10-Minute Plays 2023


Join us for Kanata Theatre’s third Annual 10-Minute Play Festival! Performance dates are Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, July 29, at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets available at the door (general admission) – cash only, pay what you can (suggested donation 10$).

Featuring seven plays written by local playwrights under the tutelage of award-winning playwright Guy Newsham. Expect comedy, drama, and adventure! Due to some mature themes, parental guidance is suggested. 

A Dark and Stormy Night: Written by Andrew Stodart; Directed by Jon Peirce

A dark comedy about the struggles of a determined yet somewhat naive playwright attempting to write a 10-minute murder mystery. His loving but sarcastic partner eventually helps him deal with his biggest challenge in the most drastic way.

Do Not Resuscitate: Written by Brian McCullough; Directed by Barry Caiger

There are those who would prey upon the elderly.

Lessons in Loss: Written by Shauna MacEachern; Directed by Karine Charland

The heart-wrenching drama of a sun-setting mother-daughter relationship.

Murder and Other Hobbies: Written by E.J. Nash; Directed by Annie West

Be careful, or the show might not go on …

Muse: Written by Heather Hogan; Directed by Diane Côté

The journey a parent lays out for their child isn’t always the adventure chosen. 

Screen Time: Written by Jane Stott; Directed by Kiara Côté

Two brothers playing a video game in the family room – unsupervised while their mother is away from the house. There is only one headset and one set of controls reflecting an optimistic parental expectation that this will cause the brothers to share.

The Key: Written by Mary Ellen Vice; Directed by Brian McManus

Two friends make a most irregular visit to their local coffee shop. Why today? Secrets are revealed and the stakes are high. A friend is recruited on an unorthodox recovery mission.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr.

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’
s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. 

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. 


Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Each year, on the 10th of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, and refuses to sing; however, the show must go on. Enjoy this funny and poignant tale of a “fab four” who have come together, in their retirement years, in search of a little harmony.

Cast List:

Jenny Haynes …… Cecily “Cissy” Robson
Ian Stauffer …… Reginal “Reggie” Paget
Mike Kennedy …… Wilfred “Wilf” Bond
Janet Rice …… Jean Horton
Howard Miller …… Bobby Swanson (voice-over)

Show times:

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 pm

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 19 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm


Having Relations

This extremely funny ‘Canadian’ 3-hander romantic comedy is a fun exploration of long-distance relationships, adventure, and family ties. Rural Ontario boy Declan O’Doyle is obsessed with having relations. He dreams about it, talks about little else and now he’s turned to the internet to assist in his search. A heartwarming play about love, sex and all things Irish!

Cast List:

Braydon Hall …… Declan O’Doyle
Katie Torresan …… Victoria MacCarthy
Kathleen Walsh …… Cheryl O’Doyle/Moira MacCarthy

Show times:

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 pm

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm


Almost, Maine

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Cast List:

Nicholas Maillet …… Actor One
Bernie Horton …… Actor Two
Guy Buller …… Actor Three
Shauna MacEachern …… Actress One
Shirley Manh …… Actress Two
Jennifer Pfitzer …… Actress Three

Just So

“Just So” is a fantastical musical based on a series of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. Join us on a musical journey with the Elephant Child and the Kolokolo Bird guided by the whimsical Eldest Magician. We encounter a series of animals as they begin to evolve into the forms we know today as our adventurer’s travel across the world in search of a mysterious foe.

Great fun for all ages, with fabulous musical numbers and some life lessons along the way.

This special Holiday production is not part of our regular season subscription package. Tickets for “Just So” are available at the low price of $15, so hurry and get your tickets now!