Announcing the VOS Theatre Musicals for 2018

The VOS Theatre Annual General Meeting was held on June 21st, and Executive Producer Florence Fletcher was pleased to announce 2 upcoming major musical productions for 2018 – Guys and Dolls in April, and The Music Man in November.

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Also announced were 3 exciting Entertainment Events at Dalewood Golf Club.  Fabulous food, a lovely venue, and performances by VOS THEATRE in September 2017, December 2017 and February 2018.

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Dalewood Golf Club

More details to follow!

VOS Theatre 2016/2017 Season Announced

VOS Theatre presents WHITE CHRISTMAS

November 17-26, 2016

It’s a family holiday tradition!

VOS presents the quintessential holiday classic WHITE CHRISTMAS opening November 17th at Victoria Hall.   Don’t wait to reserve your seats – tickets to this family musical will disappear quickly! Book now to avoid disappointment.

With a Creative Team of Florence Fletcher, J.P. Baldwin and Liz Clark, the production includes a live orchestra lead by Jill Baker, with Vocal Direction by Angela Main.

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

White Christmas
The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
November 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm
November 19, 20, 26 – matinee

Tickets available online soon – in the meantime call the box office 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Inc.


December 2016

A VOS Christmas Cabaret returns in December

Now a tradition in it’s own right, the VOS will host a Christmas Cabaret with your favourite performers, tasty treats, and large dollop of holiday cheer! Stay tuned for more updates on this event.


VOS Theatre presents the Premiere Performances of A CERTAIN SINGING TEACHER

February 10,11 2017

A Premiere Performance Event

VOS is delighted to present the premiere performances of A Certain Singing Teacher, a play by renowned author Linda Hutsell-Manning of Cobourg, Ontario.  3 shows only, opening February 10th, 2017, directed by Florence Fletcher.

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Linda Hutsell-Manning

Aspiring singer song-writer, Francine LaSalle leaves her philandering theatre agent partner, Allan Fairfax, to set herself up in small town Krammer’s Corners as a singing teacher. She gives versions of her one published song to her students. Meat market entrepreneur Antonio Pasquali who dreamed, when young, of an opera career has the opera version. Waitress Hillary Carlyle who emulates a rocker chick, has the pop version. Co-op worker Sam Saller who longs to attend Julliard works on an improvised jazz version. When the local radio station advertises a Talent Contest and Allan shows up as a judge, hilarious and improbable complications develop.

 

A Certain Singing Teacher
The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall
February 10, 11 – 8pm
February 11 – 2pm

Presented by permission of the author.


April 2017

A VOS Coffee House Event

Stay tuned for more details on this event!


 

VOS Theatre presents Summer Theatre at Victoria Hall - 2017

July 2017

Summer Theatre returns to Victoria Hall
with a hit Canadian Musical

We can’t announce the title just yet, but don’t get your pig-tails in a knot, you’ll be able to buy tickets soon.  You won’t want to miss this heartwarming family show, especially on Canada’s 150th birthday!  Make beautiful Victoria Hall in Cobourg your summer destination next year, with opening night set for July 2017.

Announcing The 2016 Ruth Harcort Scholarship Recipient – Noah Lefrancois

Noah Lefrancois accepts the Ruth Harcort Scholarship from VOS President Joel Varty

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 Lefrancois family

The Recipient

The recipient of the 2016 Ruth Harcourt Memorial Scholarship is Noah Lefrancois.  Noah has been involved with music and fascinated with musical instruments since he was in public school. He became a member of the Cobourg Concert Band in Grade 7 and was called upon by the west high school while he was still in public school to join their jazz band. He was also in his high school band.

But Noah did not win this scholarship because he plays 12 instruments (yes folks, 12!) and participated in a number of bands. He won it because he is an example of how involvement in the arts can enrich all aspects of your life and prepare you for the future.

Noah, who is attending McGill University in the fall to study physics will be playing for their football team The Redmen. He credits working with the Concert Band and learning leadership skills from section leaders for helping him to be a better football Captain. He told the selection committee that in working with these musicians taught him life skills he is able to apply because he was treated as a peer. His involvement made him a better section leader in his high school bands, on a better captain n the football field and a more relaxed human because he had music in his life which became not only a creative outlet but a stress-free way in which to express himself.

Noah Lefrancois, is an athlete, an exceptional student and a musician who believes in sharing his love and knowledge of music so that it can benefit others. He believes in mentoring the way he was mentored himself. He displayed and communicated commitment, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and VOS is proud to award him with the Ruth Harcort Scholarship.

Congratulations to Michelle Clark – 1st Winner of the Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarhip

Leigh Facey-Crowther presents the 2015 Ruth Harcort Scholarship to Michelle Clark
Leigh Facey-Crowther presents the 2015 Ruth Harcort Scholarship to Michelle Clark

It was with much sadness when news spread throughout the VOS Theatre family that our founding member, Ruth Harcort had suddenly passed away. Ruth was the very heart and soul of our theatre group and took up the challenge of providing a venue for musical productions and plays in Cobourg. She taught, encouraged, mentored and supported so many of us as we entered the world of live theatre. It wasn’t long that many members of the VOS were discussing a multitude of ways to remember Ruth and to recognize her in a way fitting her commitment to local theatre.

