Q7. What experience can be a lifetime gift to children? (P44)
Adventures For Daytrippers
Theatres around town
The City of Toronto is alive onstage! There are many theatres around town with a variety of shows. From Broadway to ballet, opera to community plays, there is always something on to suit your taste. Why not make it a family adventure? Especially for young children, this experience can be a lifetime gift.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Theatre that challenges the boundaries of theatrical and social convention, Buddies strives to be the leading alternative, facility-based theatre in Toronto.
12 Alexander St.
Canadian Stage Company
The Canadian Stage Company performs contemporary plays both at the Bluma Appel Theatre on Front Street and the less formal Berkeley Theatre (on Berkeley Street). It is Canada's third largest non profit theatre company and is know for its bold, and always intesting performances. Those under 29 can purchase tickets for $12.50, plus discounts for buying more than one youth ticket at a time.
Bluma Appel Theatre – 27 Front St. E.
Factory Theatre is a vibrant centre of new play development and presentation, with the proud by-line, "Home of the Canadian playwright". Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, they produce a full season of all-Canadian plays, many of them world premieres. The Factory is edgy and contemporary, with a mandate predicated on creative risk. The Factory Theatre is a two-theatre facility: the MainSpace is a traditional, 200-seat theatre capable of large-scale productions. In the Studio Theatre, the f lexible 100-seating style allows for innovative works and experimental forms of presentation, as well as development and outreach activities.
125 Bathurst St.
The Four Seasons Centre
Home to the National Ballet & the Canadian Opera Company Many little girls remember attending the ballet with their moms, grandmothers, even fathers and uncles, when they were young. Dressed up in their best party dress, they watched the dancers on stage and dreamed of becoming ballerinas themselves !
The National Ballet continues to offer outstanding performances for all ages, with prices for children and youth. Two hits for younger children and those not so familiar with ballet are the annual "Nutcracker Suite", and the 2012 season's "La Fille Mal Gardée.
Check out free concerts with a variety of performers at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre within the Four Seasons, on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year.
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
Looking to interest your child in live performances? The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People never disappoints. Each play is ranked according to the ideal grade level. It is the largest theatre company in Canada for children, located on Front, 2 blocks east of the St. Lawrence market. The building has two theatres.
165 Front St. E.
Soulpepper is Toronto's revue theatre, meaning it puts on plays that have become classics over the years. Set in the fabulous venue of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District, it is close to cafés, bars and the Mill Street Brewing Company.
Soulpepper also has a mandate to reach out to young theatre goers. Unsold rush tickets are provided to students at $5. Students can also buy a full price ticket and get an adult ticket for free – take mom or dad!
55 Mill St, Building 49
Canada's largest soft seat theatre, opened as the O'Keefe Centre on October 1, 1960, has played host to a tremendous variety of international attractions and stars. The theatre, designated a historical site by the City of Toronto, recently underwent extensive renovations that restored the elegance and grandeur of the original O'Keefe Centre. Features such as the theatre's marquee canopy and York Wilson's lobby mural were preserved. Restoration of the original wood, brass and marble were undertaken, along with audience seating and flooring upgrades, new washrooms and re-configured lobby spaces.
1 Front St. E.
Tarragon Theatre's mission is to create, develop and produce new plays and to provide the conditions for new work to thrive. Some of Canada's most famous playwrites have debuted their works there!
The theatre is the charming, set in a slightly out of way spot on Brigman Avenue (at the foot of Casa Loma).
The company provides many activities in support of young theatre goers and emerging dramatists.
30 Bridgman Ave.
Theatre Passe Muraille
Theatre Passe Muraille is mandated to develop and produce innovative and provocative Canadian theatre, and to nurture new and established artists and companies. It is devoted to encouraging, enhancing and increasing meaningful interactions between its communities‚ artists, staff, audience, neighbourhoods and supporters. Theatre Passe Muraille has a special interest in supporting and presenting independent artists and companies, emerging ar t ists, collaborative and multidisciplinary work, ethno specific and ethno diverse work, and marginal voices. Theatre Passe Muraille develops, disseminates, produces, showcases and promotes local, national and international, work that represents and forwards these values.
16 Ryerson Ave.
There are many more theatres in and around Toronto. Some, as listed here, are professional, but many more are community based.
If you wish to get involved as more than a spectator, contact your local community theatre, they are usually looking for volunteers to help out onstage and behind the scenes.
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