THE BELFRY THEATRE PRESENTS
THE ROYAL MANITOBA THEATRE CENTRE
The (Post) Mistress
Book, Music and Lyrics by Tomson Highway
Streaming May 11 – 16, 2021
THE BELFRY THEATRE PRESENTS
THE ROYAL MANITOBA THEATRE CENTRE
Book, Music and Lyrics by Tomson Highway
Streaming May 11 – 16, 2021
The (Post) Mistress
Book, Lyrics and Music by Tomson Highway
Simon Miron – Director
Naomi Woo – Music Director
Andrew Moro – Set Designer
Andréanne Dandeneau – Costume Designer
Larry Isacoff – Lighting Designer
Chris Coyne – Sound Designer
Katie German – Assistant Director
Shauna Jones – Assistant Set Designer
Kathryn Ball – Stage Manager
Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy – Assistant Stage Manager
Frank Digital – Video Production
Krystle Pederson – Marie-Louise Painchaud
Neil Watson – Tenor Saxophone
Naomi Woo – Piano
The post office in Lovely, a small town in francophone Northern Ontario. Friday, August 9, 1986, that is, a time before the internet, when people wrote letters on paper, frequently by hand and sent them by post.
The (Post) Mistress was first produced in its final English form by O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk and Public Energy Performing Arts at The Market Hall Performing Arts Centre.
Mr. Highway is represented by Catherine Mensour/The Mensour Agency Ltd. Special thanks: St. John’s Music for the grand piano.
Production photography by Hugh Conacher.
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the The Belfry Theatre are members of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engage professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the jointly negotiated Canadian Theatre Agreement.
The (Post) Mistress is produced under the auspices of Actra Manitoba.
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is proud to call Manitoba home. Royal MTC is located in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 land, the traditional territory of the Ininew, Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We are thankful for the benefits sharing this land has afforded us, and we are committed to the responsibilities of the Treaty. Hiy Hiy, Miigwetch, Wopida and Maarsii.
Royal MTC is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Scenery, Carpentry and Show Running Crew at the John Hirsch Mainstage and the Tom Hendry Warehouse are members of IATSE Local 63.
DIGITAL PROGRAMMING SPONSOR
Sharon Burden, Payroll Administrator
Yvonne O’Connor, Accounts Payable Administrator
Shelley Stroski, Controller
Brian Adolph, IT Manager
Camilla Holland, Executive Director
Daphne MacMillan, Administrative Assistant
Kathrin Moncaster, Senior Developer & Systems Administrator Nitasha Rajoo, Interim Education Manager
Rachel Weessies, Director of Human Resources
Audrey Dwyer, Associate Artistic Director
Laurie Lam, Producer
Melissa Langdon, Apprentice Artistic Director
Ian Ross, Program Director, Pimootayowin Creators Circle
Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director
Kim Wheeler, Curator, The Bridge
Sheena Baird, Director of Patron Services
Meaghan Fletcher, Assistant to the Director of Patron Services
Box Office Representatives: Sharon Bunn, Melissa Langdon, Robyn Pooley, Katie Schmidt, Katie Spring, Lilian Talabis
CARPENTRY (John Hirsch Mainstage)
Brent Letain, Master Carpenter
Chris Seida, Scenic Carpenter
Lisa Hunt, Special & Donor Events Coordinator
Michael Joyal, Development Data Manager
Melissa Novecosky, Director of Development
Chris Turyk, Development Manager
Andrew Drinnan, Building Superintendent
Chris Fletcher, Assistant Building Superintendent
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Sue Caughlin, Marketing & Communications Manager
Katie Inverarity, Director of Marketing & Communications
Desiree La Vallee, Ticketing Application Specialist
Savannah Lillies, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Carla Schroeder, Head Scenic Artist
Christine Corthey, Production Associate
Chris Coyne, Technical Director, John Hirsch Mainstage
Zahra Larche, Assistant Production Manager
Russell Martin, Director of Production
Jamie Plummer, Head of Props
Lawrence Van Went, Master Builder (on leave)
Joan Lees-Miller, Head of Wardrobe
Gary Plouffe, Head of Sound
Claude Robert, Head Electrician
Chris Thomson, Head Carpenter
TOM HENDRY WAREHOUSE
Chris Brett, Head of Sound
Randy Zyla Harder, Head Electrician
Thora Lamont, Head of Wardrobe
Jackie Van Winkle, Head Buyer & Accessories Coordinator
Beverly Covert, Wigs & Makeup Supervisor
WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL & MASTER PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL
Chuck McEwen, Executive Producer
Tori Popp, Festival Manager
Zaz Bajon, General Manager Emeritus
Steven Schipper, CM, OM, Artistic Director Emeritus
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION STAFF
Arlo Bates, Stage Hand
Joe Benarroch, Stage Hand
Tony Dorman, Stage Hand
Louis Gagné, Carpenter & Stage Hand
Ray Galinaitis, Stage Hand
Shane Gowler, Stage Hand
Martin Hebert, Stage Hand
Ron Huisman, Piano Tuner
Farrah Okolita, Scenic Artist
Steven Puttaert, Stage Hand
Bernie Rondeau, Stage Hand
Melissa Smigelski, Props Assistant
Robert Smith, Stage Hand
Greg Wood, Stage Hand
Special thanks: St. John’s Music for the grand piano
John Guttormson, Chair
David Christie, Past Chair
Heather Clarke, Treasurer / Organizational Performance Chair
Katherine Fox, Secretary
Helga Van Iderstine, Audience Development Chair
Laurie Speers, Governance & Strategic Planning Chair
Linda McGarva-Cohen, Resource Development Chair
Richard L. Yaffe
The Belfry Theatre is on the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Lək̓ʷəŋən people have been keepers of this land for millennia and we offer our respect and gratitude for our uninvited presence on their territory.
These lands are within the disputed Douglas Treaties territories, treaties that were negotiated verbally, signed to blank pieces of paper by the Indigenous leaders and then had text added by the colonial government. The colonial perspective on the treaty is one of a sale of land, while the Indigenous perspective is a sharing of territory.
The Songhees are members of the Te’mexw Treaty Association seeking a modern treaty with the Crown on their rights, territory and self-government.
The Belfry Theatre is a registered Canadian charity, 11921 5549 RR0001.
The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria.
President – Richard Brownsey
Vice-President – Dr. Sheila Elworthy
Secretary – Ross Woodland
Treasurer – Robert Thomson, CA
Dr. Joan Mcarthur-Blair
Honorary Board of Directors
Chair Emeritus – Patrick Stewart
Robert Johnston, Q.C.
Dr. Brian Winsby
Kate Barry – Development Coordinator
Jane Broomfield – Front of House Manager
Helena Descoteau – Box Office Clerk
Mark Dusseault – Director of Marketing & Communications
Linda Findlay – Head of Wardrobe
Mike Ford – Director of Production and Operations
Ian Gibson – Audience Services Manager
Ivan Habel – Executive Director
Keith Houghton – Head Technician & Systems Administrator
Valerie Houle – Company Manager
Carole Klemm – Scenic Artist
Matty Cervantes Navarrete – Manager of Community and Artistic Connections
Patricia O’Brien – Financial Officer
Samantha Pelkey – Associate Producer and Indigenous Relations Manager
Peter Pokorny – Head of Props
Dale Pudwell – Head Scenic Carpenter
Michael Shamata – Artistic Director
Lara Shepard – Custodian
Gregory Smith – Technical Director
Susan Stevenson – Director of Development
Taansi, Nimiss (Hey Big Sister)
Quand Je Danse (When I Dance)
Oh, Little Bear
Love I Know is Here
When I was Last in Buenos Aires, Argentina Some Say a Rose
Mad to Love
Have I Told You
The Robins of Dawn
Krystle Pederson in The (Post) Mistress by Tomson Highway / Photo by Hugh Conacher / Set Designer Andrew Moro / Costume Designer Andréanne Dandeneau / Lighting Designer Larry Isacoff
Marie-Louise Painchaud is no ordinary postmistress. Tomson Highway envisions her as Persephone, sorting through letters between the living and dead.
Persephone is the Greek goddess of springtime and maidenhood, and is the queen of the Underworld. She is married to Hades, who is also her uncle. Her Roman name is Proserpine.
