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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

Postcards from DCT

Welcome to Postcards from DCT Our series starts here

This is DCT’s Live Theatre Video blog‘s main page. We will do our best to entertain, inform and enthrall you with all things “Live Theatre” here. That may be very ambitious of us and we know it. We are new at this side of the twenty first century’s restrictions & ever evolving forms of communication, so be patient and kind with us. Your feed back is welcomed!

Postcards from DCT Episode 4 “BACK STAGE”
What is the second most important job in live theatre? The answer will surprise you.

This episode of Postcards from DCT was generously sponsored by Green Heron Veterinary Service.
Green Heron – Bringing Animal Care to Farm & Home
Visit Green Heron at http://stephvet.ca/ to see what excellent services they offer.

Postcards from DCT Episode 3 “Who was your favorite character to play AND what is your favorite play?
Find out what actors think about the characters they love to play and the plays they love best

This episode of Postcards from DCT was sponsored by Peter’s Engine & Rental Centre 851 North Shore Drive, Dunnville. Let the friendly staff at Peter’s Engine help you with their sales and service excellence. Check out their website to see what they’re all about https://petersengine.ca/

Postcards from DCT Episode 2 “What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you on stage?”
Some surprising things can happen when you’re on stage!
Liz Koster Head shot

This episode of Postcards from DCT was sponsored by Liz Koster, Royal LePage Real Estate Broker and long-time supporter of Dunnville Community Theatre.  To find out more about Liz and how she could help you find your dream home or help you sell your current home check out her website www.lizkoster.com or call her at 905-574-4600

Welcome to our introductory Videoblog entitled “How Did We Get Here”

This short film is our maiden voyage into a ocean of theatrical entertainment and information. We hope you enjoy it and continue to follow us on this journey. Be sure to watch to the very end – there’s something to learn and laugh about there too. As always, we would love your feedback!

To gain audience interest before starting the series we made two promotional videos and we really hope you enjoy them. We certainly enjoyed making them. Let’s grow together in this playful adventure.

Promotional video one – Thank You Dunnville!
Promotional Video two – What do Theatrical People do when they have no stage?

Our series “Postcards from DCT” will start appearing here on October 6th. A new one will be posted every other week. We welcome your comments and involvement. If you are interested in becoming part of our Video team please fill out this form to say “I want to be involved” on the Become part of DCT page of our new website. We will welcome you!

We wish to thank The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund for making this possible.

Community Involvement

Marching our banner down Broad street for the Mudcat Festival

DCT enjoys the community in which we live and because of that we work to be part of it. We strive to be part of our community and want to be involved with other organizations and recognize community events.

In the first year of Covid-19 restrictions we could not launch a production and started discussing the possibilities of doing Videoblogs. We put our corporation’s house in order and submitted an OTF grant under the Resilient Communities Fund. Then we sat back to wait. We’re not very good at waiting so we decided to give 1 small video a try just to say “Happy Holidays”. We missed our fans and families and just wanted to convey something happy and hopeful to the community. We were pretty happy with this video and in many ways it spurred us on with its whisperings of “Videoblog, Videoblog, wherefore art thou Videoblog?”

Happy Holidays from DCT

Nurses week arrived after we had news from the Ontario Trillium Fund that we had been awarded a grant but at that point it was still hush hush. We could not move forward with any plans until we got the go ahead. We have a great nurse on our board – Kathryn Stengel– and a another great nurse –Loretta Ward – who volunteers to photograph us, so we definitely appreciate nurses and wanted to add our shout out. Jordan dug his equipment out and made another short video from DCT.

Thank you Nurses!

Upcoming Events

What should you keep your eyes out for at DCT? – Not a good scrub that’s for sure.

You might give your eyes a good cleaning while they’re out but -WARNING – they’re really hard to get back in and if you mix the right and left balls – well then – you’re in for a mess of somethin’.

But here is something that’s coming up that can’t hurt you. It’s good
a series we hope you enjoy.

  • Our podcast series called Postcards from DCT. This series is made up of 2 segments:
    • The 1st is called “Close to the Curtain”
      • These are between 8 and 15 minutes long
      • They are informative with a twist of fun to each
      • Episodes 8 & 10 are actually little plays.
    • The 2nd is called “Dramatic Moments”
      • These last about 1-2 minutes and are both interesting and entertaining.