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Lisa Boisvert

SHAWVILLE – The Pontiac Community Players held their annual general meeting, January 31, at the Pontiac Continuing Education Centre (PCEC).

Lisa Boisvert

SHAWVILLE – The Pontiac Community Players held their annual general meeting, January 31, at the Pontiac Continuing Education Centre (PCEC).
The meeting was led by Greg Graham and was the first meeting since Joan Conrod’s retirement. Much of the discussion involved plans for the future; Conrod, who has retired from leading the group, was considered an extremely efficient, do-it-all organizer. “Why fix a good thing. We have already learned so much that we should be able to soar,” said Lise Lacourse during a discussion about future performances and ways to improve the group’s functioning. 
An election was held with Greg Graham voted as Chair, John Grant as Vice-Chair, Melissa Graham and Connor Stephens as Youth Liaison, and Craig Young as Secretary Treasurer. The group will hold another meeting to develop a
mission statement and vision. Given the importance of the performing arts to the community, Melissa Graham and Connor Stephens suggested placing a call in their school bulletins to encourage students to participate in the group.
Although the Players hope to someday have a permanent location to host productions, offer summer camps, and hold performing arts classes, Debra Stephens, Community Player and Director of the PCEC, announced that the McDowell School gym can be used for practices and meetings when needed. 
The Community Players, comprised of over 60
people, bring musicals, cabarets, murder mysteries, and drama/comedy productions to the community. A small portion of ticket sales are used for production expenses, while the rest of the money is donated back to the community; an
estimated $250,000 has been raised since the group’s inception.