About Many Hats

Many Hats Theatre is an independent community theatre launched in 2007!

Many Hats Theatre Company – Seventeen Years of Theatre

Many Hats Theatre Company was created by a group of experienced and passionate theatre people in 2007 with the express goal of bringing ‘top drawer’ professional-quality live theatre to the South Okanagan. The public’s response was immediate and as support grew Many Hats quickly became the South Okanagan’s favourite theatre company.

Created as a cooperative, Many Hats is so named because each of the members assume different responsibilities for each production. Many Hats offers five productions each season for a total of 60 performances each year. Everyone one who participates in a production be it onstage, backstage, or crew receive a portion of the profits. In addition Many Hats enjoys the support of a dedicated cadre of enthusiastic volunteers in non-acting, non tech, roles.

Now in their seventeenth season (with a little gap for the pandemic) this dynamic theatre company has established a reputation for professional-quality performances and developed a very loyal audience. Most Many Hats shows are sold out!

All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre on Fairview Road Penticton. Tickets to all Many Hats shows are available from the Many Hats website www.manyhatstheatre.com and are handled by TicketOwl.

Over the years Many Hats productions have included hilarious farces like “The Murder Room,” “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (Abridged)”, and “Caught in the Net” and more serious fare like “Lost in Yonkers,” “Doubt,” and “Rope’s End.” There has been an emphasis on the work of Canadian playwrights like Michel Tremblay’s “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” and Douglas Bowie’s “Goodbye Piccadilly.”

Norm Foster, Canada’s most produced playwright has always been a favourite with at least one of his plays produced every season including “Hilda’s Yard,” “Maggie’s Getting Married” and “Mending Fences.”

Not content with just performing in Penticton the Hats have also taken shows ‘on the road’ to support the arts community in Castlegar. In addition to dozens of appearances by Many Hats Co-op members dozens of newcomers have graced Many Hats productions!

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