? Welcome to Theatre Tillsonburg

Bring us your imagination... we'll do the rest





Welcome to our brand new 2015/2016 season!


We are looking forward to a very exciting season providing quality entertainment to the Tillsonburg Ontario and Oxford county area.



Theatre Box Office (519) 688 – 3026         info@theatretillsonburg.com

Current Production...

Next Production...


Keep The Home Fires


by Sandra (Beckett) Andrews


May 26-29 & June 2-5 2016


        For a Poster Click here




Doors Open Oxford

at Theatre Tillsonburg

Saturday May 28th

9am to 5pm

Experince the thrill of standing on the stage. Pull back the curtain to check out props, costumes, lighting & sound areas




Ticket Prices

Box Office Information

Ticket Outlet

Theatre Tillsonburg Season Productions - All shows at 8:00 pm with matinees at 2:00 pm on Sundays.  Tickets  are $17.00 for Adults, Seniors & Students.  Please note that special pricing for Musicals applies.  Musical tickets are $20.00 for Adults, Seniors & Students .


Group Discounts – Group discounts available for groups 15 – 49 (10%) and 50+ (15%).


Season Subscriptions - When you subscribe for the season you gain additional benefits. Subscribers always get first choice of seats! Subscribers can re-book tickets with 48 hours notice for a $1 surcharge. Subscribers get ticket insurance. Lost or stolen tickets are no problem. Your subscription ensures special arrangements to keep your seat. Current season subscription prices are $45 for Adults, Seniors & Students.


Teen Theatre Productions – All shows at 7:00 pm with matinees at 2:00 on Sunday. Tickets are $10.00 for Adults, Seniors & Students.


Special Events – Prices and times vary by event.


Box Office Information


Theatre Tillsonburg show tickets, gift certificates and season subscriptions make a great gift anytime of the year.


Theatre Box Office

(519) 688–3026


Tillsonburg’s own Station Arts Center, centrally located in historic downtown Tillsonburg is Theatre Tillsonburg’s exclusive Box Office location.  Patrons must contact the Station Arts Center to reserve tickets. The Station Arts Center is open year round.


Tickets may be purchased or picked up:


Monday to Friday

9am to 4pm



9am – 2pm October to April

9am – 4pm May-September


41 Bridge Street West

Tillsonburg, Ontario  N4G 5P2

Station Arts Center (519) 842–6151


Theatre Box Office (519) 688-3026

Reserved tickets must be picked up at the Otter Valley Playhouse box office at least 30 minutes before show time.

PLAYBILL 2015-16


Over The River &

Through The Woods

Almost Maine

Keep The Home Fires Burning

2015-16 Season


Welcome to Theatre Tillsonburg’s 2015 and 2016 Season. Our goal at Theatre Tillsonburg is to provide audiences with truly unforgettable theatre experiences and offering fantastic entertainment at a very reasonable price.  The magical moments we offer our patrons are created through an eclectic mix of rousing musicals,  comedies, and poignant dramas.


Thank you, our patrons for your continued support of Theatre Tillsonburg and the Otter Valley Playhouse where memorable experiences touch the heart, stir the soul, and unleash the imagination.  The best way to guarantee you have the best seats available is to become a season ticket subscriber.  Call our box office at (519) 688-3026 and get your tickets.  Bring us your imagination. We'll do the rest.

Over The River &

Through The Woods

By Joe DiPietro

Directed by Karen Tripp

Produced by Jeff & Sheila Tripp


November 5,6,7&8* and 12,13,14,15*, 2015



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 or visit the Tillsonburg Station Arts Center for Tickets and more details.



Over the River and Through the Woods is not about Red Riding Hood. It is about growing older and getting old. Two sets of Italian immigrant grandparents try to stop their grandson from leaving the city.


Is it funny? Yes. Is it sad? yes.


We enter into the lives of the two generations and they tug at our heartstrings and our funny bones.


Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for-- marketing executive--would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn't set so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely--and single--Caitlin O'Hare as bait....we won't give the ending away here.

Almost Maine

by John Cariani

Directed by Olwyn Coughlin


February 11,12,13,14* and 18,19,20,21*, 2016



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 or visit the Tillsonburg Station Arts Center for Tickets and more details.

In the remote mystical town of Almost Maine the residents find themselves mysteriously falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.


It is a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance.

Keep The Home Fires


by Sandra (Beckett) Andrews

Directed by Sandra Andrews

Produced by Matt Scholtz

Musical Direction by Janice Edmund


May 26,27,28,29* and June 2,3,4,5*, 2016



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 or visit the Tillsonburg Station Arts Center for Tickets and more details.

