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Foster Festival Announces 2019 Line-up including First-Ever Musical Production

Foster Festival Announces 2019 Line-up including First-Ever Musical Production

Posted Oct 16th, 2018

The Foster Festival is proud to announce the line-up for the 2019 season, which will once again feature two World Premieres written by Norm Foster, highlighted by the Festival’s first-ever original musical, co-written with long-time collaborator Steve Thomas.

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Review Foster Festival - Renovations For Six by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Renovations For Six by Norm Foster

Posted Aug 18th, 2018

The Foster Festival closes its third season with the world premiere of Renovations for Six, one the funniest and most ingenious plays by Canada’s most produced playwright I have yet seen.

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2019 Surprise Subscriptions Now On Sale!

2019 Surprise Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Posted Aug 18th, 2018

The Foster Festival's 2019 Surprise Subscriptions are now on sale!

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Canadian playwright Norm Foster awarded Key to the City

Canadian playwright Norm Foster awarded Key to the City

Posted Jul 23rd, 2018

On Friday, ahead of the world première of Foster's latest play, Come Down From Up River, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the acclaimed Canadian playwright with the Key to the City.

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Join The Foster Festival 100 @ $100 Club

Join The Foster Festival 100 @ $100 Club

Posted Jun 30th, 2018

This summer, The Foster Festival is challenging our audiences to MATCH their 2017 Total 100 Club Donation - $100 at a time!

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Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins Established Artist Award at 2018 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins Established Artist Award at 2018 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Posted Jun 5th, 2018

The arts community came together Monday evening to celebrate their own at the annual City of St. Catharines Arts Awards. Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins the 2018 Established Artist Award!

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Introducing Our New Fore & Aft Lounge!

Introducing Our New Fore & Aft Lounge!

Posted Mar 27th, 2018

NEW! 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.

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Foster Festival's 2018 Adult Drama Club

Foster Festival's 2018 Adult Drama Club

Posted Jan 17th, 2018

The Foster Festival Adult Drama Club is back for our Scene Study Clinic at the Rodman Hall Art Centre.

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Foster Festival Takes Top Prize!

Foster Festival Takes Top Prize!

Posted Nov 17th, 2017

Foster Festival Takes Top Prize at Ignite Niagara Pitch Series!

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Norm Foster hard at work writing two new World Premieres for our 2018 Season!

Norm Foster hard at work writing two new World Premieres for our 2018 Season!

Posted Sep 19th, 2017

Norm Foster is hard at work writing his next two World Premieres for The Foster Festival's 2018 Season!

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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

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

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

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

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

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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Foster 45s (E25) - Lunenburg Workshop 2017

Foster 45s (E25) - Lunenburg Workshop 2017

Posted May 3rd, 2017

Thank you to the Niagara Community Foundation for making this workshop of Lunenburg by Norm Foster possible!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Thank You To Our Generous Foster Festival Sponsors

  • Meridian Credit Union | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • NewsTalk 610 CKTB | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Vineland Estate Winery | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Tymbrel.com Smarter Websites | The Foster Festival Sponsor

  • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund 2019
  • The Farm Wines | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Your TV | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • ez ROCK 105.7 | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Alexanian Carpet & Flooring | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Howick Apartments | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

  • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Burtnik Printing, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • Niagara Casinos, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Theatre Festival
  • Bridgman & Durksen Accounants, Foster Festival Sponsor
  • Form & Affect, Norm Foster Theatre Festival sponsor