Michelle Chin and Martin Suichies awarded prestigious Theatre Ancaster honours

WhatsOn Jun 26, 2017 Ancaster News

Michelle Chin and husband Martin Suichies are the first joint winners of Theatre Ancaster’s prestigious award that commemorates the work of the late John Nielsen.

The couple first got involved in Theatre Ancaster when they were looking for musical theatre opportunities for their children, Allison and Katrina.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the organization and their amazing productions,” said Chin.

“We’re extremely humbled to have been considered, let alone chosen. There are so many people who are worthy volunteers; we’re just happy to do our thing.”

Sam Frisk, chair of the Nielsen Award committee, said the couple leads by energy and example.

“Every time you turn around, there they are … always cheerful, always willing to help, always working hard and supporting each other and other volunteers.”

The co-winners have helped build, design and paint numerous sets. As well, both have worked backstage and volunteered for front-of-house, and Firehall and Main Stage productions.

Suichies has also worked as part of the sound and lighting crew.

“They are a team … we just couldn’t separate where the work ethic and caring about the work and the creative energy of one gave way to the other,” said Frisk

The Nielsen Awards announcement, which took place at the annual meeting and barbecue received immediate and spontaneous applause from the 100-plus gathering of youth, teens and adults, all members, friends and supporters of Theatre Ancaster. Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Susanne, were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

 John Nielsen, Bibs’ husband, was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on numerous major creative building projects both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall as well as designing and building the gazebo out front. In addition, Nielsen headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

Frisk said Neilsen was a master craft person who planned his projects carefully and worked hard to complete them superbly and on time.

“(And) that’s exactly what Michelle and Martin do for us,” said Frisk.

Jan Delsey, Frank Shackleton and Zachary Viola were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees.

Delsey is the co-ordinator of the Theatre Ancaster Chorus, Theatre Ancaster’s newest addition to the musical life of the community. Delsey also administers Theatre Ancaster’s website and helps with front-of-house and some costume and prop work.

Shackleton has been a key team member of the set construction team for over a decade while also helping with prop creation and backstage work. Viola has risen through Theatre Ancaster’s youth programs and is now taking on leadership roles in photography and digital recording.

Bibs Nielsen said her husband would be pleased that so many people care so deeply about the work of Theatre Ancaster and giving back to the community he loved.


Michelle Chin and Martin Suichies awarded prestigious Theatre Ancaster honours

John Nielsen Award given out annually

WhatsOn Jun 26, 2017 Ancaster News

Michelle Chin and husband Martin Suichies are the first joint winners of Theatre Ancaster’s prestigious award that commemorates the work of the late John Nielsen.

The couple first got involved in Theatre Ancaster when they were looking for musical theatre opportunities for their children, Allison and Katrina.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the organization and their amazing productions,” said Chin.

“We’re extremely humbled to have been considered, let alone chosen. There are so many people who are worthy volunteers; we’re just happy to do our thing.”

We’re extremely humbled to have been considered, let alone chosen.

Sam Frisk, chair of the Nielsen Award committee, said the couple leads by energy and example.

“Every time you turn around, there they are … always cheerful, always willing to help, always working hard and supporting each other and other volunteers.”

The co-winners have helped build, design and paint numerous sets. As well, both have worked backstage and volunteered for front-of-house, and Firehall and Main Stage productions.

Suichies has also worked as part of the sound and lighting crew.

“They are a team … we just couldn’t separate where the work ethic and caring about the work and the creative energy of one gave way to the other,” said Frisk

The Nielsen Awards announcement, which took place at the annual meeting and barbecue received immediate and spontaneous applause from the 100-plus gathering of youth, teens and adults, all members, friends and supporters of Theatre Ancaster. Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Susanne, were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

 John Nielsen, Bibs’ husband, was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on numerous major creative building projects both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall as well as designing and building the gazebo out front. In addition, Nielsen headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

Frisk said Neilsen was a master craft person who planned his projects carefully and worked hard to complete them superbly and on time.

“(And) that’s exactly what Michelle and Martin do for us,” said Frisk.

Jan Delsey, Frank Shackleton and Zachary Viola were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees.

Delsey is the co-ordinator of the Theatre Ancaster Chorus, Theatre Ancaster’s newest addition to the musical life of the community. Delsey also administers Theatre Ancaster’s website and helps with front-of-house and some costume and prop work.

Shackleton has been a key team member of the set construction team for over a decade while also helping with prop creation and backstage work. Viola has risen through Theatre Ancaster’s youth programs and is now taking on leadership roles in photography and digital recording.

Bibs Nielsen said her husband would be pleased that so many people care so deeply about the work of Theatre Ancaster and giving back to the community he loved.


Michelle Chin and Martin Suichies awarded prestigious Theatre Ancaster honours

John Nielsen Award given out annually

WhatsOn Jun 26, 2017 Ancaster News

Michelle Chin and husband Martin Suichies are the first joint winners of Theatre Ancaster’s prestigious award that commemorates the work of the late John Nielsen.

The couple first got involved in Theatre Ancaster when they were looking for musical theatre opportunities for their children, Allison and Katrina.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the organization and their amazing productions,” said Chin.

“We’re extremely humbled to have been considered, let alone chosen. There are so many people who are worthy volunteers; we’re just happy to do our thing.”

We’re extremely humbled to have been considered, let alone chosen.

Sam Frisk, chair of the Nielsen Award committee, said the couple leads by energy and example.

“Every time you turn around, there they are … always cheerful, always willing to help, always working hard and supporting each other and other volunteers.”

The co-winners have helped build, design and paint numerous sets. As well, both have worked backstage and volunteered for front-of-house, and Firehall and Main Stage productions.

Suichies has also worked as part of the sound and lighting crew.

“They are a team … we just couldn’t separate where the work ethic and caring about the work and the creative energy of one gave way to the other,” said Frisk

The Nielsen Awards announcement, which took place at the annual meeting and barbecue received immediate and spontaneous applause from the 100-plus gathering of youth, teens and adults, all members, friends and supporters of Theatre Ancaster. Bibs Nielsen and her daughter, Susanne, were once again guests of honour at the ceremony.

 John Nielsen, Bibs’ husband, was Theatre Ancaster’s master carpenter for 10 years before his death in 2003. Nielsen took on numerous major creative building projects both for Theatre Ancaster and the community. He restored the interior of The Ancaster Old Town Hall as well as designing and building the gazebo out front. In addition, Nielsen headed the restoration work of The Tisdale House, Ancaster’s oldest heritage building.

Frisk said Neilsen was a master craft person who planned his projects carefully and worked hard to complete them superbly and on time.

“(And) that’s exactly what Michelle and Martin do for us,” said Frisk.

Jan Delsey, Frank Shackleton and Zachary Viola were also recognized as Nielsen Award nominees.

Delsey is the co-ordinator of the Theatre Ancaster Chorus, Theatre Ancaster’s newest addition to the musical life of the community. Delsey also administers Theatre Ancaster’s website and helps with front-of-house and some costume and prop work.

Shackleton has been a key team member of the set construction team for over a decade while also helping with prop creation and backstage work. Viola has risen through Theatre Ancaster’s youth programs and is now taking on leadership roles in photography and digital recording.

Bibs Nielsen said her husband would be pleased that so many people care so deeply about the work of Theatre Ancaster and giving back to the community he loved.