2015 Community Arts Award

It’s funny how the mind works. I never dreamed of pre-writing an acceptance/thank-you speech when I was informed of Gate House Community Association’s two nominations for the Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards.

I guess I should have. Gate House Theatre – which is the building we inhabit and where all the action takes place – was awarded 2015 The Community Arts Award. I go to the podium, never shy to say something, however instead of a list of thank you I rambled a bit on our journey in bring the Arts to the North Island. I may even have unconsciously chastised the attendees for not showing up to certain events.

Obviously this was never my intent. So please indulge me as I give a proper acceptance/thank-you speech.

Thank you Chamber of Commerce and everyone who voted for us. This is truly an honour. We are passionate about the Arts and grateful for the opportunity to showcase, instruct, and support the Arts in all their varied and wonderful ways.

Gate House Community Association is run by a dedicated board, a part time manager, numerous student staff, and of course members. Thank you to our membership, both individual and corporate. We literally would not exist without you.

I also want to thank every one who’s ever bought a ticket and warmed a seat in the theatre, also to everyone who’s rented the facility for birthday parties, recitals and corporate events. And last but certainly not least to General Properties. We are truly thankful for you continued support.


September Is Going To Be HOT at Gate House Theatre…

Well, well, well… after a summer of slump in good available movies (with the odd exception) September is gearing up to be AMAZING.
Here’s the list:
Friday Sept 4 – Jurassic World

Friday Sept 11 & Sat Sept 12 – Inside Out

Friday Sept 18th – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday Sept 25th – Spy


Saturday Sept 19th – Magic Mike XXL

So the question is:

Help Us Pick the Movie for Canada Day


It’s here! Our Birthday! Oh … and Canada’s as well …
And tradition is we show a movie.  Unfortunately this year there is NO good Pre-Release movie to show. And so we’re sending out a poll to see which movie you and your family want to see.

Movie is FREE this year and will start at 7:00 pm

Vote away!

November 29th – A Busy Day At Gate House!

Fundraising and Raising some Fun!

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November 29th 10:00 – 4:00

Many fabulous items have been donated for our Loonie and Silent Auction.  We open the doors at 10:00 to Free Coffee and Tea. Come on in and bid on your favourites.
All proceeds are going toward improving the stage and theatrical equipment needed to provide professional entertainment.

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Return at 6:45 for the Christmas Tree Light-Up. At 7:00 make your way to Gate House Theatre for an evening of Christmas entertainment including the After School Drama Presentation of

Santa and The Owlhoot Gang

Free admission

Special Double Feature This Friday!

Friday September 19th


Over twenty students are enjoying a wonderful Musical Theatre Workshop with the amazing Joey Clarkson.

They’re working on The Newsie’s Revue and will be presenting it on Friday, September 19th, at 6:30 pm, just before How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Gate House Community Association has provided our space FREE of Charge so that Joey could come and offer this course at a reasonable price.

Entrance for the Revue is by donation and the price for the movie is the regular price: 8.00/adults 5.00/children and seniors.

Come and support the Arts!

Musical Theatre Workshop September 15-19, 2014





Gate House Community Associations is THRILLED 

to host Joey Clarkson!

Click on the picture to be brought to the Facebook event page OR if you don’t do Facebook email Joey directly:


Who is this Joey Clarkson you ask?

At just 24, Joey Clarkson has already been teaching musical theatre for 10 years. A homelearner for many years, her unique blend of youth, experience and passion for her craft has made her a very popular teacher in Canada, the UAE, Ireland and the UK. Equally at home instructing young children or teens, Joey’s enthusiasm for music is infectious. An award-winning singer/songwriter , Joey’s programs offer funfilled, inspirational adventures into the land of music. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have power to do great things. It is this ideal that I impress upon my students, building confidence and self worth through musical theatre.”

What can you expect for your kids?

5 days of fun! Our days (4 hours) consists of theatre games to warm up, vocal work ie: excersizes, breathing, tone, harmonies and melodies, matching pitch and styles, choreography- lots of action there. And of course script work. The first day I get a feel of who I am working with and who will fit into the parts. Then I customize the script (most is written but I always adjust for the new classes ensuring everyone gets something challenging yet doesn’t discourage them). The second day everyone gets their scripts and we are off and running. The fifth day has a little show off for the families and friends. I must stress that it is never a “polished show”, and as much fun as the performance is, the real value is in teaching the kids teamwork and confidence while opening their eyes to music and theatre. Classes are always a mix of ages and it is really beneficial to work that way. A group of same-age tend to be self conscious, but a mixed group always finds the big ones setting an example for the little ones, and the little ones admiring and emulating.

How much?

$160.00 for 4 hours for 5 days … work it out – that’s a deal!


Open Letter to Youth and Young Adults of the North Island

Thanks to all who came out for

The Fault in Our Stars


Dear Youth and Young Adults of the North Island

Thanks! I mean it, thanks.  Forty-eight of you came out to the movie last night. This was the best showing this summer for a paid movie (obviously showing Rio 2 free on Canada generated quite a crowd!)

Why am I writing you a letter? Because you matter. What you want to see on the big screen matters. We’re trying our best to bring in movies that you’ll come to. I understand that Friday nights is Youth Centre night. I’d love to coordinate with those in charge to create a whole amazing evening for you all. I’ve tried in the past to contact those in charge. Maybe I should try again? Better yet why don’t you do it? I know you are all full of amazing ideas and who better to know what you would like to do than yourselves!

We do have the capability to play video games on the big screen. This isn’t in my radar as I can’t even keep Mario in the cart let alone on the road! But if this is something you’d like to do contact me.

We can also host marathon movie events (Twilight or X-Men?) with the proper supervision and enough people interested. Again your help in organizing and getting people to commit is essential. I don’t have any teenagers left in my house but I still want to create fun and safe places for you to let loose and be yourselves.  (‘let loose’ does not include any substance other than pure fun (and maybe a whole lot of sugar) to fuel the atmosphere 😉

What other things could you use the theatre for? Well, your imagination is the limit. Let’s talk and create even more amazing things for the youth and young adults of the North Island to do.


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