Opening night of ‘A Theatre of Our Own’!

November 30, 2013

We had a very satisfying opening night this evening, with people saying awfully nice things about the show. We were also delighted to see write-ups about ‘A Theatre of Our Own’ in  The London Free Press (by Joe Belanger) and the Western Gazette (by Brent Holmes). There are two remaining showings of ‘A Theatre of Our Own’ — on Saturday (Nov 30th) at 2PM and at 7PM. Here are some photos from our dress rehearsals (taken by Dale Armstrong) to whet your appetite!

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Max and Grace: London gruffness and London assurance

November 18, 2013
Joe Lella and Hannah Drew play the memorable Max Harkaway and his niece, Grace Harkaway in London Assurance

Joe Lella and Hannah Drew play the memorable Max Harkaway and his niece, Grace Harkaway

Max Harkaway is a crusty old squire with a heart of gold, especially when it comes to his niece, Grace. Grace Harkaway loves her uncle unreservedly, and tolerates his moods with equanimity. Grace must choose between marrying an elderly gentleman (and keep her estate), and a young dandy (and lose her fortune). Max is worried that Grace will be unhappy marrying for money. Here we see the contrast between Max’s gruffness, as he tries to steer her towards a more suitable match, and Grace’s assurance and tenderheartedness.

“A Theatre of Our Own” Hallowe’en costume party

November 14, 2013

We held a costume fitting for “A Theatre of Our Own” on Hallowe’en. Here’s a sneak peek…

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Miller and His Men costumes — first peek

July 11, 2011

From our recent costume fitting, here’s a first peek at the costume wizardry of Brenda Fieldhouse. (Photos: courtesy Terry Fieldhouse).

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First Miller Barn rehearsal in black and white

June 25, 2011

Michael Gelman also captured a few contemplative moments from our first rehearsal in Miller Barn in black and white:

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Our first rehearsal in the Miller Barn

June 24, 2011

Recently (June 16, 2011), we had our first opportunity to rehearse in the Miller Barn at the Fanshawe Pioneer Village. It’s a versatile space, with great acoustics. It also has a double-stairway and an upstairs, two features that we immediately capitalized on.  Another notable feature is the large mill-wheel sitting right outside, setting the stage beautifully for a play about the contest between two millers. It would be hard to ask for a better venue in which to perform The Miller and His Men.

The Miller Barn is itself almost a character in the show. It represents the former frame barn in which the play was staged by the Officers of the London Garrison in 1842—The Theatre Royal. Through Michael Gelman’s perceptive lens, we see moments of hilarity, reflection, and despair as our cast negotiate the emotional extremes of the melodramatic tradition:

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The cast in action on Victoria Day

May 30, 2011

Michael Gelman, our intrepid ASM, also a skilled photographer, has begun photographing the cast in action. Here are some glimpses of our Victoria Day rehearsal (23 May 2011) as seen through Gelman’s lens:

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