Buzzing Carnival 2020 – Ottawa, ON


We are hosting a huge event that will bring together local and international children’s arts groups as well as any child that joins us! Children will be fully in charge! They will run the Buzzing Parade that will walk the streets of Ottawa, perform shows in the theatre, create an outdoor concert, and finish the night with a breathtaking outdoor party! Join the territory of childhood, fun and arts! 58e91ba4eb97430e81906507

When: June 7, 2020
Where: Tabaret Hall Lawn, 550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON
Ages: 0+
Duration: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: FREE
For special inquiries, please, contact us at or +1(613)868-8343


Day of the Week Class Instructor Room Description Price
Jan 9th –
May 15th 
17 Classes
Contemporary Dance & Movement In Theatre
Part 2 (paired with Advanced Acting)
Mariya Bugrova Banquet Hall 5:30-8:00pm
$125/ Month
(4 classes);
$515/ Semester

Family Special
(2 Children):
$238/ Month;
$999/ Semester

Jan 17th – May 23rd18 Classes
Beginner Dance and Movement In Theatre & Production Design
Part 2 (paired with Beginner Acting)
Mariya Bugrova
 & Aliza Itskovich
Lower Hall 6:00-8:00pm
$100/ Month
(4 classes);
$436/ Semester

Family Special
(2 Children):
$190/ Month;
$846/ Semester

Jan 11th – May 24th23 Classes
Stage Dance training
Mariya Bugrova Scout Hall 6:00-8:00pm
$108/ Month
(4 classes)

Family Special
(2 Children):
$205/ Month;
$1167/ Semester

Jan 12th – May 25th23 Classes
Advanced Acting and Play Production (Russian)
Part 1 (paired with Dance in Theatre)
Ekaterina Vetrov & Alexander Vetrov Banquet Hall 5:45-8:15pm
$135/ Month
(4 classes)
$753/ Semester

Family Special
(2 Children):
$205/ Month;

Jan 13th – May 26th
22 Classes
Beginner Acting and Play Production (Russian)
Part 1 (paired with Beginner Dance)
Ekaterina Vetrov & Aliza Itskovich Scout Hall 6:00-8:00pm
$108/ Month
(4 classes)
$576/ Semester

Family Special
(2 Children):
$205/ Month; $1121/ Semester


OUK’s 8th Birthday Party: Chronos Ville

Saturday, JANUARY 28th, 4:30-7:30pm ouk_8th-birthday_borderless
at Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave, Woodroffe United Church.

Join Once Upon A Kingdom Theatre as we celebrate our 8th year!

What to expect:
– NEW SHOW “Chronos Ville”!!! This time we are creating the whole show dedicated specially to our Theatre’s Birthday where 31 performers will be playing on the same stage!
– THEATRE & DANCE Workshop for All Ages! (Theme will be announced soon!)
– Interactive theatre games for everyone
– Huge & Delicious Birthday Cake with coffee and tea
– Illuminated Dance party for children
– Wonderful atmosphere of creativity and friendship!
– And more…

We love guests!
We love to perform for you!
We love parties and we know how to make it “the best night ever”!
***SOLD OUT***

Adults $15
Children (4-16 yrs) $10
Family Package (4 tickets) $40
Free for children under 4 and for OUK Theatre students.

This is one of our most popular events, so make sure to get your tickets in advance because seats are limited!

All proceeds will go towards providing props, costumes, lighting, and more for our young actors in 2017.

Halloween Lovers Invited!

Route your Trick or Treating trail through the magical location of our theatre: b4d2f2aa80304a0d50ec7b1e88d82ced

– Fairy-tale characters will come to life on shadow screens and will tell many fascinating stories;
– Freakiest creatures will dance for you in the moonlight;
– Magic Door will share candies with all the kids!

The performances will be held outside, you can stop by on your way at any time between 6:30-7:30pm on Halloween night, October 31st!

 Location: 279 Compton Ave, Ottawa.

Our students will be delighted to surprise and scare you! 😉

All the performances are FREE of admission. Donations in the form of CANDIES are accepted by our young performers!



NOVEMBER 6 and DECEMBER 4th, 2016
4:30 pm  – 7:30 pm

This workshop is created for Adults (17+). Professionals, students, teachers, as well as beginners who have passion for magical theatre are invited to participate!
We invite you to explore the world of shadows and light and learn new technique: what screens and lights to use, how to make and operate shadow puppets, story telling through shadows, how to strengthen your hands and body to work with shadows, learn to colour your shadows, use moving screens and find out how to apply shadow theatre to your own artistic work.

Instructors: Ekaterina Vetrov and Alexander Vetrov
Location: Studio 311, Department of Theatre, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt., University of Ottawa.
Duration: 3 hours.

Please, read COMPLETE DESCRIPTION of the workshops.

SHADOW THEATRE WORKSHOPS for Adults (17+) Level 1 & 2


NOVEMBER 6, 2016
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This workshop is created for Adults (17+). Professionals, students, teachers, as well as beginners who have passion for magical theatre are invited to participate!

– BASICS OF SHADOW TECHNIQUE. Technical skills: what kind of lamps, screens, materials you need to set up effective shadow theatre. How to operate shadow puppetry.
– WARM UP. Practical exercises for your hands and arms that will train your body to be firm since shadow operation requires precision in your hands and the whole body.
– CREATION OF SHADOW PUPPETRY. Students will learn how make their own shadow silhouettes and how to select props that will look beautiful on the screen.
– SCENE WORK. Students will work with their shadow puppets and learn to operate them while telling an original story on stage.

