Announcing the VOS THEATRE 2018-2019 Season

Lots more fun coming your way – stay tuned for more information!

VOS THEATRE held its Annual General Meeting last week at Dalewood Golf Course.  Executive Producer Florence Fletcher announced the productions for the 2018-2019 Season.

VOS Theatre Presents - Christmas at Dalewood - Nov 30-Dec 1

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Announcing the 2018 Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Scholarship

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The Ruth Harcort Memporial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Northumberland County who is continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The Committee will select a candidate who has shown dedication to the arts (theatre, music, fine art) and exemplifies the characteristics that Ruth valued – inclusion, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and commitment.

The 2018 Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Ruth Harcort Scholarship is Kieva Earle.

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VOS Board Member Stacy Main and Kieva Earle

In her own words, “The Arts have made me who I am today”.  We, as a scholarship selection committee found this statement to be extremely accurate, and very representative of the qualities for which the award was founded.  An active performer since a young age, Kieva has been involved in numerous musicals and choirs.  However it is how Kieva approaches music and the arts that has made her this years choice.  The contributions that Kieva has made in her own life are in direct alignment with the values near and dear to Ruth.  Leadership, generosity of spirit and encouragement in a positive environment for learning’ have been demonstrated in everything she has touched.

We wish Kieva continued success as she enters Bishops University this fall in the Music and Secondary Education program.

Congratulations Kieva!

Membership News

VOS THEATRE Board of Directors invite you to attend VOS THEATRE’s 2018 AGM

Our AGM will be held at Dalewood Golf Club, June 26, 2018

Membership Renewals and New Member Registration 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Commences at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the presentation of the Ruth Harcort Scholarship, our 2018-2019 Season Announcement and to hear about social and volunteer opportunities!

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Everyone welcome. Do you not need to purchase a membership to attend but you need one to have a vote!

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Every bit helps when you are trying to fund post secondary education. Part of VOS THEATRE’s mandate is to contribute to the arts education of young people in our community and to assist them in moving forward with post secondary pursuits.

VOS THEATRE funds $3000.00 in local scholarships annually. We ensure that one student from CCI and St. Mary’s High School  in Cobourg and Port Hope High School and Trinity College School in Port Hope receive $500.00 acknowledging their outstanding contribution to theatre in their school and/or the greater community. The winner of this scholarship is chosen by the school.

VOS THEATRE also funds The Ruth Harcort Scholarship. One student, as chosen by a steering comittee of the board will receive $1000.00 to assist with higher education.

Read more about Ruth and that scholarship here

The deadline is fast approaching for applications. Tell your kids, grandkids and students.

No additional weight is given by the Selection Committee to VOS members or volunteers. This scholarship is open to all who wish to apply.

The recipient will be announced at the AGM.

 

With Thanks from those Guys and some Dolls

goodbyeThe cast, crew and orchestra of VOS THEATRE’s Guys and Dolls got together one last time to pose for a Team Photo. Somehow putting the whole production together took less energy than getting a good group shot!

Many Thanks!

We’d like to thank our patrons and our sponsors (see links below) for supporting local theatre. We had a great time!

Coming Up!

Watch our Facebook page and website for information on our upcoming AGM in June and join us to hear about next season’s projects!

To become a member and receive regular notifications of meetings, auditions and more fun opportunities just sign up here!

http://www.vostheatre.com/Membership/

OK, here we go.

Smile!

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Stop clowning around and focus please.

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Way too focused. Let’s try again with the crew and orchestra. Smile!

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OK,

Now Say Bye for now folks.

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Last shot and it’s a wrap.

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These are the businesses in your community that help make theatre possible.

Dalewood Golf Club

Buttermilk Café

Onsite Computer Services 

Jamie Milner Royal Lepage

Pharmasave Port Hope

Port Hope Police Association and Port Hope Senior Police Association

Milner Financial

Tom Robinson of Raymond James Ltd.

Plank Road Cottages and Marina

Kingsmill Kitchens

James Sculthorpe Ltd.

 

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Samantha Clark & J.P. Baldwin on the Role of Women in Guys and Dolls and Cheesecake!

 

IMG_6744VOS THEATRE sat down to have a conversation with J.P. Baldwin (Sky Masterson) and Samantha Clark (Sister Sarah) about working in 2018 on a show that premiered on Broadway in the 50’s.

