Farnsworth Chronicles, 19

Farnsworth Chronicles, 19

Three days off felt like an eternity, as the cast and crew of The Farnsworth Invention reconvened for the Wednesday evening run of the show. We had been going so hard, for so long, that being away from the stage, script and each other for several days in a row felt strangely odd.  As we
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My Quotidian Mornings

My Quotidian Mornings

I start waking up in the hour before I plan to squirm out from under the covers and on to the cold floor, raising my head and glancing down at the clock radio every five or ten minutes.  As my head returns to the pillow I drift back into whatever dream I had left to
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Influence Shift

Influence Shift

Two things happened in recent days that signal a significant influence shift here in Wood Buffalo.  First of all, local blogger Theresa Wells wrote an open letter to Premier Redford imploring her to do something about Highway 63 – the not-so-twinned highway of our discontent.  She did so after it was announced that a 7th
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 18

Farnsworth Chronicles, 18

Many members of the cast and crew invaded Boston Pizza after the opening night post-show reception for The Farnsworth Invention – a tradition that goes back as far as I can remember.  Apparently they closed it down, celebrating to the wee hours of the morning.  Epic stories of frivolity were being flung around the green
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My TEDx Fort McMurray presentation

My TEDx Fort McMurray presentation

It was an experience that I’ll never forget, from going through the audition process to feeling the backstage jitters in the hours leading up to “My Social Media Timeline” presentation at TEDx Fort McMurray on March 30, 2012. I hope that you’ll take the time to watch this and share your thoughts. Special thanks to
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 17

Farnsworth Chronicles, 17

The death toll from the horrific crash on Highway 63 was announced yesterday afternoon.  Six people were confirmed dead after a pick-up truck with three people attempted to pass on a double solid line going up a hill slamming into an oncoming truck with six people.  The ensuing blaze, shared on Twitter and beyond, captured
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 16

Farnsworth Chronicles, 16

There are a few more yawns this morning, as many late nights and full days are catching up with me.  Busy 8-hour days at the office have been followed by 5-hours at the theatre as we’ve been preparing for our first audience. “Places for the top of the show,” said the Assistant Stage Managers, flying
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 15

Farnsworth Chronicles, 15

As the dust settled on the day after the Alberta general election, we moved into the first of two full-tech dress rehearsals for The Farnsworth Invention.  The last two elements that were added last night were make-up and hair.  For the most part, the show you would have seen yesterday – had you been sitting
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On the brink

On the brink

This is a strange day in Alberta.  For the first time in recent memory, we don’t know what kind of government we’re going to wake up to tomorrow.  I can’t imagine what the political players in this drama are feeling as the hours tick by with under three hours left to vote. I’m sure the
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 14

Farnsworth Chronicles, 14

Cue to cue for The Farnsworth Invention stretched into a third day as the production is proving to be a technical challenge on a scale seldom seen on the Keyano Theatre stage. “Remember, you guys have been living with this show for a long time,” said Claude Giroux, director of the last play in the
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