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And WODL! And Alice!
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           MARCH, 2017
            NEWSLETTER

                                
Exciting times getting ready for the opening of ECT's upcoming show:  THE STING and rehearsals already started for the next play ALICE IN WONDERLAND!  Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) is meeting as I write this newsletter to announce the adjudicator's choice of the five selected plays (and groups) selected for the big week coming up-this year very close to us at Guelph Little Theatre. Also, our play selection committee led by the Baker 'team': Nancy Baker and Adrian Baker (no relation) have just submitted their recommendations and this news is now hot off the press and available for release.  Read on......                 
(By now, you should have received October, November, December and January Newsletter from me.  Let me know if you haven't and we will remedy the situation as soon as possible.  Or if you know of someone that wants to receive the newsletter, contact me or have them sign up as contact on our website.)                                                

 
Julie Wheeler Bryant - Newsletter
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                               Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 2017
                   Directed by Jim Monaghan and Simon Leibovitz
                                       Fergus Grand Theatre

    


Hey! You can now see a production of The Sting on Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons as well as the Friday night or Saturday night.   We have added two extra performances on the Saturday afternoons of each our weekends.  So that's Friday nights, Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons of each weekend.

 Tickets available now at Box Office at the Fergus Grand Theatre.     519 787 1981     fergusgrandtheatre.ca  

The Sting is based on the 1973 Academy Award Winning caper film set in 1936, involving a complex plot by two professional grifters out to con a vicious mob boss as payback for killing one of their friends. You will thoroughly enjoy this family friendly play with more twists and turns than a bag of pretzels. To add to your enjoyment will be great costuming and ear pleasing familiar ragtime music from that era. The play moves from one scene to another at a frenetic pace that will keep you glued to your seat. Come and be part of this amazing journey that will keep you guessing till the very end.


We need your help with the 50/50 draw at our next play The Sting!

So if you can help out  by taking a turn at selling tickets before the show and at the start of intermission, please email Maggie Parent at maggie66@rogers.com .

Be sure to include the date and time that you are able to help out. I need your response before the Friday of each weekend. 
 
Many thanks 
Maggie Parent

 (You might even get a choice of nights but they are filling up so please contact her as soon as possible.)

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Current 50/50 Account Balance:  $1,960.94
Yes, folks, this is how important the 50/50 is to ECT for helping to pay rent and put on shows. 
Many thanks to everyone who has helped out in the past.  Your help is so much appreciated whether it is buying the tickets or selling them.
And thanks to Denise Gismondi for taking the lead on the 50/50 for the fall show,
It's a Wonderful Life.





 A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR of Alice In Wonderland

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Fred Brandenburg who has joined the Alice cast as The Gryphon.  Fred is also appearing in The Sting and was last on stage with ECT in 2004.

 

I'd also like to put a call out to anyone who may be interested in working backstage. At the moment, we are most in need of a Script Assistant and Props person, but any offer of assistance is much appreciated!

Jennifer Zirk                     Director- Alice in Wonderland


  (ED. Note)  Sounds like a great opportunity to be involved with an exciting show!  Be a part of the production and you can see the world behind the curtains.  Believe me, it's a whole new vision when you see the organization and routine that needs to go on behind the scenes to make it all work so well on stage.  Kudos to all our backstage crews and behind the scenes help!!  (Julie)

Show dates for Alice In Wonderland are May 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th with evening performances on Friday and Saturdays and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.   2 school performances on Friday, May 5th and Friday, May 12th so if anyone knows of a class/school who would be interested in attending to please contact David as well. 

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HELP NEEDED!

WEBSITE!

PUBLICITY!

TECHNICAL!   

WE WANT YOU!

50/50 Draw!

First of all thank you to those of you who have responded to lend a hand with the big job of publicity by volunteering to distribute posters for the Sting!  Much appreciated! Any  more offers of help, very welcome. 

                 debstanson@gmail.com  519-496-6481


We also would love to have a volunteer who could help us keep our website more up to date with current happenings so a bit of technical skill is needed here but it would be lovely to see the latest news at first glance on the website.  Please contact Suzanne Trivers if you think you could help us out.

suzannetrivers@gmail.com


Technically, David Tanner shoulders a lot of the responsiblity for lighting and sound for our shows and he would very much welcome anyone who is interested to be of help in this area.  He has a vast expertise and would be willing to share some of it with interested reliable people. Contact David Tanner:

dtanner@sentex.net


The 50/50 draw goes on at each show each night.  This helps us make money to keep on doing what we do.  Half the take for the evening's tickets go to the person who has bought the winning tickets and half to ECT.  And seating availablity and working around your responsibilities that night, you still get to see most of the show free.  Contact:

 Maggie Parent at maggie66@rogers.com .

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Elora Community Theatre Playbill 2017-2018

 

Shakespeare in the Park – Summer 2017

July 14, 15, 16, and 21, 22, 23 – 2:00 and 4:00 pm

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare – abridged by Bill Tordoff

        Director - David Tanner

 

August 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10, 11, 12, 13 – 8:00 pm

“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare – abridged by Laura Hunter

Director - Deb Stanson

 

Fall Theatre Dates: December 1, 2, 3, and 8, 9, 10

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens – adapted by John Jakes

Director - Deb Stanson

 

Winter Theatre Dates: February 2, 3, 4, and 9, 10, 11

“In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” by Steve Franco

Director - Stan Jensen

 

Spring Theatre Dates: May 4, 5, 6, and 11, 12, 13

“Is He Dead?” by Mark Twain – adapted by David Ives

Directors - Acey Kaspar and Zoe Dunbar

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WESTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE (WODL) ANNOUNCES:


MONDAY MARCH 13

Theatre Tillsonburg

Ten Times Two by David Belke

TUESDAY MARCH 14

Cambridge Community Players

Albertine in Five Times by Michelle Tremblay

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15

Theatre Sarnia

Willow Quartet by Joan Burrows

THURSDAY MARCH 16

Ghostlight Theatre (Windsor)

Better Living by George F. Walker

FRIDAY MARCH 17

Elmira Theatre Company

Outlaw by Norm Foster

FRIDAY is also the day Norm Foster is in town to do his play reading talk in the afternoon. 

He will be staying overnight but I don't know yet whether he will attend the play.

Joan Burrows will be attending her play on Wednesday.

 

NB -The Windsor group has already won "Best Production of a Canadian Play" and they also won "Best Production Out of Festival" with a different play. These are the people who won WODL four years ago the last time GLT hosted.

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MORE INFO ABOUT THE EXCITING FESTIVAL WEEK IN GUELPH MARCH BREAK

ECT Members might be interested to know that there are workshops scheduled each afternoon at the Holiday Inn and you are welcome to attend.  If you visit Guelph Little Theatre's Website, you can not only find out how to get tickets for the week or any show that week, but you can also find out what workshops are happening when. 

Trevor Smith Diggins will be doing one of the afternoon workshops on comedy, Bea Quarrie, the adjudicator will be doing a workshop on Costumes and Playwrights Canada is there one afternoon to talk about Canadian plays.  And of course the famous Canadian playwright, Norm Foster, will be there on Friday afternoon.   Public welcome.  Free.

Gary and I are helping at the hospitality room Friday from 11am on so drop by.  It is open throughout the week.

Elora Community Theatre has been asked to 'do' the lunch for one of the groups during the festival week.  That means a lunch prepared and served by us to the cast and crew of the production being mounted to perform that evening.  People are very appreciative of a warm lunch at noon when they start working on the set quite early in the morning.  We know because we remember how much we appreciated at Woodstock last year.  It's a very busy day from dawn to past dusk and again the next morning for the big adjudication.  After the show and before the striking of the set, a public adjudication takes place and it is very educational and informative for the audience who wishes to remain and hear it from the adjudicator (Bea Quarrie).    After the adjudication, people can enjoy social time in the green room at GLT if they wish.

If you would like to help us with the prep for the lunch or with the serving or both, just let us know. jwheelerb@cogeco.ca

                                                  MEMORIES FROM LAST YEAR

Last year ECT was chosen to go to festival and it was held that year in Woodstock.  Our play was called The Drawer Boy.  We felt very fortunate to receive a trophy from Playwright's Canada for The Drawer Boy called Best Production of a Canadian Play.  Although we return that trophy now to be passed on to the next winning group, we also have a smaller one in our workshop that we can keep.





Different groups in western Ontario host festival each year from Windsor to Guelph and we are very fortunate to be living so close to where it is happening this year.  This is also a special year because it featured Canadian Plays for our 150 year birthday of our country.


Ok, I know this is a weird photo to the left but it was my attempt to get a pic of the other groups who were listed on the other side of the trophy.  If you look closely, (past me haha) you will see our neighbour and friend Theatre Elmira (2x) followed by Thistle Theatre Embro and then Elora Community Theatre.



                                  Our Profile ECT Member for the Month of February



                                                       Mary Anne Neville


For those of you who don't know our profile person for the month of February, let me introduce Mary Anne Neville who although she has only been with ECT for a little over a year has already made enormous contributions to our group both on and off stage.

Before moving to Elora in 2015 and joining Elora Community Theatre in 2016, she has taken on various roles in real life including librarian, curator,  professional development co-ordinator for museums to name just a few. 

Most recently, Mary Anne has one of the 'narrator' roles in The Sting.   But before that she has worked on her first ECT show, Little Women and  It's a Wonderful Life  this fall. Whether working on props or assistant stage managing or acting or just supporting us by seeing our shows, she has proven she can be relied on. 

When I interviewed her at her place a few weeks ago, I asked her how she goes about doing props for a show, a role she responds enthusiastically to tell me that the researching of the proper setting is so important.  It must look authentic and be true to the plot line.  She also praises resource Robert Banning who is adept at making amazingly realistic props.  Mary Ann has been known to go to antique stores to beg and borrow as in the case of the 1945 camera she spotted.  She tracked down the shop owner and made connections successfully.  Of course as you can imagine she stresses the importance of looking after these valuable borrowed props when used on stage and in our care so they can be returned in the original condition...which of course increases the chance of ECT being able to borrow again.  It's important, she says, to get just the right piece that will work just right for the actors.  The props person then works with the stage manager to make sure it is in the right place backstage for the actor to use and sometimes props must be replenished and making sure the colour of the liquid as in the authentic colour of red wine...might need a blend of cranberry and blueberry not just cranberry to get the perfect rich colour needed to be most believable.   She said some important things to keep in mind is to learn by doing, the importance of continuity and not to fall into the trap of having props look to good if they need to look weathered and well loved or used.

Being frugal is really important when you have to buy the prop because as we all know our coffers our limited.  But you don't have to spend a lot of money ,she maintains, to get the perfect prop. You do often have to be creative though.  Thrift stores, dollar stores can be a great help with supplying items that can be made into just the right prop.

As assistant stage manager, one can go to online sites to see duties and work closely with the stage manager and director.  She liked the idea of having a chart made up for back stage as Nancy Baker and Sue Kennedy are known to have done to help keep things organized and a place for each prop.  She also compliments Eileen for her wonderful role backstage.  She says you need to have steady nerves, a strong back and a can-do attitude and an ability to work with everyone.

I was having so much fun seeing her beautiful place and taking pictures and asking her about her backstage work that when I returned home I realized that I had not asked her to talk about how she feels about her current role (this time on stage) in The Sting.

