Letters to the Editor -
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to each and every individual, group and organization who helped to make my job so much easier and contributed to the huge success of our production Our Town - Moments to Remember. From the pages of George Saunders' In the Centre of the Forest...I Remain to the hundreds of individual stories from which the manuscript emerged - my gratitude. From the first cattle call to the final words of the production - "Happy Birthday Bishop's Falls," our actors both first time and seasoned alike did us proud. From the preliminary conceptual sketches of backdrops to the stunning set pieces created by Jim Fancey, Carmel Rowsell and their crew. From the long hours of finding and isolating photographs by Ron Ennis to the brilliant arrangements of photos, videos and sound bites by Malerie Earle and Cody Reid. From the stark "iffy" floor plan and ambitious lighting plot to the pie in the sky colour choices of Allan Sutton to the inventive light and sound show delivered after days of toil and sweat by "the boys" from Eastern Audio and their local spotlight crew - "the boys from LBA." From the leg work of the Centennial Office staff and liaison efforts of Gord Ross to the countless hours of labour by Lloyd Reid and his logistics staff. From the many hours of pre-show advertising coverage by all sectors of local media to the wonderful coverage of the show itself by the Advertiser's Corrina Baggs. From the countless people who sought and gathered props and set decorations to the smooth efficient movement of sets during the show by Paul Seymour and his local stage crew. From the costume bank of Queen Street Dinner Theatre, Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts and Denise Howse's "stash" came the means by which we crossed the decades, our thanks and gratitude.
From the band members, Bruce Bishop and Terry Burke, to the dancers to the Cooke Sisters ensemble to the soloist (instrumental and vocal) Tracey Morgan, Alex Cooke, Roger Hiscock and especially Megan Ellis and Sarah MacDonald, who along with Tanya Stone and John Ennis, traveled from St. John's and Corner Brook to be part of the show; to Kay Stone ("Mom") for being a faithful "filler in;" our special thanks.
From Danika Hynes, fellow staff and parents of Helen Tulk Elementary to the 150 plus members of both the Trestle Youth Choir and Station 267 Choir, our thanks and appreciation.
On a deeply personal note, the following people are to be lifted for their contribution to the project; to Aimee Doiron for her many hours of work on this show from her writing of an original musical piece for the opening sequence, to her musical accompaniment, and extra arrangements, to her overcoming the terrifying obstacles with a piano that could very well have been "possessed," my heartfelt appreciation. The trials and tribulations backstage! To my friend and partner in crime for 30 years, Maxine Stanley, who's work with the choirs and support, not only for this project, but countless others over the years I am truly thankful. To Chris Laing, my friend and ever so reliable assistant director and producer, who's quiet, laid back demeanor helped make the experience such a pleasure, thank you for the help. To my wife, Melinda (typist, sounding board, stage manager and confidant) who's love and support continues to be immeasurable, my eternal gratitude.
If it wasn't for the teamwork and support from these people, this project would never have been successful. Once again, my gratitude to all who helped in any way possible to make this project a success either through direct involvement or by coming to see the show.
"We will continue our day to day activities and record them for prosperity...this is our town and these are moments to remember."
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Our Town -