NEWS FLASH #1

Okay you’ve all (well, whichever of you have been reading my blog – I love you guys) been waiting for the news I’ve been intimating for the last couple of months.  Well there is some news but I’ll give you some little bits of news before the larger news.

SMALL NEWS #1

I’ve been asked to part of something else for the Canadian Stage Festival of Ideas and Creation.  Aside from the William Finn evening on June 22. I’ve been asked to read one of the roles in the three evening presentation of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play COAST OF UTOPIA.  It’s three small plays, originally performed as one evening, which Canadian Stage is presenting in their separate units over the course of three evenings  – June 17, 18, and 19 as a benefit for the Actors Fund of Canada.  I’ll be a part of the second part (Shipwreck) , being read on June 18.  It’s supposed to be an amazing play and I’m really excited to be asked and to hear it.

Each of the three parts of the trilogy features over 35 actors – so over three days over 100 actors will be participating in this massive Benefit reading.
The plays are being read as follows:
Voyage (Wed June 17 at 7 pm)
Shipwreck (Thurs June 18 at 7 pm)
Salvage (Fri June 19 at 7 pm)

http://www.canstage.com/festivalweektwo#shipwreck

SMALL NEWS #2

Okay so secondly, I’ll be singing with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) choir on Pride day – June 28.  It will be part of the big public service they do every year.  It’s at 11:00 at the parking lot just North of Carlton on Church.  Always a good time.  I’m doing a really fun duet with the fantastic Stephanie Martin.  (possibly two)

http://www.pridetoronto.com/festival/events/372

BIG NEWS

Okay so it’s not humungous news but it’s pretty fun.  I don’t normally like to broadcast this sort of information before I’ve signed the contract but at this point, it’s pretty definite.  In the fall I’ll be reprising my role, Aldolpho (the role for which I was just nominated for the Jessie Award in Vancouver), in The Drowsy Chaperone.  In fact, our whole production is being taken lock, stock and barrel, as a co-production between The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and The National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  So we play The Citadel from Sept. 5 – Oct. 4,

http://www.citadeltheatre.com/events.php?eventid=716&cat=43

and The National Arts Centre from Oct. 14 – Oct. 31

http://www.nac-cna.ca/en/whatson/results.cfm?EventID=5910

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I’ve never done a remount before.  The great thing is there are enough cast changes (some people just aren’t available) to keep it fresh and feel like a new show. So it will be fun to revisit the crazed Aldolpho once again.  It was so much fun the first time. If you can make to it either, do.  It was such a fun production and quite a brilliant and fun show.

There is more news to come but that’s not solid yet.  Hopefully I’ll have more for you in the next few weeks.

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Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 4:17 am  Comments (1)  

AMENDMENT

So I have to amend my last entry a bit.  I will no longer be appearing with Marcus Nance and David Rogers.  I’m very sad about that.  Something personal had come up and Marcus was extraordinarily understanding about my having to bow out of his evening.  So kudos to him.  Don’t worry y’all, nothing bad.

But if anyone was thinking of going to the evening.  It will still be a great  night as Marcus and David are both fantastic performers.

More stuff to come.

Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 3:40 am  Leave a Comment  

JESSIE AWARDS – VANCOUVER

Oh my God, you guys.  I’m so thrilled and honoured.  I’ve been nominated for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE  for playing Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone at Vancouver Playhouse.

http://www.jessies.ca/

The awards take place June 15.  Wow.  I won’t be able to go but I’ll ask someone to accept if for me in case I actually win.  This is just the icing. I’ve rarely had as much fun as  had doing Drowsy.  Aldolpho is such a gift for an actor.  He is so insane.  There is no boundary.  No end to his outrageousness.  I’m also thrilled that Max Reimer, our director was also nominated as well as our choreographer, Dayna Tekach.  Max was so on top of the show. He knew it inside out and knew just how far to push everyone.  It was amazing.  And Dayna created such extraordinary numbers. So much fun to do.  So much fun to watch.  It was a dream.

