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Imagine Imagine human expression taking place in the present, but connecting us to other times and places. Imagine a dynamic art form that combines sight, sound and expression. Imagine discovering insight about our world through the eyes of others. Imagine the power of a shared experience between Seana McKenna in Orpheus Descending

audience and performers.

Proud supporters of the unimaginable.


Message fro m the Artistic Director

How can we explain the popularity of spy thrillers?

He ends up wanting to do the best he can for

The worst stories in the genre replace patriotism

Oh, there are plenty of laughs along the way,

with paranoia, courage with callousness, and

especially in Patrick Barlow’s comedic stage

love with lust. The best make us want to save the

adaptation, but the story is essentially about the

world (or at least go to the gym and get in shape

making of a hero. Hardship ennobles Hannay, par-

to save the world).

ing away the selfishness, the ennui and the fear.

John Buchan wrote the latter; his novels are

other people, too.

He becomes the man we all wish we could be.

enduring tales of what we used to call derring-do.

And how did Hannay’s evolution begin? Why,

The Thirty-Nine Steps, which many consider to

with a trip to the theatre, of course. So, if you’ve

be his masterpiece, inspires in part because

ever wondered whether you could rise to meet

Buchan’s main character is seemingly unremark-

life’s greatest challenges, why not begin by

able at the outset. He isn’t James Bond in a

renewing your subscription? We think our next

tailored tuxedo at a cocktail party or in swimming

season is like the best of Buchan: it will appeal

trunks on a tropical beach. As the play opens,

to your finest instincts, exercise your mind and

Richard Hannay sits alone in a dull rented flat. He

reveal to you the heart of your fellow man.

is tired of the world and tired of life, a little like many of us, I’ll wager.

Yours always,

Then, as happens in art, if not in real life, Hannay’s world is turned upside down by secret Nazis, forward women and impending war. Before you know it, the life that seemed so boring to Hannay becomes precious to him. It becomes something worth fighting for, and not just his own life, either.

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With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $5.9 million in the arts in Manitoba.

Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 5,9 millions de dollars I’an dernier dans les arts au Manitoba.

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Spies. Double agents. Secret codes. Hidden fortresses. Moving bookcases. Hi-tech eavesdropping gadgetry. This is the realm of spy fiction, sometimes called Spy-Fi, and The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of the earliest versions of the modern-day spy novel. What is our fascination with this genre and how did it come to be? There have always been secrets, and when there are secrets, there is always someone trying to uncover them. Spy fiction evolved in response to the creation of modern intelligence agencies by various governments before the First World War. There’s a common theme in the Spy-Fi genre of an inability to trust the government as well as having a clear-cut enemy, most commonly Russia or Germany in the early incarnations of these stories. Public interest in espionage really heated up during the Dreyfus Affair (1894-99), which had all the elements of a good spy story—politics, treason, international espionage, a wrongly accused individual—except that it was real life. Alfred Dreyfus, a young French officer, was sentenced to life in prison for communicating French military secrets to the German embassy in Paris. However, two years after Dreyfus’ conviction, information surfaced pointing to a different culprit. High-ranking French military officers suppressed the new evidence, and Dreyfus continued to be imprisoned. He was eventually exonerated, but interest had been piqued—the government could not be trusted, and there were spies out there trading in secrets. Spy fiction became enormously popular in the 19th century, with works by James Fenimore Cooper and Rudyard Kipling captivating the reading public. John Buchan became the pre-eminent author of spy fiction during the First World War. 8

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He wrote about Europe on the precipice of war and what was happening in the shadows, which had the reading public snatching his books off the shelves. Then came the most famous spy of all— James Bond, who was created in 1952 during the Cold War. Bond steps it up from previous fictional spies in that he has a licence to kill (his 007 status), and he is not afraid to use it. Bond serves his country with no questions asked, similar to the characters in John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps. Readership of spy fiction waned following the end of the Cold War, but reignited after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An interesting characteristic of the spy fiction genre is that it has rarely met with critical acclaim (with the notable exceptions of John Buchan, Graham Greene and John le Carré), but it provides a clear response to world events affecting people every day. Contemporary Spy-Fi is a response to the “Information Age” we now find ourselves in. It is a genre devoted to the profound changes in the ways we give and receive information. Secret codes are now harboured in computer chips and satellite images instead of codexes and manuscripts. Spies have evolved from the likes of Cooper’s creations to characters such as Jason Bourne and a re-invented, gadget-savvy James Bond. Even in this age of information overload, where a click of a button can get you all sorts of private data, secrets are still being kept. Government claims of transparency are continually proven false, reports of weapons of mass destruction have intelligence agencies and their spies on high alert, and an invasive fear of terrorism makes the services of spies and double agents constantly relevant. It makes sense, then, that as the world changes, so does our response to it. The Thirty-Nine Steps was a story of its day, but the themes and intent remain relevant as we all wonder what is going on behind closed doors.


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Curtain Calls

The many lives of

John Buchan by Tara Seel

John Buchan not only wrote thrillers, he lived in one. He was an intelligence officer, a war correspondent, a director of propaganda, had experience working with secret codes and became the highest-ranking official in Canada. A man who loved spy fiction and who knew the deepest, darkest secrets of the British military decided he was not just going to read “shockers,” he was going to create them, and so The Thirty-Nine Steps was born.

Buchan was ill with an ulcer in 1914 and ran out of adventure novels to read, so he decided to write one. The Thirty-Nine Steps was published in 1915. He dedicated the book to his good friend Captain Thomas Arthur Nelson: “You and I have long cherished an affection for that elementary 10

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type of tale which Americans call the dime novel, and which we know as the shocker—the romance where the incidents defy the possibilities, and march just inside the borders of the possible.” Famously, Alfred Hitchcock, a great fan of Buchan’s fiction, made a film of The Thirty-Nine Steps. While it differed quite drastically from the original text, the movie was an international hit and brought the director to the attention of producer David O. Selznick. The two would collaborate in 1940 on the hit film Rebecca. The hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, Richard Hannay, is an ordinary man who makes his country’s interests his top priority. In the story, Hannay discovers nothing is as it seems—there is always a hidden agenda or a deeply buried secret, hazards that Buchan dealt with throughout his career. In The Powerhouse (1916), he wrote: “You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from Barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass.” Buchan knew what happened behind the scenes, and through his fiction, he let audiences know it was not very pretty. Like his hero, Buchan spent his days putting his country ahead of himself, even if it was his adopted country. When he became Governor General of Canada in 1935, he made it his mission to get to know Canada and its people. He travelled the whole country and became the first Governor General to travel to the North. He was one of the early proponents of multiculturalism, saying each ethnicity “should retain their individuality and each make its contribution to the national character.” Buchan and his wife established the first real library at the Governor General’s residence, Rideau Hall, and they founded the Governor General’s Literary Awards, still the pinnacle of literary achievement in Canada. Scholar George O’Brien astutely observed that Buchan wrote about “the conspiratorial shadow cast by contemporary history”—Buchan wrote what he knew: international intrigue, humour and the borders of possibility. He drew from experience to write The Thirty-Nine Steps, cheering himself as he was convalescing, and he inspired others in a myriad of ways: by allowing his stories to be adapted for film, establishing literary awards to celebrate the talents of other writers, and propelling a genre able to comment on the global changes of an emerging information age and the delicate nature of international diplomacy.

