Digital Program – Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

The Belfry Theatre presents 2b theatre company in co-production with the National Arts Centre

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan & Christian Barry
Playwright – Hannah Moscovitch
Director – Christian Barry
Songs by Ben Caplan & Christian Barry*


Ben Caplan – The Wanderer, guitar and banjo
Shaina Silver-Baird – Chaya, violin
Eric Da Costa – Chaim, woodwinds
Jacques Arsenault – Keyboard and accordion
Andy Wiseman – Drumset


Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry – Set & Lighting Design
Jordan Palmer, Graham Scott, Christian Barry & Ben Caplan – Sound Design
Carly Beamish – Costume Design
Laura Vingoe-Cram – Assistant Director
Susan Stackhouse – Voice and Speech Coach
Jennifer Swan – Stage Manager
Carolyn Moon – Apprentice Stage Manager
Louisa Adamson – Production Manager
William Fallon – Sound Engineer
Graham Scott – Music Director
Rebecca Desmarais – Tour Producer

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is 80 minutes with no intermission.

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the jointly negotiated Canadian Theatre Agreement.

The Belfry presentation of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is
supported by a generous gift from Dr. Stephen Tax

The Belfry Presentation of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is generously sponsored by



…from the Artistic Director

Welcome back for the final show in our 2022-2023 Season. We presented Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story for one week during our 2019 SPARK Festival, and it was embraced wholeheartedly by all who saw it. But given the one-week run, not enough of you were able to see it. And so, it thrills me to say “Welcome back, Old Stock—!”

And welcome back to Hannah Moscovitch, one of this audience’s—and my—favourite playwrights. Welcome back, as well, to Christian Barry, who so beautifully directed Hannah’s The Children’s Republic on this stage. We have had a long and creatively happy relationship with Christian and his company, 2b theatre in Halifax, producers of numerous SPARK Festival presentations, including What a Young Wife Ought to Know, as well as this remarkable musical play in which you are about to be immersed.

Old Stock would not be Old Stock without the breathtaking talents of Ben Caplan, who co-created this work of art with Hannah and Christian. When I think back to the SPARK run of the show, I see Ben floating above the stage, up around the balcony, larger than life. I can’t believe that he was ever just standing on the stage—! Making their Belfry debuts with this production are Shaina Silver-Baird and Eric Da Costa, as Hannah’s great-grandparents, Chaya and Chaim, and musicians Jacques Arsenault and Andy Wiseman.

I thank you for patronizing—and loving—this very special theatre. Your loyalty makes it possible for us to bring you positive theatrical experiences, while we continue to recover from the challenges of the past three years. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is our thank-you gift to you—!

With gratitude and respect—


…from the Executive Director

As we come to the end of our season, I think of change.

Coming to the Belfry and Victoria last summer, and completing this first season, was a period of personal change. The learning and growth feel quite enormous, and yet never quite enough. I am only just beginning to understand the city, the local arts ecology, and the varying social and political worlds we each occupy.

That last is the biggest change with which I am grappling. The world around us is changing and shifting. It is only in hindsight that the change is easily recognizable. I hear how Victoria has changed from 10 years ago. How the pandemic changed us. How the funding climate has changed. I hear how the conversation around marginalization, racism, and Indigenous rights and sovereignty has changed.

Our art is a constant in our lives, refracting the change in the world around us. All of you reflect our shifting world back at us, inspiring us to keep thinking, keep pushing, and keep changing.

Thank you for all that you bring to the Belfry.


Playwright’s Notes

The text in this project is the story of my paternal family. When there have been gaps in my knowledge of actual events, I have taken artistic liberties. For instance, I do not know the full story of how my great-grandfather Chaim Moscovitch’s family died in Romania. And because I have often been working from incomplete information, I have discovered over the course of this project that I have parts of my family’s history wrong. In two instances, I decided to leave my inaccuracies in the text. I originally thought that Chaya was older than Chaim; I later found out from a census that they were in fact the same age. And I believed that Sam Moscovitch, my grandfather, was the oldest child in the family. He was in fact the second child: his sister Mary (Michal) Moscovitch was the firstborn.

Hannah Moscovitch


Songs were written by Ben Caplan and Christian Barry
except where indicated.

