OCH and a “GREEEEAT” Time was Had by All at the Spring Preview Luncheon and Show & Tell – April 15, 2019
On April 15th, eighty Guild members gathered in the Festival Theatre Lobby for a delicious Brigadoon-themed lunch, followed by a Show & Tell presentation by Tim Carroll and Sarah Phillips which highlighted many aspects of the upcoming season. The mood was festive, and decorations reflected the Scottish theme with tartans, thistles and heather. Many people donned their kilts and tartans in the spirit of the Highlands!
Lunch began with a rendition of Scotland the Brave on bagpipes by our guest piper, Jim Scollick. Guild President, Laurie Harley, then welcomed everyone and introduced Peter Jewett, chair of the Shaw Board of Directors. Peter emphasized the very important work that the Guild volunteers do, and offered thanks on behalf of the board. After his remarks we were treated to a second tune by our piper.
The Green Room catered an excellent lunch of Shepherd’s Pie, salads and scones, followed by dessert and coffee. After lunch, Tim Carroll and Creative Management Associate Sarah Phillips provided an in-depth look at some of the upcoming highlights of the 2019 Shaw Season. From maquettes to costume sketches, TC and Sarah delighted all in attendance with details and anecdotes of all the intricate planning that goes into mounting a season of such magnitude! They also responded to questions from the audience and people greatly appreciated their candor and genuine responses to all questions and comments. We can hardly wait for what is ahead!
The afternoon ended with a draw for 5 pairs of tickets (valued at $20.00 each) for the Director/Designer Presentation for The Ladykillers to be held on June 11th. Tickets were furnished by Suzanne Merriam of the Education Department. Lucky winners were Julian Rance, Keith Mills, Jackie Johnson, Christine Lancaster and Phyllis Schaefer.
Scene Shop Visit a Smash Hit! March 18, 2019
More than 65 Guild members gathered in the Scene Shop in Virgil to catch a glimpse into how the sets, that form such an integral part of the Shaw season, are designed and created.
We began the evening with coffee and tea provided by the Shaw and a few yummy snacks as well. It was nice to see old and new friends. We were welcomed by Guild President Laurie Harley and Shaw Artistic Director Tim Carroll, and then the group was treated to a wonderful presentation by Jennifer Goodman (at left) and TC about the concept and process behind the design for Horse and His Boy, which begins at the Festival Theatre in April.
Following Jennifer and TC into the world of Narnia and Calormen, Gwyneth Stark, Head of Scenic Art, told us about the colour palette for the show and showed us what she and her talented team of artists have been working on. We learned how the beautiful hand-painted cloth backdrops, enhanced with projection techniques, will bring many worlds to life as the travelers’ journey through them in the play.
Next, Designer Judith Bowden, TC and Lesslie Tunmer, Head of Scenic Construction, gave us a fascinating tour of the incredible set for The Ladykillers. It was amazing to see how this elaborate and astonishing set has been painstakingly designed and built over the course of 5 months. It is still awaiting some finishing touches, including masterful painting from Gwyneth and her creative team! We got to explore the set ourselves and to see what goes into such an amazing piece of art.
Listening to Judith, Lesslie and TC talk about their process, it was evident how much skill and thought go into even the most minute detail of the piece. What resonated throughout was their passion for excellence and dedication to getting everything exactly right. Guild members had the benefit of experiencing these behind-the-scenes glimpses and knowing the background of the creative process. We can’t wait to see both of these sets as we watch actors move through them in performance!
Many thanks to Janet Hanna for organizing, Lesslie, and Gwyneth for hosting us and to Jennifer, Judith and Tim Carroll for entertaining and informing us! What a great evening!
Recap of Newbie Secret Theatre Event, February 2, 2019
On a chilly evening 25 Shaw Guild members were treated to a wonderful evening with the newest ensemble members from the upcoming season, as well as a few alumni!
As a culmination of the workshops in which the actors participated as part of the Slaight Family Intensive, a short ensemble piece on love and relationships was shared. The group gathered in the NOTL Public Library and made creative use of the space to share vignettes they had created during the week. It was a privilege to see their fine work and a pleasure to meet them in such an informal setting.
We look forward to seeing each of these fine performers on a regular basis as the season unfolds. Many thanks to Tim Jennings, Tim Carroll and Janet Hanna for making this opportunity available to us.
Members’ Day, October 22, 2018
150 Guild members gathered in the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre to congratulate 12 long-service volunteers, including Felicitas Mandeville who was recognized for 50 years of service.
Seated in the theatre, with the hospital bed set of Henry V on the stage, members had a chance to celebrate the award recipients, and to hear guest presentations from Tim Jennings, Executive Director and Diana Donnelly, Director, Far Away. The formal meeting was followed by a reception in the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge.
In photo, Laurie Harley presents long-service plaque to Felicitas Mandeville.
Felicitas started her volunteer career in 1968 just 6 years after the founding of the Festival. “In those days”, Felicitas said “volunteers did everything; they sold tickets, staffed the drink concessions, organized opening nights, and even cleaned up after the performance.”
Felicitas participated in the fundraising campaign to build the current Festival Theatre, and was one of the first members of the Shaw Guild, when it was formed as the volunteer organization of The Shaw in 1974.
Certificates of congratulations were sent by Rob Nicholson, MP, on behalf of the Federal Government, Wayne Gates, MPP, on behalf of the Provincial Government and Tim Carroll, Tim Jennings and Julian Rance on behalf of The Shaw Festival and The Shaw Guild.
20 YEARS OF SERVICE: Jennifer Gardiner, Janice Gore, Sally Harmer, Lorraine Horton, Robert Horton, Lucy Nietresta, Mora Richmond (absent), Pamela Ward, Jean Wesley, Violi Whitmee
25 YEARS OF SERVICE: Carol Reid
50 YEARS OF SERVICE: Felicitas Mandeville
Below, Julian Rance presents long-service awards.