Announcing the 2018 Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Scholarship


The Ruth Harcort Memporial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Northumberland County who is continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The Committee will select a candidate who has shown dedication to the arts (theatre, music, fine art) and exemplifies the characteristics that Ruth valued – inclusion, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and commitment.

The 2018 Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Ruth Harcort Scholarship is Kieva Earle.

VOS Board Member Stacy Main and Kieva Earle

In her own words, “The Arts have made me who I am today”.  We, as a scholarship selection committee found this statement to be extremely accurate, and very representative of the qualities for which the award was founded.  An active performer since a young age, Kieva has been involved in numerous musicals and choirs.  However it is how Kieva approaches music and the arts that has made her this years choice.  The contributions that Kieva has made in her own life are in direct alignment with the values near and dear to Ruth.  Leadership, generosity of spirit and encouragement in a positive environment for learning’ have been demonstrated in everything she has touched.

We wish Kieva continued success as she enters Bishops University this fall in the Music and Secondary Education program.

Congratulations Kieva!

Membership News

VOS THEATRE Board of Directors invite you to attend VOS THEATRE’s 2018 AGM

Our AGM will be held at Dalewood Golf Club, June 26, 2018

Membership Renewals and New Member Registration 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Commences at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the presentation of the Ruth Harcort Scholarship, our 2018-2019 Season Announcement and to hear about social and volunteer opportunities!

Cash Bar

Everyone welcome. Do you not need to purchase a membership to attend but you need one to have a vote!

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Every bit helps when you are trying to fund post secondary education. Part of VOS THEATRE’s mandate is to contribute to the arts education of young people in our community and to assist them in moving forward with post secondary pursuits.

VOS THEATRE funds $3000.00 in local scholarships annually. We ensure that one student from CCI and St. Mary’s High School  in Cobourg and Port Hope High School and Trinity College School in Port Hope receive $500.00 acknowledging their outstanding contribution to theatre in their school and/or the greater community. The winner of this scholarship is chosen by the school.

VOS THEATRE also funds The Ruth Harcort Scholarship. One student, as chosen by a steering comittee of the board will receive $1000.00 to assist with higher education.

Read more about Ruth and that scholarship here

The deadline is fast approaching for applications. Tell your kids, grandkids and students.

No additional weight is given by the Selection Committee to VOS members or volunteers. This scholarship is open to all who wish to apply.

The recipient will be announced at the AGM.


Samantha Clark & J.P. Baldwin on the Role of Women in Guys and Dolls and Cheesecake!


IMG_6744VOS THEATRE sat down to have a conversation with J.P. Baldwin (Sky Masterson) and Samantha Clark (Sister Sarah) about working in 2018 on a show that premiered on Broadway in the 50’s.


VOS THEATRE: Guys and Dolls has been called “the perfect musical comedy” . It ran for 1200 performances on Broadway in 1950, won Tonys and Oliviers and a Pulitzer Prize in 1951. It’s has seen many revivals over the years and has played to full houses from Shaw and Stratford to Broadway. What’s “perfect” about the show and why are the revivals so successful?

J.P. – I think that the book (script) to this musical holds up to analysis very well, comparatively to other book musicals. Yes, it may be dated, but with in-depth conversation within the production as to how to approach a 1950’s text with 2018 values, it is still very relevant and powerful.

Sam: What I think is so perfect about this show is its balance. The two leading couples, Sky & Sarah and Nathan & Adelaide are so completely opposite to one another in character and in the kind of music they sing. The game of ping pong between “opposites” through the show makes it a rollercoaster of storytelling. The show also does nothing subtly. It is loud and proud with it’s comedy  and in creating a mood. As an audience we love this. It’s theatrical enough that we can lose ourselves to the fun of it all!

VOS THEATRE: We know that you’re both were very sensitive to the role of women and their relationships in the show. Can you reflect on the change in attitudes over the past 70 years and how the show still seems to remain relevant to the degree that it played to full houses with an extended run in Stratford this summer.


J.P. – If the script is approached from a more feminist lens during planning and rehearsal, and with agreement among cast and production, we have an opportunity to see how powerful the female characters in this show really are. I personally think that the women are the ones who really drive the story and maneuver themselves into “power” positions by the end of show.

Sam: The whole plot of the show is really driven by the women. You just have to look past the cover plots woven by the gamblers. Adelaide and Sarah get the 11 o’clock number. They confide in each other about their woes and make a plan to get what they really want in the end. It’s really a good time to be exploring what femininity meant 70 years ago – the power of it, the limits of it. I also find it really interesting to look at Sister Sarah and the General who are of course both women and who both hold professional positions of leadership. In my nerdy research I found that this was not uncommon in the organization & I think that is a wonderful and incredibly progressive piece to this puzzle.


VOS THEATRE: Enough serious chat – Strudel or Cheesecake?

J.P. – CHEESECAKE all the way!

Sam: – STRUDEL! ….. no really cheesecake. I just felt badly for strudel and didn’t want it to feel left out.


