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welcome from the artistic director Welcome to the 2017 (RE)Imagine Series. With this series, we present two productions that highlight some of the best work that we do at WCT: a world premiere, developed by our own in-house play development program, and a modern classic work by a prominent First Nations playwright. As we enter the year in which we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, we are proud to present works that are unique in their outlook and viewpoint about Canada. This process will continue with next year’s production of Corey Payette’s new musical Children of God, which was originally developed by WCT, and returns to us as part of a national and international tour. WCT has a strong history of producing work by, with, and about the Indigenous community, and this work will continue to be a foundation of our mandate. In future years, we will continue to program the best of new work created by Indigenous artists, to promote new voices in the Indigenous community, and to provide creative and mentorship opportunities to emerging Indigenous artists. As with all of our productions, we also hope that this work will promote discussion, conversation, unity, and reconciliation. On a separate note, we have just launched our 2017/18 season, in which we are proud to present the outstanding plays of seven Canadian playwrights. These plays are funny, moving, haunting, and thrilling, and all of them have a story to tell about who we are. It is our great pleasure to bring them to you over the upcoming year. I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated moving to this beautiful region, working at this wonderful theatre, and being welcomed into your terrific community. I look forward to getting to know more of you and to continuing to bring fantastic live theatre to you for years to come. James MacDonald, Artistic Director

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welcome from the EXECUTIVE director The best theatre is a conversation, between the actors and the audience, between the playwright designers, and when most successful, throughout the community. The world informs theatre and theatre reflects the world. Such a conversation is how the (RE)Imagine Series began, through long discussions between playwright Kevin Loring and myself when we at WCT were developing his play Where the Blood Mixes. Consistent at Western Canada Theatre’s core has been a commitment to Indigenous artists and to the stories we have to tell. The (RE)Imagine Series is another chance to discuss the relationship between the Indigenous peoples and the settlers in Canada from different perspectives through stories that touch on universal emotions and themes. A proper conversation – one in which all hear and are heard – is a process, as is the Truth and Reconciliation process. Just like a conversation, truth and reconciliation is only possible when all are willing to hear, really hear, each other’s stories. And then we have to take action. Acting on the recommendations from the TRC moves us towards profound change, bettering everyone’s future. Reconciliation is not a First Nations’ issue; it’s a Canadian issue. What theatre does so well is bring us together to share each other’s stories in fresh, transformative ways, while at its heart entertaining us. As Kevin said of Where the Blood Mixes, we sometimes need to laugh to breathe. And laughing, and crying, together requires a shared understanding. We are sure you will do some of both through this series. And then please join us for some of the ancillary events, talks and resources through which we can continue the conversation. I’m so proud to be part of the amazing community of Kamloops, where such conversations are welcome. And I’m proud to be part of the amazing company of WCT, which builds bridges over which we can meet to discuss tough subjects and to celebrate one another. Many thanks to Chief Fred Seymour and the Tk’emlups Band Council, particularly Councilor Viola Thomas, and to Laura Michel-Evans for her invaluable support. The brave artists, staff and board members who create this important and profound work. Lori Marchand Executive Director

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By DARYL CLORAN

Based on the book by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

April 6 to 15, 2017 • SAGEBRUSH THEATRE

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BRADEN GRIFFITHS: Crazy Jack LUCY HILL: Beth TARAN KOOTENAYHOO: Dennis JOELLE PETERS: Nora AARON WELLS: Filthy Billy ANDREW WHEELER: Father ANITA WITTENBERG: Mother

DARYL CLORAN: Director MARSHALL MCMAHEN: Set and Props Designer MARIAN TRUSCOTT: Costume Designer GERALD KING: Lighting Designer JOHN GZOWSKI: Composer & Sound Designer BRADEN GRIFFITHS: Puppet Design & Construction KIM HARVEY: Cultural Consultant & Assistant Director ANDREW G. COOPER: Assistant Director KARL SINE: Fight Director KEVIN LORING: Dramaturge JEFF CHIEF: Design Consultant LISA RUSSELL: Stage Manager CHRISTINE LEROUX: Assistant Stage Manager LEIGH ROBINSON: Apprentice Stage Manager

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director’S NOTES When I became the Artistic Director of WCT in 2010, one of the first things I did was start reading novels set in this region. I wanted to find a great Kamloops story I could adapt for the stage. When I picked up The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, I couldn’t put it down. Gail has created such compelling characters and such a moving story, but more than that, it is a story in which the land itself is a major character. Set just down the road from us in Turtle Valley, the trees, the grass, the animals, the seasons, all play an enormous, important role in this storytelling. I was immediately struck by the evocative images Gail had created and the inherent theatricality of the story – it seemed so perfect for the stage. So I decided to give it a try! Gail has been so incredibly supportive of this adaptation every step of the way. When I first met with her to pitch her the idea, I promised to bring her every new draft of the script to approve. She smiled and said, “Just give me tickets to opening night.” It is such a generous (and brave!) act to trust your characters and story to another artist adapting it to another medium. The process of adaptation has been exciting and challenging, My first draft was just pages and pages of Gail’s beautiful prose. As soon as the actors started reading it out loud, I realized my mistake: while novels allow us into the thoughts of characters, theatrical storytelling is based in action. Now, over a few years and a few drafts, this stage adaptation has emerged, one that honours Gail’s heartwrenching story, while transforming itself to embrace the strengths of theatrical storytelling. I’m proud that this production is part of WCT’s (RE)Imagine Series. At its core, the story is very much about the relationship between Canada’s settlers and Indigenous people and our shared connection to the land – all seen through the unique perspective of a 15-year-old girl. The script, and production, have benefitted immensely from consultation with great Indigenous theatre artists, such as Kevin Loring, Kim Harvey, Jeff Chief, and WCT’s very own Lori Marchand. I can’t think of a more fitting way to end my final season at WCT – with a script I worked on throughout my time in Kamloops, which tells a story of the people of this region. Thanks so much for joining us for this production, and thanks too for 6 great years. Holly, Liam, Jack and I miss you all! Sincerely,

