It is with heavy hearts that the Borelians mourn the passing of our dear friend Jan Taylor on the afternoon of January 9th, 2018, peacefully and with her family by her side.

For  years, Jan has been a steadfast supporter of Borelians Community Theatre.

As an active board member, Jan saw the group through many seasons; her feisty spirit and loving nature were reflected in the dramas she urged us to stage, her sense of humour and gentle wit at the surface of every comedy she encouraged us to perform.  Whether it was at breakfast board meetings in her basement or pot-luck AGMs, Jan helped to guide our theatre group through some of its most successful years.

Jan could be seen onstage in the details of many of our shows. As the props-master for over a dozen productions, Jan’s quest to find the perfect set-pieces took her on adventures all across Ontario.  Antique refrigerators, Victorian chaise lounges, decorative statuettes from any era; each set she worked on was a character that lived and breathed because of her attention and respect to detail.  Her tireless efforts to place the perfect prop in the hands of every actor will be cherished by everyone that worked with her.  Jan’s exceptional work on August: Osage County, Having Hope at Home, The Drawer Boy, Wait Until Dark, A Streetcar Named Desire, Drama at Inish, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name a few,  will always be remembered.

In 2015, Jan produced the Norm Foster comedy, Office Hours, which was an audience favourite in recent Borelians seasons, and in 2016, Jan stepped onstage to act for the first time, representing Borelians Community Theatre in their production of All Together Now at Durham Minifest.  Jan also particularly enjoyed taking part in all of our staged readings including War of the Worlds, The Twilight Zone, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Borelians would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Jan’s loving family and her many, many, many friends. A celebration of life will be organized for springtime, the details of which will be posted at a later date.

Thank you, Jan, for the many years of joy, inspiration, and unwavering passion.
We love you and will carry you in our hearts whenever we step on stage.
May your light shine brightly on us from above.

Hometown theatre with heart: cheers to the Borelians’ new season

L – R:  Amy Caughlin as Lotte Schoen.  Alexandra Hines as Lettice Douffet from the Borelians’ October production LETTICE AND LOVAGE. Photo by Kyle Dickie.

The upcoming 2017-2018 season looks promising.  Now in rehearsal for its October opening is Peter Shaffer’s LETTICE AND LOVAGE which the company bills as a hilarious satire centered around a flamboyant countryside tour guide who likes to embellish the facts on her tours.  During one tour she meets her counterpart, a fact obsessed, London based official in desperate need of distraction. The winter production of SISTERS by Wendy Lill, is a devastating, intense and provocative Canadian play which follows a horrific event to occur in a residential school.  There you have it – two engaging plays offering comedy, drama and an opportunity for audiences to laugh, to think, to ponder and to reflect.

Performance dates for LETTICE AND LOVAGE are October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2017 at 8 pm with matinees at 2 pm on October 14 and 21, 2017.  Performance dates for SISTERS are February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 2018 at 8 pm with matinees at 2 pm on February 17 and 24, 2018.


Source: Hometown theatre with heart: cheers to the Borelians’ new season


The Borelians are pleased to announce the full cast and crew for their February 2018 production of “Sisters”.  Thank you to everyone that came out for the auditions, it was fantastic to see so much talent on display!  Congratulations, everyone!
MARY: Carolyn Goff
YOUNG MARY: Justine Dickie
SISTER GABRIEL: Annette Stokes
STEIN: Chris Gaudet
LOUIS: Evan Descary
Produced by: Kyle Brough
Directed by: Helen Coughlin
Stage Manager: Michael Serres
Set Design: Shelley Martin & Bryan Coughlin
Lighting Design: Joanne Norman
Sound Design: Michael Serres
Costume Design: Kim Blanusa

Performance will run from February 15-24, 2018.
Tickets are now available in person or online through the Town Hall 1873 box office or by calling 905-985-8181.