For years I’ve been seeing posters plastered across the University of Toronto downtown campus for up-coming plays, dance festivals and performances all held at the Hart House Theatre. A study and athletics hub for many students, Hart House has a long-standing history for a place for students and basically everyone in the community to come together.
If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket for a show at the Hart House Theatre, you’re in for a treat! Unlike other theatres in the city, there are no big signs lit up to entice foot traffic to come on by. Instead, the Hart House Theatre is nestled underneath the Hart House building with a black fabric tarp towards the entrance doors and a lonely stand, showcasing their next big event.
Walking inside and towards the actual theatre, it feels like you’re walking inside a tunnel only to find a quaint and intimate theatre that looks like it can has no more than 300 seats or so (but can actually hold around 450 people seated). Chandeliers illuminating the theatre on both sides give off an elegance and a simpe kind of beauty and charm.
For the longest time, I didn’t understand what drew me to this place. That is until I watched a few of my friends perform their dance showcase there last night. It was the collision of history living in between the crevices of the walls and the students and dreamers hoping to make it big beyond their days there.