30th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Celebrates and Mourns the Vancouver Playhouse
Today’s adventure was a bit of a guilt trip. Like a large percentage of people that live in Vancouver I don’t see very much live theatre. The worst part of that statement is that I don’t even know the reason why. When friends Mark & David invited me to accompany them to the 30th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards I thought I could partially atone by celebrating all of the live theatre that took place over the last year.
The Commodore Ballroom was packed with Vancouver’s theatre community and they were ready to party. Sorry for the photo quality but it was tough to shoot with an iPhone given the lighting.
In all a total of 37 awards were handed out. For a full listing of all the winners please click here. The night was filled with passionate speeches honouring family, friends, colleagues and mentors. The theme running through the evening though was the deep hurt the closing of the Vancouver Playhouse has had on the arts community. It was evident that every nominee in some way had been touched and influenced by the Playhouse. The impact of its closure can not yet be truly measured as we’ll never know the talents it could have nurtured and inspired.
The evening was not all sadness however. There was some amazing entertainment and most importantly the theatre family got to be together and celebrate each other.
So the challenge to myself and to you is to get out there and see a live performance at least once per month. I’m up for the adventure, are you? Thanks go out to Mark for getting me out for the evening. Read his theatre reviews here.
Tomorrow’s adventure I will share with you some secret gems of UBC you may not know about. Now get out there and have an adventure.