Armstrong theatre to honour founding member

Asparagus Community Theatre unveils a plaque to the late Wayne Ashton at its closing performance of Robin Hood & His Merry Men Dec. 12.

  • Dec. 9, 2015 1:00 p.m.
Armstrong's Asparagus Community Theatre is unveiling a plaque in honour of its late founding member Wayne Ashton at its closing performance of Robin Hood and His Merry Men

Armstrong's Asparagus Community Theatre is unveiling a plaque in honour of its late founding member Wayne Ashton at its closing performance of Robin Hood and His Merry Men

Asparagus Community Theatre (ACT) is paying respect to one of its founding members, with a plaque unveiling at its closing performance of Robin Hood & His Merry Men.

Wayne Ashton, who died in the spring, directed many shows for the Armstrong theatre over the years, including Guys & Dolls in 1982, which was Asparagus Theatre’s official inaugural production.

In 1987, he directed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the premiere show in Armstrong’s Centennial auditorium, which has since become ACT’s home theatre, thanks to the efforts of members such as Ashton.

“He was a talented actor, singer and painter, an infamous hairdresser, and the catalyst for so many ideas, plays and events and for people, especially young people, to get involved in theatre,” said ACT president Maryke Simmonds.

At the suggestion of community member Jill de la Salle, a plaque was made in Ashton’s memory and was presented at ACT’s club social in July.

Asparagus will unveil the plaque at its closing performance, starting at 7:30 p.m., with a short dedication.

The plaque will hang in the Centennial Theatre lobby.