What is your role on this Production? I’m the Assistant Stage Manager. In rehearsal, that involves everything from setting up the rehearsal space to taking notes to filling in the odd musical cue. During performances, I’ll be busy behind the scenes delivering props, messages, and anything else needed.
What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? This is my first Walterdale experience besides serving at the coffee bar and attending shows. I just got stage-struck a couple of years ago. So far I’ve taken improv classes, taken acting classes, watched a lot of shows, maintained a blog reviewing local productions, and acted as stage manager for an original comedy at last year’s Edmonton Fringe, God on God (WaMo Productions). I also compete in Story Slams at the Blue Chair Café. For next year’s Fringe I’m part of the artistic team for an original production called Sonder (The ? Collective).
What brought you out for this production? I wanted to learn from a well-organized production team and be part of a big show – and so far, the experience has been really great.
Since this show is called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” I am looking for funny road trip stories. Got any funny road trip stories? We were travelling from eastern Ontario to a family reunion at a guest ranch near Kananaskis. Our carload had two drivers and a kid to help with the camping chores, so everything was going great until I tripped in a campground near Thunder Bay while carrying a wet sleeping bag on my head – as you do! – and dislocated my elbow. I remember thinking that I should try to enjoy riding in an ambulance while I was conscious. But then we still had to drive to Alberta and I suddenly had a Playmobil arm – working shoulder and wrist joints and a slightly-bent elbow that wouldn’t move. So every time it was my turn to drive, I’d use my right hand to place my left hand on the steering wheel, drive for 10 or 15 minutes as my arm gradually slipped down, and use my right hand to lift it up again. This worked better than you might expect, because you don’t have to steer very much in Saskatchewan. And as a bonus, when we arrived I had a great excuse not to go trail riding (I’m a little scared of horses).
Why do you think audiences should come and see this show? It’s just very funny. It’s a classic musical comedy, funny on a number of different layers and full of surprises. It’s much funnier than the 1966 movie, which hasn’t aged well. We have a big cast of talented performers, and great singing and dancing.
Louise Mallory is also a local arts blogger – You can check out her words on Edmonton and area theatre here: www.ephemeralpleasures.com