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Watching The Little Mermaid at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope

– Monday 27 August 2018 by Stenoodie Watching The Little Mermaid at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope

August 18, 2018: After a splendid dinner, we headed two minutes down the street in downtown Port Hope to the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (Capitol Theatre) to watch a musical!

I have loved watching musicals ever since I watched my first one in 2008 (ten years ago in fact!). Thus, when I found out that Port Hope had its very own theatre and that a Disney classic was going to be on stage, I was extremely excited and looking forward to it. As a huge musical theatre fan, it was another dream fulfilled to be able to watch a local production here in this perfect little town. It was the best evening entertainment after a full day of fun!

Glimmering lights in the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope
Glimmering lights just like how cinemas used to be

Sign for the Capitol Theatre
The Little Mermaid playing from August 14 to September 9, 2018

photo beside the Capitol Theatre sign in Port Hope
Yay! My first time watching a musical in Port Hope!

The Capitol Theatre is located right next to the Visitors Centre (where you can grab a free guide book to Port Hope and lots of helpful brochures about what to do in the town) at 20 Queen Street in the heart of downtown Port Hope, which is next to so many great restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. The Capitol Theatre is a beautiful theatre and actually the last of two only atmospheric theatres remaining in Canada! They offer both matinees and evening shows.

The Capitol Theatre is a fully equipped Proscenium Theatre which can seat up to 380 guests. The Capitol Theatre is one of only two of Canada’s remaining ‘atmospheric’ theatres. The interior of the theatre creates the experience of sitting in an outdoor medieval courtyard, under a blue sky with twinkling stars, and moving clouds. Fully restored to its original splendour of the 1930s, the theatre operates year-round, providing an exceptional indoor venue with an outdoor feel for theatre, concerts, films, private functions, and much more.

The Little Mermaid Tickets in Port Hope
The Little Mermaid musical tickets

The Capitol Theatre is a registered non-profit organization that raises approximately 55% of its annual operating budget from their box office receipts. Thus, they still have an annual shortfall in which they count on their supporters to help fulfill. Those interested can consider making a donation to Capitol Theatre. Your name can be engraved and placed on a seat inside the theatre or be engraved in the Capitol lobby Hall of Fame too!

Theatre foyer at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope
Theatre foyer

Under the sea background at The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope
A fun “under the sea” background to take pictures with

The cast of The Little Mermaid at the Capitol Theatre

Upon arriving for our 8 p.m. show, we arrived just in time to see that there were actually some pre-show performances by actors at the front of the stage. This seemed so neat and was indeed something not seen often in large theatres. They also announced the winners of a lottery for a cash prize.

An Atmospheric Theatre in Port Hope
An atmospheric theatre

I was so excited to see how they would show this Disney classic on stage!

It was indeed so neat to sit inside an atmospheric theatre and experience what it was like to watch a musical in such an environment. Throughout the musical, I liked how the colours of the lights shining on the walls and ceilings were synchronized with the set backgrounds so that the scenes were practically expanded beyond just the stage. It was very unique and something I’ve never seen before.

The Starting scene of The Little Mermaid in Port Hope
It was starting!

inside the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope
Medieval walls and sky

Capitol Theatre seats in Port Hope
It was gorgeous

The little mermaid program
Theatre program

The set design, talent of the cast, costumes of the Little Mermaid production, and staff of the theatre were all commendable. In particular, the roles of Ariel and Ursula were beyond imaginable in talent. I think most of us were blown away with the raw talent that was seen in the production!

The Little Mermaid was a wonderful family friendly musical to enjoy. 🙂 I’m so glad that I got to see this production!

Capitol Theatre has an accessible entrance, snack and drinks concession stand, and plenty of restrooms in an air conditioned space. The staff were so friendly too!

Concession stand at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope
Concession stands

Thank you Port Hope Tourism for arranging our tickets to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid! The Little Mermaid is on stage at the Capitol Theatre until September 9, 2018!

capitol theatre front shot of the outside.
Love the ‘old look’ of the theatre

FTC Disclaimer: Although the Municipality of Port Hope reached out and invited me to a complimentary visit to promote the businesses in Port Hope, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the Municipality or businesses.

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