April 2018 – Theatre 3×60 is taking root in North Durham with a new look and a new name
Now entering its 5th year, Theatre 3×60 is changing its name to Theatre On The Ridge, with an even greater commitment to serving the artists, audiences and communities of Durham.
The rebranding, and the decision to call Scugog home, comes from recognizing the growth and location of the company’s summer theatre festival, the consistent support of the arts found in North Durham, and the growth and appeal of distinct communities, such as Port Perry, found on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
“ ‘Where are you?’ is almost always the first question people have for us”, says current Artistic Director and General Manager, Carey Nicholson. “It will be good to have a name that reflects our unique rural location as well as having that little play on words that speaks to our mandate for producing entertaining, edgy and challenging work, and our belief that theatre can provide new and unique perspectives on life.”
Founded in 2013 by Ms. Nicholson and Joan Etienne, Theatre 3×60 quickly established itself as Durham’s unique, not-for-profit professional theatre company committed to enriching lives through theatre, on and offstage.
Under its new name, Theatre On The Ridge will continue to be an entertaining and innovative company that captivates on and offstage, supporting and impacting local communities through culture and community engagement. In the past, the company has taken programs and productions to non-traditional venues such as libraries and coffee houses, worked with community partners to bring productions to schools and community venues, and developed theatrical heritage walks and a one act educational play festival for area community theatres. This summer, with the support of the Scugog Council for the Arts, the company will partner with the Scugog Lake Stewards to bring theatre for young audiences to the Scugog Memorial Public Library, telling the story of Lake Scugog through the eyes of a lovable lake monster.
Theatre On The Ridge’s annual summer theatre festival presents professional theatre and musical productions of new, Canadian and international works that entertain and engage audiences, pairing a quality big city theatre experience with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality. The festival is also becoming an exciting vehicle and opportunity for nurturing new artists and practitioners, and provides professional theatre students with summer employment, giving them the opportunity to expand their skills in performance, direction, creation, teaching and management. Through a WorkInCulture work placement program, the company has recently hired a summer company manager to oversee the festival this year.
In 2018, Theatre On The Ridge will also have a new rehearsal and program space as it partners with the Utica Memory Hall to create a home base for its theatre education and community performance programs. Watch for youth and adult classes in stagecraft, playwriting and production skills, along with regular staged readings and studio scale productions.
It’s exciting times to be on the ridge! Support for this innovative and community driven company is always welcome – as a participant, patron, donor or volunteer. Visit www.theatreontheridge.ca or follow Theatre On The Ridge Port Perry on Facebook to learn how to help Theatre On The Ridge broaden horizons through new perspectives in theatre.