Traveller’s Curse by Geoff Berner
You’ve Arrived
Truth Doesn’t Live in a Book
Od Yishama
by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
The Happy People by Danny Rubenstein
Minimum Intervals
Plough the Shit
What Love Can Heartbreak Allow

Ben Caplan (The Wanderer) in Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story / Photo by Fadi Acra / Louisa Adamson & Christian Barry – Set & Lighting Design | Carly Beamish – Costume Design

Notes on Pogroms

Pogrom is a Russian word meaning to wreak havoc and destroy violently. The word is most commonly used to reference brutal attacks on Jewish people between 1881-1921 in Russia and Eastern Europe. These mob attacks wiped out entire Jewish communities. As the pogroms became more frequent, millions of Jews were forced to leave their homes in search of safety. The Holocaust is often referred to as “The Last Pogrom”.

By WWI, Canada’s Jewish population was over 100,000. While Canada was a new home, many Jewish refugees were met with antisemitism and continued marginalization.

Over the next hundred years, Canada would accept thousands of refugees escaping war and persecution from places such as Hungary, Chile, Uganda, Vietnam, and the former Yugoslavia.

Today, Canada is settling refugees from conflict zones including the Middle East and North Africa. Unfortunately, Islamophobia and xenophobic attitudes are still alive and well in Canada making the transition even more difficult for refugees from these areas.

If you would like to dig deeper, here is a list of resources.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre (VIRCS)
The centre helps immigrants, refugees, and new Canadian citizens, settle and adapt to new lives in Greater Victoria.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
The purpose of ICA is to support the full integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees into the social, economic and civic life of the Capital Region of British Columbia.

United Nations Refugee Agency
The UNHCR coordinates UN refugee responses, including support for host countries providing assistance for refugees.

International Organization for Migration
The IOM is an intergovernmental organization which provides services and support to governments and migrants.

Unicef Canada
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a child-focused humanitarian organization operating in 192 countries.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, operates medical facilities inside countries like Syria and supports more than 100 clinics, health posts and field hospitals in the country.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working around the world to find solutions to poverty and support human rights.

Canadian Red Cross
Part of the international humanitarian organization Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Canadian Red Cross is helping to support the efforts of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Syria.

About the Belfry

The Belfry Theatre is on the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Lək̓ʷəŋən people have been keepers of this land for millennia and we offer our respect and gratitude for our uninvited presence on their territory.

These lands are within the disputed Douglas Treaties territories, treaties that were negotiated verbally, signed to blank pieces of paper by the Indigenous leaders and then had text added by the colonial government. The colonial perspective on the treaty is one of a sale of land, while the Indigenous perspective is a sharing of territory.

The Songhees are members of the Te’mexw Treaty Association seeking a modern treaty with the Crown on their rights, territory and self-government.

The Belfry Theatre is a registered Canadian charity, 11921 5549 RR0001.

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Destination Greater Victoria, and the Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria.

President – Richard Brownsey
Vice President – Alison Watt
Secretary – Mikaila Mauro
Treasurer – Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair

Cathi Charles Wherry
Kini McDonald
Daniela Pinto
Joni Steinman
Andy Stephenson
Stephen Tax
Gillian Wood 

Honorary Board of Directors
Chair Emeritus Patrick Stewart
Sherri Bird
Barbara Greeniaus
Robert Johnston Q.C.
John Keay
Joan Snowden
Dr. Brian Winsby
Michael Ziegler 

Castor Angus – Box Office Clerk
Siobhan Barker – Box Office Clerk & Front of House Supervisor
Kate Barry – Interim Development Manager
Jane Broomfield – Front of House Manager
Claire Cacheux – Box Office Clerk
Matty Cervantes – Manager of Community & Artistic Connections
Danica Charlie – Box Office Clerk
Helena Descoteau – Box Office Supervisor
Mark Dusseault – Director of Marketing& Communications
Linda Findlay – Head of Wardrobe
Mike Ford – Director of Production & Operations
Ian Gibson – Audience Services Manager
Keith Houghton – Head Technician & Systems Administrator
Valerie Houle – Producer
Nora Kidston – Box Office Clerk & Interim Front of House Manager
Carole Klemm – Head Scenic Artist
Jeff Kulak – Graphic Designer
Jeremy MacLeod – Technical Director
Patricia O’Brien – Director of Finance
Samantha Pelkey – Associate Producer & Indigenous Relations Manager
Peter Pokorny – Head of Props & Scenic Carpenter
Dale Pudwell – Master Carpenter
Sophia Radford – Box Office Clerk
Michael Shamata – Artistic Director
Isaac Thomas – Executive Director
Cian Waldron – Box Office Clerk
Deborah Williams – Associate Artist & Flame Facilitator
Golnaz Zad – Development Associate
Celena Cook Custodial – Celena’s Cleaning Co.

