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It's so much fun producing a comedy festival... and we want you to be part of it! So check our blog frequently to keep up-to-date with the goings-on at The Foster Festival!


Join The 100@$100 Club – Matching Gift Challenge

Join The 100@$100 Club – Matching Gift Challenge

Posted Jun 5th, 2017 in Blog

OPENING UP A SECOND 100 CLUB!! The first 100 individuals to contribute $100 will become a part of our exclusive 100 Club.

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Foster 45s (E28) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Lunenburg

Foster 45s (E28) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Lunenburg

Posted Aug 4th, 2017 in Blog, Foster 45 Videos

Norm Foster's newest play, Lunenburg runs August 2 - August 18 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this hilarious new Foster play starring Shaw Festival veteran actors!

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Foster 45s (E27) - Sneak Peek of Our Next Production Old Love by Norm Foster

Foster 45s (E27) - Sneak Peek of Our Next Production Old Love by Norm Foster

Posted Jul 10th, 2017 in Blog, Foster 45 Videos

Norm Foster's play, Old Love runs July 12 - July 28 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this classic Foster play!

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Foster 45s (E26) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Screwball Comedy

Foster 45s (E26) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Screwball Comedy

Posted Jun 15th, 2017 in Blog, Foster 45 Videos

Norm Foster's newest play, Screwball Comedy runs June 21 - July 7 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this hilarious new Foster play!

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Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Posted May 26th, 2017 in Blog

Audiences raved about the quality of our productions and a new theatre was born! This year we’re bursting with pride again as our namesake resident playwright Norm Foster has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honour a Canadian can receive.

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The Foster Festival On Target with Penny Wolfgang in Buffalo, NY

The Foster Festival On Target with Penny Wolfgang in Buffalo, NY

Posted May 9th, 2017 in In the News, Blog

Foster Festival Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone and Executive Director Emily Oriold were On Target with Penny Wolfgang this past weekend in Buffalo, NY to talk about The Foster Festival and all there is to discover in the heart of Niagara!

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Second Annual Laughter in the Vineyard a Huge Success!

Second Annual Laughter in the Vineyard a Huge Success!

Posted May 1st, 2017 in Norm Foster, Blog

On Sunday, April 30th, our annual Laughter in the Vineyard Fundraiser at Vineland Estates Winery in Niagara was a great success!

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The Foster Festival on 7 Eyewitness News

The Foster Festival on 7 Eyewitness News

Posted Apr 28th, 2017 in In the News, Norm Foster, Blog

Feature Reporter Mike Randall from 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo stopped by The Foster Festival in the heart of Niagara to discuss our upcoming Second Summer Season of celebrating Canada's most popular Playwright, Norm Foster.

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Local artist Bill Ralph donates two original Foster Festival pieces

Local artist Bill Ralph donates two original Foster Festival pieces

Posted Apr 26th, 2017 in Blog

Bill Ralph, mathematician, artist and The Foster Festival Board Member, donates 2 stunning original pieces of art to our annual fundraiser, Laughter in the Vineyard.

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Emily Oriold Named Recipient of Business Link's 40 Under Forty Award 2017

Emily Oriold Named Recipient of Business Link's 40 Under Forty Award 2017

Posted Apr 18th, 2017 in In the News, Blog

Congratulations to The Foster Festival's Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily Oriold for being named as a recipient of this year's Business Link 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award here in Niagara!

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Workshop of new Norm Foster play, Screwball Comedy, has begun!

Workshop of new Norm Foster play, Screwball Comedy, has begun!

Posted Mar 22nd, 2017 in Blog, Screwball Comedy

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Playwright Norm Foster, Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone, and the Foster Festival's 2017 Cast Members of Screwball Comedy gathered to begin workshopping one of two new Norm Foster scripts.

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Join The Foster Festival for Laughter in the Vineyard at Vineland Estates Winery in the heart of Niagara!

Join The Foster Festival for Laughter in the Vineyard at Vineland Estates Winery in the heart of Niagara!

Posted Mar 21st, 2017 in Blog

Join the Foster Festival team for our 2nd Annual Laughter in the Vineyard Spring Fundraiser, at Vineland Estates Winery, in the heart of Niagara in support of our 2017 Season and Community Outreach Programs!

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Workshop of new Norm Foster play, Lunenburg, has begun!

Workshop of new Norm Foster play, Lunenburg, has begun!

Posted Mar 20th, 2017 in Norm Foster, Blog, Lunenburg

On Monday, March 20, 2017 Playwright Norm Foster, Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone, and the Foster Festival's 2017 Cast Members of Lunenburg gathered to begin workshopping Foster's newest script.

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Celebrating Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, on International Women's Day!

Celebrating Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, on International Women's Day!

Posted Mar 8th, 2017 in In the News, Blog

Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, was recently celebrated as an Arts Champion and honoured with an International Women's Day Award at the 16th Annual International Women's Day Luncheon in St. Catharines.

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Foster Festival Adult Drama Club - Spring Into Scene Study

Foster Festival Adult Drama Club - Spring Into Scene Study

Posted Feb 25th, 2017 in Blog

This year we are concentrating on actors and acting! Join us for three sessions in which we’ll explore acting problems and solutions, warm-up techniques, auditioning tips, and how to bring your best game into the rehearsal room.

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Foster 45s (E22) - Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre

Foster 45s (E22) - Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre

Posted Feb 8th, 2017 in Blog, Foster 45 Videos

Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone talks with Janet Handy the Executive Director of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre about our new 12 week Outreach Drama Club Program which wrapped up last week at the KFCACN.

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Foster 45s (E17) - 2017 Season Announcement

Foster 45s (E17) - 2017 Season Announcement

Posted Oct 30th, 2016 in Blog, Foster 45 Videos

Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone talks about The Foster Festival's upcoming 2017 Summer Season in Niagara. We'll see you at the theatre next summer!

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The Foster Festival is pleased to announce their second season starting summer 2017!

The Foster Festival is pleased to announce their second season starting summer 2017!

Posted Oct 30th, 2016 in In the News, Blog

Cogeco TV Niagara's The Source was there when The Foster Festival announced their 2017 Summer Season on October 26, 2016.

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