Remembering Pat Smith

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we mark the passing of Pat Smith.

Pat was a founding board member of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation and was instrumental in the conversion of the former Smiths Falls CPR station into our beautiful Station Theatre.


Pat dedicated eleven years to the project, acting as both Treasurer and Construction Coordinator. Beginning in 1999 when the keys to a decaying building were handed over, Pat supervised, coordinated, worked on and guided every aspect of demolition, restoration and reconstruction.

His policy of “when the money runs out, work stops,” had the beneficial result of the theatre opening in 2010 debt free.


In honour of his tremendous dedication and steady guiding hand, the auditorium was named the Pat Smith Performance Centre at the Gala Opening on April 24, 2010.

Everyone who participates in our theatre, be it on stage, back stage or in the audience owes a huge debt of gratitude to Pat Smith.

“Curtain up, light the lights, you’ve got nothing to hit but the heights”…Rest In Peace – Pat Smith





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Remembering Stuart McLean

Friday, February 17th, 2017

P1000089-1The recent passing of Canada’s Storyteller Stuart Maclean has brought back many fond memories. Perhaps one of the best is the two sold out shows when he brought the Vinyl Cafe to the Smiths Falls Station Theatre.

Our theatre had been open less than a year when the production vehicle pulled into town and began to set up for the two shows in January 2011. Stuart did his usual thing and wandered around town, meeting people and getting a feel for what makes Smiths Falls tick.

At the time, the theatre shared the building with the VIA train station. With his usual keen eye for detail Stuart noted that, “the Smiths Falls Via station is the only one in the country with two-ply bathroom tissue.”

One of the things about the Vinyl Cafe is that you also get to hear some great music. An invitation to perform at a live Vinyl Cafe show is one that is coveted by any musician. We got to enjoy Hannah Georgas and the duo of Jenny Whitely and Joey Wright.

Unfortunately, we can’t find an archived recording of his Smiths Falls shows, but memories of his wonderful stories will remain as part of the cultural fabric of Canada for years to come.

Here’s a few images of his time at The Station Theatre.

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2016 Season Announced

Sunday, October 4th, 2015



The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is pleased to announce our 2016 Season.

We have a great lineup of productions for your enjoyment throughout the year.

Here’s what’s coming down the tracks at the Station Theatre!

(While every attempt has been made to be accurate,
dates and plays may be subject to change)

Feb 19th – 28th

The Fox on the Fairway

by Ken Ludwig

is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Directed by Jamie Schoular

FOX ON THE FAIRWAY - artworkA tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Leading Ladies) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.

April 8th – 17th

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York,
Directed by S.G. McWade

dr JHydeA new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. With multiple Hydes portrayed by members of the cast.


June 10th – 19th

Things My Mother Taught Me

by Katharine DiSavino

is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Directed by Sheila Jasiak

things artworkOlivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn’t go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that’s about to happen? This brand new comedy from the author of Nana’s Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.


August 19th – 28th

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson, Stephanie S. Tolan
Music by Steve Liebman


is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Directed by Lynda Daniluk

BridgeThis powerful adaptation, supported by a lyrical score, focuses the humor, warmth and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award winning novel. Jesse, alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginia culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special. Leslie, the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don’t understand them. Their friendship grows as Jesse’s world expands. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own and lets him share the magic of his dreams.


Oct 14th – Oct 23th

Out of Sight… Out of Murder

by Fred Carmichael

is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Directed by Katharine Coleman

out of sight-webPeter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life. There’s the lovely ingenue, the trusty butler, a feisty character woman, a dauntless hero, a fascinating “other woman,” the always pregnant serving girl, and the wily lawyer waiting for midnight to read the will. Peter looses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter. Other murders follow and the culprit is among characters who, having also worked for other authors, know a great deal about the subject. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets his author? Is romance with the ingenue leading anywhere? Where is the fortune mentioned in the will? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and cosmic wit.


Dec 2nd – Dec 11th

Our Christmas Panto: Sleeping Beauty

by Ben Crocker

by arrangement with Ben Crocker,
Directed by Emily Duberville.sleeping beauty art

Holiday fun for the whole family

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Here Comes The Train

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


NOTE: The Station Theatre is not selling advance tickets for this show

Either call or visit the Stone Fence Theatre website to purchase your tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the door (if available)

“Train” musical pulling into The Station Theatre on November 7

Here Comes the Train! The Ottawa Valley Railway Story, the latest hit musical from Stone Fence Theatre, is coming to Smiths Falls on November 7 for two performances at the Station Theatre.

