The Pathway of Fame ceremony was held on Saturday (Sept. 14) at Showplace Performance Centre.
• Michael Cullen (Visual Arts): Michael Cullen is a professional photographer who has been a tireless supporter of Trent University and other community groups. His company, Trent Photographics,1985-2012, specialized in high resolution photography so central to the world of fine arts and archives. He catalogued the extensive Ken Thomson art collection. His commercial product photography clients included Quaker Oats, General Electric, Siemens Milltronics and Flying Colours. He was photographer and editor of the Trent University Annual for 1984, and for books on canoeing, rowing and the Painters 11 group of artists. His “Chair” series, featuring Trent professors sitting in an iconic Ron Thom chair, was featured in Peterborough’s Russell Gallery, where he did several shows. His support and expertise have been valued by several charitable causes.
• Paul Crough (Dramatic Arts): Paul Crough, in the words of his nominator, “has sung and danced and acted on virtually every stage in the area.” He is a teacher at St. Peter’s Secondary School who has written, choreographed and directed his students to some remarkable performances. He toured with Up With People. Locally he founded the Ennismore Homestead Theatre, and has written and directed their shows, designed the choreography and played the leading roles. He was outstanding in the 2013 Peterborough Theatre Guild production of The Sound of Music. He played the lead role as Captain Von Trapp and was a joint choreographer for this outstanding musical. He has had a major role in some 40 shows. In 2011, he played the lead in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With the St. James Players in 2005, he was a tour de force with Slainte! the remarkable story of Irish emigration to this area, for which he was a co-writer and shared in the lead role. Paul Crough is an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of theatre in all its local manifestations, and has sung and danced his way before countless audiences.
Inductees this year: former Peterborough mayor Paul Ayotte, entertainers Alan Black, Barry Haggarty and Terry Finn, artist Peer Christenson, Barnardo Home Children historian Ivy Sucee, photographer Michael Cullen, David W. Fisher and Harry Pott in the Samaritan category, Paul Crough in Dramatic Arts and the late Stompin Tom Connors, as an honorary inductee.
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013.