Three nights – six wonderful plays

highlights the Festival of One Act Plays


Three nights—six wonderful plays… on one stage in Festival Square in the historic Old Town Hall in downtown Newmarket starting Thursday Nov. 7 and continuing Friday Nov. 8 and Saturday Nov. 9th. The Very Useful Theatre Company, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Newmarket,  present the third annual “York Region Festival of One Act Plays." 


This Festival, which many theatre patrons look forward to each year, will see two delightful, one-act plays each night, for the price of one or six plays over three nights, it’s  like those old double feature movie nights. Aone-act playis distinct from plays that take place over several acts. A one-act play may consist of one or more scenes. The origin of the one-act play can be traced to the very beginning of drama in ancient Greece


The Festival gets underway at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 7thin the Snapd Auditorium in the Old Town Hall in Festival Square featuring the World Premier of a the light comedy “True Love and the Nature of Miracles.” It’s written by Canada's Emerging Playwright David Healy anew play development series, which is a world premiere, followed by another world premiere the Remains of Greatness byBrooke Friendly” – another new play development series, and a world premiere. 


Friday, Nov. 8 night’s One-Act Plays showcases an hilarious comedy "The Next Ivan Sharansky”a World Premierewritten by Los Angeles based playwright Jim Geoghan the executive producer of The Disney Channel's “The Suite Life on Deck”. This is followed by an intense drama ”Out”by Toronto playwright Ron Fromstein, the play was the winner of the Toronto Fringe Festival 24-hour contest --  a “new play development series: and a world premiere.”


Saturday, Nov. 9th,  the playbill features a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) play “Junie B Jones is not a Crook,”directed by Joanna Kaufman. Last year’s TYA play “Ordinary Princess” was well-received and this year’s TYA play will again feature emerging young actors from the local area. Under the BrightSunby Norm Foster is another classic comedy by Newmarket’s favourite son Norm Foster. Norm has been a patron of the festival since 2017 and we thank him for his support. The festival awards ceremony will take place in festival square in the Snap’d Auditorium in the Old Town Hall after the Saturday night’s performances.    


The Very Useful Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization, the goal of which is to encourage and facilitate the performing arts and to utilize theatrical performances as fund-raising events for charitable organizations in our community. 


The Festival encourages, facilitates and promotes performances by emerging and well-known playwrights and artists that will have a beneficial effect on the performing arts. A portion of the proceeds of the Festival will be shared with a local charity serving the community

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Festival Volunteers


Interested in Theatre but not as an actor, playwright, or director? The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking Volunteers to support the third annual One-Act Play Festival.  Let us know how much time you have, we are seeking all levels of support, a few hours once or a full Festival support position.

No experience necessary!

We support High School Volunteer hours as well.


 “We would like acknowledge that the Town of Newmarket is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one that we strive to build a co-operative and respectful relationship with”.

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