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New in 2021: How are Ya Now?


Stone Fence Theatre goes outdoors in 2021

Tickets now on sale

Stone Fence Theatre is returning in 2021 and we're taking our act outdoors, both for maximum health safety and for the sheer fun of it.

A seven-person group of Stone Fence veterans will be putting on its new show How are Ya Now? outdoors at beautiful Station Park in the friendly little town of Killaloe for four fun-filled weeks on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

We'll be serving "box supper theatre," with box suppers provided by Schmidt's Catering in Pembroke. And, of course, we'll be following all health protocols required. Now that the Province has provided direction, we are able to put tickets on sale.

If you live in the Ottawa Valley, the phrase "How are Ya Now?" has special significance. It is a frequent greeting among friends, often delivered with a mischievous grin.

The show How are Ya Now? is about our Ottawa Valley community and culture. It is a musical comedy variety show that celebrates our sense of fun and the things we love about the Valley and the values getting us through hard times. It includes classic songs from past Stone Fence Theatre shows and some timely new material. The performers are Danielle Bissonnette, Peter Brown, Shirley Hill, Ambrose Mullin, Fran Pinkerton, Derek Tolhurst, and company producer Ish Theilheimer. And every show will include special guest stars (see below for list)  from the company. This year and last, we had to shelve plans for a much larger show, Tom Thomson and the Colours of Canada, due to health concerns, but we are more than ready to have some fun and hope you are too.

The shows start at 6 p.m. and end before dark - and before the bugs come out. There will be eight performances (see below for planning purposes*) plus rain dates in case one has to be rescheduled. The gate will open and box suppers will be served starting at 4:45.

There will be chairs, tables, shade tents and plenty of room for excellent seating and safe distancing. If it rains a little, the show will go on. If it looks like really bad weather, we'll cancel by noon, let ticket-holders know, and enable ticket-holders to attend a different performance.

Seating will be general admission, but by reservation, with advance sales only. We will have safely distanced seating. Covid-19 protocols will be in place.

All ticket purchases include a box lunch prepared by Schmidt's Catering of Pembroke, featuring smoked brisket on a bun. Veggie and gluten-free options will also be available. Sorry, there is no bar service due to municipal regulation, but soft drinks and water will be available.

Tickets, including supper, cost $42 or $20 for youth, plus tax.  To purchase tickets, go here. Or phone 613-401-1497 or, TOLL-FREE, 1-866-310-1004.

Stone Fence Theatre has many to thank for making this season possible. Local sponsors and donors generously supported us and got us through 2020. And in 2021, we are receiving generous support from two Ontario government programs that are helping businesses recover from the pandemic - the Tourism Relief and Investment Program (T.R.I.P.) and the Ontario Small Business Support program. We also thank Killaloe Hagarty and Richards Township, the Killaloe and Area Lions Club, and the Killaloe Curling Club.

*Show dates

Wednesday, July 14 - pre-show entertainment by Beverly Lewis

Thursday, July 15 - pre-show entertainment by The O'Connors

Wednesday, July 21 - - pre-show entertainment by Dexter and Serena Sernoskie

Thursday, July 22 - pre-show entertainment by  Kirk Harber

Wednesday, July 28 - pre-show entertainment by Alanna Hermanns

Thursday, July 29 - pre-show entertainment by Clint Degarrie

Wednesday, August 4 - pre-show entertainment by Ken Ramsden and The History Buffs

Thursday, August 5 - pre-show entertainment by Ken Ramsden and The History Buffs