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Summer Youth Theatre Programs

We are very happy to announce that this summer we will be hosting a full schedule of youth theatre programs!

The Astor has been running summer programs for our talented young people since before the turn of the millennium. After missing out last year and hearing about what a loss this was to our community, we were very sure that this year we would find a way to provide this celebrated Queens County tradition in a COVID-safe way.

Each program will be run by the extremely talented, creative, and experienced Ashley-Rose Goodwin. Many of you will be familiar with Ashley, as she is already a cherished educator in theatre arts, performance, and music. She naturally immersed herself into the world of theatre and music from a very young age. Throughout her youth, she studied classical piano through The Royal Conservatory and performed in over 30 theatre productions; her most memorable theatrical roles were Nancy in Oliver, Sandy in Grease, Maureen in Hot Bed Hotel and Ophelia in The Fall of Loneliness. She is currently completing her Honours Degree in Theatre Studies at Dalhousie with a minor in music, where she is fortunate enough to study Applied Voice. Her most recent production at Dalhousie was an online opera called, The Bat. She recently was inspired by Dalhousie courses like Puppetry, History of Jazz and Site-Specific Theatre. Ashley will incorporate the exciting new material she has studied into her programming at The Astor. She spends her free time outside in nature, exploring spirituality, writing poetry, exercising and listening to a wide range of music. She resides in Liverpool with her four boys, who have been her biggest inspiration and most incredible supporters in her endless creative adventures. 

This summer will certainly include something for everyone as we are running four two-week programs! Students will be coached in acting technique, musical theatre, vocal techniques, choreography, improvisation, character development, playwriting, puppetry, site-specific theatre and much more! There will even be an opportunity to test out their new skills and talents in front of a live audience in the Broadway Bound program.

No audition or experience is required to attend the programs, so everyone with a love of acting, singing, and performing in general is invited to sign up for tuition in a safe and supportive environment. 

Students should be available for the entire two-week program and must complete COVID-19 screening protocols. However, due to this year’s COVID-19 related restrictions, attendance will be limited to 10 participants in each program. We will be following all Public Health guidelines, so some camp activities may have to be modified.

We will be opening registration at 11am on Wednesday June 16th and are expecting places to be filled quickly. So come in to the box office, give us a call on 354-5250, or email to claim your spot! 

Click these links for details of each program:

Improv Adventure, Adventure Theatre, Broadway Bound, Bringing Puppets to Life

Theatre Nova Scotia shines the spotlight on The Astor and LITF!

Last summer, Theatre Nova Scotia made this great video featuring The Astor as part of their #ForTheLoveOfTheatreNS series. They sat down with the Astor Theatre Society’s Kristopher Snarby to talk about the theatre and what it means to our community, and also with Jean Robinson-Dexter of the Liverpool International Theatre Festival (and also our Interim General Manager). Have a watch, you might learn something you didn’t know! And it might just help you get through those weeks until we can welcome audiences back into the theatre again.

And if you comment on their Facebook post you will be entered in a draw to win tickets to a show at The Astor!

Springtime Notes – An Astor Theatre Fundraiser

**Please note** This event cannot happen as originally planned because of the latest COVID-19 restrictions. We will announce a new date ASAP.

Join Ashley & Lauren at The Astor Theatre as they take you on a musical adventure featuring trombone, vocal & piano music. Lauren will accompany Ashley on the piano as she sings repertoire such as “Ave Maria”, “Mio Babbino Caro”, and “ White Cliffs of Dover”. Ashley will accompany Lauren on the trombone, performing pieces such as “Romance” and “Six Sonatas for Trombone”. They will also have some Broadway surprises in store for you!

Come to The Astor and embrace the wonder of this dynamic duo as they take the stage in May!

Tickets are available on a by donation basis (select your own price from a range of options), and are on sale now at the Astor box office (Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4), in person or over the phone, or online through Ticketpro:

When buying tickets, please consider that we are limited to only 100 audience members, and that seating has been grouped into small bubbles. Please try to only buy in the appropriate bubble size for your group – if you don’t see what you’re looking for please give us a call.

Lauren Inglis is a grade 12 student at Liverpool Regional High School. At a young age, Lauren discovered a love for music. She took off on a journey of studying piano, trombone and singing! Lauren realized her deep passion for trombone/piano playing and began developing extraordinary skills through The Royal Conservatory of Canada. From 2017-2019 she was the piano accompanist for Queens County Vocal Troupe, where she spent hours in the theatre preparing kids for musical theatre productions. She accompanied an entire MTI Broadway Production with this troupe, mastering the piano accompaniment of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods Jr”. She was accepted and is an active trombone player in The Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble in 2017 and The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra in 2019! Lauren is pursuing a career in Music Education at Acadia University this coming fall! She loves drawing and writing in her spare time.

