Exciting Entertainment Comes To The Centre In 2015/16

KITCHENER, ON (May 28, 2015) Centre In The Square has announced the first block of programming for 2015/16.  A number of audience favourites will be returning such as Whose Live Anyway?, The Wiggles and Whitehorse, who this time will return to the main theatre, after a sold-out OnStage performance in 2014.  Many outstanding artists will also make their Centre debut, such as the culturally rich, Yamato: Drummers of Japan and new sensation Illusionist Darcy Oake.  The line-up for 2015/16 has been delivered by Greg Henderson, Programming Manager, who joined the team in December 2013 to increase The Centre’s capacity to expand programming.

“This past year has been another year of challenges but it was equally another year of extraordinary achievement for The Centre.  We welcomed Grammy Award-winner John Legend, legendary rock act Alice Cooper through to The Book of Mormon over the last 12 months.  Our approach to programming has resulted in year-on-year audience growth with a sales increase of 17% and more sold out performances over the last year than in the past decade.  We have come a long way from where we started 3 years ago. We are hugely appreciative of the support and engagement of our audience with the new directions we have taken,” says CEO Sandra Bender.  “With a clear mandate, strong operational organization and significant investment in The Centre’s infrastructure deficit, we are well positioned to support Greg’s ambitions to move forward with exciting programming and new ways of interacting with our audiences and local arts community in the coming year.”

When talking about The Centre’s programming structure for 2015/16, Henderson shared, “My goal is to bring diverse programming that encourages the creation, appreciation and understanding of the arts. I want to bring people together for shared experiences that inspire and make people… laugh, dance, sing and cheer just as the organization initiated in 2013.”

In light of this, The Centre is kicking off with powerhouse Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. Solo in September followed by Canada’s cultural couple, Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk: Moon vs. Sun in February 2016 and Matt Andersen in March 2016.

After two successful years of sold-out performances, family programming returns to The Studio with Splash’N Boots leading the charge of original and imaginative theatre, dance, puppetry and humour performances. The OnStage concerts get underway with great Canadian musicians Jeremy Fisher & Danny Michel and the return of Skydiggers: A Legendary Horseshoe Christmas.  As part of the 2015/16 OnStage performances, The Centre is thrilled to introduce an exclusive pre-show dinner with Borealis Grille & Bar before each show in the CentreStage Lounge. This partnership enables The Centre to feature Canada’s finest songwriters and musicians while providing the very best of locally crafted food and beverages, creating a truly unique experience for audiences.

Tickets for 2015/16 will go on sale to the general public on June 1, 2015 at 12 noon and can be purchased online, in person at Centre In The Square box office, or over the phone 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977.

We will continue to announce new shows, bringing you quality entertainment throughout the year. Visit centreinthesquare.com for the most recent show announcements.

 

 

MAIN THEATRE

Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. Solo
Monday, September 21 at 8PM
Tickets: $45.00 – $85.00

In her almost-thirty-year career, Melissa Etheridge has released ten studio albums and is an Academy Award and Grammy winning artist. Melissa Etheridge takes the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One,” and “I Want To Come Over.” Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics, and riveting stage presence; alt-rock icon Melissa Etheridge brings the deep emotion of confessional songwriting to bear on the heart and soul of rock and roll. Melissa Etheridge will perform solo with acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano, playing hits along with songs from her latest album, This Is M.E.

Whose Live Anyway?
Saturday, October 3 at 8PM
Tickets: $25.00 – $75.00

Whose Live Anyway? returns to The Centre with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff B. Davis. The 90 minute long show is an evening of hilarious improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions. The show features some of the games made famous from the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. It will be a night of unforgettably interactive comedy!

The Wiggles: Rock & Roll Preschool
Thursday, October 8 at 6.30PM
Tickets: $25.00 – $35.00

Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon have declared that the Rock n’ Roll Preschool is open now, and the lesson for today is to have some fun! The Rock n’ Roll Preschool tour will feature songs from their new Rock n’ Roll Preschool CD and DVD. You’ll shake to “That’s the Sound of Rock & Roll”, rise and shine with “Wake Up!”, swing along as you “Dance” with Emma and be the coolest kid in preschool with “I Want a Leather Jacket”. The Rock n’ Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as “Hot Potato!”, “Rock – a –Bye Your Bear” and “Do the Propeller”. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!

Classic Albums Live: Crime of the Century (Supertramp)
Thursday, October 22 at 8PM
Tickets: $35.00

Classic Albums Live recreates Crime of the Century, Supertramp’s commercial breakthrough on both sides of the Atlantic, aided by the UK hit “Dreamer” and the U.S. hit “Bloody Well Right”. It was a UK Top 10 album and a U.S. Top 40 album, eventually being certified Gold in the U.S. in 1977 after the release of “Even in the Quietest Moments”. Crime of the Century deals loosely with themes of loneliness and mental stability, but is not a concept album.

