Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVIII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVIII

Cue-to-cue, or the land of start, stop, repeat.  This slow, methodical, march through the play integrates most of the technical elements, which, to this point, have been the stuff of imagination.  The director (Jacqueline), stage manager (Steph), and designers (Roger and Byron) have been collectively composing this synchronous symphony for months. For some, it was
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVII

It has been so much fun getting to know Constance Scarlett, first in the context of being the Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and second as one of the funny little twins in Keyano Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas Carol.  With a keen sense of humour and a great intuitive sense of
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XVI

My naming convention for the Christmas Carol Chronicles, stretches my brain to revisit Roman numerals.  I’m doing it in honour of the period, when numbering things off in this way might have been more common.  I think connecting with the time frame of the story in as many ways as possible is a good thing.
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XV

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XV

The man behind the aesthetic of Keyano Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas Carol is set and costume designer Roger Schultz.  He recently moved to Ottawa after a number of years teaching and designing at the University of Lethbridge.  We reminisced about his long history with Keyano Theatre after last night’s work through of Act
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIV

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIV

In one fell swoop of an evening, we’ve gone from imagining a graceful, yet foreboding, curved staircase to using it.  The cast of A Christmas Carol has transitioned from the comforting embrace of the rehearsal hall, complete with the layout of the set taped on the floor, to the magnificent expanse of the main stage,
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XIII

The following is an interview with Mark Armstrong, a morning show radio personality on CRUZ-FM playing the role of Fred in Keyano Theatre Company’s production of A Christmas Carol. What inspired you to get involved? I love the Christmas Carol story. It has always been one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I have seen numerous
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The recharging dilemma

The recharging dilemma

T “Among the four of us, how many devices did we need to plug-in?” I asked over breakfast as we were getting ready to leave Lloydminster to return home to Fort McMurray following our whirlwind trip to Kamsack for Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary.  It morphed into quite the discussion as we attempted to
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XII

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XII

I’m as light as a father, as happy as an angel, as merry as a school boy, as giddy as a drunken man. That line from A Christmas Carol describes how I felt climbing the mountain of the second act last night, especially when Mrs. Dilber arrived on Christmas morning.  I was delirious, almost dizzy.
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XI

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part XI

A whole bunch of things are going to happen in the next week as set and costume designer Roger Schultz rolls into town.  Set pieces that we have seen in rehearsal, will change colour and texture, moving closer to their final performance state.  Costume fittings will begin to happen and we’ll soon move from the
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Freeing Alan Black

Freeing Alan Black

A Mindcamp colleague has been sitting in an Al Wathba prison cell in the desert of the United Arab Emirates for almost three weeks. Dr. Robert Alan Black, 70, took a photograph in a restricted area of Abu Dhabi and was caught doing so.  He was in the nation’s capital attending a creative thinking conference,
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