2022 Program

Thank you for coming to the 2022 TaDa! Performing Arts Festival!

Theatre Wakefield would like to thank everyone for helping us make this year’s TaDa! Festival such a success! We had splendid artists who dug deep to reveal vulnerable parts of themselves, recounting their stories with audacity and grace — and humour!  We had enthusiastic audiences, committed volunteers, the support of our business community and funders. Who could ask for more? 

Next year’s Festival returns to its regular time slot in September 2023 — see you then!!

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We welcome patrons onto the ancient territory of the Algonquin people, who for over 200 years have received all of us as their guests. Together, we recognize that we gather on land that is unceded Algonquin territory. We acknowledge this with respectful thanks, advocacy and action towards reparation and reconciliation. 

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you back to Theatre Wakefield’s TaDa! Performing Arts Festival! Our 2022 Festival features six shows: two stories about women by women, an Indigenous man’s spiritual journey, a drag queen cabaret, a children’s musician, and Seniors Create — a showcase of work where all the participants are over 60! We’re hosting two workshops and of course there will be a party to celebrate and support our community of artists after so much hardship. In their honour, this year’s event features performers almost exclusively from our region.

A whole roster of volunteers and staff work tirelessly each year to put on the festival, offering activities for the whole family and this year is no exception. No wonder we say that TaDa! is a breath of fresh air on the festival circuit!

Please read our COVID-19 Protocols here

View below for details on each show and to buy a ticket, or go directly to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/cc/tada-performing-arts-festival-227779

Thursday May 26 at 7:00pm


La Fab Sur Mill
8 Mill Road, Chelsea

Co-Created and performed by:
Albert Dumont with Phil Jenkins

Directed by:
Bruce Sinclair

For all audiences/
70 min | English

A co-production with Wakefield Writers Fête

Friday May 27 at 7:00pm


Centre Wakefield LaPêche
38, ch de la Vallée de Wakefield 

Written and Performed by:
Mary Ellen MacLean

Co-directed by:
Mary-Colin Chisholm

Co-created by:
Christian Murray

Suggested for audience 12+ years of age
60 min | English

Saturday May 28 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Free Workshop:
Physical Playwriting!

La Fab Sur Mill,
8 Mill Road, Chelsea

Given by:
Mary Ellen MacLean
With Rae Maitland

For participants 16 +
120 Min | English

Saturday May 28 at 2:00pm

Family Show:
Sing Song Party Time

Centre Wakefield LaPêche
38, ch de la Vallée de Wakefield 

Performed by:
Derek McKinley

With guest artist:
Allysann Foehring

For families with kids under 10
60 min | English

Saturday May 28 at 4pm

Getting Ready with the Queen!

Ever wonder how drag queens get ready? Join Aimee Yoncé as she gets ready to perform, and you’ll soon see that “everything is fake!”

This is your chance to watch a master at work: a professional drag queen spends hours on make-up preparing for her performance and Aimee’s got it down to an art. In watching her amazing transformation, you can ask Aimee any questions about the art form and what drew her to it as she pulls herself together for the evening’s show. This event takes place backstage and will be lively and fun! It’s FREE but you must register as space is limited.

Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29
at 8:30pm

Drag Queen & King Cabaret

La Fab Sur Mill,
8 Mill Road, Chelsea

Performed by:
Aimee Yoncé Shennel 
Kashmir Doll
Kimmy Couture
Oliver Twisted
Ruby Foxglove

Mature Content | in English
Saturday show is 2-1/2 hours | Sunday show is 1-1/2 hours

Sunday May 29 at 2:00pm

Once Upon Our Time

Centre Wakefield LaPêche
38, ch de la Vallée de Wakefield 

Performed by:
Teresa Bandrowska, Louise Chatelain, Pat Cummings, Paula Dugdale, Gilly Griffin, Jon Pierce, Brenda Lee Wilson

Set Design and Props by:
Bente Baklid, Burt Blaisdell, Chris Corcoran, Irène Halang, Jisèle Charlton, Leslie Mills, Marilyn Smith, Patricia MacGowan, Rachel Lalonde

For all audiences
60 min | English

Sunday May 29 at 6:00pm


La Fab Sur Mill,
8 Mill Road, Chelsea

Written and Performed by
Rae-Anna Maitland

Dramaturge and Director
Mary Ellen MacLean

For all audiences
60 min | English

Many thanks to our generous government funders:

And a tip of the hat to our partners: