Archive for March, 2009

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All trails lead to the saloon

13 March 2009

Some photos from Western Canada Theatre’s production of The Man Who Shot Chance Delaney by Ian Weir, directed by Johnna Wright. Photos by Murray Mitchell.

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Brewster (with Naomi Wright and Mia Ingimundson)

Brewster (with Naomi Wright and Mia Ingimundson)

Brewster (with Bob Frazer, Naomi Wright, Mia Ingimundson and Peter Anderson)

Brewster (with Bob Frazer, Naomi Wright, Mia Ingimundson and Peter Anderson)

 

 

Red Bodine

Red Bodine

 

Editor (with Peter Anderson, Naomi Wright and Brian Linds)

Editor (with Peter Anderson, Naomi Wright and Brian Linds)

 

Mayor (with Naomi Wright, Brian Linds, Mia Ingimundson and Peter Anderson)

Mayor (with Naomi Wright, Brian Linds, Mia Ingimundson and Peter Anderson)

 

The Cast: Bob Frazer, Naomi Wright, Kristian Truelsen, Mia Ingimundson, Brian Linds and Peter Anderson

The Cast: Bob Frazer, Naomi Wright, Kristian Truelsen, Mia Ingimundson, Brian Linds and Peter Anderson

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A Chance in Kamloops

2 March 2009
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First of all, I must note how warm and welcoming the people at Western Canada Theatre have been. Not to diminish that compliment in the least, but I have found a similar reception from most theatres at which I have worked—more so than doing film and television, where one tends to be treated rather brusquely, what with money often being of higher status than art in such productions.

Secondly, I am wowed with everyone in the Man Who Shot Chance Delaney cast (with the possible exception of myself). This is somewhat rarer. Think of your job. There is usually someone who doesn’t pull his weight or whose personality sours the workplace. But these actors, as well as our running crew, are both impressive and inspiring. The cast includes Peter Anderson, Naomi Wright, Mia Ingimundson, Bob Frazer and Brian Linds. Huzzah, all.

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Thompson River Valley

I have not met nor formed any opinion of the local populace. The city of Kamloops lies at the junction of two rivers among not-too-overwhelming mountains, most of which are picturesque (the exception being one right in the middle that looks like a big pile o’ dirt). The old downtown has some appeal, while the aroma provided by the area paper mill has not.A pretty hill and the pile o’ dirt

A scenic hill and the pile o’ dirt

Our motel is generally crappy, with broken appliances and sagging mattresses, but its location up a long, steep hill from the city centre provides a great view of the region. It’s a forty-minute, three-and-a-quarter kilometer (2 mile) hike down that long hill to the rehearsal space, and just as far—including a climb up a second hill—to reach the theatre. I manage the commute down to work all right, but for someone with bad knees, a bad back and the too-sedentary lifestyle resulting from those conditions, the return trip is difficult. I have been fortunate to locate rides most days. Such hill avoidance techniques become unlikely as of today.

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The Sagebrush Theatre is a good space, with lots of room backstage and decent acoustics overall. It seats over 700, although our company only offers the 450 seats closest to the stage. We sold out that smaller number opening night.

The play is a hoot, that’s what it is, and so is the playwright. Ian Weir can write funny. He is also a thinker. I’ve said it before: smart plus silly, that’s for me.

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I hope to have photos of the set and characters later.