The Ron Maslin Playhouse opened in May, 1996 with a production of The Importance of Being Earnest and had an extension added in 2001. Funding for the construction came from Kanata Theatre’s own building fund, and from a federal-provincial infrastructure grant. The then City of Kanata provided the site. The playhouse is on the western side of Kanata, just off Terry Fox Drive. There is free parking adjacent to the building, there is a bicycle rack at the rear, and there is bus access by OC-Transpo.
The playhouse has a 350-seat theatre, a workshop behind the stage, a large rehearsal hall, green room and large foyer with a cloakroom and a servery. In addition there are various storage spaces plus the box office facility. In the theatre, there are spaces reserved for wheelchair access, and there is a level path from the curb to the back rows of the auditorium. From the stage door, there is level access to the rehearsal space, the green room, stage and workshop.
Construction of the Ron Maslin Playhouse started in June 1995 with a formal ground-breaking ceremony, attended by the Mayor of the City of Kanata, and Merle Nicholds.
There was a cake to mark the ceremony, and to pay respects to Ron Maslin whose name was to be given to the Playhouse. Mrs. Jane Maslin, Mrs. Grace Maslin and Mayor Nicholds cut the cake.
Construction began immediately, pouring the concrete foundation and then back filling.
The steel structure followed.
Then the interior walls were roughed in. At this point some members were able to examine the interior.
Finally, the basic building was complete, and was thrown open to inspection. Here, Jim Holmes takes one group on a tour of the structure.
Actors and others could stroll on the stage and in the auditorium – but as yet there were no seats for an audience.