WCT - Blithe Spirit Program - 2016

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ASHLIE CORCORAN: Director DANA OSBORNE: Set & Costume Designer OZ WEAVER: Lighting Designer CHRISTOPHER STANTON: Sound Designer ALISON DEON: Dialect Coach ISABELLE LY: Stage Manager CHRISTINE LEROUX: Assistant Stage Manager JASON HALL: Assistant Director Presented by special arrangement with The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.




ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT - NOĂ‹L COWARD ‘We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will be any less exasperating than this one, have we?’ Sir NoĂŤl Peirce Coward was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as in The Goldfish at the age of 11, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924), which featured themes of drugs and adultery and made his name as both actor and playwright in the West End and on Broadway. During the frenzied 1920s and the more sedate 1930s, Coward wrote a string of successful plays, musicals and intimate revues, including Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Easy Virtue (1926), This Year of Grace (1928), and Bitter Sweet (1929). His professional partnership with childhood friend Gertrude Lawrence started with Private Lives (1931) and continued with Tonight at 8.30 (1936). During World War II, he remained a successful playwright, screenwriter and director, as well as entertaining the troops and even acting as an unofficial spy for the Foreign Office. His plays during these years included Blithe Spirit, which ran for 1997 performances, outlasting the War (a West End record until The Mousetrap overtook it), This Happy Breed and Present Laughter

(both 1943). His two wartime screenplays, In Which We Serve, which he co-directed with the young David Lean, and Brief Encounter quickly became classics of British cinema. However, the post-war years were more difficult. Austerity Britain – the London critics determined – was out of tune with the brittle Coward wit. In response, Coward re-invented himself as a cabaret and TV star, particularly in America, and in 1955 he played a sell-out season in Las Vegas featuring many of his most famous songs, including “Mad About the Boy�, “I’ll See You Again�, and “Mad Dogs and Englishmen�. In the mid-1950s he settled in Jamaica and Switzerland and enjoyed a renaissance in the early 1960s, becoming the first living playwright to be performed by the National Theatre, when he directed Hay Fever there. Late in his career he was lauded for his roles in a number of films including Our Man In Havana (1959) and his role as the iconic Mr. Bridger alongside Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1968). Writer, actor, director, film producer, painter, songwriter, cabaret artist, as well as an author of a novel, verse, essays and autobiographies, he was called by close friends ‘The Master’. His final West End appearance was Song at Twilight in 1966, which he wrote and starred in. He was knighted in 1970 and died peacefully in 1973 in his beloved Jamaica. (noelcoward.com)

‘If we wish to understand some of the youth who grew to manhood in the Great War, we must take a good look at Mr Coward in whom the gaiety and the despair of his generation are exactly mingled.’ – Sir John Irvine

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ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES Krista Colosimo Ruth At WCT: Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Boeing Boeing. Elsewhere: On Top (Tarragon Theatre); Don’t Dress for Dinner (Thousand Islands Playhouse/ Gateway Theatre); The Seagull (Segal Centre); Boeing Boeing (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Misalliance, His Girl Friday, When the Rain Stops Falling, Candida, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Entertainer (Shaw Festival), Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours (Theatre North West), The Penelopiad (Nightwood 4×4 Directors Lab). Other: Krista is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada Acting Program. Ashlie Corcoran Director At WCT: Don’t Dress For Dinner, Waiting for the Parade, Driving Miss Daisy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Elsewhere: Artistic Director of Thousand Islands Playhouse since November 1, 2012. As Director at TIP: Into the Woods, Das Ding (The Thing), Blithe Spirit, Don’t Dress For Dinner, The Pirates of Penzance, Bed & Breakfast, Dear Johnny Deere, Driving Miss Daisy, The Ugly One, Waiting for the Parade, She Loves Me, Salt-Water Moon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Third Floor. As Director Elsewhere: Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); Das Ding (The Thing) (Theatre Smash/ Canadian Stage); Durango (Theatre Smash/fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company); The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times & National Tour); The Ugly One (Theatre Smash/Tarragon Theatre); The Magic Flute (Opera Philadelphia); Don Giovanni, Le Lauréat, Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters (The Glenn Gould School, RCM); The Bremen Town Musicians, Operation Superpower, The Brothers Grimm, Isis and The Seven Scorpions, Cinderella, and The Bear (Canadian Opera Company). As Artistic Producer & Director: Tiny Dynamite, Tijuana Cure, and A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash).

