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

Florence Fletcher: Returning to THE MUSIC MAN after 35 Years

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Florence Fletcher

Florence Fletcher with Blair McFadden
Florence Fletcher with Blair McFadden – 1983

VOS THEATRE chatted with Florence Fletcher about her upcoming role in The Music Man and what it’s like to do the show the second time around.

VOS THEATRE: Hey there! So you’re a Pick A Little Lady. What’s fun about those ladies – the characters and the actresses.

Florence Fletcher: The Pick a Littles are a terrific group, we have so much fun whenever we are rehearsing. We have Michele McAdam who plays Eulalie, the Mayor’s wife who is, of course, the leader of our little group. Eulalie likes to think she is better than the rest of us due to her elevated position as the Mayor’s wife. She always has to be in charge. Heather Town in the role of Ethel Toffelmier, the youngster in the pack, is unmarried and by 1912 standards,is the most daring of the women. Maude Dunlop is played by Krista Sluiman, Alma Hix by Kara Milner, Lydia Amaro brings us Mrs. Squires and there’s me rounding out the ladies as Mrs. Brit.

We get some of the best, most comfortable costumes in the show.

Blair and Florence on stage in The Music Man at CDCI West – 1983

VOS: You have a history with the show don’t you?

Florence: I do. The Music Man was the first show I ever performed in Cobourg. That was back in 1983. I auditioned for Ruth Harcort, who was the director of the show, along with a man I did not know at the time, Blair MacFadden. Little did I know at the time that Ruth would cast us as Harold and Marian and that we would still be friends 35 years later!

It was a wonderful experience, I had an absolute blast doing the show and have not stopped being involved in local community theatre since.

VOS: Favourite line in the show.

Florence: But he doesn’t know the territory!

VOS: Favourite song.

Florence: My White Knight. But I also loved the Lida Rose, Will I Ever Tell You number that Marion sings with the Quartet.

VOS:  What’s your best memory of your first experience and what do you hope the VOS THEATRE production will bring.

Florence: The excitement of performing for the first time in a lead role and my father bringing roses to me at the end of the performance that Mum & Dad came to. Also the people I met while working on that show, many of whom I still see around town and are still numbered amongst my friends.

So many things have changed in community theatre in the past 35 years. Our set the first time around was not fully completed until the end of the first weekend. It was always a surprise to come out each night and see what had been added since the night before. I know that the current VOS Theatre production will be a warm, loving portrayal of a wonderfully written show that is an absolute classic. That it will be a smoother, slicker production with wonderful costumes, a terrific set, inspired direction, terrific performances and brilliant music. Community theatre has evolved in the last couple decades.

It’s the kind of show that you come out humming the songs and feeling great – a really marvelous night out.

Jill Baker – The Music Maker behind The Music Man

VOS Theatre caught up with The Music Man’s Orchestra Director Jill Baker for a chat. Here’s what we learned.

VOS THEATRE: You are such an important part of the VOS family. Actors love looking down in the pit and knowing you’ve got them covered and production teams love the fact that you have fun doing what you do and you pull it all together for us. Tell us about leading an orchestra with a group of local musicians.

Jill Baker: Musicals are like a big family pot-luck and I am so honoured to have the best seat in the house! There is so much talent involved in making this all come together from the directors vision to the seamstress’ last stitch to the tuning of the instruments. After seeing the two groups rehearse separately, the day the cast and pit get together to sing through the show is when the magic really begins for me. Everyone plays an important part, I just signal the musical changes to keep the magic alive for the audience.

VOS: Has music always been an important part of your life?

Jill: Absolutely! My family is filled with talent at the piano in bands and choirs and a huge portion of my family sings Barbershop. I’ve been to many countries because of different bands and have proudly worn 3 different military uniforms.

Jill and the Brown Family

VOS: You’re a talented musician as well as a conductor/orchestra director. What do you play? Where did you learn?

Jill: I’ve pretty much done it all except oboe and bagpipes but only dabbled in a few string instruments. I studied trumpet at the University of Western where I learned so many tricks for all the instruments. Currently I play percussion instruments, primarily the timpani. One of the joys in the arts is that you work with so many people from different experiences and are constantly learning from each other.

