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Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre plans for the future

They will be presenting a Halloween play this fall, along a one mile trail through the Winslow farm and nearby woods. This will enable them to physical distance between audience members and creative staff.                              Watch the video here

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday October 20, 2020

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook is premiering its new production tonight, Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales. Kim Blackwell co-writer and director of the play tells us about it.                                                                                                                 Listen to the podcast here

January 19, 2021

  4th Line Theatre launching online digital festival

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre will launch its Digital Festival of Light and Dark next week.

Micro-grants have been provided to 13 regional artists by the festival so they can create 12 five-minute digital showcases of their work, the theatre announced Tuesday.

The digital festival is free-of-charge to watch online and will allow people to engage with the artists’ creations in the safety of their own homes during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown through the theatre’s digital video gallery.

Managing artistic director Kim Blackwell said the theatre — which had to cancel last summer’s performances and then staged the Open Spaces Theatre Festival in downtown Peterborough in September followed by a limited run of “Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales” prior to Halloween at the theatre in October Read More

Marissa Lentz

The Peterborough Examiner

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November 30, 2020

 Theatre, students filling purses to help women in need 

 

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre is working with students from Lakefield College School’s Ondaatje House to collect purses and fill them with personal care items for area women in need.

People can donate a new or gently used purse containing personal care items, donate a new or used clean and empty purse, personal care items to fill the purses, or donate money that can be used to purchase items.

Organizers are looking for feminine hygiene products (pads, liners and tampons), deodorant, soap bar or body wash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hair comb or small brush, cloth face masks, washcloths and small towels, body lotion, hand sanitizer or wipes, cotton balls and swabs, lip balm and moisturizers, socks and slippers, gloves, mittens, ear muffs, hats and scarves,    Read More

The Peterborough Examiner

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November 24, 2020

Review: 'Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales' at 4th Line Theatre

In his artistic associate role, Dixon will assist the Millbrook theatre company develop a talent bank of racialized artists, uncover local racialized stories, and more

Listing all of Beau Dixon’s artistic accolades and achievements would take pages upon pages. For the sake of brevity, it shall suffice to say the award-winning multi-disciplinary artist is a force.

The actor, musician, composer, playwright, and sound designer has worked from coast to coast, performing on high-profile stages including (but not limited to) Stratford, Shaw, Canstages, Tarragon, Soulpepper, Buddies in Bad Times, The Factory, and Neptune.

Dixon’s new role as an artistic associate at Millbrook’s outdoor theatre company 4th Line Theatre is a homecoming, insofar as the idyllic Winslow farm is where the artist cut his teeth early on in his career, 

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Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

October 25, 2020

Review: 'Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales' at 4th Line Theatre

Well, I wasn’t certain if it could be done as Artistic Director Kim Blackwell stated in her Director/Co-Playwright’s note this whole experience was ‘unchartered’ for 4th Line Theatre in following the local health unit and local, provincial and federal government guidelines.

I’m happy to say they made it work and made it happen while ensuring everyone’s safety involved in this world premiere. I did feel safe in walking around as audience members clearly wore their masks.  A couple of times people were a tad too close for my liking, so I tried to make sure I lingered behind, but didn’t stray too far as it is pitch black out in the Winslow fields.

Just a future note to upcoming audience members this week to dress warmly and to carry a small flashlight as you will be led on a course throughout the Winslow farm at night. I know that past Read More

Joe Szekeres

onstageblog.com

September 26, 2020

PETERBOROUGH REGION
Theatre in Peterborough’s open spaces

The Open Spaces Theatre Festival, presented in association with 4th Line Theatre, opened on Thursday. The festival features five productions running until Sunday in outdoor spaces in Peterborough.

“With COVID-19 causing many job losses in the arts industry, The Open Spaces Theatre Festival aims to reengage the community in a safe manner, while supporting new artistic works and providing funding for artists and local theatre companies,” states a press release. “The festival is invested in creating a safe and healthy experience for both artists and audience members.”

