With Thanks from those Guys and some Dolls

goodbyeThe cast, crew and orchestra of VOS THEATRE’s Guys and Dolls got together one last time to pose for a Team Photo. Somehow putting the whole production together took less energy than getting a good group shot!

Many Thanks!

We’d like to thank our patrons and our sponsors (see links below) for supporting local theatre. We had a great time!

Coming Up!

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OK, here we go.



Stop clowning around and focus please.


Way too focused. Let’s try again with the crew and orchestra. Smile!



Now Say Bye for now folks.


Last shot and it’s a wrap.



These are the businesses in your community that help make theatre possible.

Dalewood Golf Club

Buttermilk Café

Onsite Computer Services 

Jamie Milner Royal Lepage

Pharmasave Port Hope

Port Hope Police Association and Port Hope Senior Police Association

Milner Financial

Tom Robinson of Raymond James Ltd.

Plank Road Cottages and Marina

Kingsmill Kitchens

James Sculthorpe Ltd.



Meet the General!


Carlotta Rutledge is “the General” in VOS THEATRE’s
upcoming production of  
Guys and Dolls

VOS THEATRE: Hey it’s been great to meet you and have the opportunity to get to know you. Tell us all things Carlotta. We know you’re a director, an actress, a costume designer………tell us more!

Carlotta:  Well let me see. I was born in England, developed a love of the stage after my first performance at the tender age of 6. I left England during the coal mining strike of 1973 and thought I would travel the world. My first stop was Canada where I met my husband to be that year and subsequently settled down. Canada became my home. I have three children and four grandchildren with another one on the way.

VOS THEATRE: Best Community Theatre story…………go!

Carlotta: Now that’s tricky.  Here goes.  It was Cabaret with Oshawa Little Theatre  many moons ago.  We were in the middle of one of the very risque dances in the kit kat club and  a youngster from the audience  shouts, “Is that Mrs Rutledge my Sunday School teacher?”  Some cast members never let me live that down.

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VOS THEATRE: Northumberland County is rich with opportunities to see and be involved in music and theatre. Some say there’s too much going on but we think it’s what makes this place special. Do you agree?

Carlotta: Absolutely. It is and I do.


As Golde in Oshawa Little Theatre’s Fiddler

VOS THEATRE: Theatre should look easy to patrons but the making of “easy” is hard work. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours to a production. Is it worth it?

Carlotta: I have always loved the process of putting a show together, so to present your best you have to put in the time.


Calendar Girls

VOS THEATRE: Tell us about the first time you saw Guys and Dolls.

Carlotta: I saw the movie on television as a youngster and fell in love with the rich assortment of characters and great music. I may have had a crush on Marlon Brando at that time.

VOS THEATRE: We are so lucky that you joined us for this production, Carlotta. You’re making the experience richer. Thank you!

April 19-28 – Victoria Hall, Cobourg
Tickets: $27
Box Office: 905-372-2210
Purchase Tickets Online



Fun, Food and Music – a great way to start the season

Audience members were treated to a spectacular Christmas dinner on December 1 followed by a show filled with Christmas musical favourites. Christmas at Dalewood was a very successful evening and a great way to start the holiday season! Our thanks to all involved.

The next opportunity to enjoy  Dalewood’s stellar food and two play readings will be on February 10th. Bring your BFF, your partner or make it a girl’s night out! Tickets are on sale now.


Want to be involved?

Producer Florence Fletcher is looking for help with the Valentines Readings. She would love to have a couple of people assist with gathering a few props and costume pieces. Remember, this is a reading not a show so the list of items needed is not long. No experience is necessary and the time commitment isn’t onerous. It’s a perfect way for you to get your feet wet and enjoy the fabulous experience of working with the Dalewood team. It’s been so much fun working at this venue. As Florence says “the more we work together the more fun we have!”

Please give her a call at 905-372-9010 or email her for more information at fflectcher3@cogeco.ca


Do you not agree that Mindy’s is the best cheesecake alive?

We are well underway with the production of Guys and Dolls. The show has been cast and initial music rehearsals took place in December. The cast and crew meet up again on January 7 to begin the work of bringing this classic to the stage.

Visit http://www.vostheatre.com/Shows/Guys-and-Dolls-2018.aspx to view the cast list or to purchase tickets. If you would like to be a part of the fun, email theatre@vostheatre.com. We are always looking for folks who want to work backstage. It (pssst………..if you sew Laurie Sandziuk has some glorious projects for you)


Watch our website for information about the Ruth Harcort Scholarship available for those who are off to post secondary education next year!






She’s Our Resident Expert on All Things Anne

VOS THEATRE caught up with Erin Welsh who plays Mrs. Barry in our production of Anne of Green Gables the Musical.

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VOS THEATRE: It is well known within our organization that you love this production. So what is it about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books that you love so much?

