Wice honoured with prestigious Nielsen Award

News Jun 29, 2012 Ancaster News

“I’m overwhelmed, I’m really quite speechless,” said Brent Wice after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster.

Loud applause greeted Wice when his name was announced as the recipient by Theatre Ancaster’s president, Gord Conroy.

Wice received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen, and her daughter, Suzanne.

“It’s a great honour to receive the Nielsen Award,” said Wice. “Though I never had a chance to work with Mr. Nielsen, I know some of what he did for Theatre Ancaster and the community.”

Bob Penny, himself a Nielsen Award recipient in 2008, highlighted Wice’s contributions to the crowd of supporters.

“Brent has been with Theatre Ancaster for a number of years now and is a valuable member of the sound and lighting technical teams,” he said. “However, he helps out everywhere. You need something done, call Brent. He’s always willing to pitch in and help others when they need help even when he is in the middle of his own responsibilities. He is motivated to do whatever it takes to make the stage set up go well from blocking the set pieces to volunteering to do minor modifications or adjustments to props.”

Most recently, Wice was technical coordinator for The Music of Michael, and oversaw sound, lighting and visual effects that were professional in every way. In addition to his contributions on the main stage, he has helped with youth productions, and Old Firehall presentations.

The John Nielsen Award was established to honour John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on many projects both for Theatre Ancaster and his community. In addition to his set building work with Theatre Ancaster, Nielsen restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall, built the town’s gazebo, did much work at the Senior Centre in Alberton and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

“The Nielsen Award salutes a member of Theatre Ancaster’s production team who is a leader, like John was, who works hard, and by example, encourages and motivates others,” said Conroy.

Krista Cranston, Sam Frisk and Colin Lapsley were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees for their leadership with Theatre Ancaster. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007. Frisk heads up the lighting for almost all main stage and youth productions and runs the Art Smart co-op program and Stage 3 teen program for Theatre Ancaster. Lapsley has played a key role both on stage and behind the scenes since Theatre Ancaster’s inception. He has been music director for many shows, played in the band, designed and run the sound system and even designed a set.

Wice honoured with prestigious Nielsen Award

News Jun 29, 2012 Ancaster News

“I’m overwhelmed, I’m really quite speechless,” said Brent Wice after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster.

Loud applause greeted Wice when his name was announced as the recipient by Theatre Ancaster’s president, Gord Conroy.

Wice received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen, and her daughter, Suzanne.

“It’s a great honour to receive the Nielsen Award,” said Wice. “Though I never had a chance to work with Mr. Nielsen, I know some of what he did for Theatre Ancaster and the community.”

Bob Penny, himself a Nielsen Award recipient in 2008, highlighted Wice’s contributions to the crowd of supporters.

“Brent has been with Theatre Ancaster for a number of years now and is a valuable member of the sound and lighting technical teams,” he said. “However, he helps out everywhere. You need something done, call Brent. He’s always willing to pitch in and help others when they need help even when he is in the middle of his own responsibilities. He is motivated to do whatever it takes to make the stage set up go well from blocking the set pieces to volunteering to do minor modifications or adjustments to props.”

Most recently, Wice was technical coordinator for The Music of Michael, and oversaw sound, lighting and visual effects that were professional in every way. In addition to his contributions on the main stage, he has helped with youth productions, and Old Firehall presentations.

The John Nielsen Award was established to honour John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on many projects both for Theatre Ancaster and his community. In addition to his set building work with Theatre Ancaster, Nielsen restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall, built the town’s gazebo, did much work at the Senior Centre in Alberton and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

“The Nielsen Award salutes a member of Theatre Ancaster’s production team who is a leader, like John was, who works hard, and by example, encourages and motivates others,” said Conroy.

Krista Cranston, Sam Frisk and Colin Lapsley were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees for their leadership with Theatre Ancaster. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007. Frisk heads up the lighting for almost all main stage and youth productions and runs the Art Smart co-op program and Stage 3 teen program for Theatre Ancaster. Lapsley has played a key role both on stage and behind the scenes since Theatre Ancaster’s inception. He has been music director for many shows, played in the band, designed and run the sound system and even designed a set.

Wice honoured with prestigious Nielsen Award

News Jun 29, 2012 Ancaster News

“I’m overwhelmed, I’m really quite speechless,” said Brent Wice after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster.

Loud applause greeted Wice when his name was announced as the recipient by Theatre Ancaster’s president, Gord Conroy.

Wice received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen, and her daughter, Suzanne.

“It’s a great honour to receive the Nielsen Award,” said Wice. “Though I never had a chance to work with Mr. Nielsen, I know some of what he did for Theatre Ancaster and the community.”

Bob Penny, himself a Nielsen Award recipient in 2008, highlighted Wice’s contributions to the crowd of supporters.

“Brent has been with Theatre Ancaster for a number of years now and is a valuable member of the sound and lighting technical teams,” he said. “However, he helps out everywhere. You need something done, call Brent. He’s always willing to pitch in and help others when they need help even when he is in the middle of his own responsibilities. He is motivated to do whatever it takes to make the stage set up go well from blocking the set pieces to volunteering to do minor modifications or adjustments to props.”

Most recently, Wice was technical coordinator for The Music of Michael, and oversaw sound, lighting and visual effects that were professional in every way. In addition to his contributions on the main stage, he has helped with youth productions, and Old Firehall presentations.

The John Nielsen Award was established to honour John Nielsen, Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on many projects both for Theatre Ancaster and his community. In addition to his set building work with Theatre Ancaster, Nielsen restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall, built the town’s gazebo, did much work at the Senior Centre in Alberton and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

“The Nielsen Award salutes a member of Theatre Ancaster’s production team who is a leader, like John was, who works hard, and by example, encourages and motivates others,” said Conroy.

Krista Cranston, Sam Frisk and Colin Lapsley were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees for their leadership with Theatre Ancaster. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007. Frisk heads up the lighting for almost all main stage and youth productions and runs the Art Smart co-op program and Stage 3 teen program for Theatre Ancaster. Lapsley has played a key role both on stage and behind the scenes since Theatre Ancaster’s inception. He has been music director for many shows, played in the band, designed and run the sound system and even designed a set.