DECEMBER 4, 2016
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

– WARM UP. Practical exercises for your hands and arms that will train your body to be firm since shadow operation requires precision in your hands and the whole body.
– COLOUR SHADOWS. Shadows don’t have to be black and white! How to colour your shadow image. Students will be making shadow puppets and work with light.
– MOVING SCREENS. How to use screens of all sizes and shapes that are not only built into your set, but rather are coming from your costumes and props.
– BODY AS A TOOL. Learning to include your body into the shadow picture or use it as a screen.
– Learning to apply shadow theatre to your own shows or teaching practices.

What to bring:
– Comfortable clothes, preferably black;
– Indoor shoes;
– Bottle of water;
– Adventurous mood!

Instructors: Ekaterina Vetrov and Alexander Vetrov
Location: Studio 311, Department of Theatre, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt., University of Ottawa.
Duration: 3 hours.

Price: Adults $40, Students $30.
(Price includes the materials you will be using, so you are welcome to take home your shadow puppets).

For more info, please,  contact:
Ekaterina Vetrov
Payment options: Online at our Website, Email Transfer, In Person.

Aliza Itskovich


Aliza ItskovichAliza began as an actor in the studio eight years ago and became Stage Manager at OUK in 2015. She has worked in the studio and many summer camps. Stage managing shows such as, the Myth of The Dreamcatcher, Howling with the Spirits of Wolves and most recently The Legend of Parvana Lake. She has also pursued opportunities outside of professional theatre, as Stage Manager for Lion King Jr. by Earl of March Intermediate School. Theatre has made a great impact on Aliza’s life and she hopes to share it with the students.



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* Shows are suited for adults and children ages 7 and up.

“The Legend of Parvana Lake”/ “Легенда о Неугасимом Огне”
by Advanced Acting  class
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrov
An original show presented in Ottawa just once before it takes off to the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Startford, ON in June 2016!

“Legend of Parvana Lake” tells a story about a beautiful Princess who decided to choose a husband by setting a challenge to the knights to find the Eternal Flame and bring it to her. But years pass, the Princess waits and waits looking through the windows of her castle, but none of the men come back… When the Princess losses her hope she starts crying. Her tears flood the valley and the castle creating a lake that is clear like a child’s tear. What happened to all those brave men and why didn’t they come back?…

This magical legend told through poetic text carries an ancient story about creation of one of the most gorgeous lakes in Georgia – Parvana Lake. The show incorporates the styles of physical theatre, shadow theatre and contemporary dance.
Actors use Russian, English and Armenian languages to tell this story, but most of all – their body language.

“The Flying Machine”
by Intermediate Acting class
Adapted by Alexandra Isenor

Time passes slowly for the children of St.Ruth’s Hospital as they attempt to enjoy what little they have in their small confined room. But when a new patient joins their ward they will find new hope in finally seeing what lies outside the hospital walls and discovering what secrets have kept them in.

Infusing movement and shadows into this adapted piece, the Intermediate English class will bring this new project to the main stage for the first time. Not only developing their characters, students have worked on props, set, lighting and sound to bring this piece to life.
Language of presentation is English.

When:      Saturday, May 21st-2016 at 6:00pm
Where:    Academic Hall at University of Ottawa, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt.
Tickets:   $12 – Adult, $10 – Child (14 and under).

Our Junior Acting class will also present…

“Gymnastics for the Baby Frog”/ “Гимнастика для Головастика”
by Boris Zakhoder
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrov
(The show is in Russian)

When: Friday, May 20th at 7:00pm
Where: Banquet Hall, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa.
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the door.
Followed by Potluck – bring a dish!

OUK Theatre Celebrates 7th Birthday!

Message from Artistic Director:

“Today, January 17th, is a special day! Our dear THEATRE turns 7 years old! For me personally, as its Founder and Artistic Director, this Theatre is like my baby that I watch growing, maturing and becoming more and more independent and successful in life; like the baby that you feel and worry for its every breath, for every new step. One says, “It takes a village to raise a child” and this cannot be more true for a Theatre that cannot live without all the people who dream together, work together, and turn their craziest and most creative ideas into the reality. This is how magic gets born, and so does THEATRE!

I am infinitely grateful to our big prosperous “village” of people who raise our Theatre every day:

Thank you to our actors, directors, managers, choreographers, theatre instructors who fearlessly challenge themselves and the students to undertake the most unbelievable paths towards new artistic expressions and make our theatre modern and innovative;

Thank you to our young students who jump on any adventure with us investing their hard work, unbelievable imagination and unshakable belief that we are doing the right thing;

Thank you to our audiences simply because if you would not be there, we would not exist;

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters for helping us grow, become successful, travel abroad, and show our theatre to the world;

And of course, THANK YOU to our families and friends who always understand, support, help and live with us through every moment even when it seems strange and weird what “these theatre people do”; without you we would not have strength and inspiration to create all these new worlds!”

– Ekaterina Vetrov

Please, come to celebrate with us THE LUCKY SEVEN at our Birthday Party: Rhythms of Our Stage on Saturday, January 30th, 4-7pm at Banquet Hall, Woodroffe United Church! Performances and Birthday Cake traditionally will be there 😉 Tickets are available here: