Pay at the pump

Pay at the pump

Admittedly, my stress level starts to climb as my gas gauge nears empty, especially in the wintertime.  My father has trained me well to always try and keep it topped up.  But, it’s been a busy week, flying from work to home to the theatre.  My first spare moment to get a fill was yesterday
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVII

One of the most exciting things about this production of A Christmas Carol is the number of new faces who have joined the acting company.  Some have moved to our community from communities across Canada and the US, but one has made an even longer journey.  Hanna Fridhed, playing Belle, came to us all the
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXVI

“Places,” said Jack Bartlett, one of the assistant stage managers at about 7:55 pm on opening night. Each of us had been anticipating the call in our own way, some laughing and joking around in the dressing room hallway, others were touching up make-up or putting on the final layer of their costume.  I like
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXV

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXV

Michelle Cormier has returned to the welcoming embrace of the crucible of Keyano Theatre, playing Mrs. Cratchit in our production of A Christmas Carol.  Her connection to this sacred space goes back a long time, as a child growing up in Fort McMurray, and as a young adult learning the craft of acting in the
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIV

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIV

We found ourselves in a situation near the top of Act Two where the lighting was a little out of synch.  Jenny Price, playing the Ghost of Christmas Present, calmly found a pool of light upstage and we carried on with the scene.  What a pro!  She is always fully present in a scene, and
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXIII

Though she is incredibly young, Janelle Leask still feels like one of the veterans of Keyano Theatre Company (KTC).  She plays Mary in the production of A Christmas Carol that previews in just a couple of hours and opens tomorrow.  I couldn’t imagine my recent history with the company without Janelle.  She’s a lovely lady
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXII

“And the actor award for the evening goes to…..Neil Scott,” declared director Jacqueline Russell as we dived into the post-rehearsal notes.  She had spied him playing his intentions all the way into the wings, always a good idea, as you never know who’s watching. Neil always give 110%, on stage and off.  He has been
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XXI

You would think that after doing the show a number of times over the last week that I’d have a sense of how long it runs, yes?  No.  While I knew that the first act seemed shorter than the second, that was about all I knew for certain.  Being on the stage the whole time
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XX

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XX

“Allow yourself to be surprised,” said director Jacqueline Russell before our technical run through on Sunday evening.  “Make new discoveries.” One of the joys of live theatre, for me, is that sense of adventure and curiosity that happens each time we rehearse or perform.  While I fully expect to be surprised and make new discoveries
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIX

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIX

“This doesn’t seem like quite as busy a schedule as other shows you’ve done,” observed Heather upon our return from a very long weekend of technical rehearsals for A Christmas Carol.  While I know she is right – rehearsals for musical productions are much longer and seemingly more onerous – my body is not feeling
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