Ashley-Rose Goodwin spends her days balancing the life of motherhood alongside her deep passions for music and theatre. She began performing theatrically and studying piano in the early 90s. Theatre has always been a second home to Ashley, so she decided to pursue a Theatre Studies Degree shortly after completing high school. Motherhood stepped in and took over in 2006, so Ashley dedicated her life to raising her boys, working on exams for piano through The Royal Conservatory of Canada and diving heavily into community theatre. She opened a private studio focusing on piano training and theatrical performance for youth in 2010. In 2017 she established Queens County Vocal Troupe, a musical theatre group for youth focused on building self-confidence, vocal skills and performance training. 2019 rolled around, and Ashley felt ready to return to Dalhousie and complete her Theatre Studies Program. Since returning, she has been placed on The Dean’s List and has successfully entered the Music Department, where she has trained vocally for the past year. You will find Ashley enjoying nature in her spare time, reading, playing outside with her kids or writing. Ashley is excited to share her vocal repertoire that she has studied this past year & is thrilled to share the stage once again with Lauren!

Ron James – Spring Loaded – live from his living room to yours!

A global pandemic may have scuttled live performance the wide world over but that can’t stop Canada’s #1 touring comedian (‘a hilarious brand of funny all his own’ Winnipeg Free Press) from doing what he does best…making sense of life’s struggles in the language of laughs! That’s why award-winning comedian RON JAMES (‘cleverly, hysterically funny’/Toronto Star) will be launching ‘SPRING LOADED’, his third one-hour comedy special, in the ‘Live from My Living Room’ series.

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Time: 8:00pm EDT (please login to Zoom by 7:40 PM)
Where: Watch together on Zoom. No masks required!
Price $30.00 (Includes taxes and ticket processing fees) at

SPRING LOADED’ assumes people aren’t sure if these days are the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning… and Ron couldn’t agree more…

On New Year’s Eve, 3500 paying customers watched Ron stream his second hour length special ‘HINDSIGHT IS 2020: Live from My Living Room’, which experienced an exponential growth of 872% from his premiere performance in June ’20! His critically acclaimed record breaking nine one-hour comedy specials (‘a virtuoso comedic performance’/Globe and Mail) became a New Year’s Eve viewing tradition for Canadians that consistently cracked 1.3 million viewers.

Just because his cross Canada tours took a pandemic delivered torpedo to the bow doesn’t mean this stand ups funny is sunk! As it turns out, the man whose non-stop roller coaster ride of marathon laughs that had been filling theatres to capacity for more than twenty years, still has his mojo workin’! With his first book scheduled to be released Fall 2021 by publishing giant Penguin-Random House, this one-man industry the Victoria Times Colonist called ‘The funniest man in Canada’ shows no sign of slowing down.

New Chess Club at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre

Whether you’re an experienced player or completely new to the game, the Astor Chess Club is for you! No matter your age or experience level, all are welcome to join us.

Since putting our posters up last week, an enthusiastic bunch of players have already registered. If you’re interested in joining them just give us a call at the box office (902-354-5250) or email and we’ll add you to the list.

Our first meeting will be Thursday March 11th at 3:30 here in the THACC. We will be following all the appropriate COVID-19 protocols to keep everyone safe. We have enough chess sets to go around, and all will be fully sanitized before play, so please don’t worry about bringing your own.

See the attached document for all the club details.

Breath of Fresh Air Youth Theatre Group returns to the Astor stage with Goodbye Kurt Cobain

We are delighted to welcome our local youth theatre group back to the Astor with a play written and directed by Kallie Koliotassis. Two plays, in fact!

The first, titled The One is a spooky tale performed by the younger members of the group:

A group of friends end up at a haunted house, in a room that may or may not actually exist, where they’re faced with a decision that could doom one of them… or all of them.

And the second, Goodbye Kurt Cobain, is sure to bring back memories for many of us:

In 1994, a few weeks after Kurt Cobain’s death, a group of friends decide to meet in the woods to have a little fun. Their buddy Shaun has taken the death of his icon pretty hard, and needs a little cheering up. Over the course of the evening they reflect on the good times they’ve shared, and come to terms with the fact that some things cannot last. Does the end of Kurt Cobain mark the end of their time together?

Tickets ($15 Adults, $10 students) are on sale now at the Astor box office (Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4), in person or over the phone, or online through Ticketpro:

When buying tickets, please consider that we are limited to only 100 audience members, and that seating has been grouped into small bubbles. Please try to only buy in the appropriate bubble size for your group – if you don’t see what you’re looking for please give us a call.