The winner of the 1st Annual Ruth Harcort Scholarship is Michelle Clark. Michelle is a graduate of the I.B. program at Cobourg Collegiate and has been involved in dance at the Premier Dance Studio for several years. Her hard work and dedication to her craft was reflected so well in her application and interview. In her final year, as part of her requirement for the I.B. program, Michelle shared her love of dance with students in a special needs program at her school. She described the response of one of the students to the dance program and we could all sense the ghost of Ruth leaning over Michelle’s shoulder and saying to her well done. The arts should be shared and enjoyed by all but this can only be accomplished when taught by someone who loves her craft deeply.

Michelle is heading off to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be studying neuroscience where she hopes to combine her love of dance with her devotion of helping others.

It should also be noted that for several years, the VOS has been donating $500 to each secondary school in the Northumberland County to be presented as an award to a graduating student active in the arts and chosen by the staff at each school.

Announcing the 2015-2016 Season

VOS Theatre - 2015-2016 Season AnnouncementAt the VOS 25th Anniversary Dinner & Annual General Meeting, Executive Producer Florence Fletcher was pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Season.

I believe that people will be surprised at the range of shows and opportunities we will be offering to our members. We have been able to secure the rights for some amazing shows – there is literally something for everybody. We will be continuing with our Play Reading selections again this season, a great way of exposing ourselves to new works and to Canadian plays that we might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.

Check the VOS Theatre website often for updates on Auditions and Volunteer information.  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to make sure you don’t miss any information.

Play Readings

The play reading series with Bea Quarrie and Friends will continue and expand this season, with 4 dates to look forward to in September 2015, October 2015, March 2016 and May 2016.

September 2015
August Osage County, by Tracy Letts
 is heralded by many as a contemporary American classic. In the grand tradition of plays that reveal destructive forces within families, August, Osage County spins a Shakespearean tale of three daughters and their families returning to their father’s home after his funeral. Repressed anger spills over into rage, as  revelations, disclosures, ancient grudges are revealed, sparks fly and some ignite, but thankfully, much of this searing tale is leavened with black humour. This play opened in 2007 in Chicago and was lauded by critics after its New York opening as the most exciting new American play Broadway had seen in years.

October 2015
Last Hour, Last Day, by Hugh Brewster
In doing research about Sir Arthur Currie, playwright Hugh Brewster came across excerpts from the famed 1928 libel trial which impressed him with their dramatic potential. The courtroom scenes in Last Day, Last Hour incorporate actual dialogue from the transcripts of the trial.

March, 2016
A Certain Singing Teacher, by Linda Hutsell-Manning
Singer and songwriter, Francine LaSalle, leaves her philandering partner, theatrical agent Alan Fairfax, to become a small-town singing teacher. She gives her three students versions of her only published song, I’m Not Through With You Yet. When Radio Station CFQJ announces its “Small Town Big Talent Contest” in Kraymer’s Corners, all three enter hoping to win. Allan, who has kept trying to contact her, shows up as a judge, infuriating Francine. Contest results spawn surprising new romances while Francine’s unexpected good fortune mellows her animosity but not her need for independence.

May 2016
By The Skin of Our Teeth, by Thornton Wilder is an absurd comedy that reflects today’s absurd global condition. In the play, civilization is almost destroyed three times- by ice, then by flood, and finally by war. Values of the past are outmoded, but we are reminded that we are always free to choose our values and create a new world. Sabina, Wilder’s lead character, takes on the role of the conventional comic maid who is at once the family confidante, the siren who threatens family solidarity, and eventually the peacemaker who restores balance in the world. Sabina also breaks convention to guide the audience through the banalities of school days, family life, and urban turmoil. Mr Antrobus, the lead male character, is ready to start life over again at the end of the play with some vision that might guide us all into the unknown. Wilder, who wrote Our Town, is never preachy or didactic, but offers humorous and intelligent social and philosophical comments on our current plight on this planet.

Musical Productions

VOS will produce a ground-breaking 3 musicals this season, with dates in November 2015, February 2016 and April 2016.

November 2015

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang

Music and Lyrics by  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Adapted for the Stage by  Jeremy Sams Licensed Script Adapted by  Ray Roderick Based on the MGM Motion Picture

February 2016

Company

Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim Book by  George Furth

April 2016

Young Frankenstein

Music and Lyrics by  Mel Brooks Book by  Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Company, and Young Frankenstein are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

Call for Directors, Producers, Music Directors and Rehearsal Pianists

VOS Theatre - Call for Directors, Producers, Music Directors and Rehearsal Pianists

VOS THEATRE is in the process of season planning for next year. At this time we would like to invite producers, artistic directors, music directors, rehearsal pianists, choreographers to submit an email of interest to theatre@vostheatre.com. Please include a short outline of previous experience/training. Some of these positions receive an honorarium.

We may contact you to discuss a particular production or request a resume so please include your contact information.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved in any other capacity too! Props, Front of House, Set Construction and Painting, Sewing are all areas you might find fun and fulfilling. Even if you don’t have experience we have mentors ready and excited to meet you and introduce you to the exciting world of community theatre.

Email or attend our VOS AGM at Dalewood Golf Course to express interest.

Watch our website, www.vostheatre.com for a volunteer form for easy sign-up (COMING SOON!)