In 2014, a coalition of artists and organizations formed Kawartha ArtsVote to bring awareness to the cultural sector in advance of the 2014 municipal election. In the lead up to the 2018 municipal election this October, they are re-launching ArtsVote, working with Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network, and shining the light on the cultural sector once again.
The Academy of Music. The Academy Theatre. The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts. The Grand Old Dame. The stately red-brick performance venue anchoring the southeast corner of Kent Street East and Lindsay Street has gone by a few names, both formal and informal, in the 125 years it has been gracing our community.
For most of us, though, it is simply “The Academy.”
A vintage advertisement about a benefit night for the Citizen’s Relief Association at the Academy Theatre, Dec. 15th 1931.
This benefit night made $205.93, and featured a variety of talent including Mary Crowley’s orchestra, Prof. Rupert Gliddon’s band, Al Perrin’s band, dancers, and comedians.
The Master of Ceremonies was Art Allin, and theatre manager “Hi” Meehan delighted the crowd with his imitation of the famous American “illustrated song” performer, Eddie Cantor.
Established in the autumn of 1931, the Citizens’ Relief Association was a joint venture between the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and was designed “…to find work, homes, and food for those in want.”
Circumstances had become increasingly dire for many families since the onset of the Depression two years before.
To compound the problem, a steady stream of unemployed men were making their way through town by riding illegally on passing freight trains and lodging overnight in the police lockup.
Often, these “hobos,” or “transients,” would be offered a warm meal by private homeowners in exchange for some work: chopping firewood or cutting weeds, for instance.
Join Charlie Bucket as he tours Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory in this adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s world renowned story, all at Lindsay’s historic Academy Theatre.
Charlie, and four other golden ticket winners, go on a colourful, magical adventure.
This musical features all local actors who are working collaboratively to raise money to support the Academy Theatre.
The play will be held Nov. 10, 11 and 17 and 18, at 7:30 pm, and on Nov. 12 at 2 pm.
Sponsored by Boston Pizza and Canadian Tire in Lindsay.
Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $25 for students and seniors.