Persephone was born to Zeus and harvest-goddess Demeter, and became the queen of the Underworld. Zeus, however, did not care for Persephone, and left them both. Demeter would then raise Persephone alone.
As soon as Persephone matured, she gained many suitors. She, however, remained a maiden. One morning, she was out picking flowers when Hades burst through the Earth, riding a golden chariot pulled by black horses. He had seen her earlier that day and had fallen in love with her. He grabbed her by the wrist and waist, took into the chariot, and down to the Underworld.
Persephone spent a year there. In this time period, during the first nine days her mother Demeter was distraught and searched for her. Hekate saw Persephone one of the nine days and told Demeter. Demeter became intensely sad and stopped caring about nature and the Earth. This caused nature to die, and the first winter to occur.
Persephone longed for a friend, and hated Hades. However, he soon grew on her, and she experienced true freedom (in Hades, at least). Soon, Hecate came down and befriended her, and Hades grew happy for Persephone.
Zeus then ordered Hades to return Persephone, but Hades sent a wonderful gift to Zeus. Persephone also ate six pomegranates, which cursed her to stay there for six months. Zeus was taken by the gift but was torn between it and nature. He, Demeter, and Hades came to an agreement: Persephone would spend winter in Hades and the rest of the year with Demeter.
Krystle Pederson is a Cree/ Métis singer, dancer, actor and musician with an outstanding career. Krystle is a recipient of the CBC Future 40 Award, shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Arts Awards for Emerging Artist as well as a nomination for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards. Krystle’s list of acting credits includes a supporting role in the Saskatchewan film Run: Broken Yet Brave; Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s The (Post) Mistress, Sum Theatre’s Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, National Arts Centre’s Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show. Red Sky Theatre: Mistatim. Ferre Play Theatre: The Penelopiad. Persephone Theatre: Reasonable Doubt. Currently Krystle is the lead vocalist for Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville, a brand new one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has had the great pleasure of taking this musical to New Zealand and has been touring Canada over the past two years. As it has been a long year without performance due to COVID-19, Krystle is very excited to reprise her role as the “(Post) Mistress” as well as have her debut performance with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. Krystle hopes that everyone enjoys the show from the comfort of their homes. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, stay safe and enjoy the show.
Piano / Music Director
Naomi Woo is a prominent young Canadian conductor and pianist, recognized by CBC (30 Under 30) and Flare Magazine (How I Made It) as a rising star on the Canadian classical music scene, and notable for her work as a socially-engaged artist and educator. As Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Naomi programmes and conducts educational concerts and is a leader in community engagement. Naomi is also the first Music Director of Sistema Winnipeg, a music programme for social change.
As an opera conductor and music director, Naomi is remarkable for her collaborative approach and natural command for storytelling through music. She has conducted operas with students and young professionals in US and the UK, and collaboratively created new, genre-bending operatic works with Sasha Amaya and Catherine Kontz (A Certain Sense of Order, Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017), Sophie Seita (Beethoven Was a Lesbian, Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2020), and Alex Ho/Julia Cheng (dramaturg for Untold, Snape Maltings 2019).
She is delighted to be playing Tomson Highway’s incredible piano music for the first time and making her musical theatre debut.
Saxophonist Neil Watson has been an active performer on the Winnipeg music scene for more than two decades. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and began to hone his jazz skills by studying with Sasha Boychouk in Winnipeg and Mike Murley in Toronto. In 2004, he returned to the U of M to pursue a Master’s Degree. During this time, he made numerous trips to New York to work with various musicians and absorb the city’s rich jazz scene. While there, he studied with legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, Miguel Zenón, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Sherman Irby among others. Neil graduated with his Master’s Degree in jazz performance in the spring of 2006 and performs regularly with numerous groups including the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, The Ron Paley Big Band, and Marco Castillo’s Brazilian Beats. Neil has shared the stage with Miguel Zenón, Curtis Fuller, Rob McConnell, Dave Young, PJ Perry, Terreon Gully and many other world-class jazz artists. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Neil has taught Jazz Theory, Jazz Pedagogy and directed student and community jazz ensembles at the U of M and is director of The Bridge: Music for Life, a program that offers music instruction in a classroom setting to inner-city children.
