Global warming my….

Global warming my….

We are in the middle of a cold snap that compares to any of the worst ones we’ve experienced over my 18 years of living in Fort McMurray.  This morning, the suspended ice crystals in the air are being pushed along by a light east wind, enough to make it feel like minus 46. This
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To the Barricades, Vol. 5

To the Barricades, Vol. 5

I can’t believe we made it through the whole thing.  With the assembled masses, three long rows of chairs in the rehearsal hall filled with excited performers, we sang through the entirety of what the audience will hear when we open Les Mis on February 14th.  It was great to hear the arc of the
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My Community Christmas List

My Community Christmas List

If Santa is a reader of blogs, I hope this one is brought to his attention.  I’ve heard that Toy Builder Elf #217 is an avid fan, so if he could paste a link on Nick’s personal Facebook page that would be great. This is my Community Christmas Wish List for 2014.  It’s certainly not
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To the Barricades, Vol. 4

To the Barricades, Vol. 4

I went to bed last night thinking about the interesting souls that have joined us on this creative road to our February date with destiny: putting on of the greatest musicals of all time in front of a Fort McMurray audience.  It came to my attention that our assistant music director, Dianne Pare, a wonderful
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My Christmas Mojo

My Christmas Mojo

I watched this year’s Westjet Christmas video to start the day.  By the time I realized what they were up to, and as the presents began appearing at luggage carousel number 8, my eyes were glistening.  The brilliance and logistics of pulling off this series of Christmas miracles is undeniable and has resulted in over
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To the Barricades, Vol. 3

To the Barricades, Vol. 3

We had our first full day of rehearsal on Saturday, spending seven hours together in the rehearsal hall.  It was a great day, especially listening to some of the principals belt out their parts. Sheldon Dahl and Tim Heggie have made enormous progress in the first week, playing Inspector Javert and Jean Valjean, respectively.  Together,
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The symmetry of the stamp

The symmetry of the stamp

There is a great conflagration happening in Canada as our national postal service makes changes to ensure its survival in an age when communicating by letter has become increasingly rare. The proliferation of social media, email, text messaging and all things electronic have decimated the business model of Canada Post, an institution that has been
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To the Barricade, Vol. 2

To the Barricade, Vol. 2

Not called for the first song of yesterday’s singing rehearsal, I popped in a little early to watch the large ensemble doing the beggars scene.  It was my first opportunity to hear young Reese Stanley in the role of Gavroche.  She had quite a presence when we first saw her in the summer, and she
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Optimistic Heart

Optimistic Heart

There were two high points, for me, at the inaugural annual general meeting of Arts Council Wood Buffalo.  The first was watching and listening to the short entertainment showcase that preceded the meeting.  I had met pianist Mihir Gothal and musical theatre phenom Krithika Ramdas at a recent fundraising concert in support of the breakfast
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To the Barricades, Vol. 1

To the Barricades, Vol. 1

A group of performers, young and old(er), gathered in the rehearsal hall at Keyano College for the first singing rehearsal for Les Mis, Keyano Theatre Company’s third production in its TELUS 4-Play Drama Series that will open on Valentines Day 2014.  Many faces were familiar, though it will take some time to get a grasp
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