B4Play Host – Gregor Craigie
Photographers – David Cooper, Emily Cooper, Jo-Ann Richards, Peter Pokorny, & Don Craig
Belfry 101 Instructor – Dave Morris
Belfry 101 Instructor – Nicole Malcolm
B4 Play Technician – Aidan Dunsmuir
Venue Technician – Alex Sangster
Lighting Crew – Carson Schmidt, Emily Trepanier, & Mackenzie Matthews

Bonnie Light
Rhonda Ganz
Greg Hawes
Randy Wachtin

About the 2b Theatre Company

2b is a Halifax-based, internationally acclaimed theatre company creating works for the regional, national, and international stages. Led by Artistic Director Christian Barry, 2b creates, develops, and produces new work that is distinguished
by innovation in staging, polish in design, and virtuosity in performance. Our work is part of the evolution of contemporary theatre aesthetics. We are also an incubator, central to a thriving national theatre community, that offers a range of creation, performance, and production opportunities for arts professionals from our region and beyond.

Christian Barry – Artistic Director
LaMeia Reddick – Executive Director
Jacob Sampson – Associate Artistic Director
Louisa Adamson – Managing Director & Director of Production
Rebecca Desmarais – Director of Touring
Chelsea Dickie – Administration & Outreach Manager
Francesca Masters – Director of Development & Communications
Olivia Rankin – Assistant to Managing Director
Jackson Fairfax-Perry – RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence

2b would like to thank Andrew Cull, Taryn Kawaja, Kathryn McCormack, Ryan Parker, Vanessa Sabourin, and Jeff Schwager for their participation in the workshopping and development of this project.

Thanks to The Citadel Theatre and the Theatre Arts Residency
program at Banff Centre for their contributions to the development of Old Stock, and to our co-production partners at the National Arts Centre.

Thanks to the Azrieli Foundation for their support of Old Stock’s 2020/21 touring activity. Thanks to 2b’s Supporting Sponsor
Cox & Palmer.

This work premiered in 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the Waiting Room.

2b is represented by touring agent Menno Plukker (Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.)

2b theatre company receives operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the city of Halifax. Thanks to the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage for their support of this show and of arts and culture in Nova Scotia.

2b theatre company is a member of the
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
and engages, under the terms of the Canadian
Theatre Agreement, professional artists who
are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity

What to Expect – Live in-person attendance

Smartphones, Cameras, and Recording Devices
The use of cameras, smartphones or audio/visual recording equipment is prohibited. Please turn off all personal electronic
devices prior to the performance. If you need to be contacted in an emergency, please leave your name and seat number with our House Manager.

Latecomers & Re-admission
The director of each production designates moments in the show when the seating of latecomers will cause the least distraction for actors and audience members. Should you leave the theatre, our House Manager will not be able to reseat you until one of these breaks and may not be able to return you to your original seat, but you can watch the performance on the monitor in our lobby.

Perfume and Cologne
Please refrain from using perfume and cologne when you attend. Some patrons are highly allergic.

Food and Drinks
Any food or drinks that you purchase at the concession are permitted in the theatre.

Lost and Found
Please check with our House Manager if you have lost an item in the theatre.

Script Library
Read the play before or after you see it. We have scripts of the season’s plays available at the Box Office, plus a bookcase filled with Canadian plays, all for reading in the Lobby.

Lobby Touchscreen
The TV monitor in our new lobby is a touchscreen device. By touching the screen, you can delve deeper into each production, learn about the artists who created the show, and much more.

