The 2014 season has drawn to a close and it’s a great time to reflect on what a dynamic year this has been.
We would like to offer a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all our illustrious company members, our bold board, our intrepid partners, our hardy audiences and the believers who have joined the Perchance dream this year.
While the company has celebrated five wonderful seasons, and hosted many incredible artists during that time, this last season was a coming of age of sorts.
This past spring, the board and staff undertook a major rebranding exercise with the generous support of Tom Murphy and Dave Sullivan of Target Marketing, hand-in-hand with Ray Fennelly and his graphic design students at CNA. In early July, we launched Perchance Theatre at Cupids with a brand new look and feel, and a series of hilarious radio ads. Perchance you might have heard them?
In June, rehearsals began with the company and all hands hitting the deck to bring together our first full season since 2012. On July 26, the season opened with Henry V, quickly followed by The Merry Wives of Windsor on July 27. Both shows were met with critical acclaim and audience enjoyment and played through until the end of August.
This year, we also offered the Muses and Minstrel’s series which featured Wonderbolt Circus – where fire breathing and clowns took the stage; Calvin Powell and Brian Way’s Songs That Travel, bringing classical and modern music and song featuring many performers; and lastly, A Night of Recitations, which featured five local storytellers who wove spells of magic around our audiences with their tales.
Our season would not have been complete without Andy Jones and Mary Lynn Bernard playing the Cupids Legacy Centre with both The Queen of Paradise’s Garden and Storytelling with Andy Jones.
The company was involved in several outreach endeavours in and around Cupids, and also had two fundraising events in St. John’s: Mixology at the Geo Centre; and “The Last Call,” hosted by Allan Hawco and Carolyn Stokes at their home, featuring the cast of Republic of Doyle, musical entertainment by Alan Doyle, Ennis, The Fortunate Ones, Scott Grimes and Krystin Pellerin. Oh, what a night!
It has been an epic season, but it was not without its challenges – the biggest being the weather. We lost an unprecedented six shows due to heavy weather and went ahead in inclement weather for most of August which only had six days without rain! It certainly made us look ahead to 2015 with better weather plans to keep audiences and performers safe and comfortable.
The 2014 season brought back many old friends and supporters to our theatre as well as welcomed new friends and patrons. We are deeply grateful for your passion and support. We look forward to continuing our growth over the winter and spring with a view to next summer.
Please stay tuned for more to come …
Perchance Theatre at Cupids