This Toronto, Ontario, theater’s philosophy is that “only the best is good enough for children.” It stages high-quality, professional productions of both classic and contemporary plays for kids.
All the world’s a stage, or at least it appears that way in Toronto, where the city’s entertainment district boasts the third-largest English-speaking theater locale in the world after the West End in London and Broadway in New York City. Visitors revel in its big-name musicals, concerts and productions, but perhaps the city’s best-kept thespian secret is Young People’s Theatre, Canada’s oldest and largest theater geared specifically to children.
Established in 1966, its philosophy was and is that “only the best is good enough for children.” The group’s high-quality, professional productions of both classic and contemporary plays have enchanted and inspired kids of all ages.
As a registered charity, the subsidized costs have remained reasonable, comparable to an outing at the movies, but unlike the silver screen, Young People’s Theatre’s productions engage young audiences. Children are invited to ask questions after the performance to learn more about the show and the art of theater.
The 2023-24 lineup includes “Pop! Pop!”, a colorful underwater adventure featuring live music and puppetry for toddlers and preschoolers; “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish,” a First Nation’s tale of a cheese-swiping mouse that is recommended for ages 5 through 8; and “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” a heartwarming adaptation of the holiday classic geared to older kids.
Located on downtown’s Front Street, the theater is within walking distance to many of Toronto’s top attractions. Just west lies the historic St. Lawrence Market, where the whole family can grab a bite to eat. Enjoy market goodies at the nearby Berczy Park with its quirky dog fountain or on Toronto Islands, just a short ferry ride away. Also nearby are family-friendly attractions like the Hockey Hall of Fame, the CN Tower and the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. 165 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Z4, 416/862-2222, youngpeoplestheatre.org