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His story begins with “I returned from the City about three o’clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with my life,” but for Buchan, nothing could be further from the truth. Born in Scotland in 1875, he was a published author by the time he left university. He worked as the private secretary to the colonial administrator of various South African colonies at the turn of the century, where he worked with secret codes amid growing hostilities toward the government. During the First World War, he wrote propaganda for the British war effort, worked in France as a correspondent for The Times and became a second lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps, where he wrote speeches and other material for Sir Douglas Haig and other members of the General Headquarters Staff. He also learned to speak German, which made him a valuable asset to the military leadership.

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Steven Schipper, Artistic Director

Zaz Bajon, General Manager

Presents

adapted by

Patrick Barlow John Buchan Alfred Hitchcock

From the novel by From the movie of

Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited And an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

April 21 – May 14, 2011

Director Set & Costume Designer Lighting Designer Composer Sound Designer Apprentice Director Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Apprentice Stage Manager

Tracey Flye Michael Gianfrancesco Scott Henderson Nicky Phillips John Bent Jr. Eric Blais* Margaret Brook Sandra McEwing Jessica Freundl

The Cast (in alphabetical order)

Richard Hannay Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret Clown #1 Clown #2

Adam Brazier Sarah Constible Eddie Glen Mark Weatherley

setting

London. August. 1935. There will be one intermission. *Position Funded through the Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair theatre Apprenticeship Program.

The 39 Steps is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The Video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.

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ARTISTS

Adam Brazier

Eddie Glen

Richard Hannay

Clown #1

MTC Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (with CS)—Dora Award, Best Actor in a Musical; The Last Five Years. OTHER THEATRE Selected: Aldolpho in The Drowsy

Chaperone (TC); Butch in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre); Giorgio in Passion (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Kaffee in A Few Good Men (Neptune); Khasshogi in We Will Rock You (Mirvish); originated role of Walter Hartwright in The Woman in White, played Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods (Broadway); originated role of Dr. Barnardo in The Likes of Us (Sydmonton Festival/West End); Hapgood in Anyone Can Whistle, title role in Napoleon (concert versions, Talk is Free Theatre); title role in Pal Joey, Freddy in Pygmalion (Shaw); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Theatre by the Bay); originated role of Sky in Mamma Mia! (Mirvish/US tour); Padre in Man of La Mancha, James Keller in The Miracle Worker (Stratford).

MTC The Rocky Horror Show (with CS). OTHER THEATRE Guys and Dolls in concert (NAC); The

Music Man, Moby Dick (Stratford); A Few Good Men (Neptune); Man of La Mancha, Little Me (Drayton Entertainment); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Grand); Snow White, Aladdin (Ross Petty Productions); Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium, UK); Assassins (Derby Playhouse, UK); Forever Plaid (Starlight Theatre, Vancouver). FILM/TV Rent-a-Goalie, Evel Kneivel, Sealed with a Kiss, Daydream Believers: The Monkees’ Story, Street Time, Thomas and the Magic Railroad. ET CETERA Eddie received Dora nominations for his

performances in Snow White and The Rocky Horror Show. He is the “voice” of YTV.

ET CETERA Adam recently made his directorial debut

Mark Weatherley

with Birdland Theatre’s production of Assassins, for which he received a Dora nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play/Musical. Adam is a founding artist and currently serves as Artistic Director of Theatre 20, a collective dedicated to fostering new Canadian musicals and re-imagining existing repertoire from the international canon.

Sarah Constible Annabella Schmidt/ Pamela/Margaret

MTC After Miss Julie, Bleeding Hearts, The Threepenny Opera. OTHER THEATRE The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello,

The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, The Tempest, The Odyssey (SIR); The Monster Trilogy, Murder Ballads, Between Then and Now (TPM); The Edible Woman, Godspell, Unity (1918), Strawberries in January (PTE).

Clown #2

MTC First appearance. OTHER THEATRE White Christmas, Travels with My

Aunt, The Foursome, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Arts Club); Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone Theatre); Lost in Yonkers, 42nd Street, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Drayton Entertainment); Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); The Number 14 (Royal Alex/ international tour); Victor/Victoria (Stage West Calgary); Tons of Money (VP/TC). TRAINING Graduate of the University of British

Columbia. ET CETERA Love to my girls Monique and Charlotte.

FILM/TV The Stone Angel, Less Than Kind, House Party, High Life, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, The Haunting in Connecticut, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil.

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ARTISTS

Patrick Barlow Playwright

was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities, but spent most of his time on his writing career. He mainly wrote adventure fiction and his most well-known work, The Thirty-Nine Steps, was written while he was sick in bed.

Alfred Hitchcock Patrick Barlow created the National Theatre of Brent in 1980, in which he plays Artistic Director and Chief Executive Desmond Olivier Dingle. The (originally) two-man comedy troupe’s productions include The Charge of the Light Brigade, Zulu!, The Black Hole of Calcutta, Wagner’s Right Cycle, The Messiah, The Complete Guide to Sex, The Greatest Story Ever Told (Tricycle Theatre), Love Upon the Throne: The Charles and Diana Story (Olivier Award nomination) and The Wonder of Sex. The National Theatre of Brent now consists of Barlow, John Ramm and Martin Duncan. Barlow also wrote the libretto for Judgement of Paris for the Covent Garden Venture (music by John Woolrich) and Requiem for a Relationship for the Gogmagog Theatre Company (music by Django Bates). His film and television writing credits include Messiah, Van Gogh (Prix Futura Berlin Film Festival), Revolution!! (Best Comedy Film, Jerusalem Film Festival), The Young Visiters starring Jim Broadbent (Barlow’s one-time Theatre of Brent co-star) and Hugh Laurie, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, The Ghost of Faffner Hall, Scarfe on Sex, Mighty Movements from World History, True Adventures of Christopher Columbus, Queen of the East and Massive Landmarks of the 20th Century. As an actor, Barlow’s theatre credits include The Knack, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Loot, The Common Pursuit, Silly Cow and Toad in Alan Bennett’s The Wind in the Willows. His film appearances include Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, The Girl from Rio, Bridget Jones’s Diary and, most recently, Nanny McPhee. For his adaptation of The Thirty-Nine Steps, Barlow won an Olivier Award and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy.

John Buchan Author

John Buchan was a Scottish novelist and politician who served as Governor General of Canada. After a brief career in law, Buchan began his writing and political career, serving as a private secretary in the various colonies of Southern Africa, and eventually writing propaganda for the British war effort during the First World War. Once back in civilian life, Buchan

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Filmmaker

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most well-known figures in cinema and pop culture today. During his lifetime, he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native UK in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. Although he directed more than 50 feature films in his lifetime, he is most well known for Rebecca, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds and Psycho. He is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most significant artists.

Tracey Flye Director

MTC Choreography & Staging: The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC). Choreographer & Assistant Director: The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof. Actor: Cabaret. OTHER THEATRE Director: We Will Rock You remount

(Mirvish); Associate Director: We Will Rock You (South Africa/New Zealand/Asia tour); Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Stage West); Evita (Neptune); Victor/Victoria, Forever Plaid (Stage West Calgary). Staging: King of Thieves (Stratford). Choreographer: Kiss Me Kate, Evita, West Side Story (Stratford); the past nine pantos for Ross Petty Productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Canadian tour of Aladdin, and Cinderella; A Year With Frog and Toad (Citadel); Cabaret (Segal); Pélagie, As You Like It (CS). Associate Choreographer: Peggy Sue Got Married (West End). Assistant Choreographer: Mamma Mia! (Toronto/US tour). Movement: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford).


ARTISTS FILM/TV Christmas Dreams, Triple Sensation (CBC); Angel Square, directed by Ann Wheeler.

Scott Henderson

TEACHING Tracey has held an Assistant Professorship

Lighting Designer

in the BFA program at the University of Alberta and has taught at colleges all over North America. ET CETERA Tracey’s directing/choreography/

performing credits span more than 110 productions internationally. This season she will direct and choreograph Hairspray at Rainbow Stage, The Wizard of Oz for Ross Petty Productions, and stage and choreograph West Side Story for the Vancouver Opera. She is also proud to be the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre 20, Canada’s newest musical theatre company.

MTC More than 35 productions since 1995, including White Christmas, Steel Magnolias, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Doubt, A Parable (with TC), Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), Humble Boy, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank (Mainstage); Top Girls, The Shape of Things, Closer, Poor Super Man (Warehouse). Associate Lighting Designer: The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish).

Michael Gianfrancesco

OTHER THEATRE Recent credits: Burnin’ Love (PTE);

Set & Costume Designer

Lawrence and Holloman (Persephone). Scott has designed for opera, dance and theatre companies in Winnipeg and across Canada, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. TRAINING Scott is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre

MTC Set Designer: White Christmas, The Drowsy

Chaperone (with TC), The Rocky Horror Show (with CS). Set & Costume Designer: Looking Back – West, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Bad Dates, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Costume Designer: Fiddler on the Roof, Long Day’s Journey into Night.

School and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. ET CETERA Special thanks to Karen, Sean and Alex

for love and support.

Nicky Phillips

OTHER THEATRE Recent productions include Le

Docteur Miracle, L’Heure Espagnole (Royal Conservatory of Music); Parade (Studio 180); A View From the Bridge (Segal, set); Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); One Touch of Venus, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days (Shaw, costumes); Stuff Happens (Studio 180/Mirvish); Rock ‘n’ Roll (CS/Citadel); world premiere of In Colour (National Ballet of Canada). At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, he has designed productions at the Studio, Avon and Festival theatres over seven seasons. In 2006, Michael designed The Midnight Court for Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, which premiered at the Harbourfront Centre and the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. FILM Production Designer for Christmas Dreams (CBC). ET CETERA Michael has received a Tyrone Guthrie

Award and the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Composer

MTC First engagement. OTHER THEATRE Composer & Co-lyricist: In Flanders

Fields (Lunchbox Theatre/Smile Theatre); Central Park Tango workshop (TA). Other credits as an actor include three seasons with Theatre Direct on Doranominated productions. TRAINING Nicky was one of 14 songwriters accepted

into the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project in Chicago, a week-long master class led by Tony nominee Craig Carnelia and Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. She is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and is currently working toward a certificate in arranging through the Berklee School of Music. ET CETERA A big thank you to Tracey and the MTC

team, Dave at Talent House, and her family.


ARTISTS

John Bent Jr.

Sandra McEwing

Sound Designer

Assistant Stage Manager

MTC More than 30 productions since 1998, including Calendar Girls (with Mirvish), White Christmas, Steel Magnolias, Educating Rita, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Strong Poison, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), The Syringa Tree, Shakespeare’s Dog (with NAC), Fiddler on the Roof, Our Town, Over the Tavern, The Rocky Horror Show (with CS), The Clean House (with VP), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel), A Christmas Carol, Crowns (with CS/NAC), Trying, Tuesdays with Morrie, My Fair Lady, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cookin’ at the Cookery (with CS), Evita (with TC), Camelot (with TC/Citadel), King Lear, Wit. OTHER THEATRE The Shadowy Waters (Eternal Rose

MTC Calendar Girls (with Mirvish). Apprentice Stage Manager, 1985/86 Mainstage season: Barnum (with Grand), The Real Thing, Tsymbaly, Talking Dirty, Hamlet, Filthy Rich. OTHER THEATRE Assistant Stage Manager: B-Movie,

The Play (Shaw, VP, CS, international tour). Stage Manager: Gypsy (Huron Country Playhouse); The Motor Trade (TC). Resident Mainstage and regional tour, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Blyth). ET CETERA Sandra is glad to be back at MTC.

Jessica Freundl Apprentice Stage Manager

Theatre); The Diary of Anne Frank (Segal/Neptune); The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Keely and Du, The Heart as It Lived, Grace (ATP); Lion in the Streets (Sage Theatre); Some Assembly Required (Northern Light Theatre).

MTC White Christmas, Looking Back – West.

ET CETERA John has received two Betty Mitchell

OTHER THEATRE King’s Park (Moving Target Theatre

Awards for Outstanding Soundscape (Grace, Lion in the Streets) and is a member of IATSE Local 63. He is also a founding member of Eternal Rose Theatre.

Eric Blais Apprentice Director

Company); The Father, Lenin’s Embalmers (WJT); Kayak (Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest); Juliet and Romeo, Doctor Faustus: A Fantasy, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, The Distance from Here (U of W); Saint Joan, The Bush Ladies (Theatre by the River); Patience, The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg). TRAINING Jessica is a graduate of the U of W theatre

department, majoring in Stage Management and Production. MTC Actor: Brief Encounter (with VP), Looking Back – West. OTHER THEATRE King’s Park (Moving Target Theatre

Company); North Main Gothic, Stretching Hide, Age of Arousal (TPM); The Winter’s Tale, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure (Tom-Tom Theatre); The Vertical Hour, Munsch Ado About Nothing (PTE); The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (SIR); Romeo and Juliet, Kindness (MTYP).

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FILM/TV Men with Brooms, Zooey & Adam by Sean Garrity, Falcon Beach, Northern Town. TRAINING Eric graduated with honours from the

University of Winnipeg.

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Regional Tour

with its realistic depiction of how winter affects rural communities, was art imitating life.

is theatrical magic that needs no introduction. ” – CBC Radio MTC hit the road on February 18 for its 2011 Regional Tour, Wingfield On Ice, starring Canadian icon Rod Beattie. Rod was accompanied on his 6,600 km trek across Manitoba and northwestern Ontario by Company Stage Manager Leslie Sidley and experienced crew members Bob Smith, Technical Director, and Ian Kirk, Tour Technician. The company travelled in a convoy comprising a five-ton truck transporting the set, costumes, lighting and sound equipment, and a snow-tireequipped SUV carrying luggage. Visiting 23 communities from February 18 to March 21 (just 32 days!), Wingfield On Ice marked MTC’s 33rd consecutive regional tour. MTC could not have chosen a better play for this snowy year, where winter came virtually overnight to southern Manitoba in November. Night after night, snow, ice and freezing rain seemed to be the “hot” topic in many presenting communities and Wingfield On Ice,

Wingfield On Ice is the fifth of seven plays in the Wingfield series, which follows stock-broker-turned-farmer Walt Wingfield, in a mythical township north of Toronto. Walt and Maggie Wingfield are preparing to welcome a new baby as old feuds and a treacherous change in weather threaten their little nest. It was no surprise to MTC that 5,090 people came out to see the production. While performing in the series for more than 25 years, Rod Beattie has won three best actor awards, received rave reviews and played to sold-out houses in Toronto, London, Stratford, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Saint John, Fredericton and a host of smaller communities across Canada. For the sixth year in a row, Manitoba Lotteries was the presenting sponsor for the regional tour. “Connecting with the community is exactly what the MTC regional tour is all about,” said Manitoba Lotteries President and CEO Winston Hodgins. “For over three decades, MTC has been bringing quality theatre to appreciative audiences. We are honoured to play a role in bringing this production to such a broad range of communities.”

