Niagara’s Theatre for Young Audiences

A Season for Truth and Respect

Through theatre, we strive to offer children opportunities to see the world around them, to be curious about what they see, to have pride in who they are, and to know they are part of a community that cares about them. This season, we offer four unique experiences for young people themed around two First Nations’ ancestral teachings: Truth and Respect. 

The vibrant, playful world of Pop! Pop! introduces preschool children to the shapes and creatures of a coral reef, encouraging joyful respect for our vital oceans. With Ni Nagamoon, children ages 6-8 are invited to learn about and build respect for Anishinaabe teachings through an interactive cultural sharing focusing on original hand drum songs. Simone, Half and Half, for students ages 11-15, delves into questions of identity, as the title character tries to understand her own truth, and learns to celebrate and demand respect for her mixed race ethnicity. Finally, Hare & Tortoise offers a new spin on the fable for children ages 4-10, in which the characters learn to respect one another’s differences while exploring time and the seasons together through music and fun, all leading up to their big race.

We hope these performances will open minds and hearts, and excite the imaginations of kids, and grown ups too. We can’t wait to bring our shows to you, wherever you are.

See you soon!

Monica Dufault, Artistic Director

Niagara Children's Festival

The Niagara Children’s Festival will return May 2025!

Join Carousel Players at venues across the Niagara Region for a family-friendly festival experience featuring renowned puppetry shows, interactive theatrical experiences, educational and creative workshops, and musical performances designed for audiences ages 2 and up!

Multi Show Discounts

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Reserve multiple performances in our 2024/25 season to bundle and save! The more shows you book, the greater savings are available.

We acknowledge that the land on which we create, teach, and engage with our community is, was, and always will be the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Attiwonderon, the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation, and the Wendat Peoples.  We recognize that Carousel’s workspaces are located on lands covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and are part of the Dish with One Spoon wampum covenant.

We recognize that we have a role to play in reconciling our relationship with the Indigenous people of this region, and we are actively working to uplift the voices of Indigenous creators through our programming, new play development, and community collaborations.

Learn more about the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action