The brainchild of Artistic Director Laura Thornton, Whale Song Theatre was founded in September 2016 as a company committed to supporting Nova Scotian artists at all stages of their careers, while producing the highest quality shows possible. Whale Song is also committed to donating a proceeds from each production to a local charity or non-profit.
When approached by a colleague about producing a show, Laura realized that there was a place in the Halifax theatre scene for a company that could act as a catch-all of sorts. And the seed of Whale Song was planted. Pulling in the brilliance of Sarah Richardson and Ian Gilmore who she'd worked with before, the company was founded and their first production was underway in Fall 2016.
Heathers: The Musical premiered at The Bus Stop Theatre in February 2017 to a sold-out run. The show, which was in support of Phoenix Youth Programs, enjoyed a week of full houses and enthusiastic audience response. The company was delighted and honoured to be asked to remount the show at the Stages Festival presented by Eastern Front Theatre in May 2017.
Jumping at the chance to perform in the 2017 Halifax Fringe Festival, we chose Diana Son's Stop Kiss as our next show. This heartbreaking but surprisingly funny and tender play follows the unexpected love story between two young women in 90's New York City. Told through jumps forward and backward through time, it keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. We were thrilled to win two juried awards (Best Drama and Best Performer) and one audience award (Best Kiss).
We will return in Winter 2018 with Peter and the Starcacher.