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Origin stories certainly are popular! I spent
the winter filming The Strain (Guillermo
Del Toro's TV series) in a character arc that
explained the origins of one of the show's leads
creating a character who is a younger version of the person the
public is already familiar with. So, I enter into my prep work for
Peter and the Starcatcher with a fresh understanding of what tools
I have as an actor that are useful in creating a character who is
some combination of the raw materials that will make up the person
they become and who the public is already familiar with. Luckily,
there is a plethora of Peter Pan literature that I can draw from as
well as accounts of orphan life from Peter's time that will ground
my work in reality.

Comic material is as exciting to me as it is daunting and it's only ever as good as the company whose hands it's in. Thankfully, I hit the jackpot with the talents involved in this production and I expect to have much difficulty keeping a straight face during our rehearsals!

Jackie directed me in last year's production of Juno and the Paycock. She has a tremendous gift for making even the most difficult/ambitious scripts seem manageable and creates a collaborative rehearsal room where actors can try anything as long as it serves the story. I greatly value Jackie's trust in her company and her "day by day" approach to building stellar productions and I'm very excited to work with her again.

Read more about Peter and the Starcatcher
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Enjoy these costume sketches for Peter and the Starcatcher by Costume Designer Judith Bowden. Our Wardrobe Department is hard at work turning these designs into wearable works of art.

This just in! Our lovely and environmentally friendly Totem bags have arrived and boy do they look great. Enjoy the quirky designs made from our 2014 Season marketing posters for Arms and The Man and The Charity that Began at Home. You’ll make the fashion scene with these darling upcycled accessories. Prices range from $39.95 to $199.95

To order call The Shawp at 1.800.511.7429, ext 2276 or email

By becoming a Member, you can take part in some exclusive activities reserved for our donors. We’ve put together some great events for Members throughout the season that provide new ways to see The Shaw and experience Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Click here for more information on what’s happening and when!

Members at the Governors Council level and above can also look forward to additional exclusive events we have assembled here.

To become a Member, please visit or call 1.800.657.1106 ext 2556.

Nothing says love and romance more than George Bernard Shaw! We kid, we kid… but a nice anticipatory gift of an escape to The Shaw and Niagara-on-the-Lake makes the perfect Valentine’s surprise. Browse our overnight packages section or give our Box Office a call for suggestions.

Overnight Packages

Part of the Sweet Charity set moved into its new home at the Festival Theatre late last month. Here’s a preview of the elevated walkway designed by Ken MacDonald.

Extra Film Screening
February 13 6pm

Come out and see Into the Woods
and help support our annual Film
Festival. Tickets are $12.

Film Series
Join us on Saturdays at 3pm for
some film fun. This month our film
series features Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher,
and The Theory of Everything.

February 26 to March 5
Dine out at great prices! Visit
for info on participating restaurants
and menus.

Congratulations to Vern from London, ON who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. He will receive a pair of tickets to a 2015 performance of Pygmalion. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.