Shuswap Theatre Honours James Bowlby
Shuswap Theatre took a few minutes during the OZone Festival awards ceremony to present a special trophy to founder and long time member, James Bowlby. James recently stepped down from the Artistic Committee, a post he has held for many years. It gave us pause to reflect on his considerable contributions over many years. Some highlights from the presentation:
- Driving force behind the founding of Shuswap Theatre
- Love of period pieces, costumes, sets and beautiful stage pictures that flow into each other
- Ambitious in many ways – plays chosen, taking on large projects, etc.
- Major force in the acquisition and renovation of our current theatre building from an old radiator shop
- Efforts to create opportunities for young people (summer theatre, Salmon Arm Actors Studio).
- Served as OZone chair and President of Theatre BC.
- Received the prestigious Eric Hamber trophy from Theatre BC for “outstanding contribution to community theatre in BC over a long period.”
- Received from the zone, the Ozzie Award for “an outstanding contribution to the Okanagan Zone and to community theatre in BC.”
- Continues to produce plays for dinner theatre and is preparing a short play for Theatre on the Edge this July
- Continues as president of the Shuswap Society for Arts and Culture, with the aim of constructing a performing arts centre in Salmon Arm
- There are very few people who have been more dedicated to the art and practice of community theatre. It has been his life.
Thank you James