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For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival announces change in Artistic Director

Derek Ritschel to step down as Artistic Director of Lighthouse Festival after 14 years and transition to Director in Residence

Lighthouse Artistic Associate Jane Spence to move into role of Artistic Director effective November 2024


July 11, 2024 – Port Dover, ON | After 14 impeccable years of dedication and innovation, Derek Ritschel will be stepping down from his role as Artistic Director of Lighthouse Festival. Ritschel will transition into the new role of Director in Residence, effective November 1, 2024. Under his leadership, the theatre has seen unprecedented growth and success, solidifying its place as a cornerstone of the artistic community in Southern Ontario and beyond.

Jane Spence and Derek Ritschel out front of Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover, ON – July 9, 2024

Reflecting on his tenure, Ritschel expressed his deep gratitude, stating, “It has been an absolute honour to serve as Artistic Director for the past 14 years. I couldn’t have imagined how great this theatre would become, thanks to the support of our incredible community and the unwavering dedication of our team.”

Incoming Artistic Director Jane Spence

Ritschel’s vision and commitment have been instrumental in numerous developments, including guiding the company during the most fiscally successful decade (pre-Covid), saving Roselawn Theatre and Simcoe Little Theatre from closure, adding a new rehearsal hall, creating the community show, introducing the holiday pantomime and relaxed performances, extending rehearsal time for all main stage productions, substantially upgrading technical theatrical infrastructure in all three theatres, revamping the dressing rooms and green room at Lighthouse Theatre, producing 17 World Premieres and contributing to the Lighthouse artistic fabric as an actor, writer, director and Artistic Director for 22 years.

Lighthouse Festival Chair J.J. Knott expressed the Board’s appreciation for Ritschel’s extraordinary contributions. “We are incredibly thankful to Derek for his commitment and leadership over the last 14 years. His vision has transformed Lighthouse Festival into a vibrant cultural hub, and his legacy will continue to inspire us.” In his capacity as Director in Residence, Ritschel will continue to helm the popular community show in the spring, as well as direct two summer productions each season.

As Ritschel moves into his new role, Lighthouse Festival is pleased to announce that Jane Spence, the current Artistic Associate, will be stepping into the Artistic Director role. Spence brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the role, with nearly 30 years as a performer and director having worked in theatres both across Canada and internationally. The theatre community enthusiastically anticipates this exciting new chapter.

Outgoing Artistic Director Derek Ritschel

“I am deeply honoured to undertake this new venture as Artistic Director,” Spence shared. “Derek has left an indelible mark on Lighthouse, and I am excited to build upon his legacy. I look forward to carrying Lighthouse Festival into the future, with a continued focus on innovation, inclusivity, and artistic excellence.”

Knott also expressed the Board’s confidence in Spence’s abilities. “We have the utmost confidence in Jane and her vision for Lighthouse. Her passion and commitment to the arts make her the ideal leader to guide us into the next era of growth and success.”

Ritschel’s influence will undoubtedly continue to shape and inspire the theatre’s artistic journey and with respect to Spence’s new role, Ritschel added, “I am very eager to work under Jane’s direction and I look forward to continuing our artistic collaboration, which has already spanned 14 years.”

The entire Lighthouse Festival community extends its heartfelt thanks to Ritschel for his unparalleled leadership and looks forward to an exciting future under Spence’s direction.

About Lighthouse Festival
Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Located in two beautiful towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.

Media Contact
For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410


For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival announces Evil Dead – The Musical as its 2025 Community Show production

First performed on stage in 2003 in Toronto, the show became an instant hit and moved on to an off-Broadway run

June 25, 2024 – Port Dover, ON – Lighthouse Festival is very thrilled to announce that its highly-anticipated 2025 Community Show will be Evil Dead – The Musical. Directed by Artistic Director Derek Ritschel, this over-the-top production promises to deliver an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with humour, horror, and high-energy performances. Auditions will be held later in 2024, with the production set to hit the stage in April 2025.

Evil Dead – The Musical is a campy, comedic adaptation of Sam Raimi’s cult classic film series. The story follows five college students who unwittingly unleash an ancient evil while vacationing in a remote cabin in the woods. As they battle the forces of darkness, hilarity ensues with plenty of over-the-top gore, catchy musical numbers, and outrageous antics. This show is perfect for fans of the original movies as well as newcomers looking for a wild night out.

