Cape Breton University to host 'Remembering Harry Boardmore'
A celebration of the life of Harry Boardmore is being held at Cape Breton University (CBU) on June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Boardmore Playhouse.
The evening will be a fitting tribute to Harry Boardmore featuring excerpts from some of the best- known, challenging and entertaining productions staged under Harry’s direction. The evening will feature the Boardmore Theatre’s most well-known alumni. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Liz and Harry Boardmore Scholarship Fund.
“This evening will be an opportunity for all of us who knew Harry to remember the moments we were so lucky to have shared with him. There will be many laughs and likely many tears. We will come together to honour a man whose life inspired us all, and whose death grants us joyful reflection,” says Todd Hiscock, Director of the Boardmore Theatre.
Harry was an English professor at CBU, and had a true passion for theatre. He directed a remarkable 64 plays, always evoking a sense of family with every cast and crew. The Playhouse opened in 1979 and, in 1990, it was renamed the Boardmore Playhouse in honour of Elizabeth and Harry Boardmore who, for more than 25 years, dedicated themselves to the teaching and development of community theatre in Cape Breton.
A wealth of talent will take to the stage, including Bette MacDonald, Maynard Morrison ,Gary Walsh, Peter Gillis and many others. General seating tickets are now available at the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop on Charlotte Street in Sydney and will also be available at the Boardmore Box Office beginning Monday, June 10. Tickets are $20. A reception will follow in The Pit Lounge.
The Harry and Elizabeth Boardmore Scholarship Fund was established to honour the memory of Liz and Harry Boardmore, who gave their time and energy to theatre arts in the local area and, in particular, to Cape Breton University’s Boardmore Playhouse. The goal is to assist students who are pursuing an education in theatre arts.
Liz and Harry Boardmore came Sydney in 1966. They did not waste any time setting bold and imaginative goals for drama here. In their first year they sought out talent within both the college and community to produce Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE which was stage for two nights at Sydney's Vogue Theatre before capacity audiences. Cape Bretoners came to the Vogue as if starved for live theatre. This began the tradition of both college and community cooperation in drama, a relationship that has reaped cultural benefits for all of us.
The Playhouse opened in 1979 and in 1990 it was renamed the Boardmore Playhouse in honor Elizabeth and Harry Boardmore who, for more than twenty five years, dedicated themselves to the teaching and development of community theatre in Cape Breton.
The Playhouse is a 337 seat venue which is the centre for the performing arts at Cape Breton University. The Playhouse is home to Boardmore Theatre, which presents an annual season of plays, including plays for young audiences, four to five full length plays, a bi-annual Shakespeare production and a bi-annual Broadway Musical, and a one week one act play festival with an emphasis on new play development.
Throughout the school year and summer months the CBU Boardmore Playhouse is also involved with a number of community projects. The Playhouse provides practical expertise to community theatre groups in the form of workshops for young people as well as advise and leadership in summer theatre programs.
The Playhouse is also home to many of the academic courses offered as part of CBU's Theatre Arts Certificate Program. This program offers courses in Acting, Movement, Voice, Directing, Playwriting, Theatre for Children, Stage Management, and Stage Craft. Students can easily combine Theatre Arts Certificate courses with their three or four year BA degree program.