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VOS THEATRE: Guys and Dolls has been called “the perfect musical comedy” . It ran for 1200 performances on Broadway in 1950, won Tonys and Oliviers and a Pulitzer Prize in 1951. It’s has seen many revivals over the years and has played to full houses from Shaw and Stratford to Broadway. What’s “perfect” about the show and why are the revivals so successful?

J.P. – I think that the book (script) to this musical holds up to analysis very well, comparatively to other book musicals. Yes, it may be dated, but with in-depth conversation within the production as to how to approach a 1950’s text with 2018 values, it is still very relevant and powerful.

Sam: What I think is so perfect about this show is its balance. The two leading couples, Sky & Sarah and Nathan & Adelaide are so completely opposite to one another in character and in the kind of music they sing. The game of ping pong between “opposites” through the show makes it a rollercoaster of storytelling. The show also does nothing subtly. It is loud and proud with it’s comedy  and in creating a mood. As an audience we love this. It’s theatrical enough that we can lose ourselves to the fun of it all!

VOS THEATRE: We know that you’re both were very sensitive to the role of women and their relationships in the show. Can you reflect on the change in attitudes over the past 70 years and how the show still seems to remain relevant to the degree that it played to full houses with an extended run in Stratford this summer.

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J.P. – If the script is approached from a more feminist lens during planning and rehearsal, and with agreement among cast and production, we have an opportunity to see how powerful the female characters in this show really are. I personally think that the women are the ones who really drive the story and maneuver themselves into “power” positions by the end of show.

Sam: The whole plot of the show is really driven by the women. You just have to look past the cover plots woven by the gamblers. Adelaide and Sarah get the 11 o’clock number. They confide in each other about their woes and make a plan to get what they really want in the end. It’s really a good time to be exploring what femininity meant 70 years ago – the power of it, the limits of it. I also find it really interesting to look at Sister Sarah and the General who are of course both women and who both hold professional positions of leadership. In my nerdy research I found that this was not uncommon in the organization & I think that is a wonderful and incredibly progressive piece to this puzzle.

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VOS THEATRE: Enough serious chat – Strudel or Cheesecake?

J.P. – CHEESECAKE all the way!

Sam: – STRUDEL! ….. no really cheesecake. I just felt badly for strudel and didn’t want it to feel left out.

 


The VOS Theatre production of Guys & Dolls 
opens April 19th and runs until April 28th

Call the box office for tickets 905-372-2210
Or Book Online Now


 

 

Meet the General!

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Carlotta Rutledge is “the General” in VOS THEATRE’s
upcoming production of  
Guys and Dolls

VOS THEATRE: Hey it’s been great to meet you and have the opportunity to get to know you. Tell us all things Carlotta. We know you’re a director, an actress, a costume designer………tell us more!

Carlotta:  Well let me see. I was born in England, developed a love of the stage after my first performance at the tender age of 6. I left England during the coal mining strike of 1973 and thought I would travel the world. My first stop was Canada where I met my husband to be that year and subsequently settled down. Canada became my home. I have three children and four grandchildren with another one on the way.

VOS THEATRE: Best Community Theatre story…………go!

Carlotta: Now that’s tricky.  Here goes.  It was Cabaret with Oshawa Little Theatre  many moons ago.  We were in the middle of one of the very risque dances in the kit kat club and  a youngster from the audience  shouts, “Is that Mrs Rutledge my Sunday School teacher?”  Some cast members never let me live that down.

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VOS THEATRE: Northumberland County is rich with opportunities to see and be involved in music and theatre. Some say there’s too much going on but we think it’s what makes this place special. Do you agree?

Carlotta: Absolutely. It is and I do.

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As Golde in Oshawa Little Theatre’s Fiddler

VOS THEATRE: Theatre should look easy to patrons but the making of “easy” is hard work. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours to a production. Is it worth it?

Carlotta: I have always loved the process of putting a show together, so to present your best you have to put in the time.

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VOS THEATRE: Tell us about the first time you saw Guys and Dolls.

Carlotta: I saw the movie on television as a youngster and fell in love with the rich assortment of characters and great music. I may have had a crush on Marlon Brando at that time.

VOS THEATRE: We are so lucky that you joined us for this production, Carlotta. You’re making the experience richer. Thank you!


VOS THEATRE PRESENTS GUYS AND DOLLS
April 19-28 – Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Tickets: $27
Box Office: 905-372-2210
Purchase Tickets Online


 

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