Media Coverage

Marissa Lentz

New farmers’ market for 4th Line Theatre

June 22, 2020

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 farm,       Read More

Sam Tweedle

4th Line Theatre cancels its summer season for the first time in 29 years

June 9, 2020

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 postpone the first show of the season, Alex Pock-Goldin’s The Great Shadow scheduled for July, but would make a decision later about  Read More....

Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities

SPARC Expert Chat - Mentoring Emerging Artists and Arts Administrators with Kim Blackwell

May 28, 2020


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

'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

May 15, 2020

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 alternatives,                             

The Millbrook Times

4th Line Theatre Brings Theatre Events into the Home in May

May 4, 2020

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...

Marissa Lentz

4th Line Theatre postpones start of season due to coronavirus

April 29, 2020

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...

Ontario Arts Council

4th Line Theatre: Local stories that appeal beyond their setting

February 12, 2020


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. 



Ptbo Canada

4th Line Theatre In Millbrook Hosting Special Hockey-Themed Event 

January 20, 2020

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...

Sam Tweedle

Only a few tickets left for 4th Line Theatre’s ‘The Fool of Cavan’ Christmas show

December 5, 2019

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...

Peterborough Examiner

Two world premières at Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre in 2020

October 30, 2019

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."

In August, 4th Line will present the world première of Maja Ardal's "Wishful Seeing," directed by Blackwell.


Joe Szekeres

 Review: "Carmel" Presented by 4th Line Theatre

August 22, 2019

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...

Sam Tweedle

4th Line Theatre’s ‘Carmel’ explores the bonds of community and family during troubled times

August 10, 2019

 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.   




The Millbrook Times

Singer/Songwriter Melissa Payne Launches Acting Debut in 4th Line Theatre’s Carmel

July 28, 2019

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...

 Barbara-Ann MacEachern

Pioneering Scollard family celebrates its roots

July 25, 2019



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.


Peterborough Examiner

Junior Achievement reveals Business Hall of Fame inductees in Peterborough

January 16, 2019

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...

Sam Tweedle

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

June 16, 2020 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....

4th Line Theatre in Millbrook cancels 2020 season

June 9, 2020

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 for all of the artists, technicians, designers and


The Millbrook Times

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

May 28, 2020

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

May 14, 2020


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



Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities

How COVID-19 Has Impacted 4th Line Theatre

May 4, 2020


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...


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

April 28, 2020


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...

Peterborough Examiner

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

February 07, 2020

 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. 



The London Free Press

Book about wartime Farmerettes inspires theatre to bring story to stage 

January 13, 2020


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.            Read more...

Lance Anderson

Casting call for young 4th Line actors

November 21, 2019

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-


Lance Anderson

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

October 29, 2019

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 Wishful Seeing, directed by Kim Blackwell, 4th Line’s managing  Read more...


The New Classical 96.3

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

August 21, 2019

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...

Lance Anderson

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

August 6, 2019

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...

Paul Rellinger

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

July 24, 2019

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...

Peterborough Examiner

Cast of new 4th Line musical holding concert after play

July 19, 2019

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...

Paul Rellinger

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

January 16, 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   

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

June 9, 2020

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 hope to move forward with a partial season this year.    Read more...

PTBO Today

4th Line Theatre holding virtual show next week

May 28, 2020

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 a first-come, first-serve.

Sam Tweedle

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

May 25, 2020

 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.


Joe Szekeres, Chief Toronto Critic

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

May 11, 2020


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. 


PTBO Today

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

April 30, 2020

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.

Marissa Lentz

Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre moves Artist Talk online

April 28, 2020

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 will focus on Canadian women theatre artists who are pioneers in their field.    Read More...

The Millbrook Times

4th Line Theatre Hosts a Special Hockey-themed Reminiscence

January 29, 2020

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   Read more...

Peterborough Examiner

Holiday mystery takes to the streets of Millbrook

December 10, 2019


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

Christmas caper in Millbrook for new 4th Line production

November 4, 2019

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...

The Millbrook Times

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

September 25, 2019

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.


Peterborough Examiner

Financial boost for Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre

August 14, 2019

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...

PTBO Canada

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

July 31, 2019

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...

Lance Anderson

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

May 8, 2019

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...