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The Little Company That Could

So I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here and post about last night’s Prix Rideau Awards nomination announcements.

I am thrilled to announce that Evolution Theatre has received a whopping SEVEN nominations! That’s right, seven! I am so proud of our little company. It’s been over six years since Chris and I decided to mount Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! and I convinced Nancy Kenny to audition (despite the fact that she thought Chris didn’t like her). He cast her and the three of us became the founding members of Evolution Theatre. It’s hard to believe that in the past six years we’ve gone from a an ad-hoc group of U of O Theatre grads to a professional company nominated by our peers for multiple awards.

The Lavender Railroad has nominations for Outstanding Direction (Joël Beddows), Outstanding Performance, Female (Beverley Wolfe), Outstanding Sound Design (AL Connors) and Outstanding New Creation (Lawrence Aronovitch). Little Martyrs was received a nomination in the Outstanding Adaptation/Translation category for Mishka Lavigne’s translation. Emerging Artist nominations were also received for work done on Little Martyrs – Pierre Ducharme for set design and Mishka for translation. We’re so incredibly proud!

So today I am thankful for the nominations, as well as the Prix Rideau Awards, but most of all, I am thankful for everyone who worked on Little Martyrs and The Lavender Railroad and everyone else who has helped get us to where we are now.

I would also like to congratulate Nancy Kenny on the four nominations received for her Fringe show, Roller Derby Saved My Soul.

Below is the full list of nominees for the awards ceremony taking place at Shenkman Arts Centre on April 22nd. Tickets are already on sale – you can purchase tickets online here.

The nominees for English-language productions are:

Outstanding Production

Strawberries in January, Great Canadian Theatre Company

The 39 Steps, SevenThirty Productions

The Fan, Odyssey Theatre

Twelfth Night, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Under Milk Wood, Ottawa Theatre School

Outstanding Direction

Joël Beddows, The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre

David S. Craig, The Fan, Odyssey Theatre

Janet Irwin, Under Milk Wood, Ottawa Theatre School

Kevin Orr, Bifurcate Me, Theatre 4.669

Craig Walker, Twelfth Night, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Outstanding Performance, Female

Mary Ellis, Dreams of Whales, New Theatre of Ottawa

Annie Lefebvre, Under Milk Wood, Ottawa Theatre School

Rose Napoli, The Fan, Odyssey Theatre

Kate Smith, The 39 Steps, SevenThirty Productions

Beverley Wolfe, The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre

Outstanding Performance, Male

Richard Gélinas, The 39 Steps, SevenThirty Productions

Andy Massingham, Exit the King, Third Wall Theatre

Andy Massingham, The Fan, Odyssey Theatre

Andy Massingham, The Shadow Cutter, Great Canadian Theatre Company / Sleeping Dog Theatre

John Muggleton, Speed-the-Plow, Plosive Productions

Outstanding Design

Martin Conboy, Lighting Design, The Shadow Cutter, Great Canadian Theatre Company / Sleeping Dog Theatre

AL Connors, Sound Design, The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre

Ivo Valentik, Set Design, Speed-the-Plow, Plosive Productions

Ivo Valentik, Set Design, A Midwinter’s Dream Tale, a Company of Fools

Sarah Waghorn, Set Design, Dreams of Whales, New Theatre of Ottawa

Outstanding New Creation

Tony Adams, Erin Lindsay and Cory Thibert, Sounds from the Turtle Shell, May Can Theatre

Lawrence Aronovitch, The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre

Pierre Brault, The Shadow Cutter, Great Canadian Theatre Company / Sleeping Dog Theatre

Nancy Kenny, Roller Derby Saved My Soul, Broken Turtle Productions

Julie Le Gal, Andy Massingham and Kevin Orr, Bifurcate Me, Theatre 4.669

Outstanding Adaptation / Translation

A Company of Fools (Adaptation), A Midwinters’ Dream Tale, a Company of Fools

Henry Beissel (Adaptation), Antigone, Third Wall Theatre

David S. Craig (Adaptation), The Fan, Odyssey Theatre

Mishka Lavigne (Translation), Little Martyrs, Evolution Theatre

Charles McFarland (Adaptation), Hamlet 2011, Ottawa Shakespeare Company / Ottawa Theatre School

