A Windsor theatre icon passed away today.
Florence Raisbeck, who ran Theatre Alive with her husband Brian for 28 years, peacefully passed away at 6:13am on November 15, 2018. Known for her love and passion for theatre, Amazing Flo, as she was sometimes called, had many friends and fans – some of which posted beautiful statements on Facebook this afternoon.
“Without her and her loving husband Brian, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I did, the shows I played in, the songs I sang, the lessons I learned and mostly the theatre family I’ve gained and still love to this day,” wrote Tanya Bee in one of those posts, “I wouldn’t be where I am without her and her loving family. Thank You, for the beautiful memories.”
From 1987 to 2013, Florence and Brian produced 39 grand theatrical productions. Theatre Alive had great success over its history, including staging such original musicals as Birth of the City and A Christmas to Remember: Windsor 1959. As the main rival to Windsor Light Music Theatre, Theatre Alive also brought several major Broadway hits to the Windsor stage, many for the first time. Among them were The Who’s Tommy, Big River, Chicago, Les Misérables, and Elton John’s Aida.
She peacefully passed away in the arms of her husband and daughter Sarah Kristin Sclafani.