Here's what  Mary Anne said when I got back to her to request this last piece of info:

"Well I love the role of "vintage" Billie, former "Queen of the South Side" in 1930s Chicago, that toddlin' town.  The Sting is an exciting play with lots of surprises for the audience and I am having so much  fun---as I channel Mae West just a little bit."

We are glad to have you with us, Mary Anne, and you are a perfect example of how our members work both back stage and onstage to help us create shows!  Here's to many  more..

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                                  The Latest in the Many Homes of Elora Community Theatre


Ok, I know that's an easy one to start us off.  Most every one will recognize our current 'home' away from home!   I wanted to start off easy for you.  But stay tuned for next month for the home before the present home. And I have to warn you, it's going to get more difficult as we travel back in time to view our many past homes and interestingly what they look like now.  How many can you name?  We have called the building above ' home' since summer of 2015 when we made the big move from our former ' home'.  But do you remember where that was?
We are very fortunate now to have the luxury of building our sets right in the rehearsal hall and the thrill of being able to use the actual set for rehearsals.  When I directed the Drawer Boy last season it was the first time that I had ever had the experience of being able to do this.  How lovely!  And it gave Robert Banning and Lawrence Lee and Maggie Parent our famous set trio a wonderful warm place to make their magic! 

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Coming Events:

(If you would like any events listed, please let me know and I would be glad to include them.)


Elora Community Theatre    Presents: THE STING at Fergus Grand Theatre Feb. 24-26,      Mar. 3-5

(Please see more info at the beginning of the newsletter in Sting Article).


ELORA ARTS COUNCIL:  Sunday, March 12, 2pm, at the Elora Library (fullyaccessible,)- Neil Hanscomb (of Hanscomb Glass, Elora) talks about StainedGlass, Restoration  and his experiences in the last of the Elora ArtsCouncil Lecture Series for 2017. $10 at the door. 

 

Stay tuned next month for  all the theatre news we can put together for you.  Also a special feature coming up...The Many Homes of ECT-  stay tuned.....

Until then, thanks for reading! 

Julie Wheeler Bryant-ECT Newsletter

jwheelerb@cogeco.ca



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                 FEBRUARY, 2017
                 NEWSLETTER

                                
Exciting times getting ready for the opening of ECT's upcoming show:  THE STING and rehearsals already started for the next play ALICE IN WONDERLAND!  Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) is meeting as I write this newsletter to announce the adjudicator's choice of the five selected plays (and groups) selected for the big week coming up-this year very close to us at Guelph Little Theatre. Also, our play selection committee led by the Baker 'team': Nancy Baker and Adrian Baker (no relation) have just submitted their recommendations and this news is now hot off the press and available for release.  Read on......                 
(By now, you should have received October, November, December and January Newsletter from me.  Let me know if you haven't and we will remedy the situation as soon as possible.  Or if you know of someone that wants to receive the newsletter, contact me or have them sign up as contact on our website.)
                                                

 
Julie Wheeler Bryant - Newsletter
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                               Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 2017
                   Directed by Jim Monaghan and Simon Leibovitz
                                       Fergus Grand Theatre

    


Hey! You can now see a production of The Sting on Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons as well as the Friday night or Saturday night.   We have added two extra performances on the Saturday afternoons of each our weekends.  So that's Friday nights, Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons of each weekend.

 Tickets available now at Box Office at the Fergus Grand Theatre.     519 787 1981     fergusgrandtheatre.ca  

The Sting is based on the 1973 Academy Award Winning caper film set in 1936, involving a complex plot by two professional grifters out to con a vicious mob boss as payback for killing one of their friends. You will thoroughly enjoy this family friendly play with more twists and turns than a bag of pretzels. To add to your enjoyment will be great costuming and ear pleasing familiar ragtime music from that era. The play moves from one scene to another at a frenetic pace that will keep you glued to your seat. Come and be part of this amazing journey that will keep you guessing till the very end.


We need your help with the 50/50 draw at our next play The Sting!

Jim Monaghan would love to hear from you.  You might even get a choice of nights but they are filling up so please contact him as soon as possible.  Jim: 
heartjim@hotmail.com


Hi Julie!

 

I'd like toextend a warm welcome to Fred Brandenburg who has joined the Alice cast as TheGryphon.  Fred is also appearing in The Sting and was last on stage withECT in 2004.

 

I'd also liketo put a call out to anyone who may be interested in working backstage. At the moment, we are most in need of a Script Assistant and Props person, butany offer of assistance is much appreciated!


 

Show dates for Alice In Wonderland are May 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th with evening performances on Friday and Saturdays and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.   2 school performances on Friday, May 5th and Friday, May 12th so if anyone knows of a class/school who would be interested in attending to please contact David as well. 

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HELP NEEDED!

WEBSITE!

PUBLICITY!

TECHNICAL!   

WE WANT YOU!

50/50 Draw!

First of all thank you to those of you who have responded to lend a hand with the big job of publicity by volunteering to distribute posters for the Sting!  Much appreciated! Any  more offers of help, very welcome. 

                 debstanson@gmail.com  519-496-6481


We also would love to have a volunteer who could help us keep our website more up to date with current happenings so a bit of technical skill is needed here but it would be lovely to see the latest news at first glance on the website.  Please contact Suzanne Trivers if you think you could help us out.

