Overthinking Valentines Plans? Try Drinks, Chocolate & A Few Laughs

So, you’re looking for something that’s a little different than your usual dinner and wine routine?  Single and want a night out with friends to celebrate your independence?  Just started dating and the intensity of a quiet meal is awkward?  You’ve been married for 30 years and you’re just over the hearts and flowers?  Well, have we got the night for you!


VOS Theatre director J.P. Baldwin chose Speed Date and Check Please: Take 2 because they’re plays that entertain without being heavy. “Whether you’re currently single, casually dating, a serial monogamist or been married for years, we can promise that you will identify with some of the characters you meet! The 2 one act plays we are presenting take the audience through the good, bad and well….just plain strange world of break ups, dating and relationships.”

The staged reading features actors Heather Town, Khursheed Sethna, Krista Sluiman, Jules Osen, Dan Fraleigh and Chris Ketola.

Doors open at Dalewood at 6:45 p.m. where you’ll find the bar is open so you can enjoy a pre-show cocktail.  The good news is you’ll pass the dessert buffet on your way to the bar. “Valentines Day is all about chocolate! Chef Jennifer Robson recommends, “Treat yourself to our decadent buffet of cakes, square and chocolate covered strawberries.” Guests are welcome to enjoy some sweets before the staged reading or at intermission.



We caught up with Marketing representative for Dalewood, Aimee Tedford who told us “We are so happy to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with VOS Theatre on three theatrical presentations this year. It has certainly expanded our horizons as to what we can offer as a club to both the public and our members. We look forward to partnering with VOS THEATRE on new and exciting projects for the 2018-2019 season.


Tickets are available at the door so don’t miss out if you didn’t plan ahead but we’d love for you to book your tickets online so we have an idea as to how many strawberries to dip.

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Fun, Food and Music – a great way to start the season

Audience members were treated to a spectacular Christmas dinner on December 1 followed by a show filled with Christmas musical favourites. Christmas at Dalewood was a very successful evening and a great way to start the holiday season! Our thanks to all involved.

The next opportunity to enjoy  Dalewood’s stellar food and two play readings will be on February 10th. Bring your BFF, your partner or make it a girl’s night out! Tickets are on sale now.


Want to be involved?

Producer Florence Fletcher is looking for help with the Valentines Readings. She would love to have a couple of people assist with gathering a few props and costume pieces. Remember, this is a reading not a show so the list of items needed is not long. No experience is necessary and the time commitment isn’t onerous. It’s a perfect way for you to get your feet wet and enjoy the fabulous experience of working with the Dalewood team. It’s been so much fun working at this venue. As Florence says “the more we work together the more fun we have!”

Please give her a call at 905-372-9010 or email her for more information at fflectcher3@cogeco.ca


Do you not agree that Mindy’s is the best cheesecake alive?

We are well underway with the production of Guys and Dolls. The show has been cast and initial music rehearsals took place in December. The cast and crew meet up again on January 7 to begin the work of bringing this classic to the stage.

Visit http://www.vostheatre.com/Shows/Guys-and-Dolls-2018.aspx to view the cast list or to purchase tickets. If you would like to be a part of the fun, email theatre@vostheatre.com. We are always looking for folks who want to work backstage. It (pssst………..if you sew Laurie Sandziuk has some glorious projects for you)


Watch our website for information about the Ruth Harcort Scholarship available for those who are off to post secondary education next year!






Our Friend Mary Ann Gingrich


She was kind at her core. She was our surrogate grandma, our friend and she had the best laugh. 

VOS THEATRE lost a member of our family on Saturday. Mary Ann Gingrich has been with us since our inception, appearing in our first show in 1991. This past season she was involved in two of our three productions. She ran our props tables, stage managed for the first time in February and danced and  sang in our choruses, many with her husband Merle, for 26 years.  She appeared in all three VOS productions of White Christmas as a chorus member and Ed Sullivan’s secretary. When the spotlight hit her in that black dress with the big pink bow as Ed’s Secretary you couldn’t help but smile. She really was spectacular .  

