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2011 Onstage Gala celebrates Playhouse Honours recipient Walter Learning

by on March 21, 2011

Join us for an unforgettable evening on Saturday, May 7, as we recognize Walter Learning, 2011 recipient of the Playhouse Honours.

Each spring, the Onstage Gala is held in support of the Fredericton Playhouse. The charity benefit event is a celebration of the performing arts in our community. At the same time, the event honours an individual who has contributed to our community through their work in the performing arts (The Fredericton Playhouse Honours program). The evening includes a champagne reception, live performances, and a fabulous dinner held right on the main stage of the Fredericton Playhouse.

Your participation in this event supports enriched and diverse offerings of arts presentations, accessibility to the performing arts for the community, and the ability for local organizations to offer community programming in a professional arts facility.

The Playhouse Honours

The Playhouse Honours, now in its fourth year, was established to foster a deeper appreciation of the value that individuals can make to community life through their work in the performing arts (music, theatre, dance, spoken word, multidisciplinary arts). The honouree is selected annually by the Playhouse Board of Directors from nominees proposed by the public, recommended by a selection committee, and fêted at the annual Onstage Gala. As well, a permanent display has been erected in the west gallery of the Playhouse to recognize the recipients.

This year’s honoree, Walter Learning, founded Theatre New Brunswick in 1968, creating the first professional theatre company in New Brunswick, and one of the longest running regional companies in Canada. He served as artistic director of TNB from 1968 to 1978 and returned as artistic producer from 1995 to 1999.

An accomplished actor, director, and playwright, Learning collaborated with critically acclaimed literary figure Alden Nowlan to produce several world premieres during his tenure at TNB. He also oversaw the institution of TNB Young Company, which has been bringing professional theatre performances to elementary, middle, and high schools in Fredericton, and in communities across the province, for over 35 years. His contributions also led to the establishment of TNB Theatre School in 1999, which currently boasts an enrolment of over 300 students a year.

For more information about the Onstage Gala, please contact Janine Papadopoulos at janine@theplayhouse.ca or 469.6207.

Click here to download an information sheet and ticket order form.

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