Monica (Szubert) Wilson
A resident of Collingwood for over 40 years, Monica enjoyed a 34-year teaching career at Collingwood Collegiate, where she taught English and was Head of Library. Since retirement in 2008, she has been heavily involved in Collingwood’s theatre scene, working and volunteering for Theatre Collingwood and getting involved with Gaslight from the start. In 2010, Monica auditioned for the first Gaslight Tour. After 3 years of acting roles, she joined the Production Team, in ticket sales. She also participated in Gaslight’s Page to Stage scene-writing course and enjoyed seeing her work come to life on stage. From the start, Monica admired Arlene Noble’s initiative and dedication to this fabulous project. She was honoured when Arlene asked her to take over as Executive Producer at the end of 2015. Volunteering for two theatre companies and babysitting grandsons, Monica is enjoying a very stimulating and “busy” retirement. She thanks her super husband, Doug, for all his help.
Jan organizes the Page-to-Stage Writing Programs that are so popular with creative adults in our community. Over the dreary months of winter, she works with award winning playwright, Dan Needles, to deliver the Scene-Writing course, which culminates in “Four Scenes and a Cup of Tea” in early April. The other program is the very important Play Writing Course, from which the four Gaslight Tour plays are selected. This course is taught by Caroline Smith, a professional playwright, with decades of experience in every aspect of theatre. Jan became involved with Gaslight shortly after taking the first Scene Writing Course, and she has been involved as Director of four Gaslight Tour plays’. In 2017, Jan added the role of Greeter to her resume,and she enjoyed welcoming patrons to the first tour venue.
The Gaslight Production Team is looking for a new member to take the job of Sponsor Coordinator. Knowledge of the Collingwood area and its businesses is essential. Please contact us if you are interested.
Sephora Xuereb Bennett
Sephora has taken over as Gaslight’s Makeup & Hair Designer, a position held for 8 years by Hella Sandberg. Sephora received her training at the School for Makeup Art & Design in Toronto. Her passion for theatre led her to work on several theatrical productions, including Richard III, Equus, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. New to Collingwood, she is very excited to be creating magic backstage with Gaslight.
CatSue is a professional costume designer and milliner. She started working in theatre at Malabar in Toronto, in the art department, on various live performances, including Cats (Elgin Theatre) and Kismet (National Ballet of Canada. Between theatre gigs, she designed and manufactured clothing for her own company, Chantry Island Design, and for other private labels in North America. Recently retired from teaching the Millinery Certification Course at George Brown College in Toronto, CatSue has also been lecturing on topics relating to the History of Fashion & Costume Design, since 2010.
The 2017 Tour, featured 30 cast members. Our fabulous costumes were created by Jennifer Campbell (The Lyric), CatSue McBroom (Tales of the Cannery), Emma Symington (Party Line) and Dianna Elliott (Princely Pomp). Katie Sturch was our Wardrobe Consultant. Our former Costume Supervisor, Hilda Valentine, organized all of our costumes and photographed them for a Dropbox file. To access the Dropbox, the username is email@example.com and the password is Costumes. Items may be rented out to other theatre groups, at a reasonable rate.
“Tea Room” Coordinator
Since the first year of the Gaslight Tour, Katherine has been the creative brainchild behind the last venue. She has transformed our refreshment space into a groggery, a tea room, a WWI mess hall, a Ski Barn, and in 2016, an unforgettable Lighthouse Galley. She thrives on, and excels at, the challenge of creating a space based on the current year’s theme. In 2016 she also fulfilled another desire… to direct a Gaslight play, This Lighthouse of Mine. Whether it is designing a set or decorating a tea room, Katherine delights in giving ticket holders a visual presentation that is unexpected and that will enhance their overall Gaslight experience.
Guide Director/Script Writer
Laurie has been involved with Gaslight Community Theatre for several years as an actor and a writer. She initially participated in the Page to Stage course taught by Dan Needles. Over the years, two of her scenes were selected to be performed at “Four Scenes and a Cup of Tea”. Laurie especially enjoys performing as a Gaslight Guide, and she became Guide Director in 2016.. In 2017, she gained the added responsibility of writing the Guide scripts.