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LOVE LETTERS, our first live, in-theatre show of the 2021-22 season is now over!

For more information on the show, click on the poster below….

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Here’s what some audience members thought of the show:

  • “We just want you to know that the three of us thoroughly enjoyed “Love Letters” last night. The whole show was great.”
  • “We saw Love Letters on September 26th and thought it was wonderfully well done! A moving and beautifully executed play by both actors. Thank you!!!”
  • “It is so nice to be in an actual theatre again, instead of Zooming. And I felt perfectly safe with all the precautions you’ve taken. Lovely show.”

With the comfort and safety of our patrons always on our mind, mask and proof-of-vaccination (with ID) requirements were in place and the theatre had significantly reduced capacity to allow physical distancing. Audiences benefited from our updated AC and ventilation to bring in fresh air from outside, with UVC purification (designed for hospitals) to kill viruses in the air. Doors remained closed until 45 minutes before show time to prevent congestion in the lobby, and the show had no intermission.


September 22, 2021

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Bloor West Village Players has updated its COVID-19 Safety Plan for our return to live theatre with LOVE LETTERS.

For a short version for our patrons, click here —–> PATRON safety snapshot

For a short version for our volunteers, click here —–> VOLUNTEER safety snapshot

For the full Safety Plan (37 pages), click here  —–> VP Safety Plan 20210829


October 14, 2021

Dear friends. . . .

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We have installed new ventilation and cooling for the mainspace, with almost twice the cooling power as previously, mixed with fresh air and run through a Sanuvox Quattro GX system that will kill viruses (COVID, flu etc).

We hope that you were as thrilled as we were with LOVE LETTERS – a live play in our own Village Playhouse.  A “capacity-reduced” audience enjoyed it, and many others of you await our next play.  Certainly, a corner has been turned … but we still need your help.

We have, over many years, been able to build up a small emergency reserve by being fiscally responsible. We are very proud to have operated so successfully for over 47 seasons.

Last year we appealed to you, our audience — the most vital part of our community — when we launched a fundraising campaign. You responded very generously – we raised over $60,000, helping us not only to continue on, but to update our AC, air distribution and purification (see photo above). We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We will continue to do all we can to ensure that the Village Players survives, so that you can continue to have a quality community theatre that provides you excellent, affordable live theatre.

This year, we have set ourselves the goal of raising $50,000 in order to pay our Bloor Street rent and other ongoing expenses – as we put more shows on stage.

Will you help support the Village by making a monthly online pledge, or a one-time donation? Please click on the icon just below to find out how.

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"Village Players" "Bloor West Village Players" "Village Playhouse" "Runnymede theatre" theatre theater "community theatre" sponsors restaurants bars cafe advertizers⇐ Click on this icon for a map and links to local community Village Players supporters. (including where to get a bite or a drink before/after a show.)  Keep these businesses, our neighbours, in mind when you can support them. Don’t forget to tell them you saw their ad on the Village web site!


February 24, 2021

We will open our doors again.
(Association of Community Theatres – Ontario)


December 15, 2020

This fall we gave away volunteer-made cloth face masks with a Village logo decal to our patrons and volunteers. Here’s a composite photo with some happy (and masked) recipients.MaskComposite-FINALsmall

If anyone wants a mask, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) with postage to cover the mailing – about $1.50 – to the theatre and we’ll mail you off two.

If you have some of these logo masks already and you would like more, please send a SASE and $5 for each mask.

See mailing address here.


Audience
The importance of our audience, by Serbian artist Dusan Petricic.

 


In the meantime, have a look at some of our past seasons. Just click on one of the images below, and read more about that season and all the plays in it…

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NEWS, April 5, 2020

Village Players’ Good People took part in the 2020 ACT-CO Festival, and earned 9 nominations. Congratulations to:

1. Male in a supporting role: Matthew Taylor
2. Female in a supporting role: Alyssa Quart
3. Female in a supporting role: Chantel McDonald
4. Props design: JD Joute
5. Costume design: Anne Harper
6. Sound design: Samantha DeVries
7. Female in a leading role: Renée Cullen
8. Stage manager: Bridget Jankowski
9. Production (drama): Good People


NEWS, May 20, 2019

Village Player’s Late Company played a single performance at the Theatre Ontario Festival, 2019, and was awarded the following:

Awards:
1. Outstanding Director: Valary Cook
2. Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Lydia Kiselyk as Debra
3. Special Adjudicator Award for prop coordination – food: Susan Poole, ASM

Honourable Mentions:
1. Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Andrew Horbatuik as Bill
2. Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role: Dylan Mills-Capote as Curtis
3. Outstanding Visual Presentation

Congratulations to everyone who helped put this amazing play together.


NEWS, April 7, 2019:

Village Players’ production of LATE COMPANY won best drama at the ACT-CO gala last night and will remount the play at the Theatre Ontario Festival in Richmond Hill May 15. We’ll be posting how to buy tickets as soon as we find out.

Theresa Arneaud won for best drama set design and we had 5 other nominations:
Valary Cook (director), Lydia Kiselyk (acress in a leading role), Rob Candy (adjudicator’s award), Samantha De Vries (sound design), David Nicholson (lighting design)

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The Village Players contingent, with THEAs. (Fred Dus, David Nicholson, Andrew Horbatiuk, Lydia Kiselyk, Dylan Mills-Capote, Valary Cook, Susan Poole, Theresa Arneaud, Anne Harper, Rob Candy – photo by Jennifer Monteith)

FOCUS ON VOLUNTEERS

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