EMAIL

Technically, David Tanner shoulders a lot of the responsiblity for lighting and sound for our shows and he would very much welcome anyone who is interested to be of help in this area.  He has a vast expertise and would be willing to share some of it with interested reliable people. 

dtanner@sentex.net

The 50/50 draw goes on at each show each night.  This helps us make money to keep on doing what we do.  Half the take for the evening's tickets go to the person who has bought the winning tickets and half to ECT.  And seating available and working around your responsibilities that night, you still get to see most of the show free.  Contact Jim Monaghan:

 heartjim@hotmail.com

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Elora Community Theatre Playbill 2017-2018

 

Shakespeare in the Park – Summer 2017

July 14, 15, 16, and 21, 22, 23 – 2:00 and 4:00 pm

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare – abridged by Bill Tordoff

        Director - David Tanner

 

August 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10, 11, 12, 13 – 8:00 pm

“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare – abridged by Laura Hunter

Director - Deb Stanson

 

Fall Theatre Dates: December 1, 2, 3, and 8, 9, 10

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens – adapted by John Jakes

Director - Deb Stanson

 

Winter Theatre Dates: February 2, 3, 4, and 9, 10, 11

“In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” by Steve Franco

Director - Stan Jensen

 

Spring Theatre Dates: May 4, 5, 6, and 11, 12, 13

“Is He Dead?” by Mark Twain – adapted by David Ives

Directors - Acey Kaspar and Zoe Dunbar

 

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Hi Julie!

 

I'd like toextend a warm welcome to Fred Brandenburg who has joined the Alice cast as TheGryphon.  Fred is also appearing in The Sting and was last on stage withECT in 2004.

 

I'd also liketo put a call out to anyone who may be interested in working backstage. At the moment, we are most in need of a Script Assistant and Props person, butany offer of assistance is much appreciated!


 

Show dates for Alice In Wonderland are May 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th with evening performances on Friday and Saturdays and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.   2 school performances on Friday, May 5th and Friday, May 12th so if anyone knows of a class/school who would be interested in attending to please contact David as well. 
dtanner@sentex.net.


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We need your help with the 50/50 draw at our next play The Sting!

Jim Monaghan would love to hear from you.  You might even get a choice of nights but they are filling up so please contact him as soon as possible.  Jim: 
heartjim@hotmail.com

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Presenting our second ECT Profile:

                                                                          Sculpture done by Beverley Cairns now displayed in the Fergus Grand Theatre Green Room

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                                           COMING EVENTS

Elora Community Theatre Presents The Sting (of course) directed by Jim Monaghan and Simon Leibovitz at the Fergus Grand Theatre  Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, Friday nights, Saturday nights, 8pm,  Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons 2pm.     519 787 1981  fergusgrandtheatre.ca for Tickets!  Special rates for seniors, students and groups and of course our wonderful season ticket subscribers.



Our Friends/Neighbours in Theatre:

Elmira Theatre Company,   Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday 2:30pm  519 578 1570 or 1 800 265 8977 for tickets.  Show at 76 Howard Ave., Elmira www.elmiratheatre.com

Guelph Little  Theatre, Thursday to sat. 8pm, Sunday 2pm to feb. 11 tickets www.guelphlittletheatre.com or call box office at 519 821 0270  Guelph Little Theatre 176 Morris Street, Guelph

Cambridge Theatre, , tickets: galtlittletheatre.thundertix.com Cambridge Community Players, 47 Water Street Cambridge, 519 623 4070

WODL Festival at Guelph Little Theatre this year (more info on WODL and what it's all about next month newsletter)  But at this point you can call the box office (see GLT info above) and order tickets for the week including the Gala on Saturday.


And the ARTS...  Continues.....

Elora Arts Council

EAC ART Lecture Series: 2-4pm    Neil Hanscomb, Elora Library , March 12

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Stay tuned next month for  all the theatre news we can put together for you.  Also a special feature coming up...Where has ECT held rehearsals for their plays in the past...including an 'indoor outhouse'  stay tuned.....

Until then, thanks for reading!     Julie Wheeler Bryant-ECT Newsletter

jwheelerb@cogeco.ca

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Elora Community Theatre Newsletter
 
                                  December,  2016

Welcome back everybody! Warm welcome to our new members and wonderful memories of It's a Wonderful Life!  More new members from The Sting  Cast and Crew and we are very glad to have you with us as well as our faithful supporters over the years.  Best Wishes to each of you in 2017!  
On behalf of the ECT Board, wishing you all the very best over the holiday season!
                        Julie Wheeler Bryant - Newsletter
(By now, you should have received October and November Newsletter from me.  Let me know if you haven't and we will remedy the situation as soon as possible.)

The Sting 

Feb. 24-26, 
March 3-5, 2017


Hey, thought you'd missed your chance to be in the great new play coming up first in 2017 for ECT?

If you are a fellow who can play/look between 20 and 40 years old, you just might be in luck for a role!  Contact Jim Monaghan, director, and give it a try!         heartjim@hotmail.com



And in regards to performances, this season we have added two extra performances on the Saturday afternoons of each our weekends.  So that'sFriday nights, Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons of each weekend.

If you don't think of yourself as an actor, we still need you in the audience.  Don't miss it.  Tickets available now at Box Office at the Fergus Grand Theatre.
   519 787 1981     fergusgrandtheatre.ca


 

PUBLICITY!   WE NEED YOU!

Deb Stanson has stepped in to fill the gap with publicity for our shows and events.  (Big thank you, Deb!)  But she would love your help in whatever small (or large) way you can offer.  Please don't hesitate to call her or email her.  She'd be glad to hear from you.  Have questions?


 Get in touch with her.

debstanson@gmail.com  519-496-6481

 
Calling all directors!   For ECT's 2017/2018 Season!
 

Our deadline for submissions will be January 15th 2017. The play selection committee would also like potential directors to submit the following with their submissions

 

Potential directors need to submit –

-          Play (PDF and/or Physical)

-          Theatre Resume

-          Whether they have their own production team or not

-          Potential Budget breakdown

-          A paragraph as to why they want to direct this play and why we should choose it.

-          Director availability

-          Deadline for submissions January 15th 2017 to Adrian, or Nancy Baker 

 nancyida@sympatico.ca     and/or   adrianbaker79@gmail.com

 


 
              

Don't miss the opportunity to come out and audition for this classic!  Coming up soon!  January 8th and 9th...Read on.....

