‘Sizzlin Series’ aims to bring Peterborough residents together
Peterborough actor, playwright and composer Beau Dixon kicks off a new virtual series this week to showcase regional BIPOC residents who are leading fascinating and inspiring lives.
Tricia Mason spoke to Dixon about the upcoming project… Watch the video here
Documentary series underlines the story of art versus COVID-19
Steafan Hannigan has worked many roles in theatre and entertainment, from technical director to musician and now documentarian. We spoke with him about his documentary series underlining the story of art versus COVID-19, through the words of the artists, technicians and performers whose livelihoods were among the first to be affected by lockdowns Watch the video here
Kim Blackwell the managing artistic director at 4th Line Theatre talks about some of the alternative programming they are creating while they are unable to entertain audiences in person; LISTEN HERE segment begins at the 14:05 minute mark.
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
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
February 23, 2021
4th Line Theatre Announces Beau Dixon’s Sizzlin’ Series
As part of their ongoing virtual programming, Nexicom Presents 4th Line Theatre @ Home, 4th Line Theatre has announced the release of Beau Dixon’s Sizzlin’ Series. This video series will focus on regional BIPOC residents who are leading fascinating and inspiring lives.
“We are excited to present Beau's series and discover people living in our region and the contributions they are making,” says Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell. “We are committed to a more embedded strategy of inclusivity, equity and diversity here at 4th Line.”
Each episode in the series will feature an interview with a local BIPOC resident who will reflect on their occupation, career and daily life. The theatre company will release new episodes weekly on their YouTube channel starting Monday, March 1st. Read More
January 30, 2021
4th Line Theatre brings back Virtual Artist Talk series back for February
Kim Blackwell will chat with acclaimed artists Linda Kash, Theresa Tova, Andrea Scott and Beau Dixon
4th Line Theatre is making the most of extra time indoors this winter with an Artist Talk Series during the month of February.
Kim Blackwell in Conversation With … will be held virtually, similar to the talk series the Millbrook theatre company hosted in May 2020. Last year's series has been viewed by more than 2,900 people around the world since they originally aired.
“Our Artist Talks have always been some of our most highly anticipated events at 4th Line Theatre,” says Blackwell.
“When we went online with our talks in 2020, we were not sure what the response would be to the new format. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who watched my conversations in 2020. I am thrilled to Read more...
Peterborough This Week
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.
The Peterborough Examiner
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
November 14, 2020
4th Line Theatre offers funding to spotlight local artists
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.
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
September 8, 2020
Live theatre safely returns to Peterborough in September with the Open Spaces Theatre Festival
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The one-person show will be held on Zoom for 100 viewers, which are first-come, first-serve.
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.
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.
Joe Szekeres, Chief Toronto Critic
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
February 9, 2021
4th Line Theatre Launches Propel Weekly Writing Program
4th Line Theatre has announced they are launching a new initiative this month, the Propel Weekly Writing Program, adding to the company’s virtual programming as part of the Nexicom Presents 4th Line Theatre @ Home event series.
Anyone interested in participating is invited to join Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell for one or all in this 11-week series of online writing/creation workshops. The workshops are designed to inspire writers and creators and to allow them to commit time to their projects. There will also be time in each session to discuss work and collect feedback from Blackwell.
“It is so challenging to carve out the time to devote to your artistic endeavours, especially your writing projects,” says Blackwell. “The Propel Writing Program will allow interested participants to... Read More
January 26, 2021
Things to do: Digital Festival of Light and Dark
4th Line Theatre provided 13 regional artists micro-grants to create a dozen five-minute digital showcases of their work
In an innovative approach to promoting local artists during a pandemic, 4th Line Theatre presents their first-ever Digital Festival of Light and Dark, that launched online on Jan. 25.
Members of the community are invited to engage with the artists’ creations from home through a digital video gallery from the comfort of their own home for free.
“We wanted to support local artists. That was the genesis for the idea which ultimately became the Digital Festival of Light and Dark,” explains managing artistic director Kim Blackwell.
“I am excited to showcase the work of so many talented local artists from almost every conceivable discipline. These short, digital Read more...
Peterborough This Week
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
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.
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
The Peterborough Examiner
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.
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
August 12, 2020
4th Line Theatre in Millbrook launches outdoor family movie nights in August
Four films will screen for free at Winslow Farm, with safety protocols on place
Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre is continuing its efforts to engage the community, with the cancellation of the outdoor theatre company’s 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
This time, 4th Line is launching an outdoor movie night at Winslow Farm (779 Zion Line, Millbrook) on four evenings in August, screening blockbuster family-friendly films from the ’80s and ’90s.
