4th Line Theatre
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4th Line Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season
This application is for 4th Line Theatre’s “30th Anniversary Season”, taking place March 3 to December 15, 2022 at the Winslow Farm Theatre in Millbrook and the Showplace Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough. The 2022 Season programming will be a mix of in-person events and digital/hybrid events. The season will be expanded significantly by a year-round special events series. Programming will include: (1) “Playwrights Reading Series” (March 3rd and 24th): two hybrid playwright readings in partnership with Playwrights Guild of Canada featuring emerging playwrights Liz Best and Kristine Greenaway along with established collaborators Maja Ardal and Bev Cooper; (2) “30th Anniversary Podcast Series” (launching in April): hosted by Artistic Director Kim Blackwell, this podcast series will be comprised of 10-12 episodes chronicling the storied history of the Theatre over 30 years; (3) Young Company collaboration (July/August): Trent University’s Trail College and 4th Line will partner to present an opportunity for a group of young, diverse regional artists and performers who will work with industry professionals to produce five livestream virtual and in-person play readings and performance pieces this summer; (4) Summer Production #1 “The Great Shadow” by Alex Poch-Goldin (20 evening performances from June 28 to July 23): Set in the roaring 20s, stars of the silver screen are heading to Canada to embark on a quest to become Hollywood North. The Great Shadow is an ambitious production, featuring a large cast of professional and volunteer actors/musicians in authentic period costume, period vehicles, a professional choreographer and authentic period props and set pieces; (5) Summer Production #2 “Wishful Seeing” from Maja Ardal and based on a novel by Janet Kellough (20 evening performances from August 2-27): Wishful Thinking tells the story of saddlebag preacher Thaddeus Lewis, who stumbles upon a murder mystery on the shores of Rice Lake in 1853. This play features a large cast, a professional stage manager, and two live horses; (6) “The Barnyard Sessions - All About the Song” (September 29, 30, October 13 and 14): Four concerts where four artists will share the stage for each performance, taking turns as they reveal how their original music is imagined, conceptualized and crafted; (7) “Wailin’ Wednesday” (July/August): pre-show concert programming where community members and professional musicians will gather to ‘jam’ for audiences while they picnic at the Farm; (8) “Spiritual Forum Round-Table Event Series” (August 9, 16, 23): Three spiritual forum round-table events during the run of Wishful Seeing, to gather community members and visitors to discuss religion and spiritual affairs; (9) “Festival Fridays at the Farm” (July 1, 8, 15, 22; August 5, 12, 19, 26): Eight pre-show, afternoon Festival Friday events where local farmers and food purveyors offer patrons prepared food options and Artistic Director, Kim Blackwell and a member of the artistic team host artist talks; and (10) “Christmas Pantomime” (December): 10 performances for families and school children over a week in December at the Showplace Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough; (11) “2nd Annual Digital Festival of Light and Dark” (February to June): an online festival of five-minute digital works from artists across the disciplines who will be awarded micro grants to create the works.