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Theatre in the Park

Join WAC for Theatre in the Park 2019 at Lockwood Park this July. Our FREE Triple Treat special brings three theatre companies to Westport to present excerpts from their summer headlining plays. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an afternoon of outdoor theatre. 
BarnDoor Productions Perth: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Perth Studio Theatre: Salt-Water Moon by David French
Smiths Falls Community Theatre: Narnia by Jules Tasca


WAC Theatre in the Park 2019 Final


BarnDoor Productions Perth: Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

The Play: Referred to by superstitious actors as ‘the Scottish play’, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy in which appalling earthly crimes have lasting supernatural repercussions.

‘By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes’

Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, and spurred on by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror – killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands and wives, and the risks they are prepared to take to achieve their desires.

Macbeth King of the North poster.jpg.opt529x685o0,0s529x685The Production: BarnDoor Productions is Perth’s original community theatre. Their
roots go back to 1983 with Perth Summer Theatre, a professional summer theatre company that ran well into the 1990s, then morphed to become BarnDoor Productions. After two seasons of touring their productions around various sites in Lanark County, they were instrumental in the establishment, design and construction of Perth’s Studio Theatre in 1997, becoming the Resident Production Company there for eleven years, presenting a mix of productions from favourite old chestnuts to modern works to original plays to the classics.

After leaving the Studio Theatre in 2008, Producing Directors David and Janice Jacklin purchased and renovated a vacant property, Charley’s Car Wash, opening it as the Full Circle Theatre in August of 2011. FCT, as it is known, is an air-conditioned, ground-level, barrier-free theatre that features, among other things, century-old leather and wood seating that was salvaged from Perth’s Balderson Theatre, a movie and vaudeville house which ran from 1915 to 1958. Full Circle Theatre hosts musical events, touring plays, a film series and, of course, BarnDoor’s own work. BarnDoor Productions are completing their 24th season with the show you are going to see some scenes from, their 128th production overall. And that’s all been done without one penny in taxpayers’ dollars.

In addition to presenting 128 productions over the years, being instrumental in the creation of two different theatres in a town that originally had none, and setting a standard of excellence that, in the words of one reviewer, “belies their amateur status”, the Jacklins were recognized in 2012 by the Queen herself, each of them receiving the Queen Elizabeth the Second Diamond Jubilee Medal for, as stated in the citation, their “contributions to Canada”.

Those contributions are going beyond the borders of Canada, though, as original plays created by BarnDoor Productions are also being produced internationally, with recent productions in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and an upcoming one in Australia! Not bad for “the little theatre that could.”

BarnDoor’s 128th production is a return to their roots. Macbeth is their 12th production of one of Shakespeare’s works – if you don’t count the two times they mounted The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). It is truly one of the Bard’s greatest plays: it contains some of him most remarkable poetry, is filled with action, mystery, danger and all things dark and noisome. It’s simply great theatre.

See the full play between August 2-11. Click here for more information. 


Perth Studio Theatre: Salt-Water Moon by David French

The Play: It’s a splendid moon-filled night at Coley’s Point in August, 1926. Eighteen-year-old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.

Final-Poster-663x1024The Production: There is a lot of Newfoundland excitement brewing in theatre these days, with the amazing musical Come From Away playing in all the big venues. Perth Studio Theatre wanted to brew a little Nfld celebration of their own, and came up with this amazing play by Canada’s own David French.  An interesting note is that the large scale musical Come From Away, and this “two hander” (a cast of only 2), Salt-Water Moon, both deal  with real places and actual history.  In 2001 after 911 all planes had to be rerouted from touching down in the United States, and Gander was the place where they landed.  That is the basis for Come From Away.  In Salt-Water Moon, set in 1926 in Coley’s Point, two young people are living in the aftermath of the World War 1, in which both their father’s fought while their mother’s waited and the children had to grow up far too quickly.
I am so proud to have two newly graduated Algonquin College Performing Arts students taking on the complex and poignant roles of teenagers Jacob Mercer and Mary Snow.  And I am excited that Jacob Mercer is being played by Westport’s own Corgand Janeway-Svendsen. Jacob Mercer’s co-star is Mary Snow, played by the talented Ottawa based actress Jasmine Halish.

A two hander is not an easy play to perform.  The relationships need to be electric, since it will be  the only relationship the audience will  see all afternoon or evening.  It needs to excite and captivate.  The relationship has to be full of banter. The actors need to either connect or conflict – resulting in possibilities of betrayal, conciliation, destruction, and attraction.  You will see Jacob and Mary pounce on each other’s mistakes  and  experience moments of madness, as they share family secrets and personal trials that no one else has heard, and as they try and justify to each other, and to themselves, why they chose the paths they are on. Another challenge with a two hander is that they are the story tellers and all the characters in the play.   They take on multiple characters, painting pictures of each colourful person  that is introduced as they spin the yarn.  One minute Jacob is a reclusive tooth –charmer, and the next he is Rose of Sharon in the big city of Toronto.  Mary is her sister Dot in a St. John’s home for young girls, and the next she is portraying her employer, Lady Emma.

As well as being a two hander, this play has not intermission and no scene changes.  It takes place in real time..  On a moonlit evening, Mary is looking at the stars through a spy glass, waiting for her fiancé, the local school teacher to arrive.  Imagine her surprise when her former beau strolls into the yard, back from Canada. Ancient history, best left buried – Jacob having been gone for a year, with not letters sent.  Or is it?

See the full play between August 8-18. Click here for more information. 

Smiths Falls Community Theatre: Narnia by Jules Tasca

The Play: The first and most famous story of The Chronicles of Narnia has become a musical presentation of this unique, enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent. The principal inhabitants, however, are the intelligent talking animals ruled by the majestic King Aslan, the great lion of Narnia. Though Aslan is often absent from the land (so that his very existence is doubted by some), he returns when the need for him is greatest. And entering Narnia at a moment of high adventure are some children—plucked from our world in unexpected ways to help Narnia and to learn from their Narnia odyssey lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom that will help them grow.


The Production: “You can’t imagine how beautiful it was” sings Tumnus to Lucy about Narnia before the White Witch turned it into a cold winter wasteland. The musical Narnia written by Jules Tasca, is based on C.S. Lewis’ classic story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The show’s music was composed by Thomas Tierney who has written music for many award-winning musicals and the lyrics, which advance the story were written by Ted Drachman. Together they have created a unique, enchanted show filled with magical creatures and spirits. Many who have read Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia have theorized on what it is really about from the effects of the ravages of war, to links to the Christian story and how Aslan is a type of Jesus character due to his willingness to sacrifice himself to save another. However, at one point when Mr. Lewis was being asked about what inspired him to write the Chronicles, he didn’t really provide an answer but cautioned that the guesses by outsiders have always been wrong. Always.

What is of interest is that during World War II, Lewis and his family hosted three little girls evacuated from London. Perhaps this could be linked to the beginning of the story being the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmond having to come to live in Professor Digory Kirke’s manor to be safe from the London bombings. There they encounter a strict housekeeper, Mrs. Macready who makes them feel unwelcome, unsympathetic to their situation. So of course, there is incentive to escape from the reality of it all. Regardless of what inspired Mr. Lewis to write these magical stories with the universal theme of good vs. evil, the story continues to be engaging and entertaining. Narnia presents a strange and at times scary world, as seen from perspective of children, who, when confronted with temptation and ethical challenges respond with courage, unselfishness and wisdom. The Smiths Falls Community Theatre has a tradition of choosing summer shows that involve young children and as this show provided a great number of opportunities to involve young actors, it was chosen as their 2019 season’s summer offering. In fact, there are 38 cast members, of which 26 are young actors, the youngest being 7. When counting all of the crew, the total people involved comes to 60, all who have and will volunteer countless number of hours to bring this story to life. We hope many come to enjoy and marvel at what they have created on The Station Theatre stage, beginning on August 9th@ 7:30 for two weekends ending on August 18th.

See the full play between August 9-18. Click here for more information. 


23 Nov: Christmas Begins in Westport

WAC Christmas 2018

Start the holiday season with the whole family in Westport! Explore the WAC “one of a kind” Christmas market where you will find unique, creative, and handmade gifts and then fill up on cheer and seasonal spirit with wagon rides, carolling, food, drinks, and, of course, the lighting of the WAC Christmas tree.

Local boutiques will also be open until 8pm so you can enjoy the festivities and shop at your leisure. 

Best of the Fest

“Wow” is the only word we can think of to describe MUSICwestport 2017! From the smash hit of The PepTides at Friday’s kick-off party to the perfect weather and continuous summer sounds from new bands and old favourites. We want to thank everyone who participated in the event from our artists, sponsors, volunteers, and, of course, all those who travelled to Westport to enjoy the music and so much more! See you all next year!




MUSICwestport Schedule


Friday 18 August 2017

PepTides V5

Kick Off Party featuring The PepTides

7:00-11:00pm  –   The Cove   – Reservations Recommended

$50 Buffet & Show

$20 Show Only (Seating available based what is left after Buffet & Show reservations)


Saturday 19 August 2017

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Little Rideau Farm Maple Syrup Stage 

Soho’s Storage, 43 Bedford St.


Westport Village IDA Pharmacy Stage

12:30pm – 6:30pm

The Cove, 2 Bedford St.


The Bands


The Grace Babies/Mae West (Montreal)

Bring your dance shoes, sandals or bare feet, and your positive mental attitude as we enjoy a set of awesome neo-soul and funk music from The Grace Babies/Mae West of Montreal.

The Grace Babies/Mae West emphasize this idea through their natural, simple, elegant, honest, raw and unaffected approach to music. The 4 seasoned professionals were brought together through happenstance during an informal Montreal loft jam-session in early 2017. Despite the fact that this particular outfit was formed quite recently, the musical connection and mutual respect are immediately evident upon hearing their contemporary melange of Blues, Rock n Roll, Funk, Punk and RnB. A musical journey through past, present and future that is guaranteed to satisfy the soul. Featuring some of the city’s greatest groove ambassadors and former McGill University Jazz Program schoolmate to Seamus Cowan, Greg Ritchie who has just returned from living and playing for a few years in the music scene in New York City! Along with bass player/a cappella specialist Josh Goldman and soul singer number one, Snooky Alston!

Leslie “Snooky” Alston – lead vocals, percussion
Gaetano Frangella – guitars, vocals
Josh Goldman – bass, vocals
Greg Ritchie – drums

Tom Savage Band (Kingston)

One part truth-telling troubadour, one part guitar slinger and one part Country Blues howler. Each facet of his formidable on-stage persona carefully crafted over a 20+ year devotion to the composition and performance of song. Tom is a true believer and a disciple of melody, harmony, tempo and timbre. The Westport native pours his heart out of his throat every night, shredding his fingertips on the 1966 Guild acoustic he adores. He just recorded a new record in Kingston at North of Pine Studio with Zane Whitefield, toured the US and Canada twice in the last two years and plays solo, in his own group with these musicians and with his bluegrass inspired outfit, Foley Mountain Playboys. 

Brea Lawrenson Band (Carleton Place)

From the poignant ‘With You, Whiskey’ to the rollicking ‘Hell On High Heels’, ’25 To Life’ to the sassy “Canadian Pearl”, to the soulful “Lynchburg”, Brea captures emotions and stories in her music that have put her on the charts 6 times in the last 3 years. Her appearances at fairs and festivals have been with such greats as Brett Kissel, Tom Cochrane, The Road Hammers and most recently Dwight Yoakam.  She was the 2015 CMAO Nominee for Rising Star and Female Artist Of The Year! Welcoming back to the MUSICwestport stage featuring local stars Shawn McCullough on guitar, Wade Foster on fiddle and rhythm section Rocky Lafleur on bass and Mark Lemieux on drums!


