Spotlight Youth Theatre to perform under new management

Published on March 16, 2017

Vern Hearn, chairman of the Cobequid Arts Council, is seen with Sarah Lennerton and Sue Beckwith, co-chairs of the Truro Cantabile Singers, at the Marigold Theatre Stage. The council recently agreed to take over management of the Spotlight Youth Theatre from the Cantabile Singers.

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TRURO, N.S. – After eight years of co-ordination by the Cantabile Singers, the Spotlight Youth Musical Theatre troupe will perform this summer under new management.

The group is now being managed by the Cobequid Arts Council, which has agreed to be responsible for all expenses and revenues generated through future productions, which are held at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

“We look now at the Marigold, that they have the expertise and the resources to run it, we think, in a more efficient way than we can.” said Sarah Lennerton, co-chairwoman with the Cantabile Singers. “They’re better set up for it.”

Spotlight Theatre in Truro was created in 2008 under the direction of the Cantabile’s Ross Thompson for youth aged 12 to 18. Past performances were also held at the Marigold.

Lennerton and fellow co-chair Sue Beckwith said the change in management will enable the Cantabile Singers to focus on their role as a choral society while allowing the theatre group to better flourish under the performance-based management of the arts council.

“I think from my viewpoint it’s wonderful for it to be going over to the Marigold because they have a vision for it to grow and expand on what was offered when Cantabile had it,” Beckwith said. “It suits their mandate much better than it does the Cantabile’s.”

Emily Robertson, a third-year musical theatre student at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., is taking on the role of director for this summer’s production.

A transition committee is in the process of forming a production team and details of the 2017 show are to follow later toward the end of March.