OTF grant sets the Theatrical Stage for those living with disabilities

On Thursday June 27th, MPP Rick Byers took to the stage, just before the Roxy Theatre’s production of ‘Sound of Stars’ began, to formally congratulate the theatre on the work it’s done since receiving a $197,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant in 2022 from the province’s Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

(L-R) Lacey Mooney (Star Company Coordinator), Corry Lapointe (Owen Sound Little Theatre Board President), Owen Both (Star Company Performer) Rick Byers (MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), Mike Tettenborn (Owen Sound Little Theatre Treasurer)

A portion of the grant was used by the Owen Sound Little Theatre, and the Roxy Star Company, to create a performance-based program for adults with disabilities in Grey and Bruce Counties to showcase their performing skills in front of an audience.

Congratulations to the Roxy Theatre on your success in receiving the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. It is so exciting to see the important ways this support is being used for programs and operations” said MPP Rick Byers.

The two-year long OTF grant helped the theatre company with several tasks ranging from recruiting, training and supporting its volunteers and staff, to meeting enhanced health and safety protocols and then finally, to expand programming for adults with disabilities and youth. And regarding the latter, the grant ensured all expenses were covered from rental space, show materials, t-shirts for participants and tech requirements.

“This program would not be possible without this grant,” said Lacey Mooney, Star Company Coordinator. “Not having to worry about any financial concerns has allowed us to create a memorable program that is life changing for everyone involved.”

The Roxy Star Company is part of The Roxy/Owen Sound Little Theatre in Owen Sound. The Roxy Star Company provides a unique and empowering opportunity for individuals with diverse abilities to shine in the spotlight. Through the transformative power of drama, participants not only learn acting techniques but also gain self-confidence, improved communication, and teamwork. The theatre becomes a stage for these remarkable individuals to share their talents and stories, breaking down barriers and inspiring both the cast and the audience.

“Whether it’s helping people learn new things, connect with their community, or simply have fun, organizations like the Roxy and the Owen Sound Little Theatre deliver experiences that make a difference,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Gaming. “That’s why grant support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is so important. This funding will help ensure that this remains at the heart of the community for decades to come.”

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation: (OTF) is an agency of the Ontario government with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. Last year, OTF invested more than $110M into 1,044 community projects and multi-sector partnerships. Projects aim to enhance economic well-being, foster more active lifestyles, support child and youth development, provide spaces for people to come together and connect, and create a more sustainable environment. Visit otf.ca to learn more.