On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the fabulous cast and crew of Vancouver Opera’s Evita kindly “passed the hat.” A wonderful audience truly supported PAL’s mission to provide longstanding members of Vancouver’s performing arts professions with affordable housing within a vibrant and creative community setting. Special thanks to James Wright, Shannon Chan-Kent, the chorus of Evita, Adrianne Wurz, Doug Tuck, Theresa Tsang, Ellie O’Day, Dr. Sherrill Grace, John Grace, and David Adams. Together we raised an amazing $3,384.85 for PAL.
In honour of its 100th birthday the UBC Player’s Club, BC’s oldest theatre company, premiered And Then There Was One Hundred: A Centennial Celebration featuring two original plays written by UBC alumnus Elena Kaufman and current student Heidi Elric. Generous audiences celebrated UBC Players Club and donated to PAL’s integral rental assistance program at the same time!
Kaufman’s Divine Monster tells the story of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), who seeks to return to life by switching places with an unwitting, suicidal Canadian backpacker and musician. Meanwhile, Elric’s Home Fires Burning takes the audience back to WWI when a girl finds solace in the worlds of a magical wishing well when her father is conscripted in The Great War.
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival offered tremendous support to PAL. At the Fringe Awards Night all the door proceeds were donated to PAL; and 3% of ticket revenue from sixteen shows helped to raise essential funds for our affordable housing operations. Special thanks go to David Jordan, Executive Director of the Fringe Festival, Gareth Duncan, Leslee Silverman, Jennifer Shaw, Dolores Drake, Clayton Jevne & Theatre Inconnu, Christina Andreola, Elysse Cheadle, Dark Matter & Brianna Wiens, Deep Water Productions & Rhonda S. Musak, Corin Raymond, LanceLife & Wallace Fessler & Joshua Fisher, Vancouver Gypsy Group Roma Gry Association, Psyche Theatre & Brendan Gall, Island Productions & Kathleen Tolan, StarStarTheatre&Simon Stephens, Priscilla Costa & Savage Creampuff Productions, Jacques Lalonde, Theatre Terrific and Susanna Uchatius, The Elegant Ladies Collective & Leslie Stark.
Bard on the Beach generously supported the integral rental assistance program at the heart of PAL Vancouver’s mission. We thank the big-hearted companies of Love’s Labour’s Lost and King Lear who “passed the hat” on August 29th raising a remarkable $3,953.37 to ensure low-income performing arts veterans may age in place, with dignity, among their peers in an atmosphere that honours their creativity. Special thanks go to Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director and Founder of Bard on the Beach for kindly supporting PAL, David Adams, Lori Baxter, Jenny Shaw, and the wonderful audiences who came out in the middle of a windstorm!
PAL is very fortunate Theatre Under the Stars is a member of our treasured family of supporters. The extraordinary casts and crews of Hairspray and Oliver! “passed the hat” on August 21st and 28th raising a fabulous $3,193.95 to support our annual rental assistance program. We appreciate wonderful audiences who enjoyed musical theatre in spectacular Stanley Park while supporting PAL. Special thanks go to Theatre Under the Stars President Naveen Kapahi; Jill Fairclough, Director of Operations; Travis Pangburn, Director of Production; David Adams, Suzanne Ouellette and Rebecca Bateman.
In the spring, Vancouver Opera’s Sweeney Todd offered a helping hand to both Theatre Cares and PAL Vancouver. Theatre Cares’ recently welcomed PAL Vancouver as a beneficiary alongside The Actors’ Fund of Canada, AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC, and The Stephen Lewis Foundation! On May 2, the sensational cast and crew of Sweeney Todd assisted both Theatre Cares and PAL raising $3,169 at a single performance. Ovations to David Adams, Diane Brown, Jane Heyman, Doug MacNaughton, Doug Tuck, Tom Wright, James Wright, and Karen Ydenberg for making this event a reality.