STF

Entertaining, Enlightening, Engaging

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Region: 8 – Newfoundland and Labrador

Mission
Stephenville Theatre Festival is committed to the production of diverse professional theatre that engages, enlightens and entertains audiences.

Mandate
To enriched the economic, artistic and cultural sectors of the Town of Stephenville and become an anchor event  for the tourism of the Bay St. George area. The Festival has provided training and hands on experience for numerous artists, many of whom are now counted among Canada’s top professionals. Further, the Festival provides seasonal jobs for many local residents.

Current Season:

The 41th Season of STF runs from July 12 - August 11

In the spirit of Rent and Hair, the rock fueled stage play was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. AMERICAN IDIOT, is a harrowing story of modern disaffected youth. The alarmingly relevant social commentary illustrates the struggles of destructive relationships, drug abuse and the horrors of war, all against the backdrop of a politically and socially divided America.

A wonderful heartfelt new Canadian musical, BITTERGIRL, charts the breakups of three women (one single and dating, one cohabiting, one married with a child) and the painfully hilarious antics that ensue. With 60s girl group music punctuating the fast-paced, tender,and funny narrative, Bittergirl is insightful and honest storytelling at its best.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about a couple in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

This wildly creative adaptation of  ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a fantastic script for youth, Utilizing the talents of only two actors who portray all of  the beloved characters in the story. True to Carroll's original, this remarkable piece appeals to audiences of any age! This retelling of this classic story will utilize physical theatre technique and soundscaping rather than elaborate sets and props to capture the imagination of our audience.

Following the winning model of “Rocket Man” and “Piano Man”, this new dinner theatre show involves creative arrangements of the music of The Beatles, LET IT BE have four events at The Days Inn in Stephenville as well as touring to at least four other locations and venues in the Southwest region of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Created by the STF creative team and ensemble, along with members of the STF Young Company, this spectacular evening serves as the finale to our festival season. A celebration of song, dance and story, the STF GALA has become the “not to be missed” event of the summer.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

MUSICFEST, High Quality Local Talent - Big Concert Experience. MusicFEST has and will again feature a mix of contemporary music, classic rock, traditional music, and country.

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LIFE performed by 5 Stages, a Stephenville based comedy and performance troupe consisting of 4 women and 1 man who have been performing for close to two decades. Shows focus on music and storytelling and often feature wonderful four  part harmonies. Comedic transitions and interludes are materfully led by the talented Susan Fowlow.

ABCD have been writing and performing sketch comedy shows for over a decade. THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS performed to captive and lively audiences in the fall of 2018. The story follows two fictional local brothers and their perennial efforts to find legitimate work in contrast to their current and unending illegal livelihood. The brothers are joined by local musicians who perform musical pieces to underscore the show.

A brand new show, written specifically for the STF 2019 season featuring essential songs for any ULTIMATE NEWFOUNDLAND KITCHEN PARTY.  Selections will include songs from  Gerald S. Doyle’s collection along with contemporary favorites.  Traditional recitations and local stories will be added along with narration detailing the origins of the songs and their authors.

See a workshop of a new play, written by NL playwright Meghan Greeley, currently in development. HARMON is the story of the American Influence on the Town of Stephenville, and the greater Bay St. George Area, felt through the establishment of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base from 1941 to 1966 and beyond.

To purchase tickets, visit or call the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre Box Office at 709-643-4553, or by going online at: https://artsandculturecentre.com/stephenville/Online. For dinner theatre tickets visit or call Days Inn Stephenville at 709-643-6666.

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1979
  • Annual Budget: $400,000
  • Season Starts: July
  • Season Ends: August
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): APTNL Go Western NL Tourism Southwest