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2009 in Review: Work

Whenever I meet new people, one of the inevitable questions that comes up is “So, what do you do?” and whatever that piece of information is, it becomes one of that person’s defining characteristics. He’s a chef. She’s a banker. They are artists. Our work often defines us as people.

I am currently stage managing The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe which continues at Pacific Theatre until Jan. 2, 2010.

I am currently stage managing The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe which continues at Pacific Theatre until Jan. 2, 2010.

In the past 12 months I worked on 12 shows for seven different companies. There was a one-woman show about the birth of modern dance at the time of WWII (A Time To Dance), a collaborative storytelling project to celebrate World Theatre Day 2009 (My First Time: The Tour),& a clown show (Holy Mo). There was Shakespeare in a park (Hamlet), Stoppard in a park (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead), and a magic show (Unshuffled). I stage managed a a dark tale of pedophilia, murder , & forgiveness (Frozen), a response to gay-bashing (Stop Kiss), and a magical Narnian adventure (The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe). I worked with 22 emerging artists on a showcase piece(You Still Can’t), 16 musicians & storytellers on a Christmas extravaganza (Christmas Presence) and the graduating class of the William Davis Center for Actors’ Study (Memory).

Of those twelve shows, some of them were only a single night (Unshuffled, My First Time: The Tour) while others ran for six weeks or more (The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe; You Still Can’t) and the rest were somewhere in between. Each time, a new venue, a new group of people, a new set of challenges to look forward to.

The variety is part of the fun of being a freelancer. I get to take on all different

Cast & Crew from shameless hussy's production of Frozen.

Cast & Crew from shameless hussy's production of Frozen.

sorts of projects over the course of the year, working with all different sizes of companys and on all different sorts of projects. I have a couple of contracts in place for 2010: I”ll be returning to Pacific Theatre to Stage Manage Refuge of Lies by artistic director Ron Reed which opens mid-April and I’m booked for the month of February as well. Other than that the new year is a blank slate. I’m sending resumes across the country. I’ve told myself that I will apply for every stage management position I hear of that I could even possibly qualify for. Chances are I will have moments where I look just as crazy as I did last March when I did that mailout. I’m taking a leap of faith that there will be work for me and that I will continue to be able to live off my theatre income.

My work related goal for the next year: get my first equity apprentice stage management credit.

Friday Arts Quotes: You Still Can’t Edition

With only 3 performances left of You Still Can’t at Pacific Theatre, I bring you an all YSC version of Friday Arts Quotes.

Grandpa Tony: “Working against something you believe in. That’s not good for a person’s soul. What’ll you have to take home with you at the end of it all?”

Norman: So you actually got to work with Philip Glass?
Dylan: You will recognize something of a cyclical organizing principle, and would be correct in any conjecture with regards to a certain Glassian influence.
Norman: Cool! Ripping off the greats!
Dylan: I think of it as a consciously post-modern referentiality -”

Photo: Sasha (Laura VanDyke) encouraging Dylan (Brett Ziegler) to sign the Dylan poster for Norman’s (Tim Bratton) pseudograph display.

(Cut from the play) Norman: “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing”

I was in the paper…

…and I didn’t even know it.

Two weeks ago the Langley Advance ran an article about You Still Can’t at Pacific Theatre, talking about the connection between it and Trinity Western University. From the article:

A Langley contingent is collaborating to bring a wickedly hilarious comedy to the stage in Vancouver this month.

Many theatre lovers will be thrilled to hear the Vanderhofs are back; they’re an eccentric family first brought to life in the comic classic You Can’t Take It With You. Well, playwright Ron Reed has revived this family in his homegrown sequel called You Still Can’t, which opened last week on the stage of Pacific Theatre.

Reed is an award-winning playwright who founded Pacific Theatre in 1984 and serves as the group’s artistic director. He has also been teaching advanced acting classes at Trinity Western University (TWU) for the past 20 years, and in 2006 took on the designation as TWU’s artist-in-residence.

But he’s not the only one with a tie to Langley. Reed is joined by five actors, current TWU students or recent graduates, as well as the resident stage manager Lois Dawson, who is also a TWU alumni.

