Welcome to The Village Playhouse

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The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theatre and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft’s Theatre District.

With monthly TIFF screenings and community events, there’s always something going on at the historic theatre that is by operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with St. Paul’s United Church.

This partnership makes the Playhouse different than most theatres. All of our proceeds support the restoration and up-keep of our historic theatre but we also use Playhouse proceeds to provide what we call “Caring through Culture.” This means that proceeds from Playhouse shows, the bar, different lotteries, raffles and contests help to fund the free programs and services that are offered in our community by Hospice North Hastings.

We thank you for your support and for your on-going patronage.

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When you follow our “Buy Ticket” link you will land on BoxOfficeBancroft.com. Please register for a free account in order to purchase your tickets online. This requires an email address and the creation of a password. Billing will show up on your credit card statement as “All Occasion Event Rentals.”

EVENTS ~

 

Jul
29
Sat
A Vision of Elvis on Tour @ The North Hastings Community Centre (ARENA)
Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm

Live Theatre Elvis Show

A Vision Of Elvis is one the world’s greatest Elvis tributes and is now touring all major UK theatres.

Celebrating the music of Elvis Presley’s career from Sun Studio’s,The Movie Years through to ’68 Comeback with the finale being the Concert Years engaging audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience.

The World Famous Elvis Show starring the multi award winning Rob Kingsley has the total package – the look… the sound… the charisma, together with his spectacular live Band who even play authentic instruments leaves the audience in no doubt that they are witnessing a truly authentic Live Elvis show.

Robs costumes are made by Gene Doucette who is the person that created Elvis’s world famous jumpsuits.

Every aspect of the A Vision of Elvis show is produced to be as close to a real Elvis concert as possible thus given the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan.

Endorsed by Mr. Ed Bonja – Elvis’s Photographer and Road Manager (1970-1977).

“On stage Rob Kingsley looks extraordinarily like Elvis. He sings like Elvis, but most importantly, he seems to capture the very soul of Elvis – his charisma, his gestures – he even walks like Elvis! Rob’s contact with the audience is immediate – As soon as the concerts begin, surrounded by his musicians and backing vocalists, he takes the spectators on an emotional roller coaster through time; and, in doing so, shows them a true Vision of Elvis”.

A Vision of Elvis – The ONLY Elvis show to see.

Seating chart for ticket sales:

Elvis makes July trip across pond for Bancroft date

The biggest Elvis fan club in the world happens to be in the UK so it just makes sense that the best Elvis tribute show would also be in the UK and as luck would have it, one of the key owners of Tribute Show Productions, which hosts this powerful award winning Elvis tribute show, has a cottage on Baptiste Lake, he loves hockey and he’s passionate about Hospice and its role in the community. From every connection, come amazing opportunities, so for the team at the North Hastings Community Centre and at Hospice North Hastings, a connection and some conversations with Alastair Ralston-Saul is turning into an opportunity to host the biggest concert Bancroft has ever dreamed of when “A Vision of Elvis” travels to Bancroft for one show on July 29.

Ralston-Saul’s family has been a part of our community for generations. The former owner of Ranger’s Lodge on Baptiste Lake is passionate about the untapped potential of this region and as his entertainment business started to boom in the UK, he recognized an opportunity to test the local market while helping a couple of community organizations. And if all goes well with the show on July 29, the arena will have its new roof paid for and Hospice North Hastings will be able to tap into some much-needed operating funds.

“This is a big world class show,” said Ralston-Saul in a phone interview from the U.K. “There is so much quality and they are maniacs for Elvis here. I see women just going ecstatic with excitement and last week actually saw them throwing their knickers at him on the stage!”

Ralston-Saul believes that this musical show will be just what Bancroft needs to showcase its potential as an entertainment hub and starting with Elvis is a sure bet. His company has a long list of diverse and theatrically thrilling tribute shows but “A Vision of Elvis” holds a special place in the former Army Officer’s heart because the military is where the show actually started.

You can hear the smile in Ralston-Saul’s voice as he tells the story of meeting Rob Kingsley, who plays Elvis. Kingsley was a Corporal in a Scottish Regiment and he would always sing to the troops. While serving in Cyprus he got on stage one night, it was a big hit and he never looked back.

Celebrating the music of Elvis Presley’s career from Sun Studio’s, the movie years through to his ’68 comeback with the finale being the concert years, this show engages audiences with an uplifting and authentic Elvis experience. Starring the multi award winning Rob Kingsley, the show is the total package – the look, the sound, the charisma and together with his spectacular live band who even play authentic instruments, Kingsley leaves the audience convinced they are witnessing a truly authentic live Elvis show. Kingsley’s costumes are even made by Gene Doucette who was the person that created Elvis’s world famous jumpsuits.

Every aspect of the “A Vision of Elvis” show will create the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan with great live music, all the way from the UK, for one night only. For the 1,200 fans who get tickets to the July 29 show at the NHCC, it will be a night to remember.

Ralston-Saul says this year is all about testing the market and if we can pull it off this will be an annual Bancroft event that will grow.

“This can be bigger than Havelock,” Ralston-Saul says. “We have the shows and the connections and we believe this is possible with plans already being hatched to bring his Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury shows next year.

The not-for-profits named as recipients of the show proceeds are also hopeful for a smash hit. This is a big step for Bancroft but everyone is up for the risk, the music and the special magic that Elvis was known for, so plan on attending and be part of history.

“A Vision of Elvis” plays the NHCC on July 29 at 7:30pm. This is a licensed event and proceeds will be shared by Hospice North Hastings and the NHCC. Tickets range from $20 to $45 and are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Posies, Hospice House, The Playhouse Box Office and online at www.bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca.