This musical relates some of the events of World War 1 as seen through the eyes of a Tillsonburg family whose son has gone off to war.


The story is told through songs, newspaper accounts, and letters sent from the front.
















Click on one of the jobs listed below that you may be interested in.  For more information and to get involved “behind the scenes” contact Theatre Tillsonburg at volunteer@theatretillsonburg.com



Personal Donors

Season & Show Sponsors

Sponsorship Contact

Sponsorship and Donations


Theatre Tillsonburg is a not-for profit organization who relies exclusively on volunteers and the support of our sponsors and donations.  We are very grateful for the donors, season and show sponsors, and government grants that have enabled us to provide quality entertainment for nearly 30 years.  It is this passion for the arts and keeping community theatre alive through your donations and sponsorship that keep the Theatre and Otter Valley Playhouse going.


In 1989 Theatre Tillsonburg purchased what is now known as the Otter Valley Playhouse. Since this time the Theatre Tillsonburg Board of Directors and a dedicated group of volunteers have worked tirelessly to renovate our space, purchase equipment and ensure a memorable theatre experience each and every time one of our patrons steps through the front entrance.    None of this would be possible without your financial support.

Theatre Tillsonburg Personal Donors and Benefactors


Thank you for your generous support of Theatre Tillsonburg and the Otter Valley Playhouse.  To donate please call the box office at (519) 688-3026 or contact a member of our Board of Directors.  All “Donor” or “Benefactor” donations will be provided two (2) subscription tickets for the next season (2 per show, total of 6).


Classes of donation


    Benefactor (Donation of $1,000 or more)

    Donor (Donation of $500 to $999)

    Supporter (Donation of $250 to $499)

    Patron (Donation of $100 to $249)

    Friend of the Theatre (Donation of $25 to $99)

“Show” and “Season” Sponsors


Theatre Tillsonburg has been able to provide quality productions to Tillsonburg and the surrounding area for 30 years thanks in large part to the support of our Season and Show sponsors.  You can help play an integral part in the future of Theatre Tillsonburg and the Otter Valley Playhouse by becoming a future season or show sponsor!

Show Sponsor - $500


Sponsorship for one Theatre Tillsonburg production.  Cost negotiable based on “in kind” support for the production (i.e. dinner and a show sponsor etc.)


Benefits (for the sponsored show)

    Full page feature advertisement in show program

    2-4 Free tickets to the show (depending on level of


    Company name / logo on the show’s community

         posters and promotional materials.

    Advertised in promotional radio address

    Credited nightly in “Audience address”

    Promoted in “all” show advertising mediums (i.e. TV,

         radio, internet, newspaper etc.)

    Other promotion available.

Seasonal Sponsor - $1000


Sponsorship for one Theatre Tillsonburg adult production season (Nov through May).


Benefits (for the season)

    Full page color feature advertisement on all show

         program covers for the season. (3 shows)

    2 Free Tickets to all 3 Productions

    Company name/ logo promoted on Theatre

         Tillsonburg Website (generally masthead exposure)

    Credited nightly in “Audience Address”

Sponsorship Contact


Please show your support for Theatre Tillsonburg.


There are three ways for you to contribute.  To learn more speak to one of our show producers, call the box office at 519-688-3026 or contact the Theatre Tillsonburg Board of Directors.



Theatre Tillsonburg is a non-profit organization controlled by its members, who have full voting privileges and, therefore, determine its policies and direction. Theatre members come from many different backgrounds: actors, directors, backstage crew, and cultural supporters. Some of those involved pursue theatre as a profession and some as a hobby. Membership entitles you to receive the following:


    Voting privileges at annual general meetings

    Eligible to hold office on the Theatre Tillsonburg Board of Directors

    Receive Theatre Tillsonburg newsletter (when issued) with notice of auditions and special events

    Social events with other members.

    Miscellaneous workshops.

    Work on any show during the season.



Membership Prices


    General Member (19 and over) – $15

    Family (adults and dependents) – $20


To become a member or renew your membership, email us at info@theatretillsonburg.com or send your name, address, telephone number, and a cheque to Theatre Tillsonburg at PO Box 64 Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 4H3


Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting is held late September every year at the theatre. The meeting agenda includes committee reports and the election of new Board Members. Anyone is welcome to attend; however, only Theatre Tillsonburg members are eligible to vote.


Summer Program – Ages 5 to 12 years old


Each year Theatre Tillsonburg is pleased to present an opportunity for young children to truly experience all aspects of the theatre. Children are organized into groups according to age.