Babes in Arms
The Belfry is proud to produce adult contemporary theatre. Most of our productions are not suitable for young children. Sorry, we do not admit babes in arms.

Live talk shows hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring artists from the upcoming show, along with experts from the community, have been designed to provide insight into each Mainstage production. Each event is held the Saturday prior to Opening, is free to attend and is also live streamed on Facebook, and is available as a podcast on our website.

Listen and download the full interviews from each B4Play, recent stories from The Flame, our storytelling series, and more at

Upstage Magazine
Our magazine provides insight into each Mainstage production, further enriching your experience. Upstage is available in the
Lobby and on our website. Drop us a line at for an advance copy.

On the third Thursday performance during the run of each show, most (usually all) of the actors return to the stage to answer your questions and provide insight into the play you have just experienced. These Q & A sessions last approximately 20 minutes.

Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.

Sunday, May 7 at 2 pm (in-person event with Touch Tour & Social After). More information at the Box Office.

Hearing Assist
For patrons who are hard of hearing, the theatre is equipped with an infrared hearing assist system and neck loop system. We have twelve devices of each of the two systems available through the Box Office.

Cast & Creative Team

Ben Caplan – The Wanderer, Guitars & Banjo

Ben Caplan is a songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Kjipuktuk, NS (Halifax). He released his first studio album in 2011 and has spent the last twelve years recording albums and performing in music venues and theatres around the world. In that time, he has performed in over 350 cities in 28 countries. You can find more of his music, including the soundtrack for Old Stock, available for purchase or streaming at or anywhere you assume you might. He loves a bagel with smoked salmon or a bowl of rice with kimchi and an egg for breakfast.

Shaina Silver-Baird – Chaya, violin

Shaina is thrilled to be playing Chaya and telling the story of Jewish immigrants like her own great-grandparents. Since graduating with a BFA from the Acting Conservatory at York University and the Professional Theatre Program at Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre, Shaina has been working as an actor, singer, songwriter and writer. Favourite acting roles include Charlotte (Charlotte: A TriColour Play with Music – Theaturtle, European Tour); Juliet (Romeo & Juliet – Citadel Theatre); Toba (Chasse Galerie – Soulpepper/ Storefront Theatre, MyTheatre Award Nomination Outstanding Performance/ Dora Award Best Ensemble). She is also the lead singer/songwriter for electro-pop band Ghost Caravan and previously led the folk band Crooked House Road. You can find her music on all streaming platforms as well as on sale in the lobby. Upcoming she will be starring in the new digital series Less Than Kosher (Filmcoop/ HighballTV) for which she also served as creator, showrunner and executive producer which will be released on HighballTV in June 2023. For Josh, Emi, Mom and Dad. Instagram: @shainasb @ghostcaravan

Eric Da Costa – Chaim, clarinet & various

Eric is very excited to be a part of 2b theatre’s Old Stock. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he studied theatre in NYC and LA. He has been a musician for as many years as he has been a performer, so this opportunity is an exciting one. Previous credits include The Master and Margarita (Crow’s Theatre); Annie, Honk!, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: the Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Key Change (Globe Theatre Regina); Hollywood Hits (Stage West Calgary). Huge thanks to the entire Old Stock team and as always, special thanks to family and friends for their constant support. This one is for Grandpa Da Costa.

Jacques Arsenault – Accordion and keys

Jacques Arsenault is an Acadian performer from Prince Edward Island. He is a conservatory-trained accordionist with performance degrees in opera and classical organ and he is delighted to be on board the Old Stock ride. Previous credits include The Marriage of Figaro, Salome (Canadian Opera Company), Louis Riel, The Marriage of Figaro (National Arts Centre), The Phantom of the Opera, La Traviata (Opera on the Avalon), Bandits in the Valley (Tapestry Opera), The Last Romance (Miracle Theatre), The Merry Widow (Edmonton Opera), Figaro’s Wedding, and his gender-bent adaptation of La Voix humaine (Against the Grain Theatre). He has also performed at the Acadian World Congress in Miscouche and at the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon in Montmagny. Much love to Is, Lulu, and other kindred spirits.

