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What has become of the St. Clair Theatre Guild?

A message from SCTG President Brian Moss:

Nothing…… and Everything.

The Board of Directors while recovering from the “Fifty Years of Broadway” production celebrating our fifty years of existence, has been hard at work looking to insure the organizations ability to continue for at least another fifty years.

Consequently, we have not put forward any membership or patron drives in 2018 as we regroup and reorganize. All of this will change in preparation for a 2019 SCTG Season. The Board has begun negotiations with a talented group of young adults to prepare a theatre season for 2019.

In the last few years we were forced to abandon non-musical productions as the interest in ‘straight’ plays declined.  More recently, however, we have not been able to do major musicals due to lack of participation (a major musical requires 40-50 on stage). As a result we are going to revert to non-musical, small cast plays requiring a smaller venue than the Performing Arts Center [seating 600+], and the venue search continues.

2018 did see our Annual Fundraiser “Dueling Pianos” benefiting the John and Avis Cobb Fine Arts Scholarship. A 2019 fund raiser planning is already under way scheduled for March 2nd at Columbia Banquet Center. SCTG / Susquatch will again prepare and enter a float for the Saint Clair Lighted Santa Parade.

Please stand by as we prepare as many as four small cast plays for 2019.

Annual Membership Meeting – Sunday, September 16

Annual meeting graphicThe Annual Meeting of the members of the St. Clair Theatre Guild will be on Sunday, September 16, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Guild Building on Goffe St. in St. Clair.

The Board wishes to update attendees as to the Guild’s future plans and request input.

We welcome all past members, friends and potential members.  We will have snacks and beverages on hand and look forward to your attending.

The agenda includes a vote on a proposed bylaw change and elections for the Guild’s Board of Directors. Four current members will run again for two-year terms.

Details of the proposed bylaw change:

Current wording:

Board of Directors

a.     Power, Number and Eligibility – There shall be no more than sixteen and no fewer than eight members of the Board of Directors, which include the officers of the Guild. The exact number of directors shall be determined by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Directors must have been an active member for the Guild for one year or more.

Proposed new wording:

There shall be no more than twelve and no fewer than six members of the Board of Directors,

Proposed removed wording:

Directors must have been an active member for the Guild for one year or more.

Read a related message from Guild President Brian Moss.

SCTG Board of Directors, 2017-18

(The year each director’s term ends is shown in parentheses.)

President: Jo-Anne Wilkie (2018)

Vice President: Brian Moss (2018)

Treasurer: Kim LaDuke (2019)

Secretary: Holly Cross (2018)

Member: Sue Daniels (2018)

Member: Bob Swain (2019)

Member: Melanie Freeman (2019)

Member: Wendy Harder (2019)

Member: Wayne Weber (2019)

Remembering Russ Braden

Long-time Guild member Russ Braden passed away on February 26. Russ was involved in many shows and was a huge supporter of live theatre and the Guild. We remember him fondly, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy and his family. We dim our lights in his memory.

His obituary as printed in the Times Herald, via Legacy.com:

Col. Russ BradenColonel Russell James “Russ” Braden, USMC (Ret), 86, of Fort Gratiot, formerly of Marysville, left this earth to guard the Gates of Heaven with his fellow Marines on Monday, February 26, 2018.

He was born June 6, 1931, in Flint to the late Carl and Louise Braden. He married M. Catherine Doolan on August 22, 1953, in Flint.

Col Braden earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan. He served 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps in active and reserve service, with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in Korea, and he was a longtime member of the 1st Battalion 24th Marines. He retired from Chrysler Corporation as Business Practices Executive. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church and choir, the St. Clair Theatre Guild, Port Huron Civic Theater, the City of Marysville Charter Commission, and American Legion J. Edward Mallorey Post #449.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathy; four children, Col James (Patricia) Braden, USMC (Ret), Lt Col Thomas (Johanna) Braden, USMC (Ret), Brian Braden, and Catherine Braden; seven grandchildren, John Hartig, and Katherine, Samuel, Rachel, Alexander, Benjamin, and Matthew Braden; his brother, Franklin Braden; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Ford.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Colonel Braden will lie in state from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in St. Christopher Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. His sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Great Lakes Caring. To send condolences, visit pollockrandall.com

Dueling Pianos returns March 10th

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The Guild is pleased to present “Dueling Pianos International” on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. This exciting event will take place at the Columbia Banquet and Conference Center, located at 3501 Rattle Run Road, just west of St. Clair.

Proceeds will benefit the John & Avis Cobb Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

Tickets available are available now at the St. Clair Art Center and Sue’s Coffee House in St. Clair and Riviera Restaurant in Marine City. Tickets may also be reserved online and paid for at the door. Tickets are $25.00 per person, or a table of ten can be reserved at only $200.00.

A cash bar will be available. You must be at least 18 years old to attend this event.