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It’s almost the holiday season, and it’s opening week of the GCTC’s latest show, Angel Square! I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited into the process as Assistant Director as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Grant, and what a process it has been! A few years ago, Jan Irwin accepted the challenge of adapting this cherished novel of Brian Doyle’s. The original production was performed at the NAC 4th stage with over 30 actors. Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, commissioned Jan to create a new version for the GCTC’s 15-16 season. The next challenge was to adapt the script with only 4 actors.
Putting together a stellar crew of designers, Jock Munro with Set and Lighting, Jon Carter with Sound, and Vanessa Imeson with Costumes, and bringing in seasoned Ottawa actors, Mary Ellis, Robert Marinier, Bruce Spinney, and Kristina Watt, Jan rose to the challenge and the result opens this week! I know. I’m the luckiest person around. I get to sit in on rehearsals and watch these guys work their magic. It’s been my job to be as useful as possible and learn about the process of putting together a professional production. I’ve been learning a lot, that’s for sure!
After workshopping the script since the spring and rehearsing intensively for three weeks, the technical elements have slowly been coming together to create a beautiful show. With a striking set, magical projection, and incredible sound, we’re telling the story of a ragtag group of pre-teens solving the mystery of who beat up Sammy Rosenberg’s father. Let us transport you to a special time in Ottawa’s history: Lowertown, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Planet Earth, the Universe. December 1945. The first Christmas after war. Everything was supposed to be nice from now on… but was it really? Come join us to find out! The show starts with two previews on December 1st and 2nd with the grand opening on December 3rd. It’s the perfect show for the whole family this holiday season!