Macbeth Opens Today!

Macbeth Opens Today!

Photo Credit: Jeremy Hewitson

The Voices Collective’s Macbeth opens today at The ARTS Project!  Very exciting!  And we are featured in the London Free Press too: Macbeth with a gender twist.

Macbeth. It’s a name well known in theatre, even to the non-theatre goer. And the story is nothing unfamiliar to the well-versed audience member. So how do we keep the play interesting to modern audiences? Do something different with it! This production aims to meet that challenge. Our answer to it: what if Macbeth was a woman? Being manipulated by a man? What if we showed the nature of their twisted relationship in real, physical form? The result is a shocking reality check into the very real, too often relate-able, world of abuse. Abuse of knowledge, abuse of power and abuse of people. Nothing is held back or glossed over in this production. Alex Legge stars as the title character. Adam Zess plays her manipulative and mentally unstable husband. The hero Macduff is played by Kerry Hishon. The remainder of the characters are played by a cast of six who play multiple roles throughout the play. Playing at The Arts Project July 10th-12th, The Voices Collective’s Macbeth is sure to be a memorable theatrical experience. 

Tickets $20 (General Admission)
The ARTS Project – 203 Dundas Street, London ON

Thursday July 10 at 8pm
Friday July 11 at 8pm
Saturday July 12 at 2pm
Saturday July 12 at 8pm

Advance tickets are available by calling The ARTS Project at 519-642-2767 or online!  See you at the theatre!

Three Cheers for Five Years!

Three Cheers for Five Years!

Hard to believe that today is the fifth anniversary of this little blog.  I had no idea when I sat down and wrote my “Hello World!” post that I’d still be here, five years down the road.  (If you look closely, you’ll notice that the link is actually “hello-world-2″ which makes me think that I must have deleted the first one!  Who knows!)

I love writing about theatre and travel, and I hope to continue to do so (especially about travelling!).  I hope to continue to grow this blog and my readership, and to continue to provide interesting and useful content.

So in celebration of five years, here are five lists I’d like to share with you!

My 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of All Time (Thus Far!)

5 Quick Pieces of Advice for Young Actors

  • Learn your lines as soon as you start rehearsing.  Don’t wait until the last minute to try and cram them in your brain.  Save yourself the stress.  (I speak from experience here.)
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks and look silly.
  • Choose an audition song and monologue you actually enjoy performing.  I can tell that “My Favourite Things” is definitely NOT one of your favourite things.
  • Practice speaking loudly and projecting your voice from the start.  It’s easier to bring your voice down than to try and push it up once you’ve moved from the rehearsal hall to the theatre.
  • Don’t be a diva.

5 Places I’ve Travelled

5 Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

  • If you want to run a successful blog, you have to MAKE the time to write.
  • Write ahead and pre-schedule your blog posts as much as possible.  It will save you so much stress in the long run!
  • When inspiration hits, stop everything and write the post.  Don’t save it until later.  By that time your inspiration will have dried up, or you’ll second-guess yourself and think the idea isn’t as good as you thought it was originally.
  • Always include at least one great photo in every post!
  • Be consistent.  Try to post at least one new article every week.  (I’m still working on this one!)

5 Goals for the Remainder of 2014

  • Post one new article each week on the blog
  • Finish my theatre scrapbook
  • Clean up my two youth theatre plays and get them up on the blog
  • Declutter my apartment
  • Learn to say “NO”

Theatre Etiquette: How to Be a Great Audience Member, Part 2

Theatre Etiquette: How to Be a Great Audience Member, Part 2

I wrote a post about audience etiquette back in 2013 and thought it would be sufficient to remind people to be good audience members, but after recently attending a musical and having to suffer through some extremely rude audience members sitting behind me (and I use “sitting” loosely — read on for more details), I think it’s best that we all have a refresher.  Yes, I’m going all Miss Manners on you — because it’s important!

So without further ado, I present even more ways to be a great audience member at the theatre!

1.  If you are bringing a child to the theatre, know your child’s ability to sit still and not talk or fidget, and assume the worst will happen.  There are lots of things to look at, and your child will most likely be distracted.  The aforementioned patrons behind me allowed their child to run back and forth between empty seats (thus kicking my chair repeatedly), “whispered” throughout every. single. song. in the performance, and unwrapped what seemed to be about twelve granola bars.  Don’t get me wrong — I love kids and work with them on a daily basis, and I am a huge advocate for theatre education for youth.  But if your child cannot sit through a 90 minute movie at home without fussing, eating or otherwise “disturbing the peace,” they are probably not yet ready to go to the theatre.

