Support Carousel Players


Give the Gift Of Creativity

Carousel Players is a professional theatre company that specializes in making and teaching theatre for young people. Our core activities are producing

  • two to four plays a year for school and public audiences
  • working with artists to create new Canadian plays for young audiences
  • providing Theatre School programs for young people ages 2-14

Give the Gift of Imagination

Children don’t forget how theatre makes them feel. Carousel Players creates spaces for young people to express themselves and to see themselves in our plays. Engaging with children through drama teaches them to interact with empathy and creates a sense of hope for the future.

Carousel Players’ work helps our audiences make memories, not just in the moment but for the rest of their lives. People remember Carousel shows for decades after they see them because they are a live experience – it creates a different connection than watching a screen.

Give the Gift of Community

As children return to school and socializing after long periods of isolation, there is a particular need for the social and emotional benefits of live theatre.

Now that we are able to be together in schools and communities again, the act of gathering and sharing is very important for the healing of children who have been without community for so long.

Why Your Support Matters


The average Carousel Players production costs between $50,000 and $60,000 to create and tour, while schools pay $350 to $750 per performance, and family audiences pay $10 per ticket.

Our Theatre School programs are offered below cost, and in some cases at no cost to schools or parents. Registration fees cover 70% of program expenses, with the balance coming from donations and grants.

These prices reflect the economic realities of school board arts funding and of household incomes in Niagara. Charging the full cost per show or per educational program would create financial barriers for many of Niagara’s children, 1 in 7 of whom live in households with incomes below the poverty line.

Carousel Players is able to access support from governments and foundations, but we need support of the private sector to help take us the final steps to our goal of removing all financial barriers between Niagara’s young people and the proven benefits of experiencing theatre.

Recent Carousel Players Corporate History

2020/21 Annual Report | Financial Statements

2019/20  Annual Report | Financial Statements

2018/19  Annual Report | Financial Statements

2017/18  Annual Report | Financial Statements

2016/17  Annual Report | Financial Statements

Cost of a Play Pie Chart
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Interested in partnering with Carousel Players to bring theatre to Niagara’s children?

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