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 ~

 

Oct
19
Thu
Stronger Communities Symposium @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Stronger Communities Symposium

On October 19th 2017 the Town of Bancroft will host a very special one-day event. A range of speakers have been confirmed and the special key note speaker is Doug Griffiths, founder and CEO of 13 Ways Inc, community therapist, and the best selling author of “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.”

The Symposium will seek to build the economic and innovative capacity of rural eastern Ontario communities and inspire and develop opportunities for sustainable economic growth and employment. It will bring together municipal leaders and experts in their fields to share their experiences and discuss opportunities for community development and success.

The morning session will begin with welcoming remarks from the Town of Bancroft. Following that, Stephen Hunter of Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation will speak about cultural events, learning, engagement and community involvement. Algonquin Nation Events such as August’s Birch Bark Canoe build in downtown Bancroft help to bring the Algonquin nation and entire community closer together as and continues the important community capacity building that has been ongoing across the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation. The traditional canoe build is an amazing example of Algonquin community and greater community development and helps to preserve, rejuvenate and share Algonquin cultural awareness.

Mr. Gerry Marshall, Warden of Simcoe County and Mayor of Penetanguishene, will speak on Poverty Reduction; 10-year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy. Warden Marshall strongly believes that access to attainable housing directly affects the social, economic and health outcomes of our residents and communities and has been committed to improving affordable housing opportunities in Simcoe County. A 10-year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy and successful Federal, Provincial, Municipal partnerships have increased the supply of much needed affordable housing in Simcoe County and increased awareness of the need for partnerships to strengthen communities and foster creativity and sustainability.

Next will be a presentation by Mr. Aaron Law, Innovations Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Mr. Geoff Rae, former CAO of the City of Brantford and a project administrator for the implementation of the Composite Correction Program in Halton Region, Haldimand County, the City of Hamilton, and the City of Brantford. This presentation will provide details of a “Waste Water Treatment Optimization/Composite Correction Program. Municipalities are making substantial investments in water and waste water treatment systems and as populations grow, utilities must consider investing in expansion. This program ensures that existing infrastructure is utilized at its optimal capacity and introduces a two-step program that may help life-cycle efficiency and improve water quality in plants. The program identifies latent capacity, improves effluent quality and helps to defer capital infrastructure costs for waste water treatment plants.

Kent Fitzhugh will present programs available through the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and speak from his experience as a Municipal Affairs Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor and as the former Economic Development Coordinator of the Town of Gananoque.

After lunch, Dr. Hugh Russell, Andra Kauffeldt and representatives from the OPP will discuss the importance of having a Community Safety and Well Being and the experience and success of the Bancroft Area Support Team, and will speak to the importance of community safety and capacity building in community economic development initiatives.

Finally, Doug Griffiths will take the stage to present “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.” The messaging that Doug delivers speaks to every person. Whether you are a politician, business owner, agent, employee, private individual, this presentation is a must see.

Doug Griffiths insists that to build a successful community, it is critical that groups and organizations realize they are all important, but no one holds all of the power, or all of the responsibility. This process brings everyone together for big picture thinking, and to develop an understanding of the value of working together, along with a plan of action and personal ownership.

Oct
21
Sat
Bon Jovi Tribute with Keep the Faith @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm

Tickets on sale now!

Oct
23
Mon
Hastings County Tourism Awards Celebration @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm
Oct
25
Wed
Barre Fitness Class with Barb Shaw @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 25 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30am starting September 20th

Barre Class

Barre combines ballet, Pilates and yoga into one beautiful, flowing workout that improves balance, provides a great core workout and we do it all with laughter and fabulous music. All you need is bare feet and a great attitude!

$60 for 6 weeks. Drop-ins (if available) $15.

This class is hosted at the Bancroft Village Playhouse.

Oct
28
Sat
Camaraderie @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm

Seven create Camaraderie for Playhouse audience

A few years ago, seven women started meeting each week to share their mutual enjoyment of making music. Despite their “mature” ages, part of the fun came from their resolve to push their limits by learning to play new instruments, harmonize, sing the lead and write songs. The seven realized the joy they were experiencing could be shared with others and Camaraderie was launched.

On Oct. 28th Pat Green, Claudine Crete and Charlotte Bigelow from Bancroft, Erin Morlock from Whitney, Marg Dearborn from Gilmour and Donna Peters and Marva Murphy from Millbridge will bring their upbeat, interactive performance to the Village Playhouse. With their acoustic guitars, bass guitar, fiddles, keyboard, flute, accordion, drums, rhythm instruments, mandolins and harmonicas, Camaraderie is offering a night of well-known tunes that everyone can sing-along with.

Camaraderie means mutual respect and friendship and anyone who has been at an event with these musicians will understand the power of this band’s name. The joy, laughter and banter that happens during one of their shows does not stop at the edge of the stage. Their shows are interactive and the audience is always invited to sign-along and of course, to participate in the laughter. An evening with Camaraderie is always one of fellowship.

Each member of the band brings unique gifts to the group: Pat, her joie de vivre and drive; Claudine, her gentle spirit and energy; Marg, her dedication and song writing; Marva, her natural music talent and faith; Charlotte, her song writing and leadership; Erin, her talent at the keyboard and music arrangement; Donna, her harmonies and vast repertoire of songs and together, their love of making music.

Join the fun of Camaraderie at the Village Playhouse on Saturday, October 28 at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Posie’s, Vintage on Hastings, Hospice House and online at bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca. This is a licensed event and it is most certainly family friendly. Everyone is welcome to share the laughter, stories and the music with this inspiring group of women.

Nov
14
Tue
TIFF Tuesday – “Tulip Fever” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 14 @ 4:15 pm
TIFF Tuesday – “Tulip Fever” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
12
Tue
TIFF Tuesday – “The Other Side of Hope” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 12 @ 4:15 pm

“Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new film from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre) intertwines the stories of two itinerant protagonists: Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young Syrian refugee who drifts into Helsinki harbour as a stowaway; and Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a travelling salesman turned restaurateur, who finds Khaled sleeping outside his diner and hires him as a cleaner and dishwasher.” – TIFF

 

“The issue of migrants and refugees [may] still be something from which cinema mostly averts its gaze, [but] not Kaurismäki’s cinema…. His humane comedy [has] absorbed this idea, [and] in fact embraced it with almost miraculous ease and simplicity” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).

TIFF Tuesday – “The Other Side of Hope” @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm

“Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new film from Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre) intertwines the stories of two itinerant protagonists: Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a young Syrian refugee who drifts into Helsinki harbour as a stowaway; and Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a travelling salesman turned restaurateur, who finds Khaled sleeping outside his diner and hires him as a cleaner and dishwasher.” – TIFF

 

“The issue of migrants and refugees [may] still be something from which cinema mostly averts its gaze, [but] not Kaurismäki’s cinema…. His humane comedy [has] absorbed this idea, [and] in fact embraced it with almost miraculous ease and simplicity” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).