Sam Frisk gets extra icing on his cake

News Jun 26, 2013 Ancaster News

“I love what I do at Theatre Ancaster, so to be recognized for doing work that I love with people I like is a bit like extra icing on the cake.  And I love cake."

Those were Sam Frisk’s words after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster at the home of Krys and Al Croxall in Jerseyville.

Frisk received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Suzanne, who were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

“I'm extremely honoured to have been considered, let alone chosen, for the John Nielsen Award,” said Frisk. “There are so many people who do so much so cheerfully for Theatre Ancaster that I really am humbled to join those who have been selected to receive this award in the past."

Al Croxall, one of Theatre Ancaster’s founding directors, said Frisk has been a strong youth leader, instructor and lighting production head since 2007.

“Sam works with children, teens and adults equally well, and treats everyone with respect,” said Croxall.

“...In everything he does, Sam invests himself totally, putting forth his skills, patience and knowledge to assist the team in making our many theatre projects the best they can be.”

The Nielsen Award honours John Nielsen, who was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. He took on numerous major creative building projects, both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of Ancaster Old Town Hall and designed and built the gazebo out front.

John also created a stage and added a variety of items to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

He also found time to build huge sets for Theatre Ancaster, including a moveable circular stage and a pyramid that soared to the lighting bars and held more than 50 people for a production of Joseph.

Krista Cranston, Agnes Niewiadomski and Lynda Switzer were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007, and this past September, she directed and acted in the uproarious comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged. Niewiadomski is a creative artist who heads up props for Theatre Ancaster and acts as administrative assistant to the Stage 2 youth programs and summer camp. Switzer is a volunteer with the box office and meets and greets not just the public with knowledge and enthusiasm, but energizes all those around her.

Bibs Nielsen was impressed by the candidates’ contributions to Theatre Ancaster and the community.

“They are all so deserving. John would be proud of all of them, and pleased that Sam received the Nielsen Award. John admired young people like Sam who give leadership, and pass on their skills to others, and still get things done.”

Sam Frisk gets extra icing on his cake

News Jun 26, 2013 Ancaster News

“I love what I do at Theatre Ancaster, so to be recognized for doing work that I love with people I like is a bit like extra icing on the cake.  And I love cake."

Those were Sam Frisk’s words after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster at the home of Krys and Al Croxall in Jerseyville.

Frisk received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Suzanne, who were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

“I'm extremely honoured to have been considered, let alone chosen, for the John Nielsen Award,” said Frisk. “There are so many people who do so much so cheerfully for Theatre Ancaster that I really am humbled to join those who have been selected to receive this award in the past."

Al Croxall, one of Theatre Ancaster’s founding directors, said Frisk has been a strong youth leader, instructor and lighting production head since 2007.

“Sam works with children, teens and adults equally well, and treats everyone with respect,” said Croxall.

“...In everything he does, Sam invests himself totally, putting forth his skills, patience and knowledge to assist the team in making our many theatre projects the best they can be.”

The Nielsen Award honours John Nielsen, who was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. He took on numerous major creative building projects, both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of Ancaster Old Town Hall and designed and built the gazebo out front.

John also created a stage and added a variety of items to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

He also found time to build huge sets for Theatre Ancaster, including a moveable circular stage and a pyramid that soared to the lighting bars and held more than 50 people for a production of Joseph.

Krista Cranston, Agnes Niewiadomski and Lynda Switzer were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007, and this past September, she directed and acted in the uproarious comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged. Niewiadomski is a creative artist who heads up props for Theatre Ancaster and acts as administrative assistant to the Stage 2 youth programs and summer camp. Switzer is a volunteer with the box office and meets and greets not just the public with knowledge and enthusiasm, but energizes all those around her.

Bibs Nielsen was impressed by the candidates’ contributions to Theatre Ancaster and the community.

“They are all so deserving. John would be proud of all of them, and pleased that Sam received the Nielsen Award. John admired young people like Sam who give leadership, and pass on their skills to others, and still get things done.”

Sam Frisk gets extra icing on his cake

News Jun 26, 2013 Ancaster News

“I love what I do at Theatre Ancaster, so to be recognized for doing work that I love with people I like is a bit like extra icing on the cake.  And I love cake."

Those were Sam Frisk’s words after receiving the John Nielsen Memorial Award at the annual meeting and barbecue of Theatre Ancaster at the home of Krys and Al Croxall in Jerseyville.

Frisk received the plaque and award from Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Suzanne, who were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

“I'm extremely honoured to have been considered, let alone chosen, for the John Nielsen Award,” said Frisk. “There are so many people who do so much so cheerfully for Theatre Ancaster that I really am humbled to join those who have been selected to receive this award in the past."

Al Croxall, one of Theatre Ancaster’s founding directors, said Frisk has been a strong youth leader, instructor and lighting production head since 2007.

“Sam works with children, teens and adults equally well, and treats everyone with respect,” said Croxall.

“...In everything he does, Sam invests himself totally, putting forth his skills, patience and knowledge to assist the team in making our many theatre projects the best they can be.”

The Nielsen Award honours John Nielsen, who was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. He took on numerous major creative building projects, both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of Ancaster Old Town Hall and designed and built the gazebo out front.

John also created a stage and added a variety of items to the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre and headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

He also found time to build huge sets for Theatre Ancaster, including a moveable circular stage and a pyramid that soared to the lighting bars and held more than 50 people for a production of Joseph.

Krista Cranston, Agnes Niewiadomski and Lynda Switzer were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees. Cranston heads the summer camp program and Stage 2 program for pre-teens. She has directed the Junior Broadway productions since 2007, and this past September, she directed and acted in the uproarious comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged. Niewiadomski is a creative artist who heads up props for Theatre Ancaster and acts as administrative assistant to the Stage 2 youth programs and summer camp. Switzer is a volunteer with the box office and meets and greets not just the public with knowledge and enthusiasm, but energizes all those around her.

Bibs Nielsen was impressed by the candidates’ contributions to Theatre Ancaster and the community.

“They are all so deserving. John would be proud of all of them, and pleased that Sam received the Nielsen Award. John admired young people like Sam who give leadership, and pass on their skills to others, and still get things done.”