Outstanding Fringe Production

Glitch…, Ottawa Theatre School

Playing for Advantage, Black Sheep Theatre

Roller Derby Saved My Soul, Broken Turtle Productions

Sounds from the Turtle Shell, May Can Theatre

THE WALK, Moon Dog Theatre

Emerging Artist Award

Katie Bunting, Actor

Pierre Ducharme, Set Designer

Nancy Kenny, Playwright

Mishka Lavigne, Translator

Tania Levy, Director

The nominees for French-language productions are:

Production de l’année

Adieu Beauté, la comédie des horreurs, Théâtre Belvédère

Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Les Étoiles d’Angus, Théâtre de l’Île

Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Ti-Jean de partout, Cie Vox Théâtre

Mise en scène de l’année

Caroline Yergeau, Adieu Beauté, la comédie des horreurs, Théâtre Belvédère

Joël Beddows, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Isabelle Bélisle, Les Étoiles d’Angus, Théâtre de l’Île

Pierre Antoine Lafon Simard, Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Pier Rodier, Ti-Jean de partout, Cie Vox Théâtre

Interprétation féminine de l’année

Geneviève Couture, Feu la mère de madame et Un bain de ménage, Théâtre de l’Île

Jocelyne Zucco, Les Fridolinades, Théâtre la Catapulte / Théâtre français de Toronto

Lina Blais, Les Fridolinades, Théâtre la Catapulte / Théâtre français de Toronto

Marjolaine Beauchamp, Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Micheline Marin, Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Interprétation masculine de l’année

Nicolas Desfossés, Autopsies de biscuits chinois, Théâtre du Trillium / Théâtre Belvédère

Alain Doom, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Pierre Simpson, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Richard Bénard, Les Étoiles d’Angus, Théâtre de l’Île

John Doucet, Ti-Jean de partout, Cie Vox Théâtre

Conception de l’année

Geneviève Couture, costumes, Feu la mère de madame et Un bain de ménage, Théâtre de l’Île

Brian Smith, décor, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Guillaume Houët, éclairages, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Julie Giroux, décor, Les Papillons de nuit, Théâtre de l’Île

Pierre-Luc Clément et Olivier Fairfield, environnement sonore, Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Nouvelle création de l’année

Annie Cloutier, Antoine Côté Legault, Marie-Pierre Proulx,  Autopsies de biscuits chinois, Théâtre du Trillium / Théâtre Belvédère

Diane Bouchard, Dragon glouton, Gestes théâtre

Michel Ouellette, adapté par Joël Beddows et Marie Claude Dicaire, Frères d’hiver, Théâtre la Catapulte

Philippe Landry, Retour à Pripyat, Théâtre de Dehors

Marjolaine Beauchamp, Taram, Théâtre du Trillium

Prix artiste en émergence

Marjolaine Beauchamp, dramaturgie

Mary-Eve Fortier, interprétation

Lisa L’Heureux, direction de production

Frédérique Thérien, interpréation

Caroline Yergeau, mise en scène et interprétation

Derrière le Rideau Award

Mathieu Charette, régie, Feu la mère de madame et Un bain de ménage, Théâtre de l’Île

Julie Grethen, régie, Les Étoiles d’Angus, Théâtre de l’Île

Lisa L’Heureux, direction de production, Les Papillons de nuit, Théâtre de l’Île

For general information:               Source:

Les Prix Rideau Awards              Élise Gauthier, Communications Coordinator

C.P. 1087, Station B                   communications@prixrideauawards.ca

Ottawa (Ontario), K1P 5R1

info@prixrideauawards.ca

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Don’t Park in my Spot!

Today I am thankful for bylaw officers. I know that sounds odd, but someone decided to park in my assigned parking spot and I wasn’t in the mood to let them get away with it. When a parking space is clearly marked “RESERVED”, and you are not the person it is reserved for, don’t park there!

The worst part is that my space is right next to a clearly labelled VISITOR’S PARKING, and the spot was vacant.

Anyways, I called bylaw and had them ticketed. I could have had them towed too, but am not feeling that cranky.

