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Curtain Closes on Community Run Summer Theatre

Playhouse-front-200x300(Source: Bancroft Summer Theatre ) After 24 years of building a live theatre program at the Village Playhouse, Bancroft Summer Theatre regrets to inform its patrons and sponsors that a community based summer theatre season will not be offered this season at the Village Playhouse.

While new management at the venue has made great strides in restoring the building, it has come at a price that is no longer affordable to community theatre groups and its members. “Celebrating our 25th anniversary in the dark is a stark reminder how money almost always trumps culture”, stated Daniel Boileau speaking on behalf of Bancroft Summer Theatre (BST).

Over the past 24 years, the venue was restored with original tiered seating and set up with state of the art lighting and sound equipment to improve the live theatre experience. With the help of provincials grants obtained through the Algonquin Arts Council and the founding members of Bancroft Theatre Guild and Theatrics’ Summer Theatre, the Village Playhouse became a local hub for live theatre, seating up to 190 patrons per evening for two months every summer.

The annual event provided community hours to local high school students and helped launch several careers for students who caught the theatre bug. Students were able to receive training in running a snack bar, selling tickets and running a theatre facility. Actors were encouraged to practice their craft while new tech people worked with professional lighting and sound staff to hone their skills. (It could take a pro up to 3 days to fully program the lighting board for a single production.) Local restaurants and shops benefitted with crowds of people coming into town for dinner prior to a show. Sponsors were able to reach summer cottagers easily and inexpensively. Members of St. Pauls Church raised funds by preparing pre-show dinner packages. Kids got to perform for the first time on a big stage. New talent arose from events such as The 24 Hour Theatre Project introduced by our very own November Theatre.

The Village Playhouse has served as a real community based venue which instilled a sense of cooperation, social skills and cultural growth for a current group of approximately 150 locals as well as past members who envisioned a real theatre in our little village. Kim Crawford, Chairperson of the not-for-profit Bancroft Summer Theatre and the Algonquin Arts Council, added “It is so unfortunate that progress has to be made at the expense of community. While there have been great changes and upgrades to The Village Playhouse, these improvements have come at the expense of our local theatre groups.”

Kevin Newman, President of the Bancroft Theatre Guild said “With 24 years of theatre infrastructure now inaccessible to community groups we have been forced to start from scratch”. People involved in theatre are taking this in stride and planning for the future quietly. “If 150 kids on ten hockey teams were to lose their ice time at the community arena there would be a riot in town”, added Daniel Boileau. “Theatre people take these events as a challenge because as we all know, everything changes”. Watch for a newly
re-invented, re-invigorated theatre scene to appear in the near future. To our 2,500 plus summer theatre patrons and many sponsors we offer our thanks for your past and continued support.

Community Partners Are Key

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CREATIVE PARTNERS: Claude and Beth Pepin and their local NoFrills store support the Bancroft Village Playhouse and Hospice North Hastings with the new event board that displays upcoming Playhouse shows. By becoming creative partners they support the Playhouse and also offer one more complimentary service to shoppers who now have up to date details on all the wonderful theatre events, concerts and films that are offered at our community theatre. Thanks to NoFrills for their support!

Submitted by Barb Shaw of Plan B

Local Businesses Support the Achievement of Another

truescarlette5 404x252It is hard to believe that it has just been a year since Sandra Pilkington took over True Scarlette. As many of you know True Scarlette is one of the best places North of 7 for aesthetics and tanning.

On Friday, March 11 Sandra held her 1 year anniversary and to show her clients appreciation for the support they have given over the last year she reached out to other businesses in the area to see if they would be interested in donating door prizes.

The response was phenomenal and I have to say I was impressed by each donation. The grande prize was a night at the Teddy Bear Bed and Breakfast, dinner for 2 at the Granite and Bancroft Taxi donated the ride to and from the Granite. Other business that also donated was one of our gems here The Old Tin Shed, The “Hair”itage House, and Ambient Glow. Uvalux who is one of Sandra’s suppliers also donated a wealth of tanning products and gift basket to be given away.

As Sandra spoke to both Bancroft This Week and Mary Kavanagh town councillor and with the BBIA she explained that although a year of up and downs, it has mostly been up. By expanding products and services after listening to her existing cliental she has been able to grow the business and looks forward to keep doing so in the coming years.

The winners of the prizes are being drawn this coming Monday morning and I’ll update you with the winners then.

There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child….I think this could be adopted to small rural businesses in supporting each others milestones. Just food for thought.

 

Urban Girl

xoxo

These boots were made for walking!

Where I live we are in the depths of winter. My huMom just got me a set of Canadian made winter boots from Critter Comfort & Clips. Why would a dog need boots? Simple, road salt & toxic road chemicals.

So what is road salt? Mostly it’s sodium chloride, the same as table salt but road salt usually contains other chloride salts such as magnesium, calcium, & potassium chloride. Sodium acetate & calcium magnesium acetate may also be added to the mix, as well as some basic salts such as calcium hydroxide to help counter corrosives. Read more

Legends ready to answer questions at ‘Croft Talks LIVE

Croft-Talks-Legends-Bancroft OntThere are some people that just seem to be a foundational part of our community and three of them have agreed to join ‘Croft Talks LIVE host Barb Shaw on Jan. 26 at the Village Playhouse to talk about how they became legends in North Hastings.

The January line-up features local Funeral Director Tim Baragar and while many know Tim for the support, comfort and care he provides to those at difficult times, he’s moving into a new role as a political advocate.

Over the past year Tim has been doing interviews and spreading the word about the provincial Estate Assessment Tax. Newly rolled-out at the start of 2015, Tim has been getting some traction educating people and pushing the Wynne government to consider changes to the tax that targets people in their deepest moments of grief and despair.

Joining Tim Baragar to share stories is Nan McGhee. Nan will be making time in her busy travel schedule to share stories from her CJNH days, insights from her council adventures and she’s also going to give the audience a sneak peek into some of her current projects and plans.

“I am really looking forward to interviewing both Tim and Nan,” says host Barb Shaw. “They are fabulous storytellers and they truly could each have their own show. I am also thrilled to have Joey Shulman returning for another visit. Joey was such a hit at the last show that we really needed him to come back – and thankfully he agreed! He’ll be doing a community update for us and joining everyone for a Q & A segment. I really think these three legends are going to deliver a great experience for our audience.”

‘Croft Talks LIVE is a monthly talk show hosted at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft. The show is recorded and released as a podcast but being part of the live, interactive show is something you don’t want to miss.

‘Croft Talks LIVE is sponsored this month by Deuce Tattoos and the Bickert Family and Marlow Bickert will be on stage to do the sponsor’s welcome. For those who don’t know Marlow, this future legend managed to steal the last show from the comfort of the audience with his tough questions and fabulous humour.

“Croft Talks LIVE is produced by Plan B Communications Consulting in partnership with the Bancroft Village Playhouse. Tickets are $5 and the door and the bar open at 6pm on Jan. 26.

For additional details:

Barbara Shaw

bjshaw@sympatico.ca

613.334.4164