Theatre organizations could see relief through $65K grant

Kelly Snider
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THEATRE. The Friends of the Mer Bleue (FOMB) and Progressive Waste Solutions (PWS) announced a $65,000 grant towards La Boite Theatre Box.

La Boite Theatre Box will have a main office space located in RAFO on Navan Rd. RAFO will also be participating in the initial stages of the project.

La Boite Theatre Box (BTB) is a new project that is aimed at strengthening the infrastructure of community theatre in the east end.

According to a news release, BTB is a collaborative project, led by Vintage Stock Theatre, which will develop innovative ways to "manage and deploy the assets and inventories of community theatre organizations."

Victor Lachance of Vintage Stock Theatre said BTB will be located on Navan Rd. in the same building as Le Rendez-vous des ainées francophones d'Ottawa (RAFO).

The goal for BTB is for community theatre organizations to come together and address some of their common challenges.

"Typically [these challenges are] accessible and affordable rehearsal space, storage, and managing inventory," said Lachance. "The theatre box will help organizations do that."

He added that the grant, which was announced on Sept. 22, will go towards helping organizations with these challenges. In their initial stages, they will focus on east end groups but hope to grow from there.

So far, the project participants include:


- East End Theatre

- OYP Theatre School

- Le Theatre du village d’Orléans

- Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre

- AOE Arts Council


"Community theatre contributes to the quality of life for people of all ages," said Jim Petrie, president of the FOMB. "We are very pleased to support this very worthwhile endeavor designed to facilitate the efforts of a number of local performing arts groups."

Lachance said the FOMB's support is "absolutely wonderful."

"It's a perfect example of collaboration between the private and public sector to increase the quality and quantity of French and English theatrical productions in the east end of Ottawa."

Both FOMB and PWS created a community fund back in 2007 to help support community projects, and enhance and improve the community and public spaces in the Mer Bleue area.

So far, the fund has granted over $350,000 in support of a range of community projects.

Organizations: BTB, Vintage Stock Theatre, RAFO La Boite Theatre Box East End Theatre OYP Theatre School AOE Arts Council

Geographic location: Ottawa, Navan, Mer Bleue

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