To the Barricades, Vol. 28

To the Barricades, Vol. 28

Go to bed people!  I’m on Facebook at almost 4 am, waiting to drive Claude to the airport so he can catch his flight to Hawaii, and numerous members of the cast and crew haven’t gone to bed yet.  Social media is a pretty good indicator of our nocturnal habits, including that of my eldest
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To the Barricades, Vol. 27

To the Barricades, Vol. 27

“We did it!” screamed Noah Heggie, as he embraced his father, Tim, in the dressing room hallway after the sustained standing ovation at the end of our preview performance tonight.  The emotion in his voice and the joy and love in his father’s eyes was a beautiful thing to see. It was a moment that
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To the Barricades, Vol. 26

To the Barricades, Vol. 26

Geesh! This blog series is turning into a novel.  Twenty-five posts so far with 9 performances to go.  Usually I write these in the early morning.  It typically takes 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the day.  This one I will write as I wind down after our final technical dress rehearsal. It was
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To the Barricades, Vol. 25

To the Barricades, Vol. 25

The final and dirtiest layer of our production of Les Mis has been added. As we began preparing for our first full technical run through last night, a “dirt” station was set up in the hallway that runs parallel to the back wall of the stage.  This is a spot where we use specialty liquid
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To the Barricades, Vol. 24

To the Barricades, Vol. 24

I am sitting on our sofa on our “dark” night, a rare evening off.  It was a tough day as the convergence of all things personal, professional and theatrical made me feel incredibly exhausted and mildly overwhelmed.  I feel better now, with computer on my lap and a small glass of scotch within easy reach.
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To the Barricades, Vol. 23

To the Barricades, Vol. 23

We are at the stage in the process where you’re not going to see pictures of what is happening on stage or off.  Now that we’re dealing with both set and costumes, we have been asked to not share them with the world until the show opens.  I snapped a few yesterday that I wish
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To the Barricades, Vol. 22

To the Barricades, Vol. 22

“Four and a half hours in hot costumes only to finish the first couple of scenes in Act One,” posted one cast member, tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek, on Facebook.  Welcome to cue-to-cue! Hurry up and wait, becomes the flavour of the day as stage manager Steph Link works through technical details with sound, lights, flies, effects, assistant stage
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To the Barricades, Vol. 21

To the Barricades, Vol. 21

Dinah Washington did an amazing jazz standard called “What a Difference a Day Makes”.  The jukebox in my mind starts playing it every time there is a dramatic positive turnabout from one day to the next – “twenty-four little hours”. With a few clear directions and suggestions from director Claude Giroux, and the patience of
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To the Barricades, Vol. 20

To the Barricades, Vol. 20

“No blog post this morning,” said Misty, as she walked into work this today.  “You’re slacking off!” I definitely had a blog post in me when I woke up at my usual time of 6 am, but I opted to go back to sleep for an hour, taking the advice to protect my health in
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SUCCESS, in life, as in all things, is in the planning

SUCCESS, in life, as in all things, is in the planning

I’ve been enlisted to do emcee duties at an upcoming project management conference at Keyano College on March 4th.  This one day event is a unique chance to have this kind of experience right here at home – normally you have to travel to larger centres to attend a conference of this calibre.  It will
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