Andy Wiseman – Drumset

Andy Wiseman is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist from Halifax, Canada. After spending a year in college studying both Recording Arts and Music Arts respectively in Nova Scotia, he moved to Toronto in 2012 to begin his journey as a session musician, producer, engineer, hired-gun, composer, artist, band leader and everything in between. Andy has collaborated with countless artists on their productions both on and off the stage across North America, Germany, Denmark, and China.

Hannah Moscovitch – Playwright

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, TV writer and librettist whose work has been widely produced in Canada as well as around the world. Hannah has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Trillium Book Award, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, both The Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University. She has been nominated for the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, New York City’s Drama Desk Award, and Canada’s Siminovitch Prize and Governor General’s Award (twice each). Past stage work includes East of Berlin, This is War, Bunny, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, and her confessional work for the stage, Secret Life of a Mother (with Maev Beaty and Ann-Marie Kerr). Hannah has been a Playwright-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre, in Toronto, since 2007.

Christian Barry – Director, co-lighting & set design

Christian Barry is a multi-award-winning director and theatremaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia. His productions have toured prestigious festivals and theatres around the world. Christian was nominated for four individual Drama Desk Awards in 2018, including Best Director, and received a nomination for Best Production. Other select awards: Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, Three Theatre NS Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction (nine nominations), Two for Outstanding New Play, and two for Outstanding Lighting Design. Christian received the Halifax Mayor’s Award for an Emerging Artist, the Urjo Kareda residency at the Tarragon Theatre, and is a winner of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award – the largest arts prize in the province. He was also a finalist for the 2019 Siminovitch Prize for Directing. Directing credits for 2b: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The God that Comes, Homage, Revisited, The Russian Play, The Story of Mr. Wright, East of Berlin, Manners of Dying, and Cherry Docs.

Louisa Adamson – Production Manager, co-lighting & set design

Louisa is a theatre maker and manager, a collaborator in design and production, a builder of systems and spaces, and an instructor and consultant based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. She is Managing Director of 2b theatre company. Artistic collaborations: Home Economics Art Collective, Kinuk Studio/Ursula Johnson, SAGA, Shape/Shift, Accidental Mechanics Group, ReWork Productions. Past work: Kazan Co-op, Spatz Theatre, xosecret, Zuppa Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre and The Atlantic Film Festival. Nominated for 2018 NYC Drama Desk Awards; Set Design, Lighting Design. Recipient of the Scotland Herald Angel Award and “little devil” Award and seven Merritt Awards for Stage Management and Design. Graduate of the Technical Scenography Program at Dalhousie University.

Carly Beamish – Costume Design

Carly Beamish is a Costume Designer and Builder. She completed her B.A. in Costume Studies at Dalhousie University but now lives and works in Toronto. Carly has stitched and dressed shows at Mirvish Theatre (The Book of Mormon, Piaf/Dietrich, Anastasia), designed costumes for the Lifetime movie A Killer In My Home and recently had the pleasure of stitching on Ross Petty’s Little Red Robin Hood, The National Ballet of Canada’s Swan Lake and Stratford’s Chicago. Notable treasured positions from her time in Halifax include Stitcher at Neptune Theatre (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Great Expectations); Dresser and Head of Wardrobe for Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker; Costume Designer/ Builder for local productions (Waiting For Bardot, Playing House, EDNOS). Carly is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team of artists on Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.

Laura Vingoe-Cram – Assistant Director

Laura is the Artistic Director of Ships Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia and co-artistic director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company in Halifax/Kjipuktuk, NS. Her recent directing credits include Mexico City (Matchstick Theatre), Play Building (Ships Company Theatre), Crypthand (Galeforce Theatre), Love and Information (The Fountain School of Performing Arts), The Children (Keep Good (Theatre) Company), Miss N Me (Eastern Front Theatre) Interactions with Art (Halifax Theatre for Young People) Time of Trouble (Opera Nova Scotia) Constellations (Keep Good Theatre Company). In 2018, she completed a year at the Stratford Festival working as an Assistant Director under Nigel Shawn Williams and was a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. In 2015 she graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a master’s in theatre directing.

