To kick things off later this year, the Playground Theatre will use the space for its production of “The Feast” (Oct. 25 t0 Oct. 28). The Arts Annex will be home to Dare 2 Defy’s production of “Sideshow” (Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17).
“Dare 2 Defy and The Playground Theatre have both quickly outgrown the Mathile Theatre, our black box at the Schuster Center,” Gary Minyard, vice president of education and engagement with the Victoria Theatre Association, said in a prepared statement.
The Victoria Theatre Association’s education and engagement programs are “bursting at the seams,” and the new venue will offer interactive theater experiences, Minyard said.
The Discovery Series shows include "Rosa Parks" (Feb. 7, 2019), "How to Survive Middle School" (Feb. 25), "Hope Takes Flight" (April 10), and "The Young King." The Young King, by Oscar Wilde, is produced by Slingsby, an Australian theater company. Show times are May 8 to 10, 2019, for the Discovery Series and May 9 to 12, 2019, for the Family Series.
The Victoria Theatre Association has signed a lease for the space, which is in the Courthouse Crossing building.
A grand opening date has not yet been announced, but Neufeld said he’s confident the annex will open in the early fall.
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