Illusionist Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality
Friday, November 13 at 8PM
CENTRE DEBUT      Tickets: $25.00 – $60.00

Over 200 million viewers tuned in to Britain’s Got Talent to witness the birth of a phenomenon: the unveiling of an electrifying new illusionist, Darcy Oake. From sleight of hand to death-defying escapades, this master magician grabbed the world’s attention, ushering in an exciting new era of an age-old art form. Darcy is a performance artist whose modern interpretation gratifies the hunger of audiences seeking spectacle and nail-biting feats of illusion. Inspired by classic sleights of hand techniques, Darcy transports the crowd to another dimension with exhilarating visuals and logic-defying exploits. Darcy Oake has emerged in the world of illusion as a new generation of contemporary mysticism. He’s performed throughout Europe, from Paris to London, and across North America, from the heart of Times Square in New York City to the Las Vegas strip.

Whitehorse
Saturday, November 21 at 8PM
Tickets: $35 – $50.00

Whitehorse’s Melissa and Luke present a full band sound using live loops, bits and pieces percussion, and swapping guitars left right and centre on stage. The first album and EP demonstrate the success of this simple equation, one plus one, with an abundance of guitar slinging, song writing expertise and white-hot desire. Now, with the sophomore LP Leave No Bridge Unburned, Whitehorse messes with the math. Leave No Bridge Unburned signals a new era for Whitehorse, a time of expanded musical influence and community. NQ ARBUCKLE will be opening for Whitehorse.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Wednesday, January 6 at 8PM
Tickets: $50.00 – $85.00

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph”, “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door”.

Moon vs. Sun Featuring Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk
Wednesday, February 10 at 8PM
CENTRE DEBUT      Tickets: $35.00 – $65.00

Moon vs. Sun is an exciting new collaboration years in the making. One of Canada’s most influential cultural couples – four-time Juno Award-winner Raine Maida and two-time winner Chantal Kreviazuk — are starting a new era of music which promises to be fearless. The pair has co-written countless hits for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Carrie Underwood. Writing together on their own project for the first time, they touch on the depth of their lives and partnership in a lyrical honesty rarely explored. Kreviazuk made her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Under These Rocks and Stones, in 1997 and has since released five more studio albums, and garnered five JUNO Award nominations. Maida forged a dynamic career as a solo artist and the front man for the band Our Lady Peace.

Classic Albums Live: Let It Be (The Beatles)
Thursday, February 18 at 8PM
Tickets: $35.00

Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album by the English rock band The Beatles, released on May 8, 1970, almost a month after the group’s break-up. For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage by Classic Albums Live, note for note — cut for cut.

Matt Andersen
Tuesday, March 1 at 8PM
Tickets: $30.00 – $45.00

Matt Andersen played over 200 shows in 2012. Matt’s narrative-driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, encompassed in total honesty. Matt’s intimate, high-energy performances have captivated audiences across the world, from Canada, to the US, to Australia and the UK, from small clubs to festivals. In 2011 Matt released Coal Mining Blues, produced by Colin Linden, with songs that delve into the lives of the working class and the bonds he shares with mining communities, family and friends back home. Matt won three 2012 Maple Blues Awards and received a British Blues Award nomination, among many others.

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, Bakuon – Legend of the Heartbeat
Wednesday, March 2 at 8PM
CENTRE DEBUT      Tickets: $30.00 – $65.00

Yamato was formed in 1993, debuting at a Sinto shrine festival in the group’s hometown with their original song “Hyu-ga (the Sunrise)”. The group has travelled to 53 countries around the world, playing in more than 3000 performances, and attracting 6 million viewers. Yamato has the largest number of international performances among all Japanese performing art groups. Filled with traditional Japanese culture, the group exhibits great originality and innovation through this traditional Japanese musical instrument, the wadaiko (Japanese Drum).  This is the epitome of the Japanese spirit, a roaring sound that will make you experience new and exciting adventures.

Classic Albums Live: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)
Friday, April 8 at 8PM
Tickets: $35.00

Rumours is the eleventh, and most successful, studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. The record reached the top of the United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. The record has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Classic Albums Live recreates the album note for note — cut for cut.

 

ONSTAGE

Presented cabaret style, the OnStage format is a reversal of sorts; instead of enjoying the performance from the vantage point of your soft-seat in the theatre, you’ll be seated at a table on stage just a stone’s throw away from the artist.

