Thanks for a great season! Next year, we're going up to Fred's
Cast and crew of I Come from the Valley! after the last performance, in Ottawa, November 18, 2018 at the Bronson Centre. Top: Derek Tolhurst, Ish Theilheimer, Aidan and Siobheann Donohue, Phil Godon, Jordan Amo, Nigel Epps, Shirley Hill, Fran Pinkerton, Kathy Eisner, Ambrose Mullin. Bottom: Terry Mask, Dorian Pearce, Hannah Donohue, Jesse Collins, Kieran Donohue, Chantal Elie-Sernoskie, Luna Nordholt. Photo by Lynne Epps
Thanks to our wonderful audience and community, Stone Fence Theatre had a great season in 2018. We entertained about 2600 people at our 17 performances of I Come From the Valley! Times and Tales of Joan Finnigan musical and our August concert with Gail Gavan and friends. We performed in nine different communities, concluding in Ottawa with a successful final performance at the Bronson Centre.
The show was warmly received by audiences despite being long, challenging and more serious than most of our shows. All but one performance received a standing ovation. Our Creative Director, Chantal and the entire company deserve tremendous credit for the quality of the production and their hard work in doing it so many times in so many different places despite having to replace a number of personnel, as well as for revising the show substantially in October, making it a much better product. Chantal, in particular, deserves credit for her vision in shaping the show and for stepping in and playing a role when one of our actors moved away. With her directing, acting and dance skills and her keen sense of what works on stage, she is a huge asset to our company.
All the actors were outstanding, especially the star, Fran Pinkerton, who worked hard for the company in many ways, and rising star Luna Nordholt.
The company had to cope with a lot of change and personnel instability in 2018 but we worked as a team and got through well.
Special thanks to box office volunteer Lynne Epps and the many hard-working volunteers who loyally show up at show after show.
A real positive was the number of youth we hired this season to do a lot of the hardest jobs. Jordan Amo, Dorian Pearce, Andrew Moore, and Liam Thomas all worked very hard and well for us, as did several other youth who worked occasional stints for us, not to mention the young performers who added so much life to our show: Luna, Kaylee Garcia, and the Donohues - Kieran, Hannah, Mhari and Aidan.
It was a big, ambitious year, but it was a wonderful seasont. Thanks for all your support through it.
Next year's theme is also legendary: Fred Meilleur and his wonderful hotel in Chapeau, Quebec. Plan on joining us for what promises to be a very fun trip back in time.