Stage Manager Leslie Sidley, actor Rod Beattie, Tour Technician Ian Kirk and Tour Technical Director Bob Smith bid MTC adieu before embarking on their month-long Wingfield On Ice tour.

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Zaz Bajon is MTC. For 30 years, he has managed the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, working with four artistic directors and 16 board chairs. Now, after dedicating his life to the theatre, Zaz is retiring, and it will be difficult to say farewell to such a leader.

Zaz Bajon, 2010.


Zaz Bajon: 30 Years at the Helm

“I’m going to miss that all-consuming feeling, with no time for my real life,”

“I know Zaz looks forward to a less stressful lifestyle, and I’m trying to be happy for him even as I mourn the end of our 22-year partnership. Is there another person on this planet who will be able to tell me, with kind reluctance, that we can neither schedule nor afford an eight-hour play with 40 actors? Who can negotiate our partnerships with his trademark tough tenderness, building relationships that will last decades? Who can empower our staff to turn a little money and a lot of time and talent into stage magic? He is one of a kind, and no successor, no matter how capable and wellintentioned, will ever really take his place”

admits Zaz, adding with a chuckle, “I have no real life; I only have an MTC one.” And for Zaz, that is quite all right. Working in the theatre has been his dream since he was in the third grade, and not only has Zaz worked in the theatre, he has revolutionized it. It wasn’t easy, though. “You have to be very idealistic,” says Zaz. “You have to be very dedicated—it’s long, hard hours …. It’s the act of believing in something greater than yourself.”

Opposite page: photo by steve salnikowski, chroniccreative.com

The creation of the annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival received great support from Zaz. Larry Desrochers founded the Fringe with Rick McNair. He says, “Zaz is the unsung hero of Fringe. Rick was a dreamer, buoyed by a vision of people dancing in the streets, and I was a kid tripping over my shoelaces trying to start a career, but it was Zaz who worked behind the scenes to ensure that the Fringe had the support it needed to be successful.” This was no small feat. Trying to get the MTC Board of Trustees to back a festival where the artists are largely unknown, there is no creative control of the plays and all the money goes back to the artists could not have been an easy sell. Now, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is the second-largest event of its kind in North America, and it draws people from all over the world. Zaz had the vision to see what McNair and Desrochers were proposing was not only great for the art of theatre, but a boon for the City of Winnipeg as well. Zaz admits he is going to miss all the excitement in July, when the theatre is humming with Fringe patrons and artists. “It’s going to be 25 next year,” says Zaz of the festival, “and I’m going to miss that big anniversary.” During Zaz’s tenure at MTC, the budget has grown from $3 million dollars per season to more than $8 million. In his 30 years at the helm, MTC has only had five deficits, one of which was

Steven Schipper MTC Artistic Director

Photo Courtesy the provincial archives of manitoba

Zaz worked with Toronto’s Mirvish Productions to pioneer the first co-production in 1985. A co-production means two companies share the costs of mounting a production, allowing each company to include plays in their season that might otherwise be too expensive to produce on their own. The co-production has also benefited artists, as their employment period is extended and their skills showcased in other cities, and it has allowed new works by local artists to receive a wider audience.

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“No one eats, sleeps and breathes MTC like Zaz does. While his voicemail is wishing everyone ‘a beeeyoooootiful day,’ Zaz is busy worrying about scrimping and saving to pay the bills. We all know he is not above turning off the heat in January if it means the budget will be balanced! MTC and all Manitoba owe Zaz a huge debt of gratitude for his invaluable service to the world of theatre over the past MANY decades! Congratulations and thank-you, Zaz! We hope you have a beeeYOOOOOTIFUUUUUL retirement! Best wishes”

Gail Asper long-time MTC subscriber and donor

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Za z Bajon: 30 Years at the hel m planned, and it is this steady management, along with MTC’s artistic excellence and audience support, that garnered the theatre a royal designation in October 2010. It says something profound about Zaz’s management of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre that the organization continued to grow, even during financially difficult times. “We were maintaining and expanding when everybody else was cutting back,” says Zaz. “That’s something I’m very proud of.”

“His greatest strength is his passion for theatre, his love and respect for artists, and his belief that every day, in some part of the world, an act of theatre makes someone’s life better”

Larry Desrochers General Director & CEO, Manitoba Opera

“Zaz is the unsung hero of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. I have very fond memories of working with him. He always put the artistic needs of the theatre first, and always managed to do that without compromising the financial side”

James Roy former MTC Artistic Director

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MTC was not the only arts organization to benefit from Zaz’s tenacity. He advocated for the arts in a myriad of ways, notably by fighting tooth and nail to eliminate the Entertainment Tax. The tax had a deterrent effect on ticket sales for most arts groups in the city. His persistence and that of other arts organizations resulted in the March 2006 change to the Entertainment Tax bylaw, eliminating performance-based taxation, a tax levied only by the City of Winnipeg. Zaz’s efforts were quietly noted when the city chose the exterior of MTC’s box office as a backdrop to make their announcement. Zaz fought this fight while still managing a large, very busy theatre. “I don’t know where I found the energy,” he admits, “but I knew it was right, and when something is right, you’re willing to go to the wall to make it happen. If you believe in something very strongly—and I believe in theatre—you’re willing to do anything to overcome whatever obstacles are in your way. You just make it happen.” Community means a lot to Zaz, whether it is the theatre community, the arts community or the community at large, and he was always involved. Zaz volunteered to sit on the board of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for six years, he was a Region 3 representative for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and he joined the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, whose motto is Service Above Self, which says as much about Zaz as it does about Rotary. Zaz admits he never ceases to be amazed by the community in Winnipeg. “We’re very fortunate Winnipeggers are very supportive of the arts. They not only attend performances, but they dip into their pockets and donate to cultural organizations across the city, including the Manitoba Theatre Centre. I’m amazed at the amount of volunteers we get. We have so many volunteers interwoven into our organization. The people who come to MTC are so important. You don’t have a play unless you have actors and an audience. It’s just a rehearsal until you have an audience.”


Zaz Bajon: 30 Years at the helm When it comes to theatre, Zaz has a reputation for pinching a penny, but his success has come from never forgetting the art. “I’ve never forgotten that what’s on stage is more important than anything else,” says Zaz. “You can have the best computer system, you can have the best whatever, but if you don’t have what it takes on stage, you don’t have it, and that’s why the largest percentage of our budget goes to producing the shows on stage, and that’s the way it should be …. We need to focus the money where the art is, and the art is the theatre.” Zaz has ensured that when he closes his office door for the last time, MTC is in good shape. “I’m leaving the company financially very healthy with a great team of individuals who can carry on the great tradition MTC has,” he says proudly. “I’ll miss the people. It’s a great team here—an incredible group of people we’ve put together over the years. I think I’m going to leave MTC in good hands. I’m going to miss the audience. The people who come here have deep roots. They know so much about MTC. It’s just incredible how dedicated our patrons are to us. I’ll miss the plays. Of course, I’ll be coming to the plays, but (I’ll miss) the excitement of putting the plays together—the excitement, the anxiety, the unrealistic deadlines to make things work,” he says, smiling.

