Meet our Artistic Director - Ralph Small


Ralph brings a career of experience to Bluewater Summer Playhouse with an extensive list of credits as a director, actor, writer and teacher.

His most memorable directing credits include The Full Mounty and The 39 Steps for both The Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, and here at BSP.

Other directing highlights include the world première of Fair and Square (Lighthouse), A Doll House (Theatre Sheridan), The Foreigner and The Affections of May (Highlands Summer Festival), and for Bluewater, The Melville Boys, Stag and Doe, Talking Dirty, The Ladies Foursome, and Henry & Alice Into the Wild, among others.
 

As an actor, Ralph has appeared in A Few Good Men (Theatre Aquarius), Unnecessary Farce and Marathon Of Hope (Drayton Entertainment), the World Premières of Grounded by John Spurway (Lighthouse), Norm Foster's Looking (Victoria Playhouse/ Theatre Aquarius), Colours In The Storm (Muskoka Festival/ Theatre Aquarius), M.J. Cruise's Separate Beds (Showboat/Theatre Orangeville), and Race Day (Theatre-on-the-Grand). Other credits include Barry in Jonas and Barry In The Home, Henry in Sexy Laundry (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Kris Kringle in Miracle On 34th Street (The Grand), Noises Off (Huron Country Playhouse), Anne Of Green Gables & The Shooting Of Dan McGrew (Charlottetown Festival), Thin Ice: The Musical (National Arts Centre), Wild Guys, (Theatre New Brunswick), Durante (Vancouver Playhouse/US Tour), and Claudius in Hamlet Live (Bathurst St. Theatre). Additional credits include a triple role in Norm Foster's Bedtime Stories (Drayton Entertainment), George in I'll Be Back Before Midnight (Lighthouse), and Hoss in Cheatin’ Hearts at the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia.

He has also work-shopped, acted in, and/or directed dozens of new plays and musicals with companies such as Lighthouse Theatre, Sheridan College's Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), Tarragon Theatre, Script Lab, Buddies in Bad Times/Shaw Festival, Roseneath Theatre, and Theatre Orangeville, where he directed mainstage productions of The Secret Garden and Jim Betts' The Mystery Of The Oak Island Treasure, and served as its first ‘young company' director.

As past resident director at Toronto Youth Music Theatre Company, he directed Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Once Upon A Mattress, and Seussical. As well as writing and directing several musicals for young adults, he wrote the book for the Hamilton (Ontario) inspired gangster musical, Whiskey Serenade, which premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Arts' Studio Theatre.

Ralph is on faculty in the joint program of The University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) and Sheridan College. He is a graduate of York University's BA Honours program and holds an MA from The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

About the Bluewater Summer Playhouse

Bluewater Summer Playhouse has operated in the scenic beachside town of Kincardine, Ontario since 1994. Since Bluewater opened its doors, Kincardine has enjoyed having the only Professional Live Theatre in all of Bruce County. Summer after summer, Bluewater Summer Playhouse provides a mix of side splitting comedies, tear jerking dramas, toe tapping musicals and everything in between. During the year, Bluewater employs local students, volunteers as well as a full time Office Manager - all with oversight from a volunteer board of directors comprised of Kincardine and area locals. In the off season, Bluewater Summer Playhouse is responsible for bringing many special events to Kincardine, including its annual Taste of Kincardine Dinner, Dance and Auction; Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre; as well as an assorted mix of live concerts. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us through the Admin contact information. We are always looking for people to sign up and help out with ushering, bartending, box office, and special events. We are always looking for fresh ideas, and if you would like to join the volunteer board, feel free to use the Admin contact for that as well.


 

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THE FULL MOUNTY

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July 10th - July 21st

ABBAMANIA



July 24th - July 26th

OPRY GOLD

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August 7th - August 10th

ALICE'S RESTAURANT



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THE MELVILLE BOYS

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August 21st - September 1st

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

In order to ensure that our operating costs and our rent is covered, plus the increase in the minimum wage, we find it necessary to slightly increase our ticket prices to ensure the survival of the theatre. Tickets for our matinees will now be $30.00 and our evening performances will be $33.00.

Our 4 packs are on sale now and they cost $100.00.

Posted: December 2, 2017