A beloved production returns.

The moving love story between Mary Sophia Gapper and Edward O'Brien is back with performances across Simcoe County in September 2022.

First presented in 2018, Mary of Shanty Bay is based on the real-life diaries of Mary, who comes to Canada from England in 1828. What starts off as a short visit soon becomes a lifelong adventure, with Mary and her husband building a home on the edge of a new world and struggling for survival. Does Mary possess the resilience and resourcefulness to rise to the occasion? 

Join us as we celebrate the lives of Shanty Bay's legendary founders. Tickets are now on sale - be sure to get them before they're gone!

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Mary of Shanty Bay will take place from September 21st to October 1st at St. Thomas Anglican Church. It will then tour to Collingwood, in partnership with Theatre Collingwood, with show dates between October 5th and 8th. 

This production is generously sponsored by Al Jones Wealth and Estate Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this show appropriate for children?

There are some mature themes in the show. This show is suitable for children ages 12 and older.

  • How long does the show run for? Is there an intermission?

The show runs for approximately two hours. There will be a 15 minute intermission between acts.

  • Are there fees associated with any of the tickets?

There is a nominal service fee for each of the respective tickets. 

  • If I want to see the Collingwood shows, how can I get tickets?

Tickets to the Collingwood shows are available through the Theatre Collingwood Box Office.

  • What COVID-19 measures will be in place?

We will continue to monitor the relevant COVID-19 policies and update patrons on our policies closer to the event. 


  • To be announced


  • Artistic Director - Iain Moggach
  • Administrator - PJ Hammond
  • Communications Officer - Khaleel Gandhi
  • Education & Creation Coordinator - Leah Holder

Production Team

  • Playwright - Leah Holder
  • Director - Rochelle Reynolds
  • Stage Manager - Ashley Frederick
  • Production Manager - Sabrina Merks
  • Set Designer - Brenda Thompson
  • Lighting Designer - Jonathan Killing
  • Costume Designer - Madeline Ius
  • Costume Assistant - Selina Jia
  • Props Master - Lesley Coo
  • Sound Designer/Composer - Adrian Shepard-Gawinski

Mary of Shanty Bay is presented with support from the City of Barrie, Big 101 FM, Fresh Radio 93.1, and our generous sponsors, members, and donors.



Mary of Shanty Bay is part of Theatre by the Bay's 20th season anniversary. To learn more about how we're celebrating our anniversary, please click the button below!

TBTB's 20th Anniversary

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