For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival announces change in Artistic Director
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
1w ago
Derek Ritschel to step down as Artistic Director of Lighthouse Festival after 14 years and transition to Director in Residence Lighthouse Artistic Associate Jane Spence to move into role of Artistic Director effective November 2024 July 11, 2024 – Port Dover, ON | After 14 impeccable years of dedication and innovation, Derek Ritschel will be stepping down from his role as Artistic Director of Lighthouse Festival. Ritschel will transition into the new role of Director in Residence, effective November 1, 2024. Under his leadership, the theatre has seen unprecedented growth and success, solidifyi ..read more
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Review: ‘Mary’s Wedding’ in Port Dover elevates the summer theatre season (Hamilton Spectator)
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
1w ago
Theatre that asks you to believe in dreams fills the stage with wonder at The Lighthouse, writes Gary Smith. By Gary Smith | Special to the Hamilton Spectator Saturday, July 6, 2024 If you only see one play this summer, for goodness sake make it Lighthouse Theatre’s ravishing production of Mary’s Wedding. The Lighthouse in Port Dover is primarily known for its relentless comedies that are mostly laugh-out-loud funny. Yet, every so often, one of these whiz-bang laugh machines combines laughter with serious thought. Norm Foster’s Halfway There and the heartwarming gay comedy Bed and Breakfast f ..read more
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Lighthouse Festival announces Rainbow Registered accreditation from Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
2w ago
Port Dover, ON – July 5, 2024 | Lighthouse Festival is pleased to announce that our company is now officially Rainbow Registered. This accreditation, administered by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), is a testament to our commitment to creating a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive space for the 2SLGBTQI+ community. Our Commitment to Inclusivity: By achieving the Rainbow Registered accreditation, we are recognized for our efforts in ensuring that our 2SLGBTQI+ customers and staff feel valued and respected. This aligns with our core values of diversity and inclusion, and we are ..read more
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Preview: ‘Mary’s Wedding’ promises sweeping, heartfelt drama set against the backdrop of First World War (The Haldimand Press)
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
By Mike Renzella | The Haldimand Press June 27, 2024 PORT DOVER—While Lighthouse’s second show of the season, Murder at Ackerton Manor, continues its run in Port Dover as its first show, Doris and Ivy in the Home, wraps up its run in Port Colborne, the theatre’s behind-the-scenes creative team is already busy preparing for this season’s third show, the epic World War I drama Mary’s Wedding. Lighthouse’s Artistic Director Derek Ritschel is pulling double duty as the show’s director, bringing forward the company’s first and only dramatic entry of the 2024 season. Mary’s Wedding Director Derek ..read more
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Meet the cast of Mary’s Wedding | Evelyn Wiebe as Mary
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
Making her Lighthouse debut, Evelyn Wiebe is playing an iconic Canadian role. Mary’s Wedding is a play that tells a story that will make you think about first loves, about the sacrifices of war, and the triumph of the human spirit. Before Lighthouse, she played Cindy in The Darkest Dark, which was nominated for a Dora for best TYA ensemble at Young People’s Theatre, Phoebe in The Judas Kiss at Talk is Free Theatre, and as Janice in Murdoch Mysteries on CBC. We sat down with Evelyn to talk about the challenges of bringing this script to life on stage, why she wanted to be involved in Mary’s Wed ..read more
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Summertime plays at Lighthouse Theatre popular with audiences (Port Dover Maple Leaf)
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
June 26, 2024 Port Dover Maple Leaf Port Dover Maple Leaf Staff         LIGHTHOUSE Festival puts on six plays at Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover each summer, drawing about 40,000 visitors to our community annually. The theatre bills itself as Home of the Canadian Sense of Humour. The organization’s success has made the town a destination for theatre-goers across Ontario. With two plays already over in Port Dover, Lighthouse Festival’s summer season is well underway. It’s a great time to take stock of remaining shows and pick up tickets. Mary’s Wedding The ..read more
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‘Mary’s Wedding’ to take Port Colborne audiences on ‘an emotional ride’ (Welland Tribune)
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
Written by Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte, the play, presented by Lighthouse Festival, explores themes of love, loss and the lingering shadows of the First World War. June 25, 2024 The Welland Tribune By Welland Tribune Staff Set against the backdrop of the First World War, Lighthouse Festival’s production of “Mary’s Wedding” explores themes of love, loss and the lingering shadows of war. Written by Canadian playwright, screenwriter and actor Stephen Massicotte, the play begins the night before Mary is to be married. A Lighthouse release said that as Mary ..read more
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For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival announces Evil Dead – The Musical as its 2025 Community Show production
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
First performed on stage in 2003 in Toronto, the show became an instant hit and moved on to an off-Broadway run June 25, 2024 – Port Dover, ON – Lighthouse Festival is very thrilled to announce that its highly-anticipated 2025 Community Show will be Evil Dead – The Musical. Directed by Artistic Director Derek Ritschel, this over-the-top production promises to deliver an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with humour, horror, and high-energy performances. Auditions will be held later in 2024, with the production set to hit the stage in April 2025. Evil Dead – The Musical is a ..read more
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Mary’s Wedding promises to pack an emotional punch at Lighthouse Festival Theatre
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
By Nathaniel Hanula-James | Intermission Magazine Friday, June 21, 2024 This summer, Lighthouse Festival’s audiences are advised to BYOK — Bring Your Own Kleenex.  They’ll need them for Mary’s Wedding, which begins previews at the Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover on July 3. Written by Stephen Massicotte and first produced by Alberta Theatre Projects in 2002, Mary’s Wedding transports audiences to the Canadian prairies of the early 20th century, where a young woman named Mary Chalmers, seeking shelter from a thunderstorm in a barn, stumbles upon a young man named Charles Ed ..read more
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For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival presents heartfelt drama Mary’s Wedding as the third production of the 2024 summer season
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by Don Kearney-Bourque
3w ago
Written by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Derek Ritschel, the production runs from July 3 to 20 in Port Dover and from July 24 to August 4 in Port Colborne June 21, 2024 – Port Dover, ON | Lighthouse Festival is thrilled to announce its third production of the season, Stephen Massicotte’s evocative play Mary’s Wedding. This poignant and deeply moving drama explores the themes of love, loss, and the lingering shadows of war, set against the backdrop of World War I. Mary’s Wedding is a beautiful, lyrical journey that begins the night before Mary is to be married. As Mary dreams, she revisit ..read more
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