The Foster Festival

June 19th - August 17th, 2019

The Foster Festival is the first theatre festival in Canada to celebrate the work of a living Canadian playwright, Norm Foster. Foster’s popularity is worldwide with over 150 productions of his plays each year internationally.

The Foster Festival is located in downtown St. Catharines with our shows running from June – August every summer at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Now in our fourth season, from June 19 – August 17, 2019 we are offering two World Premieres and one Greatest Hit!

The Writer, 2019 Summer Season, Foster Festival

The Writer
by Norm Foster

JUNE 19 – JULY 5, 2019

Full of compassion and Foster’s trademark Humour with Heart, The Writer explores the parent child connection with touching clarity as the paternal care-giver becomes the cared for. World Premiere!

Hilda's Yard, 2019 Summer Season, Foster Festival

Hilda’s Yard
by Norm Foster

JULY 10 – JULY 26, 2019

Set in 1956, this delightful comedy sparkles with unexpected twists and turns. Hilda’s Yard reunites Norm Foster & Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone as Sam & Hilda Fluck. Holy toot! You’re going to love it!

Beside Myself, 2019 Summer Season, Foster Festival

Beside Myself
Book & Lyrics by Norm Foster
Music & Lyrics by Steve Thomas

JULY 31 – AUGUST 17, 2019

Reuniting Norm Foster and composer Steve Thomas – co-creators of audience favourites Jasper StationRace Day and Sitting PrettyBeside Myself is a sweet musical examination of love lost and found.

Join us at The Foster Festival to see the newest Foster hits – Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

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Jun 19th 2:00 pm to

Aug 17th, 2019 4:00 pm


First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

250 St Paul Street (Performing Arts Centre)
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3M2

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