“Celebrating over 80 years of professional summer theatre in Muskoka!”            

Welcome to ACT'S fifth season

From July 29 through September 19, 2015, you'll find us at various venues around Muskoka...with exciting new works that you won't want to miss!

From July 29 through August 8, we'll proudly present PALEONCOLOGY, a new play by Kira Hall and Moon Dinosaur Theatre. PALEONCOLOGY is a smart, heartbreaking, darkly funny solo show that tells the story of a young woman whose brother is dying of cancer. To deal with her feelings about the impending loss - or rather, to avoid dealing with them - she turns to her childhood passion: dinosaurs. With the help of stuffed dinosaur puppets, overhead projections, and an unseen therapist, we see her struggle to find herself when her world starts falling apart. Many of you will remember Kira from our 2014 company...she won kids hearts performing in BunchaMunsch and served as production assistant on other shows. We're delighted and honoured to present PALEONCOLOGY in Bala this summer, fresh off its hugely successful national tour in 2014. 

“... Her finale left me teary-eyed.” - Pat Donnelly, Montreal Gazette

“Don't take too long to figure out that this is a show to see.” - Charlebois Post

“A show with plenty of heart, tons of smarts, and talent to spare. Check it out.”- The Visitorium

“★★★★1/2... deep, poignant and heartbreaking but sweet and funny at the same time...” - Calgary is Awesome

“★★★★1/2 .. bittersweet and satirical (think J.D. Salinger)...” - Victoria Times Colonist

“... an impressively subtle set of relationships...” - Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

“First-rate... Don't miss this one.”- Calgary Sun

plays at Bala United Church
3115 Muskoka Road 169
next to Margaret Burgess Park
Wednesday ~ Saturday
  7:30pm, July 29 to August 8.

August 14 - 16 marks the return of our Theatre Starts play reading festival. These readings have been a huge hit each year, and we're proud to be partnering with the Theatre Starts organization once again. We don't know at this point which plays will be read, because a playwright's competition is involved...but, it won't be long before we can reveal the successful artists.

plays at Bala United Church
  3115 Muskoka Road 169
  next to Margaret Burgess Park
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th at 7:30pm
Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th at 2:30pm

One of the plays featured at last years reading will have its professional debut with Actors' Colony this season. It's true! Folks who attended the Swing Dance reading loved it so much, we've optioned to produce the World Premiere this September...at Gravenhurst Opera House!  

Swing Dance is a hilarious new play by Lynda Martens about sexy senior citizens...it takes two to tango...or does it? Perhaps it takes four. And what do you do with the balloon? Walter has a prescription, Vicky has a recipe and Jasmine an invitation to the dance. Dante plays devil's advocate. Find out what really happens after hours in suburbia. Swing Dance is a comic story of...hot sex?...or hot flashes? Directed by Dave Campbell and featuring Wayne V. Johnson, Frances Stecyk Townend, Deb Tennant and Brian Paul, this play will leave you with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye! 

Swing Dance 
at Gravenhurst Opera House
September 9 - 11, 16 - 19 at 8:00pm
September 8 - 10, 15 - 17 at 2:00pm

And last but by no means least, we're offering the amazing Mike Petersen's traditional Punch 'n Judy show, on tour through our area during the week of August 17! With assistance from the Bala Cranberry Festival, this 
pop-up Punch 'n Judy show is a special treat for families - keep your eyes peeled for the man in the bowler hat... you never know when or where his tent will appear and the performance will begin!