Titanic

Titanic: a legendary celebration of human achievement and a tragedy of epic proportions.

At noon on the tenth of April 1912, the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. She would never reach her destination, instead meeting a tragic end when the ship collided with an iceberg, just four days later. One of the deadliest maritime disasters of its time, the fateful voyage is beautifully rendered in this musical, which tells the moving stories of the ship’s real passengers, who sailed in pursuit of hopes and dreams in a new world.

A Red Plaid Shirt

A funny and heartwarming look at retirement and the adjustments needed as people move into a new phase of their lives. A retired man is driving his wife crazy and she suggests activities OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE that he could do. He finally takes up a new hobby with unintended consequences.

Night of Grief & Mystery

Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? We call them Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there…that’s what’s in store.

Jesus Christ Superstar

The timeless rock-opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, has wowed audiences for almost 50 years. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

The Designated Mourner

The Designated Mourner is a series of events of three characters told in monologues and dialogues shifting from one character to the next. The tone of the piece is conversational and direct, giving the audience the feel that they are listening to these characters at a dinner party. The subject matter is at times somber and melancholy; sometimes funny. The world-weary humor finds its way into the material which becomes both entertaining and poignant as we slowly realize the fate of their small social group of intellectuals, who are first watched by the the government; and then later imprisoned (presumably for their political views). By observation the audience realizes that the complacency and comfort this group of educated prominent citizens feel about their place in society has been an illusion, as their political freedom slowly slips from their grasp, as the government becomes more onerous and suspicious. A play with an ending that is a beginning.

Theatre Obscura

The original experimental theatre show is back for a second year of new and electrifying performances. Join a collaboration of artists and performers as they present a collection of short dramas, musical pieces, visual illusions and more – entirely in the dark. This multi-sensory barrage is sure to be topical, hilarious, sad, poetic, brilliant and above all – surprising.

Falling: A Wake

We are looking to keep a central element to the show a surprise for audiences. The description of the show gives away the key element, so we are using a quote from a review of the show in its place that aptly describes the tone and themes of the play. “Falling: A Wake is a prayer for the departed, as well as a prayer to those who remain. It quietly, but insistently, searches out meaning in a world that often appears random, reminding us that, at some level, we are all lost souls in the dead of night waiting in the light.” – Kitchener-Waterloo Record

An Inspector Calls

The unsuspecting Birling family are visited by the mysterious Inspector Goole who arrives just as they are celebrating an engagement. The Inspector reveals that a girl called Eva Smith has taken her own life by drinking disinfectant. While horrified, the family are initially confused as to why the Inspector has called to see them. What follows is a thrilling investigation through which the family discover that they are all in fact caught up in this poor girl’s death.

La Finta Giardiniera (The Secret Gardener)

Mistaken and hidden identities. Would be, but impossible, lovers. Hilarious misconceptions. Sneaky characters. All set to beautiful music. And more fun than any 17-year-old could imagine! Such brilliance, genius and fun with Wolfgang Amadeus is not to be missed.

The Wizard of Oz

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and on route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

James and the Giant Peach Jr.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach which rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a brand-new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale about courage and self-discovery.

Veritas

In the fall of 2003, a cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, Joe Grozelle, vanished and was found dead three weeks later. The play follows the exclusive story of a botched investigation and Ron Grozelle’s decade long quest to find out how his son died and why no answers have been available. WHY is this a COLD CASE?! A gripping and enveloping story of a family in a time of loss striving to understand.

The Mikado

The Mikado is a delightful satire, a smart skewering of power, politics, and personal relationships. The music is both lovely and lively in equal measure. In the grand tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan, much of the text will be updated to reflect (and lampoon) our modern Canadian realities, while retaining the beautiful score and clever storytelling of the original. A wickedly funny, tune-filled romp for the whole family.

Mom’s the Word

A hysterically funny and deeply touching play, it deals in shocking detail with all the important elements of childrearing; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Humourous, emotional, ecstatic and hysterical, Mom’s the Word is a chorus line of confessional anecdotes and vignettes combined to create the mother of all comedies. Without the rose-coloured lens treatment, Mom’s the Word is a hilarious, intimate look at motherhood.

Guys and Dolls

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The small English village of Longbourn is thrown into an uproar with the news that Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor, has rented the nearby manor of Netherfield Park, especially for the Bennett family with five unmarried daughters. At a ball, the girls meet Mr. Bingley and his wealthy friend Mr. Darcy, after which life for the Bennett family will never be the same. In this staging of Jane Austen’s classic story, audiences will experience the scope of grandeur of the Georgian Era, while exploring class, reputation, and love.

The Little Mermaid

Join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and more of your favourite Disney characters under the sea as New Stage breaks into musical theatre! Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale, enjoy the Disney songs and story you know and love, with new songs and twists added for the stage! Disney’s The Little Mermaid is fun for the whole family!