Jennifer Swan – Stage Manager

Born and raised on Lekwungen territory, also known as Victoria, she is thankful to the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, on whose land she has the immense joy to be living. Jen has been a part of the Belfry since 1999, and it remains one of her favourite places to be. In September, she took a step back from stage management to become the finance officer and stage management mentor at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Huge thanks to the Belfry and 2b theatre for inviting her back to be a part of this show.

Carolyn Moon – Apprentice Stage Manager

Carolyn Moon is a stage manager, technician, and technical designer based on Lekwungen Territory. Carolyn has been working in Victoria Theatre for the past seven years, including serving as the Belfry Theatre’s Venue Technician since January 2022. Select stage management credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth and Cymbeline (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival); The Crossroads: A Prison Cabaret and The Emerald City Project (William Head on Stage); A Wonderheads Christmas Carol (The Wonderheads); and Concussion (Stacey Horton). Carolyn loves being a member of the Belfry Theatre community and is excited to take on a new role with this production.

William Fallon – Sound Engineer

Sound Mixer (selected): Passing Strange, The Wild Party, Once On This Island, Falsettos (Musical Stage). Sound Designer (selected): Boy Falls From The Sky (Mirvish/Past Future Productions); Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special (Imaginary Force); Mary Poppins (YPT); ONCE (The Grand Theatre); You Are Here (Thousand Islands/Musical Stage Co); Into The Woods (Thousand Islands). Associate/Assistant Sound Designer (selected): Guys & Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, and Man of La Mancha (Stratford); Life Reflected (National Arts Centre Orchestra). William is a member of the IATSE Local 58 and Local ADC 659.

Graham Scott – Music Director

Graham is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary music maker. When he really wants to pull out all the stops for breakfast, he deploys his friend Allison’s sourdough pancake recipe! The night before, he prepares by dissolving 1 Tbsp of yeast (or 2 Tbsp of sourdough starter!) in 2 cups of warm water, then adding 1 Tbsp of yogurt and 2 cups whole wheat flour, beating until smooth, then covering loosely to let sit on the counter overnight. In the morning, he stirs together 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp of salt, then mixes this together with last night’s mixture and lets it rest 15 minutes before pouring batter onto a seasoned griddle over medium heat. He flips the pancakes over when the top is no longer shiny, et voila—perfect sourdough pancakes!


The Belfry Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, the Capital Regional District Arts Development Office, and the City of Victoria.



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APM Fund for the Arts†

The Barraclough Foundation

Belfry Theatre Society Endowment Fund†

R. Boyes & G. Wilson Fund †

Cederberg Family Fund †

Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation†

Government of Canada †

The Jawl Foundation

Henley Family Fund†

Humber/Frampton Fund†

Marymax Fund†

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Barbara & Philip Potash Foundation

Elizabeth McPherson Fund for the Arts†

Provincial Employees Community Services Fund

The Lee & Karl Soberlak Foundation

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Victoria Foundation

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†Through the Victoria Foundation

Belfry Legacy Circle

The support of visionary philanthropy ensures that the Belfry will continue to flourish as Greater Victoria’s premier contemporary theatre company.

Gloria & Ian Back +
Lynne Bain
Dr. Perry & Late Annamaria Bamji +
Richard Brownsey & Glynis Leyshon
Jane Francis & Dave Skilling
Barbara Greeniaus & Bill Israel
Bruce & Barbara Housser
Judi James
John & Anne Keay
Robert & Ann Myers
Joan Peggs
Cindy Petrowski & Phil Marsh
Ronald and Juliana Polstein +
Ross Richardson
Judy Stewart
Julie & John Richard Swenson
Plus a further nine anonymous members
+Through the Victoria Foundation

We invite you to join the Belfry Legacy Circle by making a planned gift or bequest. Gift planning is an inspired, meaningful and deeply personal way to secure the future of the Belfry Theatre. The support of visionary philanthropy ensures that the Belfry will continue to flourish as Greater Victoria’s premier contemporary theatre company.