My mom called me today, having googled me this morning and found the article. I love that my mom googles me :)

The June To-See List (and what I saw/worked on in May)

It’s been a very busy month for me theatrically.

In May I saw the following plays:

  1. John & Beatrice (Pi Theatre)
  2. Secret World of Og (Carousel Theatre)
  3. 36 Views (Tempus Theatre)
  4. Antigone Undone (Leaky Heaven Circus)
  5. Fat Pig (Mitch & Murray Equity Co-op)
  6. Les Miserables (Arts Club)
  7. Top Girls (Vancouver Playhouse)
  8. Palace of the End (Felix Culpa, Touchstone Theatre, & Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)

Based on this list, I still missed one show from my “To-See” list last month (Dying City), however I added Top Girls & Antigone Undone, so overall I feel pretty good about it as a month of theatre seeing.

I also rehearsed and opened You Still Can’t at Pacific Theatre. This monster of a show features 14 emerging theatre artists from a variety of theatre training programs as well as three “extras’ who volunteer and rotate through from night to night. In addition to a large cast (at least for our little 20″ by 22″ stage), it’s a very props heavy show. I’ve mentioned the dozen custom-made latex turkeys, but there’s also a working amusement park model, a Beatles-themed feast, & a working radio DJ booth. It’s been a crazy ride and it still runs for another two weeks.

The day after You Still Can’t closes I’ll be hopping a 7am bus to Kamloops to spend my summer working with Project X Productions on Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It’s going to be a fun summer as far as I’m concerned. Also, it will be a nice break from Vancouver (not that I hate Vancouver. I love Vancouver. I just need a bit of time to get away) and a chance to be close to my parents for a while.

Because I leave town on June 14th, my “To-See” list for June is quite short, though I’ve decided that I will list shows that I will not be seeing but that I think the rest of you should make sure to check out.

June To See List:
1. Othello (Bard on the Beach)
2. Flower Drum Song (VACT)

Shows that you should see, even though I won’t be seeing them:
1. The Walking Fish Festival (www.upintheairtheatre.com) {from what I hear this year has a whole range of shows from amazing to terrible – I’d love to hear what people think!}
2. The Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach)
3. All’s Well that Ends Well (Bard on the Beach)
4. Mixie and the Halfbreeds (Neworld Theatre)
5. Alter Boyz (Arts Club)

And for those of you in Vancouver for the month of June, don’t forget to attend the Jessie Richardson Awards for theatre. If I were in town, I’d definitely be there!
Let’s all see some theatre!

Where Have I Been Hiding?

You may have noticed that I haven’t written anything in a couple of weeks. Why? Well, I’ve been in the midst of getting my current show up on its feet. We are in the midst of tech craziness, but our promotional stills came in today so I figured I’d take advantage of a free minute to post them up here.

Tiffany (Alexandra Voicu), Dave (Mack Gordon), & Sky (Katharine Gauthier)
Norman (Tim Bratton) & Grandpa Tony (Glen Pinchin)

The "To See" List: April

I’m finding that I’m seeing an average of seven shows a month. That’s almost two a week and when I have my own shows usually running four days a week it can get pretty crazy to try to schedule it all in. So I start early. Usually I start tracking what I plan to see each month a week before the month starts. Here’s my list of shows I want to see in April. April is a bit of an anomaly in my world for two reasons. The first reason is that I am on in performances for seven nights out of the whole month – the rest of the month is rehearsals for the upcoming production of You Still Can’t at Pacific Theatre. The second reason is that I’m going away for a week to visit my parents, so I won’t be able to see anything during that time (there is nothing playing at their local community theatre!).

That said, here is my list of shows I want to and/or am planning to see in April. The list will likely evolve as I hear of additional shows and/or run into scheduling conflicts:

Studies In Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge
(Electric Theatre Co at Vancouver Playhouse)
The Secret World of Og (Carousel Theatre)
Stop Kiss (Secretly Women)
Ernestine Shushwap Gets Her Trout (Firehall Arts Center)
Invention of Love (United Players)
LifeSavers (Ruby Slippers)
The Zoo Story (Itsazoo)