Cheers to 30 Fabulous Seasons!

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Friday October 13th is the Opening Night of The View from Here - and with is officially launches our 30th Anniversary Season!! Cue the applause!!

In celebration of our 30th Season - we received a number of letters of recognition from different levels of government officials (excerpts of which can be found in our new 2023/24 Season brochure). We are so proud to share these touching letters of congratulations from our elected officials - after 30 years of entertaining Dufferin County and beyond - we truly feel this is something very special and worth celebrating!

Lisa Post - Mayor of Orangeville

Celebrating 30 years of Theatre Orangeville and Artistic Excellence

On behalf of Town of Orangeville Council, Staff and residents, I am honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate the 30thAnniversary of Theatre Orangeville and the remarkable 25-year journey of David Nairn as its artistic director. This milestone not only marks the enduring success of the theatre, but also exemplifies the profound impact that Theatre Orangeville and the arts have had on our vibrant community.

Theatre Orangeville’s three-decade journey has been nothing short of inspiring. From its humble beginnings to becoming a cornerstone of our cultural landscape, it has continuously provided Orangeville residents and visitors with captivating performances that touch hearts, provoke thought, and foster a sense of unity. Orangeville has seen talented actors and playwrights from across the nation and the dedication to excellence from the staff and crew have transformed Theatre Orangeville into a creative hub designed to foster artistic expression. Under David’s guidance, the theatre has dared to explore a diverse range of productions that speak to the essence of the human experience and promote meaningful conversations within our community.

Theatre Orangeville’s impact extends far beyond the stage curtains; it has become a place where people gather to celebrate their shared humanity, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and experience the power of storytelling. A place for youth to be empowered to explore their artistic talents and find their voice, their confidence, and their passion. A place where people of all ages and abilities are free to express themselves, step outside their comfort zone, and be accepted and loved for who they truly are.

As we celebrate these remarkable milestones, we can eagerly anticipate what is next for Theatre Orangeville. They have shown their ability to adapt, evolve and to embrace change and that will ensure they remain a dynamic force in our community for years to come.

Congratulations and thank you for your unwavering commitment to enriching our community. We look forward to celebrating continued growth and success of our beloved theatre.

Sylvia Jones - MPP Dufferin-Caledon

Congratulations to Theatre Orangeville as they launch their 30th Anniversary Season! Over the past 3 decades, Theatre Orangeville has hosted hundreds of productions in our community including many Canadian premieres. Dufferin-Caledon is blessed to have exceptional professional theatre in downtown Orangeville.

A very special congratulations to David Nairn for celebrating his 25thAnniversary as the Artistic Director for Theatre Orangeville!  David has been instrumental in creating, developing and producing theatrical works alongside his skilled and dedicated team. Reaching this milestone is an incredible achievement and says a lot about David’s dedication to the performing arts.

Please accept my best wishes for many more years of success.

Kyle Seeback - MP

Re: Theatre Orangeville’s 30th Anniversary Season

As the Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, I’m honoured to be recognizing Theatre Orangeville on its 30th anniversary season. This is a significant milestone and one that our community celebrates with tremendous pride.

Theatre Orangeville has successfully delivered high-quality, professional theatre, drawing visitors from near and far for three decades. It started with a dream by founder, Jim Betts, to establish a professional summer theatre, quickly growing to a regional theatre by 1999 when the programming season expanded from September to May. It was also at this time Theatre Orangeville welcomed David Nairn as the new Artistic Director. For the last 25 years, David Nairn has enthusiastically dedicated himself to expanding the mission of the theatre. Today, in addition to consistently showcasing outstanding Canadian works, Theatre Orangeville offers a broad range of programs and workshops to provide youth with unique, creative opportunities to develop their skills through the performing arts. Theatre Orangeville has also been a longstanding leader in supporting diversity and acceptance, as well as celebrating all abilities.

We’re extremely grateful for the countless contributions Theatre Orangeville has made to strengthen our community by telling our stories on stage and through creative partnerships. Community has always been and will always be at the heart of everything this theatre company undertakes. On behalf of the residents of Dufferin-Caledon, I would like to thank Theatre Orangeville and its entire team for 30 immensely successful seasons and enriching our community every step of the way. The future is bright and we can’t wait to see what’s next for our local theatre company!

Rt. Hn. Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone marking the 30th anniversary of Theatre Orangeville together with Mr. David Nairn’s 25th anniversary as Artistic Director.

Since its inaugural season, Theatre Orangeville has become a treasured part of Orangeville’s cultural life, presenting high-quality, professional theatre productions with a focus on the development of new Canadian works. The theatre’s success is testament to the generosity of the community and the talent and dedication of the performers and the many creative individuals working behind the scenes under the direction of Mr. Nairn.

This milestone offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the history of your organization, to celebrate its many achievements, and to set goals for the future. I commend Theatre Orangeville and its supporters for contributing to the region’s vibrant arts scene.Please accept my best wishes for a memorable anniversary celebration and continued success.

If you have fond memories of your time at the Theatre, or would also like to share a note of congratulations, please email them to - and you may just be featured in an upcoming blog, Throwback Thursday post, or on an upcoming preshow slide presentation.


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