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GCTC and CCLA raise $10,000 for PLEO with the 18th Annual Lawyer Play Fundraiser
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OTTAWA May 27, 2017 – With the final performance having just ended and the receipts still being tallied, the curtain goes down on an outstanding 18th Annual GCTC/CCLA Lawyer Play. With a cast of 25, big name cameos, dedicated sponsors, and one of the Bard’s most well known plays, Macbeth was destined for success.
The Scottish Play proved to be a perfect fit for cast and audiences alike. Lawyers, judges, paralegals, and articling students played to packed houses each night and even two performances that sold out weeks before the curtain went up. Weird sister and co-chair of the Lawyer Play committee Tara Berish thinks that this year’s play was a standout. “The Lawyer Play Committee was delighted to be able to participate in bringing such an imaginative and powerful production of Macbeth to our audiences. We are so proud of the work that the cast and crew do every year, and are honoured by the continued support of the Ottawa legal community.”
Getting in on the fun were some big names from the Ottawa community that appeared on stage in small cameo roles. Politicians such as Yasir Naqvi and Catherine McKenna, and legal community pillars like D. Lynne Watt (Past President of the CCLA) and Regional Sr. Justice McNamara made a big splash on during the run. A sold out crowd turned up on May 26 to see Ottawa Senators legend Daniel Alfredsson and former president of the Ottawa Senators Cyril Leeder, just one day removed from game 7 of the team’s exhilarating Eastern Conference Championship run.
Through ticket sales and sponsorship, Macbeth raised $10,000 for the charity partner Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario. “PLEO is so grateful for this financial support,” says PLEO Executive Director Phyllis Grant-Park. “All of the money raised through the Lawyer Play will be invested in direct services for families in the community. It increases our capacity to serve more families through our Telephone Helpline and our Parent Support Groups.”
In addition to PLEO, during each gala performance in-kind donations were also collected for the Ottawa Food Bank, Twice Upon a Time, and Dress for Success.
GCTC celebrates its 43rd season in 2017–18. Its mission is to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging companies and artists through residencies and in-kind support.
As a not-for-profit association, the CCLA is Ottawa and Eastern Ontario’s leading association for the professional legal community and the second largest law association in the Province. Their mission is to promote justice and advance the interests of their members. To achieve this objective, among other things, they provide quality, affordable continuing professional development programs, guidance and leadership in the challenges facing the profession, and access to quality legal research and library services.
Photos from Macbeth can be downloaded at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6mihjradphqdnym/AADUOthkshuoVWiAkclp_KvJa?dl=0
All photos taken by Andrew Alexander.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Great Canadian Theatre Company
613-236-5192 ext. 229