David Wyman, Visual and Creative Arts professor, has created 12 posters for Freedom to Read Week, including this year’s. He has received the Canadian Library Association’s Award for Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in recognition of his work.
Freedom to Read Week (February 24 – March 2) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The project is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee (www.freedomtoread.ca/who-we-are/#.US-0daXEO-I) of the Book and Periodical Council (www.thebpc.ca).
Theatre Sheridan celebrated 40 years in 1920s-style on Friday Feb. 24. Technical Production students transformed the Marquee into a speak easy for the event, and second year Music Theatre students hosted the event dressed in 20s garb, leading guests past rumrunners and police to the Marquee, where a knock and password was required for entry. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and songs from the 20s before being raided by theatre students, who led them into the theatre ‘for questioning’. Here, Music Theatre students performed Chicago for the crowd, and then everyone was ushered back to the Marquee for a special performance by the Come From Away cast.
“It was a great night to showcase our students, celebrate 40 years of the theatre, and thank our patrons,” said Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Rubinoff. Patrons paid $500 per table for the Sheridan Theatre gala, and guests included Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, MPP Kevin Flynn and theatre owner David Mirvish and his wife. Guests were invited to dress up in 1920s style, and many got into the theatrical spirit.
The event came alive through a combined effort of Music Theatre performance students and Technical Production students. Sheridan’s Music Theatre program produces six shows every year, three of which are performed on the main stage, while the other three are done in studio.