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Catching up

I really haven’t been blogging much so far this month. I feel like there’s been so much on the go that I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone blog. So I’ve decided to write a post of a bunch of things that I have been grateful for so far this month.

I’m actually going to start with the last day of February. I went to the Museum of Civilization to meet my friend Megan and have lunch with her. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other and I was so glad to spend some time with her! We had a great chat and visit. I only wish we could have visited for longer, but she had to go back and do that pesky thing called work. 🙂

We received an offer on our house at the end of February/beginning of March. It wasn’t exactly what we hoped for, but our realtor (the fantastic Stephanie Powers, and yes that is really her name) made things work out, which I am very grateful for. If anyone is looking for a realtor, I highly recommend her!

Last week Nathan and I had a busy week! We were quite the social butterflies, spending a couple afternoons with my friends and their kids. We also got out with a friend and her son to one of the Ontario Early Years Centres for their afternoon playgroup. This was my first time visiting an Early Years Centre and I was so impressed! The room they have for the Play Group is fantastic – it’s divided into different areas, including a babies only area and a kitchenette. They do songs and stories at the end of the session, which Nathan loved, even though he shook his head vigorously when we were singing “If you’re happy and you know it” (however, he did have a huge grin on his face). They also have a ton of resources for families, including books the children can borrow, informative books for parents/caregivers on such things as sleep training, developmental activities, etc., and even a toy library! Yes, you can borrow a toy for your child to try out to see if they like it! What a great service! Anyhow, I am very grateful for these outings and especially for getting to know the Early Years Centres. I will definitely be going back!

As Evolution Theatre, Chris and I, along with our BOD Chair, met with the OACF and the other resident companies to discuss audience development. It was a good meeting, and I think we got some great ideas out there. I’m grateful that we got to talk with the other companies about what’s working and what’s not, and give input into how to make things better.

This week I got to have a lunch date with our Evolution Theatre co-founder, Nancy. My favourite hobo (a.k.a. hobokenny) moved to Toronto full-time in the summer and I miss her a lot, so it was really great to see her while she was in town. I’m looking forward to the end of the month when she’ll be back in Ottawa to perform in our upcoming show, Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety. She’s going to rock this one-woman show and I can’t wait to see her in action again!

With our house now sold, Chris and I headed out to do some house hunting Tuesday evening. We’ve been trolling the MLS listings relentlessly and found a couple places that we really wanted to see. One of the houses we saw had just come on the market (we were literally the first people to see it) and it is beautiful. It checks off nearly every requirement on our list. So we made an offer. After a couple times back and forth we’ve decided to accept the sellers’ latest counter offer. We’ll be signing the paperwork tomorrow for the conditional purchase. If all goes well with the inspection and such, we’ll have purchased a new house! I’m grateful that we’ve found something that we like so much and were able to get in before anyone else (the last place we saw listed in the same neighbourhood was sold the day after they listed). It’s both exciting and scary at the same time!

Today I went out with Nathan, the in-laws and my niece to the Museum of Nature. It’s been so long since I’d been there. It was kind of crazy-busy since it’s March Break, but we had fun – especially seeing the special exhibition on whales. I’m glad that I went with them – it was a really nice outing. Chris was at work this evening, so they invited Nathan and I back to their place for dinner, which was really nice. The best part for me was Nathan eating his dinner though. He actually opened his mouth and leaned forward for the butternut squash I had for him! And he did it repeatedly! I was starting to think that this kid was NEVER going to want to eat solids, so this is amazing progress, which I am EXTREMELY grateful for.

Well, being as it’s after midnight I should end things there for tonight. I need sleep! I will endeavour to write more consistently in the future!

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A Special SM

I still have a lot to catch up on, but I had to write this quick post about one special Stage Manager.

Nick Alain is stage managing Evolution Theatre‘s upcoming production of [boxhead]. I am grateful for that alone, however that’s not what drove me to write this post.

I’ve been swamped with things lately. Between raising a baby who’s getting more active everyday, managing a theatre company and  everything else on my plate, a few things have slipped through the cracks. I feel like I’m running to play catch up and I’m exhausted.

Today Nick e-mailed me to bring one of those things to my attention. I felt awful and quickly replied with apologies and a an attempt to right the situation. His response was extremely understanding. I know I’m running on a low amount of sleep today (Nathan is teething and kept me up last night) and am extra emotional, but his response made me cry.

So not only is Nick is a fantastic SM, but he’s also a really great person. I am so grateful to be working with someone who’s so patient, understanding and kind.

Thank you Nick.

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 (JoĂ«l 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 GĂ©linas, 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’annĂ©e

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’annĂ©e

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

InterprĂ©tation fĂ©minine de l’annĂ©e

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

InterprĂ©tation masculine de l’annĂ©e

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’annĂ©e

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 crĂ©ation de l’annĂ©e

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 Ă©mergence

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

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!

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