“We continue to explore ways to invite people to come to the farm and join us for some community togetherness in these unpredictable times,” says managing artistic director Kim Blackwell. “And we want people to know that their safety is our number one priority for all of our in-person events.”
August 6, 2020
Live outdoor theatre returns to 4th Line in Millbrook this October
World premiere of Halloween-themed 'Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales' runs for 10 COVID-safe performances
Millbrook’s outdoor theatre company 4th Line Theatre announced on Thursday (August 6) that live performances will return to Winslow Farm in October, with the world premiere of Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales.
The Halloween-themed production was co-written by 4th Line’s general manager Lindy Finlan and managing artistic director Kim Blackwell, who will also direct the show, with musical direction and original compositions by Justin Hiscox.
Set on a dark fall night in 1835, the play follows Read More
July 9, 2020
Experience live theatre over the phone from 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook
This morning I received a phone call from Reverend Bobby Angel.
The insidious evangelistic preacher from the play Gimme That Prime Time Religion, last staged at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook in August 2015, brought down the fist and fury of the almighty in a fiery sermon about the purity of the soul in the troubled times we live in.
It was passionate, persuasive and, at times, frightening to be sitting on the other end of the phone with one of local theatre icon Rob Winslow’s most vivacious and intense characters. No, COVID isolation hasn’t made me start imagining conversations with theatrical characters from summers past. The phone call was part of 4th Line Theatre’s new @ Home Monologue Series. Read More
June 22, 2020
New farmers’ market for 4th Line Theatre
Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre will be hosting a farmers’ market beginning July 3.
The theatre is opening its historic Winslow Farm to operate the market, which will take place every Friday in July and August.
Sara Mountenay — the theatre’s manager of marketing and development — said in a statement that as everyone began to ease back into the newly opening world, the team at 4th Line Theatre began looking for ways to safely engage local residents. She said their team wants to promote all of the amazing products and services that local communities have to offer. “With the decision made to postpone the 29th Summer Season, 4th Line wants to continue to welcome the community to the Read More
June 9, 2020
4th Line Theatre cancels its summer season for the first time in 29 years
Scheduled plays 'The Great Shadow' and 'Wishful Seeing' will be postponed until 2021
4th Line Theatre in Millbrook has cancelled its entire summer season for the first time in 29 years due to continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a letter from managing artistic director Kim Blackwell, the outdoor theatre company’s board of directors made the “difficult” decision at a special board meeting on Monday (June 8).
In April, the board had already decided to
May 28, 2020
SPARC Expert Chat - Mentoring Emerging Artists and Arts Administrators with Kim Blackwell
Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Director of 4th Line Theatre, talks about the important relationship between Mentor and Mentee and the mentoring programs in place at 4th Line Theatre.
Watch the full expert talk Here
Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities
May 15, 2020
'The trickle will be felt by our theatre for years to come' The impact COVID-19 is having on local theatres and festivals is quieting our culture
While it’s usually nice to be the ‘first’, local cultural groups would rather not have the title when it comes to hosting events during COVID-19.
On Tuesday (May 12), Peterborough Musicfest general manager Tracey Randall had the difficult task of announcing the cancellation of this year’s season. The organization has been in regular contact with health authorities, the province and the city for the last eight weeks, she says, but no one has a “crystal ball.” Organizers have been looking at Read More...
May 4, 2020
4th Line Theatre Brings Theatre Events into the Home in May
In this unprecedented time, the 4th Line Theatre is doing its part to encourage people to stay home by delivering some if its regular live events through live stream. In May, the company will offer a series of free-of-charge virtual live stream artist talks as well as a play reading to provide some welcome diversions as well continue to follow stay home orders.
The series is part of Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell’s Emerging Women’s Directing Project, and will focus on Canadian women theatre artists who are pioneers in their field. 4th Line’s Epic Women’s Directing Project Read More...
The Millbrook Times
April 29, 2020
4th Line Theatre postpones start of season due to coronavirus
The start of the 2020 season for Millbrook's 4th Line Theatre has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theatre's board of directors announced Tuesday it made the "difficult decision" to do so, while holding out hope an August run for a play will still be possible.
As of right now, it's too soon to know for sure. The summer outdoor theatre series on the Winslow farm in Cavan Monaghan Township had planned to open the season with the debut of "The Great Shadow," written by Alex Poch-Goldin Read More...
