The Unicorn Theatre is a true gem in the heart of St. Margaret’s Bay! This Youth Theatre grew out of a drama camp held at the Shore Club in Hubbards in 1995. The enthusiasm and talent of the young actors was so impressive that the camp organizers then established a year-round children’s theatre. The theatre’s first production, Annie, was performed in March 1996 and five years later, the theatre moved to its current home, the Bay Community Centre.
The Unicorn Theatre boasts a full program of theatrical activities for young theatre enthusiasts from grades 2 to 12. They present two major productions a year (casting by audition) in the Fall and in the Spring.
What makes this non-profit theatre unique is that it is a co-operative completely run by volunteers under the guidance of a Board of Directors. The ‘Unicorn Family’ includes the children, parents, volunteers and the working board of directors that collaborate to create this child-centred culture of respect that is the Unicorn Theatre. The goals of the program are to provide an environment for the children to gain confidence and self assurance as they learn to speak in public and work as a team, while having lots of fun. Through hard work and commitment, these rising stars present two full theatre productions each year, complete with a well-deserved cast party at the end of the show!
The Unicorn Theatre not only gives young people the chance to perform, it also offers them the opportunity to learn more about theatre and other performing arts.
In addition to the two major annual productions, the Unicorn Theatre has ongoing programs throughout the year.
The Saturday Morning Club
The Unicorn Theatre’s Saturday Morning Club (SMC) is a theatre program for children in grades 1 to 5 who are interested in theatre and performing arts with the main focus of having FUN! These sessions start each October on every second Saturday morning from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. This program is a great introduction to theatre and includes a wide range of theatre components including: acting, singing, dancing, musical and physical theatre, drum/percussion workshops, theatre games, making/performing with puppets and behind-the-scenes action.
The Unicorn Theatre’s Pegasus Program is an enriched theatre program for young theatre enthusiasts and performers in grades 7 and up. Their focus is on the different aspects of theatre including: musical theatre, acting techniques, improv, lighting/sound and playwriting.
During the summer, the Unicorn Theatre offers drama camps for youth entering grades 2 to 7, as well as, weekend camps for grades 1 – 12. There are still a few spots available for July and August! For more information on any of the Unicorn Theatre Programs or to register, visit their website.
Where: Bay Community Centre
Address: 11 Station Road, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay