Buy Tickets 2024

Welcome Foster Friends!

Welcome to The Norm Foster Theatre Festival’s Ticketing Page. Below you will find more details about our shows and ticket information. 


Advertised ticket pricing is all-inclusive pricing. The price you see is the price you pay!

2024 Regular Subscriptions

Pick 3               $144

Pick 2               $98


Subscriptions are for our Mainstage Summer Season

2024 Mainstage Tickets

Adult                            $55

Senior                          $50

Comedy Night Tickets

Event Ticket                $75

2024 Group Tickets

Groups (10+) 

> please call Lou Bradley, Group Sales Manager to book, 1-844-735-4832 x.4

2024 Youth & Arts Worker

> please call the Box Office for special pricing & to reserve your seats, 1-844-735-4832 x.3

To purchase tickets online to individual shows, please scroll down the page for more information. A seating chart for the Mandeville Theatre is shown at the bottom of this page.


Give the best of Foster to someone special. Gift Certificates never expire and can be given for any value or denomination you wish! Certificates can be redeemed for tickets to any Norm Foster Theatre Festival show or event.

2024 Surprise Subscriptions

Pick 2 & Pick 3 Surprise Subscriptions


Fill Your Summer with Laughter! See all 3 Foster Comedies during our Mainstage Summer Season & get the Best Deal! Our Foster Festival Subscriptions offer the very best value for our loyal Foster Fans. PLUS, subscribers pay less on handling fees (per ticket!).


Subscribers will also have access to exclusive discounts for additional special events and programming in 2024 that are offered outside of our regular summer season schedule.


During our 2024 Summer Season, The Foster Festival is offering 2 Norm Foster World Premieres and 1 Greatest Hit (our Foster Friends are sure to be excited for this one!). 


Full season of shows listed below.

Those Movies by Norm Foster

World Premiere!
Directed by Lisa Horner
July 4 – 14, 2024

Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College, St. Catharines

Starring Jamie Cavanagh, Dana Fradkin, Heather McGuigan, and Tyler Lionel Parr


Harry and Patrick are best friends. Patrick needs somewhere to stay for a few weeks, so he moves in with Harry. Harry works at the local Hospital as the north barrier gate operator and he has recently drummed up the courage to ask the south barrier gate operator, Millie Bell, out on a date. She’s expected to arrive at Harry’s apartment any minute. Millie’s cousin Chelsea is visiting from out-of-town and Millie does not want to leave Chelsea alone at home. Suddenly the couples find themselves on a double-date. Patrick worries that the evening will unfold like one of “Those Movies” and Chelsea is going to fall head over heels for him. Is Patrick right? Will the evening unfold like one of “Those Movies?” A heartwarming tale about how love can surprise you and be found in unexpected places…perhaps not always in the romantic sense.


Running time: 2 hours



Whit’s End by Norm Foster

World Premiere!
Directed by Jamie Williams
July 25 – August 4, 2024

Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College, St. Catharines

Starring Melanie Janzen, Peter Krantz, David Rowan, and Caroline Toal


Whit is a letter carrier a week away from retirement. He and his partner Nikki, a retired fiduciary, have plans for a fresh start in Kelowna. Nikki, retirement, and Kelowna are unknown to Whit’s children Steven, a 33-year-old pharmaceutical rep, and Erica, a keyboard player in a Montreal dining  establishment, who he has invited home to share his exciting news. Steven and Erica are expecting news of an entirely different kind.  A comedy of errors ensues in this delightfully funny Foster play about love and family as each character examines the meaning of commitment.

Whit’s End Tickets

Running time: 2 hours


The Melville Boys by Norm Foster

40th Anniversary Production!
Directed by Emily Oriold
August 15 – 25, 2024

Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College, St. Catharines

Starring Sean Dolan, Isaiah Kolundzic, Emily Lukasik, and Kelly J Seo


Perhaps Norm Foster’s most famous play! The Foster Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of the play that launched Foster’s career as a playwright back in 1984. A relaxing weekend trip full of fishing, football, and beer is on the agenda for the Melville brothers, Owen and Lee. But weekend plans are suddenly thrown for a loop when the boys meet two attractive sisters, who inadvertently change more than their agenda. In this modern Canadian classic, Norm Foster offers a lighthearted comedy full of vigour about brotherhood, family, and the unexpected.

The Melville Boys Tickets

Running time: 2 hours



Canadian Comedy Night

A Fundraising Event for The Foster Festival
August 20, 2024

Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College, St. Catharines


Join us for an evening of laughter and libations in support of The Foster Festival’s Artists and Artistic Programming! 


Featuring great Canadian Comedians: Joanne O’Sullivan (writer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Baroness Von Sketch Show); Deborah Kimmett (CBC’s The Debators and Laugh Out Loud); Evan Carter (CBC’s The Debators and Comedy Specials on CBC and The Comedy Network)…and more!


Event begins at 6PM with a pre-show reception in the Lobby.


Running time: 3 hours


World Premiere of New Play

By a Canadian Playwright
Directed by Jamie Williams

Location: TBA



One of the three plays featured during our spring Fostered Playwrights Festival will be chosen to receive a full production at The Foster Festival in Nov 2024.



All 2024 Season Subscribers receive an exclusive 20% discount on single tickets for this world premiere, the fourth production of our 2024 Season.



The chosen play will be announced in June 2024.


Running time: 2 hours

This show is not a part of our 2024 Mainstage Summer Subscription Series.


A Niagara Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Jamie Williams
Directed by Lisa Horner
December 7-8, 2024

Staged Reading
The Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College


Join us for a staged reading of our newly adapted Canadian version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in partnership with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Welland Canal Company and the construction of the Canal itself, we are taking Dickens’ beloved holiday ghost story and setting it in 19th century St. Catharines at the time of the Canal’s build. A Niagara Christmas Carol is a uniquely Canadian take on the traditional story of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s redemption and will be directed by Lisa Horner, performed by some of your favourite Foster Festival personalities. 


Tickets for this holiday event will go on sale in late June 2024.


Running time: 2 hours

This show is not a part of our 2024 Mainstage Summer Subscription Series.

Norm Foster’s 75th Birthday Bash Fundraiser

Club Roma, St. Catharines
Feb 11, 2024, 12pm-3pm


2024 is starting off with a bang at The Foster Festival with Norm Foster’s 75th Birthday Bash!


This event is in support of The Foster Festival’s Local Hero Program and our benefiting charitable partners. The Festival, in partnership with our charitable partners, have created a program which focuses on providing free tickets to any Foster Festival performance for members of our community who may not be able to attend otherwise due to social or economic barriers. Our charitable partners include Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, Walker Family Cancer Centre, Pelham Cares, Community Living St. Catharines, Hospice Niagara, Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara, and Project Share. 


Enjoy a family-style pasta lunch at Club Roma with entertainment provided by some of your favourite Foster Festival artists. Our guest of honour is Norm Foster himself!


This event is no longer available.

Fundraiser TICKETS

Running time: 3 hours

Tables of 10: Reserved Seating

Fostered Playwrights Festival

Three New Canadian Plays, three public readings
April 5, 6, 7 2024

Cave Spring Vineyard, Beamsville, ON


In accordance with its mandate, The Foster Festival has initiated its new play development program, developing new Canadian comedies by playwrights other than the company’s namesake. After reading 72 submissions of new plays from across the country, the Festival has selected three new works to feature in their first annual Fostered Playwrights Festival, a weekend of professionally performed and directed readings. The 2024 selections include Time and Tide by Jody Stevens McCluskey (NS), Mechanically Inclined by Steve Ross (ON), and Go for Gold, Audrey Pham by Camille Pavlenko (AB).


Foster Festival audiences will have an opportunity to provide constructive feedback following each reading during a Q&A session.

Fostered playwrights festival tickets

Length of each public reading event will vary.

Ship to Shore by Norm Foster

Starring Emily Oriold & Jamie Williams
May 22-24, 26 & 28, 2024

St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre


Ahoy! The Foster Festival presents a new, hilarious comedy by Norm Foster! Join us for another site-specific theatrical experience, this time at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, Lockview Lounge.


Two strangers, an ocean cruise, a chance encounter. A recipe for romance.…or disaster? James and Erin, both en route to Ireland for deeply personal reasons, find themselves acting as mirrors reflecting each others’ foibles, failures, and fears as they navigate their journey towards what awaits each of them on the Emerald Isle. Norm Foster’s latest comedy about chance encounters will have you laughing on the high seas!


If you enjoyed our production of The Christmas Tree, you will also love this quaint and intimate theatrical experience.ut chance encounters will have you laughing on the high seas!


Running Time: 2 hours

This show is not a part of our 2024 Mainstage Summer Subscription Series. It is an added pop-up event.

Mandeville Theatre Seating Chart - Summer 2024

Thank you to our 2024 Season Supporters