Take centre-stage on the Fergus Grand Theatre! This historic, 255 seat theatre has transformed many times over it's eclectic history. From cable TV to a movie theatre, the recent 2017 renovations make this small theatre just 1 hour from Toronto a popular choice for Canadian artists.
(VIDEO) A tour of a historic theatre on the edge of a river.
I've spent a lot of time in theatres. There are a few important ones that stick out. Hamilton Place was my first 'big' theatre and TCB Centre in Wellington, New Zealand was my first arena (5000+)
But this charming theatre was my first professional stage.
I have a million memories here and all of them are good. Except for load-in. I've blocked those painful memories of lifting a full production magic show through those back doors. :)
This blog exists because of an event that unfolded at the theatre. (A TV pilot we're trying to get to air, watch here, become a member it's quick and free.)
In 2017, the theatre finished it's most recent renovations. It's now fully accessible with main floor washrooms. I stopped in and chatted with the Theatre Coordinator, a long time friend, Eric Goudie. He's been involved with the theatre for over 20 years.
The lobby looks incredible. Vintage and historically accurate. The floor is original and Eric tells me the position of box office has been returned to its original location. (watch below)
In recent years, the stage and seating area were also renovated and for approaching 100 years, the theatre feels historically new. Not a day over 90. (The theatre opened in 1928)
Learn more about the theatre and see photos Click here.
(VIDEO) What's happening at Fergus Grand Theatre in March
Happening this month at the Fergus Grand Theatre MARCH EVENTS
3/16/2019 at 8:00 PM - Rock Around the Clock | Fergus Grand Theatre
3/17/2019 at 8:00 PM - The Real St. Patrick, featuring the Reel Celts | Fergus Grand Theatre
3/29/2019 at 8:00 PM - Alysha Brilla | Fergus Grand Theatre
3/30/2019 at 8:00 PM - We Walk the Line - A Tribute to Johnny Cash | Fergus Grand Theatre
Here's how chocolate bars pay for microphones
Eric Goudie talks about the importance of the theatre's 70+ volunteers. Volunteers run the box office, take tickets, greet patrons and more. They also run the concession stand during shows. While they are not licensed for alcohol, all profits from are directed back into the theatre. Over the years that's made a huge difference for maintenance and upkeep at the theatre.
(VIDEO) Eric talks renovations and the secret behind the theatre's success.
Eric shares how much money has been raised by volunteers.
Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the community, meet new people and experiences! A few hours of your time mean so much. Here's the volunteer information directly from the Township of Centre Wellington:
Get involved! Volunteering Opportunities at the Fergus Grand Theatre
We are currently accepting applications for the following volunteer positions:
Concession Manager - Concession Volunteer Position Description
House Manager - House Manager Volunteer Position Description
Box Office Attendant - Box Office Attendant Volunteer Position Description
Click here --> Fill out our Volunteer Application Form today!
There's no other theatre in the world with a grand backyard.
When was the last time you visited the Fergus Grand Theatre?