Monday, March 11, 2013

Huronia Community Foundation-New Executive Director

Huronia Community Foundation March 1st, 2013

The Huronia Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Copeland as their new Executive Director. This is the first step in the Foundation’s focus to create a smart and caring community for everyone.
Ms. Copeland brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit management professional in Simcoe County. She applauds the achievements of retiring Executive Director Garry Morehouse and promises to honour that legacy while working as part of the new team to grow the Foundation and serve those most in need in our communities.

Anita Dubeau, Board Chair
Huronia Community Foundation

Patricia Copeland, Executive Director
Huronia Community Foundation

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Rotary Club of Penetanguishene  March 5, 2013
(Penetanguishene, On)- The Rotary Club of Penetanguishene is proud to announce that over $9,000 was raised for our community during the 13th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge held on Saturday February 16th during Penetanguishene’s Winterama.
 Eighteen plungers collected pledges on behalf of various non-profit organisations. These pledges were then given to the Rotary Club of Penetanguishene which subsequently made a donation of 60% of the pledged money to the specified non-profit organisation. The other 40% will be used by the Rotary Club for its various projects within the community. The Club is excited to announce that a total of $100,000 has been raised by plungers over the past 13 years.
In addition to the plungers and the community that supported them, the Rotary Club would like to recognise and thank the following:
·        Keith Kelly and his crew from the Town of Penetanguishene’s Public Works Department for piling snow
·        Wendy Cousineau and the rest of the Town of Penetanguishene for their support
·        Paul Ryan and the Penetanguishene Fire Department for filling the pool
·        The Penetanguishene Curling Club for hosting the event
·        The Community Emergency Response Team for being on hand
·        Rotarian Rob McLaughlin for acting as site leader during the event
·        Rotarian Carey Moran for acting as our Master of Ceremonies
·        Denise DeCourcy for the French translation of our poster
·        Penetanguishene Rotarians as well as their family and friends
·        Special thanks to Randy Gostick from Penetang Excavating, Mike & Robin McKeown, and the staff at Beacon Bay Marina for building the pool

Non-Profit Organisation
Brian Angus
Rotary Club of Penetanguishene (100% to Rotary Club)
Christie Bath
Relay for Life (Canadian Cancer Society)
Jonathon Bradley
Relay for Life (Canadian Cancer Society)
Karen Bressette
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Danielle Dorion
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Penetanguishene
Kaila Foreman
Joshua Brunelle Fund
Natalie Gignac
Robert Thususka Fund
David Hobson
OPP DARE Program
Zoë Langman
Ontario SPCA Midland & District Branch
Carey Moran
OPP DARE Program
Julia Moreau
Robert Robitaille Pavilion Lafontaine
Nicole Parent
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Simcoe - Midland Unit
Phoebe Rawson
Community Emergency Response Team
Tamara Ryan
TOMA Foundation for Burned Children
Ryan Spademan
Ontario SPCA Midland & District Branch
Melissa Sunday
Christian Island United Church
Evan Topping
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Penetanguishene
Erin Wright
SickKids Foundation
                                                   Contact Club President Sue Cook

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Huronia Players Hold Auditions for RENT


Auditions for RENT


Director: Lori-Ann Clancy
Producers: Anna Hartman & Danielle Smith
Vocal Director: Victoria Thompson
Music Director/Conductor: Amanda Thorpe
Choreographer: Stephanie Gendron
Stage Manager: Paula Desjardins

Performance Dates: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, & 17, 2013

  • Cast must be available for ALL performances
  • Cast members and crew must agree to become a member of the Huronia Players ($10 fee)

Show Synopsis

(taken from the Music Theatre International website)
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Based loosely on Puccini's La Bohème,  Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Audition Dates and Times

ATTACHED to this article is a PDF document of the RENT Rehearsal Schedule.
You will register for an audition during a block of time on one of the following dates. You MUST attend the group dance audition on the same day. The blocks of time are:
  • Fri. May 3 – individual acting/singing auditions from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    ~ Group dance audition for everyone auditioning on this date is from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Sat. May 4 – Block one: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Block two: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    ~Group dance audition for everyone auditioning on this day is from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Sun. May 5 – Block one: 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Block two: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    ~Group dance audition for everyone auditioning on this day is from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
You must register for your audition by emailing our stage manager Paula Desjardins at We suggest that you book your audition date and time as early as possible. Please download the audition form; complete and bring it with a photo of yourself to your audition.  Any questions about the audition information, requirements or schedule can also be directed to Paula via email.
Auditions will take place in rehearsal space at the Midland Cultural Centre (MCC)


