Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Blackhorse Theatre had to fade the stage to black and postpone our current season, and all 50th Anniversary celebrations indefinitely.
Sadly, without revenue from ticket sales, the cost of maintaining and operating our building has been rapidly depleting our financial resources.
During these unprecedented times, we find ourselves alone with no support from provincial or federal government relief.
The Blackhorse has a history of being one of the only community theatres in Ontario that owns and operates it's own facility. The building and land was purchased 40 years ago, and The Blackhorse Village Players became a registered charitable organization. Since then, it has been self-sustaining by the volunteer membership comprised of talented people within your community. All proceeds from ticket sales are used for the operating expenses.
Blackhorse has been a proud member of the community for 50 years and with your help, the theatre will continue entertaining for 50 more.
With your generous support, it will ensure that the show will go on, and Blackhorse's future as a reliable source of entertainment for the communities of New Tecumseth, Caledon, King Township and the surrounding area.
All donations receive a tax receipt.
Expenses for Overhead Costs Include: Property Taxes, Utilities, and Property Maintenance. These expenses have been estimated to cost $85.00 per day, which equals approx. $2,550.00 per month or $30,600.00 annually.
Our Story: Welcome To The Blackhorse
On the outskirts of Caledon, New Tecumseth and King Township, on the corner of Hwy. 9 and Mount Wolfe road, sits a tiny gray block building filled with a unique history and colourful imaginations. It is the home of The Blackhorse Village Players, a registered charitable, not-for-profit community theatre group comprised of volunteer members ranging from the young to the young at heart. These volunteers spend countless hours creating, building, and brainstorming, using only words from a script to acheive their ultimate goal, to tell stories in a form that entertains and engages you, the audience.
The Blackhorse has been in existence for 50 years. But it is not just a place where it's members come to play: it is also a school of pracitcal learning. many members have used Blackhorse as a stepping stone to further their ambitions in the Arts, including TV and film. From actors and directors, to production assistants, make-up artists, and playwrights, many members have benefited from the hands-on experience and knowledge gained from their involvement with Blackhorse productions.
The group produces four plays during their season which runs annually from September to June. They offer quality adult entertainment, and occassionally add a youth production in their line-up when the demand is there for a childrens show. The quality of their productions have been recognized over the years at many theatre festivals, including ACT-CO (Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario) and Theatre Ontario, having won awards for Outstanding Production and Best Set Design, to lighting, sound, costumes and acting.
The Blackhorse Theatre also reaches out beyond its walls to support other non-profit community groups by performing skits, donated tickets and season subscriptions for many events in the tri-community. In the past, some productions have raised supplies for the local food banks and portions of ticket proceeds have been donated to local shelters, and for decades Blackhorse proudly offered a Theatre Arts bursary to graduating students from several High Schools in the region.
Along with showing community spirit, the group is proud that it has been self-sustaining since it's beginning. The building and property is solely owned by its members and all proceeds from ticket sales cover the overhead costs for utilities, property taxes and production expenses. The Blackhorse has always relied on its patrons and volunteers for their continued support.
Blackhorse offers its patrons season subscriptions, senior discounts, and group rates in addition to its single ticket prices. New members are always welcome and no experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn and share your talent whether it be as an actor, constructing sets, set decor, stagehand, seamstress or techie. Students looking for community hours are also encouraged. As volunteers, Blackhorse is committed to lifelong learning in a fun and stimulating atmosphere.
For those who have never experienced this little gem, this diamond in the rough, this live theatre nestled in the countryside minutes from your home please visit www.blackhorsetheatre.ca for more information.