Previous TYA Shows
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 packagethis 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!
…was our smashing summer 2013 hit! This was a stage adaptation of the beloved ‘Stellaluna’ book by Janell Cannon about the misfit bat trying to find her way in a world where she just doesn’t seem to fit in. We used acrobatics, large costumes, set & make up to bring this show life in a magical and unforgettable way! Our TYA cast performed this show 24 times over the summer including tours across Ontario & New Brunswick. We had audiences of all ages and sizes and enjoyed the opportunity to perform at libraries, museums, parks, the University of Waterloo, the Fundy Fringe Festival, community events, and the City of Guelph.
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’.
Halloween Performance 2012
This was a collaborative production with Credit Valley Conservation Area at their Terra Cotta park in 2012. In this Haunted evening the audiences were guided through the dense Terra Cotta forests to find scenes waiting for them in the shadows. By the end of the trail they had solved the mystery…. or were left with questions to keep them up that night! It was a huge success, selling out a week in advance with audiences of over 500 each night! We had a fantastic time writing the original site specific script and rehearsing in the magical forests of Terra Cotta.
A few of the Venues we’ve had the privilege of performing at: