As the province slowly reopens, theatre companies that have remained closed for the last 18 months are making plans and keeping their fingers crossed they will soon be able to return to the stage.
The Kincardine Theatre Guild is one such company. Its last play, The Photograph, was brought to the stage in February 2020 and the company was in rehearsals for its next show when the pandemic required all theatres shut their doors. In spite of this long break, its members have stayed connected, and will hold its next annual general meeting on Sept. 13 via Zoom. President Sarah Foster says anyone is welcome to attend, but only members who have paid annual dues can vote or run for a position on the board of directors. There are four spots available this year, each carrying a three-year term and the expectation directors attend a monthly meeting.
“By becoming a member of KTG, you are able to participate in productions, vote at members' meetings and run for a position on the board of directors,” said Foster. “Members often attend workshops at no cost. For example, the diversity and inclusion training we did was free for our members. Membership is $20 each, or $50 for a family of three or more.”
Information regarding membership or to obtain a link to the meeting is available by contacting Foster at email@example.com.
The Guild is still offering its annual bursary and will accept applications until Sept. 30. High school graduates who are off to post-secondary can complete their application on the website, www.kincardinetheatreguild.com, under the scholarship link.
While on hiatus, the KTG board took part in diversity and inclusion training, revamping its code of conduct.
“The Board of Directors has been quite active throughout the pandemic in terms of organization and planning for the future,” said Foster. “We also have undergone diversity and inclusion training to learn how we can make the KTG more inclusive for all community members and how we can be a more proactive ally and stand against racism and discrimination.”
Whether front and centre on stage, or behind the scenes working on sets, painting or sewing costumes, the 200 members of the Kincardine Theatre Guild will be happiest when they can return to performing. A planning crew is currently investigating the safest way to do this.
“We can't wait to get back on the stage and entertain our community again, but we want to ensure when we do it's safe for our cast, crew and our audience,” said Foster. “We can't wait for you to see the renovations done at the Arts Centre while we've been shut down, and see you in the audience again.”
And with a little luck, the curtain may rise again by the end of this year. Foster says the Guild already has a couple of options in mind that they could bring to the stage quickly.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent