Board of Directors
Grant loves theatre and is passionate about helping continue to build the Church Mice Players success within the community. With over 35 years of leadership and business experience, as well as hands on participation in several theatrical productions, Grant is committed to the development of artistic talent and the growth and stability of this fantastic organization.
“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.”
– Walt Disney
“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”
– Jimmy Stewart
Mitch has been on the stage or behind the scenes of musical theatre for nearly 30 years, performing, directing, coaching, training, stage managing or just generally getting in the way.
After being involved with theatre companies across Western Canada, he has finally settled in Camrose, knowing there is no finer group than Churchmice to be had anywhere.
Don has been involved with Churchmice almost since the beginning. He wasn’t in the first productions, but personally knows people that were. He’s been involved in more shows than he can remember, both on and off the stage. He returned to the board in 2018 after a lengthy hiatus. Some of his favourite memories of Churchmice are from recent productions where he’s been able to participate with his wife Nola and children Emma and Marta.
Peggy has been involved with Churchmice Players for a few years as cast and/or crew member and since 2018, as a board member. She enjoys meeting and working with people of all ages and community theatre provides this opportunity for her. It is exciting to be part of productions as they evolve and Peggy appreciates the effort and the talent within Churchmice Players Society.
Mellisa has been involved in Churchmice productions for 5 years and a board member for several of those years. She was looking for an outlet to channel her creativity and found that theatre allowed her to be someone else and expressive in a positive way. She finds Churchmice is a welcoming, safe place and considers it family . Mellisa enjoys all aspects of theatre, being on stage, behind stage and serving on the board.
Janine was encouraged to join Churchmice about 5 years ago, definitely not in the area of performing. Her comfort level is much higher behind the scenes.
Some of her first contributions were putting up posters for Mary Poppins and helping to paint the stage for Jesus Christ Superstar. Since then she has helped with marketing and become a board member, serving on the fund development and policy committees. Outside of Churchmice Janine is passionate about genealogy and gardening.
Marla is serving her third year on the board. Having been involved with the Churchmice Players since 1994 – with her first experience was playing one of the many nuns in the Sound Of Music. This group had such a positive experience for her that she has been involved with each show since. Either you will find her on stage or helping out anywhere needed- from backstage, costumes, or just giving encouragement to her fellow actors.
Desiree de Kock
An avid lover of theatre since seeing her first musical, CATS, at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium; Desiree always knew she wanted to be involved with the Performing Arts. She received her first actual role in her sixth grade play “Persephone” and the rest, as they say, is history. Desiree received her Education Degree from the University of Alberta with a minor in Drama in 2010, and started teaching in the hamlet of Myrnam, AB. Her first drama class only had three students! In 2014 Desiree was offered a teaching job in Camrose and has since made this amazing community her home. While growing up she often came into the city of Camrose from Hardisty and viewed Churchmice Productions . Desiree only became involved with the organization herself in 2017 when she landed the role of Vera Claythorne in Churchmice’s production of “And Then There Were None”. She has been involved with every production since. Theatre is her own “self-proclaimed” personal addiction, believes non-professional theatre has something for everyone, and encourages anyone with the inclination to join this amazing theatre family.
Theo Thirsk began his adventure into community theatre with Rosalind Ag Society (1991) and was involved with the Kelsey Dinner Theatre (1992-2017). Theo joined the Churchmice Players Society February 28, 1994 setting lights for Sound of Music. Theo has been involved with CMP since doing several tasks but very seldom appearing on stage. He is encouraged the way CMP is growing and new people are getting involved.