A Message From David Nairn
There is sheer joy to be found in making and sharing live theatre. We invite you to watch, listen, think, feel, question, challenge, empathize and most of all, imagine. For as soon as audience and artist engage in the collective act of imagining, lives are changed - the world is changed.
We at Theatre Orangeville are a family of artists. From the stage, to the office, to the shops and the boardroom - all of us passionately believe that theatre is a powerful and entertaining experience that with your support, is helping us to contribute to the creation of a vital and vibrant community. We look forward to sharing the imaginative, unexplainable miracle that is live theatre with you and your family - every time you become part of our audience.
Enjoy the show!
David Nairn - Artistic Director
Original oil painting by: Laurie McGaw
History of Theatre Orangeville
With the restoration of the Opera Hall on the second floor of the Orangeville Town Hall in 1993, a dream was born. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Jim Betts, Theatre Orangeville opened its first season in 1994. None of this could have happened, however, without the overwhelming support of a committed and determined Board of Directors, The Town of Orangeville, the County of Dufferin, and the Founding Sponsors and Members.
Some of the best theatrical artists from all over Canada have performed on our stage, and most importantly, want to come back! One only has to name stars like Michael Burgess, Michael Therriault, Rod Beattie, Avery Saltzman, Douglas Chamberlain, Lally Cadeau, and Ted Follows to realize that this is a small town with big stars and great theatre.
Theatre Orangeville has also had the opportunity to develop and premiere a number of new Canadian works that have gone on to achieve success across this country - The Last Resort, War Brides, Dear Santa, Little Women - The Musical, Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun, to name just a few. What a thrill it's been!
One of the most memorable achievements of this theatre, however, is the success of our young people, be it the Theatre Orangeville Youth Singers performing for the Queen's 50th Anniversary tour, the hundreds of children who are being introduced to theatre for the first time through our many school shows or the very talented young people who participate in many of the other programs we offer. It is always a delight to watch them develop and grow. And with every new season, our youth programs continue to grow!
Under the stewardship of David Nairn, Artistic Director since 1999, Theatre Orangeville is now realizing the artistic potential first envisioned by those pioneering spirits more than fifteen years ago. His creative vision and commitment are leading this company in to a future that not only guarantees many more exciting years ahead, but also ensures that our audiences can enjoy the highest standards in professional theatre performances. Come share the magic with us!
Theatre Orangeville's Mission Statement
To enrich the community with a high quality, professional theatre experience, that showcases the development of new Canadian works. To provide youth with unique opportunities to transform their lives through the performing arts. To provide vibrant, engaging and creative opportunities that grow the cultural experience through community partnerships.
How to Get to the Theatre
Centrally located in the Hills of Headwaters
Theatre Orangeville is centrally located within an hour's drive of Toronto, Oakville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Collingwood, Alliston and Markham. Follow Highway 9 (either from the East or the West). In the Town of Orangeville, Highway 9 is called Broadway. Look for the Opera House on the north-east corner of Broadway and Second Street, opposite the Toronto-Dominion Bank.
Orangeville lies in the centre of one of Ontario's most unique and scenic regions - The Hills of Headwaters. Encompassing Dufferin County, Erin and Caledon and surrounding areas, 'The Hills of Headwaters' region is the birthplace of four major river systems: the Nottawasaga, the Credit, the Humber, and the Grand.
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David Nairn - Artistic Director
Marilyn Logan - General Manager
Beckie Morris - Production Manager
Marsha Grant - Office Manager
Wendy Sheedy - Publicity and Marketing Manager
Sharyn Woodbury - Youth and Education on Stage Coordinator
Sofie Weber - Group Sales Coordinator
Mary Crozier - Box Office
Donna Walmsley - Box Office
Susan Reynolds - Box Office and Lobby Artwork Coordinator
Dani Austin - Box Office Student
Jack Middelkoop - Volunteers and Event Coordinator
Dan Nagle - Technical Director
Ryan Oliver - Assistant Technical Director
Lynn Butler - House Manager
Peter King - House Manager
Sharon O'Donovan- House Manager
Sandra Kirouac - House Manager
2012 Theatre Orangeville Board of Directors
Michael Demczur - President
Roger Simmons - Vice President
Cathy Campbell - Secretary/Treasurer