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Have a Summer Fling with the theatre

A new theatre series in the heart of downtown will fill a gap in Ottawa’s theatre scene, said a local director Thursday.

A new theatre series in the heart of downtown will fill a gap in Ottawa’s theatre scene, said a local director Thursday.

“Most professional theatre runs ... from September to May or June,” said Kate Hurman, a board member for the Arts Court.

“So if people are interested in seeing theatre in the summer, they have to leave town ... You have to go to Blythe, or Stratford or to Shaw.”

Last summer, the Arts Court and the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Association partnered to put on a single production. It was so successful, they’re offering nine shows in six venues this summer.

Educating Rita — of which Hurman is director — is the opening show for the Downtown Rideau Summer Fling — A Theatrical Affair.

It’s nice, she said, “to showcase local talent and use businesses here to put on a production so we don’t have to go out to find work, we can just stay home.

“This fills a huge gap.”

 
 
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