Daryl Cloran PS – A few months ago, Gail released her latest novel, The Spawning Grounds. It’s a follow-up to The Cure for Death By Lightning, and it is spectacular. You should run out and buy it as soon as the show is over! Thanks… Many thanks to all of the people and organizations that supported the development of this new script: Western Canada Theatre; Laurel Green, Vicki Stroich and Vanessa Porteous at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary; Lori Marchand, Kevin Loring, Heather Cant and Holly Lewis for their dramaturgical guidance; the many actors who participated in readings and workshops at both ATP and WCT; Cory Sincennes for his design guidance; Braden Griffiths, for his ingenuity with puppets and for being involved in every step of the development of this project; and my deepest gratitude to Gail Anderson-Dargatz, for trusting me with your story.

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DARYL CLORAN Director At WCT: Artistic Director (201016) and Director of Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, Peter and The Starcatcher, and many others! Elsewhere: Daryl is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. His directing credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT); Tribes (Canadian Stage); And All For Love (National Arts Centre); Generous (Tarragon); and Afterplay (Shaw Festival). Other: Daryl’s work has been nominated for Dora Awards (Toronto), Betty Awards (Calgary), SATA Awards (Saskatoon), Jessie Awards, and Ovation Awards (Vancouver). He has been awarded the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Director, the Toronto Theatre Emerging Artist Award, and a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Director (Halifax). Daryl is happy to be back in Kamloops with the great team at WCT! ANDREW G. COOPER Assistant Director At WCT: As Assistant Director: Mamma Mia!; As actor: The House at Pooh Corner and Masterpiece Theatre: Redux (High-Wire Festival). Elsewhere: As Director: Mockus, The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, One Day, Perseus & Andromeda, Knights of the Sun (Chimera Theatre); The Disordered Mind, Crossroads (Tranquille Tunnel Theatre); The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda (TRU). As Assistant Director: The Wizard of Oz (Project X Theatre). Other: Andrew holds his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from TRU, was a nominee of the Kamloops Mayor’s Artist of the Year Award and is the founding Artistic Director of Chimera Theatre. He has won two awards for Outstanding Choreography for his work with the Academy of Dance. The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, written and directed by Andrew, was nominated for Best New Play and Best Comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival in 2015. This summer, Andrew will be directing an all-new production of Knights of the Sun: Medieval Tournament Theatre at Sun Peaks with Chimera Theatre!

BRADEN GRIFFITHS Puppet Design & Construction / Crazy Jack At WCT: Workshop production of The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (ATP/Ghost River); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); All’s Well That Ends Well, (The Shakespeare Company); Red, The Gift of the Coat (ATP); Billy Bishop Goes to War (New West Theatre); Turn of the Screw, Shear Madness [2015] (Vertigo); Sequence (Downstage); Scorched (Sage). Awards: Nominated for multiple Betty Mitchell Awards for both acting & playwriting. Recipient of a Betty in 2104 for his performance in The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Other: Braden first encountered Daryl’s lovely adaptation of The Cure for Death by Lightning many, many years ago during one of its first workshops at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary. He couldn’t be happier to now be helping to finally bring this beautiful play to full production for the very first time. Much love goes out to his family, Debra (the cat) & Allie (the wife). JOHN GZOWSKI Composer & Sound Designer At WCT: In a Blue Moon. Elsewhere: Composer, sound designer, musician and instrument maker, John has played banjo for opera in Banff, studied Carnatic classical music in India, and played oud and guitar in jazz and folk festivals across Canada and Europe. His theatre work has won him 6 Dora’s, from 18 total nominations, using live music, acoustic instrumentation, foley and electronic sources for companies like Stratford, Shaw Festival, NAC, Luminato, the Mirvishes, MTC, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Citadel, Canstage, Soulpepper, Dancemakers, Red Sky, Tarragon, Factory Theatre and YPT in close to 200 productions. Other: Gzowski has played on numerous CD’s, with recent releases with Patricia O’Callghan, Tasa, and Autorickshaw as well as a Juno nomination with Maza Meze. He has run Canada’s first microtonal group, touring Canada playing the works of Harry Partch, composed and performed with several new music groups, and worked as co-artistic director of the Music Gallery.