The program for 5-7 year old’s is structured as a day camp and includes activities such as co-operative games, theatre games, songs, poems, stories, crafts, and activities.


The program for 8-9 and 10-12 year old’s is structured in a series of theatre workshops and focuses on the different aspects of performance both on and off the stage.


Watch our music video - Story of My Life


For the Theatre Camp web site please click here:



For more information please email:



All sessions are 1 week in length.




Otter Valley Playhouse

144789 Potters Road

Tillsonburg, Ontario


No matter how you get here, you are just minutes away from a great time!


Theatre Box Office

(519) 688 – 3026





Our History: Part 1

Our History: Part 2

Our History: Part 3

Our History: Part 4

Our History: Part 1


Although there had been various groups performing amateur theatre in Tillsonburg from time to time in the past, Theatre Tillsonburg was not formally established until 1981. Our first production, Come Blow Your Horn, was performed in the fall, of the same year. Since that time, it has quickly grown around a solid core of persons determined to make live theatre a strong force in the cultural life of Tillsonburg.


The groups worked (like most amateur groups) under terrible conditions, performing in between basketball matches in the local high school gym. In the early 1970's performances were moved to the newly built community centre which offered improved seating. However, while the ambience was somewhat improved, the technical conditions made every production very difficult. The Centre was built without the input of the theatre group, so that the performing area left a great deal to be desired. The architects, in an effort to make the hall multipurpose, failed to make it very good for any purpose. It was not unusual to have to remove the furniture and props from the stage every night, so that the area could be used the next day by some else.

Our History: Part 2


The group took a major step forward in organization and in permanency, when it was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on November 12, 1986. This was followed by the successful application for charitable tax status in 1987, enabling us to give tax deductible receipts for donations.


Theatre Tillsonburg has always striven to grow and develop the quality of its productions, both from an artistic and a technical standpoint. With respect to training, we have taken full advantage of the week long Theatre Ontario summer courses. We have hired a professional director to direct one of our productions as an object lesson in the art of directing to the other participants, and we have had seminars on lighting and sound, make-up and costumes.


Although we are a relatively young group, our lighting and sound systems are the envy of many older established community theatre groups. To us, these systems epitomize our quest for excellence in theatre, and demonstrate what can be accomplished with motivation and some hard work. But the turning point came in 1987, when audiences complained that they couldn’t see the children very well in the production of “Annie”. Members of the theatre group, realizing that audiences were dwindling because they were becoming less tolerant of the poor sight lines, determined that they needed a building of their own.

Our History: Part 3


Fortunately, at that time, a building became available at reasonable price. The group, led by Tom Heeney and Denis Noonan, met with representatives of the Rotary Club and the Hungarian Association, and the Hungarian Hall became the new home of Theatre Tillsonburg. After a “name-the building’ contest open to the public, the building became known as the Otter Valley Playhouse , situated on a lovely country site on Potters Road. Money was raised through private and corporation donations, along with provincial grants. The building was substantially refurbished with volunteer labour, and officially opened in November 1990, with a lavish production of “Man of La Mancha”.


Since then, work has continued in our efforts to make our building become more like a theatre. Work has continued in the “Green” room, with the placing of mirrors for rehearsal, make-up tables, a costume area and a props room. In the fall of 1998, we were able to pave the parking lot and create a more pleasing way of entry into the building for patrons and theatre members. In the spring of 1999, we refurbished the cast and crew bathrooms and added some working lights to the stage. We also upgraded our sound system with a new sound board.

Our History: Part 4


Since 1989 Theatre Tillsonburg has consistently provided four shows a season; three are our regular season and the fourth, our Teen Theatre which allows teenagers to learn by doing. We also provide a very popular Summer Camp for pre-teens. We like to train our members from an early age!


Our patrons love farce, musicals, comedy and murder mysteries and we are happy to provide high quality amateur theatre both on and back stage. The Otter Valley Playhouse, is also rented out to professional musicians, performers and productions, which like to perform in a smaller more intimate venue, in our 150 seat auditorium. Our goal is to continue improving our group and the playhouse, and continue to contribute to the cultural life and enrichment of our community. All are welcome on both sides of our curtain. Come, play with us!




Theatre Ontario


Serving Ontario’s Theatre community since 1971. Theatre Ontario provides theatre practitioners throughout Ontario with training and information to enhance and support their art form.


For more information visit www.theatreontario.org



The Western Ontario Drama League


Theatre Tillsonburg is a proud member of the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL)The WODL has served the theatre community within Ontario since 1932. The WODL Promotes the continual development of theatre arts and artists in Western Ontario.


For more information visit www.wodl.on.ca


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