After regime change last summer, and a moderately active winter concert season, Theatre Lac Brome is ramping up with a busy summer schedule.
“I can’t name names yet because there are contracts still to sign,” said new Assistant Director Olivia Enns, while corralling her two-year-old at home in Sutton recently.
“But the program will be split evenly between English and French language productions.” We are planning some plays, lots of musicals, and live shows. We have the
Knowlton Film Festival returning in August, and the literary festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A children’s pantomime is planned for December and a puppet show is in the works.”
The “we” in that last statement applies to Dominic Boulianne, who ascended to the position of theatre Director General after a 28-year reign by Nicolas Pynes ended abruptly last year. Enns is speaking for Boulianne, both as head of communication and marketing at the theatre, and because he was still winding up a previous contract in Montreal playing piano for classical singer Marie-Josée Lord.
He will, presumably, be accompanying Lord when she opens the coming season with a gala performance, June 8. The full summer program will be unveiled at a press conference in the theatre’s stunning new wing in April.
Speaking of that wing, Enns said they have hopes to open up the space for more communal activities. “We’d like to open up the bar, and have a cabaret on the first Thursday of every month with an open mic format.” The idea is to maximize use of the building. Boulianne will be back on a full-time basis to oversee those operations.
Enns herself was hired last November with a background in journalism and marketing and was almost immediately named Assistant to the Director. As such she is responsible for raising the theatre’s profile, listening to comments and complaints from the larger community and “keeping my ear to the ground”. She will be doing a lot of that in the hectic months to come.