Journey to Hometown, Part 21

Journey to Hometown, Part 21

As the curtain came down at the end of our first dress rehearsal last night there was jubilation.  Despite the exhaustion that everyone is feeling as we near the finish line, spirits soared and a fulfilling sense of accomplishment descended on the group as we realized that we made it through. The person who is
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Journey to Hometown, Part 20

Journey to Hometown, Part 20

My fellow cast members would be proud of me; I slept in till 6:45 am.  My eyes remain super tired and my lips are raw after spending 11 hours in the dry theatre for the final day of an epic cue-to-cue process for Hometown…The Musical!  I’m happy to report that we made it through the
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Journey to Hometown, Part 19

Journey to Hometown, Part 19

There is a lot to say about Hometown…The Musical!  That is abundantly clear as I begin Part 19 of this behind-the-scenes narrative.  Up to last night, this entire process has been mostly tech-free.  Apart Susan Lexa’s electronic keyboard and a few recorded tunes, our technical exposure had been minimal.  All of that dramatically changed during
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Journey to Hometown, Part 18

Journey to Hometown, Part 18

“Of the four shows I’ve stage managed at Keyano Theatre, this is the first time we’ve made it through the entire thing on this night,” said Steph Link, stage manager for Hometown…The Musical! after last evening’s run through on the main stage without the technical crew.  It was a reason to celebrate as the cast
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Journey to Hometown, Part 17

Journey to Hometown, Part 17

The pause before the storm. Last night was our last opportunity to catch up on laundry, spend some time at home, and recharge our batteries before we jump into tech, followed closely thereafter by production week.  The cast may have sensed that things are about to shift into high gear as we had two additional
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Journey to Hometown, Part 16

Journey to Hometown, Part 16

We almost had a quorum last night at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, as members of the core acting ensemble of Hometown…The Musical! arrived en masse for Generation Dance Studio’s Showcase 10.  It was important to us to show our support to a group of dancers who have been so supportive of
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The power of an open door

The power of an open door

The front door of our office area was pretty much closed all the time as there was this security device that started to beep annoyingly if it was open for longer than 20 seconds.  The only exception to that rule was when it was propped open in one particular position.  Then the device would discern
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Journey to Hometown, Part 15

Journey to Hometown, Part 15

Both Deanna Boostrom (playing my daughter) and I forgot our scripts at home, so we were mining our respective memories trying to make it through last night’s run of Hometown…The Musical! without getting lost.  It’s not our lines that we’re worried about at this point, it is the entrances and exits that still need to
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Journey to Hometown, Part 14

Journey to Hometown, Part 14

“You guys are incredible,” said Bear to a couple of the Generation Dance Studio girls on our lunch break on Sunday.  They smiled from ear to ear. In many ways, this is one of the most unlikely collection of performers you’re likely ever to see.  Sitting with Bear, a former marine turned manager of the
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Journey to Hometown, Part 13

Journey to Hometown, Part 13

It feels like I’ve written more about Hometown…The Musical! than any other subject.  In addition to this blog series, I have written articles, newsletter stories and myriad other things about this adventure. “Don’t you run out of things to write about?” asked one person. The answer is delightfully no.  There are so many layers, story
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