The story of the show goes behind the scenes of life in the railway steam era, with much of it based on stories from Smiths Falls, collected with the help of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario.

The show looks at the lives of the people who worked on and around the trains and the impact railways had on the Ottawa Valley and Canada as a whole.

Most of the play is set in the 1950s, with a five-piece band and musical styles including bluegrass, blues and country/folk.

To generate interest, the company has created a YouTube music video tied to the show. The video uses one of the songs from the show, “Got That Train on my Brain,” and was shot, in old-time movie style, at the old railway station in Barry’s Bay. It can be viewed online at

The show will be performed at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Station Theatre on November 7. Tickets are available online at or by phone, toll-free, at 1 866 310 1004.

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Tales & Tunes Sept 26

Friday, September 25th, 2015


Leacock Show poster

Live music returns to the stage of the Station Theatre on Saturday, September 26, when the Smiths Falls Community Theatre (SFCT) presents an evening of words and music performed by two Ottawa-based groups—the NorthWinds Brass Quintet and the Ottawa Story Tellers—who have joined forces to combine the sounds of brass with stories from the pen of the great Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock. They call the show, appropriately, Tales and Tunes. The tales come from Leacock; the music derives from tunes of the early 20th century. In the first half of the program they’ll be playing some seldom heard pieces: “The Canadiana March” by Irving Tallis (named after a ferry that used to run between Buffalo, NY and Toronto) and “The Ottawa Rag” by George E. Lynn, along with some earlier pieces by the German/Russian composer Ludwig Maurer.

In the second half the NorthWinds Brass will play three cameos featuring two important American “Rag” composers: James Scott (The Princess and Honeymoon Rags) and Scott Joplin (The Strenuous Life and Bink’s Waltz) and the British “Rag” composer: Joseph Lamb (The Reindeer Rag and Bohemia). All of this delightful music is rarely heard.

NorthWinds Brass Quintet

Started in 1990s, the popular NorthWinds Brass Quintet has evolved into a cohesive group of musicians that delight in playing venues large and small around the area: Martin Bender, Corey Rempel, Al Ridgway, Dean Tronsgard and Rick Rangno perform on the brass. Patrons will remember Rick Rangno for his stellar work on the flugelhorn and trumpet when the Robert Fontaine Quartet performed in Smiths Falls in the Spring.

Ottawa Story Tellers

The Story Tellers began as a group organizing story swaps on an open stage; the tradition has continued to the present day. For this performance, in the Tales component, story tellers Gail Anglin and Tom Lips will be recounting the wittiest and most profound of Leacock’s thoughts, drawing from his vast repertoire of books and essays. In the early 1900s, Leacock was considered the foremost writer of humour in the English language. His memory lives on in the Governor General’s Medal for Humour that has been awarded since 1947.

Tales and Tunes is a one night stand on September 26, with the show starting at 8 PM. Tickets are $25, including a complimentary refreshment; there will be a cash wine bar before, during intermission and after the show. Call the Station Theatre at 613-283-0300 for details and to order by credit card. Tickets may be purchased for cash at Special Greetings, 8 Russell Street East, online at HERE (Paypal/Visa/Mastercard), and at the door for cash only (a half-hour before the performance).


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Movie Nights Reward Card

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

See Free Movies at the Station Theatre

Rewards for web

Pick up your FREE Movie Nights Reward Card when you buy your first movie ticket.

It will be stamped when you buy your ticket.

Get 7 stamps and see the 8th Movie Free.

Here’s the “fine print”:

The Movie Nights Reward Card is free. When presented at the time of purchase of a ticket for a Station Theatre Movie Nights movie it will be stamped by the ticket seller. One stamp per card per ticket purchased. Each ticket purchaser must have their own card. Cards cannot be combined.

Reward Cards apply to Station Theatre movies only. Not for use with Film Night International. They are not redeemable for cash

There is no expiration date on the card; it can be used until the card is full, at which point the patron redeems the reward of one free movie. The Station Theatre is not responsible for lost or forgotten cards. You must bring your card with you when purchasing a Movie Nights ticket.


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Kubrick in September

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We’re kicking off our movies

in September with a

Classic Kubrick Weekend


Help us pick a film

To kick off our returning movie series, we’ll be showing TWO classic films by Stanley Kubrick.

The film for Saturday September 19 has already been booked and we have a special treat in store for Kubrick fans that evening. We will have more details in the weeks to come.

We want you to help us make the choice
for the film to show on Friday September 18.

