Heather CURTIS

CURTIS (Jennifer) Heather Jennifer Curtis (nee Boyle) of Southampton, England passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Lee Manor, Owen Sound, Ontario in her 87th year. Wife of the late Peter James Curtis. She is survived by one son Craig Curtis of Red Deer, Alberta and his wife Christine, brother Derek Boyle and his wife Eileen of Cape Town, South Africa, one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law, both of Brighton, England. Loved grandmother of Brent, Rebekah and James. Jennifer spent 65 years in theatre under the stage name of Jennifer Craig. Beginning as a modern dancer in the style of Martha Graham, she later became a choreographer, director and costume designer. In her early career, she choreographed dance productions and directed musicals, and also operated her own dance school. However, it was in her later career that she evolved successfully on the international stage as a costume-maker and designer for both theatre and ballet. In particular, she worked at the Chichester Festival Theatre in England, the Houston Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Salt Lake City Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, as well as contracts in Italy and Denmark. Jennifer was the Head of Wardrobe at the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB) in Cape Town, South Africa where she designed many productions, including the world premiere of Athol Fugard's "Boesman and Lena." In Canada, she was Head of Wardrobe and resident designer at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton for many years and also designed for the Alberta Ballet – including costumes for the 1988 Winter Olympics' production of "The Snow Queen." Jennifer was one of the top makers of tutus for many of the world's leading ballerinas. Cremation has taken place. At Jennifer's request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound through Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services, Owen Sound 1-877-991-9995.

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