Posted : October 23, 2018
Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.
Is there anything more exciting than the hushed murmur of the audience as they await the opening number of a live theatre performance? Certainly not for an aesthlete—and no, that is not a made-up word! It means “a person who has a great love for the arts”, and the art lover is who we have compiled this list for. If that sounds like you, then you’ll definitely want to check out one of these charming theatres on your next road trip in York Durham Headwaters.
Century Church Theatre
Built in 1906, the Century Church Theatre is an intimate venue with exceptional acoustics making it the perfect setting for live performances, plays and concerts. Located in Erin, Ontario, it’s a truly unique and beautiful space.
This century old building is continually undergoing upgrades, funded through the grass roots endeavours of the Erin Arts Foundation. The original elm pews have been padded and upholstered for your comfort, and you will enjoy sitting back to appreciate the stained-glass windows as you wait for the show to start.
A Century Theatre Guild production
November 18 – December 2, 2018
A lively and hilarious new take on the legend in authentic panto style, this musical comedy has songs, dance, romance, laughter, and audience participation. Come ready to boo the baddies, cheer the heroes and heroines, sing along, and join in the fun. The best value in family entertainment. For ages 3-103.
Ask anybody who has ever attended a performance at the Flato Markham Theatre and they will tell you that there is not a bad seat in the house. With plenty of complimentary parking, over 300 live performances each year and ticket prices that can’t be beat, it’s no wonder that regular season ticket holders will make the trek to Markham to be patrons of the Flato.
Its sophisticated sound system and modern facilities ensure that the Flato theatre continues to attract internationally acclaimed artists and productions. Fully accessible and conveniently located in the heart of Markham, you will want to keep this this gem on your radar.
Pat Martino Quintet
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Pat Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and accomplished guitarists in jazz. With his distinctive sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. Martino is a four-time Grammy nominee and a winner of multiple awards. He has performed with a wide variety of artists and has been praised for expressing thoughtful energy and soul.
If these walls could talk they would speak of the bygone days of barn dances and community harvest celebrations that used to take place in this century old barn located in Pickering, Ontario. These days, the Herongate Barn Theatre plays host to regular dinner theatre productions and special one-off events.
This eclectic theatre makes a fun and unique date night destination. Surprise your sweetie with a dinner and a show, and if you really want to go all out, you can even book a limo package and show up in style!
By William VanZandt & Jane Milmore
November 9 – December 31, 2018
Rob Brewster’s parents are very, very proud of their son the doctor. What they don’t know is that Rob has used all the money they gave him for medical school to live on as he as has pursued his fledgling writing career. Inevitably, Rob’s day of reckoning comes when his parents arrive for a visit.
It may be a little theatre but it sure is big on heart! The Oshawa Little Theatre has been a cornerstone of the Oshawa arts scene since the early 1920s, with many budding thespians getting their start performing in its productions. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to say “I knew them when!”, so be sure to check out their calendar and book your seats.
From the moment you set foot in this theatre you can feel the warmth of the welcoming community that has built up around it throughout the years. It practically vibrates from the walls! With crowd-pleasing and award-winning big name productions, you will be blown away by the talent that you find here. This is a community theatre experience that will surely keep you coming back time and again.
The Addams Family
November 22 – December 8, 2018
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts delivers the high-end metropolitan theatre experience you have come to expect from the big city. A landmark in historic downtown of Richmond Hill, it is York Region’s highest flying building.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Jack Diamond, the RHCPA is a stunning 43,000 square foot performance complex that can seat up to 631 patrons, and features a hydraulic orchestra pit, just one of the many state of the art amenities that enables this unique cultural facility to offer a full season of professional entertainment.
Big Nate the Musical
Tuesday November 13, 2018
Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grade drummer hopes to woo Jenny away from her boyfriend Artur by winning the Battle of the Bands. But when Artur and Jenny team up with Nate’s archrival to form a sap-pop band, he’s gotta take his game to an all-star level. Based on the hit comic strip series, Electric Moon presents Big Nate as he jumps off the page and onto the stage!
Theatre Orangeville is not just a theatre, it is a reflection of the diversity of the Headwaters region. Taking extra special care to offer a wide variety of playbills, Theatre Orangeville continually strives to represent all persons within their unique community. Since its inception they are dedicated to almost exclusively using works by Canadian playwrights.
And the best part? It’s located in Orangeville!
With cute shops and a variety of dining options in its historic downtown, Orangeville makes the ideal weekend road trip destination. It’s a complete art lovers weekend experience, with the cherry on top being an evening at Theatre Orangeville, of course!
A Christmas Story
Christmas Classic By Philip Grecian
November 29-Dec 23
Our special Christmas gift to you this holiday season is a faithful stage adaptation of the beloved movie classic. Join nine-year-old Ralphie Parker as he dreams of owning an authentic Red Rider BB gun despite admonitions that he’ll shoot his eye out. Bring the entire family to enjoy this holiday favourite… “We triple dog dare you!”
Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts
What does a jail, a court house, a roller skating rink, a movie house, a fire station and a ladies undergarment factory all have in common? They have all, at one point or another, been housed in what is now the Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts.
It was in 1973 that a group of dedicated residents persuaded the Township to lease the abandoned building for 99 years at $1.00 a year and revert it back into a theatre, rather than destroy it for a parking lot. It has been a cultural hub for the Durham region ever since. Be sure to take a road trip to Port Perry to take-in a show!
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ ultimate feel-good smash hit musical!
November 23-December 8, 2018
Set on a sunny and exotic Greek island…on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited over 20 years ago. An enchanting, sunny funny tale of love laughter and friendship with an unforgettable trip down the aisle! Features over 22 smash-hits made famous by international recording artists ABBA! SCS Musicals is proud to be the first amateur Theatre group in the GTA be granted performing rights for staging this incredible international smash-hit musical, loved by millions worldwide!