Champion of Courage Speech

Champion of Courage Speech

We have one more champion to celebrate before we close out the first annual Mayor and Council Toast of Champions.  And unlike the champions and nominees we have celebrated here this evening, this person has no idea that they are going to be talked about. When life throws you a curve, you get to choose
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Journey to Hometown, Part 12

Journey to Hometown, Part 12

There is a period of time in any production process when your nerves get tested, your patience gets frayed, and it feels like your trying to climb a mountain covered with three feet of molasses.  We’re in that phase now. Despite the length of the day, the complexity of the work that was being done,
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Seamus & Alan

Seamus & Alan

Monday:  You have 5% oil life left. The annoying warning pops up, the little computer in the car reminding me that it is almost time to get the oil changed.  It beeps at me each time I start up the car, the warning message staying on till I manually make it go away.  Damn you!
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Journey to Hometown, Part 11

Journey to Hometown, Part 11

When the high intensity music begins, minutes after the scheduled start of the choreography rehearsal, the members of the ensemble of Hometown…The Musical! gravitate to their carved out spots on the floor and begin the process of warming it up and stretching it out. My spot is at stage left, just in front of the
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Meagher to Ski For Hope

Meagher to Ski For Hope

Acclaimed long-distance athlete and municipal councillor Phil Meagher is going to ski from Fort Chipewyan to Fort McMurray as part of the 2013 Syncrude winterPLAY. The realization of a dream that was doused by unseasonably warm weather in 2010, the Ski for Hope will be the physical manifestation of the Dare2Dream project that raised thousands
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Journey to Hometown, Part 10

Journey to Hometown, Part 10

“Is that the mayor?” whispered one of the younger cast members of Hometown…The Musical! as we began our first walk through with Her Worship of her scene near the end of Act One on Sunday. “Indeed it is,” I said. “Everybody,” announced Claude.  “This is Melissa.” For the purposes of the creative process, and the
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Image Change

Image Change

I’ve been thinking a lot about the language we use to describe things.  What words do we use?  What is our facial expression, body language?  Are we animated or are we inexpressive? Does our description seem canned or compelling? I would posit that how you describe something, using (or not) all the faculties available to
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Journey to Hometown, Part 9

Journey to Hometown, Part 9

I was reading Theresa Wells’s blog post about the Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. this morning, and noticed that she used the iceberg metaphor to explain that you are only going to see a small portion of the operation when you drop in for a frothy beverage and some food at the new establishment that officially
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Journey to Hometown, Part 8

Journey to Hometown, Part 8

I was going through choreography and blocking in my head all night long.  For the past ten days, I’ve been battling whatever bug has been plaguing so many others this winter, an intermittent low-grade fever, sandpaper throat, and congestion up the wazoo (and other places).  At night, in this less-than-ideal state, my brain tends to
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Journey to Hometown, Part 7

Journey to Hometown, Part 7

I did the math when I got home from rehearsals for Hometown…The Musical! last night, shortly after 6 pm.  If you include the time put in by the performers, their parents in shuttling them to and from the theatre, and the crew, over 500 volunteer hours went into one day of preparation for this mammoth
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