February 12, 2020
4th Line Theatre: Local stories that appeal beyond their setting
Can small towns have big stories? Absolutely! For almost three decades, 4th Line Theatre has celebrated the lives of rural Ontarians while bringing vital tourism dollars into the community.
The story of 4th Line Theatre begins in 1990, when playwright/actor/director Robert Winslow inherited his family’s 180-year-old farm in Millbrook, in the township of Cavan-Monaghan.
Ontario Arts Council
January 20, 2020
4th Line Theatre In Millbrook Hosting Special Hockey-Themed Event
4th Line Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell is inviting members of the community to join her for an afternoon of hockey-themed stories, memories and reminiscences on Sunday, February 2nd, 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 derived from local stories and memories. Read more...
December 5, 2019
Only a few tickets left for 4th Line Theatre’s ‘The Fool of Cavan’ Christmas show
There are only a handful of tickets left if you want to see 4th Line Theatre’s new Christmas show The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper.
Written by Lindy Finlan and directed by 4th Line’s managing artistic director Kim Blackwell, The Fool of Cavan is 4th Line’s newest outdoor holiday show, which starts at St. Thomas Anglican Church and brings the story out into the streets of Millbrook using the village as the story’s backdrop.
Filled with mystery, music, fun, and just a bit of old world magic, The Fool of Cavan is a perfect holiday outing for the entire family. Read more...
October 30, 2019
Two world premières at Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre in 2020
Kim Blackwell, managing artistic director of 4th Line Theatre, is thrilled to announce the theatre's 29th summer season. The season will begin on June 30 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."
August 22, 2019
Review: "Carmel" Presented by 4th Line Theatre
I am sorry to have missed ‘Doctor Barnardo’s Children’ and its original production at 4th Line several years ago as word of mouth rang exceptional in performance delivery and history lesson of Peterborough. I was told it wasn’t necessary to have seen the first and second plays to appreciate future stories.
After hearing playwrights Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow deliver an informative talk back session in the late afternoon, I still think Read more...
August 10, 2019
4th Line Theatre’s ‘Carmel’ explores the bonds of community and family during troubled times
4th Line Theatre opened its second production of the summer with the world premiere of Carmel, the fifth collaboration between 4th Line Theatre founder Robert Winslow and local historian Ian McLachlan.
Carmel weaves together both local and international history within a very human story of struggle, perseverance, friendship, and love.
July 28, 2019
Singer/Songwriter Melissa Payne Launches Acting Debut in 4th Line Theatre’s Carmel
Set in 1937, in the hamlet of Carmel just south of Millbrook, the play is the third in the Barnardo children play series and follows the struggles of the White family as the try to hold onto the farm during the Great Depression. Like the July production, Bloom, A Rock and Roll Fable, this play relies heavily on music and dancing, which is why Director Kim Blackwell reached out to Melissa Payne to audition for a key role in this production. Melissa is a seasoned Read more...
The Millbrook Times
July 25, 2019
Pioneering Scollard family celebrates its roots
When the Township of Cavan was just an expanse of untouched wilderness, a 27-year-old Irish-Catholic carpenter with big dreams and an adventurous spirit came to find his place.
William Scollard bought a piece of land June 18, 1817 at the northern edge of the township, and his brother John followed suit on the adjacent land, a year later.
January 16, 2019
Junior Achievement reveals Business Hall of Fame inductees in Peterborough
Ashburnham Ale House owner Scott Wood cherishes his role in fostering the skills of youth working at the East City establishment.
"It's always uplifting and gives me a great sense of heart being able to help them along as much as I can," he said after being named Wednesday as one of 10 inductees to the Junior Achievement - Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka (JA-PLM) Business Hall of Fame.
The local branch of the global organization has recognized Read more...
February 7, 2021
Lynne Slotkin, The Passionate Playgoer reviews 4th Line Theatre's Festival of Light and Dark
Streaming until May on the 4th Line Theatre YouTube Channel:
4th Line Theatre Company in Millbrook, Ont. (south of Peterborough) launched its 2021 programming with its first ever Digital Festival of Light and Dark. The Festival enables the community to engage with 13 regional artists’ video creations, in the safety of their own homes through 4th Line’s digital video gallery. There are actually 12 videos but 13 artists created them.
Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell explains, “We wanted to support local artists. That was the genesis for the idea which ultimately became The Digital Festival of Light and Dark. I am excited to showcase the work of so many talented local artists from almost every conceivable discipline. These short, digital Read more...
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