'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.”
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 ProjectRead More...
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 and Read More....
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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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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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 performer Read more...
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 this... 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 “coming to you live from the internet.” Read More...
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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...
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.
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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.
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.
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 artistic director.
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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 early Read more...
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...
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 Peterborough-based Pioneer chainsaw company.
Kim Blackwell marks 25 years at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook
June 11, 2019
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 in Read more...
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.
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.
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...
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 derived from local stories and memories. Read more...
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
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. It was written by Linday Finlan Read more...
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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.
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...
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. Tensions mount and The Needlers take to the streets of Millbrook to solve the mystery and clear their names. Read more...
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.