Lorraine Allum is a founding member of Powerhouse. She and her husband Bill were in the first production. Lorraine has served on the executive at various levels from secretary to president. She has worked backstage and tromped the boards whenever there was a part. Lorraine and her committee organized the office and archives and continue work in that capacity. She has represented Powerhouse at the zone level, going on to chair the zone and then to Theatre BC’s board as vice-president. Lorraine was presented with the Ozzie Award for service to the zone and the Eric Hamber Trophy for outstanding contribution to theatre in BC. She is especially proud to be an honorary life member of Powerhouse.
Chris joined the Theatre in 1975 and is always remembered as a great comedic actor. Who can forget Mr. Fezziwig?
Not only does Chris act he has designed many sets, some of which have received awards. The magical set he designed for Talley’s Folly won the Best Set Award in 2005 at the Okanagan Zone Drama Festival.
He is often found backstage building sets for most productions.
Chris has served on the Board of Directors for many years.
Penny arrived at Powerhouse in 1975 and brought with her some great organization skills.
She was a member of the Board of Directors and served at President for several years.
She worked as a props person on numerous pantomimes.
She ventured on to the stage a few times, and was brave enough to tackle some difficult roles.
Penny produced many plays taking Play Memory to Halifax then all the way to Monaco!
Later she became involved with theatre at the Zone level and became Chair of the Theatre B.C. O Zone, then Vice President on the TBC Executive.
Dave came to Powerhouse in 1978 and has shared a wealth of knowledge with its members ever since. His dedication and outstanding contribution to the Powerhouse has helped the club move forward both technically and artistically.
Dave’s main interests are designing lights and sets, and can often be found building scenery or up a ladder hanging lights. He has offered workshops in Lighting and Set Design to our members as well as other clubs and individuals in the Okanagan Zone.
Dave also assisted as a consultant during several of the theatre’s expansions.
Jo Jones gave her first performance at the age of three, when she sang at a family wedding and was thrilled by the cheers she received! In 1971, when she and her family emigrated to Canada the UK-born Jo discovered the Powerhouse Theatre. From then on she became Actor, Director, Singer, Workshop Leader, Scenery Painter, Audience Usher, Coffee Pourer – oh yes – and Artistic Director. Her many projects included 1993’s “HMS Pinafore” (directing a cast of 39 singer/actors) and 2003’s 45-minute monologue in the role of Irene in “Talking Heads”. She devoted countless hours to the Powerhouse and “retired” in 2016 after directing her final comedy, “Having Hope at Home.” At the theatre she made lasting friendships, faced profound physical and emotional challenges in acting and directing, surrounded by much laughter, and amazing teamwork. Long may the Powerhouse generate its Magic!
Joan Karstensen began her career with the Powerhouse theatre in 1985 doing Opening Night for the production of “Fools” and has spent the subsequent 25 years on stage, and in many roles off stage, not the least of which has been to serve in a number of positions on the executive. Joan is a tireless contributor to the overall success of our theatre company and is a member who is truly worthy of receiving a life membership
John arrived at the Powerhouse from Saltspring Island shortly before 1994.
He already had an extensive background in life theatre so put it to good use right away and was able to apply his knowledge to the technical side of productions.
He also served on the Board as Treasure for many years.
John is also an experienced actor and appeared on stage many times. One of the most memorable was as Mr. Bardolph in Lettice and Lovage, which went on to Mainstage in Cranbrook. The audience there loved him so much that they applauded him every time he entered the green room for the rest of the week.
Sarah (Scotty) McLean
Sarah joined the theatre in 1964 and has been involved ever since. She worked alongside Doug Huggins where she learned a considerable amount about set design, and was fortunate to spend many years with Paddy Malcolm English learning from her expertise as a director.
Sarah went on to act and direct, winning three best actor awards at Mainstage festivals. A play she directed won best play in Canada and performed at an international Festival in Monaco. A most treasured memory was being presented with the prestigious Eric Hamber Trophy in 2011, and she was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee 60th medal in 2012.
After sixty seasons she is still an active member and hopes and encourages the Powerhouse to thrive for many more years!
Willem came to Powerhouse in 1971 not long after arriving in B.C. He quickly became a valuable member helping to build sets for many of the productions. He soon became interested in the back stage area and started stage managing, which he did for dozens of shows, many that he took to festival, and one that he was part of was performed in Halifax and again in Monaco.
He even ventured on to the stage a couple of times, once as Herr Schwarz in Flea in Her Ear in 1973.
Willem was a Board member for many years and was missed when he left.
Wendy joined the theatre in 1971. She has directed two one act plays and over the years has worked in most areas of the theatre, including the editor of Spotlight the theatre’s newsletter. She was also served on the Board and the Artistic committee, and is still part of the Archive committee today.
