Music and Improv Comedy Events to Support
World Festival of Children’s Theatre
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood headline improv comedy event this September in support of upcoming children’s theatre festival. Second fundraising event in November to feature Trent Severn, Rant Maggie Rant and others.
Two exciting fundraising events were announced today in support of the World Festival of Children’s Theatre, coming to Stratford in June, 2016.
Well-known Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and his co-conspirator, Brad Sherwood, will headline an evening of improv comedy called An Evening with Colin and Brad. The event will take place at the Stratford Festival Theatre September 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($29 – $59) are available through the World Festival of Children’s Theatre website: www.worldfestivalofchildrenstheatre.com.
On November 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , Knox Church will host “When We Were Young: A Stratford Celebration,” hosted by actress and radio personality Barbara Budd, featuring the Celtic foot stompers Rant Maggie Rant, the tight harmonies ofTrent Severn, the Stratford Central Singers, Islandados and special guest Cedric Smith. Other performers will be announced at a later date. Advance tickets are $40 until August 31 ($50 as of September 1), and are available through the World Festival of Children’s Theatre website: www.worldfestivalofchildrenstheatre.com.
About the World Festival of Children’s Theatre
Proceeds from both events will support the World Festival of Children’s Theatre, making its North American debut in Stratford in June, 2016. This prestigious multi-national theatre festival, produced by the International Amateur Theatre Association (AITA), celebrates theatre “for children by children,” and will bring up to 500 young thespians aged 7-15 to Stratford for 10 days of performances, workshops and academic events.
The Festival began in Lingen, Germany in 1990, with a mandate to bring the world’s young people together to share each other’s stories and culture through theatre. In 1990, children from 20 countries (Austria, Cameroon, Czechoslovakia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Yugoslavia) came to Lingen under the slogan “Children play and dance for Children”.
The Festival has since been held every two years, returning every fourth year to its home base in Lingen. Each country’s festival has reflected its own culture, and allowed children to show each other how they work in theatre, and to share both their ideas and their views of the world. Previous host countries include:
- Antalya, Turkey (1992)
- Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)
- Toyama, Japan (2000)
- Havana, Cuba (2004)
- Moscow, Russia (2008)
- Stratford, Canada (2016)
Event budget and sponsors
The Festival has a budget of over $400,000 to bring this event to Stratford, the vast majority of which will be invested locally. Remaining funds will be earmarked to bring children from developing countries to the Festival.
The Stratford Rotary Club has made an early commitment of $40,000. The Stratford Kiwanis Club has come onboard with a donation of $15,000. The Stratford Perth Community Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant.
Other generous contributors so far include individual donors, the City of Stratford, Stratford City Mazda, and the Council of Drama and Dance in Education. In-kind sponsors include the Stratford Festival and the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.
Many others have expressed their interest and we look forward to welcoming more partners.
For further information about the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre, please contact:
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