COMPANY HISTORY

 

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Peter Mandia & Stephen Newman, founding artistic team, September 1991 at The ribbon cutting ceremony for Theatre Aquarius’ new home

At its inception under Founding Artistic Director Peter Mandia in 1973, Theatre Aquarius performed primarily at the Studio Theatre at Hamilton Place. The demand for Professional Theatre within the city proved to be tremendous, and it rapidly became apparent that the needs of the company necessitated a larger venue. Thanks to a tremendous effort of many committed believers and the generosity of businesses, private donors and government agencies, in 1991, Theatre Aquarius opened the doors of its own theatre centre, now known as the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.

Theatre Aquarius launched the Performing Arts Programme, a theatre school for ages 8 and up in 1976. The Programme has run continuously, providing thousands of young people throughout the region with a chance to participate in the theatre arts at a high level, launching many to professional careers in the arts and providing many more with new confidence that helped them reach their dreams, and helping to instill a lifelong love of theatre.

 

Other key milestones:

1988

  • The School Board liaison program was instituted, which grew to serve more than 16,000 students annually.

1996

  • Max Reimer was appointed Artistic Director following the untimely passing of Peter Mandia, Founding Artistic Director.

1997

  • Theatre Aquarius received a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the Arts.

2005

  • Theatre Aquarius received the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award

2008

  • Theatre Aquarius received Tourism Hamilton’s Arts & Entertainment Ambassador Award.

2008

  • Ron Ulrich was appointed Artistic Director.

2009

  • Tuesdays with Morrie starring Jamie Farr sets the record for the highest grossing box office for a non-musical play at Theatre Aquarius.

2010

  • The Rocky Horror Show starring Cameron MacDuffee becomes the highest grossing Theatre Aquarius show of all time.

2011

  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, starring Hamilton’s own Jeff Giles shatters the box-office record set the year earlier, to become the highest-grossing, best-attended Theatre Aquarius production yet.

2014

  • Marry Poppins With a SOLD-OUT RUN eclipses all previous record holders to become the highest-grossing, best-attended Theatre Aquarius production in 42 years.

 

