Sunday evening the Savoy Theatre was filled to capacity for what has turned into an annual event to mark a solemn yet celebratory occasion. In sadness, we honor the memory of a dear friend to all that is culturally important to Cape Breton Island. In gladness, her legacy lives on in the work that continues in her name.
Wendie Muise was one of a kind. When she entered any room, the mood immediately transformed from mediocre to jubilant. She was certainly the most positive and upbeat personality that I have ever met. To watch her rally a troop of performers, stage hands and musicians together in an almost motherly fashion, always with a smile, always with hugs, always with encouragement was how I will always remember Wendie. In my memories of all of our conversations, I am always laughing and I treasure that. She especially thrived on helping young performers take their places on stage and treated every child with the greatest of respect. And so, on the eve of her heartbreaking passing, The Wendie Muise Foundation was formed. Its purpose is to carry on her dreams of helping young people to follow their passion in the Arts.
June 6th marked the fifth annual She’s A Lady fundraising concert. Over the years, more than $30,000 has gone to deserving students in pursuit of education in the Arts. This year a total of $5000 was handed out on stage to three recipients, along with $3000 to the Fine Arts program at Glace Bay High. The Savoy Theatre has designated a dressing room in her name, a fitting tribute for all that she gave to the community, and especially the Savoy through the years. Musicians flock to be part of this show, and we purchase tickets to fill the seats. It is our individual way to gather, and honor a great lady, and keep her vibrant spirit alive. She could never be forgotten, and with the help of her hundreds of friends and the community, her hopes will continue through the talent of young people for years to come.