 

    Alice in Wonderland

 

Written By:  Lewis Caroll (adapted by Charlotte Chorpenning)

Directed By:  Jennifer Zirk

Stage Managed By:  Conn Gartley

 

Play Synopsis:

Chasing the White Rabbit, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  There she meets all its famous residents including the King of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Gryphon, Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Frog Footman, the Dutchess, the Caterpillar and of course, White Rabbit.  This adaptation of Lewis Caroll's classic "Alice and Wonderland" by award-winning children's playwright Charlotte Chorpenning will resonate with people of all ages as it explores the various themes of growing up, identity, and never-ending curiosity. 

Characters:

Alice – Females between the ages of 10 and 14 will be considered

White Rabbit, King of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, Knave, The Duchess, The Cook, Caterpillar, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Frog Footman, The Gryphon, Doormouse, Mock Turtle

Adult males and females of all ages will be considered for the all of the roles above.

 

Performance Dates:  

May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2017

There will be 8 public shows over 2 weeks including Friday evening performances and Saturday and matinee and evening performances, and Sunday matinees.  There will also be 2 private performances for local schools in the afternoon on Friday, May 5th and Friday, May 12th.

Audition Dates:

Sunday, January 8th     7 to 9 pm

Monday, January 9th  7 to 9 pm

 

Call backs:

Tuesday, January 10th  7 to 9 pm

 

 

Auditions will be held at the Elora Community Theatre rehearsal hall.

Auditions will be cold reads from the script.

 

For further information, please contact the Director (Jennifer)  at:

 jlzirk@hotmail.com

 

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 A Christmas Gift -  Solve your last minute gift problems, make someone on your list happy and support ECT.  It's a WIN-WIN-WIN.




IT'S NOT TOO LATE!   YOU CAN STILL GET GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR THOSE THEATRE LOVERS (AND WHO ISN'T!) ON YOUR LIST.     THEY WILL ESPECIALLY THANK YOU WHEN THEY ARE TREATED TO THE STING AND/OR ALICE IN WONDERLANDIN THE SPRING
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Call  Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office 519 787 1981  or   go tofergusgrandtheatre.ca  
 
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Meet Your ECT Board Members and Their Jobs:


Deb Stanson-President and taking on Publicity!

Denise Gismondi-Vice President

Jim Monaghan-Past President and Director of The Sting!

Suzanne Trivers-Treasurer and Membership and Website Helper and Operations

Laura Hunter-Secretary

Zoe Clemens-Website and Social Media

Nancy Baker-Artistic (currently working on play selection with promising directors for next year's season) and Properties

Adrian Baker-Artistic (also currently working on play selection with promising directors for next year's season)

Maggie Parent-Costumes and working on each show's set painting

David Tanner-Technical and always working on our shows

Connie McTaggart-One of our new board members who is already helping us out in many ways

Julie Wheeler Bryant-Newsletter

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That's it for now, folks!  Talk to you in January!  And in the new year, I will be starting special profiles on our members...stay tuned for the next newsletter! 
                                                                                         Julie


jwheelerb@cogeco.ca
 


November 2016
The Sting  

When?  Feb. 24-26, March 3-5, 2017 Friday evenings, Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons



Director Jim Monaghan reports:  "Rehearsals are underway and the cast has really impressed directors. Also there is an exciting set concept by ECT master-set builder/designer Robert Banning.   Sarah Dunbar and her very experienced costume team are starting to pull together colorful period outfits." 

Give a gift certificate from the Fergus Grand Theatre as a Christmas present and give your friends and relatives an opportunity to see this show!  And support ECT at the same time.  See Christmas Gift ideas below.


 

It’s a Wonderful Life   by Director, Deb Stanson


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Our first show of the season was a great hit with the audiences and was well attended.

Review "It's A Wonderful Life" This play is a MUST SEE!! Wow! We saw the Sunday matinee at the Fergus Grand Theatre. What an amazing production of Frank Capra's classic movie. The performances are fantastic. The stage direction is awesome. The sets are super. Everything in the production is just brilliant. Spoiler alert: bring Kleenex. We were crying in the first ten minutes. Take your family, and friends. You MUST see this great production. Kudos to everyone involved in bringing this to the stage here in town. Loved it!

John Hoffmann - Fergus

With a cast of 41 and a terrific crew we managed to bring this 31 scene play to life.

Special thanks to all of the new actors and veterans of ECT and the stage crew lead by our Stage Manager extraordinaire Ed Langevin. Once again Robert Banning and his team of Lawrence Lee and Maggie Parent worked their set design magic!  Thank you to my Assistant Director Kevin F. Johnston for his huge contribution to the success of the show.

We also entertained over 400 schoolchildren, several seniors and audience members from the local Food Bank and Homewood Health Care for our Friday afternoon shows!

ECT collected food for the local Food Bank during the run of the show. Thank you to all who donated to this worthwhile charity.

 

 

Wonderful Show!  Congrats to all involved!  

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Publicity help urgently needed!  by   Deb Stanson

As Julie Wheeler Bryant has stepped down after a much needed break from the Marketing Director for ECT after 6 years. A huge thank you to Julie from all of us at ECT!

                      

We need to assemble a new team to assist with Publicity for the remainder of the season.  If you are interested in being a part of this vital part of ECT, please contact Deb asap at debstanson@gmail.com or call (519) 496-6481 anytime. Creative ideas, a sense of fun and energy a must!

 


President’s Message – Deb Stanson

We here at Elora Community Theatre believe it takes a community to put on a production.

When most people think of a theatre production, the director, the actors, and the audience quickly come to mind.  In reality, it takes a small army of dedicated volunteers often working behind the scenes to create an evening of magic, our community.  Countless numbers of hours are spent not only by costume, set, light and sound designers crafting the mood and environment; building and painting sets, the marketing team must also promote the shows.

