Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario announced the lineup for the 2017-2018 season on May 16.
"This season's lineup is crammed with the kind of emotions life has in store for us," said a TNO news release.
"Theatre goers will be able to reconnect with past adventures and look at what may be in store for them. Life is full of wonders and meaningful experiences and theatre is there to help us understand them."
The 2017-18 lineup is as follows:
STARSHIT is a full-bodied, velvety, caffeinated comedy, produced by Rouyn-Noranda’s Théâtre du Tandem and Montréals’ Théâtre en Quec’part. A group of well-disciplined and loyal employees work for Starshit, a chain of coffee houses. This satire of corporate commitment will introduce you to an irreverent workplace. Because sooner or later, performance is as important as product. Performances with English-language SURTITLESTM on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
LE COEUR EN HIVER revisits and updates Hans Christian Andersen’s (1805-1875) classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Gerda embarks on a moving adventure to find her friend Kay. The story is an hymn to friendship, populated with fantastical characters. Because sooner or later, we must stand up to meet life’s challenges. Le coeur en hiver is produced by Montréal’s Théâtre de l’oeil. It will be presented on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 2 p.m.
F**KING CARL introduces us to a foul-mouthed, beer-guzzling, somewhat educated couple who must prove that it is good enough to adopt a child. Because sooner or later, you learn to see what is invisible. This dramatic comedy is a production of Ottawa’s Théâtre du Trillium. Performances with English-language SURTITLESTM on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. MAMBO ITALIANO is the TNO’s 38th annual community-based production, directed by Ryan Demers. Very traditional Italian immigrant parents, living in Montréal, learn that their son is in love… with another man. Mambo Italiano… Because sooner or later, family values may clash with social mores. The show will be presented from January 25 to February 3, 2018.
PARMI LES ÉCLATS is the TNO’s new production, created and directed by Miriam Cusson. When someone leaves and you lose sight of yourself, how can you regain your sense of well-being? Based on Brigitte Haentjens’ poetic tale d’éclats de peines, Miriam Cusson seeks answers with the help of Robert Dickson’s poems, as well as the late poet himself. Because sooner or later, we’ll have to figure out where we came from. Performances with English-language SURTITLESTM on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 8 p.m.
MA MÈRE EST UN POISSON ROUGE is a production of Montréal’s Théâtre de l’Avant-Pays for children 5-years old or more. With a little help from his friends Imma and Mika, Xavier will go to any lengths to introduce young theatregoers to his family history. Because sooner or later, happiness finds its way back home. Ma mère est un poisson rouge will be presented on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
DES ARBRES is about a thirtysomething couple asking itself the BIG question: do we want a child? They’ll analyze the situation from every angle. Because sooner or later, our biological clock will go off, taking our sanity with it. This dramatic comedy from Montréal’s Théâtre la Manufacture will be presented with English-language SURTITLESTM on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
EAUX is a savvy blend of dance, bass music and theatre for 6-month old toddlers to 4-year old children. This show’s aquatic poetry is without words, so anglophone families are more than welcome! Eaux is a produced by Québec City’s Les Incomplètes. It will be presented on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Benefit Concert TNO will feature Andrea Lindsay for its next annual benefit jazz concert. Born in Guelph, Lindsay’s performance will include some of her favorite jazzed-up French and English songs, as well as jazz standards.
Funds raised during the Nov. 18, 2017, concert will support TNO initiatives to make theatre more accessible to children, to introduce more people to the theatre, to support young artists and technicians, new works from upcoming and established playwrights, as well as the TNO’s yearly programming.
New this year Discover TNO’s Theatre Gourmet Bundle and enjoy 3-course meals specially prepared for Thursday evening theatre goers by students of Collège Boréal’s Culinary Arts Program and served at Au pied du rocher restaurant.
TNO initiatives Je t'invite, Je reviens, L'heure du conte et du brico, Gift Cards and Group Rates are all back in 2017-2018.
In addition, 10th to 12th grade high school students can enroll in Club des théâtreux and subscribe to the 17-18 season for only $10.
These young theatre lovers can enjoy a meal and a chat with TNO staff members when they attend a Friday evening performance. All children, from Kindergarten toddlers to high school students, can attend performances for only $5.
The 18-30 rate allows older theatregoers to save $5 each time they return for an adult series production. The rebate also applies to the TNO amateur production. Tickets to the first production cost $20, $15 for the second one, $10 for then third and $5 for all the others.
Visit leTNO.ca to learn more about rates, the productions and to subscribe. Save 25 per cent if you subscribe before Aug. 31 or 15 per cent before Oct. 14. You can reach TNO’s Box-Office at 705-525-5606, ext. 4, or visit between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.