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Centre in the Square Introduces A SeasonOf Inspiring Performances & Community Building

Kitchener, ON — Centre in the Square is elated to announce a transformative lineup of new programs and community engagement initiatives, set to enrich the local arts scene and provide diverse entertainment experiences for all. These initiatives include the launch of a spectacular international series lineup, a dynamic comedy series, and the reopening of the Studio Theatre as an accessible rehearsal and performance space.

 

International Series: Our international series features a rich tapestry of global talent, including:

  • Mariza – October 22, 2024 * Portugal The queen of Fado music, Mariza, will mesmerize audiences with her soulful voice and captivating performances.

  • Gipsy Kings Ft. Nicolas Reyes – November 4, 2024 * France Experience the vibrant rhythms and passionate melodies of the Gipsy Kings, led by the legendary Nicolas Reyes.

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – November 18, 2024* Monaco This all-male ballet troupe will deliver a humorous and technically masterful performance.

  • Canadian Brass – November 21, 2024 * Canada The world's most famous brass ensemble will showcase their virtuosic talent and engaging repertoire.

  • Swan Lake – P. Tchaikovsky The State Ballet of Ukraine – December 7, 2024 This timeless ballet will enchant audiences with its exquisite choreography and beautiful music.

  • Forever Tango – February 8, 2025 * Argentina Experience the passion and drama of tango with this acclaimed dance performance.

  • Jesse Cook Live In Concert – March 1, 2025 | Presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions * Canada   The guitar virtuoso will take audiences on a musical journey with his captivating fusion of world music.

  • Zakir Hussain – April 4, 2025 *India The legendary tabla maestro will enthrall with his extraordinary skill and improvisational brilliance.

 

Comedy Series: The comedy series promises to bring laughter and joy with a stellar lineup of performers. Highlights include:

  • Russell Howard Live – September 26, 2024 | Presented by Live Nation Renowned for his sharp wit and engaging storytelling, Russell Howard will kick off the series with his inimitable humor.

  • Whose Live Anyway? – October 7, 2024 This live version of the popular TV show promises spontaneous hilarity and audience participation.

  • The Debaters Live On Tour Holiday Special – December 12, 2024 This holiday special will bring festive cheer with witty debates and comedic performances.

  • HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis Starring Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci – February 15, 2025 Combining hypnosis and improvisation, this unique show promises an unforgettable night of comedy.

  • Pauly Shore Stick With The Dancing: Funny Stories From My Childhood March 28, 2025 Pauly Shore brings his personal stories and comedic flair to the stage in this entertaining show.

Studio Theatre Re-opening This Summer with Kitchener Creates Initiative!

 

Centre in the Square is thrilled to announce the reopening of the Studio Theatre this summer, reaffirming our commitment to fostering creativity and supporting local artists. This revitalized space will be available for rentals at the incredibly affordable rehearsal rate of $80/day – July 8 to September 20. After September 20th, our community rates transition to a still-affordable level, ensuring this space remains accessible for performances and diverse programming throughout the year.

 

"Centre in the Square's initiatives are a shining example of our city's dedication to nurturing a vibrant arts community," says Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. "These innovative programs and accessible spaces will not only empower our local artists but also enhance the cultural fabric of our entire community. I am thrilled to witness the positive impact these efforts will have on enriching the lives of our residents."

 

Empowering Local Talent: Our goal with this initiative is to empower local artists by giving them the tools and spaces they need to create and showcase their work. The Studio Theatre, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will be a hub for artistic expression and innovation. Lisa O'Connell, Artistic Director of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, shares her excitement about this initiative: "This is a game changer. Opening up the Studio Theatre for local artists' use at an accessible price point is what our performing arts community needs. This will ensure that we can create professional, high-quality work from the outset - in a space honouring the artists’ impulse. We’re excited!"

 

Investing in Our Creative Future: Eric Lariviere, Executive Director, emphasizes the broader impact: "Centre in the Square is dedicated to supporting and enriching the local arts community. By creating the 'Kitchener Creates' initiative, we are making our Studio Theatre more accessible. We are investing in the future of our artists and the vibrant cultural landscape of our city. We believe that by providing an accessible, inclusive, and diverse cultural space, we can nurture the talent and creativity that make our community unique and vibrant."

 

"This bold new chapter for Centre in the Square reflects our dedication to building a resilient and inclusive arts sector. By offering diverse programming and accessible spaces, we are ensuring that the arts remain a vital and vibrant part of our community," says Dan Carli, Chair, Centre in the Square Board of Directors.

 

For full details about the Kitchener Creates Initiative or to book the Studio Theatre, please contact Rachelle Garcia, Manager of Community Engagement and Rental Coordinator, at rgarcia@centreinthesquare.com.

 

Centre in the Square invites everyone to join us in celebrating these new initiatives and to experience the diverse array of performances scheduled for the upcoming season. From comedy to international music and dance, our new lineup promises something for everyone.

 

From now until July 31, 2024 at 10 PM, buy two (2) or more tickets to three (3) or more events in our International Series lineup and get a FREE pair of tickets to "Our Planet Live – A Netflix Original Documentary" with Keith Scholey!

 

All the new shows being announced on Monday, June 24 at 10 AM will go on sale to the public Thursday, June 27 at 10 AM.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Centre in the Square's website.


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