Photo by Barbara Zimonick, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Tess Degenstein and Anand Rajaram.

Photo by Barbara Zimonick, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Tess Degenstein and Anand Rajaram.

Theatre season is just beginning in Gananoque! The town has a rich and diverse performance culture, including two theatres and many live music performances.

The stage at the Royal Theatre.

Photo provided courtesy of the Royal Theatre.

This year marks the first season of the newly restored Royal Theatre. Beginning as a vaudeville house in the 1930s, the Royal originally hosted live acts and popular movies but has spent the last fifty years or so as a bowling alley. After a lot of hard work, it has been fully restored to a majestic theatre and has a full season of diverse performances scheduled. With music, comedy, and drama all on the roster, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 Photo by David Leclerc, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Rick Miller.

Photo by David Leclerc, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Rick Miller.

You may have also heard about our next door neighbour, the Thousand Islands Playhouse. They’re a fixture in the Gananoque community, and every year they offer national quality theatre in a small town by the riverside. Their season is opening with BOOM: The Explosive Story of a Generation, which is sure to be a stunning and memorable performance. If you’re a fan of classical music, be sure to check out their Studio ‘S’ feature performances as well.
Photo by Stephen Wild, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Photo by Stephen Wild, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

 

The stage at the Royal Theatre.

Photo provided courtesy of the Royal Theatre.

If you’re looking for live music, there are plenty of performances to choose from. The Royal and the Playhouse both have musical performances scheduled. If you prefer something more laid back, the Gananoque Inn & Spa has live music from local performers every Saturday night at Muskie Jake’s Tap & Grill. Or, if you want to treat yourself to a river experience, you can check out the Gananoque Boat Line’s special event cruises, many of which are musical.
 Photo by David Leclerc, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Rick Miller.

Photo by David Leclerc, provided by the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Pictured: Rick Miller.

 

The halls in the Royal Theatre

Photo provided courtesy of the Royal Theatre.

 

The Royal Theatre's Royal Coronation — an opening night celebration.

Photo provided courtesy of the Royal Theatre.