The Marysburgh Mummers are an ever changing group of volunteers of all ages. People come and go. Children start young and grow up on the Mt. Tabor stage. When they graduate, they move on to different experiences.
Recognizing younger volunteers
The Mummers Awards started as part of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute’s Awards night in YYYY. Ten years later, “when we took a look at the Mummers who graduated high school, several of them had not attended PECI”, said Bruce Dowdal, Mummer chairperson. “Some lived outside the County. Others chose to take the Theatre program at Centennial and some of our Mummer families have recently left the area all together. Many of these young people contributed a great deal to past Mummer shows. We decided to change our awards criteria to enable us to recognize their achievements.”
The awards are available to graduating Mummers whether they are moving on to post-secondary education or not. It is our way of honouring the work that these kids put into the arts and the Mummers during their high school years. Theatre is all about thinking outside the box, and some of our graduates are moving in different directions, including work and travel.
For the inaugural Mummer Graduation Award, four graduating Mummers were chosen: Brianna Gorsline, Hugh Cameron, Daniel McGill, and Julie Lane. “I am extremely thankful for receiving the graduation award. The Mummers have changed my life in so many different ways. They broke me out of my shell at age seven and taught me so many life and theatre lessons that I know I will never forget. I have met some pretty fantastic people who have also taught me so much. I am truly going to miss the Mummers; they’re my home away from home and I don’t know what I am going to do without them,” says Brianna Gorsline. Julie Lane adds, “I will really miss the atmosphere of the Mummers, and doing community plays in general. Drama has helped me be so much more confident and I really hope that by going off to school I can help others in the same way that drama, and the Mummers, have helped me.”
Congratulations to Jacob, Sara & Isobel … recipients of the 2016 Marysburgh Mummers Graduation Awards! Your commitment to the theatre, the community, and the Mummers will not be forgotten. Best of luck next year!
Watch this site for information on the 2017 Marysburgh Mummers Graduation Award.