Saskatoon Summer Players in the Community
Thank you to the Community Initiatives Fund for their ongoing support of our organization.
SSP Recognizes the Contributions of Lifetime Members
The Contribution of Ellen Gaunt
Ellen Gaunt (along with her husband Darby) was one of the original ten people who put up $100 in order to finance the first SSP production of Oklahoma in 1964. She was part of the Knox Personae group that decided to stage an annual musical. Although not on stage, Ellen became an invaluable member of the production team by heading up costumes. For the next 35 years, Ellen either was costume head or sewer or resource person, especially if Bob Hinitt was the director. Her last major involvement with SSP was in 2000 when Bob directed his last musical, Hello Dolly. Ellen’s talent for creating a hat, a gown, a look that appeased Bob was what made her so endearing to the rest of the cast and crew.
The Contribution of Pat Heighes
Pat Heighes has been involved with SSP since its inception in 1964. She had a leading role in that Oklahoma, then directed the next, South Pacific. Over the next 40 years, Pat either directed (Man of La Mancha), produced (Hello Dolly) or worked front of house (Showboat). There are very few shows in that time period that Pat was not involved with. Much of that had to do with Bob Hinitt asking her assistance in some way or another whenever he was directing. And there were the seven or so shows that Pat directed herself. She was a director who knew what she wanted and how to get the most out of the people she had to work with. Although never on the board, she was fully aware that SSP was made up of volunteers and knew how to get on their good side and convince them to create a musical they could all be proud of. She was very aware of financial limitations and rarely asked for outlandish things. Although not directly involved with the group as much now as before, she is an avid supporter of all our productions and is always there for moral support.
The Contribution of TY Henderson
Toliver Henderson (better known as TY) became involved with SSP in 1980 with Mame. He claimed to not being able to sing and so was given various speaking roles over the next 20 years. In his second year with SSP, he became involved with the board as a member-at-large and then as treasurer in 1982. His financial know-how kept him on the board for the next 20 years, generally as treasurer but having to revert to member-at-large when he had hit maximum terms as treasurer. It was TY’s knowledge of finances and bookkeeping and his desire to keep everything above board and realistic that SSP experienced many years of financial success. Some shows did come out in the red, however, but it was through TY’s perseverance that SSP never ended up in an emergency financial situation.