One of the most valuable commodities today is time.  We are honored that our volunteers share their time with us. For in today’s world of competing forms of entertainment, live theatre plays a special role.

If you've been wanting to get involved with the Elora Community Theatre but are concerned about the time commitment, there are many different volunteer positions that can accommodate your busy life. Set painting, putting up posters, searching for props, costumes or helping out backstage are great opportunities to get your feet wet and meet a terrific bunch of people. Our thanks go out to all of you and if you have any comments, concerns or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me at (519) 496-6481.

We hope that you will continue to be a part of our community as we continue the joy of performing live theatre in Centre Wellington.

2017 promises to be an exciting year for us with our 2 upcoming productions for the 2016/2017 season: The Sting directed by Jim Monaghan and Simon Liebovitz and Alice in Wonderland directed by Jennifer Zirk. To learn more about these productions visit our web page at www.eloracommunitytheatre.com or join us on Facebook.

Get involved! 

 
Calling all directors!   For ECT's 2017/2018 Season!
 
 Submit your favourite play to direct for next season.

Please contact:
 Nancy Baker nancyida@sympatico.ca
 or
Adrian Baker  adrianbaker79@gmail.com

Maybe you can be one of  Elora Community Theatre's directors for next season.  
 

 

AUDITION NOTICE

 

       Alice in Wonderland

 

Written By:  Lewis Caroll (adapted by Charlotte Chorpenning)

Directed By:  Jennifer Zirk

Stage Managed By:  Conn Gartley

 

        

Play Synopsis:

Chasing the White Rabbit, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  There she meets all its famous residents including the King of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Gryphon, Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, Mad Hatter and March Hare, the Frog Footman, the Dutchess, the Caterpillar and of course, White Rabbit.  This adaptation of Lewis Caroll's classic "Alice and Wonderland" by award-winning children's playwright Charlotte Chorpenning will resonate with people of all ages as it explores the various themes of growing up, identity, and never-ending curiosity. 

Characters:

Alice – Females between the ages of 10 and 14 will be considered

White Rabbit, King of Hearts, Red Queen, White Queen, Knave, The Duchess, The Cook, Caterpillar, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Frog Footman, The Gryphon, Doormouse, Mock Turtle

Adult males and females of all ages will be considered for the all of the roles above

 

Performance Dates:  

May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2017

There will be 8 public shows over 2 weeks including Friday evening performances and Saturday and matinee and evening performances, and Sunday matinees.  There will also be 2 private performances for local schools in the afternoon on Friday, May 5th and Friday, May 12th.

Audition Dates:

Sunday, January 8th     7 to 9 pm

Monday, January 9th  7 to 9 pm

 

Call backs:

Tuesday, January 10th  7 to 9 pm

 

Auditions will be held at the Elora Community Theatre rehearsal hall.

Auditions will be cold reads from the script.

 

For further information, please contact the Director at jlzirk@hotmail.com

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Christmas Presents!

Give them a gift certificate to see one of our ECT shows!

Go to the Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office or website.

  519 787 1981 or fergusgrandtheatre.ca 

Solve your Christmas dilemma and support ECT at the same time.



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Santa Claus Parade is coming to Fergus!

Contact Denise Gismoni for more information:   

denmargis58@gmail.com
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Warm Welcome to new members from It's A Wonderful Life and The Sting!     And if you are a long time member, thanks!  We need you.  Stay tuned for more  ECT News next month!

                                       Talk to you next month!
                                           Julie Wheeler Bryant
                       ECT Newsletter Volunteer
                        jwheelerb@cogeco.ca


ELORA COMMUNITY THEATRE NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2016

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE      DIRECTED BY DEB STANSON

This year if you’re searching for an alternative to Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghosts, we recommend you come to the Fergus Grand Theatre and spend some time with George Bailey and Clarence his Angel, Second Class!

  Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” Based on Frank Capra’s holiday classic movie, and recreated for the stage by Doug Rand “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be presented November 4 – 13, 2016 at the Fergus Grand Theatre and tells the tale of how George Bailey, with the help of an angel, comes to see what life would have been like had he never been born, and learns how wonderful life truly is!

All of the familiar characters from the beloved movie are faithfully portrayed in this stage production. Veteran ECT director Deb Stanson assisted by Kevin F. Johnston guide the talented cast, many of whom play multiple roles, in this heart-warming story.

William Brezden performs the lead role of George Bailey, who learns “no man is a failure who has friends.”  By his side, Laura Hunter plays the lovely Mary Hatch Bailey, while actor Gary Seibert plays the kindly guardian angel Clarence on a mission to earn his wings and John Dibben plays the role of the greedy Mr. Potter.

The cast of 41 includes several cast members making their ECT debut as well as many ECT regulars who all contribute to bring to life the many memorable characters from Bedford Falls.

The set is designed by Robert Banning and costumes by Sara Marsh.

  A delightful start to the holiday season!

 

Elora Community Theatre is proud to support the Centre Wellington Food Bank during the run of It’s a Wonderful Life. Bring in your nonperishable food items  when you come to see the show!

