NO. R-153.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating the Haskell Opera House's resident theater company, QNEK Productions, on the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

(S.C.R.23)

Offered by:  Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County.

Whereas, the Haskell Opera House is a beautifully restored and unique theatrical venue as it literally sits astride the U.S.-Canadian border in Derby Line and Rock Island, Quebec, and

Whereas, on June 7, 1904, when the Haskell Opera House presented its debut performance, a tradition of outstanding theatrical presentations was inaugurated, and

Whereas, in 1993, a new theatrical era was born in Quebec and the Northeast Kingdom with the launching of QNEK Productions, the Haskell’s innovative and energetic resident theater company under the guidance of founder and artistic director Lynn Leimer Flint, and

Whereas, during the last decade, the company has tackled dramatic challenges, including the world premiers of “The Trial of Mrs. Rebecca Peake” and “Love Letters,” and the New England premier of “The Guys,” and

Whereas, as demonstrated by the broad scope of plays the company has presented, from the musical “Guys and Dolls” to Tennessee Williams’ compelling drama “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” QNEK abides by its motto, “we always take the plunge,” and

Whereas, QNEK has performed in many Orleans County venues in addition to the Haskell Opera House, including the Newport City Elementary School, Jay Peak, the Irasburg fairgrounds, and the Montgomery Grange, and has donated its performances to many worthy organizations such as the Newport Women’s Club and the Goodrich Memorial Library, and   

Whereas, this community theater company provides outstanding training opportunities through its Academy for Children in Theater for youngsters ages 9-13, the apprenticeship program for teenagers, a college scholarship program, and a new project affording aspiring directors a chance to improve their skills at an evening of one‑act plays, and

Whereas, a milestone event in the Haskell Opera House’s and the theater company’s history occurred on Friday, April 25, 2003, when QNEK Productions’ tenth anniversary season commenced with a gala production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” a hilarious trilogy of stories, each occurring in a suite at New York City’s famed Plaza Hotel, and

Whereas, Lynn Leimer Flint has assembled an exemplary theatrical crew to guide QNEK Productions, including musical director Anita Morin, choreographer Lisa LaCarrubba, conductor and pianist Mark Violette, technical director Phil Desormeaux, assistant to the director Cordelia Leimer, costume mistress Linda Bussiere, box office manager Patt London, photographer Richard Gosselin, house manager Douglas Flint, and executive producer and publicist Betty Waters, all of whom add a special sparkle to the Haskell Opera House’s aura as an unusual theatrical destination, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates QNEK Productions as the curtain rises on the company’s tenth season, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lynn Leimer Flint, artistic director of QNEK Productions in Newport.