“Zaz and I spent four rewarding years together, and I recall that Zaz wisely kept away from rehearsals after saying hello to the cast at the first reading. He would finally come to the last preview and always announce that ‘the first 10 minutes were a little slow.’ Always. It didn’t matter if it were a mystery or a musical, a farce or a tragedy. Zaz wanted me to pick up the pace. So I did. And that is why all the shows I did in Winnipeg always started with such a bang!”

Richard Ouzounian first Artistic Director with whom Zaz worked at MTC

He will miss everything about the theatre, which made his decision to leave extremely difficult. However, “it’s time,” Zaz says thoughtfully. “I can’t put in 150 hours a week anymore. It’s a scary thing, though. I have to live with myself instead of live with my job,” he laughs. While it may be difficult to say farewell to Zaz, say it we must. So, thank you, Zaz, for all you have given of yourself and all that you have given this community. We will keep an eye out for you in the audience when the curtain goes up. “It is special. MTC is unique and different,” Zaz muses. “There’s a sort of magic here, an alchemy that takes us to another level.

In His Honour Friends and patrons who wish to send regards or make a gift to the Manitoba Theatre Centre Foundation in honour of Zaz Bajon can do so at www.mtc.mb.ca/zaz. Donations are also accepted by calling Garth Johnson in the Development Office at 956-1340 ext. 240. Pledge forms and envelopes are available in the lobby as well.

“Zaz Bajon’s name is synonymous with MTC, and his passion for theatre, sound leadership and management practices have played a fundamental role in earning MTC’s reputation as one of the great regional theatres in Canada”

Gary Hannaford Chair of the MTC Board of Trustees

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Tribute: Thom as Boh danetzky (1935-2011)

The ringing of a cell phone during a performance can be quite distracting for both actors onstage and audience members. did you know texting and vibrating phones can be equally disruptive?

in an effort to eliminate cell phone disruptions during performances, the manitoba theatre centre will make a donation to the actors’ fund of canada for every cell phone-free performance.

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saturday, april 9 we’ve had

181 shows this season without a

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a true European gentleman: “highly individualistic, interesting and colourful” The theatre is a place of light: bright lights upon entrance to the auditorium, atmospheric light and shadow onstage and the beacons that are the actors in performance. Out of respect for fallen theatre greats, front-of-house lights are often dimmed. In the case of Thomas Bohdanetzky, however, the former MTC General Manager (1972-74) would have hated to draw attention to himself that way; “the play’s the thing,” after all, and Bohdanetzky would not wish to take focus from the stage. On February 16, 2011, suddenly, after a short illness, Bohdanetzky died, leaving his beloved wife Penelope and his children to mourn him. He will also be mourned by his theatre family in Canada, the United States and England. Bohdanetzky began his theatre career in 1958 as a dresser at the Crest Theatre in Toronto, two years after escaping his Soviet-occupied native Hungary. He immigrated with his mother, who, with his father, had hidden and helped Jewish people elude persecution during the Second World War. He had seen so much during his youth that he was not easily perturbed, making him a natural asset in the frenetic world of theatre. In the 1960s, he worked as a production stage manager in Stratford, ON and as a stage manager in London’s West End, including a production of Hadrian VII, where he met Penelope, his wife of 40 years. He returned to Canada in the 1970s and managed Toronto Arts Production, MTC, Festival Lennoxville and then moved to the US to manage the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Former MTC Artistic Director Eddie Gilbert trusted and relied on Bohdanetzy, who would freely correct those in error. “He was right more often than is reasonable,” Gilbert remembers. In 1986, Bohdanetzky returned to London to work with producers Bill Freedman and Stephen Waley-Cohen. By 1991, he was the General Manager of Victoria Palace Theatre, St. Martins Theatre and Savoy Theatre, and he ran the West End production of The Mousetrap. After his recent retirement, Bhodanetzky continued to work with the Victoria Palace Theatre and manage The Mousetrap. Great men of the theatre never truly retire, as his stepdaughter said.

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Thomas Bohdanetzky will be sorely missed, and, although the front-of-house lights were never officially dimmed, they will forever burn a little less bright.


individual giving Not only do our subscribers come from every neighbourhood in the city, but they also come from every walk of life and cover every age group from 13 up. We’re blessed with 800 high school students who subscribe on their own; we have a program for young professionals, and we’re

As you most likely know,

delighted to offer heavily subsidized subscrip-

we are now the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

tions to our city’s future leaders. If and when they

We received this very rare and much sought-

have the means to do so, we believe these young

after designation in recognition of our artistic

people will, in turn, subsidize future generations

excellence and financial stability. But many other

of theatre lovers.

theatre companies also create exceptional art

It’s specifically thanks to you that we received

and enjoy financial success. What makes us so

the royal designation, and it’s especially thanks to

special? In a word, you.

you that we’re able to offer the kind of season we

What distinguishes MTC from other regional

have waiting in the wings for 2011/12.

theatres in North America is the size and diversity

On behalf of MTC’s artists, Board of Trustees

of our audience. For a community the size of

and staff, I wish you all the best for a wonderful

Winnipeg, having almost 20,000 subscribers is

summer, and we look forward to seeing you at the

nothing short of remarkable. But I daresay this

theatre next season.

subscriber base would be notable in any number of larger centres. Furthermore, our subscribers Yours always,

live in every pocket of our great city. We like to joke that the only area where we presently don’t have subscribers is Assiniboine Park (but we’re working on it).

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D. McKay Greg & Gloria McLaren Patricia McLaughlin Samuel McLaughlin Donald McNabb Holly McNulty Anthony & Joyce McWha Barb Melnychuk Susie Miclash Jim & Karren Middagh Mrs. M.V. Mills Mr. & Mrs. Harry Minuk Bill & Nancy Mitchell Jack & Marilyn Mitchell Dr. Catherine Moltzan & Paul Brault Ron & Maureen Monson Linda Moore Vera Moroz M.A. Mortimer Ms. Velma Motheral Shelley Muir Don Munro Susan Munroe Ken & Jane Nattrass Leanne Nause Robert Nickel Vivienne Nickerson Gisele Nilsson Sheila Norrie Mr. & Mrs. W. Norrie Terry & Karen Ogden Joanne Olchowecki Mr. Donald Oliver Truus Oliver Dana Orr Theresa Oye Jack Palmer Mr. James Parker Robert Patrick Linda & Rene Pelletier Isadore Peltz Carol Penner Joanne Peters Rev. & Mrs. N.W.B. Phills Ilene Piasta Irvin & Sandra Plosker Jim & Jeanette Popplow Mr. & Mrs. Sam & Marcia Potter Donald & Connie Price Myrna Protosavage Ms. Linda Ratynski Pat & Bill Reid Joyce Rich David & Helene Riesen Don & Sherrill Roach In memory of David Robertson —Viola Robertson Renee Roseman Lottie Rosenstock Pat & Michelle Rowan Ms. Carol Runions Mrs. G. Russell Beverley Ryman

