OUK Theatre Celebrates 11th Birthday!!!

When there is over a decade behind you, it is not that easy to recapture all the moments that made you smile, that made you heart tremble, made you fall in love, brought tears to your eyes as happiness was overwhelming, all the moments of inspiration, discoveries, flights! And YES, we had a great deal of those emotions because our theatre was always lucky to be surrounded by great friends and romantic people of all ages who dared to dream together!..
Happy Birthday, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre!
P.S. Let’s recapture some bright moments of the past years accompanied by the song “Move the World” from the 15th World Festival of Children’s Theatre (Lingen, Germany) that still inspires us to make changes and create theatre together!


And here we are – 10 memorable years are behind us! It is not easy to put into words all the feelings and emotions that burst like fireworks today! So instead, we decided to do something that is not very obvious for artists – some MATH! Let’s look at the numbers…
During these past 10 years OUK Theatre brought to life:
– 40+ PRODUCTIONS for all ages with actors 6-30 years old!
– Over 200 creative events
– Ran over 100 WORKSHOPS in Canada and abroad
– Participated in 18 International FESTIVALS
– Organized 6 International CHILDREN’s THEATRE EXCHANGES
– Taught HUNDREDS of children and performed for THOUSANDS!
– TOURED Ottawa region, Toronto, Washington DC, Atlanta, Orlando, Stratford ON, Lingen (Germany)
– Performed for INCREDIBLE AUDIENCES that saw us on theatre stages of all sorts, forms and sizes, streets, squares and parks of different cities, festivals, National Arts Centre, universities, schools, libraries, daycares, cafes, and tons of experimental spaces!…

WE FEEL that it’s a good start to enter a NEW DECADE that attracts us with new artistic challenges, new friendships, new experiences and new theatrical adventures!

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.

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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rhythms-of-our-stage-ouks-7th-birthday-party-tickets-20303758087

OUK’s 7th Birthday Party: Rhythms of Our Stage

Saturday, JANUARY 30th, 4:00-7:00pm 10646627_10156324735685580_5861521697229649522_n
at Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave, Woodroffe United Church.

Join Once Upon A Kingdom Theatre as we celebrate our 7th year! 

This year’s theme explores relations between music, dance and theatre. Our student and local actors will perform great pieces that merge all of these artistic disciplines!
What to expect:
– Live surprise performances
– Interactive theatre games for everyone and Prizes!
– Sweet treats and delicious Birthday Cake
– Shadow theatre station to explore
– Illuminated Dance party for children
– Wonderful atmosphere of fun and creativity!
– And more…
Adults $15
Children (5-16 yrs) $10
Family Package (4 tickets) $40
Free for children under 5 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 go towards providing props, costumes, lighting, and more for our young actors in 2016.

Free admission for all OUK Students – ask your instructor for your promo code.



Birthday_Card_Simon“TODAY, January 17th 2015, our theatre turns 6 years old!

Enormous thank you to everyone who were living, dreaming and creating new worlds with us through these years! Lots of beautiful friendships were made, courageous tasks undertaken, breathtaking paths completed and just started!

…New shows, new friends, new stages, new tours, new adventures in the endless world of art!…

As one of our students said: “Theatre is my home”. And this is something that warms my heart today because it really feels like we’ve got an unique and welcoming family that grows every day.

We are still young and we have so many magical discoveries ahead!”

– Ekaterina Vetrov, Artistic Director.


Our THEATRE turns 5 today, January 17th, 2014!!! I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years since we opened the doors with our first show “Two Maple Trees”… I am so grateful to all my friends who made the first steps with me and supported my work throughout these years. I want to thank every single artist (actors, directors, composers, designers) who worked with us, shared their talent, love to art and unique vision of the world. My heart goes to all my professors and mentors, THE TEACHERS, who inspired me, gave knowledge, opened new borders, challenged me and gave wise advises, really they were always there to give me a hand in any difficult artistic or life situation. And I am sending big love to ALL my young students, former and present, who were brave enough to take off with us on this challenging road of theatre, they always inspired with their constant belief in magic and that everything is possible, any crazy plan can come to life and that our theatre is a beautiful place when we are all together!
With love,
Ekaterina Vetrova, Artistic Director of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre

Dear Friends!
Our THEATRE turns 5 years this season and we would like to invite you to celebrate its Birthday with us!
When: January 18th at 3:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave
Admission: $5 at the door

3:00pm – ACTING WORKSHOP for children & adults: “Pantomime” (movement and imaginary objects)! Together we will create a pantomime composition which we will all perform later that night
4:00pm – SHOW TIME! The stage will be open to student and professional actors of our company who will share the stage to perform theatrical pieces spicing it up with theatre games for everyone. If YOU would like to take part in the show (prepare a creative skit, musical piece, dance, poem, or even a speech wishing us Happy Birthday) – you are VERY WELCOME! Just make sure to contact us in advance to let us know. Though surprises are always welcomed in our theatre!;)
5:30pm – BIRTHDAY CAKE – cut our beautiful cake and enjoy some treats and hot tea.
6:00pm – CANDLE TIME – our favourite tradition when we all gather around the candle to sing our favourite songs, play the guitar and talk about everything.

– During this evening we will also have an “OPEN PIANO” – at any time you can come to a piano, put on a hat and play your favourite piece.
– There is also going to be a THEATRE LOTTERY for fun!
* If you would like to make a donation to the lottery (anything: toy, candies, gift card, or any product of your own company), please, let us know!

It’s a very special year for us, that’s why we would love to see each of you in our theatre to share beautiful memories of the past 5 years and making plans for the next years to come!

If you have any questions, please, contact us any time at 613-868-8343 or onceuponakingdom@gmail.com .

4th Annual Birthday Party!

Today, January 17th 2013 is a special day! We celebrate the 4th Birthday of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre! We want to thank all our friends, colleagues, audiences, children and adults who helped us to grow and create art throughout these 4 fantastic years!

We invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Birthday Party on Saturday, January 26th, 4:30-10pm at Cafe Alternatif (60 University Pvt, basement of Simard Hall at University of Ottawa).

The theme for this year’s Birthday Party is “Theatre is a Dream” to continue dream motives of all the shows that we worked on throughout our 4th Season.

Program for the evening:
4:30-5:30pm: Celebration begins. Potluck (please, bring a dish).
5:30-7:00pm: Performances and “Shadow Competition” for children and adults.
7:00pm: Cutting the cake and Candle Time (singing favourite songs, telling stories and spending time with friends gathered around the candle).

We are looking forward to share this evening with all of our old and new friends!

If you have any questions or comments about the event, please, don’t hesitate to contact us!

3rd Annual OUK Theatre Birthday Celebration!!!

We have so many great memories to share with our actors, students, parents, children, colleagues and ALL friends of our theatre!
When: Saturday, January 28th, 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Café Alternatif,  60 Universite Priv, basement of Simard Hall, University of Ottawa.
What: Join us for the night of games and theatre! Children will participate in the Theatre Fun Contest and adults will be enjoying a performance created for them. It is also a POTLUCK, so bring a dish to share!
Let’s spend another night in the circle of friends and create theatre together!