This Canadian not-for-profit theatre company was launched in 2009 with a vision to creatively engage the art of story-telling to explore, examine, and express themes of faith and spirituality. Story telling is central to 9th Hour’s mandate. The vision is to tell stories that will evoke consideration of faith; stories that are fictional, historical, biographical, classical, or contemporary in nature, whether through children’s theatre, one act or full length plays, dance, theatre, musicals, oratorios, operas, operettas, collectives, or a combination.
9th Hour is keenly interested in collaborating and partnering with other artists and companies in producing original creative works, seeking to provide opportunities for both veteran professionals and emerging artists alike, regardless of faith interest or background. 9th Hour seeks to be sensitive and relevant in sharing the light and love that is at the heart of the Gospel.
This needs to happen not by means of didacticism or a coercive style, but, as Thorton Wilder once said, “letting beauty be the persuasion”. 9th Hour has staged its third full scale production after the contemporary Eyes Upon the Cross at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Easter 2011 and the inaugural musical collective Telling the Story in June of 2010. In September 2011, 9th Hour presented Children’s Letters to God, a new musical based on the international best-selling book. The show featured a cast of young performers and is inspired by actual letters from kids writing to God. Performances were held at Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa.
Jonathan Harris, Artistic Director
For more information: www.9th-hour.ca