Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park program has pivoted from their regular Shakespearean series to a full array of theatrical and natural experiences for 2021. It’s set in the outdoor High Park Amphiteatre, where grassy benches have been adapted into “pods” for social distancing.

There are plenty of family-friendly shows on offer this summer:

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boys And Girls  – July 17–18, 9:30 & 11:00am
Presented by Roseneath Theatre in partnership with Canadian Stage, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” follows the story of 9-year-old Fiona who comes out as a boy and wants to be called Fin. Fin has always had this feeling – knowing something is different but not knowing what it was or how to say it. As Fin cuts his hair short and changes his name, his family works to understand and adjust to Fin’s gender identity. Dad is accepting of the change right away, but Mom doesn’t quite get it at first. Always from a place of good intentions, we see Fin’s family struggle with this change and through the course of the play ultimately begin to accept and embrace Fin for who he is. Suitable for ages 9 – 14.

Bat Night – August 3, 8:00pm and September 14, 7:00pm
High Park Nature Centre comes to the Amphitheatre for a 30-minute interactive presentation where they’ll cover all things bat – behaviour, habitat and favourite foods. Audiences will then leave the Amphitheatre and explore High Park’s trails using hand-held bat detectors and, if lucky, may even hear the bats’ ultrasonic calls as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage and spot their silhouettes.

Stillwater School for Mosquitos – August 10-13, 11:00am
Presented as part of The Musical Stage Company’s residency as part of Dream in High Park by Canadian Stage. Bugs are taking over High Park in this work-in-progress concert for young audiences and their families! Join The Mulligans as they share snippets and stories around the creation of Stillwater School for Mosquitos, and hear bits of the exciting synth-pop score!

Storytent – August 21–22, 10:00am
The family-friendly storytelling program is led by the exuberant host Donna Dudinsky.

Is My Microphone On? – September 2–19, 7:30pm
This generation will no longer be able to avoid the consequences of climate change. In this Canadian premiere of Governor General’s Award-winner Jordan Tannahill’s newest play, a group of young people speak directly to the adults in the audience, holding them to account, questioning the choices that have not been made, the ones that children will be forced to make, and what kind of future they stand to inherit.

Canadian Stage’s Dream In High Park:

When: 2021 Season runs from July to September – calendar details here
Where: High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Website: www.canadianstage.com/shows-events/dream-in-high-park