LD main poster Fall2018 OttawaAWARD-WINNING SHOW CONTINUES TOURING IN 2018-2019!

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:
Washington, DC:

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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We are going to Germany!!!

calendarOur theatre has been selected and invited to represent North America at the 15th World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Lingen, GERMANY in June 2018!!!!!!!
Over 80 theatre companies from around the world participated in the contest and only 18 theatres were selected in the end!
We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to become part of the world’s largest children’s theatre festival and for the first time in the history of our theatre to bring our production to Europe!
We congratulate young actors of our Senior Acting class with this incredible victory and achievements that has been highly noted and recognized by international jury!
And now our students and directors will be working hard on their new creation that they will take to the festival: immersive show “Lucid Dreams” that will open in May 2018!


Children’s Theatre Exchange: Canada meets Russia & USAFacebook_event_picture_SMALL
WINGS FOR CLOWNS by Piano Theatre (Theatre of Deaf Children )
Non-Verbal Performance
When: September 16, at 6:00 pm
Where: Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University,
1125 Colonel By Dr.

Ages: all ages
Duration: 1.5 hours
Tickets: $15-$20
Children 3 and under are free.

6:00-6:20 pm – Theatrical composition “Magic Transformations” by young actors of three theatres that will present the result of their creative collaboration during international Children’s Theatre Exchange program. Participating theatres: Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Canada), Piano Theatre (Russia), Solo Theater (USA).

6:20-7:30 pm – Show Wings For Clowns by Piano Theatre.

In no way being deaf limits the artistic expression of the troupe of child actors from Russia. In many ways, their unique perspective on the world – one without sound – informs their art and their performance.

In Wings For Clowns, the actors use the language of motion to deliver several miniature performances featuring archetypal characters such as Pierrot, Harlequin, Columbine, Old Man and Old Woman. Trees, Sea, Wind and Rain are the main heroes of the performance. Through these characters the inner life of each performer is revealed and the audience is engaged.

Between the spectators and actors emerges a unified area of co-participation, co-creation, co-experience: this is the marvelous effect of “Piano” that strives to repeat it again and again.

The “Piano” Theatre began in 1986 at the Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) boarding school for deaf children and has participated in more than 50 international festivals, 5 world festivals in 15 countries including Russia, Germany, USA, Luxembourg, Finland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Canada.




Following information can also be found on official 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:

Home-Theatre Guest-Theatre
  • 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!

Friends meet again: OUK travels to Atlanta!

Dance rehearsal at OUK Theatre

In March 2016 friends and founders of Children’s Theatre Exchange will meet again to continue exploring possibilities of theatre connections.

This time students from Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre will fly to Atlanta to reunite with their friends from SOLO Theatre and spend another week together. They will go through intense week of theatre training, will exchange pieces of their new work, and create original work together by the end of the gathering.
Meanwhile, directors of the theatres will challenge each other with new format of the Exchange where collaboration between children happens right on the spot giving new push to their skills and making them create completely new theatrical work in this short period of time.

The anticipation of seeing our great friends makes us all work extra hard in the rehearsal room!


On June 2nd 2014, our theatre with Senior Theatre Studio returned from Washington DC with two fantastic AWARDS for our show A Girl With Star Eyes: “The Best Director” (Ekaterina Vetrova) and “The Best Supporting Actor” (Misha Tsirlin)!!! International Festival of Russian-Speaking Children’s and Youth Theaters was such a beautiful highlight of the year! Congratulations to all of our young actors (Misha, Natasha, Aliza, AngelinaMark, and Sasha) for such a hard work during the year that fully paid off!  And huge thanks to the whole team: Alexander Vetrov for brilliant tech work, organizational work and huge care about every little aspect of our tour, Olga Frolova for help, support and such important public relations, and of course PARENTS who went with us to Washington, were driving us 1000km there and back, fed us, took care of everyone, and made such a great fun company!
More pictures, video and article about our trip will be coming out soon!