BarnDoor Productions, Perth's original community theatre

 

About Us

BarnDoor Productions is Perth, Ontario's original community theatre.  An outgrowth of Perth's original professional summer theatre (Perth Summer Theatre 1983-1992), BDP is a sole-proprietorship owned by David and Janice Jacklin. BDP has been described as
"a professional company who work with amateurs"
in creating theatre of a quality "that belies its amateur status" (The Perth Courier).

Established in 1995, we have presented nearly 100 productions in a dozen venues across the region.  In 1997, we were instrumental in the creation and development of Perth's Studio Theatre and were the Resident Production Company there until events in the fall of 2008 left us looking for a new home.

While continuing to stage as many productions as we could in various venues, we acquired and renovated Charlie's Carwash, at 26 Craig Street, a well-known Perth landmark, turning the circa-1947 building into our new home.

The new theatre was created largely through volunteer labour.  From initial drawings and plans to heavy construction work to final decorating, more than 50 people donated time, energy and materials to the facility.  We also drew on re-used and re-cycled materials wherever possible.  For instance, the panels of the stage front and proscenium arch used to be the panels of the car-wash's overhead doors and the seats are from Perth's 1915-1958 vaudeville theatre, the Balderson.

We are now into our fifth season at the Full Circle Theatre, and are working to improve the facility at every  opportunity.

In our first year of operations at Full Circle Theatre, we hosted events ranging from live drama and comedy, music and dance to cinema and vaudeville to simple meetings.  By our fourth season at FCT, we hosted 144 income-generating events.

The Full Circle Theatre is now widely recognized as the most comfortable, the most accessible and the most performer- and audience-friendly theatre in Perth.

In November of 2012, David and Janice Jacklin were (individually) awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,
"in recognition", as stated in the medal's citation, "of your contributions to Canada."



Left: The lobby of the Full Circle Theatre all dressed up for Christmas




Below: A Full House at Full Circle, December 2014
A full house at FCT
Wide screen at FCT


Left: Our wide-screen, hi-def video projection system in place, showing moveable proscenium returns and placement of screen.
for a short teaser of a new documentary on the music of the exciting Kate Reid, who played at FCT November 2012.  Our interest?  It features Full Circle Theatre in several shots and makes us look good!

And here's a link to a Youtube video of Kate performing -- shot entirely at FCT!


The Full Circle Theatre at 26 Craig Street, Perth, Ontario as seen in  August of 2015.


Below: The finale from our 2011 theatre opening gala, a video thank-you to all who helped us get there.

Full Circle Theatre specs:

General

Perth's only ground-level, fully barrier-free theatre


Air-conditioned

Excellent acoustics

On-site parking +  ample FREE adjacent street parking

8X8 loading door directly onto stage

102 fixed seats, raked 1-in-10
with 3 wheel-chair designated spaces
-- no seat further than 27 feet from stage

Assisted listening system in place

Flexible proscenium stage, 24" above audience level, 23' deep, 12' overhead, width variable from 25' to 35'

17' X 13' dressing room with attached, private performers' washroom

Audio

16 channel audio mixer into
500 watt, 5.1 surround sound system
250 watt active subwoofer
12-channel snake from stage to booth.

Multi-effects audio processor in place.

Variety of microphones available by arrangement

Lighting

48 channel Strand LightBoard M
Northlight Decode24 DMX-to-analogue converter
2  12 X 1.2kW LDS dimmer boxes
12 X 10-amp FOH circuits
12 X 10-amp over-stage circuits
(24 channels total)

FOH lights:
10 X 500 watt Altman 360Q
2 X 500 watt Strand Coolbeam Zoom
Over stage lights:
14 X 500 watt 6" Fresnel on 2 elecs over stage
various Par and flood strips available

Projection

Digital projection system
20' X11' rear projection screen.
Multi-disc, High-Def Blu-Ray capability
Secondary 9' X 7' screen available

Misc.
In house WurliTzer 4800 concert organ available

Full time friendly proprietors with combined experience of over 70 years in theatre at every level, from scholastic to fully professional.


Click on the graphic above for a saveable and printable plan of the FCT stage and house.

Stage dimensions indicated are from construction plans and may vary by a few inches.

Full Circle Theatre Operations Manual 2014.pdf Full Circle Theatre Operations Manual 2014.pdf
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Above is a PDF version of the Full Circle Theatre Operations Manual, with details on building and technical systems.