The Burl-Oak Theatre Group was established in 1976 with a small but enthusiastic nucleus of people who valued the arts in general and putting on plays in particular. They wanted an outlet for their dramatic and organizational talents and to give back to the community by providing enjoyable entertainment with a local flavour.
Burl-Oak’s first presentation was a workshop production of four one-act plays performed at Sheridan College in Oakville, followed by Plaza Suite at the same venue. We then moved over to Nelson High School in Burlington to perform Barefoot in the Park.
In 1977, after a week of official ceremonies, the group opened the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts with The Odd Couple. Even at that early stage, Burl-Oak was developing a reputation for comedy. For a change of pace we presented Murder in Company at Hopedale Church.
From that time onward, all of our productions have been mounted at the Oakville Centre. Check out our History.
Our members are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of theatre, to improve their skills by attending workshops, and putting the knowledge gained to good use. Most of our productions are directed by our own members.
In 1979, we combined with The Oakville Players and Everyman Theatre Company in a subscription series of seven plays and opened the Oakville Drama Series’ first season with Private Lives.
In 2012, the Burl-Oak Theatre Group re-launched itself as an indepdendent community theatre group. We will continue to perform our three annual mainstage plays at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. But we are now free to mount additional productions at the new Black Box Theatre in the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.
BOTG has been awarded an Ontario Trillium Grant to support us.
High production values, great entertainment
Whether it's for watching or participating, the Burl-Oak Theatre Group specializes in quality award-winning productions that everyone can enjoy.
At BOTG we produce three, full-length live plays each season.The Plays run from fall to spring at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in Oakville, Ontario. Members, who are all volunteers, take great pride in each production as they create the magic of theatre for audiences coming from Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga and the surrounding area. Click Here to join us!
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Burl-Oak Theatre Group members, from Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington and the surrounding communities, are of all ages from young adult to senior citizen, with many families included. We specialize in welcoming newcomers, so don't worry if you've never been involved in theatre before. We hadn't either until we first joined the group.
We produce three full-length plays each season at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Oakville Drama Series: one each in fall, winter, and spring. We vary our productions, emphasizing quality in our work whether it is a British farce, a Broadway comedy, or a favourite traditional or modern classic. We are very proud of all the awards our shows have won through the years.
Burl-Oak is also expanding our audience by performing in the new Black Box Studio in the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre.
If you are looking for a hobby or pastime that will keep your mind and body active, where you will meet lots of bright and interesting people, where you can learn new and useful skills or use the ones you already have, why not become a member of the group?
As a member you will receive a monthly newsletter, the BOTG Blast, containing upcoming events, audition notices, performing arts notices from the Association of Community Theatres in Central Ontario, requests for help on a production, as well as opportunities to participate in workshops and social events.
The BOTG Studio is located in Oakville:
1290 Speers Road Unit 12
Oakville Ontario L6L 2X4
(905) 825-0138 (Messages Only)
Email: info[a]botg.ca (or fill out the form on the right)