Bonus Point:  Make sure you know if there will be an intermission, and if not — use the rest room before or after the show.  More and more shows are being performed without an intermission, and 90+ minutes can be a long time for a child (or adult, for that matter) to wait.

Theatre Etiquette: How to Be a Great Audience Member, Part 2

2.  Scene changes are not a time to talk.  I was appalled at how many audience members seemed to think that transitions and musical interludes were a good time to start chatting to their friends.  It’s extremely disrespectful to the musicians performing to chat through their work — you may not be able to see them, but trust me, they’re there and they are working extremely hard.

Bonus Point:  Stick around until after the bows and listen to the final notes of the song being performed, and applaud the musicians afterwards.  Most people just get up and leave once the actors leave the stage.

3.  Shushing others makes just as much noise as the actual noise being made.  Lead by example — be a quiet audience member, and hopefully others will follow suit.  Otherwise, you’re just contributing to the noise.

Theatre Etiquette: How to Be a Great Audience Member, Part 2

4.  You know during pre-show when the house manager makes the announcement to turn off your cell phones?  Be a gem, and actually check and make sure your cell phone is turned off.  My friend Kristina was performing in a show recently, and right at the crux of her solo, a patron’s cell phone went off, and poor Kristina was briefly accompanied by a Bruno Mars ringtone.  Even worse, the offender laughed out loud about it.  Famous actors such as Kevin Spacey and Patti LuPone have actually stopped performances to call out offending audience members — don’t be that person.

Do you have any tips about how to be a great audience member?  Share them in the comments!

And be sure to check out my other articles about theatre etiquette!

Pics Or It Didn’t Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

Hard to believe that the London Fringe Festival is done and over… sadface.  I’m definitely going through withdrawal, even though I didn’t have a show in the Fringe this year.  And despite the fact that I didn’t have a show in the Fringe, I was still all over the place this year!  Take a look!

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

The NO Show on June 7 with Sookie Mei and Christel Bartelse. I call this one “fresh meat.”

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

This is how much I love the Fringe: I laid on the floor of the Poacher’s Arms. Jayson McDonald is clearly very concerned.

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

Cersei Lannister (me) beating up The Hound (Harry Edison) with an invisible Nerf bat in “Game of Thrones: HB-NO Show Edition.”

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

Photobombing the sold out line for Ladies Room at The ARTS Project.

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

Telling Josh Cottrell all about SpendMart, where we can spend all your money for you!

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

I have no idea.

Pics Or It Didn't Happen: London Fringe 2014 Redux

TimeCops training the new generation at Nuit Blanche.

Photo Credits: Rose Marie, Richard Gilmore, @MadisonCawker, @theartsproject, Corepeople2014

The Retro Electro Sideshow is coming…

The Retro Electro Sideshow is coming...

Notice to LDNONT487/B residents: The recent arrest of “Day-mom Moo-Mah” by TMDPD is NOT affiliated with our show.

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WHERE:  Nuit Blanche – downtown London ON

WHEN:  One night only: Saturday June 14, 2014 – 7 pm til 1 am

WHAT:  A crazy collection of contraptions and contrivances constructed to engage, amaze and amuse the milling masses.  Frivolous fun.

WHAT THE WHAT?!

From Uber Cool Stuff’s blog:

Run away and join the circus!

On June 14th, downtown London is playing host to the coolest trans-dimensional travelling sideshow ever!

As part of the London Fringe Festival’s Nuit Blanche, a whole block of Dundas will be transformed into the Retro Electro Sideshow – a crazy collection of contraptions and contrivances constructed to engage, amaze, and amuse the milling masses. The sideshow will run from 7 pm to 1 am and promises to be a combination of old school circus and interactive high-tech wonders.

SERIOUSLY NOW… WHAT?!?!?!

http://www.retroelectrosideshow.com

http://www.twitter.com/ElectroSideshow

http://www.nuitblanchelondon.ca

http://www.londonfringe.ca

Trust me… you’ll want to check this out.

If it sounds like I’m being cryptic and/or mysterious… well, I suppose I am.