Rush tickets are $12 each at the venues, subject to availability. Cash only, and please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance to buy tickets.

Sunday performances

“Daughter,” by Kim Blackwell: Sold out.   Read More

Marissa Lentz

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

August 26, 2020

Peterborough performance venues and organizations take pandemic recovery into their own hands

Newly formed Peterborough Performing Arts Recovery Alliance held its flagship meeting in early August

Pat Hooper, chair of the board of directors for Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough, has spearheaded an initiative to bring local performance venues and performing arts organizations together to strategically collaborate their pandemic recovery plans.

For the first time in Peterborough’s history, Showplace hosted representatives from 13 venues and organizations on August 6th to form the Peterborough Performing Arts Recovery Alliance.

The new alliance is comprised of delegates from 4th Line Theatre, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre,            Read More

 Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

August 13, 2020

New farmers’ market for 4th Line Theatre

Beginning Aug. 19, Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre will be holding free, physically distanced outdoor movie nights after cancelling its summer live outdoor theatre season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, four movie nights have been scheduled. The first one will feature “Back To The Future” (1985), Aug. 20 will feature “My Girl” (1991), Aug. 26 will feature “Stand by Me” (1986) and Aug. 27 will feature “ET” (1982).

The farm will open at 7 p.m. so guests can visit the concession stand and set up for the movie, which will begin at dusk.

“We continue to explore ways to invite people to come to the farm and join us for some community togetherness, in these unpredictable times,” said managing artistic director Kim Blackwell.     Read More

Marissa Lentz

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

July 16, 2020

Kawartha theatres cautiously weigh benefit of reopening during pandemic

 

Highlands Cinemas owner says it’s cheaper, and safer, to keep Kinmount theatre shuttered until next year

 

The province is moved into its third stage of economic reopening Friday (July 17), but the news doesn’t make a difference to Keith Stata.

The Highlands Cinemas owner said he fully expected the closure order to remain for the first part of his season but made the decision early on to stay closed, regardless. The Kinmount theatre closes for the winter and costs upwards of $15,000 to reopen.

The theatre’s busiest day ever was 1,550 patrons.

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mykawartha.com

July 7, 2020

Peterborough mayor Diane Therrien joins 4th Line Theatre’s Kim Blackwell for breakfast talk on July 10

 

Peterborough mayor Diane Therrien will be the next guest on 4th Line Theatre’s “Friday Morning Business Breakfast Talks with Kim Blackwell”.

The online event takes place at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 10th on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

The Friday Morning Business Breakfast Talks series is one of the virtual events under the umbrella “Nexicom Presents 4th Line Theatre @ Home”,  developed to keep the community engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outdoor theatre company Read More...

kawarthaNOW

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June 16, 2020

kawarthaNOW’s Jeannine Taylor joins 4th Line Theatre’s Kim Blackwell for business breakfast talk on June 26

kawarthaNOW.com founder, CEO, and publisher Jeannine Taylor will be the next guest on 4th Line Theatre’s “Friday Morning Business Breakfast Talks with Kim Blackwell”.

The online event takes place at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 26th on the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The Friday Morning Business Breakfast Talks series is one of the virtual events under the umbrella “Nexicom Presents 4th Line Theatre @ Home”, which 4th Line Theatre has developed to keep the community engaged and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outdoor theatre company in Millbrook has postponed its 2020 summer season  Read More....

Sam Tweedle

kawarthanow.com

June 9, 2020

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook cancels 2020 season

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre cancelled its entire 2020 season on Tuesday after the Ontario government announced that performing arts shows won’t be allowed to return until the third stage of the province’s reopening of the economy from the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Kim Blackwell, the theatre’s managing artistic director, said the board pushed the drastic decision off as long as they could.

