Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre for young audiences. We develop new work and create theatre that entertains and challenges our audiences. We present inspiring and creative plays for children in schools, theatres, and community venues.
At Carousel Players, we believe live theatre develops artistic awareness, learning skills, and a sense of well-being in children.
We are committed to ensuring that our performances, summer theatre camps, and classroom programs are affordable for all children regardless of their socioeconomic situation with the help of our sponsors, funders, and individual donors.
Our core activities are producing two to four plays a year for school and family audiences; working with artists to create new Canadian plays for young audiences; and providing arts education to young people ages 2-14.
Carousel Players produces at least two school tours each year for elementary school students. These shows tour schools in the Niagara, Hamilton, Halton, and Brant Regions. Our arts education programs and family performances take place at multiple locations in Niagara.
Founded in 1972, Carousel has performed 214 productions to more than 2.8 million children, youth and families. Our productions have been nominated for Dora awards fourteen times, winning for Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish and Patty’s Cake. Carousel Players received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Canada Council’s Theatre for Young Audiences Prize for Patty’s Cake, and the first City of St. Catharines Arts in Education Award.