? Welcome to Theatre Tillsonburg

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




Welcome to our brand new 2016/2017 season!



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

Questions? -- info@theatretillsonburg.com

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

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Current Production...

Next Production...


Teen Theatre Production of


Just One More, Mr Munsch!

An adaption of Robert Munsch stories


Written by David Wice

August 25th, 26th at 7:30PM

And the 27th at 2:00PM


The Game's Afoot


Holmes For The Holidays

By Ken Ludwig


Directed by

Janice Lundy


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 $20.00 for Adults, Seniors & Students


Group Discounts - Group discounts are available for groups 15 - 49 (10%) and 50+ (15%).Minimum group must be 15 individuals for the same show date. Please make an early request directly at the Box Office, on line or by telephone. Group sitting in the same area is subject to availability.


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. Season subscription prices are $50 for Adults, Seniors & Students (that is a $10 savings).

Access to our online purcase of Season Subscriptions is offline.


Gift Certificates – Gift certificates are available and may be used for subscriptions or single tickets. Gift certificates do not expire. A Theatre Tillsonburg gift certificate makes an ideal gift for any occasion!



Special Events – Prices and times vary by event.

Theatre Tillsonburg BOX OFFICE - Our Box Office is NOW located at the Theatre and will be open one (1) hour before each performance for purchase of tickets for that night's show. We do sell out from time to time, so get your tickets early! Tickets may also be purchased online.


Location - Otter Valley Playhouse 144789 Potters Road Tillsonburg Questions about your ticket order? We'd love to help! Please call 519-688-3026 or email the Box Office Manager at boxoffice@theatretillsonburg.com

To access our Privacy Policy click this link -->Privacy Policy




You may purchase four ways: on line, in person at Box Office, via telephone or via email.



This change is long overdue and we are overjoyed to finally offer the convenience and ease that online ticketing provides and that audiences have come to expect from theatres all over North America. You can purchase tickets online 24/7 right up until approximately two hours prior to show time. After this, any remaining tickets can be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office one (1) hour prior to curtain time. For the 2016/2017 season there is not going to be a service fee charged per ticket, and no refunds or exchanges are available once the transaction is processed. All orders are subject to credit card approval and billing address verification. Using this service, you can select your own seats from on line and receive an email notification of the ticket purchased.

To access our online Purcase, Reprint or Exchange of Tickets click these link -->Main Ticketing Page - Reprint E-Ticket - Exchange Ticket


2) In person purchase at Box Office:


SATURDAYS from..11:00 am until 1:00pm


3) Telephone: Call 519-688-3026.

The phone will be on an answering service and it will be attended to daily. Response will be within 24 hours.

If the Box Office is closed, you may leave a request for tickets on the answering machine. Be sure to leave your


---Telephone Number,

---Show Name,

---Performance Date and the number of seats desired.

The Box Office will return your call as soon as they can.


4) Email Box Office

You can Email Box Office at: boxoffice@theatretillsonburg.com to leave a request for tickets. Be sure to include your


---Telephone Number,

---Show Name,

---Performance Date and the number of seats desired.

The box office will call as soon as they can. We recommend that you do not include credit card information in e-mail.



We accept Cash, Interac, Visa, and MasterCard at the Box Office at Theatre Tillsonburg. To purchase tickets online we accept Visa & MasterCard only.



Tickets can be exchanged for another performance date of your show at a fee of $1.00 per ticket. We must receive your tickets in the Box Office at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled date. You may do this in person at the Box Office. There is a fee of $1.00 per ticket payable at time of exchange. Please include new date preference with the exchange as well as a method of payment. New tickets will be mailed to your address on file if time permits or held at the Box Office for pick-up if new show date is within 5 business days.


Theatre Tillsonburg reserves the right to modify ticket prices.

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



PLAYBILL 2016-17





2016-17 Season


Welcome to Theatre Tillsonburg’s 2016 and 2017 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.



by David Belke

Directed by Janice Lundy

Produced by Victory Coward


November 3,4,5 & 6* and 10,11,12 & 13*, 2016



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 for Tickets and more details.



An epic romantic comedy. When an evildoer cursed with immortality falls for a barmaid in 1399, it is the start of a romantic pursuit spanning the Middle Ages to Modern times. But in order to win the heart of his reincarnating beloved, the villain must learn to become a human being.


by Rob Bundy

Directed by Melanie Watts

Produced by Stacey Riley

February 9,10,11 & 12* and 16,17,18 & 19*, 2017



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 for Tickets and more details.

This show has been years in the making. It portrays the delicate and highly evolved system of rules written whenever men gather together to escape the outside world for a few hours. Be it in a cave, a shed, a workshop or the garage, the atmosphere is always inviting, the banter spirited, the camaraderie warm and the beer cold. So come on in and join the guys - you're sure to recognize them. The garage door is open, but just remember to turn the light off when you leave.




by James Sherman

Directed by Karen Tripp

Produced by Jeff & Sheila Tripp


May 25,26,27 & 28* and June 1,2,3 & 4*, 2017



Call the Theatre Box Office (519) 688–3026 for Tickets and more details.

So, suppose your parents want you to marry a nice boy with the same background. Suppose you have a wonderful boyfriend who doesn't. Why not hire an actor to be the perfect man to meet your parents? This is the play that presents that crazy and comic solution with very human emotions, A real play to fall in love with. Or at least to sit back and enjoy the twists.








Mon Aug 7th and Wed Aug 9th @ 7pm


The Game's Afoot Or Holmes For The Holidays


By Ken Ludwig



It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.


In search of :

3 males: ..30 to 50


5 females:

3 ..30 to 40

1 ..40 to 60

1 ..60 to 70




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)

To access our online Donation page click this link -->Donation page

“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 provide the opportunity for children ages 5 - 12 to experience all aspects of theatre. Designing and creating props, taking on the role of a favourite character on dress-up days, participating in the creation of one Theatre Camp's famous music videos, and dancing, singing and acting on stage in one of our weekly plays, are just a few things that make Theatre Camp a really great way to spend the summer months!


For information like how to register, weekly themes, and what to bring to camp, please visit our website:



Our Program Director, Renee, is always happy to answer any outstanding questions. She can be reached year-round at:


or (226) 377-1278


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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