Where Poppies Blow

Where Poppies Blow

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae / May 3, 1915


Salamander Theatre is proud to present this remount production of Hanah Moscovitch’s powerful and moving play WHERE POPPIES BLOW, which tells of the triumphs and sacrifices of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an eleven year-old Canadian boy as he witnesses the effects of war on his small Ontario town.

WHERE POPPIES BLOW plays November 2 – 15, 2014 at at schools and general public venues across Ottawa and the Capital Region. To find out how to book this beautiful show for your school, or about special performances for the general public, or to learn of the many discounts and free shows available, please click here.

Nov 2 @ GCTC / Nov 5 @ Beechwood National Cemetery / Nov 7 & 8 at Canadian War Museum

To find out more please write to info@salamandertheatre.ca


Salamander Theatre is Hiring!!!

Salamander Theatre is looking to build our team with a temporary / part-time Marketing & Communications Associate to assist us with the sales and promotion of our 2014/15 season. Position to start immediately.  

About us: Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences creates and produces high quality professional theatre for youth in the Ottawa region and provides drama-in-education workshops to connect children and youth with the theatre arts. Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2013/14, Salamander Theatre is a vital link to fostering the next generation’s appreciation of and participation in the performing arts.

Application Deadline & Work Terms: Applications must be received by October 8, 2014. Work will start as soon as possible, but no later than October 14, 2014. The contract is for a total of $1,500 for 100 hours of work. The majority of work is to take place at Salamander Theatre’s Arts Court office.

Responsibilities: The primary function of the Marketing & Communications Associate will be to help Salamander attain our sales and booking targets for our 2014/15 programs, starting with an immediate need to promote Where Poppies Blow which performs in November. Reporting directly to the Company Manager, the individual responsibilities of this position will include:

  • being familiar with Salamander’s programs, productions and marketing materials
  • maintaining an exceptional level of customer service
  • updating and maintaining contact lists of schools and community groups
  • contacting schools, community groups and other parties to sell and promote Salamander shows via telephone, email and social media
  • generate content and promote our 2014/15 program on our social media and website platforms
  • monitoring and tracking data and information for all contacts
  • maintaining detailed list of confirmed bookings
  • liaising with MASC (Salamander’s booking agency)
  • creating and designing tools and materials to facilitate sales & promotion
  • responding to emails and telephone inquiries in a timely manner

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • an energetic and confident self-starter who can work with minimal supervision
  • excellent communication skills in person, on the telephone and via email
  • a background in sales or promotions
  • an appreciation of theatre and / or the performing arts
  • experience and familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and Outlook email
  • strong social media skills (with evidence of high volume social media stats)

Interested? Please send your resume ASAP to Company Manager Sean Devine: sean@salamandertheatre.ca

While we appreciate all submissions, we will only contact those candidates we’re interested in interviewing. Please note that the selection process may include an interview and possibly a “mock sale” on telephone. 

Children Need Theatre

In a must-read article by The Guardian’s Philip Pullman, we here at Salamander Theatre can find our reason for being, and our mission. ”Children need to go to the theatre as much as they need to run about in the fresh air.”

The experience of live theatre is unlike any other form of modern “entertainment”. It requires an infinitely higher level of engagement than the movies, then television, than social media and video games. By the simple fact that theatre presents a reality that is far from real, that is abstract, that requires an audience to fill-in-the-gaps otherwise provided by computer-enhanced graphics, it engages our imagination unlike any other art form.

It is the very limitations of theatre that make it beautiful, and vital.

Just as wonderful, theatre creates community. “Everyone in that big space is alive, and everyone is focused on one central activity. And everyone contributes. The actors and singers and musicians contribute their performance; the audience contribute their attention, their silence, their laughter, their applause, their respect.”

Before we fail our future generations by casting theatre and the arts to the margins as an unnecessary luxuries, conssider the author’s words: “They need these things so much that human rights legislation alone should ensure that they get them.”

Shakespeare Camp 2014-2

Salamander Theatre welcomes new Company Manager

Things have been a little quiet over here at Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences for the past several months. The office has been empty for a while, and so emails and phone calls may have been left unanswered for a spell.

The Salamander Theatre for Young Audience’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Company Manager Sean Devine into the organization. Originally from Montreal and having spent the past decade in Vancouver, Sean has been a professional theatre artist and arts administrator for the past two decades. Sean is a co-artistic director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre, Ottawa’s newest professional theatre company, which will be based out of both Ottawa and Vancouver. Sean is also a an actor with several dozen theatre and screen credits, as well as a produced and published playwright, currently the playwright-in-residence at GCTC. Beyond his work in theatre, Sean produced Vancouver’s Diwali Fest and City of Bhangra festivals for the past six years.

Sean is very much looking forward to helping Salamander Theatre achieve its goals during an exciting 2014/15 season, which promises to bring exciting new dramas and some old favorites to our young audiences across Ottawa.

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2014 Summer Camps

Updated Camp Banner


This year’s line up:

Shakespeare Camp - Led by director Eleanor Crowder, campers will learn classical text analysis and delivery, movement, stage combat and singing techniques by bringing Shakespeare’s magical comedy, The Tempest to life.

  • Fee: $780 (HST applicable for campers aged 15+)
  • Dates: July 7-25; 3 weeks
  • Ages: 12-18 years

Performance Camp - Led by musical theatre and circus skills educator Nick Miller, campers will learn singing, dancing and acting skills through exploring the music, characters and story from the boisterous and witty musical Pirates of Penzance.

  • Fee: $545 (HST not applicable)
  • Dates: August 18-29; 2 weeks
  • Ages: 10-14 years

To Register

Online: Click here  or By mail: Click here

Located at the picturesque Billings Estate Museum, both camps culminated in a beautiful outdoor evening performance!

GCTC Children’s Sunday Series


The whole family will enjoy the GCTC Children’s Sunday Series, featuring two of the city’s longest-running theatres for young audiences: Salamander Theatre & Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre! From September through June, join us in the Studio Theatre upstairs at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (home of the Great Canadian Theatre Company) on select Sunday afternoons for fantastic family programming that includes singing, dancing, puppets, sword fighting, and a whole lot of fun!

All performances take place on Sundays at 1:30PM at 1233 Wellington Street West (at Holland Avenue) in the studio theatre

  • September 29th - The Light Princess (Rag and Bone)
  • October 20th - Macbeth (Salamander) *Recommended ages 10+
  • November 3rd - Where Poppies Blow (Salamander)
  • March 2nd - The Last Drop (Salamander)
  • March 11th-13th - The Last Polar Bear (Rag and Bone) *5 performances!
  • May 4th - Zoom at Sea (Rag and Bone)
  • May 11th - Swan River (Salamander)

Tickets are $10/person, or $32 for a family of four, and can be purchased online or at the door (cash only). All shows are 45-60 minutes long and include a talkback with performers after the show.

Youth Drama Camps!

Salamander Dram Camps

Stay tuned for our summer 2014 camp lineup!

Salamander Theatre presents educational programs
that inspire creativity!

We bring professional theatre and drama-in-education and arts resources to schools, teachers and communities throughout Ontario, and reach over 15,000 youth each year. Founded in 1993, Salamander Theatre has been dedicated to helping youth transform their experiences to artistic expression through our four major programs: Touring Performances, Educational Workshops & Residencies, and Summer Drama Camps.

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