Chitty in Albemarle, North Carolina

On July 4th, Hugh Stewart and Edie Stuart drove Chitty, her set, and costumes 15 hours away to Albermale, North Carolina for the Uwharrie Players production which opened July 27th.

The Players booked this rental a year ago but due to circumstances could not pick up their order. To save them from cancelling their show Hugh and Edie volunteered to make the trip

The truck is loaded and off he goes!

Loading Up

A crew of volunteers went about the delicate work of loading the moving van and off it all went to the U.S.

The Journey is the Destination

Hugh Stewart and Edie Stuart will be bringing her home on August 6th to our storage barn at Burnham Market in Cobourg. Safe travels you two, and many thanks from the VOS and Uwharrie Players!

Our Friend, Terry Sutcliffe.

VOS THEATRE lost a friend last week. Terry Sutcliffe was an active member of the VOS for many years having directed Kiss Me Kate. He was our lighting and sound guy, our stage manager, our crew member and our family.

Terry made us laugh which made the work lighter. He was a consummate professional, particularly in his approach to stage management but there was always a smile or a joke to lighten things up. He simply had the best laugh.

“I remember when we were doing Kiss Me Kate and he sent me drawings to create a 4 foot x 4 foot x whatever size phone booth. I built it in my garage,” Alan Fletcher remembered. “I spoke to Terry and told him it looked pretty big to me but he was sure that was the size he wanted so I invited him out to have a look. After confirming over and over again that the size was correct he walked in and looked and said “Ohhhhhhh that’s big. That’s big isn’t it? and then he laughed and we cut it down in size. To this day we laugh and say “The director has ordered a Terry Sutcliffe sized set piece.” He was so good natured about it. It makes me smile to this day.

Liz Clark remembers Terry as a director in Kiss Me Kate.

“I was a new Mom. It was a big role but Terry was directing so I knew it would be a great process. There was vocal work at the end of Act 1 that really was beyond my capability. Ron Bermingham had done his best to whip me into shape but I was still struggling with the upper range. During one of the rehearsals Terry looked at me and smiled and gave me one of his winks that made his eyes krinkle. He looked at Ron and said “look at this – today she’s going to show herself she’s got the hard stuff down.” Seriously in that moment he really showed me that amidst the humour and casual nature of the rehearsal process he had my back. I left rehearsal knowing I had a friend. This was a gentleman who was funny and talented and open hearted too. It wasn’t about me making “his” show better. It was about me leaving feeling good about the work done. That’s my kind of human.”

Terry’s last appearance with VOS THEATRE was as the puppeteer and the Voice of God in Spamalot. To this day if we hear someone “doing God” in a film or on TV we think “na, Terry did God better”.

Terry’s timing was always impeccable and therefore, even though we wished he could stay with us longer, we trust that he knew it was his time to exit.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with memories shared at 2 p.m. at MacCoubrey’s Funeral Home in Cobourg.

We send our love and support to his wife Gillian Snook.


Congratulations to the 2019 Winner of the Ruth Harcort Scholarship

VOS Theatre is pleased to announce the the 2019 Ruth Harcort Scholarship Winner, Juliette Sinott

Outgoing VOS President Marlena Sculthorpe presents Juliette Sinott with the Ruth Harcort Scholarship

A graduate of St Mary’s Secondary School in Cobourg, Juliette demonstrated the key characteristics of inclusion, ingenuity, commitment and generosity of spirit that the committee sought from candidates.  Her passion for the arts was evident and her artistic experiences have had a profound impact on her life.  Her desire to share those experiences with those around her is inspiring.  She has been involved with school bands, musical theatre performances, and is a proficient harpist.  She has regularly volunteered her time playing at the Northumberland Palliative Care Clinic.

Juliette will attend the University of Ottawa to study a combined Bachelor and Music and Mathematics degree.

In addition to the $1,000 major scholarship, VOS Theatre also awards several bursaries to students from area high schools who have made significant contributions to the arts. Each bursary is worth $500.

VOS Theatre’s 30th Season

Vintage Hitchcock - A Live Radio Play

Suspenseful, fun and a little bit spooky VINTAGE HITCHCOCK will put you in the Hallowe’en spirit. A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, the play covers all the Hitchcock trademarks; spies, murder and love. In the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature complete with vintage commercials, a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects. This spooky, exciting piece is perfect for an October evening.

More information to come on the sumptuous food by Dalewood’s Chef and where to purchase tickets. Watch our website for ticket information and audition dates.


Members Holiday Event

For everyone – VOS Members and friends! Let’s throw a Christmas party and meet to enjoy the spirit of the season and the company of friends. More infomration to follow!


VOS Theatre 30th Anniversary Gala

Thirty years of incredible musicals and productions. Thirty years of hard work raising the bar, thirty years of glitz and glamour and music in Northumberland County. Join us as we celebrate in style. Details to follow but there will be sumptuous food by Dalewood’s Chef and team, music to dance to and some reminiscing. When we’re done looking back, we’ll look forward and announce our November 2020 musical!

Save the date, pull out your best formal wear or costume piece, and get ready for a glamorous celebration!


Shhhhhh… not quite yet.

We’ll announce of November 2020 Musical at our 30th Anniversary Gala!


Coming soon, more information at vostheatre.com

Announcing the 2018 Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Scholarship

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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.

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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!

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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.