Wagonstage Theatre

You're Invited: Happy 50th Birthday Wagonstage!

We invite you and your family to join us in celebrating! Please register to attend the Wagonstage 50th Anniversary Party.

Come to see "Bev the Builder" show first at 11:30 a.m. or join us for the party at noon. The birthday party will be a family-friendly event with cupcakes, punch, lemonade, and popcorn! Featuring newspaper party hats and alumni telling their favourite stories from their years with Wagonstage.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Time: 11:30 a.m. showtime, party to follow
Location: Springboard containR site
(1020 2 Ave NW, Calgary)

Outdoor Performances

We encourage you to bring your own chair, pillow or blanket, and to wear sunscreen and weather appropriate clothing.

contain R by Springboard Performance

Address: 1020 - 2 Ave NW, Calgary

From June 27 to Sept 5
Sunday at 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (Aug. 8 - 11:00 a.m. only)
Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

$5 (single tickets) / $20 (bubble - up to 8 people). Tickets are available through Springboard Performance's website or at the door.

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Summer of COVID-19

Important notes

  1. Performances are weather permitting —check our Facebook page for any cancellations.
  2. If you or anyone in your household has a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, or is a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the event.
  3. Please bring into the event space only the necessities. (For example small purse/bag, keys, water bottle, etc.). There will be no coat check or storage available at the event so anything you bring in must be kept with you.
  4. There will be no water fountains available during the event as per Alberta Health Services guidelines, so please ensure you bring your own water bottle or drinking container.

Safety first

All performances will be in full compliance with the public health restrictions implemented by the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary, including keeping a distance of at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) between you and others at the event. The University of Calgary is taking a cautionary approach for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Each decision that we make is based on factual information, advice and guidance from our health and emergency experts on campus, and through our consultations with the various agencies.

About the show

Each year, for half a century, the University of Calgary has engaged young artists in work integrated learning through Wagonstage, a touring theatre ensemble. Emerging artists from the School of Creative and Performing Arts write, design, direct, and present these popular summer performances at various locations throughout the city.

With the goal of creating and sustaining a vibrant community for all Calgarians, UCalgary Wagonstage Theatre has performed and uplifted families through both good times and bad times. Children ages 3-12 and their families are welcome to enjoy a performance that will make them giggle and wiggle.

This year’s short plays haven been written, designed, and directed by MFA students, and will be performed by undergraduate drama students. The 30 minute show is jam packed with masks, puppets, juggling and physical comedy. It's a bubble fuelled spectacular for the whole family!


Bev the Builder

by Maggie Kwong

Meet a young beaver named Bev who lives in a river with her parents. Bev is trying to learn how to fix a hole that has formed in her dam, but the water in the river is moving very fast, and the sticks Bev adds to the dam keep getting washed away. Frustrated yet determined, Bev sets out on her own to find ways to build the dam, and meet some other forest animals who try to give her some advice along the way.

Shark Bite

by Meredith Taylor Parry

A one-act play about a grandfather, who hunts and traps animals, and likes life in the quiet wood, and a granddaughter, who is vegan and loves her iPhone. They don’t see the world through the same lens. But when trouble hits, they learn who they can count on.

*This show will only take place at the pre-registered seniors' residences.

Cast and Creative Team


Amber Billingsley
Alison Bloxham
Joseph McManus


Jovanni Sy


Lindsey Zess

Wagonstage crowdfunding campaign

Wagonstage is thrilled to announce the launch of its crowdfunding campaign to help build the Wagonstage Children's Theatre Endowment fund.

Help us build the endowment fund

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wagonstage Children's Theatre by helping us raise $50K (or more!) to support the next 50 years and beyond.

$50 for 50 more years campaign aims to raise $50,000 from June 2021 – May 2022.

UCrowdfund is the university’s crowdfunding platform for projects initiated by UCalgary faculty, researchers, students and alumni.

When you support a UCrowdfund campaign, 100 per cent of your gift goes to the project and you receive a tax receipt for your full donation.

For more information or to donate

About our partners

This summer, we are proud to partner with containR by Springboard Performance and One Health at UCalgary.

containR by Springboard Performance

containR by Springboard Performance is an Art Park made of retrofit shipping containers. Connecting communities through art and creative ideas, containR is distinctly Calgary, a vibrant meeting place and an experiment in cultural placemaking. Springboard Performance is a Calgary-based non-profit organization devoted to connecting artists, audiences and community to the body and mind through physical contemporary creation and public space activation. springboardperformance.com/containr

One Health at UCalgary

One Health at UCalgary was founded in 2019 with funding as an emerging, cross-cutting research theme from the Office of the Vice-President (Research). We are committed to tackling complex problems at the convergence of people, animals, and the environment and the underlying economic and social factors that determine the opportunities for health across all ecosystems. For more about One Health: research.ucalgary.ca/one-health