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.”

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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

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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
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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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