Gabriola Players offer assistance to aspiring theatre students

Gabriola Players

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Tuesday, June 30 2015

Gabriola Players is currently accepting applications for the Don Whitton Memorial Bursary.

Don was a member of Gabriola Players from its inception. He was involved in numerous productions before he passed away in 2010, and was also the guiding spirit behind our improvisation workshops.

In his memory, Gabriola Players offers an annual bursary of $500 to a Gabriolan who is registering or has registered to study some aspect of Theatre Arts at a British Columbia university, college or  recognized training centre. 

The focus of study can be acting, directing, stage management or any related technical skill, such as lighting, sound or set design. Applicants must be a minimum of ten years old. There is no upper age limit. The Bursary may or may not be awarded in any given year, depending on whether or not there are applicants who meet the qualifying criteria. 

Thanks to the generous donations of friends and members of the Whitton family the Bursary this year (or until it is awarded) will be doubled to $1000. 

Applications must be received by 1 September 2015. If there is a successful candidate, his or her name will be announced at the Gabriola Players AGM in late September and the bursary will be awarded by Don’s wife, Sue Whitton. 

For information about the supporting documents required and to download an application, go to