Jill Baker with The Concert Band of Cobourg
Jill with The Concert Band of Cobourg

VOS: You do a lot of work in the community with theatre companies and with The Concert Band of Cobourg What is it that fuels you?

Jill: People! Even in long rehearsals so many fun things happen to make us all laugh and I love reminiscing together during social times. I also love being so close with the audience with the VOS shows. It’s fun having a chat with them during intermission.

VOS: The Music Man – tell us about the score or about what drives the music in this show.

Jill: This is such a classic musical in many ways but it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard the song Goodnight Ladies or 76 trombones! The amazing pairing of the melodies creates fun harmonies in Lisa Rose/ Will I everTell you and Goodnight my Someone/76 Trombones. If you don’t leave the show with a bunch of tunes in your head then … Ya got Trouble!

Melissa Baker
Melissa Baker

VOS: Your girl is in this production with the VOS! She’s such a lovely addition to the team. Fun right?

Jill: Oh my gosh yes! It’s a bit of surprise but it’s amazing to see her excitement hard work and dedication to catching up with all the choreo. I can’t wait to see her in those cute costumes!


See Jill and her orchestra at the VOS Theatre Production of The Music Man runs from April 25th to May 4th at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

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Friends together again in VOS THEATRE’s The Music Man.

“It’s indecent to meet boys at the footbridge.”

– Zaneeta Shinn, The Music Man.

The footbridge might be scandalous but the rehearsal hall is just fine for Gemma Varty (Zeneeta Shinn) and Ewan Mireault (Tommy Djilas) in VOS THEATRE’s production of The Music Man.

The show opens in April at Victoria Hall in Cobourg but rehearsals are well underway and these two friends are enjoying the opportunity to sing and dance together once again.

Ewan & Gemma
Ewan & Gemma

This pair have grown up with the VOS.

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Ewan Mireault through the years.

From Camelot and Spamalot to Shrek, Chitty and Anne

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Gemma Varty – through the years in theatre

From wee young thing in her first show (far right Oklahoma!) to showgirl (far left Guys and Dolls).

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Don’t Miss These Two Stellar performers and friends in The Music Man

The VOS Theatre Production of The Music Man runs from April 25th to May 4th at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

Get Tickets Now or call the box office:  1-855-372-2210

Cast Members from Christmas at Dalewood Weigh in on Christmas Memories

VOS THEATRE asked some of the cast members to recall their favourite Christmases.

Michele MacAdam & her daughters

Favourite Christmas Gift

  • Michele MacAdam: Golden Retriever Puppy (red bow included)
  • Solveig Barber: A beautiful doll from my father
  • Joel Varty: GT Snow Racer – ZOOM!
Joel Varty & family on Christmas Morning with Santa head waffles

Favourite Christmas Tradition

  • Aidhana Howells: Wearing pajamas all Christmas day.
  • Joel Varty: Making Christmas morning pancakes decorated like Santa heads.
  • Fiona Milner: Getting Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.
  • Robb Howells: Opening the Advent calendar every year.
Fiona Milner appeared in 2017 Christmas at Dalewood

Favourite Christmas Music Memories

  • Fiona Milner: Getting my guitar for Christmas and playing the first cord.
  • Solveig Barber: Singing Norwegian Christmas songs while walking around the Christmas tree in Norway.
  • Robb Howells: Open gifts Christmas morning to The Nutcracker.
  • Michele MacAdam: Singing Carols with my parents and sisters (in harmony) in our family room on Christmas Eve.
  • Joel Varty: Coming home after a long day and watching White Christmas with my Mom.

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Christmas at Dalewood: December 1st and 2nd

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Enjoy a sumptuous buffet created by Dalewood’s Culinary staff, with exquisite desserts that you can enjoy throughout the evening.

Cocktails and dinner are followed by a Christmas show featuring favourites “We Need a Little Christmas” from Mame, “White Christmas” from Holiday Inn, “Christmas Time” from A Charlie Brown Christmas and more.

Imagine the twinkling lights from Dalewood’s holiday décor setting the mood for a beautiful night of festive food and treats. Sip a cider after your meal as the lights go down for an evening of your favourite Christmas tunes; from the movies, the musicals; old chestnuts and new hits sung by your favourite local performers.

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Book for Dec 1 – 6 PM

Book for Dec 2 – Noon