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KIM HARVEY Assistant Director & Cultural Consultant At WCT: As Actor: Wit and workshop productions of Children of God, Language Reclamation Project and The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Kim is a Writer, Director, and Actor. Past Acting theatre highlights include: Rez Sisters, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Laurier Memorial, Salmon Row, the Governor General’s Award winning play and National Tour of Where the Blood Mixes, and Gordon Tootoosis’ final show, Gordon Winter. Other: Kim Harvey is from the Tshilqot’in, Syilx, Kutenai, Dakelh and Canada Nations. She is excited to work with Savage Society, Rumble Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Urban Ink and The Cultch in Directing and Assistant Directing roles. She was most recently shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson National Prize. Kim would like to give a special thank you to Daryl as well as the WCT family - for always supporting her work and the stories of Indigenous peoples. LUCY HILL Beth Weeks At WCT: Workshop production of The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Lucy Hill is a prairieraised actor and improviser based out of Toronto. Some of her theatre credits: I, Claudia (Neptune Theatre, Imperial Theatre, Globe Theatre); The Night’s Mare, The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy (Caravan Farm Theatre); Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre); That Summer, The Clockmaker (Theatre North West); Romeo & Juliet, A Date with the Night, Sleeping Beauty, Pride & Prejudice, The Alice Nocturne, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Theatre). Other: Lucy is delighted and honoured to be making her WCT debut in The Cure for Death by Lightning. Many thanks to Daryl, the cast and crew, and WCT. Big love and thanks to Daniel. www.lucyadelehill.com GERALD KING Lighting Designer At WCT: Liberation Days, The 39 Steps, Educating Rita, Ubuntu, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Wit, A Christmas Carol (2010), The Syringa Tree, The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney, Beauty and the Beast, The Dreamer’s Quest, Jake’s Gift, Scandal, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, Dear Santa, Unity (1918), Witness for the 8

Prosecution, Merlin, Respectable, 52 Pick-Up, The Weir, Little Shop of Horrors (2001), Romeo & Juliet, and Anne. Elsewhere: Gerald has designed for The Citadel, Theatre North West, Caravan Farm Theatre, Presentation House, The Belfry, Bard On The Beach, Axis Theatre, Arts Club Theatre Company, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre. In Dance and Opera he has designed for Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Manitoba Opera, Opera Omaha, The Baltimore Opera, The National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet British Columbia, and Kokoro Dance. TARAN KOOTENHAYOO Dennis At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Past projects have included work with Exit 22 Productions, rEvolver Festival, Talking Stick Festival, the SOAR Aboriginal Arts Program, and several film projects. Currently, Taran is doing an internship with Savage Society as an Artistic Associate. Other: Taran is a Denésułiné and Nakoda Sioux actor, spoken-word poet and playwright. Born in Cold Lake, AB (1993), he is now based out of Vancouver, BC. He received his Acting for Stage & Screen diploma from Capilano University in 2015, is signed with Premiere Talent Management, and is a part of Full Circle’s First Nations Performance Ensemble. He is excited to be a part of the (RE) Imagine Series with WCT. CHRISTINE LEROUX Assistant Stage Manager At WCT: As Stage Manager: Made in Italy. As Assistant Stage Manager: Ring of Fire, The Comedy of Errors, Blithe Spirit, Habib’s Unforgettable All-Night House Party, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, and Don’t Dress For Dinner. As Apprentice Stage Manager: 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 working on this incredible project, and she would like to thank Daryl, Heather and James for inviting her to be a part of it. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their continued support. Enjoy the show!


JOELLE PETERS Nora At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Joelle has worked on projects with the Stratford Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, The 29th Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (Native Earth Performing Arts), Dreary & Izzy (Theatre Northwest), Web of Lies (Investigation Discovery), Deceitful Above All Things (Summerworks Festival, remounted by Storefront Theatre). Other: Joelle is an actor from Walpole Island First Nation and is of Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Odawa and Miami descent. She is a graduate of Seneca College’s Acting for Camera and Voice Program. LEIGH ROBINSON Apprentice Stage Manager At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Stage Manager and Lighting Operator for Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions), Stage Manager and Technical Director for Theatre Royal (Newman and Wright), Production Coordinator for The Incompleat Folk Singing (The Other Guys Theatre Company), Stage Manager for Actors Nightmare, and The Servant of Two Masters (Vancouver Island University). Other: Leigh is very excited to be joining this incredible production! She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.

