May
25

Arts Club Artists Lead Jessie Nominations

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society announced this year’s Jessie nominees on May 24, and we couldn’t be prouder of our artists! 34 artists were nominated for their outstanding work in 11 Arts Club productions across all three stages.

Onegin received an unprecedented 13 nominations across all individual categories; an incredible feat highlighted in The Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Sun, and The Georgia Straight.

The cast of Onegin. Photo by David Cooper

Nominees included Meg Roe (Lead Actress), Alessandro Juliani (Lead Actor), Andrew McNee (Supporting Actor), Josh Epstein (Supporting Actor), Lauren Jackson (Supporting Actress), John Webber (Lighting Design), Drew Facey (Set Design), Jacqueline Firkins (Costume Design), Tracey Power (Choreography), Amiel Gladstone (Direction, Original Composition), Veda Hille (Original Composition, Musical Direction, Musical Ensemble), Barry Mirochnick (Musical Ensemble), and Marina Hasselberg (Musical Ensemble); with the Outstanding Production nomination credited to the entire cast and creative team.

Daniel Doheny (Lead Actor), Itai Erdal (Lighting Design), Amir Ofek (Set Design), and the entire cast and creative team of The Valley were nominated for their Outstanding Production nomination.

Daniel Doheny and Kerry Sandomirsky. Photo by Emily Cooper

Good People also received an Outstanding Production nomination, with Colleen Wheeler (Lead Actress), Jenn Griffin (Supporting Actress), and Lauchlin Johnston (Set Design) also nominated in their individual categories.

Jenn Griffin and Colleen Wheeler. Photo by Emily Cooper

Colleen Wheeler was also nominated for her role as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, with nominations also going to Conor Moore (Lighting Design), Lauchlin Johnston (Set Design), and David Mackay (Direction).

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Emily Cooper

The Waiting Room saw nominations for Gerald King (Lighting Design) as well as Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling (Movement Collaboration). Alan Brodie was recognized for his Lighting Design in Godspell, Christine Reimer (Costume Design) and Naomi Wright (Lead Actor) were nominated for their work in Pride and Prejudice, Valerie Easton received a nomination for her choreography in A Christmas Story, The Musical, and actors Robert Moloney (Disgraced), and Luc Roderique (In the Heights), and Sayer Roberts (Les Misérables) were all nominated for their performances this past season.

Stay tuned to find out who takes home the hardware! Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Ceremony, on June 27 at the Commodore Ballroom.

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May
17

Announcing the Arts Club Summer Raffle!

The Arts Club is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Raffle. One lucky winner and three guests will get a chance to escape to California for a wine country weekend.

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The grand prize includes roundtrip airfare for four from Vancouver to Sonoma County, two night stay for four at the Mazzocco Sonoma Winery’s guesthouse located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, a private tasting and tour, and a gift basket of award-winning wines.

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Get your tickets before June 30 for a chance to win the early-bird prize as well! The early-bird winner will have a chance to win a trip for four from Vancouver to Victoria onboard one of Helijet’s Sikorsky S76 helicopters.

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Our fall raffle sold out, so don’t miss your chance and get your 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. For a full list of prizes and to purchase your tickets visit our website.

Good luck!

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May
13

Education Guest Blog: LEAP Wraps up for 2016

The 9th year of the Arts Club’s LEAP (Learning Early About Playwriting) program has just wrapped up to great success. 15 student scripts were read aloud by 6 professional actors on three separate nights (to a combined audience of more than 250 people!) at the Goldcorp Stage.

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Professional actors reading one of the many LEAP scripts presented at the Goldcorp Stage

I was fortunate to watch the journey of these 15 students as they navigated their way through the program from their initial orientation launch day to last Saturday’s awards and adjudication, where many expressed to me how they have grown as playwrights and how much of an impact this program has had on them.

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LEAP students and actors hamming it up after the public presentations

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LEAP Program Coordinator Shawn Macdonald speaking to the audience, prior to the public readings

Our three adjudicators, C.R. Packer, Leanna Brodie, and Hiro Kanagawa, provided thoughtful and insightful feedback to 5 of our young playwrights each of whom were recognized with cash scholarships.

I would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the program this year and we hope to see you back as part of our 10th year class in the Fall of 2016! Further thanks to our amazing instructors: program leader Shawn Macdonald and program assistant Christine Quintana. And a final thanks to our sponsors, the RBC Emerging Artist Program, the Y.P Heung Foundation, and our patron, Bonnie Mah, for their generous support. This program would not exist without the support of our sponsors and donors.

Thanks to all and on to our next (LEAP) year!

Blog post from Education Coordinator, Kevan Ellis

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