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"Was there a time, in real life, before I was born, or you were born, when animals could talk?"
"I don't like kissing or anything, but when I grow up, I'm going to marry Cindy. She's my friend."
"Is that a real rabbit?"
- Questions & comments from kids after a performance of Felicity Falls at Devonshire School last week.
Felicity Falls, our next production in the Studio Theatre on January 27 at 1:30, is a collection of family stories featuring rabbits, porcupines and weasels in an animal village (some of it based on crazy stuff that happened when our kids were little!).
It was a real treat to do another show, The Nightingale, in the Studio in November, and work with the GCTC team, whose professionalism, cheerfulness, and helpfulness created one of those great situations for our show.
But that wasn’t our first connection to GCTC. The office was still in a building on Bank Street in the late 70’s when I was in an event-filled year-long tour of The Shantymen of Cache Lake. Later, John dyed his hair black to play the male lead in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (and it never came back to it’s original blonde!). I was thrilled when fellow cast members of The Komagata Maru Incident supported my suggestion to do a benefit performance for the “boat people” who came to Ottawa that year from Vietnam.
I was one of two brides who got married during the run of Red Tape Running Shoes and Razzamatazz. The birth of our first child was announced in the program for Robin Hood, when John was playing Willy Nilly. John was also in The Second Shepherd’s Play, complete with live animals and actors’ pranks. Then there was the Christmas that we did all of our shows in rep, with a new baby (our second) in the dressing room (and performed in Opera Lyra’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at the same time!).
And now we’re coming back again on January 27th, and looking forward to it. I’ve been to heaven and I know what it looks like. It’s a crowd of young kids, giving us their rapt attention, laughing at our jokes, loving our puppets. It doesn’t happen every time we do a show but when the situation is perfect, I can see the angels and hear their wings.