Upcoming: Me and My Girl (Shaw Festival); Second Nature, The Magic Flute (COC); Kiss (Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage); and Bed & Breakfast (Centaur Theatre). http:// www.1000islandsplayhouse.com/ashliecorcoran/ Shannon Currie Elvira At WCT: Waiting for the Parade Elsewhere: Dear Johnny Deere and Waiting for the Parade (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Seagull (Segal Centre); Iceland (Why Not Theatre); It’s A Wonderful Life, Boeing Boeing, The Mousetrap (Theatre Aquarius); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Doubt (Sudbury Theatre Centre); King Lear, The Comedy of Errors (Driftwood Theatre); and The Life of Jude (Summerworks Festival). Film & TV: Saving Hope (CTV); Warehouse 13 (SyFy); and Falling for Caroline (Inside/Out Festival). Other: Shannon holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor and is a graduate of the Acting Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Noël Coward Witticisms ‘I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise.’ ‘Work is much more fun than fun.’




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Alison Deon Dialect Coach At WCT: As an actor: Don’t Dress for Dinner and Boeing Boeing. Elsewhere: Dialect coach for Educating Rita (Thousand Islands Playhouse) and Fishskin Trousers (Cart/Horse); Mary’s Wedding (Golden Apple). As an actor:The Importance of Being Earnest, Somewhere Beyond The Sea (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Railway Children (Mirvish); The Little Years, The 39 Steps (Magnus); Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden (Resurgence);The Shape of a Girl (First Light); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark); The Miser (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and London Assurance (Stratford). Other: Alison is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. She also works as a Teaching Artist for the Stratford Festival and Shakespeare in Action. Stephen Gartner Charles Condomine At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere (selected): Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, Don Juan, Henry V (Stratford Festival – Seven Seasons); Great Expectations, The Comedy of Errors, Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet (Neptune Theatre); The Misanthrope (Tarragon Theatre); Robin Hood, Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre); Macbeth, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Hobbit, and Yankee Tavern (Grand Theatre). Film & TV: Reign (CW Network), Abroad (CBC – Pilot), The Incredible Hulk (Marvel), and Blythe & Virginia (Shaftsbury). Upcoming: Peter and The Starcatcher (Globe Theatre) and Sense and Sensibility (Citadel Theatre). Other: Stephen is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory.

Kelsey Gilker Edith At WCT: Liberation Days (with Theatre Calgary, Silent Chap and The Shadow Circus (HighWire Festival). Elsewhere: The Shakespeare Show, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, The Last of the Dragons, Romeo and Juliet, James and the Giant Peach (Project X Theatre); Making Contact (Chimera Theatre); Village of Idiots, Antigone, The Tempest (Thompson Rivers University). Other: Kelsey is a Betty Mitchell Award Nominee and a Kamloops Mayor’s Award of the Arts Emerging Artist Award Winner. She is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Thompson Rivers University. Kelsey would like to thank her incredible family for their constant support. Jason Hall Assistant Director At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Playwright of Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes, Third Floor (Thousand Islands Playhouse); A First Class Death (Vault Festival, UK); 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor (Edinburgh Fringe Festival);The Match (Company of Angels/ Latitude Festival, UK); Third Floor (Summerworks/Lower Ossington Theatre); Stand Sentry (Rhubarb Festival/Buddies In Bad Times Theatre); GBS(Toronto Fringe Festival/ Theatre 503, UK); Eyes Catch Fire (Finborough Theatre, UK). Upcoming: Jason is currently adapting his stage play GBS into a feature-length screenplay. He will also be the Assistant Director for Into the Woods and A Grand Time in the Rapids for the Playhouse’s 2016 season. Other: Jason is a lecturer in Playwriting at Brunel University, London, UK.

Noël Coward Witticism ‘It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.’ 7

Christine Leroux Assistant Stage Manager At WCT: As Stage Manager: Made in Italy. As Assistant Stage Manager: Habib’s Unforgettable All-Night House Party, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Mary Poppins, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Are We Cool Now?, The 39 Steps, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, Liberation Days, Peter and the Starcatcher, Driving Miss Daisy, Closer Than Ever and Les Misérables. Elsewhere: Stage Manager for Raven Meets the Monkey King (Axis Theatre Company); Assistant Stage Manager for The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Shakespeare Show, Alice in Wonderland and The Last of the Dragons (Project X Theatre). Other: Christine is very excited to be joining this production! She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their incredible support. Enjoy the show! Isabelle Ly Stage Manager At WCT: As Stage Manager: Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof, Boeing Boeing, Driving Miss Daisy. As Assistant Stage Manager: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Where the Blood Mixes. Elsewhere: Eleven seasons with Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, ON, including most recently A Grand Time in the Rapids; Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); Infinity (Volcano Theatre/Tarragon Theatre); Palace of the End (Canadian Stage); The Eco Show, Insomnia (Necessary Angel); What Lies Before Us (Crow’s Theatre/ Canadian Stage); Interim School Technical Coordinator and rehearsal ASM on the world premiere of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Winnipeg Ballet). Upcoming: Remount and regional tour of Infinity (Volcano Theatre/Tarragon Theatre) and Million Dollar Quartet (TIP). Other: Isabelle is a Toronto-based stage manager and graduate of the drama department at Queen’s University. On top of stage managing, she has held various 8

marketing and public relations positions with Thousand Islands Playhouse, The Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall, Nightwood Theatre, Soundstreams, and the Luminato Festival. Janet Michael Mrs. Bradman At WCT: As Playwright: Habib’s Unforgettable All Night House Party. As Actor: Waiting for the Parade, Noises Off, Wit, Sexy Laundry, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, Witness For the Prosecution, Molly’s Veil, If We are Women, Twelfth Night, Dancing at Lughnasa and Sex Tips for Modern Girls. Elsewhere: Sexy Laundry (Richmond Gateway Theatre); No Great Mischief (Vancouver Playhouse); Joan Henry (Caravan Farm Theatre); Hot Flashes (Sunshine Theatre); Atlantis (Workshop West); Romeo and Juliet (Richmond Gateway Theatre); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rocky Mountain Shakespeare); The Hostage (Belfry Theatre); and Dancing at Lughnasa (New Bastion Theatre). Film: she has appeared in Tomson Highway Gets His Trout, Four Sisters, Violet and Extraordinary Visitor. Upcoming: A recording of original songs based on Newfoundland themes. Dana Osborne Set & Costume Designer At WCT: Boeing Boeing. Elsewhere (selected): Costume Design: Father Comes Home From the War (Soulpepper); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, All My Sons, Possible Worlds, Carousel (Stratford); The Barber of Seville (Pacific Opera); Parfumerie (Soulpepper). Set Design: Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang (YPT). Set and Costume Designs: You are Here: A New Musical, Bed and Breakfast, The Importance of Being Earnest (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Soulpepper); and To Kill A Mockingbird (YPT). Upcoming: Joni Mitchell: River (Grand Theatre); 2017 Season (Stratford & Shaw). www.danaosborne.ca

Christopher Stanton Composer & Sound Designer At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Tuesdays With Morrie (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Gertrude & Alice (Buddies In Bad Times); Mustard (Tarragon Theatre); El Refugio de Freidel (Aluna/Progress Festival); Possible Worlds (Stratford/Talk Is Free /BeMe Munich); Ajax & Little Iliad (World Stage/Brisbane Festival/Dublin Fringe/Wiener Festwochen); Jacob & Nova(Dancemakers); New Electric Ballroom (MacKenzieRo); Gruesome Playground Injuries(BirdLand); The Tin Drum, Minotaur (UnSpun). Other: Chris has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards as a performer (winning in 2011), five as a sound designer, and two as a director. He was also nominated for a Pauline McGibbon award for his work as a director. Chris is the Artistic Producer of the Toronto-based indie theatre performance company ARC. Oz Weaver Lighting Designer At WCT: Don’t Dress for Dinner. Elsewhere: The Importance of Being Earnest (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well (Canadian Stage); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Passage & Idiom (Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects – Canadian Tour); Glenn Gould Prize Jury Gala (The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts); The Whole Shebang (Dreamwalker Dance Company); and Don Giovanni (Koerner Hall). Other: Oz is a Toronto-based lighting designer, production manager, and producer who has helped create over seventy-five shows. He has been nominated for a Brickenden Award, and has won two Dish Awards for his designs of Into the Woods and Phantom of the Opera. He is currently also the Executive Director & Producer for The Dietrich Group with Artistic Direction by D.A. Hoskins.

