TIP Spotlight on Mark Crawford of BED AND BREAKFAST!

 

Mark Crawford

Name: Mark Crawford
Home town: Glencoe, Ontario
Role/Position: Playwright of BED AND BREAKFAST

Thousand Islands Playhouse: You’re stranded on one of the 1000 islands.  Other than food and water, what three items would you take with you?
Mark Crawford: Assuming I could wave down a passing boat when the thrill of adventure wore off, I would take a notepad, a pen, and my camera.

TIP: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
MC: Going for walks and bike rides around town, jumping in the St. Lawrence on a hot day, and cracking open a Thursty Pike Pilsner from the Gananoque Brewing Company.

TIP: You’re opening up a Bed and Breakfast. What do you name it?
MC: In Bed and Breakfast, the characters come up with a list of potential names for their B&B. I’m partial to one name they don’t choose. You’ll have to see the play and try to figure out which one it is!

TIP: Bed and Breakfast is about finding a place to call home. Is there any place or thing that makes you feel most at home?  
MC: I grew up on a beef farm, so nothing tastes more like home to me than a classic roast beef dinner followed by a slice of pie.

TIP: Bed and Breakfast is full of exciting life surprises. Have there been any happy plot twists in your life so far?
MC: Just over a year ago, my first play premiered…and now here’s my second. From the outside, it might look like “The Year Mark Crawford Became a Playwright”, but as with most plot twists in life, this one was years in the making.

TIP: What led you to working in theatre?
MC: I was bitten by the theatre bug quite young…and quite mysteriously. I think the things that drew me to the theatre as a kid are the things that still draw me in today: seeing a story unfold with real people before my eyes, an active use of the imagination, a sense of play, and the magic that happens when artists and audience get together in the same room. 

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list, theatre or otherwise?
MC: Theatre: Keep working! Otherwise: I have a pretty healthy list of places I’d like to travel. And I don’t know if it’s bucket list material, but I would love to get a dog. There are several dogs in Bed and Breakfast…and hanging out with Ashlie Corcoran’s dog Mabel in rehearsal is making me a bit puppy-crazy!

Mark’s latest play Bed and Breakfast previews at the Thousand Islands Playhouse on August 14 and opens on August 15. It will run until September 13, 2015 at the Firehall Theatre. 

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TIP Spotlight on Tess Degeinstein of DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER!

 

Name: Tess Degeinstein
Role/Position: Suzette in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

Thousand Islands Playhouse: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?

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Tess Degeinstein: Riding the bike that TIP provided (shout-out to sponsor TICycle!) downhill and towards the water, all shimmering. It’s a bit of a “pinch me please” moment coming into work everyday. 

TIP: You’re stranded on one of the 1000 islands.  Other than food and water, what three items would you take with you?
TD: Books, Bike, Beach Blanket. What more does a gal need ? (I think its clear i would die were this real).

TIP: Do you cook? What is your favourite meal to cook?
TD: I don’t cook so much as throw everything in my fridge in a tupperware. Very into a cottage cheese/swiss chard/sweet potato mulch these days. A few years ago I used to just throw a Toblerone bar on a bowl of Raisin Bran. I’m no good. Playing Suzette is a real stretch in that she’s a Cordon Bleu chef. It’s truly why I love acting- getting to be all things on stage that I am absolutely not in real life. 

TIP: Tell us one truth and one white lie about yourself. We will try to guess which one’s which.
TD: I’m a natural blonde. My hair is currently blonde.

TIP: What led you to working in the theatre?
TD: A community theatre production of Oliver! when I was 7. The kids all came in singing “Food, Glorious Food”, and it legitimately seemed fun to be an orphan. Theatre is magic.

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list, theatre or otherwise?
TD: I don’t know about the top, but there were a couple “walking woman” movies last year – Wild, Tracks –  that made me really want to tackle a long “soul-searching” and geographically adventurous walk and get a camel companion to accompany me. 

Don’t miss Tess as the Cordon Bleu chef Suzette in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Now playing until August 22!

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TIP Spotlight features Alison Deon of DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER!

Alison Deon

Name: Alison Deon
Home town: Nelson, BC
Role/Position: Jacqueline in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

Thousand Islands Playhouse: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
Alison Deon: Jumping off the dock into the river after the show! Also, the people.

TIP: Do you cook? What is your favourite meal to cook?
AD: I make a pretty good vegan South Indian dahl – it’s my main move. 

TIP: What led you to working in the theatre?
AD: Wonderful drama teachers in school growing up in Nelson, BC, and a lifelong love of telling stories and playing dress-up. 

TIP: DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER features madcap high jinx, mistaken identities, and secrets at every turn. Have you ever been in a similar situation?
AD: I would be terrible in a real-life farce situation. I have no poker face and would quickly crack under the pressure. 

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list, theatre or otherwise?
AD: Would really love a country house that looks just like our set. I also would not mind it being “less than two hours from Paris” like Bernard and Jacqueline’s :).

Make sure to catch Alison Deon as Jacqueline in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. Now playing at the Springer Theatre until August 22. Click here for more information about the show, and to buy tickets!

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TIP Spotlight: Todd Thomson of Don’t Dress For Dinner

Name: Todd Thomson
Home town: London, Ontario
Role/position: Bernard in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

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Thousand Islands Playhouse: You’re stranded on one of the 1000 islands.  Other than food and water, what three items would you take with you?
Todd Thomson: Guitar, swim suit, my son. 

TIP: Do you cook? What is your favourite meal to cook?
TT: Cedar plank salmon with new potatoes, and corn on the cob!

TIP: What led you to acting/theatre?
TT: It’s the most joyous occupation of any job I’ve done. 

