Neet Stuff March 2015: “The Melville Boys”

I was looking forward to seeing Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presentation of Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” at the Pumphouse Theatres last night. I read this play about 20 years ago when I was a theatre student. I always wanted to see this play on stage. It took me a couple of decades to see it happen and it was well worth the wait.

It’s great to see a classic Canadian play be produced by a local group with local theatre talent. What could happen when two brothers go to a cabin to do some fishing and drink a few beers?  Family relationships are complicated and when you add cancer to the mix, the unexpected may just very well happen.  One of the brothers has cancer and it’s the big elephant in the room as The Melville Boys head off to the cabin. Their weekend plans are taken off course when they meet two attractive sisters. Facing your own feelings can be scarier than cancer.

Justin Michael Carriere played Owen Melville, Jayson Therrien played Lee Melville, Samantha Duff played Mary and Kayte Davies played Lorreta. The acting was very solid. The climatic scene between Owen and Lee is one of the most intense scenes I’ve seen on stage for a while. Well done.

And then there was the music… The play’s soundtrack showcased classic tunes from the 1980’s and 1990’s. I could not help but feel nostalgic for that time.  Come on, who doesn’t remember the song “Patio Lanterns” by Kim Mitchell?! Anyone? Come on! That song reminds me of summer and camping.

Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” runs until March 21, 2015 at the Pumphouse Theatres. Limited tickets are available through

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster's "The Melville Boys"

Workshop Theatre and Green Productions presents Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys”


Introducing the Cast of “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”

Introducing the Cast of “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”.

Auditions for “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”

Auditions for “Another Evening at Fawlty Towers”.

10 Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me for Success

This  is a great article and I can really identifiy with all 10 ways… especially the one about project management. 10 Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me for Success.

Congratulations 2014 CAT Award Nominees!

Congratulations 2014 CAT Award Nominees!.

Cast Announcement for “And Then, The Lights Went Out”

I am very excited about promoting this play called “And Then, The Lights Went Out” by Andrew Garland.  Produced by Calgary’s Workshop Theatre Society, it’s a play about a writer with a very serious case of writer’s block.  The main character is dealing with an impossible deadline in the middle of a heat wave.  This play is set in Edmonton, Alberta and is written by Andrew Garland who is orignally from Sherwood Park, Alberta.  This play was originally produced in Red Deer, Alberta and the playwright has received awards for his work.

I highly recommend writers of all kind to check out this play!  “And Then, The Lights Went Out” runs February 14 – 22, 2014 at the Pumphouse Theatres in Calgary, Alberta.  For more information and tickets:

Cast Announcement for “And Then, The Lights Went Out”.

Only a Few More Rehearsals Left! – An Evening at Fawlty Towers

Workshop Theatre is going to do a great job with “An Evening at Fawlty Towers”. Based on the British comedy from the 1970’s, “Fawlty Towers” is a cult hit. Sarcasm and wit at its best.

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Rehearsals are well underway for the production of “An Evening of Fawlty Towers” which opens September 20, 2013 at the Pumphouse Theatres in Calgary.  Alan LeBoeuf, one of the directors of the play, said tonight that “it’s great to work with such a large and talented cast.”  Below is a sneak peak of some of the cast at a rehearsal.

Not familiar with “Fawlty Towers”?  It was a popular British sitcom from the late 1970’s and there’s a cult following of the popular sitcom.  The show is about hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, and his “incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance that form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.” (Wikiquote).  In the original sitcom, Basil Fawlty was performed by John Cleese (Monty Python alum).

“‘Fawlty Towers’ is more than just a comedy, it’s a work of genius. Not only did writers John Cleese and Connie Booth give…

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