal set, props and costumes, the story of this beloved children’s classic is told through clever staging and engages the imaginations of audience of all ages. This heroic tale of love, faith, courage, giving, and the triumph of good over evil is a perfect production to introduce young audiences to the joy and magic of theatre and the perfect play to bring to your driveway or lawn this summer. Directed by Theatre on the Ridge artistic director, Carey Nicholson, the cast of Frances Loiselle and Michael Williamson are familiar with creating magic on stage - audiences will remember them as Tinkerbell and Peter Pan from the Festival 2018 season.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe can be packed up and taken on the road, and that’s just what we’re doing this summer. In addition to planned public performances, we are making a number of performances available for private outdoor home viewing. We will bring the show to your driveway or lawn, maintaining all mandated regional and provincial gathering protocols for performers and audience.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Public Performances Public performances of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe were originally scheduled for late May and early June. In response to the most recent reopening plans announced by the provincial government, we will now be scheduling our public performances later in the summer. At this time, location and performance dates and times remain yet to be confirmed and subject to Covid health restrictions. Receive the latest information on this, and all our productions, by subscribing to our newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org or following us on Facebook at theatreontheridgeportperry.
Call for Submissions Port Perry Snapshots Festival - Short Playwriting Competition featuring the work of visual artist, Carol Matsuyama Submissions accepted until June 15, 2021 2021 marks the sesquicentennial celebration of the settler incorporation of Port Perry and Theatre on the Ridge is recognizing this event by inviting playwrights within and outside Port Perry, Scugog Township and Durham Region to submit to the Port Perry Snapshots Short Play Festival.
Please read our audience health and safety measures below prior to purchasing tickets to any paid live event.
Covid 19 Update Note: All performance dates, times and seating availabilities are subject to the most recent mandated Covid 19 restrictions and the weather (outdoor performances). Please scroll down to read our Covid 19 Audience Safety Procedures, and to download and complete our Patron Declaration of Fitness Form prior to arriving at the venue for live events.
Your Health and Safety Are Important To Us Theatre on the Ridge recognizes that public performances are currently no longer inherently safe activities. As an organization, we care deeply about the health and welfare of our patrons, performers, staff, and volunteers. As such, additional precautions will be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during all live performances for the foreseeable future. Please read our audience health and safety measures below prior to purchasing tickets to any paid event.
Please present a completed Patron Declaration of Fitness upon arriving at the venue.
Theatre on the Ridge reserves the right to not admit any patron who appears to be unwell to any performance. In consideration of all our patrons, Theatre on the Ridge strongly recommends the wearing of masks by audience members at all outdoor performances.
Theatre on the Ridge follows the guidelines set out the by the Region of Durham's "Community Re-opening Toolkit", which can be found here.
Big Theatre/Small Towns - our very own podcast series! In this time of self-isolation and social distancing, the need for connection becomes a priority and we miss connecting with our audiences, artists and community. Big Theatre/Small Towns explores the connection of big theatre ideas growing in small towns and vice versa with hosts Graeme Powell and Amanda Jane Smith.
All of our "ridgecasts" are available free of charge but after listening, please consider making a donation to Theatre on the Ridge. Click here for details on how you can help us make it to next year!
April 16, 2020 Announcing the postponement of Festival 2020 productions as originally scheduled, with revised online programming being planned due to Covid 19
In the interest of public health and the safety of our patrons, artists, and production personnel, and in accordance with current emergency and public health restrictions regarding Covid 19, Theatre on the Ridge has made the difficult decision to put its Festival 2020 season on hold. The four productions announced for the festival, now in its 6th year, will no longer run as scheduled. The productions are Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor, Cyrano de Bergerac adapted from the original play by Edmond Rostad, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, and Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott by Beverley Cooper. At this time, the productions have only been postponed, not cancelled; however, no revised dates have been set. Patrons who have purchased a Patron’s Pass will be contacted directly in the near future with more information and details on their options.
In spite of the devastating blow to the company’s summer plans, Theatre on the Ridge will not be dark, but will continue to reach its audiences and supporters online with glimpses into creative processes, performances through the digital revival of the radio play format and interactive learning experiences for all ages. One upcoming project will involve the engagement of the larger community to collectively share and document the experiences of this unprecedented time. Details of this revised season of summer “productions” and programs will be announced over the next several weeks.
Moving forward is the only direction to go and that is where we are going. The challenge of creating a reimagined season has been made exponentially easier through the support of the artists and supporters who are sharing their passion, expertise and resourcefulness to ensure that Theatre on the Ridge will not be dark this summer. We may not gather together in a physical space this July and August, but we will continue creating, sharing and connecting for you, and with you, as much as possible.
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