LISA RUSSELL Stage Manager At WCT: As Stage Manager: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Liberation Days, Les Misérables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls. Elsewhere: Other selected credits include: Root, Hog, or Die, A Soldier’s War, Romeo and Juliet, The Drowning Girls, Becky’s New Car, Shangri-La, O.C.Dean, Pride and Prejudice, Shout Sister, Robin Hood and A Doll’s House (Globe Theatre); Die Fledermaus, Madame Butterfly (Calgary Opera); Grace & Glorie, Over the River and Through the Woods (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Souvenirs, The December Man, Steel Kiss (Green Thumb Theatre); Doubt, A Parable (Theatre Calgary/Manitoba Theatre Centre); Shirley Valentine and Anything Goes (The Grand Theatre). Lisa was the production stage manager for the Summer Arts Festival at the Banff Centre for four summers and worked for seven seasons at the Stratford Festival. For Calgary Opera’s summer festival Lisa was the onsite producer (2015) and interim production manager (2014). Other: Lisa is thrilled to be back among old friends in Kamloops at WCT. MARIAN TRUSCOTT Costume Designer At WCT: The House at Pooh Corner, In a Blue Moon, The 39 Steps, Silent Chap, My Fair Lady, “Unity (1918)” and many others. Elsewhere: Recent theatre credits: The Liar (TRU-Actors Workshop Theatre); Alice and Wonderland (Theatre North West); and The Wizard of Oz (Project X Theatre). Other select credits include: Bemused (Theatre North West); James and the Giant Peach, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Project X Theatre); Complete Works of Wllm Shakespeare- abridged (Lunch Box Theatre); Larger Than Life - The Musical (WCT & Fire Hall Arts Centre). Other: Marian has received a Jessie Nomination in Costume Design (Small Theatre) for her work on Mambo Italiano. She is so grateful to be working on this beautiful adaptation by Daryl, of Gail Anderson-Dargatz’ novel, and working with a stunningly talented group cast, crew and designers and to being able to work at home. Upcoming: Newfoundland Mary Premiere (Lunch Box Theatre) and Stage 1 Theatre Class Productions (WCT).

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MARSHALL MCMAHEN Set and Props Designer At WCT: Set and Costume Design for the workshop production of Children of God. Elsewhere: Marshall’s sets and costumes have been seen at Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre Company, Pacific Opera Victoria, Urban Ink, Electric Company Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Gateway Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Green Thumb Theatre, and six productions with Caravan Farm Theatre. Other: Marshall is the recipient of a 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, a Jessie Award, and three Ovation Awards. He is a graduate of UBC, and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. He is happy to join the company of this exciting world premiere. Originally from Williams Lake, Marshall now lives in Vancouver.


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AARON M. WELLS Filthy Billy At WCT: Workshop production of Children of God. Elsewhere: Previous roles include Into the Woods, The Great Gatsby (CCPA). Other: Aaron comes from the Ehattesaht and Lax Kw’alaams First Nations and has recently graduated from Company C, the third year program at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He has taken part in discussions with the National Arts Centre and members of the Stratford Festival in investigating Indigenous space and voice in Canada with other Indigenous artists. He hopes that through his story telling that he can bring about the space for healing and discussions of understanding and hope all while having some fun! Upcoming: Children of God (The Cultch/NAC). ANDREW WHEELER Father At WCT: Amadeus, The Dining Room, Twelfth Night, Merlin, and Blood Brothers. Elsewhere: Recent credits include; Onegin, Clybourne Park, One Man Two Guv’nors, August: Osage County, Gordon, (Arts Club Theatre

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Company); The Rainmaker, Re:Union, A Good Way Out (Pacific Theatre); and 10 seasons at Bard On The Beach. Andrew has also appeared in over 80 TV shows including; Gracepoint, iZombie, The L Word, Supernatural, The Missing, and The X Files. Other: Andrew is delighted to be back at WCT, where he performed in a number of shows during the 90’s. He lives in Vancouver. ANITA WITTENBERG Mother For WCT: Blithe Spirit, Boeing Boeing, Waiting for the Parade, In a Blue Moon, Wit, A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, Noises Off!, High-Wire Festival and workshop production of The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Some recent credits include Holy Mo! A Christmas Show! (Pacific Theatre); Blithe Spirit, In a Blue Moon, (Thousand Islands Playhouse); In a Blue Moon, (Arts Club Theatre Company); and Patron Saint of Stanley Park, (Theatre Northwest). Upcoming: Silent Sky (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Other: Anita has enjoyed living in Kamloops for eight years and having so many opportunities to perform with WCT. As of this summer, she and her family will be relocating to Vancouver. She is very grateful to the wonderful WCT audiences and all the lovely people in this community.