Tomson Highway is a Cree writer and pianist/songwriter from Northern Manitoba. Among many others, his best-known works are the plays: The Rez Sisters, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and the best-selling novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec with his loving partner of 37 years where, together, they are busy, and very happy grandpapas of two angelic young children. He is working on a hot new book that will be sure to shock the living daylights out of the world. You must read it.
Director: Pippin, American Idiot (ViC/WST); Freestyle Fantastique, Songs for a New World (White Rabbit Productions); The Last 48(ArtLaunch); 7 Stories (TBTR); The Last Five Years (Winnipeg Fringe). Acting: The House at Pooh Corner, James and the Giant Peach, Honk! (MTYP); Le Boucher, Le Père, Heyderabad (TCM); Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, The Producers (Rainbow); Blithe Spirit (Echo Theatre).
Founding member of the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre (ViC). Simon holds a masters from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and trained with Peter Hinton at the Stratford Festival.
Simon is a francophone Métis artist who self identifies as two spirited. In loving memory of Rita Miron (née Cormier).
Andy Moro is a mixed-blood interdisciplinary artist and co-founder of ARTICLE 11 with Tara Beagan. A11’s recent theatrical work Deer Woman has met international acclaim. The National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre recently released a digital iteration created by ARTICLE 11 in association with Downstage, Calgary. A11’s performance installations DECLARATION and ROOM have been adapted across Turtle Island. ROOM is presently being reinvented with Making Treaty 7 for a large-scale outdoor iteration in Calgary. Moro’s recent design includes Beagan’s The Ministry of Grace for the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, The Third Colour for PTE, Finding Wolastoq Voice at TNB, Dancers of Damelahamid’s Minowin, Spirit & Tradition, Unnatural and Accidental at NACIT and Kaha:wi’s Blood Tides. Upcoming is SkyDancers for Montreal’s A’nó:wara Dance, MTYP’s Frozen River and Lady Day for Theatre Calgary.
Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau was born and raised in Saint Boniface, MB and is of Ojibwa/French Métis ancestry. She studied one year in Environmental Design at the U of M; moved to Montréal to pursue post-secondary studies in French (2001); graduated with a Diploma in International Fashion Design from Collège LaSalle (2004). Prior to launching her company in 2005, Andréanne drew from her own contemporary dance experience and began designing costumes for dance troupes. She has been the costume designer for the Nafro Dance Company since 2004; commissioned by the RWB to design an “Alexander McQueen-inspired” haute couture gown (2012/13 season); commissioned by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to design a shawl for Ginette Reno’s performance at their opening ceremony (2014); stylized Lisa Meeches, APTN Host, on Taken for several seasons. She earned the Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business (2016). In 2020, she celebrated 15 years as designer and manufacturer, in Winnipeg. Andréanne is committed to fair trade, environmental stewardship, and ethical business practices. Today she operates as Anne Mulaire and continues to explore her Métis heritage.
For Royal MTC: Di and Viv and Rose, 23.5 Hours, Armstrong’s War, The Secret Annex, Harvey, Other People’s Money, August: Osage County, The Fighting Days, The Shunning, The Seafarer, Looking Back – West, Bleeding Hearts, Rope’s End, The Retreat from Moscow, Fully Committed, Mating Dance of the Werewolf, The Miracle Worker, Cloud Nine, Bedroom Farce, How I Got That Story, The Affections of May, Mrs. Klein, The Gin Game, Paper Wheat.
OTHER THEATRE: Cercle Molière, Globe Theatre, 25th Street Theatre, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, PTE, MTYP, Persephone Theatre, Dry Cold Productions.
Evie Award for Outstanding Lighting Design in 2020. Larry divides his time between engaging theatre projects, sitting on the Board of Directors for Sarasvàti Productions and teaching yoga.
For Royal MTC: The Mountaintop, Fun Home, Kill Me Now (with NAC), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2016 Tour).
OTHER THEATRE: Chris has had the pleasure of working with many local and international theatre groups. Credits include Routes 2016/17 Tour (MTYP); The Hound of the Baskervilles Mar. 2015, Little Thing, Big Thing Sept. 2015 (PTE); EDEN 2013 (Sarasvàti); Bashir Lazhar Mar. 2013 (TPM); Angels in America 2012, Perestroika 2014 (WJT); Three Sisters 2011 (zone41). TRAINING: Chris is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.
