Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre is dedicated to creating and producing quality, accessible theatre productions for children and families through improvisation and audience participation.
Cow Over Moon was founded in March 1995 by a group of grade 11 and 12 students at Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga. The troupe of volunteers performed adapted versions of classic fairy tales children’s stories in malls, schools and at special events in Mississauga. Since then the company has developed its unique way of retelling famous children’s stories through improvisation while delighting audiences in both Mississauga and Toronto for over 17 years.
Highlights of Cow Over Moon’s history:
- Performed at the inaugural Mississauga International Children’s Festival.
- Produced its first full-length production: a scripted pantomime version of Sleeping Beauty
1998 – 2000
- Produced shows at Erindale Studio Theatre (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus).
- Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Ontario.
2001 – 2002
- Season was expanded to three full-length productions and the popular post-show tradition of “meet-the-actors” was initiated where audience members enjoy free juice, cookies and a chance to talk to the actors.
- Moved to 180-seat Burnhamthorpe Library Theatre (now the Maya Prentice Theatre).
- Awarded its first Mississauga Arts Council grant.
- Awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support audience development and marketing activities.
- Awarded the Mississauga Arts Council Award for Performing Arts: Emerging Group.
- Celebrated its tenth anniversary and hosted a Fairy Tale Ball for audience members.
2007 – 2010
- Performed in The Toronto Fringe Festival’s KidsVenue. The productions, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Three Magic Wishes, Chicken Licken and Jack Frost were met with incredibly positive reviews from both audiences and media.
- Received Charitable Status from the Canada Revenue Agency.
- Since 2006 Cow Over Moon has received Ontario Arts Council Theatre Project funding for seven productions: Ugly Duckling; Woodcutter’s Wish; Beauty and the Beast; Chicken Licken; Jack Frost; Gingerbread Guy and Pinocchio.
- 2013 Recipient of the Established Performing Arts Group Marty Award