Tickets are on sale now at the Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office or online

Call (519) 787-1981 or fergusgrandtheatre.ca

Friday November 4, 11,   8:00 pm

Saturday November 5, 12,   2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Sunday November 6, 13,   2:00 pm




It's a Wonderful Life- Cast and Crew

CAST


CHARACTER

NAME



Uncle Billy 

Adrian Baker

Miss Davis/Miss Partridge

Connie McTaggart

Person #1 & 3 Woman #2

Connie McTaggart

Young George

Ben Neufeld

Mrs. Martini/Mrs. Thompson

Wendy McDonnell

Woman #1

Wendy McDonnell

Young Violet/Jane Wainwright

Sarah McDonnell

Mrs. Hatch/Edna/Flo

Nikki Everts

Harry Bailey/Random Guy 1

Shaun Purves

Martini Child

Paris Bonneau

Mr. Carter/Jake

Cody Miller

Secretary/Bank Teller

Lily Brousseau

Annie

Nancy Baker

Young Mary/Ruth Bailey

Amy Ryan

Freddie/Mr Potter's Assistant

Nick Haney

Violet

Zoe Clemens

Bert

Kevin Solie

Janie

Teagan Hiller

Tommy

Mason Kaspar

Pete

Liam Hill

Jo (angel)

Amy Gismondi

Zuzu

Gray Dibben

Mr Potter

John Dibben

Clarence (angel)

Gary Seibert

Nick /Random Guy 2/Dr. Campbell

Acey Kaspar

Mr. Bailey /Watchman 

Wayne Moore

Cousin Tilly

Jayne Simpson

Cousin Eustace

Nancy Reaume

Frankie (angel)

Deb Dalziel

Young Sam

Joel Zimmerman

Mary Bailey

Laura Hunter

Mr. Martini

Keith Martin

Person #2

Keith Martin

Martini Child

Riley McGlone

Martini Child

Bianca Bonneau

Young Harry

Jack Murphy

George Bailey

William Brezden

Mrs. Bailey

Terry Wilson

Ernie

Cory Sanders

Mr. Gower

Shayne Coffin

Rent Collector

Shayne Coffin

Sam Wainwright/Tom

Hayden Tallon

Bouncer #2

Hayden Tallon

Mickey/Director 2/Randall/Photographer

Timothy Hutten

Customer Page 78

Timothy Hutten

Marty Hatch/Mr. Welch/Director 3/Sheriff 

Patrick Hebden 

Director #1/Townsperson

Greta Halwatch

Baldman/Bouncer #1

Jamie Hiller



CREW


ROLE

NAME

DIRECTOR  

Deb Stanson

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Kevin F. Johnston

STAGE MANAGER

Ed Langevin 

APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER/Ast. Stage Manager

Wendy Leyden Smith

AST. STAGE MANAGER 

Eileen McLaughlin 

HEAD SET DESIGN /BUILDER

Robert Banning

SET DESIGNER

Robert Banning

SET PAINTING

Maggie Parent

SET BUILDER

Lawrence Lee

SET ASSISTANT 

Don Antosh

HEAD OF COSTUMES

Sara Marsh 

COSTUMES ASSISTANT

Mataya 

PROPS MASTER 

Terri Arora

ASSISTANT PROPS AND WHERE EVER NEEDED

Mary Anne Neville

LIGHTING/SOUND DESIGN 

David Tanner

MUSIC 

Kara Shaw

PLAY POLISHER  

Stan Jensen 

PHOTOGRAPHER

Malcolm Quinn

HAIR STYLIST 

Tamzin Morris 

LIGHTING OPERATOR 

Chris LaPointe

SOUND OPERATOR 

Chris LaPointe










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Buy Season and Save- Only Available For Limited Time

If you buy the season now for all three wonderful shows (It's a Wonderful Life, The Sting and Alice In Wonderland), you can save money!  Only $51 for all three plays, $45 for seniors.  This amazing offer is only available if you get your tickets soon.  Call Box Office 519 787 1981 or fergusgrandtheatre.ca to reserve now before time runs out.  

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 ECT Awards and ECTies

Awards at the Elora Community Theatre’s

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, September 23rd, 2016

A special award in memory of  Lis Pieper, who was an active member of local theatre for many decades, is presented each year to a person who has given continuous commitment to theatre in Centre Wellington.

Last year’s winner was Deb Stanson from Elora Community Theatre, who has directed many ECT shows over the years including Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, Shakespeare in the Park Series and who has been president and involved in all aspects of productions year round.

This year the highly regarded award was presented to Judy and Paul Faires who have been involved since 1996 with the Not So Grand Players.  Paul acted, produced, built sets and made props and Judy stage managed and operated lights and sound, created costumes and acted as treasurer of the group and since 2003 with On The Spot Productions.  This award was presented by an active person involved in many theatre projects in the community, Terry Wilson.  The moving spotlight you see today at the Fergus Grand theatre is a result of the contributions of this group and the involvement of Judy and Paul.  Judy has also worked as a volunteer in the box office giving many hours to greet the public, look after selling tickets and helping the theatre administrator, Eric Goudie .  Together Paul and Judy have painted stage floors and dressing rooms, done general spring cleaning, cleaned and helped place stage lights and assisted in the facelift of the lobby.  Both Paul and Judy are members of the Fergus Grand Theatre Volunteers, Judy as secretary, Paul as treasurer.  They both organize and keep the concession stocked with supplies and they contribute to the snacks and refreshments for the variety of lobby meetings and gatherings that take place at the theatre.  They also decorate the lobby at special times such as Halloween and Christmas.

The Elizabeth Pieper plaque hangs on the wall in the Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office proudly displaying the names of past and present honourees.


