Now celebrating its 10th Season, Penticton’s Many Hats Theatre Company was founded by 17 experienced and passionate theatre people in 2007. Many Hats has quickly become one of the South Okanagan’s favourite theatre companies.
Created as a cooperative, Many Hats is so named because each of the members wear different hats for each production. Many Hats offers fifteen performances of five productions each season for a total of 75 performances each year, and has established a reputation for professional-quality performances and developed a very loyal audience. Most shows are sell-outs in the charming theatre space located in the city’s Cannery Trade Centre, home to several eateries, professional services, and even a brewery.
The Hats opened its 10th season with a blast from the past: Maggie’s Getting Married, the first show the company produced, an hilarious send-up of holy deadlock by Canada’s favourite playwright Norm Foster, currently running until February 25, 2017. If you’re in Penticton this year, the season line-up is:
- April 6-29 Self Help by Dummiez by T. Gregory Argall and Todd McGinni
- July 6-29 The Norwegians by C. Denby Swanson
- September 7 -30 Real Estate by Allana Harkin
- November 9-December 2 A Nice Family Gathering by Phil Olson
Many Hats productions have included hilarious farces like The Murder Room, I Hate Hamlet, and Caught in the Net, as well as more serious fare like Lost in Yonkers and Doubt, a parable. There has been an emphasis on the work of Canadian playwrights like Michel Tremblay’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, and Douglas Bowie’s Goodbye Piccadilly.
Over the years, in addition to dozens of appearances by Many Hats co-op members, dozens of newcomers have entertained South Okanagan audiences in Many Hats productions both onstage and backstage — If you’ve ever had a yearning to be on stage or help out backstage contact the hats at ManyHatsTheatre@shaw.ca.