Age:  All cast members must be between the ages of 19 and 35.
  • You must have two songs prepared. If you are interested in playing a lead role in RENT, please sing one of that character’s songs and sing another contrasting piece...we want to hear you sing a ballad and an upbeat number. You may perform them a cappella (without accompaniment), with your own instrument, or with music playing in the background (we will have an iPod dock that you can use). We may not have time to hear both songs in their entirety, therefore, do not be offended if you are asked to stop part way through.
  • Pick two songs that demonstrate your versatility as an actor and exhibit your vocal range. We want you to play a character; therefore, avoid the temptation to stand still in front of us reciting lyrics; include facial expressions and body language – show us your interpretation of the song!
  • You should have both songs memorized so that you can show the audition panel what you are made of!!
  • EVERYONE auditioning must participate in a group dance audition. The times for each date are listed on the previous page.
  • If you do not attend this group dance audition, you will NOT be considered for ANY part, regardless of how good your singing/acting audition is.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate foot attire (dance shoes or running shoes) to your audition. You do not have to be an experienced dancer.
  • EVERYONE interested in a lead role must be prepared to attend a singing/acting callback session on Saturday, May 11 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • The callback list will be posted on our website on Tuesday, May 7. If you want to audition for a lead role and you have job -make sure that you book the callback date and the cast meeting date off!!!
Cast List:
The cast list will be posted on Sunday, May 12 on the Huronia Players website.
Cast Meeting:
  • EVERYONE on the cast list must attend our first cast meeting on Tues., May 14 from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. at the MCC. All scripts, rehearsal schedules and music will be handed out and we will do a read/sing through of the script/score.
Rehearsal Information:
  • Please take a moment to peruse the tentative rehearsal schedule.
  • Full cast (‘Company’) rehearsals are MANDATORY 
  • If you miss three rehearsals, you will be cut from the show.
  • If you cannot commit to this intense rehearsal schedule, DO NOT audition.
Casting Information:
  • 10-12 males (including the 5 lead roles) & 10-15 females (incl. the 3 lead roles)
The following is a list of the casting requirements for the lead roles:
A transvestite street drummer infected with HIV. He loves to dance and has a magnetic personality. 
C3 - A4 
Wealthy landlord of Mark and Roger's building. Benny wants to start a multimedia studio. 
Eb3 - F4 
A headstrong public interest lawyer and Maureen's lover. 
Bb3 - E5 
A filmmaker and video artist, determined to capture "real" life on film. Roger's roommate. 
C#3 - G4 
A performance artist, Mark's ex-girlfriend, currently Joanne’s girlfriend.
C4 - F5 
Soprano Belt
A dancer with AIDS and a drug problem. Desperate for a place to feel safe and protected. 
F#3 - E5 
(must be able to play the guitar)
An edgy, struggling musician who's HIV+. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. 
B2 - A4 
An HIV+ computer genius who has recently returned to New York after an absence. Has a deep capacity for love and understanding. 
F#2 - A4 
There is only one high A (A4) for this character. It is of short duration.
Visit the Huronia Players website for additional information....

Friday, March 1, 2013

Take a Break at Quest Art’s March Break Madness Art Camps

Painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media projects and so much more will be explored at this year’s Quest Art March Break Madness Art Camps offered March 11 to 15. Photo provided.

Feb. 28, 2013 (Midland, ON)

Take a Break at Quest Art’s March Break Madness Art Camps
Like a break this March Break?
Then why not sign your budding young artist up for one of Quest Art’s March Break Madness Art Camps.
Quest Art is offering two art camps this year - one for ages 6 to 8, the other for 9 to 12 years old.
This dynamic program provides an exciting introduction to a wide variety of art techniques and materials.
The 6 to 8 age group will explore sculpture, clay whistles, drawing and painting fundamentals, pop art, and portraits, printmaking, and conclude with an art show.
The 9 to 12 years old age group will learn pen, ink and doodle techniques, experiment with watercolour, acrylic, and three-dimensional canvases as well as learn about various artists including Jim Dine, Laurel Burch, and Paul Klee. This camp will also conclude with an art show.
The camps will take place at the Midland Cultural Centre from March 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The camps are $125 for members or $135 for non-members.
Artists Jesse James and Kim Vaillancourt will instruct.
Preregistration is required for all camps, by calling Quest Art 705-526-ARTS (2787), visiting our art shop in the Midland Cultural Centre (333 King Street) or going online ( All Quest Art programs are tax free and anyone who signs up for one of our March Break camps may be eligible for the Ontario Children’s Activity Tax Credit.
For more information, please visit our website, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Quest Art
Quest Art is a charitable, not-for-profit-volunteer driven visual arts organization and is generously funded by its members, community supporters, and organizations as well as the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Established in 1995, Quest Art has offered quality visual arts programs that provide learning through continuing education, exposure through exhibition programs and interaction through community outreach. We are strong leaders in the local art community and engage the community through art activities.

Quest Art is located in downtown Midland, ON at 333 King Street in the Midland Cultural Centre. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Ninette Gyorody, Director/Curator
Quest Art
333 King Street, Midland, ON L4R 3M7               
705-526-ARTS (2787)