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To start our meeting, Mark Zammit surprised us with the beautiful sound of the mandolin as he played the national anthem. Thank you Mark!


Introducing the Speaker: Lezlie Murch.

Andorlie Hillstrom is the artistic director of Yellow Door Theatre Project, a registered arts charity organization, that provides musical theatre skill training and performance opportunities for youth in the Niagara Region. Andorlie is a theatre professional, who has worked in Professional Regional theatre companies across Canada as well as being the founder of other arts charities and businesses, she has directed over 60 plays and musicals, teaches private voice as well as working regularly as an adjudicator for several music festivals. Andorlie has over twenty-five years of experience teaching and sharing her passion for the arts with children and teens and has students studying and working in Universities, Colleges and theatre companies throughout the world.   


The Yellow Door Theatre Project Mission:

“As a Niagara-grown theatre project, our passion is to create an experience for life through theatre and production, providing life perspective and a genuine commitment to growing and developing the children and youth of Niagara.”


Andorlie Hillstrom arrived in Niagara on the Lake in 2014. Although her husband was ready to retire, she wasn’t.  She decided to continue to work in what was her passion. She came from a business in Western Canada and was looking for a niche market in this area: Musical Theatre for youth. 


She quickly put together an organization, registering it as a non for profit business. With a strong performance element, you can find plays at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. They provide performance opportunity in a professional environment, often bringing professionals from other parts, like Toronto. 


They pride themselves on doing musical theatre written by Canadians and often being the first time these musicals are performed. They also apply for and receive grants to have Canadian writers to create their own plays. 


The Yellow Door Theatre offers year round musical and theatrical programs, summer camps, rehearsal venue rental, event performances throughout the cities, such as candlelight walks and parades. Andorlie tells us that they  hope to start performing in local festivals. 


This project depends heavily on funding, grants and donations, in order to provide the high performance level of theatre. Although their program is relatively new, they are starting to see students moving into their next stage. They are successfully attaining scholarship and acceptance at Universities and Colleges in North American where they will enter one of the many different artistic fields. That alone makes Andorlie very proud. Her commitment is to the students, and how dramatic arts increase mental, emotional, and social development in youth. 

It was a very musical meeting! Aside from Mark, Sebastian Moccio performed a song from the musical Hamilton and Sydney Cornett perform a beautiful song as well. 


Time for questions!


Lezlie -  What are the future plans of the students?

Sydney - Grade 12: She is applying for the classical voice stream to do Opera but also wants to do musical theatre and will most likely attend Sheridan College. 

Sebastian - Grade 10:  He would like to continue with musical theatre in Sheridan College. 

Lenore - She knows Sydney's parents parents and have followed her career. She tells Sydney how spectacular her voice is.  

Sebastian’s Dad - He wanted to say a few words: His family appreciates what Andorlie does. “What a phenomenal experience, you can tell  everyone loves her. She brings excellent people to work with the students and has been able to see the growth of their son and even Sydney, year after year.” 


Thanking the Speaker: Sam Walters

After couple of tries with the microphone, Sam was able to thank the speaker. If you were not aware, Sam was also in musical theatre in high school, so the performances took him back (many years) to when he attended Denis Morris High School. He says he remembers the feeling when performing. 

Sam said: "With these young students, our future is in good hands!" And in recognition of your presentation today, a donation will be directed to our club's Endowment Fund through the Niagara Community Foundation.  This will ensure that our club can continue to provide much-needed financial support for the important services and programs of a wide variety of local community organizations for many years to come.



Joel - Participated in the  online zoom conference for the District in regards to fundraising online. It was very interesting and could be the new way to do things. 

Rotaract students where going to try a party online with three different DJs so you can have a dance in your own house.

Joel is offering his services - At the beginning we were confused as to what services but it was settled he meant, groceries and medicine pick up and even changing some fire alarms and so on. Feel free to call him!

Lezlie - Thank you for all those who participated on the community care plus initiative. Over $2500 raised and delivered.  

Terry - Thanks Lezlie for organizing and for matching contributions. 

Art Wing - If you know when Alex Elliott took an exchange trip to India. Please contact Art Wing.

Bob DeWolf -  Firemen where doing a restaurant pick up for nurses and other workers at the hospital. "It was neat to see." He also encouraged everyone to go to the City's website and complete the survey re Rodman Hall.

Anniversaries: April 12 - Bob DeWolf, 8 Years. Sponsored by Alexis DeWolfe.

Birthdays: April 17 - Oksana Fisher and Joel Harmon.


Terry: Thanked everyone for participating on the meeting.

Next week - John Crossinham will talk about how to buy wine at the LCBO without bugging the "Product Consultant"

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