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The VUTC is proud to be in partnership with the Festival Trail this year. We are proud to announce the 'Experience York Region: Festival and Events Guide' is complete! Who doesn't love a sneak peak, right?

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16th April, 2018


The bigger-than-life Jacque Bayley suddenly passed away this past weekend, with her family by her side. We are saddened by the sudden departure of our dear friend, she was greatly loved, respected and admired. We would like to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to her Family, may the memories keep you going...

Jacque and her late husband operated the highly-successful, ‘Theatre on Main’, which saw a myriad of eclectic plays put on over its 11 year life span. It drew thousands of patrons from far and wide for its many memorable performances. Theatre on Main is now part of Main Street folklore.

In 1993, Jacque’s late husband, Ross Bayley, and John Dowson, co-founded the venerable Very Useful Theatre Company with a vision of Theatre helping Community Help itself!  

Jacque carried on the VUTC's vision after her husband's passing as Chair and leading force in the very successful and well received annual -Dramatic Reading of CBC's, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 

At the time of her passing Jacque was a vocal Director of the Very Useful Theatre Company having served as Vice-President the previous year – carrying on the tradition of serving started by her late husband, Ross.

The Very Useful Theatre Company will dedicate this year’s Dramatic Reading of A Christmas Carol this December at New Hope Methodist Church in her memory.

There will be a Celebration of Jacque’s Life at her home on 202 Bristol Road, Newmarket Sunday April 29th between 1 and 4 pm. That’s all the news we have at the present, we will update when more info becomes available.

Giving Back!

The venerable Very Useful Theatre Company (VUTC) 

official cheque presentation of $1,300 to the Newmarket Food Pantry on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Pantry location on Gorham St., in Newmarket. These were funds raised for charity by the Very Useful Theatre Company by the 3rd Annual CBC version of Charles Dickens' reading of  'A Christmas Carol' with Music by Irene Ilic and the Irene Ilic Singers, last December at New Hope Methodist Church in Newmarket.

(Photo courtesy of Snapd Newmarket)

Photo (left to right)  John Dowson, Jacque Bailey, Rod UrquhartLiz BlightJudy PoulinKirk BowdenJackie Playter, Jack Zangari at the Newmarket Food Pantry.

January 2018



The Very Useful

Theatre Company's

Reading of 

Charles Dickens'

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 3rd 2017  


Photos by Jeanette Lawson

The Very Useful

Theatre Company's


Reading of 

Charles Dickens'

A Christmas Carol


New Hope Methodist Church,


2017 Program
Sydney & Irene - Photo by Jeanette L
Pianist Marney with her students, St
Bev & Keith - Photo by Jeanette Laws
Lena & Judy - Photo by Jeanette Laws
Gary, Phil, Bill, Ken & John
Barb Jones, one of our performers
Beth, Janis & Lynn
Elizabeth & Henry
Lisa & Linda
Councillor Bob Kwapis & wife Barbara
Laurie & Paul - Photo by Jeanette La
Shawna, Donna & Maggie
Jacque-Event Chair, Mary & Ann
The Bradford-Kapitan Family
Our Sound Crew, Barry & Dana
New Hope Methodist Greeting

Nov. 14th 2017 VUTC Press Release

John Dowson, VUTC President 

receives the Newmarket MP 150 Metal:

"Thanks Kyle Peterson for The Honour of Receiving a 150 Canada Medal-feeling very humble and happy. Congratulations to all the 150 people that received the Medals Tonight. You All are what makes Newmarket Special!" John Dowson

VUTC President John Dowson (right), VUTC Director, Rod Urquhart, (middle) and Town of Newmarket's Rob Wilson (left) at the Newmarket Theatre Gala Evening for the Celebration of the Arts. This semi-formal evening of fine food, music and entertainment, acknowledges the 2017 grant recipients 

VUTC Supports Rotary Club of Newmarket

The Very Useful Theatre Company was thrilled to present the Newmarket Rotary Club with a cheque for $975.42 which is the final installment of a payment totaling $1,525.42 from the VUTC to the Rotary Club of Newmarket, which will go back into the community. The Rotary Club of Newmarket partnered with the VUTC in putting on the Newmarket Festival of One-Act Plays and any monies raised were split with the Rotary Club. The inaugural Newmarket Festival of One-Act plays was attended by more than 300 theatre-goers over the three nights in October, which included the World Premiere of Ace Galaksi: Space Dick at Large, written by upcoming playwright Maissa Bessada of Aurora. Plans are already underway for the Second Annual Newmarket Festival of One- Act plays next October at the beautifully renovated Old Town Hall. Stay tuned to for more details!

VUTC President, John Dowson & Doris Keppler snapd while presenting Paul Bath of the Newmarket Rotary Club with their donation of $975.42 

Lisbeth, Dennis, Ann, Trish & Aase

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

Graeme, Elaine, John & Fred

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

A perfect night out with friends! 

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

Rotary Club Volunteers!

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

Space Dick Cast & Crew

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

Sue, Ann Marie & Janice; OTH Staff Thanks!

Photo by Jeanette Lawson.

3 nights, 3 plays: Newmarket Festival of One-Act-Plays runs Oct. 5 to 7

Festival supports Rotary Club of Newmarket

WHATSON Sep 29, 2017 by Laura Finney  Newmarket Era

Designed by DPK Design 

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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