Director Derek Ritschel, known for his dynamic and innovative productions, is particularly excited about bringing this unique musical to the Lighthouse Festival Theatre stage. “Staging Evil Dead – The Musical is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Ritschel. “The blend of horror and comedy, paired with fantastic music, makes for an incredibly entertaining show. We can’t wait to see our community come together to create something truly special on stage.”

Lighthouse Festival Artistic Director Derek Ritschel.

Ritschel also highlighted the fun and unpredictable nature of the show. “This musical is going to be crazy in the best way possible. From the outrageous costumes and lighting effects to the infectious energy of the cast, audiences are in for a rollercoaster ride of laughter and thrills. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done here, and I know people are going to love it.”

Why will people love the zaniness of Evil Dead – The Musical? The show combines the best elements of horror and comedy, resulting in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The catchy songs, including “Cabin in the Woods,” “Do the Necronomicon,” and “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” will have audiences singing along and laughing out loud. While the infamous “splash zone” will be replaced with something less destructive to the 120-year-old, mostly wood theatre, rest assured that the entertainment level and shock value will be out of this world, keeping the excitement levels high from start to finish.

Auditions for Evil Dead – The Musical will be open to all community members and will take place later in 2024 at Lighthouse Theatre. Lighthouse Festival encourages everyone, regardless of experience, to come out and be a part of this unique and thrilling production.

Mark your calendars for April 2025 and get ready to witness the hilariously horrifying & offensive spectacle that is Evil Dead – The Musical. Stay tuned for more details on auditions and ticket sales on our website at lighthousetheatre.com/community-shows/.


About Lighthouse Festival
Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Located in two beautiful towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.


Media Contact
For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410


For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival presents heartfelt drama Mary’s Wedding as the third production of the 2024 summer season

Written by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Derek Ritschel, the production runs from July 3 to 20 in Port Dover and from July 24 to August 4 in Port Colborne

June 21, 2024 – Port Dover, ON | Lighthouse Festival is thrilled to announce its third production of the season, Stephen Massicotte’s evocative play Mary’s Wedding. This poignant and deeply moving drama explores the themes of love, loss, and the lingering shadows of war, set against the backdrop of World War I.

Mary’s Wedding is a beautiful, lyrical journey that begins the night before Mary is to be married. As Mary dreams, she revisits her memories of Charlie, a young soldier she fell in love with. The audience is taken on an emotional ride through their budding romance, the trials of separation, and the heartache of war, all told through a seamless blend of reality and dream.

Daniel Reale, who plays Charlie, shared his thoughts on the play: “I think the audience will leave thinking about a few things. The absolutely stunning poetry and writing in the piece, the impacts of the First World War, the social constructs of the early 20th century – but mostly I hope they leave thinking about all those incredible sensations that come with first love. All of the joy, ease and excitement of finding a person that you can’t ever imagine living without. I love this show for giving me the opportunity to live in that world.”

Mary’s Wedding director Derek Ritschel.

Evelyn Wiebe, portraying Mary, added: “Mary reminds me of Juliet. Young, in love, passionate, fiery, witty and curious. She feels everything so deeply and that’s just the most satisfying thing as an actor. To hear a woman in the 1900s being bold. A lot of folks tend to dismiss a woman falling in love as ‘typical’ or trope-like. Mary is so much more than that. She’s just a beast of a woman. It’s just the most fun to play.”

The production is helmed by Lighthouse Festival’s Artistic Director, Derek Ritschel, who brings a unique perspective to the play, having starred as Charlie in the 2005 production. “Directing this play has been a deeply rewarding experience and a passion project of mine,” says Ritschel. “I fell in love with the show over 20 years ago and I’m thrilled to bring the show to the Lighthouse audience. The cast and crew have poured their hearts into bringing this story to life, capturing the delicate balance between the sweetness of young love and the harsh realities of a world at war. Their dedication and passion are evident in every scene.”

Maquette of the set for Mary’s Wedding designed by William Chesney.


Ritschel continued: “Mary’s Wedding is not just a love story; it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of dreams to transcend time and space. Through Mary’s dreams, we experience the beauty of love and the harrowing impact of war, all while navigating the ethereal boundaries between reality and imagination.”

Mary’s Wedding promises to be a standout production in Lighthouse Festival’s season, offering audiences an unforgettable experience filled with heartfelt performances and stunning storytelling.

