Work the map

Work the map

We had a deep-dive conversation around the Strategy Road Map during yesterday’s Nexus North COMMUNITY session hosted in the gallery space at Keyano College.  It was very well attended, with a good mix of people who were somewhat familiar with the map and others who were seeing it for the first time. Right now, the
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Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change

One never knows where the seeds of change will take root.  For some of us, those seeds found sustenance and encouragement in the process of putting on a play.  For others, a book, movie or moment may have held the key to changing their life’s direction.  Once in awhile, words written in this blog change
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To the Barricades, Epilogue

To the Barricades, Epilogue

The “To the Barricades” blog series chronicled the making of Les Misérables by Keyano Theatre Company at Keyano College in Fort McMurray. The production ran from February 13 to 23, 2014 and was enjoyed by over 4,000 patrons.  What you will read are the reflections about the impact this experience had on some of the participants.
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To the Barricades, Vol. 35

To the Barricades, Vol. 35

And then there was one. One more performance and this amazing journey will come to an end.  These will be my last words in this blog series chronicling the making of Les Mis at Keyano Theatre.  Tomorrow I turn things over to the cast, crew and artistic team.  Those who are interested in sharing their
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To the Barricades. Vol. 34

To the Barricades. Vol. 34

There are times during the run of a show when your mind skips ahead.  It happened to me tonight, as I got dressed for the Inn Keeper’s song in Les Mis. I had my cravat, vest, apron, and jacket on – all ready, with time on my hands.  But something didn’t feel right.  I couldn’t
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To the Barricades, Vol. 33

To the Barricades, Vol. 33

Chuck and I were getting our make-up on last night when Diana Moser dropped by our dressing room to introduce her two sisters.  They had traveled to Fort McMurray to cheer on their sibling in Keyano Theatre Company’s production of Les Mis.  They didn’t come up from Edmonton, Calgary or any other place in driving
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To the Barricades, Vol. 32

To the Barricades, Vol. 32

With this exception of lighting designer Alan Roberts and music director Susan Lexa, the artistic team of the Keyano Theatre Company production of Les Mis has scattered to places far removed from Fort McMurray.  Costume designer Tiffany Bishop is somewhere in California.  Set designer Jason Bolen is back on his home turf of Manhatten in
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To the Barricades, Vol. 31

To the Barricades, Vol. 31

Ben was visibly eager to return to Keyano Theatre after a two day break from Les Mis. “It’s my chance to escape math, school and other things,” he said. Dylan had a similar look on his face as the clock struck 5:30 pm and we piled into the vehicle to head down Franklin Avenue for
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To the Barricades, Vol. 30

To the Barricades, Vol. 30

During cue-to-cue, Karla passed out long sheets of paper with the name of every single person involved in Les Mis.  Our “warm and fuzzies” task was to write something nice about every other person, and commit it to paper.  Karla, with assistance from Melba, compiled all the submissions, and delivered a piece of parchment, a
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To the Barricades, Vol. 29

To the Barricades, Vol. 29

Dylan had said he wanted to say something to the cast earlier in the afternoon. I wasn’t sure what he wanted to say, nor did I ask.  All I suggested was that he let Steph know before warm up so she could make some room for it in our pre-show routine.  He was able to
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