Welcome to Two Planks and a Passion Theatre at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts:
a place of magic “a feast of music and food for the soul.” Where you can have “an unforgettable encounter with the essence of human life and intelligent, theatrical storytelling” Read the full reviews by clicking on the links above.
Cast and Crew Announced for Theatre Off The Grid in 2015
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre announced the full company for its 24th season today, featuring many returning company members and introducing some debut performances for what will be the ninth season of the Theatre Off The Grid presentations at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.
The Season features a main stage production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with Graham Percy in the role of Prospero, Andrea-Lee Norwood as Miranda, Charles Austin Douglas as Ferdinand, Martin Burt as Caliban, Jamie Konchak as Ariel and Ryan Rogerson as Trinculo.
The third production in Two Planks and a Passion’s popular By Fire series is a new adaptation of the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, featuring Burgandy Code, Chris O’Neill, Sarah English, and Jeff Schwager.
Artistic Director Ken Schwartz will direct both productions. Costumes for both presentations will be designed by Jennifer Goodman and Allen Cole will be Musical Director.
Previews begin July 2nd and both productions open on July 11th and run until August 15th, 2015.
After huge acclaim for our recent Nova Scotian tour, 937 will tour schools and public venues in New Brunswick in April, 2015. Click here to find out more
New shiny awards for Two Planks!
We are so proud of all of the artists, stage people, staff and volunteers who make our productions so exciting. We also appreciate the recognition our work gets from our peers at the Robert Merritt Awards for Professional Theatre in NS. We just got the news that 2014’s productions gained 9 noms total for this year’s awards, and won the following 3!
Best Actress: Jamie Konchak, Dustbowl Joan
Best Original Score: Allen Cole for The Miracle Man
Best Musical Direction: Allen Cole for The Miracle Man
Congratulations to all the people involved in our shows, and all the shows in professional theatre in Nova Scotia!
See Change – New anti-stigma program at work in Annapolis Valley Schools
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is thrilled to be providing a new and innovative program run by Artistic Director Ken Schwartz in partnership with schools and others. Click here to find out more.
2015 Season announced
Along with a tour of our innovative show Project 937 about the St. Louis in the spring, and school outreach in the fall, Two Planks has announced its Theatre Off The Grid Playbill for 2015: Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a new adaptation of Henry James’ Turn of the Screw around the fire. Click here to see more!
Darrell Freeman of Docaitta Design has once again added immeasurably to the look of Two Planks with his stunning design for the 2015 season. Darrell has been our season image designer for the past 3 three years, beginning when he was with Colour, and now continuing in his own shop, Docaitta. We are thrilled with his generosity, his artistry and his understanding of what we do and why! We encourage you to check out his work and say we sent you! www.docaittadesign.com
If you want to get involved with our summer seasons, you can! Volunteer to usher at one of our evening shows, any time! Please call 1-902-582-3073 or email email@example.com for more information.
Cottage Life names Two Planks one of the best outdoor theatres in Canada!
For the full article click here: http://cottagelife.com/91598/environment/tips-environment/the-best-outdoor-theatres-in-canada
Critical and Audience acclaim for our 2013 summer season!
“As You Like It is a beautifully articulate and funny production”
– Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald, 15/07/2013
The wooded setting at the Ross Creek Centre is a perfect stage for As You Like It, a play about banished lovers who find themselves (and eventually each other) in the Forest of Arden. Michael McPhee’s portrayal of the chivalrous and romantic Orlando is a revelation. He exudes charm…Alexis Milligan brings an irresistible joie de vivre to the character of Rosalind, and is amazingly believable when she takes on the disguise of a young male. As you’d expect, this comedy is rife with humour, but the real surprise is how touching it is. As You Like It may be Two Planks and a Passion’s first foray into The Bard’s work, but here’s hoping it won’t be the last.
—Kate Watson, The Coast Magazine
Pure magic. That pretty much sums up what feels like to sit round a crackling fire while darkness falls and Two Planks and a Passion’s theatrical magicians recount an ancient story of gods and men. Homer’s Iliad has been adapted by the company’s artistic director Ken Schwartz to be told in orchestral fashion, with actors trading lines across the camp fire, sometimes chiming in ghostly whispers or supply haunting rhythms and sound effects. The story is bloody and exciting, and the characters come to life in the flicker of the flames. The theatre experience at Ross Creek has always been unique, but the Iliad is something different again, bringing us to our own recent past as children listening to stories and then stretching beyond to the far-reaching past as humans communing in the firelight.
—Kate Watson, The Coast Magazine
Click here to read a description of what an evening of theatre at Ross Creek can be like by award-winning novelist, Ami McKay
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is committed to creating unforgettable experiences through one of the oldest mediums that exists: the theatre. Our award-winning Theatre Off The Grid, set outdoors on 178 acres at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, is a forum where our most treasured stories and legends come to life through the ingenious invention of some of Canada’s most accomplished artists. Whether you are regular patron or new to our theatre, we welcome you to experience a thrilling marriage of nature and the imagination.
“something extraordinary…Two Planks and a Passion Theatre continues to produce thrilling outdoor theatre off the beaten track” – The Chronicle Herald – 2012