Chris has been involved in the theatre industry in Winnipeg for many years. Currently working as Royal MTC’s Technical Director at the John Hirsch Mainstage.
For Royal MTC: Mentee in the 2020/21 National Mentorship Program. Assistant Program Director of the 2020/21 Pimootayowin Creators Circle.
OTHER THEATRE: Directing/Assistant/ Associate: Embodying Power and Place (Nightwood Theatre & Harlem Productions); Katharsis (PTE); Elizabeth Rex (Bunbury Productions); Tiny Treasures, Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); Matilda The Musical, Newsies, Tuck Everlasting *Canadian Premiere (Junior Musical Theatre Company). Performance: A Year with Frog and Toad, Seussical The Musical (MTYP); Women of the Fur Trade (Vault Projects); Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, South Pacific (Rainbow Stage); Pippin, American Idiot (WST/ViC); Evil Dead The Musical, The Last Five Years, The Rocky Horror Show (Wasteland Productions); Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold Productions).
FILM/TV: Wolf Joe Cartoon (Media RendezVous/Big Jump Media Inc.).
TRAINING: Graduate of Grant MacEwan University, Theatre Performance.
For Royal MTC: Women of the Fur Trade, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.
OTHER THEATRE: Lawrence and Holloman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Good People, Prelude to a Kiss (Guild Hall – Whitehorse, YT).
TRAINING: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Practicum program (2019) in Scenic Art.
Shauna would like to extend a sincere thanks for the additional and thoughtful support of the Kingfisher Foundation, and to Royal MTC for giving her this opportunity.
For Royal MTC: Mainstage: The New Canadian Curling Club, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Steel Magnolias,The Shunning, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dreamgirls, Orpheus Descending. Warehouse: Bang Bang. Regional tours: Last Train to Nibroc, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Armstrong’s War, Miracle on South Division Street, Ed’s Garage, The Melville Boys, Bad Dates.
OTHER THEATRE: Numerous productions with Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and the Globe Theatre (Regina), Sarasvàti Productions, The Little Opera Company.
TRAINING: Theatre Production program at MacEwan University in Edmonton and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Manitoba.
For Royal MTC: Apprentice Stage Manager: Women of the Fur Trade, As You Like It, Fun Home, Heisenberg, Shakespeare in Love, Sarah Ballenden, Bittergirl: The Musical. Zoë has worked in the Prop Shop for various productions since 2017 and has worked for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival since 2014.
OTHER THEATRE: Live Stream Show Runner: Seven Visions, Fem Fest 2020 (Sarasvàti). Apprentice Stage Manager: A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); Falstaff (MB Opera). Head of Props (Watermark Theatre, 2019); Props Apprentice (Grand Theatre, 2018/19 season); Props Coordinator (Sarasvàti’s Fem Fest, 2016-2019).
TRAINING: University of Winnipeg with a BA (Hons), specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management. Prop Builder Practicum: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
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Any piece of writing from the pen of Tomson Highway is of interest. Highway’s The Rez Sisters was a hit of such proportions that it effectively moved Indigenous theatre into the mainstream. When David Mirvish produced Highway’s next play, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, on the stage of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, Indigenous writing moved from the mainstream to the mainstage.
Tomson Highway’s writing is so full of exuberance and wicked humour that it cuts across cultural boundaries. The Rez Sisters is always a hit—wherever it is produced—as it was when it opened the Belfry’s 2014-2015 Season. Those same qualities are in ample evidence in his musical The (Post) Mistress.
An accomplished pianist, Highway amazingly wrote the script, the music and the lyrics for this piece. He has written songs in a wide variety of styles, and filled this musical with enormous heart. It is a love story about love stories. It is a portrait of a life, told through tales of other people’s lives.
With Tomson Highway’s writing and Krystle Pederson’s performance, this is a musical tour de force that delights and tugs at our heartstrings.
The Belfry Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, the Capital Regional District Arts Development Office and the City of Victoria.