ERIN: Anne was a book that my mom grew up reading and she introduced me to it. I guess what I love is that even though Anne lived a hard childhood, she always had hope and was full of adventure. My best friend growing up had red hair so her and I had fun pretending we were Anne and Diana and acting out the book.

VOS THEATRE: You lived in PEI for a while?

Erin: I Did! It’s such an amazing place. I knew that I always wanted to visit the red sand of PEI and visit the places described in the book. I ended up working at Avonlea village…..a place that acts out the story on a daily basis.

VOS THEATRE:  Can you tell us about your job in Anne’s country?

Erin: I worked in Cavendish at the Anne of Green Gables store. It was a lot of fun to get to share my love of Anne with the customers and the cast at the village. On my breaks it was fun to go out and have high tea with your favourite characters and participate in good old kitchen parties.


VOS THEATRE: How many times have you seen the show?

Erin: Oh goodness I’m not sure I want to share that. I’ve seen Anne and Gilbert twice. I’ve seen the musical at least 10 times plus,  I also listened to the soundtrack on a loop 8 hours a day for 4 months at work.


VOS THEATRE – What’s the appeal? What is it about the show that audiences love?

Erin: I think it’s just a feel good show. Anne has such a sense of wonder and excitement that’s it’s hard not to be pulled in to her world.

VOS THEATRE: What is it you’re enjoying most about finally appearing in the show?

ERIN: Well I mentioned before that I used to pretend to be Diana Barry as a child. It.was always my  dream to be her and live her life. And now I get to play Mrs Barry which is pretty awesome….my chances of being Diana are pretty slim now unless we put on production of Anne the geriatric version.

VOS THEATRE: Now you’ve given away our summer show for 2018.

You’re a teacher. Tell us, is the Anne series still relevent today?

Erin: It is! It’s definitely a story the children still Love! I’ve used it as a read aloud in class book before and the kids loved coming dressed up as their favourite character.

VOS THEATRE: Tell Anne of Green Gables book fanatics how the musical represents Montgomery’s series.

Erin: It does a great job pulling out the fun parts of the story, and does stay true to Montgomery’s story line, just with an infusion of energy and fun songs.

VOS THEATRE: Oh we almost forgot – favourite song in the show?

Erin: Oh, that’s a hard one. I think it would be a toss up between the Lady Cordelia and Ice Cream. Anne’s songs are just so catchy – you can’t help but smile and sing along.


Anne of Green Gables runs for 2 weeks only

July 13-22

Tickets are available through the Victoria Hall Box Office

905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Or Book Online Now

Chitty Revealed!

Really? You thought we’d just come right out and show you Chitty from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before Opening Night? Not a chance. The car is hidden away. But we have the next best thing for you; a chat with Robb Howells, the designer of VOS THEATRE’s fantasmagorical car!

VOS: We call you “our own Caractacus Potts”. You have an amazingly creative mind. It seems you can make everything out of anything and it all ends up being a glorious treat to the eyes. What’s your background?

Robb: My background is as a furniture maker, but I’ve been making props for about 15 years now. I’ve developed and built props for Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, The Woman in Black, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain, Shrek, Shout, The Elephant Man, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, and several others.

A prototype of Lord Farquaad's legs from Shrek the Musical.
A prototype of Lord Farquaad’s legs from Shrek the Musical.

VOS: What has presented the biggest challenge?

Robb: They’ve all presented their own challenges, but none more so than Chitty. I’ve never worked on such a complex, and large piece before!
We’re keeping Chitty top secret and plan to move her into Victoria Hall covered so that no one catches a glimpse until we open.

VOS: You’re the creator of VOS THEATRE’s Chitty. Without revealing too much what has your process been like?

Robb: The process has been totally engrossing, to the point where thoughts of it wakes me up in the morning. My workshop is currently a bit of a train wreck, and there are calipers, trammels, compasses and rulers everywhere. I’m taking most of the scaling and detail from the Corgi toy that came out with the movie in about 1968.

Barrel organ from Mary Poppins
Barrel organ from Mary Poppins.

VOS: Coolest thing about the car?

Robb: The coolest thing about the car is its complexity and our efforts at making all the contraptions work. It is pretty stylish too.

VOS: Tell us about some of your other creations? Which projects have really fueled you?

Robb: Although I’ve had fun challenging myself on all my projects, my favourite was probably Sweeney Todd, which was done as a steampunk version. I love contemplating an alternate version of the world where everything is cog and steam driven with lots of brass, copper and mahogany. The entire show was up for grabs, design-wise, so we let our minds go with our only restriction being what things we could source. So much fun!

Beadle Bamford's staff from Sweeney Todd
Beadle Bamford’s staff from Sweeney Todd

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate Robb’s craftsmanship. Your first chance to see his creative genius live and onstage is Opening Night, November 19, 2015. Order your tickets by calling 905-372-2210 or online at vostheatre.com.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Poster