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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

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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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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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

cbc.ca

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

onstageblog.com

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

kawarthanow.com

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

kawarthanow.com

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.”

 

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kawarthanow.com

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

SamTweedle

kawarthanow.com

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

SamTweedle

kawarthanow.com

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

Marissa Lentz

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

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

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Sam Tweedle

kawarthanow.com

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...

mykawartha.com

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...

Marissa Lentz

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

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. 

 

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Ontario Arts Council

arts.on.ca

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...

Ptbo Canada

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...

Sam Tweedle

kawarthanow.com

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."

 

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Peterborough Examiner

thepeterboroughexaminer.com

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...

Joe Szekeres

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.   

   

 

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Sam Tweedle

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

themillbrooktimes.ca

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.

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 Barbara-Ann MacEachern

mykawartha.com

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...

Peterborough Examiner

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

Millbrook’s 

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

kawarthanow.com

August 13, 2020

New farmers’ market for 4th Line Theatre

MILLBROOK —

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.

Numbers will be limited, so the theatre encourages early reservations.       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

kawarthanow.com

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

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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tvo.org

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

kawarthanow.com

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

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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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