A major award! And no, not this one…
… although that one did arrive in a box marked “Fragile”.
I was named the recipient of the 2014 Jennie Tetreau Award is for Long Term Outstanding Service by Grande Prairie Live Theatre at their Annual General Meeting yesterday.
The criteria are: 1) continuous involvement in the activities of Grande Prairie Live Theatre over a period of five years or longer. Or, 2) an unselfish commitment of time and energy in a variety of capacities such as, board member, producer, director, actor, stage manager, production assistance or fundraising. Or, 3) recognized and respected for their contribution among members of Grande Prairie Live Theatre and in the broader community of Grande Prairie and Alberta.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there as I had a birthday party booked for the same time as the meeting, but I picked up my plaque this afternoon.
I got involved with GPLT shortly after we moved up here to Grande Prairie. The first show I worked on was Love Letters in September 2000 so that is exactly 14 years ago. During those years I have been involved with 71 shows as make-up/hair lead, 7 shows as an actor, 1 as costume designer (along with assisting with costume and props on several others) and I also served a term on the Board of Directors. I had to go and count the number of productions I’ve been involved with… I have to say I am impressed, I didn’t realize how many there have been to-date!
I love working in theatre – I get a chance to be creative, to interact with a wide variety of people, to make friends, to have fun and to challenge myself. And there is the immediate reaction to your work in theatre – you know if the audience likes it right away, unlike film or editorial work where sometimes you never see the final result. GPLT has given me the opportunity to really utilize my training and skills – from historical period plays requiring powdered wigs like The Miser and She Stoops to Conquer, to designing all the costumes for Charlotte’s Web and working with my mom to create them all, to making Macbeth’s and Dracula’s decapitated heads, to creating the characters from the Jungle Book and, my favourite so far… CATS!
I am looking forward to this season too – I’m booked for Les Miserables, The House at Pooh Corner and Cards on the Table.
I am truly honoured and pleased to be included with the past recipients of the award. Thank you Grande Prairie Live Theatre for the years of fun and friendship and I’ll be staying around for many more years!