The Barrel Boys (Toronto)

Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece traditional bluegrass string band based in Toronto. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals and their repertoire finely balances standard tunes with their own original writing. Their instrumentation lends itself to classic bluegrass, but they are also fluent in old time, classic country, and Americana, and their original material is informed by all of these styles. Each of the 5 members writes and sings their own tunes, making for a wide stylistic range within the band’s sound.

The Kingston Ceili Band (Kingston)

An institution in Kingston for over 25 years, the current line-up of Anne Archer (flute), Shane Dunne (guitar and vocals),  have only been together 5 years. The band’s mix of lively traditional fiddle tunes, classical instrumentals, soulful ballads and rollicking pub songs is a hit wherever they play.
Sláinte (a traditional Irish toast meaning “good health”), the Céilí Band’s latest release.

A Fellow Ship (Toronto)

A Fellow Ship is a Toronto band consisting of 7 close friends with a love for folk music. Their music is a unique blend of folk pop with a jazz twist. Their long-time camaraderie makes their live show incredibly captivating. Think Mumford & Sons! And they vacation in the area…
They have been described by Toronto music staple & promoter, Dan Burke, as having made the best first impression that any local band has made on him in recent memory!

Kasador (Kingston)

For the past three years, Kasador have been bringing their blend of Canadian indie rock to cities across Ontario, Quebec and the US. Birthed from the acoustic styling of frontman Will Hunter, the group has evolved into an electric entity that has crowds closing the gap to the monitors wherever they go. With an indie rock sound built around powerful choruses, the band keeps audiences swaying and singing from the first chord to the last. Featuring The Tragically Hip offspring Angus, nephew of Johnny Fay and Boris, son of Rob Baker! Have shared the stage with such major bands as Walk Off The Earth, Arkells and July Talk, the band is becoming known for its energetic stage show mixing synth pop with funk and disco.

Miss Emily feat. Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip (Kingston)

Her music spans genres, crosses barriers and creates bridges. Her voice soars to emotional heights and reaches down into the grittiness of the soul. Her performances are foot-stomping, heart-wrenching adventures in rhythm, blues, jazz and rock and roll. For more than a decade Miss Emily has captivated audiences across Canada, the US and the UK. Her most recent record ‘Rise’ featured Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip as does her upcoming record. From working with legends like Gene Simmons of KISS and Bruce Springsteen, opening slots for The Tragically Hip and The Trews, Miss Emily is currently working on a new record that traces back to her roots in music and already includes some of the best song-writing of her young career.


The PepTides (Ottawa)

The PepTides is a nine-member band hailing from Ottawa with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on funk, electronic and disco influences.

Wandering Minstrels –

King of the Swingers (Westport)

King of the Swingers have energized festivals, fairgrounds, street concerts and parties with their upbeat, energized approach to Dixie music. With locals Steve Clarke, Marty Crapper, Stu Pike and Dawson Willsey. Catch them on a town corner or somewhere on Bedford St. ready to take you on a little trip down nostalgia lane.


Thanks to our patron sponsors!


Winter Carnival 2015 1Activities from 11am

Pony Rides  –  Petting Zoo  –  Bonfire  –  Marshmallow Roast  –  Hot Food  –  Public Skating (12:30-2:30p)

Competitions from 2pm

Teams in categories will go head-to-head! Categories: Seniors, Kids, Businesses, Service Clubs, Fire Department

Tug of War  –  Log Sawing  –  Nail Hammering  –  Snowman Building  –  Fresh Egg Marathon

Music at The Cove from 4-8pm

After the festivities, warm up at The Cove with free music featuring Shawn McCullough, Henry Norwood & Wade Foster