Well it’s been a while since my last entry and as such, no shortage of news to report. Most notable, my 7 or so years here in Ottawa is coming to a close this summer as I prepare to relocate to Vancouver… something about going to see about a girl, and I couldn’t be more excited to start a new chapter in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities alongside the woman I love. Of course, I’ll still miss Ottawa and all the great people I’ve met and friends I’ve made, but there’s still plenty of time to get nostalgic and say goodbyes, and in the meantime there’s still news to report and a few upcoming projects to plug.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
The Rocky Horror show was a monster hit for Vanity Project and added 3 additional shows to its sold out run, following up on the success of Hedwig And The Angry Inch in October. Sadly, machinations for a Fall remount and Spring 2016 production of HAIR will now go unrealized given my relocation, but I’m super proud of everyone who has been part of the Vanity Project family these past couple of years. Of special note, the contributions of director Stewart Matthews, the driving artistic force and the heart and soul behind our biggest hits. Undisputedly Ottawa’s fastest growing professional theatre company, I will miss rolling out the many future projects Vanity Project had in the works for Ottawa audiences. However, while I’ll be out of the game, the Vanity Project Productions brand may still have life in Ottawa under new leadership. Stay tuned for more info.
SHOWTUNE SHOWDOWN 2015
Vanity Project was also recently invited to compete in the annual Show Tune Showdown fundraising concert for Tone Cluster, and with a crackerjack team consisting of myself, Rocky Horror alum Nicole Tishler and Drake Evans, trivia master Robin Guy and Musical Director Extraordinaire Wendy Berkelaar, we squeaked out a victory, narrowly beating incredibly strong teams from Orpheus and Suzart. A great night for a great cause and a great way to cap my Vanity Project Productions experience.
EDDIE MAY MURDER MYSTERIES – GAME OF BONES
What’s next? Well, the hugely successful run of Eddie May Murder Mysteries’ Game Of Bones continues at Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre and I’ve got 3 more kicks at the can at Littlefinger before I go. As always, great fun with some great folks and a Saturday night tradition I’ll miss greatly after I leave Ottawa. Eddie May has made a lot of work for a lot of Ottawa actors over the years, and I can say I’m proud to have been one of them. Thanks guys!
SPIDERSILK PRODUCTIONS – WHOSE AMELIA? AT OTTAWA FRINGE
After sadly having my last Vanity Project Productions Fringe project fall through earlier this year around BYOV uncertainty, I was more than happy to sit out this years Fringe and enjoy my final days in Ottawa as a patron, but when the opportunity to reunite with Age Of Arousal director Diana Fajrajsl and Bear & Co’s Rachel Eugster as well as work with recent import Naomi Tessler and stage manager Jessica Wong , AND get a chance to play William Shakespeare at this year’s Fringe, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Who wouldn’t want to be remembered as Shakespeare’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets (perhaps)? But would Aemilia Bassano Lanyer, the first woman to publish a book of poems in English, be willing to stand forever in the shadow of a man, however great? This new play puts the question directly to this remarkable Elizabethan, and it hits her right where she lives. Check us out June 18-28 in the ODD Box at Arts Court Thursday, June 18………..6:00 PM Saturday, June 20………..7:30 PM Monday, June 22………..10:00 PM Wednesday, June 24……7:00 PM Saturday, June 27………..3:00 PM Sunday, June 28………….6:00 PM
…And although I’ll be moving on, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming Bear & Co. projects, including another summer parks tour this July of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest! After producing 7 shows together in the last 3 years, (making us one of Ottawa’s most prolific professional theatre collectives), I wish all the best to remaining Bear & Co. core members Eleanor Crowder and Rachel Eugster on all their future projects!