Footlight Theatre Company is a not-for-profit society musical theatre company based in Burnaby that produces small and large scale musicals at the James Cowan Theatre and Michael J. Fox Theatre, both located in Burnaby. We have been producing live theatre since the 1960′s; today we continue to be a vibrant part of our community, entertaining audiences of all ages with high-calibre productions of popular musical theatre hits.
We began as Burnaby Civic Opera in 1965, with a mission “to produce and present operas and musicals, and to engage and train singers and artists by stimulating interest and participation.” Our first production was Trial By Jury, in 1966.
In 1975, in association with the Heritage Village, a stunningly-detailed recreation of turn-of-the-century Burnaby (known today as the Burnaby Village Museum), we became Heritage Musical Theatre, presenting Annie Get Your Gun. Several years later, 1977 heralded the first season of a long-running, popular, family-friendly theatrical tradition at the Museum: the Vaudeville Varieties. Later we added a Christmas variety show, which, along with Vaudeville Varieties provided cheery, colourful entertainment for the whole family.
Finally, in June, 1989, we adopted the name by which we are now known: Footlight Theatre Company. We made our home at the James Cowan Theatre for many years, but in 2009 we began presenting our main stage production at the 613-seat Michael J. Fox Theatre. We are proud to continue our tradition of mounting excellent musical-theatre productions, featuring talented actors, singers, dancers, and artistic directors from all over BC and Canada; we look forward to the next fifty years!