34A King William Street
The Monarch Performing Arts Studio
Years ago, I had an idea to open a performing arts studio in my, relatively new to me, hometown. Out of fear of failure, lack of confidence in myself, and many other excuses, I never took the leap. In the midst of a global pandemic though…I thought, “Yup, this is the right time.” Not really…my incredibly supportive (and talented) husband, Robbie Duncan, is really who should get any credit for giving me the support and push to follow my dreams.
The Monarch Studio is my dream.
When I moved to Huntsville, Ontario from Toronto, I thought it meant the end of my career in the performing arts. Much to my surprise, the town was filled (and I mean FILLED) with performers. Almost everyone I met was a musician, actor, former actor, dancer, dance teacher, etc, and I was blown away. Something in the beating heart of the town calls to the souls of artists.
For my first few years, I participated in many community theatre productions, which I believe are the backbone of any community. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and spirits ready to create fabulous pieces of theatre. The one thing I felt was missing was a collective space for all the artists to have to collaborate, workshop, and otherwise support each other’s endeavours.
The Monarch is a safe place, a support place, a place of love for ALL artists to be a part of. As we are in the middle of a global pandemic my original idea about the use of the space is a little different but it is uniquely amazing. We are not adjusting to the new world, we are creating performance within it. Each day the business and the space evolves into something new. I can’t wait to see what we look like in another year.
At this time Monarch is home to dance classes, live concerts, and the amazing Mark Boucher, our technical director. I look forward to the new partnerships on the horizon as we navigate a new world and hold on to the pieces we love of the old one.
– Mallary Duncan (President & Owner)
“I’m through acepting limits, ’cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but ’til I try, I’ll never know.”