Christopher Weddell Doctor Bradman At WCT: Silent Chap, The Importance of Being Earnest, Noises Off, The McLean Boys, Amadeus, and The Keeper of the Light. Elsewhere: Waiting For Godot (Kaspar Theatre, Prague); Augustine (Big Hysteria) (Pink Ink). Upcoming:The Collector (Artists Collective Theatre). Other: Christopher is a graduate of the Playhouse Acting School, and has played on stages in Europe and Canada. He is a founding member and past Artistic Associate of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Anita Wittenberg Madame Arcati At WCT: In a Blue Moon, Waiting for the Parade, Boeing Boeing, A Christmas Story, Wit, Noises Off!, A Christmas Carol, and To Do (High-Wire Festival). Elsewhere (selected): In a Blue Moon, Waiting for the Parade, Boeing Boeing (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Circle Mirror Transformation (Arts Club); The Heiress, Hay Fever, Candida, Enchanted April, Lost in Yonkers (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Ethan Claymore (The Belfry); Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Theatre Northwest); Mourning Dove, and Agnes of God (Pacific Theatre). Upcoming: A Holy Mo Christmas (Pacific Theatre) and The Cure for Death by Lightning (WCT).


VW TURTLE RIVER RACE Western Canada Theatre’s major fundraiser, the VW Turtle River Race, was once again a great success! We heartily thank TERRY LOWE and his team at VOLKSWAGEN KAMLOOPS for sponsoring the race and for all their support in the fundraising efforts. This year, we managed to raise over $20,000 for WCT youth arts programs!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!! RACE 1 (1:00pm): First - Ray McDonald Second - Donna Greenlay Third - Kathleen Bodharick RACE 2 (2:00pm): First - Rob Phillips • Robo Car Wash Second - Kelly Walker • Family Glass Third - Debra Jaeb CORPORATE CHALLENGE: Mike Russell • Surfer Enterprises

THANK YOU to the following companies, volunteers and you, our Turtle Ticket Buyers! SPONSORS Volkswagen of Kamloops – Terry Lowe and Staff Westjet – Robin Clark and Staff Save-On-Foods Rocky Mountaineer Surplus Herby’s Aberdeen Mall Interior Whitewater Expeditions Advance Hospitality Consulting – Bryce Herman Andre’s Electronic Experts Ocean Pacific Water Sports Treetop Flyers Mittz Kitchen Kamloops Community YMCA — YWCA Sun Rivers Golf RE/MAX Best Western PLUS Kamloops 98.3 CIFM B-100 CFJC TV7

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WCT STAFF James MacDonald, Artistic Director Lori Marchand, Executive Director ADMINISTRATION Ron Thompson, Financial Manager Sonya Robson, Accounting Assistant Catrina Crowe, Marketing & Comm. Director Bryce Herman, Fund Development Consultant Suzan Goguen, Growth & Engagement Director Terri Runnalls, Education Coordinator Jessica Buchanan, Events & Outreach Assistant Carlin Bolt, Marketing & Research Assistant PRODUCTION Heather Cant, Associate Artistic Director Gal Minnes, Production Manager Bill Chabassol, Production Technical Director Brian St-Amand, Sagebrush Technical Director Roya Mole, Sagebrush Assistant Technical Director Cindy Wiebe, Head of Wardrobe Rory Lynch, Head of Carpentry Angela Frye, Head of Properties Joel Feenstra, Production Assistant Robin Arundel, Technician Liam Befurt, Technician Celine Maher, Technician Laurie Harder, Carpenter Kathy Schwab, Second Painter Charlotte Wagner, Wardrobe Susan Dixon, Wardrobe