Consult your professional advisors about the many forms through which you can achieve tax advantages of charitable donations and bequests. Please inform us if you have included the Belfry in your estate plans, so we can acknowledge your support during and/or after your lifetime, according to your wishes. Contact: Kate Barry Interim Development Manager, 250-385-6835 ext. 240 or

The Belfry acknowledges the generous recent and past gifts from the estates of:

Violet Armstrong
Helena Balczewska
Roger J. Bishop
Shirley Mae Dawson
Marguerite Kathleen Friesen
David Neil Lee
Maria Luisa Macrae
M. Grace Mersereau
Margaret Seens
Alan Geoffrey White
Garfield (Gary) Delbert Withers  

Annamaria Bamji Memorial Award for Emerging Playwrights created by Dr. Perry Bamji+
In Memory of Eric Adler
In Memory of Violet Armstrong (2)
In Memory of Annamaria Bamji from Lady Jane
In Memory of my sister Beth, from Casey
In Memory of Agnes and Arnold Davies
In Memory of Shelley Deglan
In Memory of my brother Gerry Emery
In Memory of Michael Fallis (2)
In Memory of Antonietta Forte
In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Kõdar
In Memory of Nikki & Bruce MacKenzie from the family
In Memory of Ronald Adam Polstein
In Memory of Jacqueline Price
In Memory of Al Taylor
Judy Treloar in Memoriam
In Memory of Jack & Lisa Valikoski
+Through the Victoria Foundation


Bravo! The following individuals have invested generously in support of the Belfry Theatre.

Director’s Circle: Godsend ($10,000 +) 

John & Suzanne Stewart 

Patrick Stewart 

Dr. Stephen Tax ◊ 

Anonymous (1) 

Lee Adler ◊ 

Dr. Sheila & Paul Elworthy 

Cary & Rob Gillespie 

Jeff McEown & Helen Smith 

Claude & Joan Mury 

Joan Peggs 

Ronald Polstein ◊ 

Dianne Soberlak 

Ross Taylor 

Patricia Valentine ◊ 

Ian & Gloria Back Fund + Susan & Gary Braley Commodore & Janice Drent ◊ Katherine Farris & Kit Pearson J. Goodman Fiona Hunter Mohan & Kathy Jawl Bruce & Nikki MacKenzie Family Phillip Marsh & Cindy Petrowski Elaine Montgomery & Robert Maitland Lee & Karl Soberlak Foundation 

Hon. David and Sandra Anderson 

Dr. Perry & Late Annamaria Bamji + 

Barbara and John Barton Fund + 

Richard Brownsey & Glynis Leyshon 

Stephen Cushing & Debbie Gill 

Brenda Firestone 

Barbara Greeniaus & Bill Israel 

Joe & Linda Harvey 

Bruce & Barbara Housser 

The Honorable Robert Johnston QC 

Ray Jones & Diana Dampsy 

Helen Lansdowne 

Tomiko Ludwig 

Joan McArthur-Blair & Jeanie Cockell 

Kini McDonald 

Anne McLaughlin 

Glenn Mehalek & Joni Steinman 

Robert Milne 

Bill & Maureen Murphy-Dyson 

Robert & Ann Myers 

Beate & Kirk Northcott 

Patricia O’Brien & Michael Gaudet 

Michael Shamata 

Andy Stephenson 

Judy Stewart 

Isaac Thomas 

Al & Judith Title 

Joe van Belleghem & Jane McCannell 

Lesley Watson & Evert Lindquist 

Ross & Jane Woodland 

Michael & Vicki Ziegler 

Anonymous (2) 

Sylvia Bews-Wright + 

Terry & Leslie Farmer 

John & Anne Keay 

Bruce & Gwyneth Elaine Kingham 

Ann Maffey 

Dr. Susan A. McDaniel ** 

Robert Mitchell ◊ 

Karen & Henry Phillips 

Mary Ellen Purkis 

Gordon & Grace Rogers 

Julie & John Richard Swenson 

Marie Vautier ◊  

David Zussman & Sheridan Scott 

Anonymous (2) 

