The Sudbury Theatre Centre celebrated their milestone 45th anniversary with their season launch on April 13.
The 2016-17 season at the STC is jam-packed with performances that are distinctly representative of Canada and Northern Ontario.
There are a number of firsts for the theatre this season, with the introduction of a music series, dance series, comedy series, and variety series.
STC will also feature their theatre series and young audience series with plays geared towards young live-theatre enthusiasts.
“To mark 45 years of professional theatre in the Sudbury region we are launching a 2016-17 season that both celebrates our past and looks boldly ahead towards the future,” said STC artistic director Caleb Marshall.
“By vastly expanding our lineup to include these four new series' that reflect the different pillars of the performing arts beyond just theatre, we are positioning STC as your new home for the performing arts and broadening our community impact and engagement at a scale we've never attempted before.”
The theatre's main stage series kicks off with “Armstrong's War” a play by Colleen Murphy, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9 before switching gears and taking on yet another new challenge, by bringing a play co-produced with Théatre du Nouvel-Ontario into the STC.
Rearview by Gilles Poulin-Denis will be on the main stage between Nov. 3 and 9, and signifies the start of a partnership between the city's two professional theatre companies, that Marshall joked were “mortal enemies” for many years.
“Even though we've cooperated, reluctantly, from time to time over the years, we've always maintained a strict divide when it comes to actually producing,” said Marshall.
“However, with both of our companies celebrating our 45th anniversaries this coming season, we have decided to ease the tensions by coming together in a sort of détente.”
Rearview will begin at TNO before moving to STC for its English-language premiere on Nov. 3 where TNO artistic director Geneviève Pineault will direct the production in both languages.
“If you are familiar with the TNO you will know that theirs is a very different space than ours,” said Marshall.
“In order to try and replicate the experience of Rearview in the TNO space, we will be creating an on-stage studio-theatre hybrid to offer the same intimacy to our audience, another first for us at STC.”
Launching in tandem with the vast array of new programming is the new MyPicks subscription platform that will allow patrons to experience STC with more flexibility and affordability.
Instead of pre-packaged sets of productions offered in its previous subscription model, MyPics will allow patrons to create their own package of four, five, or six-plus shows or tickets on offer in the 2016-17 season.
“This season is our gift to the people of Greater Sudbury; a way to say thank you for keeping us in your lives for so many years,” said Marshall.
“And with the new model of programming, it's also our way of saying we plan to be around for another 45 years and beyond.”
For more information and schedules visit www.sudburytheatre.ca