“I’m very devastated at the idea of not having art at the 4th Line for the first time in almost 30 years,” Blackwell said. “And I’m sick and worried

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thepeterboroughexaminer.com

May 28, 2020

4th Line Theatre Hosts Live Stream Reading of The Cure for Everything

Backed by funding from longtime supporter Nexicom, the 4th Line Theatre continues to offer online programming this June. Like everyone else in these unprecedented times, 4th Line is responding to the need to encourage people to stay home by creating online programming. The company is excited to bring the world of theatre into people’s homes once more, with its second virtual play reading this year. On Thursday, June 4th, 4th Line Theatre is proud to present...  Read More...

The Millbrook Times

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May 14, 2020

The show must go online: Theatre in the age of COVID-19

 

No Ontario theatre festival could’ve been ready for the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown and self-isolation measures it brought, but the Festival of Live Digital Art was readier than most. The festival — which seeks to answer the question “Who are the professional artists creating live digital performance today, and what are they up to?” — has been hosting online events since its inception in 2018. Now, faced with a provincewide ban on organized public events, the entirety of the festival, slated to run from June 10 to 13 at Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, will be

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May 4, 2020

How COVID-19 Has Impacted 4th Line Theatre

 

Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Director of 4th Line Theatre, shares how COVID-19 has impacted their season.

It was so unfathomable to imagine on March 8th of this year that the public reading we held at the Peterborough Museum and Archives would be the last in-person art presentation that 4th Line Theatre would be doing for the foreseeable future. We ended the public reading of D’Arcy Jennish’s new work The Tilco Strike and the audience present was so excited by the excerpt public reading we had presented.                   Read More...

Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities

April 28, 2020

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook postpones first play of summer season

 

The Great Shadow' by Alex Poch-Goldin postponed to 2021; decision about August play will be made in late May

 

4th Line Theatre, the outdoor theatre company in Millbrook, is postponing the first play of its summer season.

The Great Shadow, written by Alex Poch-Goldin and directed by Deb Williams, was originally set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30th and run through July.

The theatre company’s board of directors decided on Monday (April 27) to postpone the show until the 2021 summer season.                Read More...

kawarthaNOW

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February 07, 2020

Coaching Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre’s next generation

 Season Sponsor Nexicom will match donations to 4th Line’s Emerging Voices Youth Apprenticeship Program until March 3. The program, which costs $20,000 a year, includes professional-led workshops, vocal and dialect coaching, acting and movement coaching, choreography and fight direction as well as technical production coaching for youth volunteers. 

 

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Peterborough Examiner

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January 13, 2020

Book about wartime Farmerettes inspires theatre to bring story to stage 

 

A book by two London area women about the little-known Farmerettes, who worked on farms across Southern Ontario while young men were overseas fighting in the Second World War, is being adapted into a play.

Exeter’s Bonnie Sitter and Londoner Shirleyan English, a former Farmerette, co-wrote Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes, which was published last year.            

 

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The London Free Press

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November 21, 2019

Casting call for young 4th Line actors

Actors Grace Thompson (left) and Cassandra Guthrie rehearse a scene from the 2018 production of “Who Killed Snow White?” at 4th Line Theatre. The Millbrook theatre is casting youth volunteer actors for its 2020 plays. Two females able to play 12-16 are required for "The Great Shadow," June 30-July 25, while one female able to play 12-14 is needed for "Wishful Seeing," Aug. 4-29.  Auditions are by appointment only and will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 19. To book an audition, contact artistic administrator Kelsey Powell before Jan. 13 at 705-

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Lance Anderson

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

October 29, 2019

Think summer with release of 4th Line's 2020 season

Although fall is upon us, 4th Line Theatre wants us to think summer with the release of their show lineup for the 2020 season.

The season will begin on June 30, 2020 with The Great Shadow, written by Alex Poch-Goldin, and directed by Deb Williams who returns after directing the 2018 production of Crow Hill: The Telephone Play.

In August, 4th Line is proud to present the world première of Maja Ardal’s  Read more...