Plus, by voting, you’ll be entered into a draw for two free tickets for either Friday or Saturday night. (You need to fill in your name and email to be entered – you can still vote if you don’t, but you won’t be entered into the draw). You can only vote once – so make it count!

The Poll ends Friday July 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

The most popular choice will be shown on Friday September 18 at 7:30 pm at The Station Theatre.


The first Classic Film Weekend featuring Alfred Hitchcock last year was a huge success. This year promises to be even bigger. Your support is appreciated.

What’s the film for Saturday September 19?

See if you can figure it out from what’s missing from the Friday choices.


To help you with your choice, here’s the links to the trailers for each film

Lolita (1962) Trailer

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Trailer

A Clockwork Orange (1972) Trailer

Barry Lyndon (1975) Trailer

Full Metal Jacket (1987) Trailer

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Trailer

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AGM 2015

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The meeting will be held at the Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Avenue, Smiths Falls in the Pat Smith Performance Centre.

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is a vibrant organization that has turned the old CPR station into a wonderful venue for live theatrical events, musical performances, film screenings and an inviting location for meetings and receptions, furthering the development of the arts and cultural environment of Smiths Falls and the surrounding area.

All interested parties are invited to attend. Financial statements for the 2014 fiscal year will be presented as well as a review of the past year’s activities.

The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is currently seeking several new board members to fill vacancies left by the retirement of some long-standing members of the Board of Directors. Interested parties should contact Roger Sands by email at

Questions or inquiries can be directed by email to
or by calling the Station Theatre at 613-283-0300 (leave a message).

Thank you for your on-going support of The Station Theatre.


Nancy Keech
Secretary, Smiths Falls Community Theatre Foundation

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2015 Season Announced

Monday, October 27th, 2014



The Smiths Falls Community Theatre is pleased to announce our 2015 Season.

We have a great lineup of productions for your enjoyment throughout the year.

Here’s what’s coming down the tracks at the Station Theatre!

(While every attempt has been made to be accurate, dates and plays may be subject to change)

Feb 12th – 22nd

Leading Ladies

by Ken Ludwig

by permission of Samuel French Inc, Directed by Jamie Schoular

leading ladiesTwo English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces!


April 16th – 26th

Love From a Stranger

by Agatha Christie & Frank Vosper

by permission of Samuel French Inc, Directed by Katharine Coleman

Love from a strangerCecily Harrington’s fiance is traveling in the Sudan, when she wins a big prize in a sweepstake and decides to postpone the wedding to spend a portion of the money on a European trip. During her travels, she meets Bruce Lovell, who sweeps the romance-craving Cecily off her feet, marries her, and takes her to his out-of-the-way cottage in the country. However, Lovell is not the charming gentleman he appears to be. Instead, he is a homicidal maniac of the most eerie, repulsive type, and is resolved to murder his new wife, just as he has murdered several other women before her. When a series of circumstances leads Cecily to realize the ghastly fact, she finds herself caught like a rat in a trap, unsure of how she will escape…


June 4th – 14th

Nana’s Naughty Knickers

by Katharine DiSavino

by permission of Samuel French Inc, Directed by Sheila Jasiak

nanaBridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five boroughs area!


August 13th – 23rd

The Canadian Premiere

A Little Princess

Book by William J. Brooke

Music by Eric Rockwell & Lyrics by Margaret Rose

by special arrangement with the authors, Directed by Lynda Daniluk

Based on the beloved classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A_Little _Princess_logo_with_umbrella_largerWhen her father, Captain Crewe, has to leave, young Sara Crewe is placed into the care of Amanda Minchin, the head of an exclusive private school for girls. Sara lives as a privileged member of the school due to her father’s wealth until he dies and leaves her with nothing. Then her life goes from one of plenty to that of a poor house maid. Mrs. Minchin agrees to keep her on at the school, but in the absence of her tuition payments, she has to work for her keep. She also refuses to accept that her father is dead and tries to locate him.


Oct 15th – Oct 25th

Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak

by Norm Foster

by arrangement with Pam Winter, Gary Goddard Agency, Directed by Katharine Coleman

Sadie Flynn comes to big oakConvicted husband killer Sadie Flynn is released from prison and decides to get off the bus and make her new home in the small town of Big Oak. Soon after her arrival, strange things begin to happen.


Dec 3rd – Dec 13th

Our Christmas Panto: Puss In Boots

by Ben Crocker

by arrangement with Ben Crocker, Directed by Emily Duberville.

Holiday fun for the whole family

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