Local theatres are ready to entertain residents and visitors alike

From plays to performances, there’s no shortage of entertainment in 2024

By Keely Ross

The Flato Academy Theatre has been bringing terrific entertainment to residents and visitors alike for more than 130 years. Photo: Sienna Frost.

Kawartha Lakes theatres are packed full of exciting performances for their audiences this summer. The Advocate connected with the Flato Academy Theatre in Lindsay, the oldest theatre in the city, Globus Theatre near Bobcaygeon – which has produced more than 150 professional productions – and the newest stage of the group, The Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls, to see what’s happening.

Here’s just a snapshot of what to expect.

Flato Academy Theatre

The Academy Theatre has been busy with shows already this year. Since January they’ve presented The Trews, Big Sugar, Choir! Choir! Choir! and more. For the rest of 2024, they have 17 acts booked that you can look forward to.

They typically host three different kinds of performances – tribute bands, community shows, and in-house productions called Academy Theatre Presents (ATPs).

“Over the next year you can expect everything from Pink Martini to 54-40 to Tom Cochrane. Check our website and social channels for the upcoming announcement of our season featuring over 20 artists,” says Craig Metcalf, general manager of the theatre.

2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay
(705) 324-9111

Matthew Olver stars in Globus Theatre’s ‘The Dating Game.’

Globus Theatre

Over at Globus, they’ve got quite the lineup of entertainment planned.

Some shows you can look forward to in June are: The Dating Game, and a live version of the popular sports podcast, This Day in Sports.

During the summer you can head over to see one of the many shows they’re producing like Where You Are, Bond, James Bond: The Songs of 007, Who Killed the King, and The Ladies Foursome.

“I am excited to see The Dating Game since it has a wonderful cast starring resident funny couple Sarah Quick and James Barrett, alongside two-time Dora award winner Lisa Horner and the hilarious Matthew Oliver. I’m also excited to see what is in store for This Day in Sports since it’s the first time it will be taking the stage,” says Rebecca Bloom, general manager at Globus Theatre.

2300 Pigeon Lake Rd, Bobcaygeon
(705) 738-2037

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ was one of the great variety of shows that took place at The Grove Theatre in 2023.

Grove Theatre

This open-air theatre has lots booked for this season.

The Grove will be producing the famous Broadway musical Into the Woods. They will also feature four musical tribute shows – A Tribute to Carole King, A Tribute to Elton John, A Tribute to Dolly Parton, and A Tribute to ABBA.

“I am most excited to see Into the Woods come to life in our gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre. We have brought together an incredibly talented group of professional musical theatre artists from across Canada. I know that this will be a magical, exciting evening of theatre. I can’t wait to see it,” says Christy Yael, artistic director at Grove Theatre.

They will also be launching a Summer Drama Camp Program for kids and teens ages 5 – 15. They will be running four weeks of camp. At the end of each week there will be a performance on the Grove Theatre stage for families to attend.

“We are so thrilled to be launching this program this year, and we know that this is only the beginning of the many programs the Grove will create to support youth in Kawartha Lakes,” says Yael.

27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls
(705) 887-7937

Lindsay Little Theatre

Over the next few months renovations are taking over the stage at this Lindsay based theatre. Productions will resume in the fall. Make sure to head over there upon their reopening to see some of the amazing performances they have planned.

55 George St. W., Lindsay
(705) 880-2445

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