Welcome to The Village Playhouse

The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theatre and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft’s Theatre District.

With monthly TIFF screenings and community events, there’s always something going on at the historic theatre that is operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with St. Paul’s United Church.

This partnership makes the Playhouse different than most theatres. All of our proceeds support the restoration and up-keep of our historic theatre but we also use Playhouse proceeds to provide what we call “Caring through Culture.” This means that proceeds from Playhouse shows, the bar, different lotteries, raffles and contests help to fund the free programs and services that are offered in our community by Hospice North Hastings.

We thank you for your support and for your on-going patronage.

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EVENTS ~

 

Nov
24
Sat
When Christmas Fills the Heart – North Hastings Community Choir @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm
Nov
25
Sun
When Christmas Fills the Heart – North Hastings Community Choir @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 25 @ 2:30 pm
Nov
29
Thu
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Workshop @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 29 @ 8:30 am

Free workshop offered as response to impacts of local crime

When Vintage on Hastings, a store operated by Hospice North Hastings, was hit by shoplifters last summer, Hospice coordinator Heather Brough started speaking about the theft to other retailers in Bancroft. She was shocked by how widespread the issue was.

“When I went to buy a memory stick so I could send the store security footage to the OPP, the store I went into had also just been hit,” Brough said. “The more people I spoke with – the more I realized that this was a huge problem.”

So with a collaborative approach in mind, and encouragement from the local OPP detachment, Brough decided to see what could be done and on Nov. 29th, a free workshop on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) will be offered at the Village Playhouse so that interested members of the community can learn how both big and small changes to the built environment can help reduce crime in our Town. There will also be a focus on what retailers can do if they think a crime is happening in their stores.

Sponsored by the Town of Bancroft, the CFDC of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin and Hospice North Hastings, this half-day workshop will get everyone from shop-owners to municipal leaders thinking about how the space we create can impact human behaviours.

“It’s not about one store or one street – it’s about how we can all approach safety and crime prevention, as a community, from a whole new perspective,” Heather Brough explains. “This is why the event is free and why we want a packed theatre on November 29th.”

CPTED is an approach to design that suggests that effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in crime and fear while improving quality of life. And from ways to layout a retail store to an interactive walk through our downtown core, workshop participants will have lots of opportunities for learning and application of new ideas with the hope that more use of CPTED will improve the safety of our community, reduce loss and help to restore a feeling of wellbeing in our community.

Barry Horrobin has worked as a professional planner since 1988 and specializes in the field of environmental criminology, assessing the impact that the design, construction, and usage of built environments have on crime and disorder. Horrobin will lead the presentation on November 29th at the Bancroft Village Playhouse and he will be joined by Dr. Hugh C. Russell, a social psychologist who brings more than 40 years of community development experience that spans the globe. Dr. Russell’s work focuses on mobilizing communities to more effectively deal with their individual, social and criminal justice issues.

A life member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, and Honourary Chief of Police in Peterborough with lots of local involvement in community safety planning, Dr. Russell was who Hospice North Hasting reached out to for assistance when a decision was made to empower the community.

“It was just so surprising that Hospice would be impacted by crime,” explains Heather Brough. “With the expertise of Barry Horrobin and Dr. Hugh Russell, we feel that we can get ahead of this trend and look at making important changes that will help improve safety in our community.”

The half-day session will start at 8:30 am with a detailed presentation from Barry Horrobin on how CPTED can be applied to Bancroft’s situational context, complete with several case examples from other jurisdictions to illustrate application and impact. After a morning break, at 11 am, participants will take a walk from the Playhouse down Hastings Street to observe what exists, point out strengths to work from and discover deficiencies that need addressing, and the group will also identify options for improvement.

“I envision the day to be one that is highly interactive and conducive to free participation from anyone attending,” Horrobin says.  “By the end of the morning, everyone will ideally leave with the feeling they have gained something that they can meaningfully apply to improve safety and security.”

Dr. Russell is excited to participate with Horrobin during the event and says that he will offer a tie-in for a region-wide effort to be more planful about safety and wellbeing.

The workshop is free but participants do have to register in advance by contacting Hospice North Hastings at 613.32.8014 or via email at info@hospicenorthhastings.com.

