This note came in from Cornelia Kuchmy, who knew Arnold Spohr, Gweneth Lloyd & Betty Farrally.
I live in London, England, and will be 84 next
Birthday and knew Arnold Spohr before he got involved in Ballet. He was a very competent pianist and we used to walk home from piano
classes together. We both studied piano with John Melnyk.
I used to accompany Saturday morning Ballet classes and knew both Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally. They were both an inspiration to all pupils and committed to making a success of the Ballet school.
It is lovely for me to read of the continuing success.
We contacted Ms. Kuchmy and she was able to send us a couple photos. She wrote: 'The first photo is of all of John Melnyk's pupils taken on April 14, 1946 and Arnold is there, in the front, and large as life! We were all in our late teens!'
From L. to R.---on floor--Lorraine Murray & Roy Maley (Winnipeg Tribune journalist) Seated first row Arnold Spohr, Pat Bernard, myself (Cornelia Gayowsky), Mr. John Melnyk, Sheila Munroe & Mrs. Munroe.
Standing L.group; Melita Hensen, Alice Hill, Mr. Munroe and behind them Jack (Alice's boyfriend abd Wally Myer.
R, group; Marvin Johnson, Gilbert Munroe, Mr. Melnyk (senior) Miss Handel and Mrs. Melnyk (mother). Read more »
In the tradition of all great sporting and culture events the RWB is having its own version of 'The White Out'. Join the Wilis and show us your spirit by wearing White on Opening Night of Giselle to celebrate the return of the "ballet blanc”!
On Feb 29th Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Muddy Water Tours present a Haunted Moonlight Rendezvous, a guided ghost tour in support of the upcoming production of Giselle, classic ballet meets the supernatural. Step aboard a chartered bus equipped with slide show and hear gripping tales from beyond the grave of jilted lovers, haunted theatres and restless spirits who still haunt some of Winnipeg's most beautiful historic buildings. We ask the question 'Does love surpass death?' Net proceeds go to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Call to book 956-2792. Limited Seats. Don't delay, book right away.
Date: 7:00 – 9:00 pm February 29th,
Meet: Rotunda of Via Train Station 123 Main Street
Parking: 3 Hours free on Feb 29th at the Wawanesa Insurance Building Parking Lot (next to VJ's Drive In), anytime after 6:30pm. Across the street from the Via Rail Station
Tour Length: 2 hours
Check out the event page on Facebook here!