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DCT Wins SACHEM readers choice awards

Dunnville Community Theatre has won the 2021 SACHEM readers awards for Dinner Theatre (Diamond – #1) and Live Theatre (Platinum – #2). The Lighthouse Theatre in Port Dover deservedly received the Diamond award. Let’s congratulate them and us for winning these awards.

Welcome to DCT news – yes actual news – where you can find out what’s the “low down”.

The latest DCT news – October 27, 2021- coming out of our AGM – is:
We are happy to announce that Julie Turner is our newest board member. We look forward to working with Julie and roping her into things she may have no interest in presiding over – did I say that out loud? What I meant was Julie is sure to be a valuable asset to DCT in her newest role.
What did Julie say about being elected: “I can’t wait to get back on stage”.
Nice side step Julie!

Julie Turner

For those of you who don’t know her (is there anyone?), Julie has been a member of DCT for about 15 years. We have been lucky enough to have her as an actor, director, co-director AND sound & lighting technician. Now that she has become a board member we will ensure she gets to head a Committee. You can’t side step that Julie!

Dunnville Community Theatre Media Release October 13, 2021:

OTF Grant Gives Community Theatre a Second Act

Dunnville, ON– Dunnville Community Theatre, (DCT) has received a $5,200 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.  The grant, received on April 27, 2021, is allowing DCT a second means of expressing themselves through live theatre. The grant is helping DCT rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by designing and launching a new website, creating, and producing podcasts, purchasing filmmaking equipment and video editing software, offering online training for Board members, and launching an advertising campaign to reintroduce ourselves into the community. Best of all it will keep their audiences safe from the spread of Covid-19 and entertain them in the environment of their choosing as they enjoy DCT’s video podcasting.

Mr Toby Barrett made this statement:

“Like many community groups, Dunnville Community Theatre is involved in an exciting process to re-invent and re-introduce itself,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will assist the volunteers with the group launching a new web site and podcasts.”

Mr Toby Barrett with Muddy
MPP Mr. Toby Barrett seen with Muddy, the Mudcat in Dunnville
Then Haldimand Norfolk mayor Ken Hewitt stated

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation helps keep this form of living art active during a time when normal gatherings can be a danger to all involved.  In 2019 Dunnville Community Theatre received Haldimand County’s Volunteer recognition award for Community Culture.  DCT is the oldest and only remaining community theatre in Haldimand County, and it is important to see them thrive in this community.” said Ken Hewitt, mayor of Haldimand County.

And the Spokes person for DCT said:

“This grant has been a wonderful thing for DCT.  We are hoping that the new technology we have adopted will attract new membership also.  There is a lot to learn and as a bonus it’s a lot of fun. We very much look forward to getting back on stage but since branching out into this endeavor, video podcasting is an entertainment format that will help us fill in the gaps between live performances.” stated Claire Vanden Pol, Treasurer of Dunnville Community Theatre. Since receiving the grant, Dunnville Community Theatre members have been working hard to produce 10 episodes of their entertaining & informative series called “Post Cards from DCT.  They eagerly await receiving comments and requests from visitors of their website.

OTF’s grant allowed Dunnville Community Theatre’s Grant to fund their imaginative concept of producing Video Podcasts about Live Theatre in our community and included:

What does the grant include?
  • Equipment to produce video podcasts as a means of maintaining public presents
  • A new website and web hosting to accommodate the podcasts
  • Video editing software
  • Training for website build and maintenance

Dunnville Community Theatre has been providing entertainment and fun for over 40 years. Please visit Dunnville Community Theatre’s new website at www.dct73.com for podcasts and information.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Media Contact: Claire Vanden Pol, Treasurer Dunnville Community Theatreinfo@dct73.com