Happy feet & hopeful hearts in Alumnae Theatre’s delightful, poignant Stepping Out

Alumnae Theatre Company’s got its dancing shoes on as it mounts its retrospective production for the 2015-16 season: Richard Harris’s Stepping Out (originally produced by Alumnae in 1989), which opened on the main stage to a packed house last night. Directed by Executive Producer Brenda Darling, assisted by Liz Best, and choreographed by Alyssa MartinContinue reading “Happy feet & hopeful hearts in Alumnae Theatre’s delightful, poignant Stepping Out”

Powerful, moving & beautifully raw storytelling in I Am Marguerite

In 1542, banished from a French ship by a heartless, domineering brother, Marguerite de Roberval is set afloat on a skiff towards a remote island off the north coast of Newfoundland. With her are her faithful nurse and her lover Eugene. Left with scant provisions and in fear of never seeing home or loved onesContinue reading “Powerful, moving & beautifully raw storytelling in I Am Marguerite”

A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations

So, first, a confession: I’d never read or seen Sharon Pollack’s Blood Relations. Not until last night, that is, at Alumnae Theatre Company’s opening night, directed by Barbara Larose, assisted by Ellen Green. We are in the Borden home in Fall River, Massachusetts, 10 years after Lizzie Borden’s acquittal of the brutal double murder ofContinue reading “A darkly funny & eerie look into the mind of Lizzie Borden in Blood Relations”

Climbing out with humour & rage – Alumnae Theatre’s Rabbit Hole

Alumnae Theatre Company closes its 2013-14 season with David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, directed by Paul Hardy. Set in the Larchmont, New York home of Becca and Howie, who recently lost their four-year-old son Danny in an accident, Rabbit Hole takes the audience down into a place of deep loss as we watch this couple liveContinue reading “Climbing out with humour & rage – Alumnae Theatre’s Rabbit Hole”

A world on a stage – scenic work on The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre

Hey all – As promised, here’s the slideshow extravaganza of the work for my recent scenic artist gig on Alumnae Theatre’s production of The Lady’s Not For Burning (designed by Ed Rosing). Shouts to: Building crew: Master carpenter Mike Peck, with additional construction by Cody Boyd, Paul Cotton, Gord Peck, Ed Rosing and Mike Vitorovitch.Continue reading “A world on a stage – scenic work on The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre”

Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre

“Life, forbye, is the way We fatten for the Michaelmas of our own particular Gallows. What a wonderful thing is metaphor!” – Thomas Mendip in The Lady’s Not For Burning (from director’s program notes) Alumnae Theatre Company’s production of The Lady’s Not For Burning, directed by Jane Carnwath, brings the wit, wonder and wisdom ofContinue reading “Wit, wonder & wisdom in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ Alumnae Theatre”

Magic & mayhem in a small town – Alumnae Theatre’s The Killdeer

A rural kitchen with lavender walls, wallpapered below the chair railing on one side and paneled with different cuts of wood on the other. An open doorway reveals a pantry, shelves full of mason jars of colourful preserves. Up centre, a tree sprouts, covered in all manner of porcelain knick-knacks – a tea pot, glassContinue reading “Magic & mayhem in a small town – Alumnae Theatre’s The Killdeer”