She was always early  with a bag of wine gums in hand and quietly went about ensuring that everyone was taken care of. Kindness and fun was not something she worked at; it’s who she was. 

When we think of Mary Ann, we’ll see her backstage during the overture of White Christmas, dancing the jitterbug in her silver running shoes sporting a huge smile.  

We know you’re somewhere playing the spoons, bopping around in a great pair of shoes. We sure will miss you, lady! 

Our love and thoughts are with her husband Merle and family. 


VOS Theatre 2017-2018 Season Opens Friday!



Play Reading and Decadent Dessert Buffet

Fri, 29 September 2017

Doors: 6:45pm
Dessert Buffet and Cash Bar Open Throughout the Evening
Play Reading: 7:30pm

Dalewood Golf Club
7465 Dale Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4J7
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Tickets $20*

General Admission Seating

Available Online, By Phone & at the Door

 Book Online Now

Phone: 905-885-8409

*Plus ticket service fee.

This extremely popular two-character comedy/drama has enjoyed tremendous success both nationally and internationally since it premiered with Uta Hagan and David Hyde-Pierce.

“Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving”
– Hollywood Reporter



Dalewood Golf Club
7465 Dale Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4J7
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Tickets $50*

Reserved Seating

Available Online & By Phone

 Book Online Now

Phone: 905-885-8144 x201

*Plus ticket service fee.

Produced by: Heather Town
Music Direction: Angela Main

Spend a glorious evening with the area’s finest performers and leave in the spirit of the season. VOS THEATRE presents Christmas at Dalewood, an evening of festive food and music. Arrive early and enjoy a cocktail with friends in this beautiful venue and prepare for a feast of your favourite seasonal foods at 6:30. After that last bite of trifle and sip of ‘nog you’ll enjoy the Season’s most popular selections sung by a cast of your favourite musical theatre performers.



Dalewood Golf Club
7465 Dale Road
Cobourg, ON K9A 4J7
View Map

Tickets $20*

General Admission Seating

Available Online, By Phone & at the Door

 Book Online Now

Phone: 905-885-8144 x201

 *Plus ticket service fee.

Whether it’s your BFF, your sweetheart or the ladies from the club – get together for a play reading double bill and decadent dessert buffet.

Speed Date by Janet Allard

It’s Valentine’s Day and the pressure is on. Seventeen crazy characters search for love in a round-robin game of speed dating. Everyone’s in on the action: a hopeless people-pleaser, a Frenchman, a guy hung up on his previous girlfriends, an art therapist, a clown and more. They’re desperate, chatty, needy, strange…. and the clock is ticking. Will they find love before time runs out?

Check Please: Take 2 by Jonathan Rand

Soon after their relationship ends, Guy and Girl are forced by their well-intentioned friends to plunge back into the dating pool. Unfortunately that pool is filled with foot-reading psychics, frustrated polygamists, and extreme accountants. And pirates. But are the blind dates really that unbearable? Yes. Yes they are.



$24.50* for groups of 10 or more
* Plus ticket service fee.




$24.50* for groups of 10 or more

* Plus ticket service fee.

Announcing the VOS Theatre Musicals for 2018

The VOS Theatre Annual General Meeting was held on June 21st, and Executive Producer Florence Fletcher was pleased to announce 2 upcoming major musical productions for 2018 – Guys and Dolls in April, and The Music Man in November.

vos theate 2018

Also announced were 3 exciting Entertainment Events at Dalewood Golf Club.  Fabulous food, a lovely venue, and performances by VOS THEATRE in September 2017, December 2017 and February 2018.

Dalewood Golf Club

More details to follow!

VOS Theatre 2016/2017 Season Announced

VOS Theatre presents WHITE CHRISTMAS

November 17-26, 2016

It’s a family holiday tradition!

VOS presents the quintessential holiday classic WHITE CHRISTMAS opening November 17th at Victoria Hall.   Don’t wait to reserve your seats – tickets to this family musical will disappear quickly! Book now to avoid disappointment.

