Career Development Grant
Reminder notices of the 2017 Career Development Grant for those pursuing a career in the production/technical areas of opera, e.g. costume designers, set and lighting designers, stage directors, etc. will be publicized in February, 2017. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2017.
The Guild Centre was present in the Vancouver Playhouse during the nine performances of Hänsel & Gretel last November and December. Our Guild table, staffed by volunteers, was set up in the lobby, where theatre patrons had an opportunity to be informed about our Guild activities, including the upcoming Opera Tours to New York and Europe.
Because other events had been scheduled by the Civic Theatre in the Playhouse during the run of the opera, we had to deal with six strike-backs, which meant we had to take down our display, store it and then set it back up again for the next performance.
In October of 2016 the Guild was also represented during the ‘Culture Days’ celebration which took place in the O’Brian Centre. This event, which is very popular and attended by many people, gives the Guild another opportunity to promote its activities.
Details about the Guild Centre for the Festival will be announced later. In the meantime, many thanks to all Committee members for continuing to keep the Guild Centre “in the spot light.”
Lore Hoffmann, Temporary Chair
Early in January, efforts were made to contact all of the members whose dues were in arrears. Of these, three did not respond and have been placed on the “Did not pay” list, and the rest either paid or promised to do so promptly. Consequently, as of January 23, the Guild has four honorary members and 157 paid-up members, as well as a further 3 whose dues payments are pending.
On February 15, Membership, assisted by the Committee Chairs, held a reception for new members at the home of Ed and Morna Mornin. Wine and conversation flowed, and it was a delightful “getting to know you” evening. We are grateful to Ed and Lorna for their gracious hospitality.
Gwyneth Westwick, Chair
The rehearsal work night for Hänsel & Gretel took place in the Playhouse in November of 2016. Since this was a small-cast production, only a few of the RRC members were asked to provide refreshments. The various trays of food were taken to the Playhouse and then placed on the tables in the “Green Room”. The Opera Company then made an announcement over the intercom to inform the cast and crew that the Guild had kindly provided an array of food, which was available on a self-serve basis.
The next set of rehearsal work nights will take place in the Q.E.Theatre on:
– Monday, April 24 (Otello) and
– Wednesday, April 26 (Dead Man Walking)
Since both operas have large casts, most of the RRC members will be asked to help out. If you already know in advance that you will not be available on those two dates, I would appreciate it if you could let me know as soon as possible.
Thank you for all your help (past and present) and I look forward to seeing you again in April.
Lore Hoffmann, Director and Chair
Peggy Goodman, Co-Chair