The theatre has always held a special place in Marjorie’s heart. She and her late husband, Bob, loved making the drive into Toronto to see a variety of legendary performances over the years at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, a national historic landmark and the oldest operating theatre in North America. In fact, she and her husband held subscription tickets to the theatre for over 21 years, and she fondly recalls the memories made and the spectacular shows seen throughout that time. “We always learned something from each performance and were so moved by the music,” she said.
After Bob’s passing, and some recent mobility issues, Marjorie hadn’t been able to make the drive from Vineland to Toronto for quite some time. She wished to attend a theatre performance to bring back some of those happy memories she shared with her husband and to feel inspired by the music once more. “Being in Toronto and walking into the theatre again would mean the world to me,” she said.
On December 21, Marjorie and three of her closest friends from Chartwell Orchards Retirement Residence received the royal treatment as they headed to Toronto in a limousine for a matinee performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Princess of Wales Theatre. “To be at the theatre and see the changes that have taken place over the last few years was remarkable,” she said. “It was a wonderful show, the dancing was breathtaking, and I enjoyed every minute of it!” The group was treated to a delicious dinner post-show at FIGO Italian restaurant and were then escorted back to their residence after an eventful and inspiring day.
Thanks to The Chartwell Foundation, Marjorie was able to reminisce about the wonderful moments she and her husband shared throughout their 65-year marriage. “I’m incredibly thankful to The Chartwell Foundation for helping to make my dream come true,” she said.