Skit ‘n Skof group members, from second left, Anita Arsenault, Jenny MacDougall, Reta Poirier Kathleen Poirier and Angela Arsenault accept the John Hunter-Duvar Award for contributions to the arts in West Prince from West Prince Arts Council president Glennis Wallace.
COLEMAN -- A group of family members and friends now in its 20th year of raising funds for special causes with their unique blend of music and comedy is the 2014 recipient of the West Prince Arts Council’s John Hunter-Duvar Award.
Skit ‘N Skof accepted the award, which recognizes valuable contributions to the arts in the West Prince area during the Arts Council’s recent annual meeting.
First introduced in 1982, the Hunter-Duvar award is named after Island poet John Hunter-Duvar (1830-99) who called his estate “Hernewood” which is now the site of the Mill River resort and golf course.
Skit ‘n Skof, which usually numbers around 25, has raised approximately $100,000 since starting out in 1995 with dinner theatre productions. Since then the group has dropped the meal but continued to perform theatre-filling skits, usually shaped around the antics of Henry and Josephine and several other recurring characters. In fact, some of the cast members are called by their stage names when faithful fans meet them in the grocery story.
Very much a part of all Skit ‘n Skof productions is well-known West Prince band, Shiloh. They handle the music for all of the productions.