Thousand Islands Playhouse back for 2021, virtually and in-person

Firehall Theatre in Gananoque will serve as the venue for Thousand Islands Playhouse’s 2021 season, with an outdoor, open-air tent as part of the in-person experience . Photo via Thousand Islands Playhouse.

The Thousand Islands Playhouse will be returning to the stage for the 2021 summer season, including a new virtual option for those who can’t attend, or may prefer it. The group cites some forward-thinking back in 2004 when the Firehall Theatre was purchased. That move allowed the theatre company to make an innovative pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An outdoor, open-air tent will be part of the experience and every production run will also include streamed performances,” the group said in a press release on Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021.

“To ensure the safest return and experience at the theatre this summer, safety protocols and policies have been put in place in adherence to the regional health unit guidelines.”

The Firehall Theatre seating will offer patrons a chance to enjoy live theatre while maintaining physical distance from other thatre-goers during performances.

Thousand Islands Playhouse pointed to a combination of factors have made the decision possible amid the global pandemic, which has now vaulted Ontario into its third wave of COVID-19

“Because of our rural location, the support of our Board of Directors, and the ingenuity of the Playhouse staff, we are ready to help lead the sector back into its venues,” Managing Artistic Director Brett Christopher added in the press release.

The Playhouse has four full productions planned: Miss Caledonia from July 8 to 31st; Sexy Laundry from August 5 to 29; Back in ’59 from September 9 to October 2; and finally Serving Elizabeth from October 7 to 31.

For more information on the Thousand Islands Playhouse and their 2021 season, visit their website at

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