HAIRBALL and LORD OF THE PIES

HAIRBALL and LORD OF THE PIES

I love what’s happening at École McTavish with their upcoming evening of comedy.  First of all, I think it’s super cool that students in the information processing class (I have no idea what you’d learn in an information processing class, but I’m going to assume that graphic design is in there somewhere), designed three different
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I (heart) the Oil Sands

I (heart) the Oil Sands

“Do you work for one of them oil sands companies?” I’ve been asked countless times when I am traveling and people find out that I live in Fort McMurray. “Nope,” I reply.  I have never worked directly for an oil sands producer, at least, not as an employee.  I worked with many of them in
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, EPILOGUE

Christmas Carol Chronicles, EPILOGUE

These are the thoughts and reflections of the cast, crew and artistic team of A Christmas Carol on the experience we shared together in October/November 2014. Colin Humphrey – Scrooge Young Boy This show, my eighth show and second one with Keyano, has been a wonderful experience. I have been exposed to a new group
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXXII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXXII

I’ve written a lot about A Christmas Carol in the last two months, probably over 20,000 words.  I think I tried to count when I did the Journey to Hometown series a couple of years ago, but that’s too much work.  Tomorrow, I throw it over to the cast and crew for the Epilogue –
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXXI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXXI

“Something is going to go wrong every single night,” warned director Jacqueline Russell.  “It always does.” As much as we all try, invariably something goes askew at some point in the show for each of us: a paraphrased line, a costume malfunction, an errant slap on someone’s buttock, or in the case of Wednesday evening’s
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXX

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXX

It is always great when members of the Keyano Theatre Company return to the stage after a period of not performing.  There are several examples in the current production of A Christmas Carol including Alex Hill, playing dual roles as Scrooge the younger, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Originally from the UK, Hill was
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIX

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIX

“There’s Fezziwig. Bless his heart.  Fezziwig’s alive again.” Certainly some of my favourite lines in A Christmas Carol as Stephen Cantwell hits the stage for the first time in his colourful and unforgettable costume.  A fellow that bring a positive attitude to the stage each day, Stephen is a great addition to the company.  And
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVIII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVIII

Jacqueline Russell, Director of the production of A Christmas Carol currently running at Keyano Theatre has gone home to Calgary.  This was her first time coming up here to direct a show, though she had been up here as a young kid.  I sent her a few questions to capture her initial thoughts about this
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In praise of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In praise of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The murmuring in the audience waned within the first minute as the cast of Cheepiyak Theatre Company began weaving the wonderful world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during their final dress rehearsal.  They were mostly junior high and high school students, many having their first close encounter with the Bard. They spent the next two
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Editing NorthWord

Editing NorthWord

I was honoured to have been asked to guest edit the next edition of NorthWord, an instalment that will include literary works that speak, in a variety of ways, to the theme of SURPRISE. It was indeed lovely to sit down at the dining room table – my favourite venue for intentional reading – and
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