Can Langham Court rise from the ashes?
Langham Court Theatre has run smoothly for the past 20 years that I have been involved, producing six plays per season, each with the involvement of 30 to 50 people, almost all loyal and enthusiastic volunteers.
The theatre instituted a code of conduct many years ago and recently made amendments to the code that reasonably reflected current concerns.
This new code apparently wasn’t sufficient for a small group of people who mounted what was essentially a hostile takeover of the Langham board.
Their aggressive stance caused the established members of the board to resign and the new, reduced board, mostly unknown to the membership and with little or no experience with Langham Court Theatre, then summarily fired the remaining paid staff and cancelled the remaining three plays of the season.
Victoria already has a Phoenix Theatre. I fear that Langham will not be able to rise from the ashes of this scorched-earth policy.
Many of the members and past patrons are perplexed and angered by the actions and attitudes of the new reduced board and this will affect their loyalty and support. A lot of the key volunteers are disillusioned and may not return.
There is now no general manager or box office manager, critical positions to keep even a dark theatre functioning. There are bills to be paid but no revenue stream.
Langham was once one of the longest-running and most successful community theatres in Canada. Now I fear its days might be at an end.
Bill Adams, life member
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 11 January 2022 - 04:43 PM.