Amy Brohm, Kate Butler & Michael Clipperton
Come Play With Us: Community Theatre in Haliburton County
Have you ever been curious about community theatre, but just not known how to get involved? Amy Brohm, Kate Butler and Michael Clipperton are excited to share a behind the scenes look at two of our local community theatre groups, Highlands Little Theatre and Rural Rogues Productions. Highlands Little Theatre has been producing a range of shows in the County for over forty years, while Rural Rogues was established in 2016, with a mandate to produce original work rooted in the history, culture and landscape of Haliburton County. Find out what’s involved in performing onstage (from audition to opening night and beyond) as well as all of the amazing roles available behind the scenes – writing, props, costumes, stage management and so much more! The Rural Rogues team will be fresh off their trip to the Eastern Ontario Drama League’s One-Act Festival in Perth where they will be presenting a play written by CFUW member, Sue Vorvis and they’re looking forward to sharing highlights of their festival experience, as well as answering your questions about all things theatre!
Kate Butler is the Director of the Haliburton Highlands Museum, but she re-entered the world of community theatre in 2015 after several years away and she hasn’t looked back! Though she loves being onstage, she has also recently written two short plays based on Haliburton County history and has begun to dabble in (theatrical!) directing.
Amy Brohm has been involved in community theatre in Haliburton for several years. She began working behind the scenes and is known for her amazing and creative costumes, as well as great stage management skills, but more recently, she has taken on performance roles onstage as well.
Michael Clipperton’s varied theatre career has seen him hold roles as director, playwright, actor, singer, designer, producer, teacher, workshop leader, adjudicator, administrator and university lecturer. For 26 years, Michael was a Drama and English teacher for the Simcoe County District School Board. Since 2014, he has been an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia Campus). He moved to Haliburton in 2015 and quickly found himself being drawn into the local theatre scene.