BTG General Newsletter October 2017
Your news & updates

  • End Run and Re-Run
  • Auditions: Marion Bridge
  • Set Crew(s) Needed for "Noises Off"
  • Annual Financial Meeting
  • Donor Wall
  • Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget
End Run and Re-Run
This week it is the end of the run for the Guiild's first full length production of the season "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder.

A surprisingly wonderful piece of theatre this is an excellent production and it is well worth seeing. Tickets are still available for the remaining four shows at 8 PM on October 25, 26, 27 and 28.

And, by the way, the box office assures me, you may still be able to get BTG season's tickets. Please call the box office for 613-967-1442 for tickets or to find out about subscriptions.

For those of you who may have missed the One Act Plays in September or would just like to see one again, there are going to be encore performances (re-runs?) of Peter Paylor's plays, "The Green Thumb Gang" and "Tea with Roger" at the Artists and Artisans Studio and Theatre at 298 Front St., Oct 28 at 8 PM and Oct 29 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Seating is limited in what is also known as The Theatre in the Back on Front.

Proceeds from these performances will be used to assist bringing these plays to the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) One Act Play Festival in early November.
Auditions: Marion Bridge
Reminder that the audition dates for Marion Bridge auditions have been scheduled as follows:

Marion Bridge:
Saturday, November 25, 2 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2 pm

Actors needed:
Three women ages 20 to 40.

An excellent production team has already been put together for this play. Full details will be given in the next newsletter.

For more information please contact:  
Steve Forrester
613 970 1254
Set Crew Needed for " Noises Off"
Several able bodies are needed to assist with the significant set changes required during the performances of "Noises Off" in December. These changes entail turning the entire set back to front during the first intermission and then returning it to normal during the second intermission.

It is anticipated that three to four people will be required for this process during lead up rehearsals and for each performance. If there are enough volunteers (or crews) then the time commitment would be reduced by splitting the work.

If interested please contact Dave Henderson at 613-920-2648 and for further details.  
Annual Financial General Meeting
Wednesday, November 8th at 7 pm at the Pinnacle Playhouse -

Please come. You will be presented with our audited financial statement. A quorum (at least 25 paid up members) is required to approve the financial statement allowing the guild to continue to operate. That means each and everyone one of you needs to make an effort to get to this meeting and faithfully vote to keep our boat afloat! Just so you know.... In times past we had to postpone the meeting due to lack of a quorum, we had to phone members and reschedule and do it all over again. This was what we refer to as, "not fun", and or," a waste of time". I know you are busy, that's why you belong to this crazy group! But, drop everything, get down to the good old playhouse and make this meeting a go! The first time!!
Donor Wall
We now have a ‘Donor Appreciation Wall’ in our theatre on the right hand side of the stairs leading from the green room to the auditorium. It’s purpose is to recognize those who have supported us and to inspire others to join their celebrated ranks.

We will update the Wall every 18 months. These updates will recognize our new supporters and show current levels of donation by all our members. We have named our giving categories in a way that reflects that we are a Guild. Those who contribute up to $99.00 are ‘Guildsmen’; up to $249.00 are ‘Journeymen’; up to $499.00 are ‘Craftsmen’ and our ‘Master Craftsmen’ are those who chip in up to $1,000.00 or more.

Thank you to Anne Monkhouse, our former treasurer, who chaired the Fund Raising Committee, compiled the necessary data and got this wall rolling.
Your 2017-2018 BTG Board of Directors
Our next board meeting will be held November 8, 2017. Please submit any items for consideration by end of day November 5, 2017.

The board still requires a Director of House. If interested , please submit an email expressing your interest along with your contact information to: 

Your 2017-2018 Board is as follows:

  • President--Paul Lattanzio
  • Past-President--Moira Nikander-Forrester
  • Vice-President--Amy-Lyn Van Londersele
  • Secretary--Nancy Garrod
  • Treasurer--Cindy Lucas
  • Director of House--VACANT
  • Technical Director--Judy Bridle
  • Director of Membership--Warren Christiani
  • Director of Program--Liz Marshall
  • Director of Production--Heather Muir
  • Director of Publicity--Alyssa Ross
  • Box Office and Subscriptions--Linda Serres

If you wish to get in touch with any member of the board just reply to this e-mail with your request.

Warren Christiani
Membership Director
Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget
Remembrance Day was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 

From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931. 

Every year on November 11, we as Canadians should pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

(Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918))

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the Dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders fields. 

Lest we forget.

Paul G. Lattanzio
Belleville Theatre Guild