Theatre company plaque highlight of career

I was invited to attend The Western Canada Theatre's opening night production of "Joseph." It was a highly entertaining production and I was privileged to watch such a talented young cast of Canadian performers. It was a joyful and an exciting evening.

Later, at the cast party, the theatre's board of trustees, staff and members honoured me by presenting me with a plaque outlining my work in creating the first professional theatre outside of the Lower Mainland. I never wanted to leave Kamloops without leaving a professional company and a theatre (Sagebrush).

In recent years I have been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in the Okanagan for this work and for my contributions to Canadian and international theatre.

I was recently inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame. These are honours I welcomed and deeply appreciated, but no more than receiving this acknowledgement from the Western Canada Theatre.

I quote the ending of the citation: "one of the founding fathers of a truly Canadian theatre, Tom Kerr is hereby recognized as the founding Artistic Director of the Western Canadian Theatre".

I should like to most sincerely recognize that I did what I did with the help of talented students, hard working local people and generous professional friends like Tony award winner Brent Carver and "old Relic," the late Robert Clothier, as well as my first board president, Judge Terry Shupe and the quite wonderful senator Len Marchand. They were all there.

The people who continued and have sustained the theatre to this day have my greatest admiration. The award to me is a highlight of my career.

TOM KERR

Vancouver

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