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Ottawa Little Theatre offers big fun next season

By Alejandro Bustos on April 13, 2015

Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  In response, Apartment613 is previewing what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we look at the upcoming season at the Ottawa Little Theatre.

As the oldest theatre company in the city, the Ottawa Little Theatre has been performing plays and musicals for more than a century.  With the recent announcement of their 2015-16 schedule, they are continuing the proud tradition of offering great theatrical entertainment.

“[The upcoming plays offer] a really broad range of work that people can relate to,” says Lynn McGuigan, executive director of the OLT.

From the ad for Blithe Spirit

In an interview with Apartment613, McGuigan notes that the theatre’s audience is largely based on three main groups: people who grew up during World War II; baby-boomers who came of age in the 1960s and ‘70s; and members of Generation X from the 1980s.

They also get a fair number of students from the University of Ottawa, given that their location at 400 King Edward Ave. is near the university.  “We get 2,000 to 3,000 students a year,” McGuigan tells Apartment613.

With these multiple groups in attendance, next season’s plays are based on works that were written in various decades, in order to give the various members of the OLT  audience stories that they can directly relate to.

For instance, the upcoming season starts in September with Blithe Spirit, a comedy written in the 1940s that revolves around a séance that goes wrong. This is followed by the drama Flare Path that was written during World War II, and which involves men from an RAF airbase that are on leave to be with their wives.

Later in the season audiences can see the famous story One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the classic 1960s novel by Ken Kesey, and The Murder Room, a thriller written in the 1970s. Other works – like Calendar Girls and God of Carnage – were written in the 2000s.

While the next season has several intriguing offerings, a few plays particularly caught the attention of Apartment613.  Scheduled to start in March of next year, Calendar Girls tells the story of a group of middle-aged women who decide to create a nude calendar to raise money for a charity.

“This is a really interesting play because it is based on a real story that took place in England,” says McGuigan.


The play looks at the concerns that the women had in posing nude, and how they went about creating the calendar that, truth be told, was done tastefully.

The Mouse House, meanwhile, is the only Canadian play in next year’s season.  Set to run in May 2016, it tells the story of how a writer who has retreated to a cottage to work in solitude is suddenly overpowered by an intruder.

Finally, the God of Carnage will finish the season with a clever story about two sets of parents who meet after their sons are involved in a playground fight.  What starts as a civil discussion soon devolves into a heated argument that threatens to become its own brawl, albeit of the verbal variety.

For tickets to individual plays, subscriptions and the complete 2015-16 schedule go to the Ottawa Little Theatre web site.