Why ‘Community’ is in our name.

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This week is gearing up to be the busiest week we’ve ever had at Gate House Theatre. And it’s mostly “Community” events.

Wednesday and Thursday we are hosting two separate community groups that work with various members of the North Island as they add some ‘theatre time’ to their programs.

Friday and Saturday nights we have the block buster new Star Wars movie

AND

Saturday we are hosting an Emotional Day Spa workshop.

There have also been numerous volunteers working on our new curtains and sets and props and costumes and rehearsals for our Spring production – A Night With Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet – April 29, 30 @ 7:00 pm and May 1 @ 2:30.

With all the buzzing around you’d think it was Spring or something!

Liking the Likes

I am thrilled we have 169 likes – 7 new this week- on our Facebook Page, Gate House Community Association. That’s amazing! We also have 339 members – 2 new – on our Facebook Group, Gate House Theatre.
I know our little project (getting the arts into our community) is gaining traction. I still dream of the day that ALL the ARTS are represented … photography, painting, animation, film making, theatre, dance, mixed media, spoken word, cultural dance and storytelling, music, musicals …. etc etc etc!
Of course this all takes money, people, volunteers, vision, and did I say people and money?
We just had our Membership Meeting. Individual membership is 25.00 for the year. Corporate Membership is a monthly contribution.
We’re still working out the benefit package for individual members, besides the voting rights at the AGM (late June 2016). Corporate members benefit with advertising in our programs. 
I can’t help wondering what our organization would look like if all these likes and group members turned into memberships … considering the likes are probably members of the group let’s look at the group numbers … 339 x 25 = 8475.00 … That is a lot of moola!
We could order the tracking that is needed for our new side curtains. We could pay for the materials needed to finish our 2 storage rooms. We could project into the future further improvements such as an automatic screen, new projector, produce a big well known musical, put on a music and/or one act play festival….. the ideas are endless.  We would also have the membership numbers that may finally get the attention of the various grant applications we fill out.
Can our Facebook members and likes turn into paid memberships? Yes! It’s easy.  Fill our the form, write a cheque or bring the cash to the next movie night. Let’s do this!

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

AND

Saturday Sept 19th – Magic Mike XXL

So the question is:

New Event! Matthew Benedict’s New Album is Here.

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Saturday August 22nd at 7pm Matthew Benedict will be playing the Gate House Theater once again! He comes bearing his brand new CD “Surrender” to sell, and promote.

Tickets are $15 at the door, there will be concession available, come for a great night out for live music.

here is a link to the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1627053427534926/

Boiler Room Suite Here This Weekend!

Gate House Community is PROUD to Host Scrumpy Theatre’s production of Boiler Room Suite Saturday August 8th, 2015, at 8:00 pm.
Unfortunately, because of summer busyness etc, tickets didn’t make it to the Port McNeill Flower Shop but are available at the door.
Come and support the ARTS and enjoy a PROFESSIONAL theatrical production of an award winning Canadian Play.

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Upcoming Events Summer 2015

Renovation Week – July 27- 31

Take out drop ceiling from over stage, Raise the Grid, Finish Sound Booth, Create Costume & Storage areas, Move Projector down, General Clean up and organization, Decorate for Orca Fest.

Phone Terry Ruth @ 250 949-0160 or email gatehousepm@gmail.com

Boiler Room Suite- Aug 8th, 2015

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Click on Picture go to Scrumpy Theatrum’s Facebook page

Don’t miss this professional production of an award winning Canadian Play.

A Mad Breakfast – August 14th 7:00 pm

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One of the funniest one-acts ever written. Hilarious farce dealing with what happened when Jones and Miss Brown, practical jokers, told each of the guests at their boarding house that Mr. Long, a wealthy visitor, was especially interested in their individual hobbies. Starring local actors.

Rick Fines Concert – August 16th
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Click on Picture to go to Rick’s Webpage

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