FRONT OF HOUSE Heather Regan, Client & Audience Services Manager Jean Choi, Volunteer Coordinator Front of House Manager: Allison Clow Guest Services Staff: Jessica Buchanan, Phyllis Mader, Christina Poirier, Carling Ryan KAMLOOPS LIVE! BOX OFFICE Jan Riggs, Box Office Manager Geraldine Penny, Box Office Staff Judy Day, Box Office Staff Michelle Vogrinec, Box Office Staff

WCT BOARD David Ross † Tim Rodgers - President Tom Kerr ‡ Grant Chu - Past President Judge T.W. Shupe § Mathew Dundas - Vice D. Michael Dobbin * President Peggy Gilmour * Gordon Miller - Vice President Mike Latta * Francis Barnett * Anne Manson * Richard Block Maureen Marshall * Marilyn Crossen Lanni Shupe * Wesley Eccleston Sharon Frissell †

Honorary Life Artistic Producer ‡ Founding Artistic Director § Honorary Life Chairman * Honorary Life Member

Noël Coward Witticism ‘I’m not a heavy drinker, I can sometimes go for hours without touching a drop.’

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BLITHE SPIRIT BEHIND THE SCENES PLAYBACK - Wednesday, Oct. 12, after curtain call of Blithe Spirit. Join us for a short, lively discussion of the show you’ve just seen and the theatrical arts in general. SPOTLIGHT VIDEO Our on-line Spotlight interview series focuses on subjects connected with the shows. For Blithe Spirit, we share a conversation with Clairvoyant Medium Michelle Morrison. More Information:



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Western Canada Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals for their generous financial contributions through sponsorship and/ or charitable donations. We are very thankful to everyone who plays an important part in helping us to bring the highest quality of work to the broadest possible audience. (Listings based on annual contributions, July 2015 to September 30, 2016.)

Operating Grants

The City of Kamloops Canada Council for the Arts Department of Canadian Heritage Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Government of Canada The Province of BC British Columbia Arts Council


BC Interior Community Foundation RBC Emerging Artists Project

Presenting Partner

Kelson Group, Ron & Rae Fawcett

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Show Sponsors

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Pre-Show Salon Sponsors Celista Winery Terra Restaurant

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Spotlight Sponsors

Canadian Mortgage Experts Canadian Tire Cloverdale Paint The Echo Edward Jones - Brant Hasanen Kamloops Insurance Services KPMG Westland Insurance

Diamond Companions ($5,000-$9,999)

Anonymous Michael E. Black & Denise Fortier

Gold Patrons ($3,500-4,999) Put your name here!

Silver Patrons ($2,000-3,499)

Dr. Laura (Lolly) & Mike de Jonge Ronald & Susan Thompson

Copper Patrons ($750-1,999) Anonymous Francis & Helen Barnett Russ & Jane Reid James & Barb Wentworth

Patrons ($500-$749)

Anonymous Ben & Lorene Anders Lois Crown Tony Erlank Jessie & James Fedorak Charles Izowsky Michael & Debbie Kowbel Len & Laurie Marchand June McClure Thomas & Sharon Moore Judy Moser Mary Orr Murphy & Katharine Shewchuk Bud & Daphne Smith

Investors ($200-$499)

Adams Lake Indian Band Peter & Debra Allik-Petersenn Mike & Mary Elizabeth Baker Peter Baron & Sheila Collier Dr. Anise Barton and Dr. Tom Wallace Dr. James Baughan R.C. Bidnell Christine & James Bilbey Jean Burris John Corbishley David & Laura Farrow Allen & Sharon Frissell Cora Jones Maryann Kowalsky Gwyneth Lamperson Fred & Nancy Leake Ray LePage Len & Donna Marchand Sandy & Ellen McCurrach Terry & Joan McQuillan Iris Nelson Colene Palmer Guy & Jeanine Parker Shirley & Kelly Rowland Terry Shupe Nancy Stewart Marijke & Al Stott Eric & Wendy Thomas

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A very special thank you to the following, who generously participated in our special 100 Heroes campaign to ensure WCT would be in a strong financial position in its 40th Anniversary Season and beyond.

