Garnet was a high-school and university teacher of English and Drama for 28 plus years. He co-authored Character Building, a text book for middle and secondary school Drama and Theatre Arts classes. Garnet acted and directed extensively for Gateway Players, a community theatre company in Saskatoon, for many years, as well as with other University and semi-professional companies. Some of his on-stage roles include C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Felix Unger in The Odd Couple; and, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. His directing credits include the musical She Loves Me; Much Ado About Nothing; The Rainmaker; and The Importance of Being Earnest. He is pleased to be working with The Livery Theatre and looks forward to a long association.
Jordan Henry has enjoyed an extremely varied career both on and off the stage. A graduate of the Musical Theater performance program at St. Clair College, he has enjoyed performing, directing, designing, and working backstage on countless productions. As an actor, favorite performances include Sweeney Todd, The Producers, and Chicago (for which he won a Brickenden Award) with Pacheco Theater Co., Cabaret and The Fully Monty with Fuse Productions, and the world premiere of Flux with Theater For The Cure. At the Livery, Jordan has performed in shows such as Is He Dead, Black Comedy, The Secret Garden, and The Odd Couple. He also appeared in The 39 Steps, both in London and Goderich, and between the two shows, managed to play almost every character in the play! As a director at the Livery, Jordan was pleased to bring Strawberries In January to the stage, as well as the musical, Next To Normal. He doesn't direct very often, but is very much looking forward to bringing one of his favorite shows, The Fantasticks, to life in 2019.
After moving to Goderich 14 years ago I decided to cross off one item on my bucket list by getting involved in amateur theatre.
Since then I was given an opportunity to act or be involved in approximately 25 plays. Directing plays was also a goal on my list.
Seeing a play come to life from the printed page is magical. I would encourage anyone with similar aspirations to add your name to the list of directors within the Goderich Little Theatre.
Phyllis Leighton has been very active in theatre for many years, and has acquired experience as a: Director, Singing Coach, Choreographer, Teacher, Actress, and Puppeteer! Her most recent role was playing the conniving Mrs. Medlock, in ‘The Secret Garden’, for GLT.
Phyllis currently sits on the board of the Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, where she runs a summer Drama Camp for children. She is also a member of ‘Murder For Hire’, a mystery dinner-theatre troupe, and enjoys working for Clinical Skills at Western University. In addition to her passion for music & theatre, Phyllis enjoys fitness, gardening, raising a sweet puppy, and living lakeside. Phyllis' first GLT production she directed was ‘Calendar Girls." She is very excited to be directing her second GLT production next May 2020 "Mamma Mia!"
A theatre professional for over 43 years, Duncan has been a director, producer, actor, playwright and teacher. He is a former Artistic Director of Carousel Players (1975-90) a professional theatre company for young audiences in St. Catharines. Since moving to Huron County, he has staged fundraising plays for children for the Blyth Festival and the Foundation for Education (Huron/Perth). In Spring 2018 he directed A Bunch of Munsch for over 4000 school matinee children at the newly renovated Blyth Memorial Community Hall. He has also directed many community theatre productions including the outdoor Narcisse in South Huron that won the Governor General’s Award for Community Planning in 2011, White Hurricane about the Great Storm on Lake Huron in 1913 and Earth Song for the Exeter Bach Festival in the Summer of 2017.
Duncan has directed 11 productions for Goderich Community Theatre: such as locally written On Convoy (Paul Ciufo), The Tiger’s Lion (Tim Cumming), Guys in the Garage (Rob Bundy) plus plays which celebrate Canada such as Doctor Barnardo’s Children and Crow Hill. This coming Fall’s 10 Lost Years , a play with music about resilient Canadians during the Great Depression, will be his 12th play for Goderich. The Livery Theatre with its cozy, intimate environment is one of his favourite performance spaces. Duncan's most recent production he directed at the GLT was TEN LOST YEARS during the 2018/19 Season.
Active in Goderich Little Theatre since 1968, Warren has been directing since the 1970s and for the past twenty years has specialized in directing plays that he has also written. He has written three Victorian Christmas mysteries, two Edwardian Christmas mysteries and one 1940s Christmas mystery. Another specialty is local history based plays, often musicals, including: The Great Storm, Night and Day, How High The Moon, Red Sails In The Sunset, Straight Through The Heart (with Dave Armour), Kingsbridge the Musicals 1, 2 and 3.
Warren particularly enjoys working with large casts of all ages. Most often he works with his wife and partner in crime, Eleanor. His other love is playing music with various combinations, notably Reynolds, Robinson & Lodge.
Sally joined the Goderich Little Theatre in 1975 appearing in, “The Late Christopher Bean”. A real highlight of those days was being on stage with Kathy Jenkins, an exceptionally gifted and generous actor. Sally has been involved with the GLT in some capacity ever since!
Besides acting in several plays, she has served on the Board, including as its President, helped with make-up (blood, scars and gore being her specialty!), worked backstage, chaired the Fundraising Committee, co-chaired the GLT’s 60th Anniversary Reunion Committee, sold 50/50 tickets, and turned her hand at directing. The last was something she was keen to try, but probably wouldn’t have without the help and mentoring of Maureen Penn and Dave Armour. Thank you, friends! She loved the experience, and her plays include, “Shirley Valentine,” “Educating Rita”, ” Wait Until Dark,” “Office Hours,” “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun”, and she was Assistant Director for the recent, “The Secret Garden”.
Sally can’t say enough about the amazing people who have worked on her shows both on stage and behind the scenes. Sally is so appreciative and proud of the Goderich Little Theatre and of its home, The Livery. They have allowed her to work/play with so many dedicated individuals of all ages and have provided her a team and a venue to fulfill her creative dreams. She is delighted to witness the evolution of our theatre as it continues to raise the bar in terms of artistic excellence, and she would encourage anyone who would like to be part of our company to join us!