Port Stanley Festival Theatre held their Annual General Meeting on December 15th
at the Theatre. The AGM is an opportunity for the Board and staff to share with
Theatre Members, supporters and the public some of the work they've been doing over
the last year, and their plans for the upcoming year.
The most significant event for the Board in 2016 was the completion and official
opening of the Grace Auditorium, the renovated and expanded main theatre space with
additional 50 audience seats, just prior to the opening of the 2016 Summer Season.
This was followed by a very successful summer season as more than 14,490 patrons
attended performances, many of which were sell-outs even with the increased seating.
The Expand the Experience fund-raising team were also hard at work, culminating
in the 'Dollar for Dollar' campaign in which a local Port Stanley resident and theatre
supporter committed to match every dollar donated during November. An example of
the kinds of support throughout the month of November were evident when following
the AGM Elizabeth and Cynthia De Wit of Russell House Apparel presented PSFT with
a cheque for $700 which was the result of their save the tax/support the arts campaign
run at their store. All these contributions now make it possible for the completion
of the Expand the Experience program in 2017.
The Theatre's commitment to the development of new theatrical works continued, demonstrated
in part by the Playwrights' Festival in September, one of the new plays from which
will be on stage in the summer of 2017 written by Kristen Da Silva and sponsored
by Studio Style entitled "Five Alarm".
Finally, the Members elected a new Board and Executive team to lead the company
in 2017. Brian Welsh, Scott Shakir and Sharon Herrin were re-appointed as President,
Vice-president and Secretary respectively, Richard Haddow, Gary Mcleod, Glenys Lafrance
as Directors. New Directors joining the team included Gail Ballard, Kingsley Snelgrove
and Bob Eastick who will act as Treasurer. This energetic team is looking forward
to setting the stage for an outstanding 2017 as Artistic Director Simon Joynes creates
a season celebrating Canada's 150th with Canadian stories for all visitors to enjoy.