REPORTING · 16th June 2011
Friday June 10th, the Kitimat Museum was host to their second annual open microphone night. A variety of talented Kitimat poets and storytellers got up and read / performed their vocal arts of choice.
Angus McLeod shared stories of Kitimat’s history. Eileen Hutson read her poetry to music provided by Bill Volrath. Catherine Johnson also presented her poetry and Volrath himself sang a song to his wife in the audience.
It was certainly a night of showcasing the talented individuals of Kitimat who got up to read.
On Saturday, June 11th, Pam Volrath and Tina Watchorn got up to present: ‘On Cue for 30 years’ to a small crowd gathered at the Kitimat Public Library.
“On cue players started in 1980. At the time, [we] were involved in the Kitimat Arts Council and we thought at the time that it is such a shame that Kitimat did not have a community theatre group with the new theatre,” said Volrath.
They received some seed money from the Kitimat Players, a group of children’s performers which folded earlier. On Cue’s first performance was Snow White and it has grown from there.
They started small but grew more performances and with Cabaret Night at the Chalet and Club Dax. The theatre group increased in numbers. With the addition of Watchorn to the regulars, English Pantomime became a regular performance, starting with Cinderella where a real horse and carriage were brought on stage.
Watchorn also delivered the presentation on how to direct, where she went through what has to be done to put a play together for performance at the Theatre. Among her prostration, she said she was always looking for male actors to take on roles in