In Memoriam

James ‘Jim’ Brown

Jim was certainly a character – unique, eccentric, delightful and entirely unforgettable. Live theatre was important throughout his life – he taught, performed, stage-managed, and directed countless plays, and made many friends and no small impact at the Powerhouse Theatre along the way. His teaching career varied widely, including high school drama, a vice-principalship and kindergarten. Jim died September 7, 2020.


Russell Cunliffe

Peter and Brenda Jemmeson

Peter and Brenda were both very active at Powerhouse during the 70’s and the 80’s. They both had positions on the Board, Brenda as President and Peter as Treasurer.  Peter could always be found swinging a hammer at work parties and Brenda, a gifted actress, with a great gift for comedy appeared in many Powerhouse productions. Some years later they moved to the island where they became involved with Echo Players in Qualicum Beach. When they eventually retired, they moved back to Vernon and always attended all the productions at the Powerhouse. Peter died in September, 2019 and Brenda in September, 2020.


David Jones

Since joining Powerhouse in 1971 David has enjoyed about 30 acting & directing roles, and supervised 2 theatre expansions/renovations.   He won the ’96 Eric Hamber trophy for service to theatre in B.C. David, was a life member of Powerhouse and he devoted the last 44 years of his life to making this building a better place.  He gave us his wisdom, his humour and  experience, and he left us with policies to guide us when we get lost. Because of his love and dedication to the Powerhouse, his energy and spirit will live on. David died in a fall from his sailboat, another of his passions, on May 21 2015


Dennis Learey

After giving a lifetime of service and dedication to amateur theatre, Dennis Learey was awarded a Life Membership in the Powerhouse Theatre.

Dennis died in Vancouver in May 2015.


Peter Loster


John Sherwood

Emigrated to Canada in 1980 with his wife Mary, to retire. He and Mary joined Powerhouse Theatre soon after their arrival. While Mary helped out sewing costumes, working on set decor, house and box office when Powerhouse sold its own own tickets,  John helped with set construction and with the re-modelling of the upper dressing room. He was Treasurer of TAC for 19 years. John died on April 3rd, 2010.

George Siver

A founding member of the Powerhouse, A WWII Veteran and was one of the last of eight founding members of the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon. George loved the theatre, and build many sets and had humorous stories to tell about the time he played the Bartender in “Love Rides the Rails”. He was an excellent dancer, and frequently tore up the dance floor at Legion dances well into his 80’s. George loved a good story and had many tales to tell which, like a fine wine, improved with the telling. He was last seen dancing on the Powerhouse stage at the 50th Anniversary in 2013. George died on September 9, 2020.


Nancy Siver

Founding member & Life member. Nancy died on April 24th, 2012.


Penny Thorburn

A member since 1974, her acting credits include: You Can’t Take it With You (2007), Black Comedy (1974), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1975), A day in the Death of Joe Egg (1976), Aladdin (1976), Last Wednesday (1978), Blithe Spirit (1978), No Sex Please, We’re British (1981), Babes in the Magic Wood (1983). Penny directed Chinamen (1982) and has many technical credits also. Penny died on Dec 29th, 2009.


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