Theatrepalooza

Yeah. I’m an addict.

Visited the Young Centre twice in the past 24 hours: last night for Soulpepper’s production of The Fantasticks and today for George Brown Theatre School’s second year period study performance.

The Fantasticks – in its current form – is only slightly older than I am. And I’d never seen it before; nor was I familiar with the plot. I only knew two of the songs: Try to Remember and They Were You; the latter I learned while at George Brown Theatre School.

It’s a lovely, sweet and magical show – and director Joseph Ziegler’s cast is  up for it. Soulpepper AD Albert Schultz (the narrator/El Gallo) and Derek   Boyes (Mute) set the stage for the story of love and discovery. Jeff Lillico and Krystin Pellerin are adorable as the young lovers, set up via a false  family feud by their fathers, played by Michael Hanrahan and William Webster. Scene-stealing props to Oliver Dennis and Michael Simpson as the travelling actors. Loads of fun – go see this: see soulpepper.ca

Today, George Brown Theatre School’s second year class had its annual trial by fire – this time, with Restoration plays. Being a grad of the school, as well as an initiate of said trial (my class performed the first period study at the school – Elizabethan and Jacobean in 1988), I was especially interested to see this year’s class as Lady Windermere’s Fan castmate (and fellow Johnny Depp b’day sharing gal) Tennille Read is in the second year class.

I was only able to stay for three-quarters of the performance. Period study is serious business – and has gone from a six-hour show to a full-day affair, complete with morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and a lunch break. Directed by Jeannette Lambermont-Morey and Sarah Dodd (the latter, I believe is a grad as well), this is a class to watch out for. And from adorable maid to sexy and passionate Cleopatra, Tennille was amazing. A thoroughly enjoyable day of theatre. And they only perform this once, otherwise, I’d tell ya to go see this too.

On the upside, the third year class does a full season of shows – and they share the Young Centre with Soulpepper, usually playing in the Tankhouse Theatre space. Check them out sometime too.

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Theatre stuff this weekend

Loving and working in the theatre is very much like being in the mob: you can’t quit.

Found myself talking about, thinking about, working on and otherwise attending the theatre a lot this past Friday night/weekend – from telling a new friend about my play Over the Lips over coffee on Friday night, to going to see friends in a production of Real Estate at the Village Playhouse on Saturday night, to prepping a package to submit Over the Lips to Clean Sheets (in Vancouver) on Sunday. Just. Can’t. Get. Away.

Oh well – there are worse things to be addicted to, I guess.

Check out my recent post on Real Estate on the Alumnae blog: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

Surreality show @ Alumnae Theatre

Hey – In light of the more sobering news of the past week, I decided to hold off on posting about Alumnae’s Stoppard one-act shows (After Magritte and The Real Inspector Hound) opening till this morning.

See the Surreality show post on the Alumnae blog: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

Also check out the opening night review from the Mooney on Theatre website: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2011/01/review-the-real-inspector-hound-after-magritte-alumnae-theatre/

Drama behind the scenes

For those of you in theatre, film or t.v., you’ll know that a lot of the drama happens backstage or off-camera.

The set designer and production team for Alumnae’s two one-act Stoppard shows – not to mention some of us on the painting crew – got a good dose of drama this morning when set designer Marysia Bucholc returned to the set to discover that something had gone horribly wrong with the glaze on the floor.

Basically, it dried very unevenly – and in some cases, left a milky white film all over the place. So she’s in the process of re-doing the floor. Unfortunately, those of us who helped last night (including my friend Lies – and we were there till a bit after 11 p.m.) are unable to help out today – but when I called Marysia (after receiving an emergency phone call from producer Lynne Patterson), she had already re-done the base coat, had folks on the way and would be okay.

So now we may have to go back to do some odds and ends on Wednesday night, as we’ve lost time today on re-painting and re-lining the floor.

Off to help my friend, director Kerri MacDonald, with her New Ideas audition this afternoon – then meeting two friends for I Furiosi’s concert tonight. They’re an amazing, edgy baroque ensemble – check out their website: www.ifuriosi.com

Great weekend all!

Busy times

Hey all. From time to time, I’ll be copying posts from my other blog writing gig: Alumnae Theatre Company’s blog. Check it out sometime: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

Here’s today’s post:

Bloggergal is going to need her Wheaties over the next few days, chickens.

I’ll be meeting up with Magritte/Hound set designer Marysia Bucholc and painting crew to paint the set tomorrow. And, due to scheduling issues – with the build, rehearsals and a film shoot rental – we’ll be doing most of the set painting tomorrow night (just one week before opening!). Never a dull moment, let me tell ya.

Saturday, I’ll be acting as audition reader, along with Dinah Watts, for a New Ideas play: Summer’s End (by Francine Dick, directed by NIF co-founder Kerri MacDonald).

Also, I’ve been in touch with NIF Producers Pat McCarthy and Brenda Darling, as well as Marketing Director Tina McCulloch, about a new idea for NIF rehearsal blog coverage. My plan has yet to be confirmed with a couple of other folks involved, so more on that later.

And, during all of this, I’ve been in contact with Ed Rosing – who is designing set #3 for the season (our final show Guineapigging) – about the possibility of helping him with painting that set.

Who was it who said I need a clone?

Anyway. To be continued. Back with my recent Alumnae adventures on Monday…