She was not on the stage often but proved herself as an actor with a great sense of comedic timing. Wendy is a gifted writer and wrote the very successful Aladdin and His Magic Lamp which played to sold out houses in 1976, and was re-mounted in 1999.
Her ‘History of the Powerhouse Theatre’ is a great read.
Dave first became interested in theatre in Prince George in the early 1970’s. Attending Mainstage in Prince George around 1973 he was blown away with Powerhouse Theatre’s production of Rashomon, so when the family moved to Vernon in 1976 they became seasons ticket holders for Powerhouse and have been ticket holders every year since. In 1984 Dave purchased his first 35mm camera from Leigh Perry at the Bay, who said that Powerhouse needed a club photographer. Dave started taking photos and became a member. His on-going documentation of the Powerhouse on film is recognized as a valuable and impeccable asset to the theatre.
Jackson joined the theatre in 1995 when he first appeared as a very convincing cop in Arsenic and Old Lace. 27 years and 18 productions later …. he is still smitten. Musical theatre, in particular, would become his true passion both as a performer and director. Peter Pan, Joseph, Oliver and Annie are among his credits. “The bottom line is making live theatre a moving experience for our audience! The opportunity to form a team with cast and crew and work towards that shared goal has been both priceless and cherished!”
Susan joined the Powerhouse in 1986 and has been with the company ever since. Over the years she has acted in several productions playing everything from a woman who liked to light fires in Waiting in the Wings to the lovely Sister Gabrielle, a light hearted nun in Sisters.
She is very clever at creating props and does a fine job of set décor, and sewing costumes. She has also Stage Managed a number of shows. Thirty three years later Susan continues to be a very active valued member of Powerhouse!
Randy, affectionally known as ‘Bones’ arrived at the theatre in 1992 and brought with him a wealth of knowledge to our Sound department.
He went on to create sound for A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley, Peter Pan, Cinderella, HMS Pinafore to name a few.
Randy is a very gifted and creative person and during his time here he created a wonderful documentary film ‘A Gem in the Making’ which is a history of the Powerhouse, and is available for purchase.
‘Mo’ joined in 1991 and has been involved at Powerhouse in many areas.
She produced several shows over the years and was involved with creating Costumes, Programs and also Foyer Displays.
She appeared on stage in California Suite, Waiting for the Parade, Over the River and Through the Woods and It’sSnowing on Saltspring.
She was also the Business Manager on the Board for a while, and kept the Props Room in good shape for several years.
Helene has been a member of Powerhouse since 1979, and in that time she has Produced plays, Co-Chaired two Zone Festivals and Co-Chairing our 50th Anniversary celebration.
She served on the Board as Treasurer for 2 years, and also turned her hand to Props, Set Décor, as well as a Sound and Lighting Operator.
She once stepped on stage many years ago in a wonderful production of La Belle Soeur.
Bob arrived in Vernon and came to Powerhouse just in time to be cast as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley in 1992, and again as Scrooge himself in 2018. He also appeared in Snow White Christmas, Annie, Wrong for Each Other and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
Bob’s main interest is sound. He has given workshops to our members, and some have gone on to use their new knowledge for plays themselves. He has created many wonderful sound designs for which he has received three awards at O-Zone and Mainstage festivals. Since 2019 he has been President of Powerhouse.
Monty, the son of well-known Kelowna theatre members, the late Una and Red Hughes, began acting at 5 years old. He taught band and drama in Ashcroft, then Lumby, and in 1995 at Seaton School for 10 years and retired in 2005. He directed twelve shows at Powerhouse beginning in 1999, many of which were entered in Zone festivals and won many awards.
In his lifetime Monty has directed over 60 shows. Monty has been involved with music his whole life and was involved with the Vernon Big Band playing stand up base and conducting for several years.
Val joined the Powerhouse Theatre in 1997, and since then has served as VP Facilities on the Board for most of those years. During that time she also produced fourteen shows and took eight of them on to the Okanagan Zone festivals! Over the past twenty years Val was the one who was instrumental in finding the many dollars used for our various upgrades.
We can be thankful to Val for making sure our heritage building is intact and is still functioning as one of the best community theatres in the province.
Joan joined the Powerhouse in 1980 and has been involved ever since. Over the years she has helped to build sets, designed and sewn costumes, done props and even appeared on stage several times. Joan looks after our Costume Bank and continues to support every production.
Ann has been with Powerhouse for more than 40 years. She has been involved with backstage, in the booth, front of house, sewing costumes, creating props and has appeared on stage in several shows. She’s the one we can count on to say “I’ll do it” almost every time she’s asked.
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