With a Creative Team of Florence Fletcher, J.P. Baldwin and Liz Clark, the production includes a live orchestra lead by Jill Baker, with Vocal Direction by Angela Main.

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

White Christmas
The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
November 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm
November 19, 20, 26 – matinee

Tickets available online soon – in the meantime call the box office 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Inc.

December 2016

A VOS Christmas Cabaret returns in December

Now a tradition in it’s own right, the VOS will host a Christmas Cabaret with your favourite performers, tasty treats, and large dollop of holiday cheer! Stay tuned for more updates on this event.

VOS Theatre presents the Premiere Performances of A CERTAIN SINGING TEACHER

February 10,11 2017

A Premiere Performance Event

VOS is delighted to present the premiere performances of A Certain Singing Teacher, a play by renowned author Linda Hutsell-Manning of Cobourg, Ontario.  3 shows only, opening February 10th, 2017, directed by Florence Fletcher.

Linda Hutsell-Manning

Aspiring singer song-writer, Francine LaSalle leaves her philandering theatre agent partner, Allan Fairfax, to set herself up in small town Krammer’s Corners as a singing teacher. She gives versions of her one published song to her students. Meat market entrepreneur Antonio Pasquali who dreamed, when young, of an opera career has the opera version. Waitress Hillary Carlyle who emulates a rocker chick, has the pop version. Co-op worker Sam Saller who longs to attend Julliard works on an improvised jazz version. When the local radio station advertises a Talent Contest and Allan shows up as a judge, hilarious and improbable complications develop.


A Certain Singing Teacher
The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
February 10, 11 – 8pm
February 11 – 2pm

Presented by permission of the author.

April 2017

A VOS Coffee House Event

Stay tuned for more details on this event!


VOS Theatre presents Summer Theatre at Victoria Hall - 2017

July 2017

Summer Theatre returns to Victoria Hall
with a hit Canadian Musical

We can’t announce the title just yet, but don’t get your pig-tails in a knot, you’ll be able to buy tickets soon.  You won’t want to miss this heartwarming family show, especially on Canada’s 150th birthday!  Make beautiful Victoria Hall in Cobourg your summer destination next year, with opening night set for July 2017.

Announcing The 2016 Ruth Harcort Scholarship Recipient – Noah Lefrancois

Noah Lefrancois accepts the Ruth Harcort Scholarship from VOS President Joel Varty

The Scholarship

The Ruth Harcort Memporial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Northumberland County who is continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The Committee will select a candidate who has shown dedication to the arts (theatre, music, fine art) and exemplifies the characteristics that Ruth valued – inclusion, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and commitment.

The Lefrancois family

The Recipient

The recipient of the 2016 Ruth Harcourt Memorial Scholarship is Noah Lefrancois.  Noah has been involved with music and fascinated with musical instruments since he was in public school. He became a member of the Cobourg Concert Band in Grade 7 and was called upon by the west high school while he was still in public school to join their jazz band. He was also in his high school band.

But Noah did not win this scholarship because he plays 12 instruments (yes folks, 12!) and participated in a number of bands. He won it because he is an example of how involvement in the arts can enrich all aspects of your life and prepare you for the future.

Noah, who is attending McGill University in the fall to study physics will be playing for their football team The Redmen. He credits working with the Concert Band and learning leadership skills from section leaders for helping him to be a better football Captain. He told the selection committee that in working with these musicians taught him life skills he is able to apply because he was treated as a peer. His involvement made him a better section leader in his high school bands, on a better captain n the football field and a more relaxed human because he had music in his life which became not only a creative outlet but a stress-free way in which to express himself.

Noah Lefrancois, is an athlete, an exceptional student and a musician who believes in sharing his love and knowledge of music so that it can benefit others. He believes in mentoring the way he was mentored himself. He displayed and communicated commitment, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and VOS is proud to award him with the Ruth Harcort Scholarship.