Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre
A. The Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre (KWLT) is a community theatre located in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario, Canada. It was established in the late 1920s or the early 1930s as a place for people to try acting in an amateur format and has continued uninterrupted since then, except for a pause during the Second World War. Philosophically, KWLT sees itself as the entry point to the theatre experience. Auditions are open to anyone, and a large number of actors within KWLT performances within any year are having their first acting experience. While we occasionally have roles for younger actors, the majority of our shows will involve adult actors only. There are a number of other organizations in town who provide theatre opportunities for younger children.
A. Becoming a member of KWLT is a way of supporting the theatre company, but there are benefits to becoming a KWLT member above and beyond the knowledge of knowing that your membership fees help to fund KWLT productions and the reconstruction of our theatre. You must be a KWLT member to participate in our performances. KWLT members receive discounted ticket prices to our shows; access to our Members Listserv; and copies of Lights Up!, Our member newsletter. In addition, KWLT Members are able to cast votes at our Annual General Meeting - allowing them to have a say in the future of the theatre company and to help us keep theatre alive and vibrant in the KW area.
A. Four types of membership to KWLT are available. They are Full Membership, Production Membership, Junior Membership, and Family Membership. Each form of membership is valid for one full year. The specific privileges associated with each form of membership are listed on our Membership Page.
A.KWLT puts on an eclectic arrangement of shows each season including both one act and full length plays. Calls for proposals are made at several points during the year and are evaluated by KWLT’s Artistic Director and Artistic Committee.
A.You are welcome to submit a play proposal to KWLT. You must have a director committed to your play at the time of submission. You are welcome to submit your own writing. For proposal deadlines see the KWLT calendar. Contact KWLT’s Artistic Director for additional information.
A. You can reserve tickets for any of our shows by clicking here to send an email to our Front of House Manager or by leaving a telephone message at 519-886-0660*. Please don't forget to include your name, the number of tickets you would like, and the performance date and time. Tickets will be held until 15 minutes before the show's start time. If you would like to pay for your tickets by credit card or purchase them ahead of time, you can do so through the Centre in the Square. *Please note that this telephone number is a voice mailbox only and if you require confirmation, you will be contacted outside of business hours.
A. Tickets for members are $10, for non-members are $15, and for public or secondary school students (with your student card) the eyeGO discount price is $5. For more information about the eyeGO program, visit www.eyego.org. We accept payment by cash or cheque at the door. If you would like to pay for your ticket(s) ahead of time, you can purchase them through the Centre in the Square. Please note that we only accept cash purchases at the door.
A. There are many opportunities to get involved at KWLT both on stage and behind the scenes. KWLT's willingness to open doors to neophytes is what sets us apart from most other theatres, which will not always take that risk. If you are interested in acting or crew work watch our Website for upcoming audition dates. For performance and audition dates see our Calendar of performance. If you are interested in doing backstage work on a specific show you should drop by at auditions to fill in a volunteer form. You can also contact the Front of House Manager or Communications Director for additional information.
A. There are many opportunities to get involved at KWLT both on stage and behind the scenes. KWLT's willingness to open doors to neophytes is a key characteristic of our theatre group. If you are interested in acting or crew work watch our Website for upcoming audition dates. Our calendar of performance, audition, and event dates is located on the Calendar. If you would like to get involved with KWLT but are not interested in performing or working backstage on productions there are other ways to get involved. You could help us out on one of our build days as we work to rebuild our theatre at 9 Princess Street East. Build day announcements are sent out on our Members List. You may also look for openings on the KWLT Board of Directors. The KWLT Board of Directors consists of a team of volunteers who are nominated at the Annual General Meeting. If none of these options appeal to you but you would still like to get involved you can click here to contact KWLT to find additional ways to help out at the theatre.
A. We've rebuilt! We reopened on July 9th, 2009 with the opening night of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the final show of our 2008-2009 season, after seven years without a home. How did this happen?
On July 19, 2002, the Princess Street Building burned down. In an evening over 70 years of history in props, costumes, scripts, records, historical notes and memorabilia was lost. Before the fire was cool, the motto of the rebuilding campaign - The Show Must Go On - was embraced. The challenge KWLT faced was to continue its productions (the show must go on) and rebuild its facilities. After the fire, KWLT produced its shows in rented spaces - the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, the St Jacobs Church Theatre in St Jacobs and even, for one memorable play (Julius Caesar), in a Dollar Store in at Waterloo Town Square.
A. KWLT events are listed in the News and Calendar sections of our Website as well as on the Members and Announce listservs. Visit our Announcement Lists page for subscription information.
A. We welcome your submissions for Lights Up! - KWLT’s member newsletter. Articles could include stories about your experiences serving as a cast or crew member for a KWLT performance, reminiscences of board work, discussions of changes that you have seen during your time with KWLT, or other articles on community theatre. Submission deadlines are listed on the Lights Up! Section of our Website. You can also contact our Lights Up! Editor.
A. Unfortunately we do not offer any children's programs at this time. We do occasionally offer parts for young people in our productions. There are other theatre companies in the area that do offer programming geared toward children and youth. You might want to check out the Waterloo Community Arts Centre or Theatre & Company.
A. We have done two improv shows in the past few years (some of you may remember "Don't Yell Crowd in a Fiery Theatre" and "Camelot Unleashed"). However, for the full on weekly improv experience, check out our friends at Theatre on the Edge. They offer weekly workshops and perform at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre every Thursday night.
A. KWLT’s property, the 9 Princess St. East theatre, is now available for rental! At one of the most competitive costs you'll find in the area, the theatre can be rented for all sorts of purposes; from a one-night private function, to a multi-week performance booking. For more information, please contact our rental manager.
A. KWLT does not presently rent out costumes. We may, however, change this policy in the future so keep checking our Website.
A.If we haven’t been able to answer your questions on this Website feel free to contact us for more information. You can reach KWLT’s Communication Director by clicking here.