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Photo features: Syrian families meet with cast members Damien Atkins (top row, second from the left) and Matthew Brown (top row, fourth from the left) while at YPT with Kids Up Front to see the production, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (2015).

اقرا صفحة ويب باللغة العربية (Read this page in Arabic)

YPT Welcomes Syrian Families to Toronto!

Young People’s Theatre is pleased to offer a limited number of free show tickets to Syrian families who are new to the Toronto area. Join us and immerse yourself and your family in a Toronto tradition.

Performances are presented in English.

Click here to read more about YPT’s participation in the Canada Council’s new arts initiative welcoming refugees to the country.

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Syrian Newcomers Program - Seussical, Nov. 2016
Photo features: Syrian families visit Young People’s Theatre and take part in pre-show activities before seeing the musical production, Seussical (November, 2016).

You can request show tickets to the 2016/17 Season in one of two different ways:

1. Complete the online ticket request form – (Arabic) or (English)

2. Call 416.363.5131 and press 204 as soon as you hear the recorded message. You will be transferred to a voicemail with an Arabic greeting. Leave a message with any questions you may have. Your call will be returned soon after.

If you would like more information about the Welcome to the Arts program, please email us at online@youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

All booking requests will be confirmed by YPT.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

2016/17 SEASON

This season at YPT we are exploring the idea that “no one is alone”. We must all take responsibility for the world around us, for ourselves, our family and friends, and our communities. How can we best support children and youth in learning how to handle often conflicting obligations? We’re offering an exciting series of stories on our stages this season. Thought-provoking plays for teens … whimsical musicals for all ages… and the triumphant return of theatre for babies. Each will explore different aspects of inter-connectedness – to our communities; to the natural world; to heritage and history; and to our own health and well-being. No one is alone at YPT.

“There is comfort for children in knowing that no one is alone – that everything and everyone is connected in some way. But how do we best support children and youth in mastering the realization of their responsibility to others – the notion that everything they do can affect other people? I hope the plays this season allow teachers and parents to have conversations about those implications.”
– Allen MacInnis, Artistic Director of Young People’s Theatre

The following shows will be presented in the 2016/17 Season.
You may choose to request tickets for any of the shows listed below, subject to availability. Please be sure to check the age recommendations for each show and read the accompanying descriptions.

Complete show information including credits, photographs and video clips is available by clicking the show titles below.

One Thing

One Thing Leads to Another
In The Studio | Sept. 22 to Oct. 8, 2016
Recommended for ages 3 to 12 months;
suitable for up to 24 months

Last season’s hugely successful show for babies returns by popular demand!


Spirit Horse

Spirit Horse
On the Mainstage | Oct. 18-28, 2016
Recommended for ages 8 & up

This play follows the adventures of two Indigenous children whose family is caught between traditional ways and contemporary urban culture.


Seussical

Seussical
On the Mainstage | Nov. 14-Dec. 31, 2016
Recommended for ages 5 & up

All time favourite, this musical, which is filled with singing and dancing, exemplifies the philosophy that “a person’s a person no matter how small.”


Still/Falling

Still/Falling
In the Studio | Nov. 22-Dec 9, 2016
Recommended for ages 13 & up

A play that looks at mental illness from the inside out through the eyes of a teenage girl.

Content Advisory:
Still/Falling is an open and candid representation of a teen with anxiety and depression who displays non-suicidal self-harm. All audience members should be advised and prepared for some scenes that may contain emotional triggers.


James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach
On the Mainstage | Feb. 6-Mar. 18, 2017
Recommended for ages 5 & up

This musical, based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, is filled with singing and dancing. The story celebrates what it means to find a home.


Scenes From a Tree

Scenes From a Tree
In the Studio | Feb. 15-26, 2017
Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years

A lively tale about growing up and putting down roots.


Boys With Cars

Boys With Cars
On the Mainstage | Mar. 23-Apr. 1, 2017
Recommended for ages 13 & up

This audacious play is set in a suburban high school where cultures collide and girls deal their relationships with boys.

Content Advisory:
Boys With Cars is about the complex and often confusing world of teenage friendships and romantic relationships. The multiple characters portrayed by Anita Majumdar reflect the experiences of an Indo-Canadian girl trying desperately to fit in with her peers in a predominately white society in Port Moody, British Columbia. The characters speak in authentic teenage voices, using coarse language including swearing as well as sexually explicit terminology. The occurrence of a sexual assault is suggested in the play.


Munschtime

Munschtime!
On the Mainstage | Apr. 17-May 14, 2017
Recommended for ages 4-8

A brand new YPT production encompassing five favourite stories from renowned children’s author Robert Munsch.


ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE
YPT is the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first and largest of its kind in Canada. Over the past 50 years YPT has staged many of the most important plays that form the canon of work for youth in our country. The enriched learning experiences of YPT’s Education & Participation Department also provide young people with opportunities to develop their whole being. At Young People’s Theatre we strive for a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people – giving them the chance to grow into the unique and wonderful people they were born to be.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for this program? Are there costs associated with the program?
This initiative is available to Syrian refugees living in the Toronto area. There is no cost to participate. YPT is pleased to offer a limited number of free show tickets to these families. We thank The Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees initiative, jointly funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial.

How do I book tickets?
You can request show tickets to the 2016/17 Season in one of two different ways:
1. Complete the online ticket request form – (Arabic) or (English)
2. Call 416.363.5131 and press 204 as soon as you hear the recorded message. You will be transferred to a voicemail with an Arabic greeting. Leave a message with any questions you may have. Your call will be returned soon after.

Where do I pick up tickets?
You can pick up tickets on the day of the performance at the theatre Box Office located at 165 Front Street East, Toronto.

When should I arrive for the show?
We suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes before a show. Those arriving after the show begins will be seated at an appropriate time. Please don’t be late.

Are children allowed in the theatre?
Absolutely! Young People’s Theatre is a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences – the first and largest of its kind in Canada. We encourage you to bring your family to the theatre.

Do children perform in your productions?
With rare exceptions, YPT productions are performed by professional adult actors.

How do I know if a production is age-appropriate for my child/student?
We offer shows for children from 3 months to 18 years old. Careful consideration goes into establishing age recommendations for our plays. Please choose a play that is best suited for your family. For age recommendations, click here to review a complete list of productions with show descriptions.

Do you have seating for patrons in wheelchairs?
Yes, please let us know of your seating needs when your book tickets.

What if I have more questions?
We are happy to answer any other questions. Please call us at 416.363.5131 and press extension 204 as soon as you hear the recorded message. You will be transferred to a voicemail with an Arabic greeting. Leave a message with any questions you may have. Your call will be returned shortly.


We thank the Canada Council Arts and Culture Welcome Refugee initiative and Sun Life Financial for their support of the program.

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