 

Aug
4
Fri
Yellow Bellies – Live Theatre @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm

Yellow Bellies

Yellow Bellies is an historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter of Canadian history.

Written by Johnny Wideman and Rebecca Steiner

Directed by Dr. Andrew Houston and Rebecca Steiner


Theatre of the Beat:

Based in Stouffville, ON, Theatre of the Beat (TOTB) is a travelling theatre troupe that tries its darnedest to challenge and inspire the communities it finds itself in.

Founded by Johnny Wideman in 2011, TOTB truly hit the stage when it produced Rebecca Steiner’s Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft in partnership with Conrad Grebel University College. The troupe spent a summer touring Fringe festivals and performing at churches. They slept on floors and ate a lot of peanut butter and jam sandwiches, but received great reviews for the piece which helped to establish the company as a trusted grass-roots, social justice theatre troupe. Since then, TOTB has gone on to partner with NGOs and communities across Canada to create several other original works, performing over two hundred shows in theatres, festivals, churches, universities, and prisons throughout P.E.I, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the U.S.

WHY BEAT?

Half a century ago, the definition of “Beat” or “Beatnik” was split between two philosophies: poet Allan Ginsberg believed the word represented a people who were beaten down or oppressed, while writer Jack Kerouac found the word to have a much more spiritual connection, claiming the word described a people who lived out the teachings of the Beatitudes. Regardless of the definition, the “Beat” generation decided that even in the face of overwhelming political confusion and social turmoil, they would create. And so, we explore “beat” in all its themes by “Staging Change.”

Aug
8
Tue
TIFF Tuesday – “A Man Called Ove” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 8 @ 4:15 pm
TIFF Tuesday – “A Man Called Ove.” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
10
Thu
Village Playhouse Country Dinners – Country Banquet @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse (lobby + Patios)
Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm
Whiskey Jack – The Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm
Since 1977, Whiskey Jack has become one of the most celebrated Roots / Country / Bluegrass band in Canadian music history, with:

  • Four critically acclaimed recordings
  • Nationally charted radio hits
  • Country Music Awards nominations

The band toured Canada extensively between 1979 and 1987, appearing at festivals and concerts from coast to coast.
As well as being regular guests of Morningside and Variety Tonight on CBC Radio, they were stars ofThe Tommy Hunter Show for five years in the 1980s, and made numerous appearances on such shows asThe Alan Thicke Show, Fire on the Mountain, Ralph Emory, and The Nashville Network, thus earning them the description of the most televised bluegrass/ acoustic country band in Canada.

They recorded with the likes of Nashville legend, Mac Wiseman, Al Cherny of Country Hoedown fame, and world-famous fiddle player Graham Townsend.

In 1993, Stompin’ Tom Connors teamed with Whiskey Jack to record one of his come-back albums, “Dr. Stompin’ Tom Connors eh?” (featuring the celebrated “Gumboot Clogaroo”), followed by a triumphant national tour.  2004 saw them on the road again with this Canadian icon. The tour culminated in a sold-out show at Massey Hall, and an unprecedented performance on the Conan O’Brien Show.

Recordings:

  • WhiskeyJackMusic.com (2006 CD)
  • Skin & Bones (2005 adapted for CD release)
  • Dr. Stompin Tom Connors eh? (1993)
  • Whiskey Jack (1983, Masterdisc Records)
  • One More Time (1981, Boot Records)
  • Uptown (1979, Uptown Records)
Radio and Television:
  • The Tommy Hunter Show
  • The Alan Thicke Show
  • Morningside (CBC Radio)
  • Variety Tonight (CBC Radio)
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Ralph Emory
  • The Nashville Network
  • Winners (CBC TV)
  • Country West (CBC TV)
  • Café Hibou (CBC TV)

Aug
11
Fri
Highlands Opera Studio – Pop Goes the Opera @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm
Aug
14
Mon
It Takes a Village Theatre Camp – Sold out! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
15
Tue
It Takes a Village Theatre Camp – Sold out! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
16
Wed
It Takes a Village Theatre Camp – Sold out! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
17
Thu
It Takes a Village Theatre Camp – Sold out! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
18
Fri
It Takes a Village Theatre Camp – Sold out! @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
19
Sat
Alice in Wonderland – It Takes A Village Theatre Camp Performance @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
Alice in Wonderland – It Takes A Village Theatre Camp Performance @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
22
Tue
Chris Funk – The Wonderist @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm

The International Man Of Wonder – Chris Funk

Chris Funk has spent the last 15 of his 23 years in magic travelling the world performing a style of magic that can only be defined as “refreshingly different.” Chris has truly mastered the integral elements of each performance and really engages and  connects with every audience, while creating standout moments time and time again.

Chris has been performing onstage since the age of 7, first as a musician, then as a magician, and now as a brilliant and witty performer known as “The Wonderist.” He combines Intuition, Influence, and Illusion with side-splitting comedy to create moments that baffle and amuse. Chris is also an improv master, allowing him to take advantage of the moments that make every show different from the last. From the moment that you speak with him on the phone to the moment he steps off the stage at your event, you will know that Chris simply understands what it takes to make lasting memories while making your job easier as the event planner.

Chris Funk on TV

Chris Funk has started raising eye brows in the TV world.  His unique personality and charming presence combined with a look that stands out in crowds has gained him recognition on some of the biggest Networks there are.  Including The CW Network, SYFY and CityTv just to name a few.  I’m sure you’ll agree once you watch the clips below.  Chris Funk TV personality,  is available for various television appearances as long as it fits in his busy performance schedule.