The play runs from July 3 to 20 in Port Dover’s Lighthouse Theatre and from July 24 to August 4 in Port Colborne’s Roselawn Theatre. Don’t miss this chance to witness a powerful narrative brought to life by an exceptional cast and creative team.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://lighthousetheatre.com/event/marys-wedding/ or contact the box office at (888) 779-7703.


Cast

Daniel Reale as Charlie
Evelyn Wiebe as Mary

Creative Team

Director: Derek RitschelPlaywright: Stephen Massicotte
Set Designer: William ChesneyCostume Designer: Alex Amini
Lighting Designer: Wendy LundgrenSound Designer: Tim Lindsay
Stage Manager: Josephine Ho Apprentice Stage Manager: Katherine Hunter

About Lighthouse Festival
Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Located in two beautiful towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.


Media Contact
For media inquiries, cast interviews and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410


For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival presents Murder at Ackerton Manor as the second production of the 2024 summer season

Production runs from June 12 to 29 in Port Dover and from July 3 to 14 in Port Colborne

June 3, 2024 – Port Dover, ON | Lighthouse Festival is thrilled to announce its 2024 summer theatre production, Murder at Ackerton Manor, a murder-mystery comedy written and directed by acclaimed Canadian playwright Steven Gallagher, as its second production of the season. This side-splitting, suspenseful play promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats and rolling in the aisles from June 12 to 29 in Port Dover and from July 3 to 14 in Port Colborne.

Steven Gallagher brings his latest creation to life with an exceptional cast and crew. “In the case of Murder at Ackerton Manor, I feel like I understand this genre very well, and I know how I want it to be played,” says Gallagher. “I wrote this play for my mom. It’s an homage to the first summer stock plays she brought me to and to all the Agatha Christie novels she had stuffing our bookshelves. My goal is to combine my love of murder mysteries with my love of Mel Brooks, and I hope audiences enjoy the ride along the way!” 

Murder at Ackerton Manor writer and director Steven Gallagher.

The play features a talented ensemble cast, each of whom play multiple roles. Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, who takes on the character of Curtiss, among others, is excited about the production’s many roles. “I’m a simple man who loves doing silly voices, and switching between them is just like learning a dance, a knitting pattern, or driving stick. The real challenge with playing multiple characters is making sure I’m not having so much fun with the silly voices that I forget to think about them as real people.” Shepherd-Gawinski was last seen on the Lighthouse stage in 2023’s groundbreaking production of Bed and Breakfast, which received rave reviews from patrons and theatre critics alike.

Andrew Scanlon, who portrays Roger Ackerton and other characters, echoes this sentiment. “Steven is an old friend and one of my favourite theatre artists to collaborate with. Much like the work he creates, he is thoughtful, creative and incredibly funny. When he invited me to join the company of his joyful, original, zany play at Lighthouse, I immediately jumped at the chance!”

Eliza-Jane Scott rounds out the cast as Ariadne Ackerton and various other roles, demonstrating remarkable adaptability and humour. “The comedy aspects of the play definitely drew me to this role,” says Scott. “It’s such a fun and zany comedy….it’s absurdity at its best and I so love comedy!” Her performance is sure to captivate and amuse!

Maquette of the set for Murder at Ackerton Manor designed by Megan Cinel.

The story of Murder at Ackerton Manor is set in a gothic manor with a dark past. The plot thickens as secrets are unveiled, and the body count rises. With its blend of mystery and comedy, the play keeps the audience guessing until the very end. Gallagher’s direction ensures that the humor is sharp, and the suspense is palpable.

“What I love about new plays is their constant evolution during rehearsals,” says Gallagher. “Working with great actors helps me shape a new play, and the prospect of changes always keeps me on my toes. I’m often fine-tuning scenes and dialogue right up to the opening night, and even during the run, I’m observing and making mental notes for future drafts.”

Murder at Ackerton Manor set designer Megan Cinel

The set, designed by the talented Megan Cinel, brings the gothic manor to life with stunning detail and atmosphere. “Megan’s design is a character in itself,” says Don Kearney-Bourque, Lighthouse Festival’s Marketing & Communications Manager. “The set’s intricate, gothic elements add an eerie backdrop that enhances the overall experience. It’s a visual feast that that will keep audiences enthralled.”

Tickets for Murder at Ackerton Manor are now on sale, with performances running from June 12 to 29 at Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover and from July 3 to 14 at Roselawn Theatre in Port Colborne. Don’t miss this unique theatrical event that combines mystery, comedy, and masterful performances in one unforgettable show.


