Some to the cast members of the 8th degree from the Valley of Barrie (Bracebridge Cast).

Coming Soon - Video of the 8th Degree.

(The following article and pictures were provided by Robert D. Brethour, Deputy for Ontario and member of the Barrie Valley)

Eighth Degree Video
Coming soon to a Lodge Room near you - the 8th Degree on Video!!!

An Ad Hoc Committee (Degrees in the 21st Century) created by Supreme Council has been hard at work for the past couple of years to provide a video of one of our Scottish Rite dramas for use in Valleys who may not have the ability to confer all degrees.

The committee, composed of  Allard Loopstra, Terry McLean, Bob Brethour and Milan Cobanov, eventually selected the 8th Degree as our first venture - and the cast from the Valley of Barrie was chosen for the video.  The cast from Muskoka made the trip to the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Hamilton on September 15th for a full day of filming.  It was quite a unique experience.

When completed, the video will feature words of welcome from SGC Robert Whitmore; an introduction of the degree by Valley of Hamilton member Rory Jones; and the drama itself - with the exception of the Obligation and Secrets.  Producer and Director of the video, Milan Cobanov, had a huge amount of material to edit - but we are getting very close to completion!  It is hoped that early in the new year the video will be available for distribution.

Supreme Council is very excited about the potential of this initiative, and it is hoped that many Valleys will take advantage of the opportunity to utilize the video for the benefit of their membership. 

As you can see from the pictures  of the costumes and backdrops, it is a very colourful degree!  The Barrie Valley can be very proud of the efforts of their 8th Degree Team under the leadership of Degree Directors Ken Veitch, Steve McIntyre, and Henry Castella.  Well done, guys!!!