Lance Anderson

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August 21, 2019

4th Line Theatre production “Carmel” is a Historical Canadian Farm Drama you can watch in a Barn

Idyllic, rural, and quintessentially Canadian, each year 4th Line Theatre presents Canadian  plays – written by and about Canadians; small town stories or broad national sagas that touch a nerve in all of us. For 28 seasons, 4th Line Theatre has been bringing history to life on the barnyard stages of a rustic 5th generation farm in Millbrook Ontario, between Peterborough and Port Hope.  Since the  Read more...

The New Classical 96.3

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August 6, 2019

Carmel, the third of the Barnardo series, coming to 4th Line

The third instalment of the popular Dr. Barnardo’s Children series of plays is set to grace the outdoor 4th Line stage this month. Carmel is the continuation of the story line written by 4th Line founder Robert Winslow and his co-writer, Ian McLachlan 

“Billy has been riding the rails across Canada trying to get work, like a lot of single guys in the ‘30s, and winds up back here in 1937. His friend Walter White who has never left this area has got a farm on the Carmel Line and is married this woman named Abigail,” explained Winslow.      Read more...

Lance Anderson

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

July 24, 2019

4th Line Theatre’s August production ‘Carmel’ follows a local farm family’s struggle during the Great Depression

Robert Winslow and Ian McLachlan have something pretty special, which is far from being a fluke if one considers the words of American industrialist Henry Ford.  “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”

In the late 1980s, Winslow and McLachlan first came together to co-write the play Pioneer Chainsaw Massacre, which detailed the closure of the   Read more...

Paul Rellinger

kawarthanow.com

July 19, 2019

Cast of new 4th Line musical holding concert after play

Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre will present a Midsummer Night's Music Concert Saturday at St. Thomas's Anglican Church.

The performance will come following the performance of Beau Dixon's "Bloom: A Rock 'n' Roll Fable," and will include performances by Kate Suhr and Melissa Payne; Griffin Clark and Owen Stahn of The Slivers; Justin and Mark Hiscox; and Geoff Hewitson, all of whom appear in the play. "When we realized the level of musical talent we had at the farm Read more...

Peterborough Examiner

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January 16, 2019

Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame set to welcome 12 new inductees in 2019

Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakefield Muskoka hails local business people as role models for a new generation of entrepreneurs

While the principal aim of Junior Achievement is to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” there is plenty of merit in presenting, and celebrating, local success stories as a means of achieving that objective.

For a fourth year, Junior Achievement of Peterborough    Read more...

Paul Rellinger

kawarthanow.com

January 11, 2021

 4th Line Theatre artistic director wins Jon Kaplan Mensch Award

The Jon Kaplan Mensch Award has been given to Kim Blackwell, managing artistic director of 4th Line Theatre, by theatre critic Lynn Slotkin.

Although the theatre had to postpone its 2020 season, Blackwell established a weekly farmers’ market on the theatre’s grounds to help local farmers survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

The market also provided employees of the theatre with work despite shows being cancelled.

Blackwell also organized a series of 27 monologues from past shows that supporters of 4th Line Theatre could arrange to hear by phone for free.

Along with Lindy Finlan, Blackwell also co-wrote “Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales,” an outdoor, nighttime play for Halloween that was staged in the fields of Winslow Farm near Millbrook in Cavan Monaghan Township.

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The Peterborough Examiner

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November 30, 2020

 Theatre, students filling purses to help women in need 

 

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre is working with students from Lakefield College School’s Ondaatje House to collect purses and fill them with personal care items for area women in need.

People can donate a new or gently used purse containing personal care items, donate a new or used clean and empty purse, personal care items to fill the purses, or donate money that can be used to purchase items.

Organizers are looking for feminine hygiene products (pads, liners and tampons), deodorant, soap bar or body wash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hair comb or small brush, cloth face masks, washcloths and small towels, body lotion, hand sanitizer or wipes, cotton balls and swabs, lip balm and moisturizers, socks and slippers, gloves, mittens, ear muffs, hats and scarves,    Read More

The Peterborough Examiner

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November 14, 2020

4th Line Theatre offers funding to spotlight local artists

Well, I wasn’t certain if it could

A dynamic new initiative is providing an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a digital space. 

Hosted by 4th Line Theatre, the Digital Festival of Light & Dark will foster virtual engagement between local artists — those based in Millbrook, Peterborough, Lakefield, Port Hope, Cobourg and the surrounding environs —  and community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“We want to support local artists, even in a small way; and to generate art throughout the winter of 2021, when people might be more housebound than normal,” stated managing artistic director Kim Blackwell.

4th Line is currently seeking project proposals from local artists for original or existing artworks to be featured in the digital festival.

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Northumberland News

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October 24, 2020

REVIEW - The scariest part of Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales is a kiss between actors

In the time of the coronavirus, a Toronto-based theatre critic in search of plays to review must head off the beaten path. He might even find himself slipping along a muddy one leading through a farmer’s field in the pitch dark on a frosty October night.

On Tuesday evening, I made my long-overdue acquaintance with 4th Line Theatre, which has been performing outdoors on a 100-acre farm in Cavan Monaghan Township since 1992.

It’s just under two hours from Toronto, about half an hour from Peterborough and a few minutes from the main street of Millbrook, an ultra-quaint small town that recently played the role of Charlottetown in Anne with an E, but doesn’t, be forewarned, have much in the way of pre-show dining  Read More

 J. Kelly Nestruck
 

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September 8, 2020

4th Line Theatre’s Kim Blackwell and Lindy Finlan aim to scare the pandemic out of you with their new play

The long awaited return of live theatre has finally come to Peterborough with the Open Spaces Theatre Festival, running at outdoor venues in downtown Peterborough from Thursday, September 24th to Sunday, September 27th.

Open Spaces, in association with 4th Line Theatre, will bring four (plus one!) original productions to safely distanced audiences. Tickets are now on sale via 4th Line Theatre.

Christina Adams, the founder of the festival, was travelling in Australia when the pandemic hit. Like thousands of Canadian nationals across the globe, Adams was forced to cut her travels short and return home this spring. Witnessing the utter havoc the pandemic has wrecked upon the arts and culture sector in Peterborough and the world over, Adams was inspired to do   Read More

 Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

August 16, 2020

4th Line Theatre’s Kim Blackwell and Lindy Finlan aim to scare the pandemic out of you with their new play

 Tickets now available for their Halloween-themed 'Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales', premiering at Winslow Farm in Millbrook this October

Millbrook’s renowned outdoor theatre company 4th Line Theatre, which had to postpone its summer season for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recently announced their return to live theatre this fall with the Halloween-themed production Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales.As a theatre nerd, it has been impossible for me to experience this pandemic without thinking of William Shakespeare. This is due, in part, to that pesky meme in circulation that scorns my incompetence with the incessant reminder that: “When Shakespeare was in quarantine because of the plague, he wrote King Lear.” No pressure, right?

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 Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

August 8, 2020

They’re back! 4th Line Theatre to return to live this fall in Millbrook 

 

4th Line Theatre will return with their world premiere Halloween production, Bedtime stories and Other Horrifying Tales

Theatre audiences will be invited to venture into the dark and unknown with 4th Line Theatre’s comeback production this fall, both in their imaginations and on foot.

Bedtimes Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, co-written by Lindy Finlan and Kim Blackwell who will also direct, is a creepy production inspired by the images and creatures that fill children’s nightmares, alongside a story of the devastating consequences of forbidden love. With the backdrop of the historic Winslow Farm, this world premiere Halloween Read More

Peterborough This Week

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July 27, 2020

Outdoor yoga comes to 4th Line Theatre’s Winslow Farm in Millbrook in August

One-hour sessions of physically distanced yoga are free of charge thanks to Nexicom  

Beginning in August, 4th Line Theatre will be hosting outdoor yoga sessions at the Winslow Farm in Millbrook.