So thank you bylaw officers. Today I greatly appreciate your services.

A Difficult Topic

I know it’s been several days since my last post. I’ve been working on this particular blog post on and off all week it’s a tough subject to get into and a fairly sensitive one, so I’m done revising and I’m just going to jump right in.

Tuesday’s episode of GLEE really got to me. If you don’t watch the show, the episode dealt with a character’s suicide attempt after being bullied and cyber-bullied for being gay. It’s an incredibly difficult topic to broach, but I’m glad they did. The teacher talked to the Glee Club about the events and recounted a time when he too had contemplated ending his life. He reminded them about all the things they have to look forward to and all the experiences they are yet to experience.

Every time I hear about a suicide, I have many mixed emotions. The greatest one is sadness though. It is always sad to hear that a life (usually a young one) has been taken. The majority of my sadness is because they thought death was the only option. That makes my heart break.

I’ve been there. In my teens, things got pretty bad. I was dealing with depression and bullying among other stressful life events. There were times when I just wanted to end it all. But I didn’t. One reason is that I’m a total wimp and was terrified of doing something that caused physical pain. The other, bigger reason is my family – in particular my youngest niece who looks up to me. I would stop and think of what it would do to them – and her – and there was no way I could put them through that. Especially one so young who wouldn’t be able to fathom why her Aunt Linda left her. It would have crushed her, and I couldn’t do that.

I hope that anyone contemplating suicide can pause for a moment and realize that there are people who love them and would be devastated if they were gone. I also hope they can realize it is not the only option. There are numerous resources out there to help you through the pain. I’ve listed just a few below.

I’m grateful that Ryan Murphy and the producers of GLEE tackled such a difficult issue. I can only hope it will change someone’s mind about suicide.

I am strong

I have grown a baby inside of me and brought it into this world
I have mourned 4 Grandparents, 2 Aunts, 2 Uncles, and a great number of family friends
I am still grieving my father
I have been bullied
I have had my heart broken
I have battled with depression
I am a shoulder for to cry on
I co-run a theatre company
I am a mother, wife, daughter, aunt, niece and friend

I am stronger than I give myself credit for most days and I am grateful for the strength I have

Playdate

Today I took Nathan over to a friend’s place for a playdate with her little one. Her daughter is about 3 months older than Nathan and they seemed to have fun together. I’m grateful for today’s playdate. For one, Nathan got to socialize with another baby and I got to have a nice cup of tea and chat with a lovely lady. 🙂

Nathan and his friend

Playtime!

The Envelope

Yesterday I opened my mailbox to discover this envelope:

If you’ve ever applied for a grant I’m sure you’ve felt what I was feeling. A sharp intake of air, the pulse quickening, the simultaneous excitement and dread as you open the envelope, the release of the breath you were holding as you pull out the contents and discover the good or bad news.

In this case it was good news. We received the full amount we requested from the OAC’s Compass Program, which is extremely exciting given that it is such a highly competitive program. It means a lot for Evolution Theatre and gives us the opportunity to work with and receive some guidance from an amazing woman.

I’m grateful for the Compass Program, but even more grateful for the opportunity it allows us!

A Simple Valentine’s Day

Chris and I don’t usually tend to do much for Valentine’s Day. We don’t see the point of going out for dinner – why spend so much money on a meal in a crowded restaurant? And it’s such a “Hallmark Holiday”. That being said, I kind of secretly (not-so-secretly anymore) love Valentine’s Day and would love to be sent flowers or chocolates, or both.

Anyhow, I had a card for Chris this morning and cooked a nice brunch since he was off work today. We thought about going skating, but ended up scratching that idea – Canal conditions didn’t seem too great. Instead we put Nathan in his stroller and went for a walk. There was nothing particularly special about our walk – we stopped in at the grocery and video stores – but it was nice just to get out together and be moving and talk. It also had the added bonus of putting Nathan to sleep so he had a great nap this afternoon.

Then we came home and Chris prepared a yummy steak dinner.

It was a simple Valentine’s Day, but I’m grateful for it, especially for getting out for a good long walk. It gave us time to just appreciate each other’s company.

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

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