Come Down From Up River | World Premiere

Norm Foster's latest Maritime saga Come Down From Up River is guaranteed to delight!

Come Down From Up River, Current Season, Norm Foster Comedy Theatre

Show Dates

July 18 - August 3, 2018

Total Show Time: 2 hours


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Cairns Hall

250 St. Paul St East, St. Catharines, ON

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Kirsten Alter, Liv Arsenault | Bio »
Peter Krantz, Shaver Bennett | Bio »
Amanda Parsons, Bonnie Doyle | Bio »


Patricia Vanstone, Director
Peter Hartwell, Set & Costume Designer
Chris Malkowski, Lighting Designer

Production Team

Meghan Speakman, Stage Manager
Loralie Pollard, Apprentice Stage Manager
Brian Cumberland, Production Manager

About Come Down From Up River 

2018 World Premiere by Norm Foster

Shaver Bennett has lived a rather solitary life as a logger in the woods of northern New Brunswick. One day he arrives at the doorstep of his estranged sister’s daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. The niece, Bonnie Doyle and her wife Liv Arsenault welcome him into their lives in this sweetly moving tale. Set in Saint John, New Brunswick, Come Down From Up River explores family and forgiveness with a healthy dose of laughter sprinkled with tears. If you loved 2016’s Halfway There and last season’s Lunenburg, this latest Maritime saga from Norm Foster is guaranteed to delight!

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NEW! Talk Back Dates | Fore & Aft Lounge

Join us in our new Fore & Aft Lounge and meet our artists! Pre-order your Wine & Cheese Boards and relax in our lounge while participating in pre- and post-show talk backs with our actors.

2018 Talk Back Dates and Times

  • Thursday, July 19 » 2pm performance – Pre-Show Talk Back (1:15-1:45pm)
  • Saturday, July 21 » 8pm performance - Post-Show Talk Back
  • Sunday, July 22 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Wednesday, July 25 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Thursday, July 26 » 8pm performance – Pre-Show Talk Back (7:15 – 7:45pm)
  • Friday, July 27 » 8pm performance – Adult Drama Club, Post-Show
  • Tuesday, July 31 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back


Watch the development of the world premiere of Come Down From Up River by Norm Foster, as we post photos of the creative team at work!


Production Sponsor, Come Down From Up River, Sullivan Mahoney    Come Down From Up River | Show Sponsor, Foster Festival

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