A Message from the Artistic Director

Welcome to actOUT!

I’m honoured to welcome you to our 25th Anniversary Season!  

It’s a testament to the positive and generous spirit of our volunteers, supporters, board members, faculty, staff, artists, performers and most importantly you – our audience – that actOUT! has grown and thrived for a quarter century.

This past season we staged: Les Misérables (High School Edition), 12 Angry Jurors, AristoCats KIDS, The Tragedy of Macbeth and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. to full houses, standing ovations and extended runs.

In summer 2019 we are honoured to be re-invited to supervise the official children's musical theatre camp at the Elora Festival producing a staging of Seussical KIDS at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

The coming 2019-2020 season will continue our excellence in theatrical training for young minds and bodies.

25 years of theatre by and for children of the Waterloo Region

25 years of theatre by and for children of the Waterloo Region

Our Winter Musical this year will bring a staging of Frozen Jr. to the Registry Theatre in Kitchener.

Our spring musicals will feature the ‘Mini-Kids’ of Disney's 101Dalmatians a playlet to be performed at the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre in April. And our version of High School Musical Jr. will walk the boards of the Cambridge Arts Theatre in June. 

The former 'Senior Intensive' has been re-branded as 'Advanced Actors' this season and will feature She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition at the Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre in February. 

ActOUT!’s first collective creation: The Empathy Project to be performed on tour in May at Waterloo Region Schools with perhaps turns at local festivals.

We will reprise our summer drama and theatrical camps again in the summer of 2020 with summertime twists and return to the Elora Music Festival.

We will look to special events and surprises through the 25th Anniversary Season. Stay tuned for updates!

I am humbled to continue my Artistic Director duties for actOUT! as most of the work I do in the theatre is unnecessary, as only two things are needed for great theatre: performer and audience. When performer and audience connect, something magical happens and we play.

Actors need help from time to time, to augment and improve their performance. Which is why we build our family. Theatre is family. This explains the tears shed opening and closing nights as families drawn so close must say farewell. As Artistic Director, I build and support the family of actOUT!. I build a collaboration of the family of artists. My job is not to dictate, but to guide each artist to be better. More genuine. Closer to their own ideal. My job is to nurture.

Thanks for all your efforts and support over the coming season. I can’t thank you enough for all you do to aid us, the family of actOUT!, and the work that we do.

Respectfully,

Todd Vercoe, B.A., M.A.
Artistic Director
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children’s Drama Workshop