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The return of a local theatre festival featuring six new productions by Simcoe County artists.

The Festival now sleeps until 2024! Thank you to everyone who supported this year's lineup of amazing shows & workshops.

This year's lineup was...

Canoe Lake
Written by Megan Adam
Directed by Shanda Bezic
July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Summer resident Winnie Trainor accidentally meets Tom Thomson when he comes to Canoe Lake to paint. What follows is a poignant tale of wild non-conforming love that ends in the untimely and mysterious death of a Canadian artist.

Starring Megan Adam, Robert Walker, and Frank Kewin

CONTENT ADVISORY: Flashing lights.

Planet of the Apps
Written by Kristian Diesen
Directed by Samantha Cole
July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Come meet our middle-aged human as they navigate love, loneliness, golf addictions and the search for validation online. Whether in a mirror or through a screen, what does love look like in the 21st century?

Starring Adam Brooks and Janet McMordie

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes & language, flashing lights.

Site #420
Created by Black Cat Studios
Directed by Archie Ballantyne
July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23

A group of four "stoner" friends finally make time to go on that camping trip together, until one friend goes mysteriously missing.

Starring Connor Jesso, Ian Williams, Benjamin Massey and Aidan Eddy

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes, partial nudity, cannabis consumption.

Created by Alondra Vega-Zaldivar
Directed by Valeria Bravo Reyes
July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23

A one-woman opera that follows the life of a theatre actress. She recounts her life and lustrous career to a room full of reporters, but as the stories begin to unfold, her world crumbles into a brutal reality.

Starring Alondra Vega-Zaldivar

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes & mental health issues that may be triggering for some. Also flashing lights.

Written by Michelle Greig
Directed by Betony Main
July 15, 16, 20, 22, 23*

Two women find themselves in a pub restroom during a funeral wake. As they face the reality of loss, Stalling gives an honest portrayal of love had, love lost, and love stolen.

*Two performances on July 23:

  • 11am - pay-what-you-can (no advance ticket required, register at the door)
  • 3pm - as regularly scheduled
Starring Kristen Keller, Hope Adams, and Sarah Dorion

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes. 

Stiff and Sons
Written by Aidan Gouveia
Directed by Rochelle Reynolds
July 15, 16, 20, 22*, 23

With their funeral home on the edge of bankruptcy, one family resorts to extreme measures to save their dying business.

*Two performances on July 22:

  • 10:30am - pay-what-you-can (no advance ticket required, register at the door)
  • 4:10pm - as regularly scheduled

Starring Ian Williams, Brooklyn Chenard, Robert Knapp, Kris-John Kucharik, and Gabriella Circosta

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes, partial nudity, flashing lights.

There are three options for buying tickets to the 2023 SCTF:

Weeknight Ticket
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
$32.75 (taxes included)

See two shows on a weeknight! Choose from:

  • Sophie + Site #420 (Wednesdays)
  • Stalling + Stiff & Sons (Thursdays)
  • Canoe Lake + Planet of the Apps (Fridays)

On TicketPro, choose one of the show combinations to book a weeknight pass.

Weekend Pass
Saturdays, Sundays
$73.30 (taxes included)

See all six shows on a Saturday or Sunday!

  • Pass is only valid on one date in the Festival on a Saturday or Sunday 
  • Meal breaks are incorporated into the day
On TicketPro, choose "Weekend Day Pass" to book this option.
Festival Pass
Any day of the Festival
$73.30 (taxes included)

See all six shows across the entire Festival!

  • Choose three blocks of two shows across the entire Festival 
  • Flexible date combinations available

On TicketPro, choose the "Festival Pass" item to book this option.

But wait! There's more...

We're also hosting acting workshops and staged readings as part of this year's Simcoe County Theatre Festival! 

All events take place at the Five Points Theatre.

Acting Workshop: Animal Movement
With Rob Feetham
July 14th, 1pm-5pm, PWYC

In this physical theatre workshop, actors will explore character through the mimicry and embodiment of animals. How can this inform us physically and vocally to create characters - even human ones?

This is a physical workshop - be prepared to move and create!

Registration is required. Tickets range from $10 - $22. 

Barrie Theatre Lab Live
With scripts from Gord Haney & Trudee Romanek
July 18th, 7pm-9pm, free admission

Join us for a staged reading of two new scripts: The Prom Queen of Trashtown by Gord Haney and One Shift at a Time by Trudee Romanek. Play an essential role in helping these writers take these scripts to the next phase of development. Plus, you might just be inspired to join our regular Labs in the fall as a result!

Registration is required. Admission is free; donations are welcome at the door.


Artistic Director: Iain Moggach
Administrator: Patricia Hammond
Communications Officer: Khaleel Gandhi
Dramaturg & Education Co-ordinator: Leah Holder
Development Director: Glenn Coulson

Indie Producers: Lennette Randall, Annie Lockerbie Newton
Marketing Assistant: Lauren Coulson
Arts Administrator: Madelyn Grewal 

Production Team

Producer: Sabrina Merks
Production Manager: Madeline Disera
Stage Managers: Lesley Coo, Judi Erickson, and Amy Lewis
ASMs: Clayton Hanson, Mikaila Bolzonello 
Mental Health Coordinator: Stephanie DiPasquale

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival is supported by:

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