Buzzing Carnival receives grant from the City of Ottawa!

AWARD WINNERSWE HAVE OUTSTANDING NEWS!!!
City of Ottawa’s 2020 Diversity in the Arts Fund granted us a significant AWARD that will help us turn our Buzzing Carnival into an incredible, complex, live and really theatrical event!

We are happy beyond we can describe because it is the first grant that Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre receives from the city!

Our Buzzing Carnival have to be delayed due to current circumstances with COVID-19, but IT WILL HAPPEN and we promise that it will be even GREATER than originally planned!

OUK Theatre Studio for children!

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Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre invites children 6-16 years old to the theatre studio!

In our theatre your children will be studying the best of the world literature and art, will learn to sing, dance and draw, will become confident and free in public presentations, will develop creative thinking, and discover their talents. And most importantly, they will find new friends who share the same passion for theatre!

In the program of the studio: production of plays, acting, stage movement/ dance, stage speech/ vocal, stage combat; set, costume and make-up design, lighting and sound design, stage management, and theatre criticism. All classes are taught at the highest professional level to provide intensive training for children. All of our instructors have Masters Degree in Theatre and are practicing artists in Ottawa and abroad.

Our advanced classes tour with their productions around the world, participate at international theatre festivals and children’s theatre exchanges. We help them to see theatre from the global perspective, receive training from world-famous theatre professionals, meet new like-minded friends around the world, and create shows that are up to the international standard of modern art and theatre.

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!

OUR THEATRE CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY!!!

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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!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ONCE UPON A KINGDOM THEATRE!!!!!!!!!

LUCID DREAMS

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UPCOMING SHOWS:
November 2nd and 4th, 2018 (Ottawa, ON)
December 15th, 2018 (Washington, DC)
February 2019, date TBD (Montreal, QC)

Ages: 10+
Language: Non-verbal
Duration: 45 min
The show is presented by our Senior Acting Class.

Ottawa, ON:
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Washington, DC:
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The show “Lucid Dreams” is an immersive experience where audiences are taken on a journey through dreams. Ensemble of actors creates a strange world of dreams that is full of symbols, illusions and grotesque imagery through movement, contemporary dance and work with masks and objects.

What is IMMERSIVE? 26 audience members at a time enter theatrical space and participate in the action while interacting with actors and experiencing different dream worlds from the inside.

The story is based on children’s research of their own dreams that they studied for many months, then analyzed and explored through physical work on stage. This piece is created from children’s desperate desire to connect, find that “electricity” that brings people together, makes them care about each other, experience breathtaking flights, discover new boundaries of the universe, and feel the unrestrained need to share their discoveries with the whole world.

“Lucid Dreams” is a Laureate of the 15th World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Lingen, Germany (June 2018).

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SCHEDULE FOR FALL SEMESTER 2018

All of our classes run for the Season September to May, so the same schedule applies for Winter-Spring Semester 2019.
Auditions for new students will happen in June 2019. Please, check back in May 2019 for the dates.

Dates

Time Class Instructor Location Price
September 10th – December 17th, 2018 Monday
5:45 – 8:15pm
Psychology (Communication Training) &
Advanced Acting(Senior studio)
Ages 11-15
Ekaterina Vetrov
& Irina Tsirlin
Theatre Studio,
Nepean Creative Arts Centre,35 Stafford Rd.
$455/ semester
September 11th – December 18th, 2018 Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00pm
Beginners Acting, Stage Dance and Play Production(Junior Studio)
Ages 7-10
Ekaterina Vetrov Theatre Studio, NCAC $121.50/ month
$471/ semester
September 5th – December 19th, 2018 Wednesday
5:45 – 8:15pm
Advanced Acting & Movement In Theatre(Senior studio)
Ages 11-15
Ekaterina Vetrov
& Alexander Vetrov
Theatre Studio, NCAC $557/ semester
September 9th – December 16th, 2018 Sunday
Time varies
Dance & Stretching(Senior studio)
Ages 11-15
Mariya Bugrova Dance Studio, NCAC

210/ semester

Halloween Street Performance 2017!

halloweenThis is our theatre’s 2nd Annual Shadow & Dance Street Extravaganza where we return with the new story!

Date: Halloween, October 31st, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: OUK Theatre, 279 Compton Ave, Ottawa, K2B 5A8

Route your Trick or Treating trail through this magical location called “The Ghost City”:
– Spooky characters will come to life on shadow screens and will tell many fascinating stories;
– Freakiest creatures will dance for you in the moonlight;
– Actors will take you through magic installation and tell ghost stories;
– The Witch will prepare apples for all the kids.*
*Beautiful and healthy alternative to candies!

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

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

All the performances are FREE of admission. Candies donations are accepted by our young performers!

CHILDREN’S THEATRE EXCHANGE

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Following information can also be found on official www.childrenstheatreexchange.com website

Our theatre is in a constant search for new friends, new experiences, new ways of expression! This is how this project was born and it proved to be one of the most breathtaking journeys we’ve ever had!
We are looking for new theatre companies who want to meet with us and EXCHANGE!

Goal of the project:

Children’s Theatre Exchange provides an opportunity for children who participate in theatre groups of various cities to find friends with similar interests; exchange and share their theatre experience; broaden perception of the theatre world; learn to engage into open discussions about each other’s work skilfully and professionally; and find joy in collective creation with new people.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Participants are children’s theatre collectives only. The age of performers is up to 18 years old.
  • Theatre shows can be done in any genre and use any language of presentation.
  • Children’s shows can be either presented just for the circle of participants or can be open to general public.
  • In the end of the program, all children are required to prepare reviews/ feedback/ sketches/ video material about their participation and impressions. That feedback will be published for wide audiences to look at.
    This will help children to summarize and form an opinion about impressions from their experience; learn to discuss creative work of their friends professionally; have an opportunity to try out the profession of theatre critic.
  • Children are required to participate actively in organization of all the gathering. The teachers should give children maximum opportunity to be involved in every area of the process.
    The goal is to let children to try themselves not only in the role of actors, but also experience other theatre professions: designers, critics, managers, ushers, backstage crew, etc.
  • Participating theatres should agree on the program specifics, technical requirements, any specifics of each given collective IN ADVANCE.
  • Participating theatres are responsible for their budget, have to look for financial support to make the project happen and should help each other as much as possible.

What is expected from participating theatres that organize their exchange:

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  • Theatre brings one or several shows
  • Theatre prepares workshops and “Creative Evenings” (can be an evening of theatre games, talent show, musical evening, evening of visual arts, etc).
  • Theatre is responsible for providing space for all the planned meetings, shows and events.

In addition, if the theatre has an opportunity:

  • Offers accommodations at host-families
  • Prepares tours around the town and any other cultural events
  • Helps with transportation and food for participants
  • Up to 2 Guest-Theatres can participate in the same exchange
  • Theatre brings one or several shows
  • Theatre prepares workshops and/ or “Creative Evening”
  • Transportation and food for their participants

If you are interested in the Children’s Theatre Exchange program in any way: as PARTICIPANT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, COLLABORATOR, GUEST, please, get in touch with us!

“The Legend of Parvana Lake” in Ottawa!

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We will be playing our famous show in Ottawa once again!

“The Legend of Parvana Lake”/ “Легенда о Неугасимом Огне”
Perfromed by Advanced Acting students
Directed by Ekaterina Vetrov

When: February 24th, 7:00 pm
Where: Scout Hall, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave.
Ages: adults and children (6+)
Duration: 40 minutes

***SOLD OUT***

“The 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 Armenia – 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.

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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!