Summer Theatre returns to the Orillia Opera House

Summer Theatre returns to the Orillia Opera House

For over 100 years the Orillia Opera House has been bringing world-class entertainment to Orillia and Lake Country. The largest professional theatre venue north of Toronto, summertime at the historic Orillia Opera House is an exciting time where live theatre is celebrated to the max. Each year, the OOH! Presents three lively productions during their Summer Theatre series, offering top-tier entertainment, all season long.

Adding to the exciting lineup, theatre-fans can look forward to local youth theatre group Duck Soup Productions returning with an annual summer musical. If you’re looking for some ideas to fill up your summer itinerary, a stop at the region’s premier theatre is a must. Check out what’s on the schedule this season!

Moving In, the world premiere by Norm Foster

July 5 to July 21

Mark and Gretchen, two fifty-something’s, have decided to take the plunge and move in together. Mark’s thirty-something son Brett, a rock drummer, is going to pitch in and ‘help‘ with the move. Gretchen’s grown daughter Rachel, a police officer, has flown a thousand miles to put a stop to her mother’s madness. What can go wrong? Well, just about everything in this brand-new laughter-filled show by Canada’s favourite playwright.

Directed by Jesse Collins, starring Dan Lett, Viviana Zarrillo, Molly Kidder, and Jake Goldsbie.

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Bed and Breakfast by Mark Crawford

July 26 to August 11

Brett and Drew want to move out of their tiny downtown condo and into a house, but they just lost their seventh bidding war in Toronto. When Brett’s beloved Aunt Maggie dies, he unexpectedly inherits the historic family home in a quiet little tourist town. Unhappy with their careers and frustrated by life in the fast-paced city, the couple decides to make the move and start up a B & B. But when the guys face friction in their new community, they discover the simple life is more complicated than they thought…

Directed by Fiona Sauder, starring Thomas Alderson and Matt Pilipiak.

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Halfway There by Norm Foster

August 16 to September 1

There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. Not when the gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be — and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a heartbroken doctor, moves in to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town (that’s famous for being halfway between the North Pole and the equator) off its axis!

Directed by Jesse Collins, starring Melodee Finlay, Viviana Zarrillo, Debbie Collins, Alison Mackay, and Reid Janisse.

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Make it a package deal!

You can attend all three of the Orillia Opera House’s Summer Theatre productions at a discounted rate with the purchase of a Flex Pac. Call the Box Office at (705) 326-8011 to reserve your bundle.


Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical

July 11 to August 22

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award winning Matilda The Musical is a captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical will delight children and adults alike with the story of a special girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Presented by Duck Soup Productions.

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Sunshine Getaway Package

Looking to make your theatre-visit a full-fledged getaway experience? The Sunshine Getaway package includes a one-night stay with a continental breakfast at a local hotel, a ticket to one of the Orillia Opera House’s Summer Theatre productions, lunch and dinner at local restaurants, and a guided tour at the Leacock Museum, all for just $225 per person!

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