PAST SEASONS

Season 1 - 1973-74
  • HADRIAN VII
  • CRUMPETS & TEA
  • THE GINGERBREAD LADY
  • GHOSTS
  • I DO! I DO!
  • FORTUNE & MEN’S EYES
  • THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT
Season 4 - 1976-77
  • NEIGHBOURS – HPST
  • CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
  • TWO FOR THE SEESAW
  • SNOW WHITE & SEVEN DWARFS
  • TO COVET HONOUR
  • THE MOUSETRAP
  • JACQUES BREL
  • YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Season 7 - 1979-80
  • INCREDIBLE MURDER OF CARDINAL TOSCA
  • WAITING FOR THE PARADE
  • JITTERS
  • DEAR LIAR
  • CHARLEY’S AUNT
  • YOUNG KING ARTHUR
  • TREASURE ISLAND
Season 10 - 1982-83
  • WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?
  • BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR?
  • OLIVER!
  • VERONICA’S ROOM
  • THE GIN GAME
  • I DO! I DO!
  • BILLY BISHOP
  • OH MY STARS
Season 13 - 1985-86
  • BALCONVILLE
  • SALT-WATER MOON
  • NIGHT MOTHER
  • McCLURE
  • PRIVATE LIVES
Season 16 - 1988-89
  • GLORYDAYS!
  • MERELY PLAYERS
  • 101 MIRACLES OF HOPE CHANCE
  • SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE
  • MY DARLING JUDITH
Season 19 - 1991-92
  • MAN OF LA MANCHA
  • THE WOMAN IN BLACK
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • THE AFFECTIONS OF MAY
  • ALL MY SONS
  • LEND ME A TENOR
  • CINDERELLA
  • STEEL CRAZY
Season 22 - 1994-95
  • RUMOURS
  • THE REZ SISTERS
  • ANNIE
  • FALLEN ANGELS
  • CORPUS DELECTABLE
  • NUNSENSE
  • UNEXPECTED MOVES
  • LUCIEN’S LABOUR LOST
  • RAVE
  • EDUCATING RITA
  • THE AIRBORNE SYMPHONY
Season 25 - 1997-98
  • MOON OVER BUFFALO
  • AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
  • SINNERS
  • THE MIRACLE WORKER
  • ROCK AND ROLL
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
  • GUN METAL BLUES
  • THE TWO-HEADED ROOMMATE
  • TWO SHIPS PASSING
Season 28 - 2000-01
  • THE RAINMAKER
  • ON ALBERT STREET
  • JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
  • PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
  • AN INSPECTOR CALLS
  • OFFICE HOURS
  • LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN
  • TOURIST TRAP
  • I CAN SING! (CAN’T I?)
  • CHARLOTTE’S WEB
  • THE NUMBER 14
Season 31 - 2003-04
  • JASPER STATION
  • GOODBYE, PICCADILLY
  • THE MUSIC MAN
  • THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
  • THE WINSLOW BOY
  • NOISES OFF
  • GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
  • HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH
  • COME BY THE HILLS
  • FINGERS AND TOES
  • TOAD!
Season 34 - 2006-07
  • GLORYDAYS!
  • SEXY LAUNDRY
  • AMADEUS
  • BLOOD BROTHERS
  • LOOKING
  • LUCIEN SNOWBIRD
  • SUSAN GILMOUR: THE LADY SINGS THE TUNES
  • ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE: MOTHER OF THE PRIDE
  • CATS
  • WISH UPON A STAR
  • TREASURE ISLAND
  • THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Season 37 - 2009-10
  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
  • HALF LIFE
  • THE BEST OF THE FRINGE
  • IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
  • TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
  • SWEET DREAMS: A TRIBUTE TO PATSY CLINE
  • DOUBT: A PARABLE
  • THE IMPROVISED PLAY SERIES
  • THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
  • DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Season 40 - 2012-13
  • SEE HOW THEY RUN
  • WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES
  • TOP OF THE POPS!
  • THE LAST ROMANCE
  • LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
  • TIME STANDS STILL
Season 43 - 2015-16
  • THE BIG SLEEP
  • JACK OF DIAMONDS
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  • RED
  • IF I WERE YOU
  • THE LADIES FOURSOME
Season 2 - 1974-75
  • BOEING! BOEING!
  • WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
  • ANTIGONE
  • RATTLE OF A SIMPLE MAN
  • LEAVING HOME
  • OUTCRY
  • LUV
Season 5 - 1977-78
  • EQUUS
  • ARSENIC & OLD LACE
  • ROBIN HOOD
  • YESTERDAY THE CHILDREN WERE DANCING
  • SLEUTH
  • OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
Season 8 - 1980-81
  • DEATHTRAP
  • TRIBUTE
  • THE PRICE
  • CHAPTER TWO
  • ON GOLDEN POND
  • ROBIN HOOD
Season 11 - 1983-84
  • TALLEY’S FOLLEY
  • BLITHE SPIRIT
  • MASS APPEAL
  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE
  • REXY!
Season 14 - 1986-87
  • A STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE
  • PAPERS
  • A CHORUS LINE
  • K2
  • TALKING DIRTY
  • BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
Season 17 - 1989-90
  • THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
  • CECIL & CLEOPAYTRA
  • DON MESSER’S JUBILEE
  • THE ROAD TO MECCA
  • BROADWAY BOUND
Season 20 - 1992-93
  • A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
  • M. BUTTERFLY
  • OLIVER!
  • THE MOTOR TRADE
  • MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA
  • LETTICE & LOVAGE
  • ROBIN HOOD
  • ABANDON HOPE MABEL DOROTHY
  • HOSANNA
  • BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
Season 23 - 1995-96
  • CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
  • NOT ABOUT HEROES
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  • IF WE ARE WOMAN
  • THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
  • WHO’S UNDER WHERE?
  • TREASURE ISLAND
  • FRONTERAS AMERICANAS
  • INTO
  • WRONG FOR EACH OTHER
Season 26 - 1998-99
  • COLOURS IN THE STORM
  • OF MICE AND MEN
  • GUNMETAL BLUES
  • CINDERELLA
  • THE COCKTAIL HOUR
  • SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
  • ETHAN CLAYMORE
  • MOMENTS TO REMEMBER
  • SHAKY GROUNDS / NEVER SWIM ALONE
  • LORNE ELLIOT: COLLECTED MISTAKES II
  • JEWEL
Season 29 - 2001-02
  • THE CRUCIBLE
  • THE DRAWER BOY
  • JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
  • ART
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS
  • SELF HELP
  • CU’FU
  • DISCO GOALIE
  • DRIED FLOWERS/SEPARATE BEDS
  • THE HOBBIT
Season 32 - 2004-05
  • THE LOVE LIST
  • UNITY (1918)
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  • STRAWBERRIES IN JANUARY
  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN
  • I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!
  • ON GOLDEN POND
  • TEST DRIVE
  • WHOLE LOTTO LOVE
  • WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
  • SWEENEY TODD
Season 35 - 2007-08
  • OPENING NIGHT
  • WINGFIELDS INFERNO
  • ROPE’S END
  • SEUSSICAL – THE MUSICAL
  • THE PRICE
  • FRIENDS OF MINE
  • DREAMGIRLS
  • YOU FANCY YOURSELF
  • OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS
  • MACHOMER
  • THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN
Season 38 - 2010-11
  • THE 39 STEPS
  • THE BEST OF THE FRINGE
  • EDUCATING RITA
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL
  • DINNER WITH FRIENDS
  • BITTERGIRL
  • FOR THIS MOMENT ALONE
  • SHARRON’S BIG BROADWAY SHOW
  • BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
Season 41 - 2013-14
  • THE MOUSETRAP
  • KIM’S CONVENINECE
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  • DRIVING MISS DAISY
  • CABARET
  • TRIBES
Season 3 - 1975-76
  • THE AU PAIR MAN
  • OF THE FIELDS, LATELY
  • SOMEBODY LOVES ME
  • ANTIGONE
  • CINDERELLA
  • DRACULA
  • FRACTURED FAIRY TALES
  • THE CARETAKER
  • THE FANTASTICKS
  • A SOLDIER’S TALE
Season 6 - 1978-79
  • A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
  • FREEDOM OF THE CITY
  • CHRISTIE / KNEEBONE CABARET
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND
  • SAME TIME NEXT YEAR
  • THE SHADOW BOX
  • TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM
  • PINOCCHIO
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
Season 9 - 1981-82
  • THE ELEPHANT MAN
  • I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT
  • THE LION IN WINTER
  • THE RAINMAKER
  • I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES
Season 12 - 1984-85
  • ARSENIC & OLD LACE
  • AGNES OF GOD
  • WEEK FOR LIFE AFRICAN BENEFIT
  • A COUPLA WHITE CHICKS
  • MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS
  • BLACK BONSPIEL OF WULLIE MacCRIMMON
Season 15 - 1987-88
  • WAITING FOR THE PARADE
  • THE MELVILLE BOYS
  • ORPHANS
  • EINSTEIN
  • TRAFFORD TANZI
Season 18 - 1990-91
  • YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU
  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
  • THE KITE
  • A WALK IN THE WOODS
  • DRIVING MISS DAISY
Season 21 - 1993-94
  • THE DRESSER
  • THE BLACK BONSPIEL OF WULLIE MacCRIMMON
  • PETER PAN
  • SHIRLEY VALENTINE
  • NINE MONTHS
  • LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
  • JACK’S GIANT ADVENTURE
  • LUCIEN
  • MIDNIGHT MADNESS
  • SALT-WATER MOON
Season 24 - 1996-97
  • THE FOREIGNER
  • STEEL MAGNOLIAS
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • JUPITER IN JULY
  • THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
  • AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
  • A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE
  • JACOB TWO-TWO MEETS THE HOODED FANG
  • JEKYLL AND HYDE
  • THE WILD GUYS
  • BABE RUTH COMES TO PICKLE RIVER
  • THE JIGSAW PUZZLE
  • LOVIN’, LYIN’ & LEAVIN’
Season 27 - 1999-00
  • HOW COULD YOU, MRS. DICK?
  • 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS
  • THE KING AND I
  • BETWEEN PANCHO VILLA AND A NAKED WOMAN
  • WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
  • THE LAST RESORT
  • ALICE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
  • NOEL AND COLE
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • MINDLANDS
Season 30 - 2002-03
  • WAR BRIDES – THE MUSICAL
  • FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN
  • PETER PAN – THE MUSICAL
  • SYLVIA
  • BLITHE SPIRIT
  • THE FOURSOME
  • MANGIA CAKE
  • MARTIANS IN MY DRIVEWAY / THAT DOROTHY PARKER
  • THE FOUR STARS
  • THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL
  • LES MISERABLES
Season 33 - 2005-06
  • COME BLOW YOUR HORN
  • REAL ESTATE
  • DIAL “M” FOR MURDER
  • OKLAHOMA!
  • THE LONG WEEKEND
  • IRVING BERLIN ALWAYS
  • QUIET! I’M TALKING
  • SWIMMING WITH ENDORPHINS
  • DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
  • BROADWAY BEAUTIES
  • PINOCCHIO
  • INHERIT THE WIND
  • EVITA
Season 36 - 2008-09
  • THE WOMAN IN WHITE
  • MENDING FENCES
  • IN A WORLD CREATED BY A DRUNKEN GOD
  • OLIVER!
  • TORONTO, MISSISSIPPI
  • LAUGHTON COMMON / CHAPLIN: ABOUT FACE
  • HAVING HOPE AT HOME
  • TOAD: THE ANNA RUSSELL STORY
  • FOREVER PLAID
  • HONK! JR.
  • DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN
Season 39 - 2011-12
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES:THE FINAL ADVENTURE
  • QUEEN MILLI OF GALT
  • POODLE SKIRTS TO PLATFORM SHOES
  • PITMEN PAINTERS
  • WINGFIELD: LOST & FOUND
  • THE FULL MONTY
Season 42 - 2014-15
  • AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
  • BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR
  • MARY POPPINS
  • BOEING BOEING
  • DEAD METAPHOR
  • SPAMALOT
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