What is your role in the production? I’m the sound operator.
What is your background in theatre? I started in high school working backstage for stage productions of Robert Muncsh books. Then I moved on to acting, playing the Mock Turtle for a rock version of Alice in Wonderland and Tom Bueller in a Musical version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
I earned a Theatre Technical Production Diploma from Red Deer College, which I used through stage managing for Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks, as well as other local plays. My experience extended to film, providing tech assistance for indie films like Year After Year and Break on Through.
I’ve recently moved to Edmonton to become a part of the theatre scene.
Why did you want to be a part of “Queen Milli of Galt”? I was asked to be a sound operator for the play and I said yes. I’ve already had a great experience as an assistant stage manager for Walterdale’s Lady Windermere’s Fan. To be honest, I had no idea what that the story was about. From what I could tell, it had something to do with King Edward the 8th. I went in blind.
Why do you think audiences should come and see this show? Real or not, Queen Milli of Galt is a well written story of an unlikely romance. There’s a lot of humour throughout the play, with most coming from the verbal sparring between Stephanie’s headstrong Millie and Owen’s rebellious David. There’s also some great laughs from Anne Marie as Millie’s mom, especially when compares Millie’s romance to the tale of Jonah.
There’s also a lot of heart. The relationships between every characters feel real. The most unique is David’s relationship with Godfrey. Godfrey starts off as a chagrined assistant, trying make sure David follows the schedule. Too bad David’s the 1910 equivalent to the Beatles from a Hard Days Night. But as the play progresses, Godfrey shows some understanding for David, especially when it comes to his relationship with his father.
You want these two to stay together, but if you studied history, you know it’s not meant to be.
What has been the most fun working on the show? What about the most challenging thing? The most fun part was hearing the audience laugh at the most appropriate times.
The most challenging part would be when I assisted with setting up the set. Not that it was much of a challenge since I’ve had lots of experience in stagecraft.
Do you think Milli and Edward were secretly married or no? Why? I honestly don’t know where I stand with it. I’d rather not make judgements until I have evidence. Considering the fact that Edward the 8th eventually quit his throne for another woman, it’s possible he had an affair with a Canadian teacher