Cast

Andrew Scanlon as Roger Ackerton + others
Eliza-Jane Scott as Ariadne Ackerton + others
Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski as Curtiss + others

Creative Team

Director: Steven GallagherPlaywright: Steven Gallagher
Set Designer: Megan CinelCostume Designer: Alex Amini
Lighting Designer: Steve LucasStage Manager: Daniele Guillaume
Assistant Stage Manager: Sara Allison 

About Lighthouse Festival
Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Located in two beautiful towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.


Media Contact
For media inquiries, cast interviews and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410


For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival Presents the first production of the 2024 Summer Season, Doris and Ivy in the Home by Norm Foster

Production runs from May 22 to June 8 in Port Dover and from June 12 to June 23 in Port Colborne

Port Dover, ONMay 6, 2024 | Lighthouse Festival is excited to present the highly-anticipated production of Norm Foster’s comedic hit, Doris and Ivy in the Home. Directed by Lighthouse Artistic Associate Jane Spence, this engaging and hilarious play features the stellar talents of Ian Deakin, Melanie Janzen, and Brigitte Robinson. The production runs from May 22nd to June 8th in Port Dover, before moving to Port Colborne from June 12th to June 23rd.

Doris and Ivy in the Home is a heartfelt comedy that explores the dynamics of friendship, age, and life transitions within the walls of a retirement home. With Foster’s signature wit and empathy, the play promises to deliver both laughter and poignant moments.

Ian Deakin, playing the role of the charming retiree Walter, expressed his excitement about the project. “I’ve known playwright Norm Foster for decades, and have appeared in several of his productions. My character in Doris and Ivy in the Home is an eccentric and heartfelt role, but essentially fulfills the playwright’s promise of lots of laughs too. Norm has been serving up his comedy style from the very beginnings of his long and prolific career, much to the delight of audiences across Canada and around the world.”

Melanie Janzen, who stars as the wise and witty Doris, shared her thoughts on her character, stating, “Doris is very much ‘what you see is what you get.’ I like her brashness and her confidence. There’s no beating around the bush with Doris…I could stand to be a little more like her!”

Brigitte Robinson, taking on the role of the ever-optimistic Ivy, added, “I thought Doris and Ivy in the Home was Norm Foster at his best.  Not only is it very funny but it shines a light on the lives and relationships of women and men as they age.  What also drew me to play the part of Ivy was the chance to work with the director Jane Spence, with whom I had acted in Calendar Girls at the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and with Melanie Janzen, whose work I had always admired in our days together at the Shaw Festival.”

Director Jane Spence praised her cast and the play. “Norm Foster’s writing, rich with humour and poignancy, reminds us of the importance of seeking out meaningful connections at whatever stage of life we find ourselves. Through Doris and Ivy, we witness a dynamic and touching journey of self-discovery and companionship.” She continues, “Our talented cast
brings a wonderful blend of authenticity and warmth to their roles, embodying the essence of Foster’s characters with grace and charm. I invite you to join us in celebrating these incredible stories—stories that are not just observed, but deeply felt.”

Lighthouse Festival’s production of Doris and Ivy in the Home offers a unique blend of humour and heart. With a talented cast and a seasoned director at the helm, this show is set to be one of the most talked-about theatrical events of the season.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased through the Lighthouse Festival’s website at www.lighthousetheatre.com, by calling the box office at 888-779-7703 or dropping by the theatre. Don’t miss your chance to experience this captivating play that promises to entertain and inspire.


Cast

Ian Deakin as Arthur
Melanie Janzen as Doris
Brigitte Robinson as Ivy

Creative Team

Director: Jane SpencePlaywright: Norm Foster
Set Designer: William ChesneyCostume Designer: Alex Amini
Lighting Designer: Kevin FraserStage Manager: Laura Grandfield
Assistant Stage Manager: Ben Tuck 

About Lighthouse Festival
Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Located in two beautiful towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.


Media Contact
For media inquiries, cast interviews and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410


For Immediate Release: Simcoe Little Theatre Presents “The Wolves” as the final production of the 2023/24 Season

Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Jason Mayo, featuring a cast of local, talented young women

Simcoe, ONApril 3, 2024 | Simcoe Little Theatre is thrilled to announce the staging of Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “The Wolves,” from May 2nd to 12th, 2024. This captivating production, under the direction of Jason Mayo, promises an unforgettable exploration of adolescence, teamwork, and the journey to self-discovery through the lens of a teenage girls’ soccer team.

Director Jason Mayo brings a unique perspective to the play, emphasizing its raw energy and the authentic voices of its characters. “The Wolves is more than just a story about soccer; it’s a deep dive into the complexities of growing up, the battles fought on and off the field, and the unbreakable bonds of team spirit,” says Mayo. His aim is to highlight the dynamic interactions and the personal growth experienced by each character against the backdrop of competitive sports.

Performances take place at the Simcoe Little Theatre, located at 33 Talbot Street North, Simcoe, ON. Showtimes are scheduled for 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM, varying by date, allowing audience flexibility in experiencing this powerful narrative.

Mayo further adds, “We’ve worked diligently to ensure that every moment on stage is charged with authenticity and emotion. Our talented cast promises to bring the compelling stories of these young athletes to life.”

Tickets start at $24, available for purchase at www.simcoelittletheatre.org or by contacting the box office at 519-583-0505. Don’t miss this extraordinary blend of heartfelt drama and spirited competition that will leave audiences both moved and inspired.

For more information on “The Wolves”: 

The Cast

The Creative Team & Crew

About Simcoe Little Theatre

Simcoe Little Theatre is a non-profit community theater located in Simcoe, Ontario in beautiful Norfolk County. For over 60 years, Simcoe Little Theatre has been dedicated to providing quality theatrical productions and fostering a love for the performing arts in the local community. With a talented team of actors, directors, and volunteers, Simcoe Little Theatre continues to entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. For more information, visit www.simcoelittletheatre.org. Where Community Stars Shine!


Media Contact

For media inquiries, cast interviews and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque,
Marketing & Communications Manager
Simcoe Little Theatre & Lighthouse Festival
don@lighthousetheatre.com
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410

Lighthouse Festival 2022 season success due in part to funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation

This press release was sent out on October 18th, 2022.

Grand River, ON – Lighthouse Festival returned this summer, following two years of pandemic closures, to a keen audience of theatre lovers who sold out performances and saw an overall attendance of 40,000 take in the season. The season’s success is partly due to the $250,000 Community Building Fund – Operating Stream grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that Lighthouse received in September 2021. This grant allowed Lighthouse to rebuild its administrative team over the winter in preparation to launch the season this past February. 

“This grant, given in 2021, was vital to assisting the Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s ability to survive through shutdowns,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady. “Theatre goers near and far will be thankful for the continued success of this lynchpin in the Port Dover tourism economy.”

“As with many arts organizations during the pandemic, Lighthouse was closed for an extended period and had to make the difficult decision to reduce the team,” said Executive Director Nicole Campbell. When the world started to re-open and it looked like Lighthouse would be able to have a full season, Campbell knew she needed to fill those positions again. 

“Receiving the operational grant was vital to re-establishing our team so we could launch the season and start selling subscriptions and tickets at the start of this year,” said Campbell. “Operational grants are not very common but following two years of ever-changing restrictions and closures, the number one priority had to be building our administrative foundation back up and Ontario Trillium Foundation recognized that need.” 

The funding meant that Lighthouse was able to fill most positions that had been in place for the 2021 season, but also realize an opportunity they had been working on over the pandemic- building the sets for the plays in-house. The OTF funding created the opportunity to hire a carpenter in the winter to start working on sets instead of having them built by an outside company and then shipped down to the theatre. 

The Community Building Fund’s operational stream also helped supplement building maintenance, which was a huge help for the Port Dover location as the theatre’s home is the historic town hall originally built in 1904. Managing a heritage building requires extra attention and though the theatre was closed for over 18 months straight, the building needed just as much attention as when the theatre is running at full capacity. 

“Caring for a heritage building and recognizing the history that has taken place under this roof, is a great privilege,” said Campbell. “It is also a great responsibility to keep on top of repairs and find creative ways to include modern necessities while respecting the original building. The OTF funding helped cover those expenses in a time when our main source of revenue – ticket sales – was reduced significantly.”

With a successful 2022 season under its belt, Lighthouse has already announced the playbill for the 2023 season with tickets going on sale to the public on November 14th. It promises to be another laugh-filled summer with three world premieres and two productions from iconic Canadian playwright Norm Foster. To see all the events taking place at Lighthouse visit their website at www.lighthousetheatre.com.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships last year, including funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.