By their mother’s bed in a hospital’s palliative care ward, two sisters keep vigil. As the pair reckon with their mother’s inevitable fate, they share memories of her younger years. In a spiritual journey that sees them confront the love and tragedy of their family’s past, these sisters discover a new home: in one another. Both funny and honest, Beagan’s play speaks to the strength of family bonds.
Tinkerspace Play Labs is a reading series where your feedback is used to help local playwrights develop their work.
A group of local actors will be reading two new plays. After each reading, we will open up a discussion and ask for your feedback on the play. The playwrights will use this feedback to improve their work and create a stage-ready final draft!
Between Breaths is based on the life of Dr. Jon Lien — known in Newfoundland as “the Whale Man” — who pioneered techniques for rescuing whales trapped in fishing nets. Moving backward in time, from Lien’s final moments to his first whale intervention, this poignant story depicts Lien’s rescue efforts, which saved over 500 animals, and his own struggle with relentless paralysis and dementia. Between Breaths considers what we hold onto when everything else is gone.
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.
Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp, and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room. Adapted with new music and lyrics, and a cast of seven with Little Jack shadowed by narrator, Big Jack, Room explores the power of the imagination and a mother’s love.
The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.
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.
This hilarious one act play is a science fiction spoof of the classic film noir detective stories, featuring all of your favourite robot characters from movies, television and more!
The year? 2451. The city? Los Angeles. Humans have evolved into a sophisticated human/android hybrids. Dot Matrix, Private Eye, was relaxing in her office after a long day of doing nothing. All was peaceful in the City of Angels, that is until Mr. Roboto came a-calling. What follows? A trip through the murky under belly of Los Angeles to find Hal 9000, the mastermind behind the sinister plot that is unfolding… or is he?
Welcome to the BOTS Robotics Competition where teams and their (singing and dancing) robots are all vying for the top prize! Amidst the coding, building, and fierce competition, two members from rival teams befriend one another and throw everything off-balance. Will their collaborative spirit sabotage their teams’ chances of winning? This STEM musical invites humans and robots alike to discover the power of technology and teamwork!
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a re-telling of the Biblical story of Joseph, a young man from Canaan whose unabashed pride and self-love makes him the target of envy and hate from his eleven brothers. Betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery, Joseph’s journey to Egypt takes him from the house of a wealthy real-estate magnate, to the depths of prison, and eventually to the palace of Pharaoh himself! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the inspiring tale of staying true to one’s dreams to overcome any obstacle: it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, anyone can achieve greatness. After all, any dream will do.
In Superheroes, Unite, the citizens of Nova City need a patron superhero to save them from the evil clutches of the nefarious Colonel Mustard and his sidekick Hemlock. So what do they do? They hold auditions! Legions of fantastic, incredible, and uncanny characters descend upon City Hall hoping the mayor and police commissioner might marvel at their strange powers, which range from super strength and super speed, to mind reading and animal whispering, from quoting Shakespeare to pointing out irony. Watch out for when Colonel Mustard unleashes a surprise attack on City Hall, both the mighty and the average must join together to bring justice and security to Nova City.
Superheroes is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders manage their everyday existence. For superheroes, saving the world is tough, but the time spent away from work is tougher. The Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down.
Before they must commit to the Amish faith forever, nineteen-year-old twins Hannah and Ruth leave the comfort of their sheltered community to explore the outside world for the first time. After finding themselves stranded in one of Toronto’s roughest neighbourhoods, all their plans go up in smoke and they end up working at an illegal marijuana grow-op. Grow is an outrageously fun, big-hearted musical, that explores sisterhood, community, and the legalization of a once-forbidden weed.
In 1960s America, friends who met in the audiovisual club form a student choral group. When they discover that their high school music program is going to be cut from the curriculum, they decide to host a benefit to raise money. On the way to pick up their custom made plaid tuxedos and skirts, their bus is struck by lightning. Although The Sound of Plaid members are taken from this planet, through the Power of Harmony and the Expanding Holes in the Ozone Layer (and other astro-technical stuff), they are allowed to come back to perform the show that they never got to do in life.
In an idealized ’50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre. An Original Kids favourite, Smokey Joe’s Cafe must be seen to be believed!
“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 very best of Monty Python comes alive on stage for the very time! In this decidedly irreverent “edukational” revue (of sorts), you’ll see our actors take on the funniest sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, including Cheese Shop, Argument Clinic, Gumby Flower Arranging, Lumberjack Song, Dead Parrot, Galaxy Song.
Welcome to the talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie!
Kissing the Witch reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances through an interconnected web of three magical stories about the power of transformation and choosing one’s path in the world. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Kissing the Witch observes age-old characters that are seen in a dazzling new light.
When the students of Roselawn High School gather to celebrate the retirement of their favourite teacher, memories are shared, rivalries surface, and love blossoms. Featuring a cast of young artists, Drama 101 is a funny and heartwarming new musical about the joys and challenges of high school, theatre, and life. Drama 101 is exciting, new Canadian musical theatre.
“Omigod you guys!” A fabulously fun musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.
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!
Join us in Club Inferno, Hell’s hottest nightclub, where it’s “Ladies’ Night and the feeling’s right” – and all of your favourite female villains have gathered to hang up their broomsticks and poisoned apples, and kick up their heels for a night of wicked celebration. This is a frightful reunion of some of the evilest women from musical theatre including Ursula, Miss Hannigan, Mrs. Lovett, Audrey II, and the Heathers as well as villainesses from film and literature including Maleficent, Lady Macbeth, Cruella de Vil, Medusa, and more! This hilarious and twisted musical revue features villainous Broadway favourites likes Pulled, Little Girls, and Cellblock Tango; as well as dark twists on showtunes like Comedy Tonight, Freak Flag and My Favourite Things and pop songs from some of your favourite artists across the decades including Born This Way, Evil Woman and Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as Just a Bill, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly and Conjunction Junction bring his lesson plans vividly to life.
The pop culture phenomenon about the legendary New York High School of the Performing Arts lives forever! Fame The Musical Jr. features a high-energy, contemporary pop score and a touching coming-of-age story. Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame Jr. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.