Previous TYA Shows
Based on the beloved children’s series ‘The Treasury of Jillian Jiggs’ written by Phoebe Gilman, this stage adaptation was filled with energy, live music, dance, audience interaction and excitement!
Jillian Jiggs is an incredibly fun journey that is engaging for all with vibrant costumes and props, live music, audience interaction and surprises around every corner! From a simple broom, to a scrap piece of paper, buttons, rubber gloves, cardboard boxes or her duvet Jillian and her friends bring to life adventures on a pirate ship, run in with pigs and chickens or transforming into robots. Jillian’s adventures are never ending, but her mother wishes they would! Can Jillian travel the world and back in time for dinner… and clean her room before her mother comes back? With the help of her friends she will certainly tried!
This was our biggest hit yet, touring through four provinces in Canada, showcasing at Ontario Contact and allowing us to reach even more audiences than ever before touring throughout 2017/18. What a wonderful, imagination filled journey. Jillian livened every room or stage she walked on to and we will miss her energy, her friends and the audiences giggling and bopping along with her. “For a toonie not a loonie….” will forever be in our heads on repeat!!
Originally produced by Green Thumb Theatre ‘Tree Boy’, written by Michele Riml, is a hoot! Avery (aka Enviro-Man) will never be the same. He recently learned about climate change at school and the negative effects on the planet, so how could he be? There were so many things to worry about and so many facts to remember and precautions that should be taken to save the planet. When Avery decides to hold his first protest in his backyard tree house the comedy of errors ensues!
We loved touring this heartfelt comedy to schools and community centres across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia through out 2017/18. The conversations that followed with students about sustainability, allyship, courage and the environment were fantastic. We will truly miss Avery, sorry, Enviro Man and his buddies!!
Out in the Open
Out in the Open, written by Dave Deveau, followed best friends Adam & Stephen as they head off for a weekend camping trip. Stephen hates the outdoors, getting dirty, and most of all the thought of going a day without indoor plumbing. However, Adam convinces him to get out of the city and enjoy the outdoors. While lost in the forest we see how these two interact and how gender stereotypes have these two boys stuck in roles they aren’t sure they fit in. Stephen is clean cut, fashion conscious and sophisticated while Adam is laid back, sloppy and girl crazy. That is until the moment when the truth is finally revealed. One of them has a secret they have been hiding for fear of losing everything they know as ‘normal’. Out in the Open explored the experience of having to reveal a truth about yourself that others may not understand or agree with. The idea that what you say could change things forever is terrifying, whether you are the one revealing or receiving the secret.
We proudly toured this production to high schools, colleges and community events all over Southern and Northern Ontario throughout 2016/17. The response we received was phenomenal, including schools using it as an opportunity to open and continue the conversations about acceptance, allyship, labels, gender stigma and sexuality. What a great reason to tour all over this beautiful province!!
The Balloon Tree
We fully leapt from reality into this Renaissance inspired musical, based on the story by beloved Canadian children’s author Phoebe Gilman. The script was adapted by Alexandra Lent, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Nagel & Brianna Gorsline. Imaginations ran free as we followed Princess Leora on a musical adventure through her village in search for the one object that will save them all – a balloon. This magical journey was filled with live music, sword fighting, wizards, magic spells, audience interaction and of course, lots and lots of balloons! We toured this production all over Southern Ontario, reaching more schools, theatres and communities than we had ever reached before. We will always have a soft spot for this season, our beautiful tree (which actually sprouted balloons) and the whimsy that followed us on this touring season!
Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
We LOVED touring this hilarious comedy of errors all across Ontario and out to the East Coast of Canada for our 2015/16 season. From schools, to theatres to festivals and community centres we followed Alexander from sunrise to sunset on this… yes, you guessed it… Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! Between the sincerity of Alexander’s frustration, the live music, songs, audience interaction and humour this production toured from the GTA to Northern Ontario and out to Nova Scotia bringing joy and laughter to audiences of all ages. We were very sad to see this Bad Day come to an end!
A Permanent Solution…
We toured this poignant and hopeful play to high schools across Ontario from 2014 to 2015. This production shed light and opened dialogue surrounding mental health and suicide in teens. Combined with the thorough and informative educational package this production started an integral discussion with over 7,000 students which we hope continued long after we left. Theatre can be such a powerful medium, and using it to share the message of hope and empathy was incredibly rewarding. Thank you to all who helped us along the way such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, The Suicide Awareness Council, The Dufferin Child & Family Services and RogersTV!
Love You Forever & More Munsch
Love You Forever & More Munsch is an adaptation by Stephen Colella & Sue Miner of a compilation of 5 of Robert Munsch’s
beloved stories brought to life onstage. We toured this family friendly production across Ontario for our 2014 season with rave reviews, including 36 shows at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)!
In this hilarious & energetic production a brother and a sister dodge the terrors of dragons, babies, wheel chairs as well as the temptations of mischief all while trying not to get caught by their mother! This production weaved scenes from ‘The Paper Bag Princess’, ‘Mortimer’, ‘Murmel, Murmel, Murmel’, ‘Zoom’, and of course, ‘Love You Forever’ into an energetic and unforgettable performance.
A Long Long Journey Into Spring
From the spring of 2014 to the following spring in 2015, our professional cast toured this production across Southern Ontario. With the help of the audience Marley managed to befriend Jack Frost and convince him to thaw out the ice and snow so spring could finally come!
We premiered this To Be Determined Theatre Co. original play written by Artistic Director Alexandra Lent last year on Family Day at the Wellington County Museum for sold out audiences and loved the opportunity to continue touring it to museums, libraries, and community events throughout the following year. Wit and fast paced games kept the audience and Marley on their toes as Jack Frost thought he could take on a bunch of kids. He was wrong, every time!
Halloween Performance 2014
This was our largest Halloween performance yet! It incorporated interactive Zombie scenes that spanned most of Terra Cotta Conservation Area, including a Zombie dance, Zombie Survival Station, Zombie Sightings on the wagon ride, and the spooky Mad Scientist lab where the bravest young audience members got to help create real live zombies! These performances ran for two weekends this year, with more audiences than these events had seen before!
Halloween Performance 2013
Tbd Theatre Co.’s TYA cast had an incredible time writing, rehearsing & performing ‘Under the Bed’ for Terra Cotta Conservation’s Haunted Forest Event 2013. Performing this interactive monster theatre on the brand new outdoor amphitheatre was fantastic! We performed this play 12 times over 2 nights to sold out audiences of all ages. We also charmed and spooked the audiences that night with our ‘Stories by the Fire’.
A few of the Venues we’ve had the privilege of performing at: