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about us

Founded in 2016 by Laura Thornton, Sarah Richardson and Ian Gilmore, Whale Song Theatre is an emerging professional theatre company in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Artistic Director Laura Thornton is committed to producing high quality theatre that is accessible to artists at all stages of their careers - both on stage and off. Whale Song Theatre is also dedicated to donating a portion of the proceeds from every show to a local charity or non-profit organization. The link between community and the arts should be celebrated whenever possible. 

In February 2017 Whale Song Theatre debuted it's first production - Heathers: The Musical - in support of Phoenix House and it's programs. The show was a run-away success with a fully sold out run. We were honoured to be asked to remount the show at the Stages Festival in May 2017 as the inaugural company on the "Emerging Performance Stage".

September 2017 we made our Halifax Fringe Festival debut with our second production of Diana Son's Stop Kiss. This production was in support of The Youth Project and won three awards (Best Drama, Best Performer and Best Kiss). 

February 2018 we brought Peter and the Starcatcher to The Bus Stop Theatre in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital. We were honoured to enjoy a sold-out run, and a Star Metro Best of Halifax nomination.

After wrapping that show, the team returned to Dartmouth Players where our journey began to co-present 9-5: The Musical - a hysterical, girl power Dolly Parton romp in June 2018.

We returned to the Halifax Fringe in September 2018 with Ali House’s short play The Birthday. Our first foray into producing an original piece by a local playwright, we were awarded a “Hot Ticket” distinction by the festival.

 
 
 
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What's On stage?

In June 2019 we will be staging the cult classic Assassins by Stephen Sondheim in support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

What: Assassins by Stephen Sondheim
Where: The Bus Stop Theatre
When: June 25 - 30, 2019
Tickets will go on sale June 1 at www.eventbrite.com

Assassins explores the lives of nine people who attempted to, or succeeded in, killing the President of the United States - or other famous citizens of their era. It's frank, comedic, dark, and utterly compelling. The cry of the disenfranchised rings true in our current political and social climate, with characters ripped from history speaking truth to the despair so often felt in 2019. 

We felt that this show partners perfectly with the work of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.  An advocacy, education and funding group, they provide supports and resources to the citizens of Nova Scotia suffering with a wide variety of mental health issues. We want to bring attention to the work they do, and the desperate need for advocacy and education surrounding mental health care. 

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Tickets

 

assassins by stephen sondheim
june 25 - 30, 2019
The Bus Stop Theatre
tickets onsale: June 1, 2019

 
 
 
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One of the driving forces behind the founding of Whale Song Theatre was to give our talented colleagues a creative space and support to put together the projects they want to work on. We know all too well how it can be challenging to get a project started.

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Emily Jewer and Katerina Bakolias ( Stop Kiss , 2017) Photo Credit: Stoo Metz

Emily Jewer and Katerina Bakolias (Stop Kiss, 2017)
Photo Credit: Stoo Metz