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The Playhouse Honours

LynnAddlemanThe Board of Directors of the Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that costume designer Lynn Addleman has been named the 2017 recipient of The Playhouse Honours.

Over the past 40 years, Addleman worked diligently as a leader and supporter of the arts community in Fredericton. Much of this work has been behind the scenes in her volunteer role as a costume designer and coordinator for Fredericton High School drama and musical theatre productions.

During her time with Fredericton High School productions, Addleman crafted costumes for more than 100 students each year.  The care she took to ensure that each student felt special and valued was evident from the work that was put into each costume, always making sure it fit just right, that each student was comfortable and happy in their garments, and that the costumes fit the time period of the show.

Addleman is renowned by those who have the chance to work with her for her ability to inspire confidence in young people, and a great loss was felt after she retired from Fredericton High School productions last year.

Susan Holt, President of the Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors, says she is thrilled to recognize Addleman’s accomplishments. “Lynn has demonstrated excellence in her craft of costume design, while also showing care and compassion for those she serves,” Holt said. “Her ability to support others while working behind the scenes on theatrical productions is impressive. We are proud to name Lynn as the recipient of The Playhouse Honours for 2017.”

Though most well known for her work with Fredericton High School, Addleman has also designed and coordinated costumes for NotaBle Acts, Bard in the Barracks and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Fredericton. For more 15 years Addleman has maintained over 10,000 costume pieces.  She has carefully prepared rentals for public schools and universities in the area as well as Theatre New Brunswick, Notable Acts, Bard in the Barracks, community theatre groups and for individual students attending auditions.

Beyond her work as a costume designer, Addleman has taken on roles as a fundraiser, event coordinator, supporter and volunteer for many other organizations in the city, including acting as the administrator of Music on the Hill, volunteering with the Fredericton Music Festival, and serving as a board member of various organizations, including NotaBle Acts and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Fredericton.

“I was astounded to learn that I was nominated to receive The Playhouse Honours,” Addleman said. “Live theatre, dance and music have been an important part of my life, and I was pleased to find a little niche through costuming in which I could contribute. I am thrilled and honoured to know that my efforts have been noticed and valued by the community.”

Established in 2008, the Playhouse Honours is given annually to an individual selected by the Fredericton Playhouse Board of Directors. Generously presented by Atlantic Mediaworks, the program recognizes an individual’s involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can bring to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees.

Previous recipients of The Playhouse Honours include Ilkay Silk, Brent Staeben, Philip Sexsmith, Walter Learning, Mabel Doak, Bonnie Kilburn, Michael Doherty, Aida & Hrvoje Tisler and Peter Pacey.

The Playhouse Honours is proudly presented by: