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With sadness we announce the passing of Francess Halpenny on Dec 25, 2017 at the age of 98. An influential member of Alumnae Theatre for over 70 years, Ms. Halpenny cut the ribbon this past fall at Alumnae's Gala, declaring the 100th season open. President Brenda Darling said of this incredible woman: "In 1941, Alumnae Theatre presented Sunday Costs Five Pesos and a recent grad of University of Toronto was in the cast – Ms. Francess Halpenny. She and others kept the theatre going through the war. Francess has been a member since 1941. Francess Halpenny appeared as the leading lady in dozens of our productions. When she wasn’t acting, she was directing. She wrote many adaptations of literary works for the stage. You are legendary around here, Francess Halpenny. Thank you, Francess, for giving us over 77 years of your creativity, leadership and ongoing support. Would you please honour us by cutting this symbolic ribbon to take us into our second century?" A most distinguished and accomplished individual, her obituary may be read here

Allyson Landy performs in The Crucible by Arthur Miller at Hart House Theatre, onstage Jan 19 through Feb 3. Purchase your tickets @ Hart House.

Karen Scobie performs in Or Not to Be, which originally premiered at Alum's 2017 NIF. Written by long-standing Alumnae performer Andrew Batten, this play asks: what is the role of a lifetime? How do we love, help, enjoy and hang on to one another knowing that one day we will have to say goodbye? Onstage Jan 11-28 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Tickets available @: (416) 845-9411 or Snapd Tix

Joan Burrows' play Gloria's Guy will open at the Guelph Little Theatre on Fri. Jan. 26 and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in February. Wow - congrats Joan!