Honoring Members Life-time Contributions To Community Theatre
2016 Eric Hamber Award Winner: Robb Mowbray
2016 Diamond Award Winner: Anne Marsh
From Left to Right: Anne Marsh (Diamond Award Recipient), Robb Mowbray (2016 Eric Hamber Award Recipient), Theatre BC President Peter Wienold
Our scholarship and awards committee reviewed a number of applications in 2016 for the Hamber and Diamond awards.
We are pleased to report that the recipient of the Eric Hamber Award in 2016 was Robb Mowbray. For those who don’t know Robb, he has been a fixture on the Theatre BC scene for many decades, serving at different times as our President (1992 – 1994) and our Executive Director. Presenting the award to Robb was Anne Marsh, herself a TBC President (1979 – 1982), and Hamber Award honouree (1985, with husband Don Marsh). Much to Anne’s surprise, she was also the recipient of this year’s Diamond Award. Congratulations Robb and Anne on your well-deserved recognition, and thank you for all you’ve done in your home clubs and for Theatre BC.
2014 Eric Hamber Award Winner: Terry Miller
This year’s recipient of the Eric Hamber award is enjoying a significant career in community theatre as an actor, director, producer, set builder, board member, president – you name it this person does it. He started, as many do, 30 years ago by acting. But, as a born leader, he was quick to get totally involved in community theatre. For nearly 20 years he has held almost every position on his Community Theatre’s Board, while directing plays, building sets, and running lights.
His passion for theatre is catching and inspiring. He brings those who work with him up to his level. He never asks anything of anyone that he isn’t willing to do himself. His theatre motto is “to have fun and have a show we can all be proud of.”
His work IN the theatre is constant and prolific. But his greater contribution is what he does FOR theatre and the people in it. He brings people to the theatre. He sees their potential and understands how they fit into the weird little family that is community theatre. This past season, he bridged the gap between two neighboring, and sometimes competing, communities by directing Calendar Girls which played in Kimberley for one week and then moved to Cranbrook for a second week of sold out performances. To make things even more interesting, the Community Theatre is the steward of a heritage building, the Studio/Stage Door-which was originally a Masonic Lodge.
So, as you can image most of the society’s board meetings revolve around caring for the building; which includes maintaining a relationship with the City of Cranbrook, up keep and improvements, along with rentals; tasks that this year’s recipient always plays a part in. But theatre isn’t his only passion. A few years ago, he created the Beannick concert series. Concert goers paid in advance the three singer-songwriter series. They didn’t know the artists or even the dates in advance and were not allowed to whine if they didn’t like it. The end result… 21 sold-out shows.
The 2014 winner of the Eric Hamber Award is Terry Miller of the Cranbrook Community Theatre Society. Terry has taken time out of the rehearsal schedule of his upcoming production, Halo, by Canadian Playwright Josh MacDonald, to be here tonight.
—Glen Miller, Theatre BC President, Awards Ceremony Speech
2015 – Not Awarded
2014—Terry Miller (KOZ)
2013—Debby Helf (OKZ)
2012—Ann Booth (NSZ)
2011—Sarah McLean (OKZ)
2010—William R. Elliott (posthumously)
2007—Stephen Heal (posthumously)
2003—Dori & Paddy McGarrigle
1995—Donna and Fred Lamb
1993—Major Llewellyn “Bill” Bullock-Webster (posthumously)
1989—Theatre Kelowna Society
1987—Nanaimo Theatre Group
1985—Anne and Don Marsh
1982—Ruth Cunningham & Bernie Legge
1981—Terrace Little Theatre
1979—Mien Van Heek
1975—Paddy Malcolm English
1974—Keith and Edith Shadforth
1973—Gwen Pharis Ringwood
1971—Capt. C. F. Gibson and W.A.D.
1969—Vernon Little Theatre
1967—Jack Richardson, Vancouver Sun
1964—Jessie L. Richardson and Ann Mossman
1962—Anne Adamson And Don Rush
1961—Phoebe Smith and Dorothy Somerset
1960—White Rock Little Theatre
1957—Vancouver Little Theatre
1955—Peace River Playwrights