Directors’ Festival

One-act plays directed by senior directing students

April 10–15 • Curtain Nightly at 7:30pm

Actors Workshop Theatre

Night A – April 10, 12, 14

THE WAY OF ALL FISH by Elaine May

CAUGHT IN THE ACT by Bruce Kane

A BENCH ON THE EDGE by Luigi Jannuzzi

DEAD BOY by Craig Wright

MOST MASSIVE WOMAN WINS by Madeline George

IN ON IT by Daniel MacIvor

Night B – April 11, 13, 15

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Reality and Transformation in The Cure for Death by Lightning Like an Alice Munro short story or an Alex Colville painting, Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, is firmly set in a Canadian Gothic realist tradition. The ordinary is depicted in painstaking detail; however, amidst the quotidian, something otherworldly is always lurking. Where Anderson-Dargatz differs from her fellow Canadian artists is in her addition of the magical, the supernatural onto the realist template. In this magical realm, which Daryl Cloran, who adapted the novel for the stage, captures superbly, the Indigenous perspective on which WCT’s (RE)Imagine Series focuses, is most evident. Cloran’s directions on the puppets that represent the numerous animals are explicit: they are to be “inspired by First Nations iconography” and decidedly not realistic. Cloran devotes almost two pages to detailing their non-representational qualities, using variants of the word “magic” three times, and indicating how each animal is connected to the plot and set. If the staged reading of the play I saw at Western Canada Theatre’s High-Wire Festival in 2015 is any indication, The Cure for Death by Lightning should be stunning in its elemental depiction of the integral relationship between the human and the more-than-human. Coyote (Sk’elep), the trickster figure of the Secwepemc peoples, with magical powers as a teacher and transformer, permeates the play. The character of Filthy Billy articulates (or, more accurately, speculates on) Coyote’s role in the unfolding of the plot. Early in the play, Billy states a fundamental characteristic of the Secwepemc world view: “No good guys and bad guys… The world doesn’t work like that.” While Coyote clearly influences the plot, this complex character evades simple definition and remains enigmatic; the reader/viewer, like Billy, is never fully enlightened about Coyote’s motives and actions. Billy’s conviction that Coyote has left the scene just before the play’s ending concurs with Secwepemc beliefs. Perhaps it is Sk’elep who turns torrential rain into flax and creates the swarm of turtles that form a “moving, living blanket” on Blood Road. The downpour of purple flowers, while astonishingly beautiful to protagonist Beth, is double edged: the crop, which feeds the cattle on which the Weeks family depends, has been ruined. Human-nature interdependence is also underscored at the play’s end, when Billy and Beth assist the turtles in their journey to their nesting site. WCT created the (RE)Imagine Series “in recognition of Canada’s 150th Anniversary and the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” As we experience The Cure for Death by Lightning on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc peoples, let’s regard the play as both a work of Canadian art and a potent tool for reconciliation. As the summary report of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada states: “Reconciliation must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that our 2016-2017 SEASON BRUCE DUNN, MUSIC DIRECTOR children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share”. With its magic realism, Daryl Cloran’s A KELSON GROUP POPS PERFORMANCE play is a testament to the power of story to reflect POP, FUNK, SOUL, realities, stimulate change, and remind us of the AND SYMPHONY interconnectedness of all things. Ginny Ratsoy Associate Professor of English Thompson Rivers University

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Join Western Canada Theatre this season, as we explore the complexity, talent and imagination of the people of Canada as they live out their lives live on stage. Our 42nd Season is driven by our belief in the power of live theatre to change lives, through shows that live on in your thoughts and conversations long after you leave the theatre. Through great stories of reflection, renewal, and celebration, we will celebrate the work of Canadian – including Kamloopsian – playwrights and theatre artists: six of the seven subscription productions are new Canadian works – two are world premieres! There are stories of family, of love lost and love found, of people who fight for what they believe, and stories that will inspire us to triumph. There’s also a Broadway hit whose rock-n-roll stories will energize us. And the profound and powerful new musical Children of God, which began its life in WCT’s play development program and reflects our continued commitment to Indigenous artists, their stories, and the resulting community conversations. And it’s a season for all ages! With the World Premiere of A Christmas Carol, we have a mainstage holiday show for all the family. You will not want to miss one of these shows. Be sure to see them all with a Season Subscription! Available now at Kamloops Live! Box Office • 1025 Lorne Street • 250-374-5483

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SAgEBRuSH SERIES MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Book by Colin EsCott & Floyd Mutrux original Concept & direction by Floyd Mutrux

Oct 12 - 21, 2017 On a warm day in Memphis in 1956, ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS, and JERRY LEE LEWIS came together to make music. They ended up making history. Brawling, laughing & jamming, they made some of the greatest rock hits ever!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL By jaMEs MaCdonald

Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2017 On a fateful Christmas Eve in Victorian London, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is made to see the error of his ways through a timely visit by three spirits… and one very unhappy ghost. A classic tale for all times and all ages, specially created for WCT. from the book by CHarlEs diCKEns

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Jan 25 - Feb 3, 2018 By MarK CrawFord A sassy, sexy, modern comedy about beekeeping, turkey farming, and romance. guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, and full of wonderful messages about family, relationships with grown children, and finding true love at any age. A hot way to spend a chilly night.

GLORY

Feb 22 - Mar 3, 2018 An inspirational, triumphant new play based on an incredible true story of our national sport. In the 1930s, the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team won an astonishing 300 games, all while fighting through the Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval. By traCEy powEr

produced in association with alberta theatre projects (Calgary)

CHILDREN OF GOD

Mar 29 - Apr 7, 2018 A gorgeous, powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school. Offering a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. By CorEy payEttE

an urban ink (vancouver) production. produced in association with the Citadel theatre, in collaboration with naC English theatre in association with raven theatre (vancouver)/the Cultch (vancouver)

PAVILION SERIES THE BEST BROTHERS By daniEl MaCivor

Sep 14 - 23, 2017

A warm-hearted modern comedy with an edge. A free-spirited woman dies, leaving her two middle-aged sons to take care of her funeral arrangements, her personal life… and her feisty Italian greyhound. Learning how to grow up... or, perhaps, to stay young.

ARMSTRONG’S WAR By CollEEn MurpHy

Apr 12 - 21, 2018

Two very different Armstrong’s: 21-year-old Michael, a veteran of the Afghan conflict, and 12-year-old Halley, a plucky girl recently paralyzed. They meet in a hospital room over the course of several months and discover a renewed joy for life.