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Government of Canada
APM Fund for the Arts†
Belfry Theatre Society Endowment Fund†
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Irma J. Brydson Foundation
Cederberg Family Fund †
Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation†
Government of Canada †
The Jawl Foundation
Henley Family Fund†
The Mclean Foundation
Elizabeth McPherson Fund for the Arts†
Provincial Employees Community Services Fund
The Stewart Fund (through the Vancouver Foundation)
Victoria Guest Services
† through the Victoria Foundation
Dr. Perry & (Late) Annamaria Bamji
Richard Brownsey & Glynis Leyshon
Jane Francis & Dave Skilling
Barbara Greeniaus & Bill Israel
Bruce & Barbara Housser
John & Anne Keay
Robert & Ann Myers
Cindy Petrowski & Phil Marsh
John & Suzanne Stewart
Julie & John Richard Swenson
Plus, a further seven anonymous members
We invite you to join the Belfry Legacy Circle by making a planned gift or bequest. Gift planning is an inspired, meaningful and deeply personal way to secure the future of the Belfry Theatre. The support of visionary philanthropy ensures that the Belfry will continue to flourish as Greater Victoria’s premier contemporary theatre company.
Consult your professional advisors about the many forms through which you can achieve tax advantages of charitable donations and bequests. Please inform us if you have included the Belfry in your estate plans, so we can acknowledge your support during and/or after your lifetime, according to your wishes. Contact: Susan Stevenson, Director of Development, 250-385-6835 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Belfry acknowledges the generous recent and past gifts from the estates of
Roger J. Bishop
Shirley Mae Dawson
Marguerite Kathleen Friesen
David Neil Lee
Maria Luisa Macrae
Alan Geoffrey White
Annamaria Bamji Memorial Award for Emerging Playwrights, created by Dr. Perry Bamji †
In Memory of Eric Adler
In Memory of Violet Armstrong (2)
In Memory of Annamaria Bamji from owners of Lady Jane Condominium
In Memory of my sister Beth, from Casey
In Memory of Agnes and Arnold Davies
In Memory of my brother Gerry Emery
In Memory of Michael Fallis (2)
In Memory of Antonietta Forte
In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Kõdar
In Memory of Nikki & Bruce MacKenzie from the family
In Memory of Ronald Adam Polstein
In Memory of Jacqueline Price
In Memory of Jack & Lisa Valikoski
† Through the Victoria Foundation
Ronald & Juliana Polstein † *
John & Suzanne Stewart *
Stephen & Michelle Brown *
Fiona Hunter *
The Nikki & Bruce MacKenzie Family *
Patrick Stewart *
Dr. Stephen Tax
Honorable & Mrs. David & Sandra Anderson
Dr. Perry & (Late) Annamaria Bamji *
John & Barbara Barton *
Richard Brownsey & Glynis Leyshon *
Stephen Cushing & Debbie Gill *
Jan & Janice Drent *
Sheila & Paul Elworthy *
David Harris Flaherty *
Barbara Greeniaus *
Joe & Linda Harvey *
Douglas & Anne Henderson *
Bruce & Barbara Housser
Audrey Johnson *
Robert & Suzanne Johnston *
Patti-Anne & Martin Kay *
Helen Lansdowne *
Alan Marcus & Gail Nagley
Kini McDonald *
Robert Milne *
Michael Morres *
Bill & Maureen Murphy-Dyson *
Robert & Ann Myers *
Patricia O’Brien & Michael Gaudet
Ronald & Judith Parish *
Joan Peggs *
Andy Stephenson *
Judy Stewart *
Al & Judith Title *
Ross & Jane Woodland *
Michael & Vicki Ziegler *
The Belfry Theatre thanks our generous donors who contributed to the 2020 / 21 Capital Retrofitting Project. Their support made it possible to install a wheelchair elevator and washroom backstage, making our stage and dressing rooms accessible to all artists, visitors, volunteers and staff.
Andrew Sheret Limited
The Barraclough Foundation
British Columbia Arts Council
Charis and Brian
Donna Christie & Richard Shapka
Alex & Samantha Currie
Government of Canada
The Hamber Foundation
Cindy Petrowski & Phillip Marsh
Nicola Ruth Rendell
Milton Schlosser & Paul Harland
Rotary Club of Victoria
Patricia M. Young
Plus 3 Name a Seat donors