Culture in South Georgian Bay Is ‘On Ice’

I’m heading out today to buy my tickets for Wingfield on Ice.  If you haven’t seen or read all about Walt Wingfield, then you’ve missed something very special that speaks to all of us living in South Georgian Bay. 

We have a fantastic Arts & Culture scene in this area.  By chance, I ran into Irene Thomas last week.  She is Theatre Collingwood’s Producer and General Manager so, I asked if she might contribute a series of guest posts to the blog about local Arts & Culture which happily, she readily agreed to.

Theatre Collingwood

Twenty-five years ago, a group of community leaders came together with a theatrical dream. They envisioned a vibrant, well-rounded community, enlivened and connected by arts & culture.  And so, Theatre Collingwood was formed, initially as a non-profit summer theatre company.

Theatre Collingwood has come a long way since then.  It is now a year-round fully professional producing company, attended by over 9000 people yearly.  A major “cultural pillar,” it nurtures the “heart and soul” of residents, regional attendees and visitors from across southern Ontario.

The first production of the summer has just closed: it is the fifth NEW Canadian play created by Theatre Collingwood in the past six years!  Lovingly created to celebrate Collingwood’s sesquicentennial, the “vaudeville” style of musical variety took us back a century in time to the way our grandparents were entertained right here in our fair town.

But don’t despair!  Three more summer productions follow.  Up next is the ever-popular WINGFIELD ON ICE written by a renowned Canadian playwright who lives in this community, Dan Needles.

What makes this witty rural comedy so appealing to Collingwood is the synergy between rural and urban sensibilities.  The playwright, Dan Needles is deeply familiar with this theme, having grown up divided between Toronto and his family’s Rosemont farm. Dan himself admits, “I was never certain of where I belonged or understood people’s reactions.  When in the city, people call you a hick and when in the country, you’re labeled a city slicker.  In either situation you’re from “away” and people have definite opinions about that.”

The Wingfield stories chronicle the misadventures of a Bay Street stockbroker who quits the rat race of urban life to buy a hundred acre farm in order to enjoy tranquil small-town living. 

Can you relate?  Whether you’ve gradually migrated to this region as a weekender, or you are thinking of moving to this area seeking a quality of life which is enriched with culture, then Collingwood is the perfect choice.  A community set in an idyllic rural setting which offers the “theatrical” pleasures of city life.

For all the details on the SERIOUSLY SIDE-SPLITTING summer theatre season, call 445-2200 or visit the website.


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