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ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH

By DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR

Produced in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

May 4 to 13, 2017 PAVILION THEATRE

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I am honoured to have the privilege of working here at WCT and also to have their incredible support and belief in me to let me direct this play. My connection with Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth began 20 years ago, when I played the role of Tonto and explored this world of Otter Lake and environs. The subject of the 60’s scoop up is again in the news of late, and we as a country are still hearing, generations later, of the effects of that failed program upon people and families.  Identity and inclusion are traits we all require and need as human beings, and this play gently reminds us of their importance. It also demonstrates what can happen without them. It can lead to a lifelong pursuit of asking questions and dealing with the answers or to the torment of asking the questions with no one to answer. A wise person once said “to succeed going forward, we need to know from where we come.” Thank you and welcome to the world of Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth. Meegwitch! Lorne Cardinal Director

PLAYWRIGHT’S BIOGRAPHY During the last 25 years of his life, Drew Hayden Taylor has done many things, most of which he is proud of. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, he has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts, from 1994-97. He has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed Redskins, Tricksters, and Puppy Stew, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada. Drew has traveled to 17 countries around the world, spreading the gospel of Native literature to the world. Through many of his books, most notably the four-volume set of the Funny, You Don’t Look Like One series, he has tried to educate and inform the world about issues that reflect, celebrate, and interfere in the lives of Canada’s First Nations. For three years, he was the Head Writer for Mixed Blessings, a TV comedy series, as well as contributed scripts to four other popular Canadian TV series. In 2007, a made-for-TV movie he wrote, based on his Governor General’s nominated play In a World Created by a Drunken God, was nominated for three Gemini Awards,

including Best Movie. Originally aired on APTN, it opened the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and the Dreamspeakers Film Festival in Edmonton. The last few years has seen Drew proudly serve as the Writer-In-Residence at the University of Michigan, the University of Western Ontario, University of Luneburg (Germany), Ryerson University, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as a host of Canadian theatre companies. In 2007, Annick Press published his first novel, The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, a teen novel about an Ojibway vampire. His non-fiction book exploring the world of Native sexuality, called Me Sexy, followed his highly successful book on Native humour, Me Funny. The third instalment, Me Artsy, deals with the Aboriginal artistic spirit.

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His novel Motorcycles & Sweetgrass was short listed for the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 2010. Drew’s newest collection of articles and essays is NEWS: Postcards From The Four Directions, which was followed by the publication of two new plays, God and the Indian and Cerulean Blue. In 2015, a selection of his best articles and columns were published in The Best of ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Like One’. Most recently published is a collection of his Native themed science fiction short stories, titled Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories. Add to this his fresh-from-the-press new play, Crees in the Caribbean, his publication total is 30 books. Oddly enough, the thing his mother was most proud of was his ability to make spaghetti from scratch. 17


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ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES LORNE CARDINAL Director At WCT: As Actor: Where the Blood Mixes, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Thunderstruck, and a ways back, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth. Elsewhere: Lorne has numerous film and TV credits but is most known for his portrayal of Sgt. Davis in CTV’S Corner Gas. Other: Lorne is thrilled to be back where it all began for him. Thanks to Dr. David Edwards, of Caribou College days, for showing him the world of acting and providing some of the tools to succeed in this business. This version of Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth marks Lorne’s first time at WCT as Director; he performed in an earlier version of the show in WCT’s 1997/98 season. He feels blessed to have a loving wife, Monique, and a great cast and crew! Enjoy and Thank you. Upcoming: Look for the NEW Corner Gas Animated in the coming year on The Comedy Network. DAKOTA HEBERT Janice At WCT: Dreary and Izzy. Elsewhere: Dakota’s acting career began in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She was the first Indigenous student taught at Globe Theatre’s Conservatory Program and has since worked across Turtle Island as an actor, writer, producer, and facilitator. She has also branched out into sketch comedy (The Troupe, Sweetie Bird), improv comedy (The No-Nos, Ladybits, Saskatoon Soaps), and stand-up comedy. Upcoming: You can see Dakota next as the APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live Social Media Host! VANESSA IMESON Costume Designer At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Vanessa designs costumes, make-up, wigs and puppets for a variety of collegiate programs and professional theatre companies across Canada, while simultaneously acting as Head of Wardrobe for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Vanessa is also a Core Artist and resident Designer with Ottawa’s original Shakespeare in the park troupe, A Company of Fools. Other: Vanessa is an award winning Métis Theatre Artist holding a combined BA Honours degree in Dramatic Art and English from the University of Windsor, MFA in Theatre Design from the University of British Columbia and diploma for Makeup Design for Film and Television from Vancouver Film School.