4th Line’s artistic director Kim Blackwell told kawarthaNOW in early July the theatre company was planning on hosting yoga at the farm.

With the postponement of its 2020 summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the yoga sessions are just the latest in a series of innovative initiatives 4th Line has undertaken to engage people who would normally be in the theatre’s audience.

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SamTweedle

kawarthanow.com

June 22, 2020

Festival Friday Farmers Market 4th Line Theatre

 

  CBC Ontario Morning -

Friday July 3, 2020 -  Part 1

 

Kim Blackwell, the managing artistic director of 4th Line Theatre tells us about the Festival Friday Farmers' Market that they are hosting.

 

Listen to the full interview here starting at the 20:02 mark.

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1760025667552/

Ontario Morning

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June 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Peterborough-area 4th Line Theatre cancels 2020 summer season

The company, based in nearby Millbrook, Ont., announced Tuesday morning that following a meeting on Monday, the board of directors decided to move both productions scheduled for 2020 to summer 2021.

The company was scheduled to stage The Great Shadow, written by Alex Poch-Goldin and directed by Deb Williams, in June. In August, the company was to present the premiere of Maja Ardal’s Wishful Seeing, directed by 4th Line’s managing artistic director, Kim Blackwell.

In a letter and email Tuesday, Blackwell stated it was a difficult decision and says she held out   Read more...

globalnews.ca

May 28, 2020

4th Line Theatre holding virtual show next week

 

4th Line Theatre is hosting its second virtual show of the season, this one featuring Maja Ardal’s “The Cure for Everything”.

Manager of Marketing & Development Sara Mountenay says it’s important to keep their audience involved with the theatre.

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The one-person show will be held on Zoom for 100 viewers, which are  first-come, first-serve.

PTBO Today

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May 25, 2020

4th Line Theatre hosts virtual play reading by Dora award-winning Maja Ardal on June 4

 One-person show 'The Cure for Everything' is a follow-up to Ardal's 'You Fancy Yourself'    

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre has announced its second virtual play reading this spring, with a live-streamed performance of Maja Ardal’s one-person show The Cure for Everything on Thursday, June 4th.

The play is a follow-up to Adral’s You Fancy Yourself, which 4th Line also presented as a virtual play reading on May 7th. That play was nominated for three Dora awards, with Ardal winning for outstanding performance.

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Sam Tweedle

kawarthanow.com

May 11, 2020

'The Self-Isolated Artist' Series: Toronto/Peterborough, Ontario Profile of Kim Blackwell

 

What’s the old saying for ‘The Hyde House’? It’s worth the drive to Acton.  Well, I’ll tell you, for the last two summers, it has been well worth the drive to 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, Ontario to see some phenomenal surprises at this gem of an outdoor summer theatre.  There’s good stuff going on here.

I remember writing the first review for 4th Line the first summer I attended and figuratively kicked myself in the behind why I hadn’t made it out there before. 

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Joe Szekeres, Chief Toronto Critic

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April 30, 2020

First show of 2020 summer season delayed by 4th Line Theatre

4th Line Theatre made the difficult decision to postpone their first show of the season.

The Great Shadow, written by Alex Poch-Goldin and directed by Deb Williams will instead open the 2021 season.

The Board of Directors has decided to wait a bit longer to make a decision about the second show in the 2020 summer season, Maja Ardal’s ‘Wishful Seeing’,

Managing Artists Director Kim Blackwell says she is thinking about all of their loyal audience members during this time and in the not so distant future, she knows they will meet again to partake in great theatre under a beautiful Ontario sky.   

PTBO Today

April 28, 2020

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre moves Artist Talk online

The annual Artist Talk series at Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre is going online this spring. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatre has established livestreams of the series, as well as a play reading event, to allow patrons to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Managing artistic director Kim Blackwell is launching this year's series as part of the theatre's Emerging Women's Directing Project.  Titled "Kim Blackwell in Conversation With…," the project    Read More...

Marissa Lentz

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

January 29, 2020

4th Line Theatre Hosts a Special Hockey-themed Reminiscence

4th Line Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell invites members of the community to join her for an afternoon of hockey-themed stories, memories and reminiscences, with an eye to creating a hockey-themed play in the near future.  Canadian actors and playwrights Paul Braunstein (4th Line’s The Shadow Walk of Millbrook) and Courtenay Stevens are excited to be working with 4th Line to create a play about hockey 

 

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The Millbrook Times

December 10, 2019

Holiday mystery takes to the streets of Millbrook

 

Thievery, accusations and intrigue: Bring a little mystery to your holiday season with "The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper."

Set in 1960s Millbrook, this Nancy Drew-style mystery finds a church congregation divided after props and costumes for an upcoming Christmas concert go missing. Accused are The Needlers, a band of local young people who take to the streets to try to solve the mystery and clear their names. This 4th Line Theatre production, written by Lindy Finlan   Read more...

Peterborough Examiner

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November 4, 2019

Christmas caper in Millbrook for new 4th Line production

Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre has a cast in place for its winter production of "The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper."

The play will take place Dec. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and sees the audience on foot, following the action through downtown Millbrook. The show starts at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Anglican Church and covers about a kilometre, with a warning from 4th Line that this production isn't suitable for people with mobility or health issues.

Described as a "Nancy Drew-type" story, the all-ages play is making its world premiere.        Read more...

Peterborough Examiner

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September 25, 2019

Volunteer Actors needed for 4th Line Theatre’s 2019 Christmas Show

Have you always wanted to act onstage?

Want to be part of an epic outdoor production in your community?  Have you ever wondered how 4th Line productions come to life? Interested in learning new skills and working alongside professional actors, directors and choreographers?  4th Line Theatre is looking for volunteers to perform in its production of Lindy Finlan’s The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper.Read More...

The Millbrook Times

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August 14, 2019

Financial boost for Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre

Kim Blackwell, left, and Lindy Finlan of 4th Line Theatre accept Trillium Foundation funding from Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott at the Millbrook theatre. The funds will be used to renovate seating and rebuild the box office building. Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to make improvements and produce holiday-themed plays.

The funding was announced Aug. 8 when Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott       Read more...

Peterborough Examiner

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July 31, 2019

The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper Announced By 4th Line Theatre As December Production

Written by Lindy Finlan and directed by Kim Blackwell, The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper is a Nancy Drew-style mystery. Set in the 1960s in Millbrook, a church congregation is divided when props and costumes for the upcoming Christmas concert go missing. The Needlers, a band comprised of local young people, are accused of being the culprits.    Read more...

PTBO Canada

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May 8, 2019

Robert Winslow takes centre stage with induction into the Business Hall of Fame

4th Line Theatre founder being recognized for his passion for live theatre and creating a company that celebrates local history

This is the seventh in a series of stories profiling this year’s Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame inductees. Ten businesses and their owners will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Venue on George Street in Peterborough on May 23.

A cool spring breeze rustles long grasses as it rolls through a field into the quiet outdoor stage at 4th Line Theatre.  Read more...

Lance Anderson

mykawartha.com

June 11, 2019

Kim Blackwell marks 25 years at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook

 

This year, Kim Blackwell is marking her 25th year at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook.

The managing artistic director has played an integral role in the development of the outdoor theatre company for more than two decades.

Born in Toronto and raised in Peterborough, Blackwell was involved in the local theatre community from a very young age. It was while performing in a play in 1992 at the former artist-run The Union Theatre  Read more...

kawarthaNOW

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January 8, 2018

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook implements new anti-sexual harassment policy

In wake of scandals in entertainment world, Kim Blackwell wants employees to know sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

At the Golden Globes last night (January 7), the issue of sexual harassment dominated the ceremony, with stars wearing black and various presenters and recipients using the opportunity to express solidarity with victims.