Nov
30
Fri
Tis the Season – The Golden Players @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
1
Sat
Tis the Season – The Golden Players @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
2
Sun
Tis the Season – The Golden Players @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm
Dec
8
Sat
NHHS Music Program Celebrity Christmas with Joey Niceforo @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

For Joey Niceforo, the 2018 release of his full-length solo debut, Priceless, having debuted at #3 on Canada’s iTunes Pop Chart is a key milestone, both personally and professionally. Recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios with an 80-piece orchestra, Priceless features an A-list production team, including producers John Jones (Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac), Sam Reid (Glass Tiger), producer/conductor/arranger Steve Sidwell (The Carole King Musical –Beautiful, Shirley Bassey, Robbie Williams) and late engineer Steve Price (Adele, Sam Smith, Michael Jackson). Priceless also features multiple tracks by powerhouse songwriter, Diane Warren (Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes) and current and former members of Glass Tiger.

Niceforo spent just two days at Abbey Road, but dedicated a year sourcing the material for Priceless.

Doing so was a labour of love and an opportunity for him to choose songs he felt he had a “perfect connection” with. “In previous groups I haven’t always had the opportunity to choose what I sang. These songs were hand-picked.” Among them, lead single, ‘Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Solitaire,’ as well as tracksby well-known artists that come from somewhat deeper on their own records, like Tom Waits’ ‘Take It With Me’ and Elton John’s ‘Live Like Horses.’

Niceforo has already had a lengthy and distinguished career as a performer. In 2005, he made his professional debut as a member of the Canadian Tenors. In 2006, he founded classical crossover act, Destino, which toured worldwide and performed at the 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well as at Carnegie Hall. Niceforo also toured widely throughout North America, Italy and the Czech Republic, was featured on NBC performing the American National Anthem during NYC’s Columbus Day parade in New York and, on CBC’s 2017 Canada Day broadcast, singing ‘Oh Canada’ in Italian. He has also won the prestigious Nel Mondo Award, which celebrates the achievements of people of Italian descent worldwide, and includes Sophia Loren and Luciano Pavarotti among its previous recipients.

Joey just returned from touring his music in China for the month of September 2018.

 

Dec
9
Sun
NHHS Music Program Celebrity Christmas with Joey Niceforo @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm

For Joey Niceforo, the 2018 release of his full-length solo debut, Priceless, having debuted at #3 on Canada’s iTunes Pop Chart is a key milestone, both personally and professionally. Recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios with an 80-piece orchestra, Priceless features an A-list production team, including producers John Jones (Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac), Sam Reid (Glass Tiger), producer/conductor/arranger Steve Sidwell (The Carole King Musical –Beautiful, Shirley Bassey, Robbie Williams) and late engineer Steve Price (Adele, Sam Smith, Michael Jackson). Priceless also features multiple tracks by powerhouse songwriter, Diane Warren (Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, LeAnn Rimes) and current and former members of Glass Tiger.

Niceforo spent just two days at Abbey Road, but dedicated a year sourcing the material for Priceless.

Doing so was a labour of love and an opportunity for him to choose songs he felt he had a “perfect connection” with. “In previous groups I haven’t always had the opportunity to choose what I sang. These songs were hand-picked.” Among them, lead single, ‘Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Solitaire,’ as well as tracksby well-known artists that come from somewhat deeper on their own records, like Tom Waits’ ‘Take It With Me’ and Elton John’s ‘Live Like Horses.’

Niceforo has already had a lengthy and distinguished career as a performer. In 2005, he made his professional debut as a member of the Canadian Tenors. In 2006, he founded classical crossover act, Destino, which toured worldwide and performed at the 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well as at Carnegie Hall. Niceforo also toured widely throughout North America, Italy and the Czech Republic, was featured on NBC performing the American National Anthem during NYC’s Columbus Day parade in New York and, on CBC’s 2017 Canada Day broadcast, singing ‘Oh Canada’ in Italian. He has also won the prestigious Nel Mondo Award, which celebrates the achievements of people of Italian descent worldwide, and includes Sophia Loren and Luciano Pavarotti among its previous recipients.

Joey just returned from touring his music in China for the month of September 2018.

 

Dec
11
Tue
TIFF FILM – Meditation Park @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 11 @ 4:15 pm

Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s undergarment in his laundry.

TIFF FILM – Meditation Park @ The Bancroft Village Playhouse
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm

Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s undergarment in his laundry.