Regular readers of this blog (if such people exist) will know that I act as well as write, and have done since I was 11 years old and in Grade 7 at Weyburn Junior High School, when I was cast in the lead role of Petruchio in a one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Perhaps it was because I got to carry a (plastic) sword, and even draw and wave it around at one point, but I was hooked. (No, it wasn’t because I got kissed by a girl, which was not as high on my list of things I wanted to happen at that point as it ...
This week's Saturday Special is the interview I conducted with Paul Nolan, who grew up in the small town of Rouleau, just outside Regina (better known, perhaps, as Dog River from the TV series Corner Gas), and just ended a run on Broadway in the title role of the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar (he's now starring in a production of the Elton John version of Aida in Kansas City
, but JSC was still running when I wrote this story for Fine Lifestyles magazines.)
I performed with Paul many times when he was growing up, and once since, when I was in Persephone Theatre
's production of ...
I know, I know, I call these things "Saturday Specials" and here it is Monday. But I have a good excuse: I spent the weekend in Saskatoon at Dance Power
, the dance competition in which my daughter and her studiomates from Class Act Performing Arts Studio
were competing (they did extremely well!).
The competition was at the Remai Arts Centre, home to Persephone Theatre
, a theatre I have fond memories of because I was in the very first production to grace its stage, Beauty and the Beast, in 2007, just before it officially opened (and before it was quite finished, actually, but that's another story). While ...
A while back I auditioned for Iambik Audiobooks
to be one of their book narrators, and landed my first gig: Matthew Hughes's science fiction novel The Other
, published by Underland Press. I had a great time reading and narrating the book, and now that it's actually out and on sale, I'm rather trepidatiously awaiting the reaction from audiobookophiles (not to mention Matt, who I know personally through SF Canada and whose wonderful novel I really hope I did justice to).
Anyway, you can now buy it, download it, listen to it
, and let me know what you think.
I'm currently narrating my own novel, my YA ...
A few years ago, at the time of Saskatchewan's centennial celebrations in 2005, I had the opportunity to thrice portray T. Walter Scott, first premier of the province of Saskatchewan, and give a speech in his guise. Naturally, I made him a time traveler, so I could treat the whole thing a bit like a science fiction story.
Two of the occasions were to mark the centenary of the Hill Companies, intimately involved in the building of the city and province. One of those was here in Regina, the other in Calgary, where I got to poke fun at our neighbouring province in front of an august crowd that included the then-Premier of Alberta, Ralph Klein. So that was cool!
The following ...
Ever hear of the Ninety-Nine Rule? Formulated by Tom Cargill of Bell Labs, it goes like this:
"The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time."
Humorously, that adds up to 180 percent of the development time, but even if you correct the math, you end up with something that's absolutely, undeniably true about pretty much any creative endeavor you wish to examine: it's the last 10 percent that eats up 90 percent of the time.
...is in today's Regina Leader Post
. It begins:
For Ruth Smillie, artistic director of Globe Theatre, the key to Globe's upcoming production of J.M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan is that children don't differentiate between reality and make-believe the way adults to.
Smillie, who is directing the production, recalls that this past summer she overheard a group of boys walking up and down the street, "very engaged in what they were doing," and overheard them say, "We have to save the president," with "enormous concern and conviction."
It's that kind of immersion in the world of make-believe that Smillie hopes Globe's Peter Pan will provide to people of all ages.
No, I haven't been blogging much. There's the novel to rewrite and the Johnny Cash biography to proofread and Fine Lifestyles Regina editing duties to look after and...well, lots.
Including directing and being part of the cast of Tent Meeting, Regina Lyric Musical Theatre
's fall show, which opens next Tuesday, November 3, and runs through November 8 at the Shumiatcher Theatre in the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
I'd tell you about it, but you can read all about it in today's Regina LeaderPost
. The story begins:
Regina Lyric Musical Theatre's production of the gospel-flavoured musical Tent Meeting opens on Tuesday.
Edward Willett, who is directing and performing in the play, ...
My preview of Globe Theatre
's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
is online now at the LeaderPost
. An excerpt:For audiences, it's not physical vocabulary but Shakespeare's 400-year-old verbal vocabulary that may intimidate. But Geoffrey Whynot, who plays Theseus and Oberon, points out that "in real life we don't necessarily hear every word someone speaks. I think if the actors are clear on what they're saying, what the relationships and the journeys are, even if the audience hears a word that's archaic, they will understand it contextually, and they will still hear the emotional life of the line."There's a lot of "emotional life" in A Midsummer Night's Dream. "The point of it is love," ...
I'll be part of the Saskatchewan Playwrights' Centre's Spring Festival of New Plays
this month--but not as a writer (although I like the idea of writing plays, somehow I rarely get around to actually doing so): rather, I'll be one of the actors.Here's how the festival is described:Local actors work with directors from across the country to help develop new plays by Saskatchewan Playwrights. We workshop the plays and then take them for a spin in front of a lively local audience.Each play will be workshopped (2-6 days) with professional actors and directors and then the plays will be presented as Staged Readings. The readings can range from actors at music stands to full ...