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individual giving Sandra Sadler Ms. Velma Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Scott Tamara Selene Mares Jim & Susan Shaw Louise Shaw Ms. Cal Shell Dr. Maurice Shnider & Sally Whan Izzy Shore Barbara & Dennis Sigurdson Glenda Siis & Jennifer Wiebe Roslyn & Meyer Silver Simone’s Skincare Studio Paul Simpson Jeff Sisler & Cathy Rippin-Sisler Mr. David Stacey Maureen & Leo Steinfeld Mary Steinhoff K. Stewart Dr. V. Marie Storrie Tom & Shirley Strutt Ronald A. Surcon Mr. & Mrs. Paul Swart Gudrun Tait Murray J. Taylor Karen Tereck Marilyn Thompson Helen Tomlinson Gordon & Mary Toombs Duncan Tulleken Mac Tye Mr. Charles R. Vandekerkhove Jackie Van Winkle † M.W. Vint Ann & Richard Walker Sherry & Bob Ward Dr. & Mrs. W. Waters Phyllis Watson Walter & Shirley Watts Dorothy Westad Allan & Mavis Whicker John T. & Justina Wiens Mr. & Mrs. F.E. Williams Tom & Norma Wilson Dorcas & Kirk Windsor Mrs. Evelyn Witwicki E. Jane Woelk M. & S. Wong Pooi-Leng Wong Mrs. Lorraine Woods-Bavasah Ivy & Norval Young Ms. Carrie Yudai Harvey Zimberg 20 Anonymous

TRIBUTE GIFTS Elizabeth B. Armytage Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation Happy 50th Birthday, Gail Asper —Your friends at the office In memory of Shirley Bradshaw —Kay Schalme, Margaret Stuart In memory of Anne-Marie Brownell —Marlene Milne

In loving memory of Winnifred (Winn) Anne Burns —Dave, Jane, Jill & Jeff MacGregor, John & Jean Patterson, Isabelle Ellerby, Shelley Barnett & Barry Denesiuk, the Moffat Family, Mary Konantz, Board of Directors and staff of Misericordia Health Centre Foundation, Bonnie Bisnett, Burns Family Fund—The Winnipeg Foundation, Elizabeth Moorhouse, employees of the World Bank (Washington, DC), Financial Management, H. Christine Day, Jeannie Mackay, Jennifer Veitch & John Donkin, Margaret Morse, Matthew Bilash, Miss Thelma Fast, Oakenwald School, Philip Ashdown, Robert & Marion Patrick, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, Mr. & Mrs. E.R. MacDonald, Patricia Guy, Peter John MacDonald, Sheila & Ken Katz & Family, Wallace C. Murchison With sympathy for the Burns family and my good friend Marguerite McGregor —Joan Jessiman In honour of Terri Cherniack —Roslyn SIlver In memory of Don Dampsy —Doneta Brotchie In memory of Gladys Jefkins, who graced the MTC Volunteer Corps of Ushers for 45 years —Her Ushers In honour of Robin Kersey: Thank you for everything —Sheryl Rosenberg In recognition of Bill MacKinnon, FCA , Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants —The Insititute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba In memory of Judge Ronald Meyers —Simone Scott, Jessica & Joel Cogan In honour of the anniversary of Marina Plett-Lyle & David Lyle —Jacqueline Brignall In honour of two special birthdays and a very special wedding anniversary of Marina Plett-Lyle & David Lyle —Margaret & Bob Ferguson In appreciation of Steven Schipper and his direction of the cast of Les Miz —Balmoral Hall School Ryan Segal Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba

In memory of Ray Senft —Richard Yaffe & John Statham In memory of Sybil Shack for the benefit of MTC —Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Shelagh Sinclair Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation In memory of Rae Tallin —Joan Carlson Leslie John Taylor Fund —The Winnipeg Foundation In honour of Dr. Tippett: Best wishes on your retirement —Wilmer Penner

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Gail Asper t Morley & Marjorie Blankstein t Kerry Dangerfield t Gary Hannaford & Cathy Rushton t Maureen E. Jay Dr. Leonard & Hope Kahane Gordon C. Keatch t Laurie Lam & Larry Desrochers † Leona J. MacDonald Barb Melnychuk Heather Power & Harold Klause Steven Schipper & Terri Cherniack †

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Associate

Thank you to those who have made a Planned Gift. Your visionary support ensures our founders’ dream will live on for generations.*

$300 – $599

Thank you to our generous Endowment Fund donors who have given during the past 12 months.

$2,000,000 + Government of Canada/ Gouvernement du Canada Canadian Heritage/ Patrimone canadien

$500,000 – $999,999 Power Corporation of Canada

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Ben Moss Jewellers Birchwood Automotive Group The late Anne-Marie Brownell Bonnie Cham & Lorne Bellan CIBC John F. (Jack) Fraser t James R. Gibbs J.K. May Investments Ltd. Donald K. Johnson, C.M. Bryan Klein & Susan Halprin The Honourable Guy J. Kroft & Hester Kroft Manitoba Hydro Cam & Carole Osler

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individual giving Gerry & Barb Price George Sigurdson The late Norm & Patricia Stanger Arni Thorsteinson & Susan Glass Anonymous

$5,000 – $9,999 Carole Ann Baron Karen & Alan Dalkie Donald Fraser & Judy Little Greystone Managed Investments Inc. Tricia & Denis Hlynka Susan & Keith Knox Susan Millican Norma Anne Padilla Heather Pullan & Tom Frohlinger Laurie E. Stovel Joan Wright

$2,500 – $4,999 Margaret Caie Rita & Don Campbell Tom & Louise Carson t Ian Kirk † Peter & Maureen Macdonald Garry Markham Jim & Penny McLandress t Margaret & Fred Mooibroek Timothy Wildman & Kathleen Gough Dorothy Y. Young

$1,000 – $2,499 F. Adams & S. Brodovsky Philip Ashdown George Baldwin Joan & Michael Baragar Cheryl Barker Larry Beeston & Anna Sikora Dr. Douglas Birt Don & Cheryl Breakey Sheila & David Brodovsky Carol Budnick Mary Campbell Pamela & Andrew Cooke Werner & Judy Danchura Bob & Alison Darling Esther & Hy Dashevsky t Caren Davis Dick & Joan Dawson Ben & Shari Diamond Mary Dixon Helene Dyck Roberta Dyck Michael & Lynn Evans Robert & Ginny Filuk Maurice & Dolores Francen Charlie & Bonnie Froebe John & Margaret Graham M.E. Gray In memory of Sharon Greening —Margo Foxford & Giles Bugailiskis Kari Hagness † Barbara Hamilton Janice Harvey The Hollidays

