STEP OUT OF THE
CLASSROOM AND INTO
THE MAGICAL WORLD
OF THE STAGE
THIS SEASON AT STC!
Thousands of students attend productions at the Sudbury Theatre Centre each year, where they experience the best of professional theatre at Northern Ontario’s premiere performance facility.
Our new season offers a variety of programming suitable for elementary and secondary school audiences that will excite and engage students and educators alike.
Each production presents opportunities for classroom discussion and lesson tie-ins and offers themes and content to match curriculum material and character education topics.
Download our Summer Preview Educators’ Guide below – more details about each production will be posted in September.
For more information about weekday matinees or other educational programs, contact the DiBrina Box Office at email@example.com or call 705 674 8381 x21.
Each production tells a story that will resonate with children and/or youth – several also feature student actors, or adults playing youthful characters that your students will easily identify with.
26 SEP – 5 OCT 2019
Persephone Theatre’s Production of
PLAYING WITH FIRE:
THE THEO FLEURY STORY
written by KIRSTIE McLELLAN DAY
based on the book Playing With Fire by THEO FLEURY + KIRSTIE McLELLAN DAY
directed by RON JENKINS
starring SHAUN SMYTH
Matinees Tuesday 1 OCT and Thursday 3 OCT (11 am)
CONTENT ADVISORY: Strong language, sexual and drug abuse, adult themes – not recommended for school audiences
This is more than hockey – This is life.
Playing with Fire chronicles the life of ex-National Hockey League player Theo Fleury…and it’s performed entirely on skates on synthetic ice! You don’t need to know anything about hockey to love the exhilarating, heartbreaking and triumphant true story of this courageous Canadian hockey legend. With the odds stacked against him, the pint-sized Métis kid with huge ambitions overcame crushing obstacles to become an NHL All-Star, win the Stanley Cup and represent Canada twice at the Olympic Games where he earned a gold medal.
Shaun Smyth stars in this top-scoring theatrical tour-de-force receiving rave reviews everywhere it’s played across the country. As one reviewer wrote…“The guys will love every minute of it, the girls will root for Theo despite his many flaws, and the theatre junkie will love the writing, the acting, the directing and the set – Playing with Fire will rival some of the best theatre you’ve seen.”
5-14 DEC 2019
DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL
written by CHARLES DICKENS
adapted for the stage by JEREMY WEBB
directed by JOHN McHENRY
starring MATTHEW HEITI
Grade 4+ Matinees Tuesday 10 DEC and Thursday 12 DEC (11 am)
“…goofy hijinks, clever inventiveness and delightful interactions with the audience…”
The classic story is brought to life in this very special holiday experience. Hilarious and sometimes spooky, Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and three seasonal spirits will fill you to the brim with holiday joy. Puppets, projections and music add to the spectacle. This dramatic telling of the holiday classic has met with critical and box office success in Canada and the United States.
Local actor, playwright and teacher Matthew Heiti will take on the challenge of playing Ebenezer Scrooge and 24 other characters. The production is sure to evoke the cosy, homey Christmas cheer that we all cherish.
20-29 FEB 2020
FROM JUDY TO BETTE:
THE STARS OF OLD HOLLYWOOD
written and performed by REBECCA PERRY
directed by MICHAEL RUBENSTEIN
musical direction and arrangements by QUINTON NAUGHTON
Grade 9+ Matinees Tuesday 25 FEB and Thursday 27 FEB (11 am)
“Rebecca Perry does more than impersonate, she encapsulates.”
It’s the 1930s and movies are being made faster than you can say MGM! Within the industry, four women emerge who refuse to be “just another ingénue”. Judy Garland, Betty Hutton, Lucille Ball and Bette Davis each made their own strides to make women a more prominent and powerful force in Hollywood.
Rebecca Perry gives us a night of marvellous melodies and scandalous headlines as she brings these legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood to life. This critically-acclaimed creator and performer – last seen at STC in Confessions of a Red-Headed Coffee Shop Girl – has previously toured Nova Scotia, Ontario and the United Kingdom with this production.
16-25 APR 2020
created and performed by MICHELLE THRUSH
directed by KAREN HINES
Grade 9+ Matinees Tuesday 21 APR and Thursday 23 APR (11 am)
“Thrush’s recollection is so vivid, it sears itself into your consciousness.”
Inner Elder takes the audience on a journey of transformation through laughter and the real-life memories of Gemini Award-winning Cree artist Michelle Thrush. Michelle seamlessly transforms from a curious child into a mischievous spry old woman who holds nothing back. Once this magical transformation begins there is no stopping this inner elder, as she captivates the audience using a delicate blend of Bouffon and Indigenous clowning.
This performance offers a magical theatre experience and an extraordinary vision of our world. Staged previously in Calgary and Toronto, Inner Elder will play at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa before coming to STC.
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
9-14 MAR 2020
ABIGAIL B.: SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SUPERHERO
written and directed by JUDI STRAUGHAN
JK to Grade 6 Matinees Monday 9 MAR through Thursday 12 MAR (2 shows per day – 9.45 am and 12.15 pm)
A Sudbury Theatre Centre original, written especially for young audiences.
Abigail B, a typical seven-year-old who rides her bat-mo-scooter around her Apple Blossom Court neighbourhood, encounters super-problems that only she can solve. Who else will rescue a three-legged cat in a tree? Who else will walk the neighbour’s squirrel-loving dog, Cujo? Who else can mobilize the street for the biggest fundraiser ever?
Abigail B., neighbourhood superhero, is a problem-solving kid who’s out to make the world a better place every day.
THE STUDENTS ON STAGE
PROGRAM ENGAGES STUDENTS
IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING
A THEATRICAL PRODUCTION
CULMINATING IN A SERIES OF
PERFORMANCES FOR PARENTS
AND THE COMMUNITY
Established in 2003, the program encourages participants to develop their performance abilities in acting, voice and movement, and contribute to the creation of props, sets, and costumes. Recent productions include The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Students on Stage
Grades 1-8 Matinees Tuesday 26 MAY to Thursday 28 MAY (2 shows per day – 9.45 am and 12.15 pm)
Be kind, have courage, and always believe in a little magic…
STC will turn Cinderella on its head as our Students On Stage cast and crew re-imagine this timeless fairy tale in a present-day setting! This new musical adaptation, featuring over 20 local children and youth age 10-17, is sure to delight audiences young and old alike.