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JUNG-HYE KIM Set Designer At WCT: Don’t Dress for Dinner and Driving Miss Daisy Elsewhere: Design credits include: Kiss, Das Ding (Theatre Smash); Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick); Tideline (Hart House Theatre & Canadian Rep Theatre); Armstrong’s War (Canadian Rep Theatre); Don’t Dress for Dinner, Driving Miss Daisy (Thousand Island Playhouse); Durango (Fu-gen Theatre & Theatre Smash); Small Axe (Project Humanity & The Theatre Centre); Pacamambo (Canadian Rep Theatre); Passion Play (Outside the March, Convergence Theatre & Sheep No Wool Production); BOBLO (Kitchenband Production & The Theatre Centre); The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance with YPT); Pub Opera (Tapestry New Opera); After Akmatova (Tarragon Theatre); Montparnasse (Theatre Passe Muraille & Groundwater Theatre); The Middle Place (Canstage, Project Humanity, Belfry Theatre, & GCTC), The Big League, Minotaur (Young People’s Theatre); and If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre & Groundwater Theatre). Other: Jung-Hye is a Toronto-based set and costume designer who has received Dora nominations for Outstanding Set Design on BOBLO and Outstanding Costume Design on Montparnasse. TARAN KOOTENHAYOO Tonto At WCT: The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Past projects have included work with Exit 22 Productions, rEvolver Festival, Talking Stick Festival, the SOAR Aboriginal Arts Program, and several film projects. Currently, Taran is doing an internship with Savage Society as an Artistic Associate. Other: Taran is a Denésułiné and Nakoda Sioux actor, spoken-word poet and playwright. Born in Cold Lake, AB (1993), he is now based out of Vancouver, BC. He received his Acting for Stage & Screen diploma from Capilano University in 2015, is signed with Premiere Talent Management, and is a part of Full Circle’s First Nations Performance Ensemble. He is excited to be a part of the (RE)Imagine Series with WCT.


AREN OKEMAYSIM Rodney At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Peter and the Starcatcher (Globe Theatre); In Care (Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre); Twelfth Night (Globe Theatre Conservatory 2016); Caucasian Chalk Circle, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Coram Boy, Vernon God Little, and Our Country’s Good (Greystone Theatre). Other: Aren is of Plains Cree and European descent from the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. Aren is excited to be a part of the WCT/ Thousand Islands Playhouse’s co-production of Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth. JOELLE PETERS Beth At WCT: The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Joelle has worked on projects with the Stratford Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, The 29th Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (Native Earth Performing Arts), Dreary & Izzy (Theatre Northwest), Web of Lies (Investigation Discovery), Deceitful Above All Things (Summerworks Festival, remounted by Storefront Theatre). Other: Joelle is an actor from Walpole Island First Nation and is of Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Odawa and Miami descent. She is a graduate of Seneca College’s Acting for Camera and Voice Program.

REBECCA PICHERACK Lighting Designer At WCT: Debut. Elsewhere: Rebecca designs for dance and theatre. Recent productions include: A City (Necessary Angel); Infinity (Volcano & Tarragon); Century Song (Volcano); Disgraced (Hope and Hell/Mirvish/Centaur); James and the Giant Peach (Young People’s Theatre); Fish Eyes Trilogy (Nightswimming); Tartuffe, Tulugak (National Arts Centre); Within the Glass, The Circle (Tarragon); Tom at the Farm, 20th of November (Buddies in Bad Times); Uncle Vanya (Shaw Festival); Hosanna (Soulpepper); Sea Sick, BOBLO (Theatre Centre); and Sleeping Beauty (Ballet Jorgen). Other: Rebecca has received three Dora Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design. DOUG PERRY Sound Designer At WCT: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Boeing Boeing, A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady. Seussical: The Musical, Still Desire You, Beauty and The Beast. Elsewhere: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre NorthWest) LEIGH ROBINSON Apprentice Stage Manager At WCT: The Cure for Death by Lightning. Elsewhere: Stage Manager and Lighting Operator for Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions), Stage Manager and Technical Director for Theatre Royal (Newman and Wright), Production Coordinator for The Incompleat Folk Singing (The Other Guys Theatre Company), Stage Manager for Actors Nightmare and The Servant of Two Masters (Vancouver Island University). Other: Leigh is very excited to be joining this incredible production! She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.

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CHRISTINE LEROUX Stage Manager At WCT: As Stage Manager: Made in Italy. As Assistant Stage Manager: The Cure for Death by Lightning, Ring of Fire, The Comedy of Errors, Blithe Spirit, Habib’s Unforgettable All-Night House Party, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, and Don’t Dress For Dinner. As Apprentice Stage Manager: 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 working on this incredible project, and she would like to thank Daryl, Heather and James for inviting her to be a part of it. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their continued support. Enjoy the show!