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Gary & Maureen Hunter Thomas W. & Mary V. Kirk Heather Klassen Myron & Marion Klysh Jack & Yetta Levit In memory of Mae MacNair Barbara Main Terri & Jim McKerchar Gail Morberg Ken & Suzanne Munroe In memory of Dr. Liam J. Murphy —Dr. Leigh Murphy Myron Pawlowsky & Susan Boulter Anita & Ron Perron Marina Plett-Lyle Shelagh & Bill Powell Claude & Pat Precourt Pat & John Rabson t Soody & Orah Kleiman Danielle & Kieran Savage Dr. William & Dr. Renate Schulz Jo-Anne & Ian Seymour Shepherd & Stevens Ruth Simkin Jennifer Skelly & Family † Adele Standil Ian R. Thomson & Leah R. Janzen Charles R. Vandekerkhove Beverley Vane & Bill Shepherd Dr. & Mrs. F.C. Violago David Walker & Debbie Shaen-Walker Barbara & Ken Webb Margaret & Alfred Wikjord Heather & Kitch Wilson Harry & Evelyn Wray Anonymous

$500 – $999 Judy & Jay Anderson Jack Armstrong & Doris Quinn J. Kenneth & Joyce Beatty Ruth Bellan Bruce & Joyce Berry Arthur & Ken Blankstein-Ure Helga & Gerhard Bock David & Pamela Bolton Ron & Joan Boyd Eldon & Mavis Brown Bill & Dwili Burns Dr. Walter & Jean Bushuk Nan Carson Margaret E. Clarke John K. & Agnes Collins Joy Cooper & Martin Reed Ray & Brenda Crabbe Raymond & Charlene Currie John Depape M. Jane Dick F.P. Doyle John Edwards Mrs. Selma Enns Greg Esselmont Christine Fleetwood Chris Freeman William Gardner

Dr. Ronald & Denise George Brent & Debbie Gilbert David & Ewhenia Gnutel Bruce & Judy Harris Tony Harwood-Jones & Heather Dixon Teresa A. Hay Evelyn & Larry Hecht Helios & Marilyn Hernandez Ray Hesslein & Mavis Bollman Jeff Hirsch & Liz Murray Rudy & Gail Isaak Lynne Jentsch Bradley Krentz Dr. G.H. Lawler J. Wayne & Helen Le Blanc Ellen & Stewart Leibl Mr. & Mrs. E.R. MacDonald Dr. & Mrs. Tim McCarthy Ramesh & Lynn Mehta Lorne Morriss † Paul & Elaine Neelon Robert J. Nickel & Barbara E. Nickel J. & B. Nielsen Mr. & Mrs. W. Norrie Donna & Bill Parrish E.M.L. Poulter Joyce Rich Marc & Sherri Rittinger Irene Romaniw Elizabeth Russin Charlene M. Scouten Melanie Sexton † David P. Silcox & Linda Intaschi Grant Sims Percy & Elizabeth Stapley Bob & Darlene Stewart Joyce D. Strang Paul & Terry Swart Margaret & Walter Swayze Candace Trussler Grant Tweed Unitarian Church Theatre Group Gwen & Helmut Waedt Faye & Peter Warren Grant & Sandy Watson John T. & Justina Wiens Margaret & Paul Wright 3 Anonymous

Up to $499 Edward W. & M. Joan Alexander Jeanne M. Allen Darla Alsip In memory of Gordon Andersen —Dawn Andersen Leslie Anderson & Ken MacLeod Helen & Ignatius Anyadike Helen M. Arkos Armand & Judy Baccus Pamela Bachewich Peggy Bainard Acheson t

Linda Barth Dr. John & Karen Bate Arla Beachell Bruce & Shelley Bertrand-Meadows Penny-Lee Blundon The Bohm Family Yvette Boily Marnie Bolland Dr. John Bond M. & E. Bonneau Melanie Bourdon Garth & Judy Bradley Billy Brodovsky & Libby Yager Gloria Brown Sharon Brown Marion Bruno G. Burge & K. England Janice Butcher Vera Butterworth Marina Caillier Beverley Cann Dr. & Mrs. Tom & Jennifer Carter Jeanetta Casselman Audrey Cassels Betty & Bruce Catchpole Debra Chapman David Christianson & Vera Steinberger Glen & Lorna Clark Nancy Clendenan Edna & Kevin Closs Katherine Cobor & Gordon Steindel Dawn Colby Christine H. Coltart Heather & Frederick Corbett Alfred Cornies Chris Cottick Michael & Sandra Cox Susan Coyne & Albert Schultz Holly Cumming Maureen Danzinger Mike & Claire Darvill Dorothy Davidson Diane DeGraves Chloe & Ron Del Bigio Diane de Rocquigny Michael & Allison Dixon Jeanie Dubberley Greg Edmond & Irene Groot-Koerkamp Brenda & Michael Evans Marion Fellinger Ms. D. Ferraton Nelma Fetterman Lee Finch John & Clara Fjeldsted Audrey & the late Gordon Fogg Helen Fontaine Janice & Russ Foster Gitta Fricke Mrs. J. Fujii Ms. Linda Garwood-Filbert Lynne Gauld

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individual giving Trish Gibson Carole Giesbrecht Elisabeth Gordon Donald Graham Joyce Graham Patrick Graham Libby Greenfield Mr. J.E. Guthrie J.R. Halaiko Dr. Linda Hamilton & Cst. Grange Morrow Allan & Evelyn Hardy Mrs. Audrey Hilderman Dorothy Hodgson Bernd & Tanis Hohne Celine Houde Lorne & Marguerite How Jeff & Terry Hurtig Phyllis Ilavsky Lesley Iredale Elizabeth E. Jackson Heather Janik Jordan Janisse & Teresa Cooper Sylvia Jansen Wayne & Donalda Johnson Marilyn Juvonen Ausma Kaktins E.G. Kaprowy & G.L. Kropf Mrs. Adrienne Katz Susan Ketchen M.J. King

David Kinsley Fred Kisil & Dixie Mitchell Peter Kohut Ernest Kornelsen Dean Kostiuk Albert Krahn Rena Kroeker In memory of David Landy —Edith Landy Mrs. I. Lee Gloria Lemke Helen Leswick David & Sherrill Levene Dr. Stan & Susan Lipnowski Gail MacAulay & Kevin Rollason Simon S. Lucy & Leslie Malcolmson Allan & Joanne Malenko Emily Markiw Nick Martin & Dr. Evelyn Ferguson Donald McCarthy Pamela A. McKechnie Jim McLaren & Al Mapes Mr. & Mrs. Quinton McNaught Barbara McNeill Holly McNulty Walter & Marilyn Melnyk Roy & Sharon Millard Marlene Milne Nancy & Bill Mitchell Dr. Michael & Sharon Moffatt Marcel & Louise Mollot

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Mark Wiese Susan Williams & Jack Peet Leslie Wilson Murray & Ivy Wilson Donna Winstone Richard Woodhouse Grant & Sheila Woods Graham Wren Carrie Yudai Mary & Peter Zadorozny Ken Zealand 33 Anonymous

TRIBUTE GIFTS In memory of Winn Burns —Charlotte Murrell In honour of Laurie Lam & B. Wiebe for their presentations to the Unitarian Church Theatre Discussion Group —Marina Plett-Lyle & David Lyle In memory of Dora Mae Luckhurst —Anthony Fischer from Scotia Private Client Group, Roy & Nancy Vincent, Geoff & Margie Luckhurst, the Murray Family, David S. Morse, Barbara Hamilton & Jim Smith, Marc Monnin & Donna Miller, Marilyn & Norman Goldberg, Robert Doyle, Dossie Harrison, G. William Luckhurst, Joyce McLauchlan, Kevin & Els Kavanagh, Lee & Carol MacKenzie, Leslie & Michael Kapon, Rita Eyer, Albert & Marilyn Clearwater, Anthea & Roger Murray, Cathy Everett, Dave, Diane, Matt & Will Johnston, Faye Weinstein & George Schultz, Grace Johnson, Robyn & Harvey Diamond In honour of the visit of Robb Paterson & Zaz Bajon —Unitarian Church Theatre Group In memory of Heather Elizabeth Roylance —Leona MacDonald

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Individual Giving

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has a legacy of balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility, thanks in part to the ongoing generosity of individual donors and the significant support of the corporate community. Needless to say, these partnerships are important to the work we do onstage and behind the scenes. Winnipeg’s corporate community contributes to MTC through donations and sponsorships. Corporate sponsorships support a highly valued arts organization while allowing organizations to reach more than 300,000 patrons each year. In addition to this tremendous visibility, MTC’s comprehensive recognition package provides sponsors with opportunities for corporate hospitality. Investors Group, a long-time corporate sponsor, supports the art onstage by providing funds for play readings and commissions as part of MTC’s Wordplay program. Wordplay enables us to select the best plays for our audiences and create exciting new work for our stages. MTC receives an average of 200 scripts for consideration each year, submitted by playwrights hoping to see their work jump from the page to the stage. Each script is read by a staff member or a freelance reader and, if recommended, is read aloud for Artistic Director Steven Schipper. Last season, we hired 38 actors for eight live readings of promising scripts. MTC also commissions playwrights to create new work through the Wordplay program. Recent play commissions include Bruce McManus’ adaptation of

A Christmas Carol (2005/06) Photo by Bruce Monk

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (2005) and Rick Chafe’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Dog by Leon Rooke (2008). Current commissions include Maureen Hunter’s drama The Factor’s Wife, about a real-life trial that heightened racial divisions within the early Red River Settlement, and Angus Kohm’s historical drama Fort Whoop-Up, about the formation of the North West Mounted Police. Play commissions are integral to the process of discovering and developing new works. Thanks, Investors Group! A strong arts community reflects the health of a city’s economy and gives an indication of its quality of life. Both indicators are key in attracting and keeping professionals and businesses in Winnipeg, where the arts and creative industries contribute $1 billion in economic activity and employ more than 25,000 workers. Every year, MTC employs an average of 456 individuals who bring great theatre to Manitoba at affordable prices. In addition to sponsorship opportunities, corporate donations allow a company to take advantage of a variety of donor benefits, such as the popular corporate subscription. For a corporate donation of $600, employees receive the best deal in town—an incredibly low price for a season of amazing theatre. A $600 gift also entitles four employees to attend a working rehearsal, a private backstage tour for 10 guests and acknowledgement in three issues of Ovation.

Please contact Kristine Betker, Director of Fund Development, at 934-0305 to make your corporate gift or to discuss sponsorship opportunities at MTC.


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Accounting/Finance

Patron Services Office

His Honour, Lt. Governor Philip S. Lee The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba His Worship, Mayor Sam Katz

Sharon Burden, Accounting Yvonne O’Connor, Accounting Shelley Stroski, Controller

Executive Officers

Administration

Gary Hannaford, FCA, Chair Gerry Couture, past chair Jim McLandress, Secretary,

Brian Adolph, IT Manager Zaz Bajon, General Manager Natascha Hainsworth, Outreach Coordinator Daphne MacMillan, Administrative Secretary Landin Marten, IT Assistant Debbie Neufeld, Reception/Marketing Assistant Alan Waite, Assistant General Manager

Laurie Fletcher, Patron Services Office Manager Melanie Sexton, Ticketing Services Director Jennifer Skelly, Tessitura Application Coordinator Patron Services Representatives: Katie Adamson, Sheena Baird, Natercia Doucet, Alana Odokeychuk, Michaela Porter, Ali Robson, Jessica Ross

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Patrick Green, Treasurer Kerry Dangerfield, chair, community relations Robert Eastwood, chair, resource development Shannon Ernst, Chair, Organizational Performance

Trustees David Carefoot David Christie Derrick Coupland Anthony C. Fletcher Debbie Gray Jeff Lamothe Bruce Leslie Michelle Weinberg Rod Woodcock Rick Workman Brenda Zaporzan

Advisory Council Lawrence Prout, Chair Gail Asper Morley Blankstein Doneta Brotchie Angus Campbell Albert D. Cohen Hy Dashevsky Glen Dyrda, FCA John F. Fraser Jean Giguere Charron Hamilton Yude Henteleff Ken Houssin Gordon Keatch Colin R. MacArthur, QC Patrick J. Matthews Claire W. Miller Jeffrey Morton, FCA Hon. Jack Murta Lillian Neaman Shelley Nimchonok Andrew Ogaranko, QC James Pappas John Petersmeyer Jeff Quinton Patricia Rabson Margaret Redmond Susan Skinner Al Snyder Maureen Watchorn

Artistic Jeff Kennedy, Wordplay Coordinator Laurie Lam, Producer Robb Paterson, Associate Artistic Director Steven Schipper, Artistic Director Melinda Tallin, Artistic Coordinator

Carpentry Louis Gagné, Layout Carpenter Chris Hadley, Carpenter Brent Letain, Master Carpenter Chris Seida, Scenic Carpenter

Communications Sue Caughlin, Marketing & Communications Manager Doowah Design, Design Bruce Monk, Photographer Brent Phillips, Director of Marketing & Communications Mark Saunders, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Tara Seel, Publicist/Web Editor

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Laura Enns, Bookkeeper/Assistant Ian Kirk, Assistant to the Technical Director Laura Lindeblom, Assistant to the Production Manager Rick MacPherson, Technical Director, Tom Hendry Theatre Russell Martin, Production Manager Crystal L. Spicer, Technical Director, John Hirsch Theatre Randall Zyla Harder, Assistant to the Technical Director

Properties Larry Demedash, Senior Properties Builder Kari Hagness, Head of Properties Lorne Morriss, Properties Buyer James Sutherland, Properties Builder

Stage Crew John Bent Jr., Head of Sound Hart Greenberg, Head Carpenter Joan Lees-Miller, Head of Wardrobe Kayla McSwain, Dresser Benjamin Ross, Head Electrician John Tomiuk, House Stage Hand

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Kristine Betker, Director of Fund Development Garth Johnson, Major, individual & planned Giving Officer Michael Joyal, Development Assistant Stephanie Lambert, Special & Donor Events Coordinator

Rick MacPherson, Technical Director Alison Nutt, Head Carpenter Claude Robert, Head Electrician Michael Wright, Head of Sound

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Deborah Gay-de Vries, Front-of-House Manager Sheena Baird, Assistant House Manager Jamie Chapman, Kim Cossette, Jenny Hall, Jonny Hall, Elfie Harvey, Heather Kennedy, Sherri Kostecki, Erica Lasker, Tia Levine, Rex McTavish, Robyn Milligan, Jessica Olson, Chris Pearce, Amariah Peterson, Angela Rajfur, Ray Strachan, Jennifer Schmidt, Caroline Shields, Cristin Sinclair, Kevin Stroski, Phyllis Van Drunen, Rita Vande Vyvere, Chelsea Zacharias, Derek Zorniak

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