To: All members and the Auditor
Notice is hereby given that the 2016 annual general meeting of the members of the Society will be held at:
660 Columbia St W
on: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Please RSVP to Jessica at email@example.com or 250-372-3216 ext. 521 by November 10, 2016
WCT Board Congratulates AD Daryl Cloran
30 May 2016
With mixed emotions, the Board of Directors of Western Canada Theatre congratulates Artistic Director Daryl Cloran on his appointment as Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton.
We thank Daryl for his substantial and creative contributions to Western Canada Theatre over the past six years, a time of great growth for the theatre and our engagement with the community of Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola region, to the benefit of all of us.
Under Daryl’s direction, WCT’s audiences responded with great enthusiasm, and numbers, to the introduction of spectacular holiday musicals, such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof (co-produced with the Kamloops Symphony), and Les Misérables. They have welcomed explorations of the human condition, such as Where the Blood Mixes, Liberation Days and Educating Rita (starring Holly Lewis, Daryl’s wife), and laughed along with the zany antics of Noises Off, Boeing Boeing, and The 39 Steps.
Daryl’s talent in matching the right shows to our community drew new audience members, with record audience numbers set last season, our 40th Anniversary, which was anchored by the immensely popular Mary Poppins. Subscriber, donor and sponsor numbers also grew as did their confidence in our consistent high quality.
WCT’s and, by extension, Kamloops’ national presence greatly expanded as our profile rose during Daryl’s tenure, with co-productions, tours and invited presentations taking our shows to audiences coast-to-coast, with many a stop in between.
Beyond the plays themselves, Daryl’s passion for providing opportunities for young, emerging, and regional talents has touched many areas of our organization, on stage and off.
For the young, WCT’s Stage One Theatre School has significantly grown, now offering classes year round. We also introduced the TRU/WCT Young Company to provide young artists their first professional opportunities and a dedicated Family Series of shows to introduce young audiences to the wonder of live performances.
We continued WCT’s strong emphasis on the development and production of new plays by playwrights from this region, including world premieres of In A Blue Moon, Liberation Days and Never Shoot A Stampede Queen, and main stage premieres of new work by local playwrights Janet Michael (Habib’s Unforgettable All Night House Party) and Alan Corbishley (Silent Chap), as well as the introduction of our 40th Anniversary New Play Commission Program.
Continuing to build on WCT’s national reputation as a company dedicated to developing work by First Nations Artists and featuring Indigenous artists on our stage, we are proud of our incredible productions of Where the Blood Mixes, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Betrayal, and Dreary and Izzy and our recent High-Wire developments of The Language Reclamation Project and Children of God.
WCT is in a strong position as we enter the 2016-2017 Season, which again has that successful mix of comedy (The Comedy of Errors), drama (Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth), the classics (Blithe Spirit), and the new (Made in Italy), not to mention the bigger-than-ever holiday musical (Mamma Mia!), that is now a trademark of Daryl’s programming.
Thanks to Daryl’s fine work and the success that culminated in our 40th Anniversary Season, WCT and the community is in a great place for a new Artistic Director to lead the company into an exciting future.
Daryl will continue as Artistic Director of WCT until September 10th (opening night of our world premiere of Made in Italy). He will then be back to Kamloops twice next season to direct our productions of The Comedy of Errors and The Cure for Death By Lightning (also adapted by Daryl).
In Daryl’s words, “I am so proud of all that we have accomplished at WCT over the past 6 seasons. We have blown Kamloops audiences away with the quality and ambition of the shows we have produced. I think WCT audiences are truly proud of the calibre of work this local company is capable of. We have a very strong, fantastically talented team in place.
“Kamloops has been incredibly welcoming to me, my wife Holly, and our two boys. We can’t thank you enough for making us part of this community. We will dearly miss all the friends we have made in this fantastic city.”
On behalf of everyone at Western Canada Theatre, we wish Daryl, Holly, and their boys all the very best in the future. Break a leg.
RBC Emergency Artists Project donates to WCT
Western Canada Theatre very much thanks RBC Emerging Artists Project and those from RBC associated with it for their donation of $10,000 to WCT.
Dave Maurer, RBC Branch Manager Kamloops Main and Chase, and Pam Shaw, RBC Regional Vice President, presented the cheque to Lori Marchand, General Manager of WCT, on the set of the WCT/TRU Young Company’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit.
The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory. It supports arts organizations and artists in a range of genres including visual art, music, theatre, performance, literature and film.
Bridging the gap from emerging to established is something in which WCT has great experience. The theatre company has a long history of supporting and encouraging emerging artists. We believe it is a long-term investment that begins with exposure through our school matinee program, continues through our Stage One Theatre School and manifests itself in professional opportunities, such as the WCT/TRU Young Company, for those who choose a career in the performing arts, be it in performance, stage management, design, playwriting or directing. The Velveteen Rabbit not only provided those launching their professional careers, but also introduced 900 children from 12 local schools to the wonders and magic of theatre.
WCT thanks RBC and the Emerging Artists Project for their generous contribution, which allows us to continue developing talent for now and the future.
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