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Old School Performances

Traditionally, theatre is not designed with the needs of seniors and children in mind.

Old School performances render the arts accessible in content and format. Performances are designed to take place in a variety of spaces to reach audiences and participants who may not have the means to attend theatre performances in large venues. 

By the Sea

This is not a traditional musical experience. Audience members will be invited to participate in the action and explore sensory aspects related to the subject of living by the ocean, through touch, scent, sight, and rich musical sound. Audience members who may need additional support in engaging with the performance are welcome to have a family member attend, or a staff member assist them. The show is non-verbal which means that it allows for folks to engage and enjoy without the encumbrance of needing to understand language or follow a plot.


The show was written by Claire Rouleau and Erin Winsor. The production of By the Sea was funded by the New Horizons for Seniors program with the goal of making the arts more accessible for those living with dementia. It was created with the participation and influence of seniors from our community in St. John’s, NL. The show features music recorded by Jodee Richardson, Andrew Dale (of The Once), and Dave Rowe, and is performed by Claire Rouleau and Erin Winsor.


The show is approx. 45 minutes and is followed by a meet and greet with performers, venue permitting.

By the Sea Poster (8.5 × 11 in) (1).png


Grandpals is a play with music, written by Claire Rouleau and Erin Winsor to honour intergenerational friendships. It is based on a true story of how two individuals of different generations developed a friendship, initially based on music but to their surprise realized they had lots to talk about and to learn from one another. With top hit music from the past, Grandpals will show you a friendship like you've never seen before.

Grandpals comes with an optional pre or post-workshop with audience members to explore themes of the show with an Old School facilitator as well as a meet and greet with the cast after the show.

*Check back for updates on when Grandpals will be available.

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