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PROGRAM NOTES

Revisiting Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth Two Decades Later Back in the last century – July 14, 1998 – I interviewed Drew Hayden Taylor in Toronto. Our wideranging discussion included talk of his start in theatre – when Tomson Highway offered him the Playwright in Residence position at Native Earth Performing Arts (NEPA) – and of the success of his new play, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, which had recently toured BC. At that point, Indigenous writers in Canada had, with very few exceptions, been listened to by the Canadian literary mainstream for only about a decade: Taylor, Highway, Thomas King and a few others were leading the way. Little did we know that two decades later NEPA would be a flourishing venue for diverse Indigenous performances, Taylor would have had 24 plays produced across Canada and the US and in Italy, and a variety of Indigenous writers would profoundly influence the literary landscape in Canada and beyond. Clearly, much has improved for Indigenous writers in Canada. Also, little did we know that Taylor’s play about the disruption of family life when one member is forcibly removed would continue to be relevant in 2017. WCT’s (RE)Imagine Series, created to commemorate Canada’s Sesquicentennial and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, features works written before the turn of the century – providing a salient reminder that some things are very slow to change. Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, like Margo Kane’s (1990) Moonlodge, Kevin Loring’s Where the Blood Mixes (2009) and Richard Wagamese’s novel Keeper ‘n Me (1994), employs both intense drama and pointed humour to examine the consequences of the “60’s scoop” (at its height from the 1960’s to the mid-1980’s) which saw social service agencies take thousands of Indigenous children from their homes and place them with non-Indigenous families. When Barb reunites with her older sister Grace (Janice), who was such a victim, the cultural divide is both heartbreaking and comic. The separation caused the outwardly successful Grace to become work-obsessed and psychologically blocked and Barb and their recently-deceased mother, deep grief – a grief compounded because Grace as an adult made only one brief visit to the two of them. Ever mindful of the serious impact of comedy, Taylor plays up the incongruity of their lives against the backdrop of Grace’s upscale Toronto condo: the individual-focused, even solitary, lifestyle of Grace seems worlds apart from Barb’s family-oriented, communal approach. Yet, once the pair, aided by Barb’s partner Rodney and his wise brother Tonto, moves to the Wabung home on a central Ontario reserve, Barb instigates a bridging of the two worlds through straight talk: when each sister listens to the other’s story and they visit their mother’s grave together the facades are stripped away and reconciliation seems likely. Works such as Drew Hayden Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children illustrate that large, public mistakes have profound, enduring consequences. The fact that the very first of the Truth and Reconciliation Report’s 94 Calls to Action is entitled “Child Welfare” and begins “We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care...” indicates that Canadian society takes a long time to learn some lessons. In 2017, on Canada’s 150th anniversary, we – individually and collectively – have a responsibility to honour the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the art we so admire. Ginny Ratsoy Associate Professor of English Thompson Rivers University

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WCT Staff James MacDonald, Artistic Director Lori Marchand, Executive Director Administration Ron Thompson, Financial Manager Randy Chow, 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 Laura Michel Evans, First Nations Engagement Coordinator Production Heather Cant, Associate Artistic Director Ross Nichol, 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 Ken Wells, Scenic Painter Liam Befurt, Technician Laurie Harder, Carpenter (volunteer) Kathy Schwab, Second Painter (volunteer)

Front of House Heather Regan, Client & Audience Services Manager Jean Choi, Volunteer Coordinator Front of House Manager: Allison Clow Guest Services Staff: Carlin Bolt, Jessica Buchanan, 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 President D. Michael Dobbin * Gordon Miller - Vice President Peggy Gilmour * Francis Barnett * Mike Latta * Richard Block Anne Manson * Marilyn Crossen Maureen Marshall * Wesley Eccleston Lanni Shupe * Sharon Frissell †

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

about OUR Co-producer of only drunks and children tell the truth 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. 21


BRAVO

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 March 22, 2017.) 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 Foundations BC Interior Community Foundation Domtar Foundation RBC Emerging Artists Project Presenting Partner Kelson Group, Ron & Rae Fawcett Season Sponsors Aberdeen Mall CFJC TV Home Hardware Kamloops This Week New Gold Noran Printing Show Sponsors 98.3 CIFM Alastair Murdoch Accounting Group Ltd. B-100 British Columbia Lottery Corporation CFBX 92.5 FM Cloverdale Paint Country 103 Schoening & First Memorial Funeral Services ideaLEVER Kamloops Airport New Wave Advertising Group Overland Press Radio NL Ramada Kamloops Hotel The River 97.5 The Riverland Inn & Suites Simply Computing TNRD Watson Engineering Ltd. Pre-Show Salon Sponsors Celista Winery Terra Restaurant Mainstage PWYC MatinĂŠe Sponsor BEST WESTERN PLUS Kamloops Hotel Spotlight Sponsors Canadian Mortgage Experts Canadian Tire Cloverdale Paint The Echo Edward Jones - Brant Hasanen Kamloops Insurance Services KPMG Westland Insurance

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Diamond Companions ($10,000 and above) 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 Roland & Anne Neave Ronald & Susan Thompson Copper Patrons ($750-1,999) Anonymous Francis & Helen Barnett Russ & Jane Reid Terry Simpson Bud & Daphne Smith James & Barb Wentworth Patrons ($500-$749) Anonymous Ben & Lorene Anders Grant & Nancy Chu Sheila Collier Lois Crown Tom & Paulette Eccleston Tony Erlank Jessie & James Fedorak Mirella Holden Charles Izowsky Michael & Debbie Kowbel June McClure Len & Laurie Marchand Thomas & Sharon Moore Judy Moser Mary Orr Murphy & Katharine Shewchuk 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 and Anne 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 Sandy & Ellen McCurrach Terry & Joan McQuillan Len & Donna Marchand Tanya Mihura Jim & Beverley Mundle

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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 Our Heroes ($1,000 and above) Anonymous Anonymous Bill Adams & Katie McCormick Peter & Debra Allik-Petersenn 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 Roland & 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

Special Thanks Phil Crossley Scott Crocker, Caravan Farm Theatre Douglas College Stagecraft & Event Technology Program DK Shoe Clinic

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