Host Seth Meyers opened the awards by saying “Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen. It’s 2018 and marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”

Meyers was of course referring to the flood of sexual harassment accusations that began with Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein and then spread like wildfire to include various male actors, sports figures, and other celebrities, prompting the #MeToo movement on social media where women recounted their own experiences of sexual harassment.

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kawarthaNOW

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January 11, 2021

The Jon Kaplan Mensch Award recognizes Blackwell for the Millbrook theatre company's 2020 pandemic programming

Every year, renowned Toronto theatre critic and writer Lynn Slotkin recognizes outstanding work in theatre with her series of “Tootsie” awards.

This year, 4th Line Theatre’s artistic director Kim Blackwell has been recognized with Slotkin’s prestigious Jon Kaplan Mensch Award. Named for Jon Kaplan, the late theatre reviewer for NOW magazine, the award recognizes recipients as people of integrity and high honour.

Slotkin, who is considered to be one of the preeminent voices in professional theatre both nationally and internationally, publishes The Slotkin Letter, a monthly newsletter that chronicles her theatre-going experiences in 

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Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

November 18, 2020

4th Line Theatre Welcomes Beau Dixon As An Artistic Associate

 

4th Line Theatre has announced that award-winning Canadian actor, writer and composer/musician Beau Dixon has joined the theatre as an Artistic Associate. 
Dixon will assist 4th Line in further developing its inclusivity and diversity initiatives and strategies. WIth Dixon’s assistance, 4th Line Theatre’s objective is to establish a talent bank of racialized artists, uncover local racialized stories, and liaise with racialized community partners. 

Dixon’s research, and the relationships he forges during this project, will aid in future artistic programming and play development. Dixon’s deep ties to Peterborough and area will allow him to delve deeply into the issues of inclusivity and diversity, to ensure lasting strategies for the theatre.
 
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PTBO Canada

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November 10, 2020

Artists invited to new 4th Line digital art festival

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre is launching the new Digital Festival of Light & Dark, which will provide an opportunity for artists in Millbrook, Peterborough, Lakefield, Port Hope, Cobourg and the surrounding area to exhibit their work in a digital environment.

Proposals from local artists are now being accepted. These may feature one or more art forms, including dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and photography. Priority will be given to artists who explore the concepts of light and/or darkness, in whatever medium they choose to work, states a 4th Line press release.

Six grants of $250 will be awarded.

Proposals must include a 300-word description of the project and the artist’s bio.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 24. Email proposals to Jess McDougall, 4th Line’s artistic administrator, at 

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The Peterborough Examiner

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October 19, 2020

4th Line Theatre conjures theatre-magic with ‘Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales

Original outdoor Halloween production runs from October 20 to 30 at Winslow Farm in Millbrook

Symbolically, there’s something marvelous about the return of live performance to 4th Line coinciding with a rite of autumn. Halloween is, after all, the time of year when it is believed that spirits can pass easily between realms; when the veil between the living and the dead is lifted,

Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, an original production co-written by 4th Line Theatre’s managing artistic director Kim Blackwell and general manager Lindy Finlan during lockdown, summons the ghosts of 4th Line shows past.

The idyllic Winslow farm, a place familiar to many as a summer must-see for artistic excellence in outdoor theatre, seems somewhat foreign in the autumn. 

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 Sarah McNeilly

kawarthanow.com

September 1, 2020

4th Line Announces Fall Production

4th Line Theatre is pleased to announce a new fall production where they can welcome audiences back to the historic Winslow farm to participate in their new Halloween production, Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, co-written by Kim Blackwell and Lindy Finlan. This creepy production is inspired by the images and creatures that fill children’s nightmares, alongside a story of the devastating consequences of forbidden love. The show will be directed by Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell.

Set on a dark fall night in 1835, Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, follows 10-year-old Samuel Deyell as he goes into the darkest night, in search of his missing mother. Samuel is joined on his quest by his two best friends. In the shadows, the children encounter the darkest secrets and most horrifying facets of Millbrook and Cavan.  Read More