Nancy Bell & Kevan King Karen Blakely & Shahn Torontow Lorna & Peter Bray Nancy Jean Buan Elaine Calder & William J. Bennett Dr Oscar & Malca Casiro  Chris & Mary Chapman Ed & Mary Chwyl Anne Clinckett & Denny Gelinas Darlene E. Clover Arlena Dodd Carol Fedrau-Ens Jane Francis & Dave Skilling Leah Hollins Katrin Horowitz Rob & Shirley Hunter Andrew Karwowski & Sylvie Cote Peter Kruselnicki Mikaila Mauro Mary McAvoy Garth & Doreen McBride Hazel Morris Sally & Eric Murphy Sara Neely Mort Nelson Ivo & Sara Olivotto Gwenyth & Wayne Phillips Pauline Price Brad & Shelagh Rinald David Secord & Amy Adams Sharon Smith Bob & Joan Snowden Susan Stevenson & Bruce McGuigan Anonymous (7) 

Sandra Anderson 

Christine & Michael Bloomfield 

Trevor & Maureen Calkins* 

Jane Clinckett 

Chris & Susan Considine 

B & L Copley 

Lyn Davis 

Ronnie Eastwood 

Pat Firth 

Michele & Eric Fretz 

Rhonda Ganz 

Peter Gibson 

Matt Law & Danelle Hames 

Chris & Catriona Harker 

Rand & Margaret Harrison 

Jennifer Hawthorn 

Peter & Helen Malcolm 

Robert & Lynda Malpass 

Lois McNabb 

Catharine & Anthony Moses 

Jon & Gail Muzio 

Adrienne Radford 

Nicola Ruth Rendell 

Jaci Ross 

Alison Watt 

Rachel Wyatt 

Anonymous (3) 

Marianne Alto 

Pearl Arden 

Gail Austin 

Douglas Baer 

Clayton Baraniuk & Jason Dubois 

Darralyn Mary Bonnor 

Jack Boomer & Stephen Hammond 

Pat Bourke & Barry Gros 

Dawn M. Bradley 

Lorie Bradley & Russ Pym 

Monty & Nancy Bryant 

Sandra & Dr. Walter Burgess 

Kerry Busheikin 

Gail Button 

Erika Carter 

David A. Clark 

George & Diane Copley  

Ron Cox & Bev Suzuki 

Mary E. Darling 

Trudy David 

Allan & Fern Davies 

Oksana Dexter 

Peter & Ruth Diamant 

Rita Estock 

Malcolm Foy 

Adria Fraser 

Bette Gallander 

George Galt 

Leslie Glazier 

Lyndsay Green & Hank Intven 

Alan & Dianne Hanna 

Kathy Horne 

Sara Hradecky 

Horst Huelscher 

Walt & Lynda Hundleby 

Rex Johnson 

Chris Jones & Catherine Wright 

Sydney & Robert Kalef 

Ken Peters & Harvey Koffman* 

Margaret Hamilton Kortes 

Oliver & Helen Lantz* 

Yvonne Lawson 

Lynn / Susan 

Ian & Gladwyn Lochhead 

Dan MacDougall & Karen McDiarmaid 

John A. MacNicol 

Warren Magnusson 

May Mah-Paulson 

Ronald Manzer 

Arabella Martin & Robert Britten 

Margaret Martin 

Pat Martin Bates 

Sandy Mayzel & John Gould 

Brian Neill 

Bill & Coline Neilson 

Ron & Judith Parish 

Marie Peach 

Anne Holtzman & Gordon Philippe 

Terry Phipps 

Ivy Pye 

Allan & Audrey Revich 

Lisa Ricci 

Larry & Pauline Rittenhouse 

Peter & Dianne Salmon 

Jane & Steve Savidant 

Mary Scobie 

The Shaws 

Paul & Susan Siluch 

Sheila Skinnider 

Lorna Jean Smith 

Kathy St. John 

Catherine A. Stephenson 

Dr. Janet & Mr. Don Storch 

Kenneth Wm. Thornicroft 

David & Dorothy Torontow 

Tara Tunstall 

Avril & Robert Tyrrell 

Jean & Matt Valikoski 

Lindy Van Alstine 

Terry Vatrt 

Margaret Walker 

Jim & Marion Welsh 

Donald & Adelina White 

Morley Wilkins 

Bill Williamson 

Barbara L Wilson 

Sheila Wynn 

Anonymous (13) 

Our thanks to the 135 Believers ($75-$149) and 230 Friends (up to $74) 

* Donor moved up a category 

** New donor 

+ Through the Victoria Foundation 

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As of March 17, 2023