TIP: Tell us one truth and one white lie about yourself. We will try to guess which one’s which.
TT: I bungee jumped off the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. I have 12 patents for my inventions in computer software. 

TIP:What’s at the top of your bucket list, theatre or otherwise?
TT: To play Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing

See what kind of madcap hijinks  Todd gets up to in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, now playing at the Springer Theatre until August 22! Click here for more info on the show.
 

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TIP Spotlight: Jamie Northan of Blind Date

Name: Jamie NorthanNorthan, Jamie1
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Role in Blind Date: Stage Manager and Sound Improviser. (But, I’ve done every role in Blind Date)

Thousand Islands Playhouse: If you could have one super power what would it be? 
Jamie Northan: Time travel.

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list?
JN: Learn to surf & live somewhere tropical. 

TIP: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
JN: Saying “Gananoque”.

TIP: What led you to improv?
JN: Loose Moose Theatre! The work they do, and the learning opportunities they provided were amazing and addictive!

TIP: What is your favourite part of dating? Why?
JN: Flirting and the chase. I love when the person who you’re interested in is playing that fun back and forth that gives both of you butterflies. 

TIP: What is your favourite dating activity (dining out, long walks on the beach, quiet night in, wild night out on the town)… why? 
JN: There’s no one right activity. It’s who you’re doing it with, not what you’re doing. 

There are only SIX chances left to catch BLIND DATE before it closes on July 26. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to call the Box Office today, or book your tickets online here.

Follow Jamie on Twitter @jmenorthan
Follow Blind Date on Facebook Blind Date OnStage and Twitter @BlindDateOnTour

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TIP Spotlight: Christy Bruce of Blind Date!

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Name: Christy Bruce
Hometown: Originally Calgary, but now Toronto
Role in Blind Date: Mimi

Thousand Islands Playhouse: If you could have one super power what would it be? 
Christy Bruce: Time travel.

TIP: What’s at the top of your bucket list?
CB: Seeing more of the world. 

TIP: What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
CB: Its beauty and relaxed pace. 

TIP: What led you to improv?
CB: We like to call Loose Moose Theatre (where we all started) the Island of Misfit Toys. It was a place we just felt like we fit in, and I love knowing someone has my back.

TIP: What is your favourite part of dating? Why?
CB: Getting to know someone on a deeper level. And, the butterflies in your stomach. 

TIP: What is your favourite dating activity (dining out, long walks on the beach, quiet night in, wild night out on the town)… why? 
CB: My God! I’d take them all. Variety is the spice of life. 

There is only one week left to catch Christy as Mimi the Clown in Blind Date, now playing until July 26 at the Firehall Theatre. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to call the Box Office today, or book your tickets online here.

Follow Christy on Twitter @christybruce11
Follow Blind Date on Facebook Blind Date OnStage and Twitter @BlindDateOnTour

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TIP Spotlight: W. Joseph Matheson of The Pirates of Penzance!

Modern Major Genera - POP - TIP2015Name: W. Joseph Matheson

Hometown: Alliston, Ontario (born Saskatoon)

What would your pirate nickname be?: Lefty

Role in Pirates of Penzance: (Modern) Major General Stanley

  1. If you could have one super power what would it be?
    Curing cancer
  2. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
    A long trip to Italy.
  3. What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
    The fireflies.
  4. What led you to musical theatre/singing or acting in general?
    Wanting to tell stories.
  5. You’ve crashed your pirate ship on one of the Thousand Islands. What would you name the island?
    Ottawa. Just to confuse U.S. Border patrols.
  6. What is your signature pirate look… why?
    Eye Patch and a hook (“Lefty”).

Don’t miss Joe in The Pirates of Penzance only playing until Saturday, July 18th! You can buy your tickets today online or at the Box Office: 613-382-7086.

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CLOSER THAN EVER: Spotlight on Steven Greenfield

Name: Steven Greenfield
Nickname: Steveo
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

If you could have one super power what would it be?
Time manipulation.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
Being on an original cast recording.

If you could name one of the Thousand Islands what would you call it?
JVR Archipelago

What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
HMG’s Silver Cinema! It’s so adorably whimsical!

What life lesson has made you stronger as a person?
Changing who you are in order to be “right” for something then makes you “wrong” for something else. Be authentic!

Have there been any unexpected doors that have opened for you that have led you to where you are today?
Music directing, in general, is a door that opened for me through taking piano lessons as a child. Not a career that I ever expected, but I love it!

What led you to musical theatre/singing? 
My mom was an elementary school music teacher. I’ve been singing since before I can remember. 

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CLOSER THAN EVER: Spotlight on Paul Clifford

Name: Paul Clifford
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

If you could have one super power what would it be?
To have mind control, and to fly.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?
To retire in Spain.

If you could name one of the Thousand Islands what would you call it?
Enrique Island

What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
The farmers market and bandstand concerts.

What life lesson has made you stronger as a person?
Having a kid gives new meaning to the term endurance.

Have there been any unexpected doors that have opened for you that have led you to where you are today?
Meeting my wife/moving to Japan.

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CLOSER THAN EVER: Spotlight on Leon Willey

Name: Leon Willey
Nickname: Leon
Hometown: Bowen Island, BC

If you could have one super power what would it be?
To stop time.

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What’s at the top of your bucket list?
To be in a great production in every province.

If you could name one of the Thousand Islands what would you call it?
Sawyer’s Island

What is your favourite thing about Gananoque?
The Playhouse on the river.

What life lesson has made you stronger as a person?
Hummmmm…I really enjoy life and don’t ever need to apologise. 

Have there been any unexpected doors that have opened for you that have led you to where you are today?
Yes. There are many little ones, I just have to walk through. 

What led you to musical theatre/singing?
A girl.

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