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!

Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Toronto!

New Children’s Theatre Exchange begins NOW! Toronto-Poster_Feb2017-v08_en Alice_poster_11x17_2017_preview (1)
Ottawa meets Toronto! 
Star School will be travelling to Ottawa for the weekend April 21-23 to bring their show “Alice in Wonderland” and then Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre will return the visit on April 28-30 with their show “The Legend of Parvana Lake”!
The shows are only part of the experience, because we are planning lots of acting, vocal, dance, movement and shadow theatre workshops as well as our traditional theatre criticism workshop followed by round -table discussions and review-writing. We will also organize creative gatherings where children will be playing, dancing, and most importantly getting to know their new theatre friends!
Let the new creative adventure and friendship begin!

1st Theatre Exchange had tremendous success!

Let us look back at Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta that happened in June 2015. So many beautiful things happened in the course of one week and those events will always stay in the hearts of each and every participant, whether they were children or adults.
We are happy to share with you our written thoughts and visuals that express our feelings about Exchange 2015.

Our Theatre Exchange is over and you might ask – what is left? Being just a couple of days away, I am still too emotional to talk rationally about all the specifics of the experience we all went through. But I am asking myself, why am I walking around all day today smiling and my heart is beating faster? I will be honest with you and myself: I’ve been studying and working in theatre for 20 years, but what has happened to us during this past week, was the most breathtaking experience of theatre I ever had. Why does it feel that way? I don’t know yet and I would need too many words to describe it. What I know for sure is that I deeply fell in love with theatre one more time!
– Ekaterina Vetrov, Artistic Director of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre

I think this exchange was the greatest acting experience I’ve had, and so far one of my greatest life experiences. I know for a fact that any theater would love to take part in such a creative exchange.
– Ilia, age 12, Solo Theater School  (Atlanta, GA)

My favorite part of the whole trip was none other than the camp fires we had with OUK. I had a blast talking with friends, roasting marshmallows, and hearing others sing songs.
– Nikolay, age 12, Solo Theater School (Atlanta, GA)

I have never participated in any other theatre exchange programs before. It was my first experience. During the program I learned that backstage people like me are very important part of the performance. <…> When I decided to take part of the program my goal was to learn how theatre operates from behind the stage and to put myself into test whether I can help. During the week I was shown how to take care of costumes, how to apply makeup, decorate props, and hand out programs. I tried to do my best so that the performance went smoothly.
– Anna, age of 10, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)

Once the Children Theatre Exchange was over I couldn’t get over it. I kept thinking that SOLO Theatre never left. Many people asked me if the week was worth all the time and energy but there is no hesitation when I say that, of course I loved it and I would fly to Atlanta in a heartbeat. I didn’t just spend a week of my life growing a second family just to let it go to waste. I think this week full of wonderful activities and people helped me grow as an actor, mainly because it reminded me how much importance theatre has in my life. There is no better way to rediscover theatre than with new life-long friends. During the week I found renewed energy and excitement. <…>
The best way to describe this experience in one sentence is with a quote from the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, “And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend.”
– Aliza Itskovich, age of 15, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)



Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta, June 2015!

Our new theatre project for children is here! Take a look!

In June 2015 two theatres will meet to participate in our new International project – Children’s Theatre Exchange: Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa, Canada) and Solo Theatre (Atlanta, USA).

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.

The program is designed for participants ages up to 18 years old and open to theatres who create in any genre and in any language!

In the course of one week, children will share their original shows with each other and general public (this time in Russian), participate in acting workshops lead by professional theatre practitioners, lead discussions at the round-table and theatre debates, write and publish theatre reviews, and spend unforgettable days full of friendship and creativity.

The shows will take place on June 5th at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton U and open to general public!
“Летучий корабль”/ “The Flying Ship”, directed by Ivan Logvinov, Solo Theatre.
“Волшебная кисточка”/ “The Magic Brush”, directed by Ekaterina Vetrov, OUK Theatre.
Tickets are on sale NOW!

If you’d like to SUPPORT this unique initiative, please, check out our cool video and donate today!

Even $1 matters for us! All sponsors will receive cool gifts!
Let’s help children to realize their dreams!


adaptation of Scandinavian fairy-tale by Zinken Hopp.
Junior Russian Group #1 (ages 6-10)

Saturday, May 10 at 2:30pm – performance at Ottawa International Children’s Festival, 100 Watt Earth Stage, the Dining Tent (field of the War Museum)http://ottawachildrensfestival.ca/
Monday, May 26th at 6:00pm – home studio performance at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, the Banquet Hall.
Followed by celebration and potluck (bring a dish)!
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the door.

Senior Group (ages 10-14) in English
Sat. May 10th at 1:15 and Sun. May 11th at 2:00pm
Critical discussion and debate where students will talk on stage about two shows that they have just seen: The City and Iris & Under the Stars.
Location: Ottawa International Children’s Festival, 100 Watt Earth Stage, the Dining Tent (field of the War Museum)

Junior Russian Group #2 (ages 6-10)
Physical theatre performance about travelling among the stars from one fantastic planet to another. Journey that will be enjoyed by any language speaking audience!
Sunday, May 18th at 11:00am.
Location: University of Ottawa Theatre Department, 135 Seraphin-Marion Pvt., studio 311 (3rd floor).
Followed by celebration and potluck (bring a dish)!
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the door.

Junior English Group (ages 8-13)
Physical performance that presents mask work, poems, choreography and elements of stage combat.
Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00pm.
Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave, the Banquet Hall.
Followed by celebration and potluck (bring a dish)!
Tickets: Pay What You Can at the door.

adaptation of Finnish fairy-tale by S. Topelius
Senior Group (ages 10-14) in Russian
May 31st – June 1st: if you happen to be in Washington DC, come and see our performance in a contest program at 4th International Festival of Russian-Speaking Children’s and Youth Theatres. Full info is here: http://www.russfestival.org/

Enjoy a really eventful May with us!!!

OUK Theatre Birthday – 2 years in Ottawa!

For the past 2 years the company grew and developed tremendously! The theatre became home for young professional artists (actors, choreographers, designers, composers) who work on either of tree languages, English, French or Russian, as well as many volunteers who enjoy theatre experience and wish to help in various areas of production. There are more than 40 students that went through the theatre studio and summer camps; more than 50 artists participated in various projects; theatre studios are now located in Carlingwood, Orleans and University of Ottawa; theatre produces 2 professional productions, 4-6 student productions, bi-weekly events with KeySIC Project (League of Night Interactive Theatre Games for adults), and hosting many events, workshops, and artistic projects each year; the programs and shows are offered in both English and Russian languages. OUK Theatre became the fastest growing theatre for the young audiences in Ottawa! Happy Birthday and thank you everyone who supports, participates and takes care of life in our theatre!