Danny Michel & Jeremy Fisher
Wednesday, October 14 at 8PM
Tickets: $25.00 – $40.00

Danny Michel is one of the finest and most charming songwriters to grace the stage, with two Juno nominations and six solo albums to his credit. His honest and straight-forward lyrics, earnest live performances and witty stage banter have earned him a devoted global fan base. He gained publicity in 2008 for making the tracks of his hit single “Feather, Fur & Fin”. Two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher is often referred to as the Renaissance Man or even a modern-day folk hero. Fisher has produced five albums, including his latest Mint Juleps. In Mint Juleps the acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter.

Skydiggers: A Legendary Horseshoe Christmas
Wednesday, December 9 at 8pm
Tickets: $25.00 – $40.00

For nearly 25 years Skydiggers‘ friends and fans have reunited over the holidays at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern to celebrate the season to the soundtrack of the band’s distinctive rootsy Christmas tunes, Skydiggers’ classics and special guests. This year, along with releasing a full length Christmas album, Skydiggers are taking this seasonal celebration on the road. Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers. When the band released their eighth studio album, Northern Shore, in April of last year, it stood out as the band’s most adventurous and varied collection of songs yet.

 

STUDIO

The family programming in The Studio is a great way to spend your Saturday, with packed shows that are original and imaginative and incorporate theatre, dance, puppetry and humour. After two successful years, The Centre is pleased to bring you another great line up of shows for the 15-16 year.

Tickets for family programming in The Studio: $10.00 (Child), $15.00 (Adult), $35.00 (Family of 5)

Splash’N Boots
Saturday, November 28 at 11AM & 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT

Splash’N Boots began in Kingston, Ontario in 2003. It was there, while attending Queen’s University, that Taes and Nick performed their first concert together at the local Central Library as part of a class project. During that fifteen minute show Splash’N Boots was born! Splash’N Boots continued performing in the Kingston area, and then took the leap into their first big puddle by releasing their debut album Getting our Feet Wet. Since then Splash’N Boots has received 2014 and 2015 JUNO Award Nominees for Children’s Album of the Year  and have performed over 1200 shows in the last 10 years across Canada from Coast to Coast and around the worl. Internationally recognized with performances in sold out venues in Australia, Bermuda, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Spain and California, Splash’N Boots have shared the stage with The Wiggles and the Wiggles Characters, Fred Penner, Sharon and Bram, Robert Munsch, Al Simmons,  Max and Ruby as well as Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield.

OGO: Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes

Saturday, January 23 at 11AM & 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for 2.5+ years

OGO celebrates the creativity and imagination of the young spectator. Inspired by larvar masks and the Simon in the land of chalk drawing, the lead characters uncover a world where they are able to meet and connect. Accompanied by live music on the harmonica, melodica, kalimboa and xylophone, the sounds complete the journey. A creation by Théâtre des Petites Âmes (2015).

Circus Incognitus with Jamie Adkins
Saturday, February 20 at 11AM & 2PM
Recommended for 5 Years +

In Circus Incognitus, virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins is the vulnerable everyman, who has just written a terrific show. He wanders onto stage with the new show in a box, delighted to find the audience ready waiting. Knowing he has just the thing, Jamie struggles to build the scene around him using everyday objects. Things go awry as his props prove most unhelpful. Theatre goers even get involved in the endeavour by tossing lemons for Jamie to catch on a fork…held between his teeth!

Room on the Broom: Tall Stories Theatre
Saturday, March 19 at 11AM & 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for Grades Pre K-3rd, Family Audiences

Musical based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Songs, laughs and scary fun from the company that brought you The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale.

Love That Dog: Theatergoep Kwatta
Saturday, April 16 at 11AM & 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

Big Bad Wolf

Saturday, April 30 at 11AM & 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for Grades K-2nd, Family Audiences

Windmill Theatre creates and presents incredible performances that captivate our audience’s imaginations and resonate deeply. The company’s artistic vision has created a unique and distinctive house style of theatre that makes true adventure and creative ingenuity synonymous with the Windmill name. Big Bad Wolf is the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply, he has no friends — just incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene. Luckily Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red, is brave enough to see past this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale complete with puppetry, a poetry competition, and plenty of dancing will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.

Thanks to these generous sponsors and supporters:

Season Sponsor: Heffner Toyota
Electric Thursdays TM Program Sponsor: KW Hydro
Family Programming Sponsor: Oxford Learning

OnStage Programming Sponsor: Borealis Grille and Bar
Centre In The Square would also like to acknowledge the support of the City of Kitchener and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

In-Kind Partners

Communications Sponsor: Execulink Telecom
Information Technology Sponsor: The Waterloo Networking Company
Digital Projection Sponsor: Christie