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There's a few changes coming to Capitol Theatre

By Contributor
May 13th, 2018

There are changes afoot for Nelson’s historic Capitol Theatre. To begin with, the Capitol’s long-time Technical Director, Harvey Dutoff, has retired after 27 years — nearly as long as the theatre has operated since reopening in 1988, explains Executive Director Stephanie Fischer.

“Harvey has been part of the fabric of our theatre. It’s hard to say goodbye, but everyone on the team wishes him well in his future, which he says will involve a lot of gardening,” she says.

Terry Brennan steps into the position of Technical Director after 16 years as Assistant Technical Director. Terry’s familiarity with the theatre’s regular user groups and the Nelson community coupled with his versatile skillset and outstanding knowledge of the technical equipment and stage management makes him the ideal person to step into the TD role, Fischer says.

Olivia Bogaard joins the Capitol as Assistant Technical Director. Olivia started her backstage training in high school and has continued to work in productions with the Capitol Theatre and local production companies, including touring a locally-produced show. Whether it’s stage management, loading in and out sets, supporting the Director or setting lights and sounds, she never hesitates to face any challenge the theatre world throws at her.

“Olivia’s enthusiasm and knowledge of everything technical and theatrical is wonderful, and I am very excited to work with her,” says Brennan.

Staffing changes at the Capitol come at an exciting time for the historic theatre. Thanks to funding from Canadian Heritage, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Province of British Columbia and a generous contribution from the Amy Ferguson Institute, the orchestra pit has been completely renovated and New Horizons for Seniors provided funding to install an Assistive Listening System for the benefit of patrons who experience hearing challenges, expected to be in place for February 2019.

“The changes to technical equipment and theatre improvements we undertook over the last four years allow us to continue to offer opportunities for youth, present exceptional touring performances, be a welcoming space for local productions, and make the theatre-going experience the best it can be for our community,” says Fischer.

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