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It was my second week on the job when Eric called me into his office and kindly asked Andrew and me to help coordinate our season launch video. I, of course, was thrilled to be a part of the fun. I was delighted when I was informed of what plays we would be presenting in our upcoming season and knew they deserved a great video to unveil them.
So off Andrew and I went. We set out into the crisp February air. We hit the pavement, knocking on doors to ask who, of our neighbours, would like to be a part of our launch video shoot. After a couple of weeks of emailing back and forth and scheduling and rescheduling we had our shoot dates and times all confirmed. We were overwhelmed by the warm reception we received from all of our season video launch partners and were excited to get our shoot started.
Shoot day: one
Location: Hair Fellas Barbershop
Did that change in format and superfluous use of colons get you excited? Me too! Hair Fellas was our first location for our launch video shoot and they were awesome. The Hair Fellas staff was welcoming, talented, and hip to boot. Tom and his team let the GCTC staff run wild and take over their bustling shop. While Andrew was getting his hair detailed by one of the barbers, Bronwyn, Nicole, Hugh and I were putting together a gag. While we were discussing the bit, Tom put a hairdryer in my hand and said “use this one, it’s the most powerful” and it really did make the bit better. The Hair Fellas were kind and game. If you’re wondering what the bit was and why there was a hairdryer you’ll have to watch the video to see if it made the cut. (see what I did there…hair fellas…barber…cut?!....sorry)
Shoot day: one
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Hintonburg Pottery
Ok, so, full disclosure: Ginger at Hintonburg Pottery is goals. She is super kind, funny, warm, and knows how to use a pottery wheel like the pro she is. Ginger and Stephanie were gracious hosts and got eight GCTC staff on pottery wheels. It was a hoot! Ginger taught us the basics and encouraged even the least dextrous of us all the while putting up with our obvious and unfunny Ghost jokes. We all wished we could stay longer and learn how to make bowls, mugs, and pots but unfortunately we spun forward. (ok, I’ll stop with the bad puns. I can hear you groaning at your computer)
Shoot day: one
Location: Thyme & Again
Sheila Whyte is a long time friend, sponsor, and partner of GCTC. We were delighted to have Thyme & Again be a part of the shoot. The GCTC crew showed up at 3pm. Within ten minutes Hugh and Eric were behind the counter dressed in full Thyme & Again uniforms. We all admired the yummy deserts and cute home wares in the shop. The hospitality Sheila and her crew showed us is characteristic and familiar to anyone who knows them.
Shoot day: One
Location: Lauzon Music
As a former university music graduate I was excited to go and check out an old stomping ground; Lauzon Music. I grew up two blocks away from the shop and love how, no matter what, things feel the same when you walk into Lauzon Music. I got all the nostalgic feels while being there. Ken Lauzon was a welcoming host and also helped us corral his son into helping with the video. Hugh was tickled to be surrounded by so many guitars, as was Eric. Seth tickled the ivories for us and then Sheila, who works at Lauzon, serenaded us with a beautiful piece of music of which I don’t know the name. We were very spoiled. We were very thankful.
After our first day of shooting we were more than half way through our launch video locations. We had a wonderful time together. We laughed, we cried, we sang the blues. Well…we did one or two of those things. We recently hired two box office staff; Tuong and Axandre. On their first day of work we forced them to participate in our video. Baptism by fire, so to speak. They were great sports and they instantly felt like part of the GCTC family.
Shoot day: Two
Location: Cube Gallery
Don is a long time supporter of GCTC. He opened the gallery doors to us with warmth. We all had a great time taking in the beautiful pieces on display at Cube. It was the perfect way to start the day. We danced in unison down the steps inside and picked which piece was our favourite. We really enjoyed our time at Cube and encourage everyone to go check them out!
Shoot day: Two
Location: Beyond The Pale Brewery
This was our sixth and final location for our launch video. BTP was kind enough to let us in before they opened that day. Ashleigh and John made us feel at home and fed us a beer sample at 11am. What else could you ask for?!
And thus concluded our shoot for the launch video. We had a great time getting to know our neighbours a little bit better and getting to spend some quality time together. We can’t wait to hear what you think about the launch video and hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. We wanted to give our partners a big thank you. Hope to see you at the theatre sometime soon.