P.S.A.'S · 24th February 2012
terrace little theatre
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Morton. Ken was a long time member of Terrace Little Theatre and the White Rock Players’ Club, having been an actor, director, producer, president and Theatre BC Zone Chair. He had a lifelong passion for theatre.
Prior to his arrival in Canada, Ken was active with various community theatre groups in Austria, Germany and England as an actor/director and club member with responsibilities for organisation including the office of President. While with the British Forces overseas he was responsible for promoting theatre on several Army bases outside of England. He organised workshops and fostered participation in festivals.
After arriving in Canada he and his wife Lorna immediately became members of the Terrace Little Theatre in1969, and remained actively involved with them until 1992.
In his early days in Terrace he was elected as zone chair of the Skeena Zone in what was then B.C.D.A. and now is Theatre BC. He encouraged groups in the area to become members and promoted Zone festivals. He served on the advisory committee which planned the then new R.E.M Lee Theatre in Terrace built by the local school board. As the first event to be held in the new building, it was decided to offer to host the provincial festival of the then B.C.D.A. The offer was accepted and clubs from every Zone had the opportunity to use this state of the art theatre. Ken served on the committee planning the festival and stage managed the event in 1976.
While with Little Theatre in Terrace he directed many plays and won Best Director awards in 1977, 1979 and in 1992 he won Best Director at the Mainstage Festival in Campbell River for his work on "Living Together", a British farce.
Ken was President of the Terrace Little Theatre and was elected as Zone Chairperson several times during his stay in the Terrace area. He also served on the board of the Terrace and District Arts Council, being their president for two years.
To further his own theatrical education he attended credit courses at UBC, taught drama and gave workshops to students and teachers. He encouraged high schools in the Terrace area to participate in Zone festivals.
Since retiring from his job as a teacher he was very active in the White Rock Players’ Club having been their President during the time when the theatre was closed by the City of White Rock for failing to come up to code for public performances. He worked hard for the theatre to raise the money needed to carry out the necessary renovations to the White Rock Playhouse to meet the standards required. At that time the Vancouver Zone was not very active and needed a much needed shot in the arm. Ken again became Zone Chair and helped to further the fortunes of the Zone. He was appointed by the then President of Theatre BC Jim Warne as a member of the board with a special responsibility for the Vancouver Zone and served for one year attending board meetings.
He was awarded the Zone Recognition Award both in the Skeena Zone and later in the Vancouver Zone. He remained a dedicated believer in strong and active Community Theatre as was shown by his keen interest in Theatre BC.
A celebration of Ken Morton’s life will be held at the Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd White Rock, from 2 –4 pm on Saturday March 3rd.