Join us for the first-ever Simcoe County Theatre Festival - tickets are on sale now!

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival will provide opportunities for local artists to write, direct and perform their own original one act (approx. 45 minute) plays. Plus, with workshops and networking opportunities provided throughout the week, the Festival will be the place to be for emerging talent in the Simcoe County region.

The Festival will run from June 15th - 26th, 2022 at The Five Points Theatre in Downtown Barrie. 

There are three ticket options:

1. Single night tickets (includes two shows): $25 + HST
2. Saturday afternoon or evening tickets (includes three shows): $35 + HST
3. Festival Pass (access to all six shows): $60 + HST

If you're under 25, use the promo code FESTIVAL and save 25% on any ticket option! ID (student card, driver's license, etc.) must be shown at the Box Office to confirm eligibility. 

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The Festival Schedule

The Festival runs from June 15th to 26th. Weeknights and Sundays feature two shows with a 20 minute intermission. Saturdays feature all six shows in two blocks, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. 

Download the Festival schedule below, or add the schedule to your Google Calendar so you never miss a show!

Download Festival Schedule (PDF)

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Subscribe to the Festival Google Calendar (link)


About the Shows

B-O-D-Y: A Letter to Myself
Created by Black Cat Theatre Co.
Directed by Sabrina Merks

A devised theatre piece exploring how our trauma, mental illness/health, grief and thoughts live, dwell, and maybe even get stuck within ourselves and our bodies. Framed as a letter to our younger selves, and using the collective's real-life experience as a guide, B-O-D-Y will open up a chance for self-reflection, a chance to be seen, and a hopeful perspective on how we can move our bodies forward from here.

"I" on the Prize
Written by Trudee Romanek
Directed by Stephen Bainborough
Assistant Director Rachel Moore

A newcomer raises some eyebrows as well as suspicions among the regulars when he arrives partway through BINGO night at a small town Ontario church. Through fast-paced, frenetic comedy, "I" on the Prize explores what charity and giving actually look like, and how much is possible when we make space for others.

Barrie, Europa
Written by Kristian Diesen
Directed by Rochelle Reynolds

A fast-paced and quick-witted comedy revolving around the City of Barrie's quest to become an ambassador human settlement on Jupiter's moon, Europa. Through absurdity and laughs, Barrie, Europa asks, "What makes home a home?"

Murth Island
Written by Alexandra Gaudet
Directed by Keara Voo

This touching fantasy follows a group of children as they play make-believe on a southern Ontario island. But imagination and reality start to collide as their games uncover dark secrets buried deep in the island's roots.

Written by Jackson Doner
Directed by Ashley Frederick

Astrology and/or a pandemic lockdown pull three hip, young strangers together in the alley behind a semi-legal concert. Retrograde explores their search for connection and relationships in a time of social isolation. 

The Cowgirl of Suburbia
Written by Megan Adam
Directed by Stacey Schat

It looks like Elena has got it all: a comfortable bank job, reliable boyfriend and an inherited apartment. But when confronted with a choice to commit to a picture perfect life in suburbia, her safety net is at risk. Or could this be the chance she needs to be brave and move to wider pastures?

View the digital Festival Program (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there any fees with the ticket prices?

Yes, there is a Ticketpro fee. All prices listed on Ticketpro include HST and fees. 

  • What days can I use the Festival Pass?

You can use the Festival pass on any three weeknights (including Sunday). For Saturdays, you can use the Festival Pass to see all six shows on one day, or three shows each Saturday. 

  • Are there single-show tickets available?

No. Single-night tickets are available for $25 + HST and include two shows as part of the ticket. 

  • If I'm not a student but I'm under 25, can I take advantage of the discount?

Yes! Please ensure you bring a valid piece of ID to the Box Office on the night(s) of your show(s) to verify your eligibility for the discount.

  • I'm having trouble buying tickets through Ticketpro. What should I do?

Please call Ticketpro support at 1-800-655-9090.

  • Can I buy tickets at the door?

The Box Office is open one hour before each day's start time listed on the schedule for ticket purchase or pickup. We encourage you to buy in advance as tickets at the door may be in limited quantity. 

  • Is there accessible seating?

Yes. Please call or visit the Box Office (1 Dunlop St. West) in advance of buying tickets to confirm. 

  • Is there parking nearby?

There are municipal parking lots nearby or street parking. Parking is free after 5pm on weeknights and on weekends. Please click here for more information.

  • What COVID-19 policies will be in place?

All patrons will be required to wear a mask or face covering for the duration of their time in the theatre. 

For additional questions, please contact

Production Team

  • Production Manager - Maddie Disera
  • Stage Manager - Lesley Coo
  • Stage Manager - Kelsey Jensen
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Shania Scott
  • Intimacy Coordinator - Alayna Molotkow
  • Indie Producer - Chloë Flowers
  • Indie Producer - Ece Aydin
  • B-O-D-Y creator: Black Cat Theatre Co.
  • B-O-D-Y director: Sabrina Merks
  • "I" on the Prize writer: Trudee Romanek
  • "I" on the Prize director: Stephen Bainborough
  • "I" on the Prize assistant director: Rachel Moore
  • Barrie, Europa writer: Kristian Diesen
  • Barrie, Europa director: Rochelle Reynolds
  • Murth Island writer: Alexandra Gaudet
  • Murth Island director: Keara Voo
  • Retrograde writer: Jackson Doner
  • Retrograde director: Ashley Frederick
  • The Cowgirl of Suburbia writer: Megan Adam
  • The Cowgirl of Suburbia director: Stacey Schat

Festival Committee

  • Iain Moggach (chair)
  • Sabrina Merks (vice-chair)
  • Patricia Hammond (secretary)
  • Lauren Andrew
  • Carolina Belmares
  • Khaleel Gandhi
  • Leah Holder
  • Liam Karry
  • Danielle Joy Kostrich

Theatre by the Bay Staff

  • Artistic Director & Producer - Iain Moggach
  • Administrator - Patricia Hammond
  • Communications Officer - Khaleel Gandhi
  • Education & Creation Coordinator - Leah Holder

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival is developed with support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Barrie, Fresh 93.1, Big 101 FM, and Theatre by the Bay's generous members, sponsors and donors. 


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