Our Super Heroes ($5,000 and above)

Anonymous Dr. Laura (Lolly) & Mike de Jonge Michael Black & Denise Fortier Estate of Peggy Gilmour Rae Nixon

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Bill Adams & Katie McCormick Peter & Debra Allik-Petersenn Anonymous Anonymous Francis & Helen Barnett Barb & Doug Berger BEST WESTERN PLUS Kamloops Hotel Fearon & Richard Blair The Bostock & Fallis Families of Monte Creek Heritage Fund Dr. Jill Calder & Dr. Robert Walter


Grant & Nancy Chu Hugh Fallis & Marilyn Crossen Ron & Rae Fawcett Sharon & Allen Frissell Wilf Froese Coby Fulton & Margot McMillan Cathy Ferguson & Ken Sommerfeld Cathy Hall-Patch John & Stephanie Hampel, in memory of Karl & Agnes Hampel Jaylene Hanna Bryce Herman & Lisa Fuller Lois Hollstedt ideaLEVER Solutions Inc. Peter Inglis & Mastermind Studios Kamloops Honda Kevin Krueger Tina Lange-Henzler Glynis Leyshon & Richard Brownsey The Marchand Family

Kirsten McDougall David McGillivray, in memory of Rhea & Don McGillivray Maxine & Dennis Mucha Rowland & Anne Neave Jeff & Shelley Parr Rasheda Petersen Edie Pletzer Bruce Powell, in memory of Jane Powell Jane Reid Russ Reid Tim Rodgers Sage Sport Institute Derek and Lynn Schreurs Peter Schwirtz & Shirley Sze Bud & Daphne Smith Kent Stasich Carl Sulkowski Jennifer Takahashi

FIND YOURSELF AT WCT as a ... Sponsor: SCHOENING & FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Now in its 41st year, Western Canada Theatre brings together likeminded patrons, key stakeholders and organizations who recognize the value theatre brings to our region. Relatively new to the area, Rick McArthur, General Manager of Schoening and First Memorial Funeral Services, is the perfect example of someone who appreciates theatre and wants to see it thrive in our community. The decision to work with WCT was an easy one for Schoening – an organization that wishes to strengthen its historical ties to the community by supporting local organizations and causes. We spoke with Rick about his efforts to engage with the community:

How did you find yourself at Western Canada Theatre? When I moved to Kamloops four years ago, I wanted the association the community felt with Schoening to reach beyond the service we provide. To that end, we felt it was important to be more involved in events and social causes that align with our values. We believe every life has a unique and special story to tell. Theatre is a form of story-telling, so it’s really a natural fit. When we celebrate a life lived, we listen to music and reflect on visuals, all with the intention of honouring a unique journey. Living life to the fullest means getting out there and participating in the community we live in. Our staff not only support the arts but participate in community charities and wellness activities. What do you find you get out of Western Canada Theatre? As an organization, we are active participants in the Arts community, with sponsorships and collaboration with theatre and music. We enjoy the social aspect of theatre itself. Hundreds of people gather in one place for an evening and share together a performance that may be funny or moving or thought-provoking. I think there is a tremendous amount of support for the arts in this community, and we want to be a part of it.

ABOUT THE CO-PRODUCER For 35 years, the Thousand Islands Playhouse has produced professional theatre that entertains, engages, and inspires

audiences throughout Eastern Ontario. They produce a broad repertoire of pieces, including both classic and contemporary

plays, interpreted with a uniquely Canadian perspective. Their

goal is to enrich and contribute to their local community, and the

Canadian theatre community as a whole, through theatre, music, and visual art. They actively develop new works and creative

voices, and mentor the next generation of theatre artists through

professional development and training. They also provide artistic education programs that have a meaningful impact on the community.

The Thousand Islands Playhouse is thrilled to be partnering with Western Canada Theatre for this production of Blithe Spirit, previously enjoyed by audiences in Gananoque this past summer.