On the closing night of The Wizard of Oz, Mike Butler, one of the founding members of RYT in 1988, was presented with a “silver seat plaque” to be installed at the Sid Williams Theatre. Mike has been a “permanent fixture” in the local theatre community for decades and he has touched the life of many of the Valley’s young thespians. Mike continues to work tirelessly to keep RYT and other theatre groups producing excellent community theatre. Mike truly inspires the slogan “RYT, building character since 1988!”
Rainbow Youth Theatre is proud to offer three bursaries to Rainbow members (past or present) graduating from grade 12 and embarking on post secondary education in the performing arts. To learn more about these bursaries, click here »
BETTY DIXON MEMORIAL BURSARY (Amount: $250)
Betty Dixon and her husband, Harry, were spectators during the first season of Rainbow and soon became enthusiastic supporters. Betty was a member of RYT for many years, serving on the Executive Board, behind the scenes, and on stage. When Betty passed away in December, 2000, Harry and the family requested that annual donations in her memory be made to Rainbow Youth Theatre. This generous bequest has allowed Rainbow to offer a $250 bursary each year to one of its members graduating from high school and continuing on to post secondary education in the performing arts.
The recipient of the 2014 Betty Dixon Memorial Bursary is Meghan Caine (in photo below with RYT Board member, Sue Cambrey). Meghan Caine has been part of the performing arts community in the Comox Valley all her life. Her four main passions have always been dancing, singing, acting, and playing the piano. Meghan has enjoyed immensely her participation in several RYT shows including Grease and Once Upon A Mattress. In the fall of 2014 she will be heading east to Ontario to pursue her passion in the four year Musical Theatre degree program at Sheridan College.
THELMA OLIVER MEMORIAL BURSARY (Amount: $250)
The Thelma Oliver Memorial Bursary was created in 2011 and is made possible thanks to the generous support of Thelma’s family and friends. This generous bequest has allowed Rainbow to offer a $250 bursary each year to one of its members graduating from high school and continuing on to post secondary education in the performing arts. The recipient of the 2014 Thelma Oliver Memorial Bursary is Victoria Stolting (on the right in the photo below with RYT Board member Lillian Ramsden). Victoria has been involved in several RYT shows beginning in 2004 when she performed in The King and I. In September 2014 she will be heading to the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria to pursue her passion in the performing arts. Victoria would “love to thank everyone at RYT for being so supportive and spectacular! Keep living your dreams and making magic onstage and off!”
MIKE BUTLER BURSARY FOR TECHNICAL THEATRE SKILLS (Amount: $500)
Mike Butler is one of the founding members of Rainbow Youth Theatre Society and he the longest serving member on the RYT board of directors. He was the President of RYT for 20 years. Mike is a tireless volunteer who has provided his skills and expertise in the areas of lighting design and technical production for over three decades! The Board of Directors honours Mike’s selfless dedication to RYT’s youth focused organization and the Arts Community with a $500 bursary, announced at the 25th anniversary celebration of RYT in 2013. This bursary is to support students who plan to pursue a career in sound, lighting, set design, props and prop-making, set painting, stage management and directing.
The recipient of the 2014 Mike Butler Award is Leah Hodge (on the left in the photo above with RYT Board member Lillian Ramsden). Leah graduated in 2014 from Highland Secondary and found her love of musical theatre in RTY’s 2012 production of Singin’ in the Rain as it combined her love of tap dancing and music. She has since been involved in five other productions, onstage and behind, set painting, creating props, and helping with scene changes and of course being part of the cast. Leah has danced at Pantuso Dance for the last eleven years and at school was actively involved in clubs such as choir, jazz band, garden club and eco team. She plans on attending North Island College this fall where she has been accepted into the Fine Arts Diploma program.