Brighton Barn Theatre is housed in the Proctor-Simpson Barn, which was moved from the farm of Rene and Jerry Simpson at the west end of the original Town of Brighton to its present site in Proctor Park in 1999. The original barn was built in the 1880s; reconstruction began in 2000 and the building was ready for use in July, 2001. Further additions and modifications were completed in 2003.
Brighton Barn Theatre provides financial support for the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), a charitable organization dedicated to restoring and maintaining Proctor House Museum, a historical Brighton landmark. Furthermore, the barn is also partly a museum with interesting period displays in the downstairs lobby area.
The theatre itself has a maximum seating of 125 and all patrons enjoy a close, unobstructed view of the stage. The post and beam construction, soaring ceiling and warm wooden interior provide a cosy setting to enjoy the productions. In addition, the barn is completely heated, air-conditioned and it is wheelchair accessible.
Our debut performance in the spring of 2002 was a 12-night run of the comedy Play On!, directed by Steve Turl, assisted by Kathy Lacasse. This zany play attracted a large first-time audience, and utilized a whole village of talented backstage personnel, most of whom are still faithfully helping out with our productions today.
Besides offering comedy and drama in our regular schedule, we frequently offer a summer production which is often musical in nature. Several of these musicals have revolved around the World War II invasion of Normandy and were written by a local author. They were presented as a radio broadcast featuring songs and skits appropriate to the wartime years. Part of the proceeds of these shows was donated toward the construction of the Juno Beach Memorial to the Canadian participation in the invasion of Normandy.
Just before Christmas, we present a weekend production that entertains with many of the season’s favourite songs. Theatre patrons look forward to the limited run of this production each year as the music and heartwarming dialogue help everyone get into the Christmas spirit.
Brighton Barn Theatre occasionally participates in the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival, where we have garnered numerous “Best of” nominations. We were pleased to receive the award for:
- Belleville Theatre Guild Award Acting Award - Best Individual Female performance
- Brighton Barn Theatre - Trifles
- Kathy Lacasse as Mrs Peters
In addition, BBT donated the trophy for the EODL People’s Choice Award.