The VOS Theatre production of Guys & Dolls 
opens April 19th and runs until April 28th

Call the box office for tickets 905-372-2210
Or Book Online Now



Guys and THESE Dolls!

VOS THEATRE caught up with our Hotbox Dancers


(left to right) Heather Town, Bailey Cressman, Michele MacAdam, Marlena Sculthorpe, (Miss Adelaide) Gemma Varty and Krista Sluiman. (Angela Main was reading and catching some rays in Arizona when photos were taken)

VOS THEATRE: Well aren’t you a spectacular group? You’re a singing, dancing glamorous bunch. Are the Hotbox Girls fun to play given 4 of you just left  straight laced fun in Avonlea?


Krista: I never thought I would do a role like this, Anne of Green Gables was much more in my wheel house, but I am loving every minute of it.

Angela: Most definitely a departure from characters like Miss Stacy and Truly Scrumptious! However, it is always fun to do roles that are different and varied.

Michele: I have danced in some of the previous shows I’ve been in, but the choreography in this show is very creative and has been challenging. I’ve loved learning the different styles and can’t wait to see it all come together.

Gemma: It is most definitely a change from sweet, innocent Diana, but I am certainly enjoying working and dancing with the other HotBox girls!

Bailey: The HotBox girls are the definition of fun! With “Guys and Dolls” being my first community theatre musical, being a HotBox girl is very different from my own personality, and I’m having a great time with it!

Heather: I’ve always loved the more dance heavy characters I’ve played in the past, so this is definitely a great switch from Prissy Andrews of Avonlea. I’m loving being back in the dancing shoes.

VOS THEATRE: Which costume are you most excited to wear?


Krista: Definitely the costume for Take Back your Mink!

Angela: Bushel! I think they are adorable!

Michele: Tough question because I have many to choose from, but I have to go with the dresses and furs from “Take Back Your Mink”…eek!

Gemma: The beautiful pink gown for Take Back Your Mink, although we don’t get to wear them for too long.

Bailey: We all look awesome in the pink gowns for Take Back Your Mink, so they would have to be the winner for me.

Heather: All the hot box costumes are going to be so fun, but I’d have to agree with the other girls. I think the Mink outfits will be my favourite, mostly because of the mid-song “costume change”. A little different from any other shows I’ve been in!

VOS THEATRE: In one word what’s been the most fun during the process this far?


Krista: Dancing

Angela: Choreo

Michele: Camaraderie

Gemma: Collaboration

Bailey: Teamwork

Heather: Costumes

VOS THEATRE: Is there a challenge playing a 1950’s showgirl when you’re a community theatre actress in 2018?


Krista: I think there might be 1950’s showgirl in all of us just waiting to get out.   The challenge might be putting her back in!

Angela: I don’t have much showgirl experience at all, so I will have to say yes. But what girl doesn’t want to play dress up in adorable costumes?

Michele: For sure! Especially trying to move and act like someone from that era. I love being able to escape to that time though.

Gemma: I think there is a challenge in totally understanding the mindset of a women back then, but doing researching into that era and what it would have been like to live back then is quite fun!

Bailey: I believe that we have a lot more to relate with these women of the past, but the challenge is keeping that authenticity and relatability, while adding my own spin to it!

Heather: It can be a little challenging, but our fantastic costume department really helps get us in the mindset. I can’t wait to start practicing hair and makeup for the era!

VOS THEATRE: Who inspires you?


Krista: That’s a tough one. I would say it is the theatre community as a whole.  People that volunteer to do what they love to bring entertainment and inspiration to others.

Angela: My mother. She is such a lovely, caring, hard-working, genuine person. She has taught me the value of hard work, commitment, and being a good person.

Michele: My two girls. Despite their many challenges, they are the happiest, sweetest kids I know. They inspire me to be a better person, teacher, and mom. They bring me so much joy.

Gemma: My Dad. We have been through a lot together and he has always been there to support any idea or dream that I may have.

Bailey: My family and my friends, they were the ones that encouraged me to get involved with my local theatre in the first place.

Heather: My cast-mates. Creating new bonds with different people in each show is one of my favourite parts of theatre.

VOS THEATRE: What are you binging on Netflix right now when you’re not at rehearsal?

Krista: I just finished watching all 4 seasons of Reign.

Angela: Grey’s Anatomy for the third time.

Michele: “This Is Us” and “Breaking Bad”.

Gemma: I just finished watching all of Friends, so I am now watching Suits.

Bailey: I’m binging on this really cool show called The Librarians, unfortunately it’s not on Netflix, but it’s my new favourite show!

Heather: Jessica Jones

VOS THEATRE: In 3 words or less why will audiences love this show.

Krista: HOT BOX GIRLS! 🙂

Angela: Classic Musical

Michele: (The) Songs, dances & laughs

Bailey: It’s light, sweet and hilarious!

Heather: It’s a fun, memorable, classic.


Guys & Dolls runs from April 19-2018 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg
Call the Box Office 905-372-2210
or Purchase Your Tickets Online Now