Troupe History

The Limestone Players was founded by Jane Etherington (MEd, OCT) in Kingston, Ontario in 2006  as a drama program for adults with intellectual and developmental challenges.  The premise was to teach literacy through performance. In this small group format adults with challenges can learn collaboration, develop social skills, strengthen communication and build confidence as they transition from the secondary stream to independence. Troupe membership fosters a sense of belonging, responsibility and pride through common goals and shared values. Many of the Players have had to overcome personal challenges with oral language, reading, retaining information and social anxiety to perform in public settings. 

The Limestone Players became a Travelling Theatre Troupe in 2008 when they were invited to perform "Romeo and Juliet"  for local school audiences. The Troupe has been based out of St. Luke's Church in Kingston since 2012. The troupe meets weekly from September - June each academic year. Production dates from from March - June, annually. Each season the Players perform for hundreds of elementary and secondary school students, educators, peers and community groups throughout Kingston and Southeastern Ontario. 

Production History

Employee Idol (2006),  Bus 164 (2007),  Romeo & Juliet (2008),  Snow White (2009),

Cinderella (2010),  Rumplestiltskin (2011),  Jack and the Beanstalk (2012),  

Rapunzel (2013), To Love Somebody (2014),  Cinderfellow (2015),

Melanie Fusspot & Other School Tales (2016)

Performance Venues

Over the past six years the Limestone Players have performed at the following locations:

​Calabogie, Ontario: Meeting the Needs Conference, 2013/ 2014
Harrowsmith, Ontario: Harrowsmith Public School
Joyceville, Ontario: Joyceville Public School
Kingston, Ontario: Cataraqui Woods Elementary School; Central Public School; Collins Bay Public School;
Duncan MacArthur Hall, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University (2014); Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School; First Avenue Public School; Frontenac Public School; H’Art Centre; J. R. Henderson Public School; Kingston District Association for Community Living;  Lancaster Drive Public School; Limestone Education Centre;  Lord Strathcona Public School; Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute;  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; Polson Park Public School;  Providence Continuing Care Centre;  Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute;  Rideau Public School; Rideau Heights Public School;  St. John XXIII Catholic School;  St. Luke’s Anglican Church;  St. Patrick’s Catholic School;  St. Thomas More Catholic School;  W.J. Holsgrove Public School; Welborne Avenue Public School; Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church; Winston Churchill Public School;           

Odessa, Ontario​: Ernestown Secondary School
Pembroke, Ontario:
 Highview Public School;             Renfrew County District School Board Professional Activity Day, 2013
Perth Road, Ontario: 
Perth Road Public School
Railton, ON: 
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Sydenham, Ontario
Loughborough Public School
Whitby, Ontario:  National Access Awareness Week, Regional Municipality of Durham, 2015
Wolfe Island, Ontario: Marysville Public School