Do you remember your first visit to the Playhouse? Our staff sure do!
Claire Geldart, Communications Director
My first experience at the Playhouse was when I was 12-years-old. We had just moved to Fredericton and I wasn’t thrilled about the move. For my birthday, my parents took me to The Secret Garden. I remember the anticipation, getting dressed up, taking our seats, the lights going down…This was the first time that I really felt connected to the city and the Playhouse and Fredericton’s theatre community really became my home. It’s such a gift to be able to share that magic through our School Field Trips program.
Valerie Hillier, Director of Programming
My first memories of coming to the Playhouse are from when I was very young. My mother would bring me to see the ballet. This was when the National Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet were still touring. I’m grateful everyday for having a parent who felt it was so important for me to have the opportunity to experience live performance. It’s really made me the person that I am today, and brought me to the Playhouse as an adult.
Christina Nicoll, Development Director
The first time I came to the Playhouse was to see a production of the Secret Garden with my high school English class. The experience was really special because the school I went to was an hour outside of Fredericton and we traveled in for the evening performance. I remember sitting up in the balcony and just thinking about how amazing the show was.
Tim Yerxa, Executive Director
My mother took us to see Theatre New Brunswick’s production of A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse when I was very young. I can clearly remember sitting in the seats and being frightened out of my boots by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. It was a really impactful experience and my first time seeing a live theatre performance.
School Field Trip Program
Last year thousands of local children had the opportunity to experience the magic of live performance at the Playhouse — and that number keeps growing! It’s the contributions from our Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse that make community access programs, like School Field Trips, a reality.
Make a donation
Gifts from the Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse help to foster a rich cultural life for everyone in our community. Donations allow us to:
- Reach audiences that may otherwise have limited opportunity to experience the performing arts through our Arts are for Everyone program.
- Provide special school matinee field trips to local students.
- Deliver unique workshops and learning experiences in conjunction with visiting world-class artists through the Experience More! series.
To make a financial contribution, simply go to our website or download a copy of the Friends of The Fredericton Playhouse donation form.