At the AGM, awards voted on by the ECT membership and hence fondly called the ECTies, honoured people involved in productions over the past year including Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), Don’t Talk to the Actors, The Drawer Boy and Little Women.  The results were as follows:

Best Actor (female)- Katy Chapman as Jo in Little Women

Best Actor (male)-Gary Bryant as Morgan in The Drawer Boy

Best Overall Show/Production for the Season-The Drawer Boy  

(The Drawer Boy-Also awarded BEST PRODUCTION OF A CANADIAN PLAY by the Western Ontario Drama Festival Adjudicator)

Best Youth-Olivia Rumbell as Beth in Little Women

Best Supporting Actor (male)-Acey Kaspar in Little Women

Best Supporting Actor (female)-Beth Lanigan in Little Women

Best Newcomer-Lily Brosseau as Katy and Rachel Kaspar as Minnie in Little Women

Honourable Mention-Barbara Kidd as the fiddler in The Drawer Boy

Best Direction-Deb Stanson and David Tanner in Little Women

Best Set Design and Build-Robert Banning in The Drawer Boy and Little Women

Best Décor-Maggie Parent for The Drawer Boy and Little Women

Best Light Design-David Tanner for Please Don’t Talk to the Actors, The Drawer Boy and Little Women

Best Sound Design-David Tanner for The Drawer Boy and Little Women

Best Costumes, Makeup and Hair-Suzanne Trivers, Sara Marsh, Maggie Parent for Little Women

Best Props-Sue Kennedy for The Drawer Boy

Best Stage Manager-Zoe Clemens for Little Women

Special Directors’ Awards went to:

Jayne Simpson for Don’t Talk to the Actors

Robert Banning, Lawrence Lee and Maggie Parent for The Drawer Boy

Nancy Baker for Little Women

A Special President’s Award went to: David Tanner

The Elora Community Theatre season opens with It’s a Wonderful Life Nov. 4-13. Tickets are available now at the Fergus Grand Theatre Box Office 519 787 1981 or online.  Special reductions for the season tickets which includes The Sting in Feb/March and Alice in Wonderland in May.

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Play Selection-Be a part of it!

ECT invites a few volunteers to join the play selection committee.

We are looking to make selections for the Shakespeare in the Park, Fall, Winter, and Spring playbill for the 2017-2018 season.

Please contact Adrian Baker and/or Nancy Baker

Adrian at 519 589 2253 or adrianbaker79@gmail.com

Nancy at 519 822 6653 or nancyida@sympatico.ca

by Nov. 5th to offer your services to this committee.

Special Thank You to Deb Stanson and David Tanner for successfully integrating Shakespeare in the Park as an integral part of the ECT season.

 

DIRECTORS AND PLAYS NEEDED

for the 2017-2018 Season.

Directors, please submit your ideas for plays you would like to direct to

Adrian Baker and Nancy Baker,

Co-chairs of the ECT Play Selection Committee.

Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016.

Contact Adrian and Nancy with your ideas at

ECTplaysubmissions@gmail.com


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Volunteers Needed for 50/50 Draw at EAch Show!

 A big thank you to Jim Monaghan who has handled this responsibility for many years.  Denise Gismondi has volunteered for the job and she would appreciate your help.

Volunteers needed for 50/50  Draw. Needed two people per show, which makes a total of 16 slots over the run to fill. Denise would like interested people to call 519-362-0645 or email denmargis58@gmail.com, if interested.  


Contact:  Denise Gismondi
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Christmas Cabaret Postponed for this year!  Stay tuned for next year!

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The Sting-Cast and Crew


Female Characters

Characters One Role

  • -         Mrs. Vanderkieft (Older Billie)……Mary Anne Neville
  • -         Miss Hastings……..Kim Young
  • -         Younger Billie…..Rochelle Collingwood Eckert
  • -         Ivy Niles….Nancy Baker

Characters Multiple Roles

Ingrid Fast

Dawn,Ginger , Mrs. Lombard, Manicure Woman, Miss Richmond, and New Waitress

Chiv Chivaul

Crystal, Lola/Chiv, Cigarette Girl

Jules Docherty

Fern, Woman Gambler, Rhoda, Lola

Jennifer Zirk

Loretta

Connie Mc Taggart

Four Star, Alva, Countess Boudreau and Dolores/Countess Boudreau

 

Male Characters Single Roles
  • -         Hooker……John Settle
  • -         Gondorff…..William Brezden
  • -         Lonnegan…..Adrian Baker
  • -         Maxie…..Ray Kavanaugh
  • -         Digger….Ben Parent
  • -         Groves…..Dan Williams
  • -         Erie….Danny Drew
  • -         Snyder…..Ted Shier
  • -         Polk…..Dave Beynon

Male Characters Multiple Roles

Cory Sanders…..Granger , Singleton

Haydon Tallon…….Mottola, Kid Twist

Rod Saunders…Combs, Conductor , Harmon , Man in Raincoat, FBI agent

Jim Monaghan/Simon Liebowitz…..Mr. Clayton/Mr. Jameson…


Crew to date:

- Simon/Jim - Directors

- Kevin Johnston - SM

- Dave Tanner‎ - Tech

- Sarah Dunbar/Sharon Vanderburg - Costumes

- Zoe Dunbar/Terri Arora - ASMs

- Robert Banning/Lawrence Lee/ Maggie Parent - set

 

Want to help out with this exciting production??    We need you for props and set decor!  Please contact Jim Monaghan to volunteer.

 heartjim@hotmail.com

OPPORTUNITY!!

Also we need one more male actor for fair sized role. Age from 20 to 50ish...flexible...


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Stay tuned for Audition Date for


Alice In Wonderland


which will be performed in May, 2017!

Directed by Jennifer Zirk!


 



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Now Meet your New ECT Board....and remember members are very welcome always at the meetings and to volunteer for jobs.   And if you are not a member, we would love to have you join us at ECT.

Returning Members Voted In:
Deb Stanson
Laura Hunter
Suzanne Trivers
Nancy Baker
Adrian Baker
Zoe Clemens
Julie Wheeler Bryant
Maggie Parent
Denise Gismondi
Jim Monaghan


Welcome New Members Voted In:
DAvid Tanner
Connie McTAggart

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I am excited to be doing your newsletter for the coming year after doing publicity for several years!
If you wish to contact me to submit ECT news, please do:  jwheelerb@cogeco.ca 


Julie Wheeler Bryant




Address: PO Box 804, Elora ON N0B 1S0

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