Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit professional theatre company with charitable status, dedicated to showcasing the finest talent in quality theatre productions.

 

Mission & Vision

To produce professional live theatre in the Georgian Triangle by presenting quality productions, events and educational activities which enrich the cultural life of our community. Theatre Collingwood’s vision is to be a year-round professional theatre company.

Brief History

Theatre Collingwood was officially incorporated in 1984. The company became renowned for producing large scale musicals during the boom period of the 1980’s, but was drawn down by the recessionary pressures of the times and suspended production for a period of time. Steven Thomas was Artistic Director from 1997-2012 and brought to Theatre Collingwood his talent and vision, producing a range of Canadian and international literature. In 2013 Executive Director Erica Angus was brought on board to transition the company into a presenting company. Her expertise has driven the company in to what it is today, a strong company presenting some of Canada’s most talented performers while fostering great relationships with artists and other regional theatre companies.

Production History Since Revival 1997:

1998: *Don Harron as Charlie Farquarhson, No Sex Please, We’re British (Anthony Marriott &
Alistair Foot), Charley’s Aunt (Brandon Thomas), The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
Total 21 performances

1999: ‘Mystery Headliner’ evening hosted by *Max Haines featuring three one-act plays: The Monkey’s
Paw (W.W. Jacobs), Sorry, Wrong Number (Lucille Fletcher) and The Marriage Proposal (Chekov), The
Mousetrap (Agatha Christie), The Unexpected Guest (Agatha Christie) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph
Kesselring), Total 21 performances

2000: Plaza Suite (Neil Simon) , Romantic Comedy (*Bernard Slade), Private Lives (Noel Coward) Some
Enchanted Evening (Music and lyrics by Rogers & Hammerstein, musical revue concept by Jeffrey B.
Moss), Total 21 performances

2001: Salt-Water Moon (*David French), Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward), The Perils of Persephone (*Dan
Needles), Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii (*Allan Stratton), Total 44 performances

2002: Fall: Scrooge *adaptation by Steven Thomas (8 performances) Summer: It Had to Be You (Taylor
& Bologna), When the Reaper Calls (*Peter Colley), Chapter Two (Neil Simon), The Last Resort (*Arden
& *Foster) (52 performances) Season total – 60 performances

2003: Fall: Hansel & Gretel *adaptation of the Humperdink opera by Steven Thomas (8 performances)
Summer: Twice Around the Park (Murray Schisgal), My Darling Judith (*Norm Foster), Unsung Cole &
Classics Too! (Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, arranged by Norman Berman), The Bells of Larkspur (*Dan
Needles) (56 performances) Season total – 64 performances

2004: Summer: Same Time Next Year (*Bernard Slade), Murder At The Howard Johnson’s (Ron
Clark & Sam Bobrick), Nunsense (Dan Goggin), Letter From Wingfield Farm (*Dan Needles)
Season Total – 44 performances

2005: Little Red Riding Hood (Music & Lyrics by Seymour Barab), Real Estate (*Allana Harkin), Bingo
(*Allan Stratton) Nunsense II The Second Coming (Dan Goggin), Wingfield’s Progress (*Dan Needles),
The Last Christmas Turkey (*Dan Needles) Season total – 52 performances

2006: Summer: Mini-Putt (*Simon Joynes), Wingfield’s Folly (*Dan Needles), They’re Playing Our Song
(Simon, Hamlisch, Bayer-Sager), **Ed’s Garage (*Dan Needles) Fall: **Could You Wait? (*Matheson,
Pitre and Leah) Season total – 49 perfomances

2007: Summer: Side By Side By Sondhem (Stephen Sondheim), Wingfield Unbound (*Dan Needles), I
Do! I Do! (Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Neil Simon); Fall: The Last
Christmas Turkey (*Dan Needles) Season total – 52 peformances

2008: Summer: Hen & Chickens Vaudeville (**Steven Thomas, AD), Wingfield On Ice (*Dan Needles),
Lend Me A Tenor (Ken Ludwig), The Long Weekend (*Norm Foster); Fall: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(*Pantomime created by Caroline Smith). Season total – 52 performances

2009: Summer: Wingfield’s Inferno (*Dan Needles), Sexy Laundry (*Michelle Riml), The Woman In Black
(Stephen Mallatratt); no fall production. Season total – 22 performances

2010: Summer: The Love List (*Norm Foster); Sweet Dreams: A Tribute to Patsy Cline starring *Leisa
Way; Sleuth (Anthony Shaffer); no fall production. Season total – 22 performances

2011: Summer: Separate Beds (*Maryjane Cruise); Rhinestone Cowgirl: A Tribute to Dolly Parton
starring *Leisa Way; **Fair Play (*Dan Needles); no fall production. Season total – 25 performances

2012: Summer/Fall: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Charles Ludlam); Skin Flick (*Norm Foster), **Do Not
Disturb (*Vern Thiessen), Wingfield Lost & Found (*Dan Needles). Season total – 32 performances

* Canadian plays

** World Premiere

2013: The Board of Directors hired Executive Director Erica Angus to develop programing that would appeal to both the Collingwood community and visitors to the region, in an effort to build capacity. The company began collaborating with other regional theatre companies to present not only work produced by TC but also work produced by other companies as well as co-productions, still focusing on the original Mission & Vision of Theatre Collingwood. The 2013 season included Blue Suede Shoes (Chris McHarge & Colin Stewart), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Eric Peterson & John MacLachlan Gray), On a First Name Basis (Norm Foster), Forever Plaid(Orillia-Laugh Out Loud), Same Time Next Year (Bernard Slade) – 44 Performances

2014: Summer/Fall: Queen Milli of Galt, The Foursome, Summer of Love, Trying, Country JukeBox