Our 2013-2014 season, our 12th season, was filled with magic, relationships, time travel and even a rocket ship! Places and things you can only experience on stage. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe brought the magic of Narnia to life through the eyes of directors Kathleen Hatley and Simon Challenger and a tremendous team of costumers, make up artists, set designers and technical magicians. The Attic, The Pearls and 3 Fine Girls, as envisioned by Amy Starkey, was no less remarkable. The play took us on a wonderful merri-go-round through our memories to revisit our relationships with our siblings and examine the meaning of “family”. For the third year in a row, Emerald Pig represented the Fraser Valley Zone at Theatre BC’s Mainstage drama festival in Kamloops and the team came home with the thespian award for Best Ensemble and Best Backstage Cooperation. Our summer Bard on the Bandstand production of Much Ado About Nothing took Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge by storm with a giant rocketship and a transporter! But by far the most “far out” element of the show was the live band, Tiger Mountain Peasants, weaving amazing songs and live effects through the entire play and bringing the audiences to their feet night after night! It wasn’t without its stressors, ups and downs, and huge challenges, but that’s part of the creative package. All in all, it was a wonderful season!
As many of you know, I have decided to step down as President of Emerald Pig this year. It has been a fabulous journey with many theatrical accolades and successes and many wonderful memories of many wonderful shows. I am not leaving the club. I will stay on the board for another year as “Past President”, but in order to achieve longevity and a truly community-based theatrical company, there must be growth and change and new directions. This season has brought us new members, new directors, more awards and strengthened our presence in the community, which now boasts the title City of Maple Ridge. It is now time for a new leader.
I am confident that our new leaders will work hard on behalf of all of our members and our quest for a permanent “home” for Emerald Pig is very close at hand. Keep supporting Emerald Pig in reaching this goal. As David Lam said at the 1990 BC Festival of the Arts, “The arts are the soul of the community and visitors as well as residents will be attracted to such a healthy community.”
Sharon Malone, retiring President