We are pleased to announce Kanata Theatre’s 55th season, set to kick off in September 2023. We hope to see you there!
Subscriptions are now available.
Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World
Sept 20-30, 2023
Written By Peter Quilter
Directed By Ilona Henkelman
In 1940’s New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as “The First Lady of the Sliding Scale,” she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.
Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence’s charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy.
November 8-18, 2023
Written By William Shakespeare
Directed By Jim Holmes
It’s a love triangle – Orsino is in love with Olivia, but she’s mourning for her dead brother, so has rejected all his advances so far. He sends Cesario (who is really Viola) with love letters to woo Olivia on his behalf. Unfortunately for the Duke, Olivia is taken in by Cesario’s disguise and falls in love with him.
February 7-17, 2024
Written By Theresa Rebeck
Directed By Juli Heney
When her mother dies after an expensive illness and a lifetime of bad choices, tentative but tenacious young Jackie is left with a mound of debt. One glimmer of hope: a stamp collection, potentially valuable, is among her assets. Philip, the brusque and arrogant stamp dealer to whom she takes the collection, won’t even take a look without his $2000 fee. Charming Dennis, a former stamp collector and small-time grifter down on his luck, who just happens to be hanging out in Philip’s shop, is only too willing to look at Jackie’s collection.
Trouble brews and the game is on in this dark, edgy suspenseful tour de force. Its plot twists will leave the audience gasping for breath.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
March 27-April 6, 2024
Written By Neil Simon
Directed By Brian McManus
Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
May 15-25, 2024
Written By Ken Ludwig
Directed By Michael Gareau
The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters.
Plus, our special holiday show:
A Christmas Story
Dec 27-30, 2023
Adapted By Philip Grecian
Directed By Brett Kelly
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.
Please note that “A Christmas Story” is not part of our season subscription package, but patrons can purchase tickets at a discounted price until October 1st.