Spirit of NL: 20 Year Celebration

Celebrating 20 years, Spirit of Newfoundland air their commemorative performance on NTV, and tour central NL with an emotional production this winter.


Spirit of Newfoundland Productions has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years, with the core business being year-round dinner and show at The Masonic Temple. As an entertainment company providing large stage shows, a full service catering operation, and a full inventory of musicians, actors, and technical staff, Spirit NL are a dynamic and dedicated company that have produced and staged 50 shows including 39 original shows and 11 Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Rich Spirit & Talent

Proudly flaunting their Newfoundland heritage by singing harmony-filled traditional songs, the group aims to celebrate and enhance the rich spirit and talent within our beautiful, vibrant province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From 2014 to 2017 consecutively, Spirit NL has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Most recently, they received the 2017 St. John’s Board of Trade Business Achievement Award for Marketing and Promotion. 

“We celebrate a culture of diversity and equal opportunity for all. We have supported work partnerships with Vera Perlin, the Autism Society and Waypoints. Over 25 show nights a year, organizations and groups avail of our Fundraising Program to raise money from the sale of show tickets,” Paul Bugge of Spirit NL shared with The Newfoundland Herald. 

This past August, Spirit of Newfoundland alumni, past and present, congregated at the Holy Heart Theatre in St. John’s for a rousing celebration of 20 years of Spirit of NL. During the month of March, NTV will broadcast the celebration for audiences viewing pleasure, giving a rare glimpse into the troupe that have revitalized theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador for two decades.

Where Once They Stood

But that is not all there is to celebrate for Spirit fans. Spirit of Newfoundland is currently preparing to bring their show Where Once They Stood on tour to Central Newfoundland. The show will be in Grand Falls-Windsor on March 25 and 26, followed by March 27 and 28 in Gander.

Where Once They Stood is a remarkable story about soldiers who volunteered for duty during war, following them right up until the Battle of the Somme, which is depicted through narration and archival photos, rather than recreated.

The respected entertainment company has also been commissioned by St. Patrick’s Mercy Home to write a new musical comedy that celebrates their 60th anniversary this year. This show is set to open in June, with further details being released in the near future.

“Spirit of Newfoundland is the go to entertainment for many loyal and local fun seekers and a tourist hot spot that delivers a unique cultural experience,” Bugge explained.

With a three pronged philosophy that ensures all hands ‘give the guests what they want,’ that the ensemble ‘do not say ‘no’ to a guest or colleague’ and ‘be a Newfoundland and all that it embodies’, Spirit of Newfoundland has built a reputation of excellence that has carried it bravely through two decades and is sure to buoy them into the future.

The Spirit of NL: 20 Year Celebration airs 7:30 pm on March  25th on Canada’s Superstation NTV! Tickets to Spirit of Newfoundland’s Where Once They Stood Tour are available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office, by phone and online at artsandculturecentre.com. For more information visit spirtofnewfoundland.com

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