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Ottawa’s GCTC reveals 50th anniversary season

iPhoto caption: Posters by Jesús Rivera Zavala
/By / Mar 21, 2024

The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) has revealed its 50th anniversary season, featuring joyful comedy, big ideas, and a local world premiere. 

“Our 2024-25 Season is a celebration of how far GCTC has come in the last 50 years, and a chance to look to the future,” said artistic director Sarah Kitz in a press release.

“The season offers a range of productions – from a classic Canadian comedy, to the high-wire act of an improvised musical, to a coming-of-age story: all brought to life by talented local and regional artists. We couldn’t be happier to share this season of performance with you.”

In a new subscription offer, fans of the theatre are invited to become a GCTC ambassador. This five-play subscription includes a ticket to each of the mainstage shows, as well as to the FemmeVox music series. It also includes discounted tickets to any of the other exciting events at GCTC, plus a guest ticket to a show of the ambassador’s choosing (other than FLOP!).

Further information about the coming season, including the season’s artwork by Jesús Rivera Zavala, is available on GCTC’s website.

The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine

Written by Robert Morgan, Martha Ross, and Leah Cherniak
Directed by Geoff McBride
Starring Maryse Fernandes and Drew Moore
September 24 – October 6, 2024

Ernest and Ernestine are in puppy love. Then they move into a tiny basement apartment together. Can their love sustain cohabitation? A hometown team of Ottawa’s finest take on this Canadian comedy classic.

Beowulf in Afghanistan

Written by Laurie Fyffe
Directed by Kate Smith
World premiere
November 12-24, 2024

A Canadian soldier harnesses the medieval Anglo-Saxon text of Beowulf as a life raft through the clash of battle, and after. Supported by GCTC’s Tributary Project.

FLOP! An Improvised Musical Fiasco

Created by Ron Pederson and Alan Kliffer
Directed by Alan Kliffer
Starring Rob Baker, Jan Caruana, and Ron Pederson
A Klif Entertainment production
December 10-22, 2024

The playwright quit, there’s no sheet music, the choreographer was cancelled, and the director went into rehab. World-class performers scramble to create a miraculous new musical in this high-wire act of skill, comedy, and desperation.

Why It’s Impossible to Raise a Girl

Co-created by Sophia Fabiilli, Sarah Kitz, and Zoë Sweet
Written by Sophia Fabiilli
Directed by Evalyn Parry
Starring Zoë Sweet
A SweetnFab Collective production
January 21 – February 2, 2025 

Beth is struggling to stay afloat as a single parent, a working professional, and the 45-year-old resident of her mother’s basement. A show about the complex relationship between mother and child, life’s transitions, and parenting in precarious times.


Written by Rachel Mutombo
Directed by Dian Marie Bridge
A co-production with Black Theatre Workshop
March 18-30, 2025

Sixteen-year-old Divine’s only real friend is Jesus. When her family joins a new church she learns that the world around her is not as it seems. With heart and humour, Vierge follows four Congolese-Canadian girls as they navigate Christianity, virginity, and teenage hormones.

Liam Donovan

Liam Donovan

Liam is Intermission’s publishing and editorial assistant. A critic and theatre artist from Toronto, his writing has appeared in Maisonneuve, This Magazine, NEXT Magazine, and more. He loves the original Super Mario game very much.



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