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Where did the summer go?  As many of you know, I’m a retired Elementary School Teacher. Late August and early September were always filled with back-to-school preparations and nervous anticipation.  In my role as Executive Director of Gaslight Community Theatre Productions, the routine is very similar. There are so many things to do, people to rally, phone calls to make, emails to send… and the time flies by quickly.  Sometimes my head is literally spinning.

We have certainly faced our challenges over the past few years.  When I took on this role in 2019 – Covid arrived, and our 2020 Tour was regrettably (but responsibly) cancelled. 

In 2021, we performed Cemetery Stories outdoors at the First Presbyterian Cemetery.  We literally ran this tour on a ZERO budget. We had no money! Our ticket sales always support our tours and without ticket sales from 2020, we found ourselves in a tough spot. Monthly operational costs (insurance, storage, website, etc.) had drained our bank account, leaving us with negligible funds.

Here we are in 2022 - and we are feeling somewhat better, financially. We are continuing our efforts to gather donors and sponsors. Susan Brindisi and Andja Martynuik have taken over the role of Sponsorship Development.  This is a role that was formerly held by Monica Wilson. If you are willing to be a sponsor, please reach out to:

Andja Martynuik --

Susan Brindisi --

There is also Sponsorship information on our website: 

SPONSORS - Gaslight Community (

This year we are facing some new challenges. We have had several changes to our Production Team this year.  You will notice many new faces bringing fresh energy and creative ideas to GCTP. We pride ourselves on being a “learning ground” for anyone who wants to get involved.  We are all learning together, and we bumble through and have a lot of fun along the way.  Janet Wilkinson (who is also a Page to Stage Producer and our Grant Writer) will be coming onboard as a Production Assistant. Cathy Baginski (who has been a long-time Gaslight participant as a Guide, actor, and stage manager) will also be coming onboard as a Production Assistant.  I am lucky to have these gals onboard!  Many hands make light work.


Our auditions for Unsolved Mysteries will take place at the Simcoe Street Theatre – located at 65 Simcoe Street in Collingwood.

Sept. 8th – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sept. 10th – 10:00am to 2:00pm

No experience necessary.  No need to prepare.  Our auditions are always relaxed and informal.

Contact to book your time slot!


*** Not interested in acting but would like to get involved as crew --costumes, hair and make-up, stage managing, etc. --?  We need you too!


Our tickets sell out quickly every year so put this date on your calendar!

Our tickets will go on sale on Thursday, September 15th at 10am. 

The 2022 Gaslight Tour will be performed from October 27th - October 30th.

You can purchase tickets through the Theatre Collingwood Box Office.  Tickets will be available online at, over the phone by calling 705-445-2200, and in-person at the Theatre Collingwood Box Office, located at 150 St. Paul Street, Suite 201.


Are you wondering what our four plays are about?  Here are some clues for you.  

The Sorcerer by Janet Wilkinson 
1879 - a fierce winter - a doomed steamer ship - an unsettling dream - a conflict

Firebug by Dawn Hanley
1908 - Fairgrounds Park - rival businessmen - star-crossed lovers - fire!

Collingwood's Bomberettes by Melissa Shaw
1943 - Clyde Aircraft - a beauty pageant - coveralls - Miss Snoot

Glory by Eleanor Burke
1903 - a thirteen-year-old girl, railway tracks, a bullet, a handkerchief containing 35 cents. 

In my next newsletter, I will tell you about our venues for the Fall tour and tell you about some other new folks who have joined the Gaslight Team.


Laurie May
Executive Producer
Gaslight Community Theatre Productions


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