We actually got 9 nominations.    I’m thrilled for the nominees and thrilled for the cast and especially for the theatre.  Woohoo.  It was a really great day.

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 6:57 am  Leave a Comment  

POST DREAMGIRLS, NORMAN JEWISON AND BEYOND

Hey all.  Okay, I should have gotten to this sooner.  Okay, first things first.

DREAMGIRLS CLOSING:  It went really well.  It was a great run.  I think it did extremely well for the theatre.  We seemed to be at least 80 – 85% average.  It always seemed pretty full.  And the cast got along really well.  We had some allergy issues come into play with some voices right near the end but everyone made it. Whew!!!  Thank God.  We did not need people going down the last 3 shows.   So the end of another run passes without incident.  And on top of that, I ended up getting a really nice review in one of the papers which was nice, especially  since I didn’t think I was particularly interesting in the part.  But I’ve realized something.  I often don’t.  hahahaha or maybe it’s just the last few.  Well, no I loved Drowsy Chaperone and I thought I was pretty good in that I must say.  And I didn’t hate myself in A New Brain.  But there were parts where I didn’t love me in in that show. Ah well. As long as the public enjoyed it and I didn’t hate myself.  That’s all that matters.  lol

TRIBUTE TO NORMAN JEWISON:  So on Monday night, I sang at this benefit for the Regent Park rebuilding project which was a tribute to Norman Jewison and Reverend Gordon Winch.  It was wild.  Really fun.  The evening was hosted by Don Harron.  And in between videos and a couple of speeches, 7 performers, mostly from the musical world, were brought in to sing songs from Mr. Jewison’s films.  The performers were myself, Jackie Richardson, Louise Pitre, Alana Bridgewater, Jennie Such, Danny Brooks, and Yvan Pedneault.  I got to sing a medley of “Heaven On The Minds” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” which went well, even though I screwed up some of the lyrics but still sold the shit out of it.  I had a moment where I became so aware of Norman Jewison watching me sing this song. Aaaaaahhhh.  Then there was a party afterwards and many people said lovely things about my performance so I guess I didn’t screw up too badly.  Whew!  But what was really cool was Jackie Hennessy, twin sister of well-known actress Jill Hennessy, was there and . . . well I won’t give the details because it will sound too conceited but she really liked my work, which needless to say, was very cool.

BACK HOME:  And now here I am, back in Toronto – Post Dreamgirls, Post Norman Jewison.  I’m really looking forward to being here for the summer.   What’s coming up?  Well, just little bits for right now.

1.  I and David Rogers are going to be guests of Marcus Nance at Statler’s on June 8.

2.  I’ll be Sharron Matthews guest on one of her final Sharron’s Party’s in June.

3.  I’ll be part of Canadian Stage’s Festival of Ideas and Creation.  Broadway composer and Tony Award Winner William Finn is going to be in town to do a couple of masterclasses and an up-close and personal evening.  At the evening, 4 performers (myself, Steven Gallagher, Barbara Barsky, and Eliza-Jane Scott) will perform numbers from his shows between the interview segments, which will be mediated by Richard Ouzounian.  June 22, at 7:00

http://www.canstage.com/festivalweekthree#sound

Really excited about that.

And that’s about it, kids.  Other than that, it’s a summer of continuing to open up my own possiblities.  I’m hopefully going to do another cabaret.  And I’m also banking on it being a “film and TV summer”.  So pray, my children.

You know I just went away from the computer for  few minutes, lost in thought.

“What was Thom thinking?”

I’m glad you asked, y’all.  I was thinking that on the road to becoming who we are, we go through being so many people.  And we make so many of the same mistakes.  Growing, changing, dare I say “evolving” takes so many conscious choices to find it’s way.  I’m realizing it’s not the path itself that becomes easier, it’s the willpower it takes to keep making risky/difficult/costing choices that becomes stronger.  You just get used to being brave.   Bravery can become a habit.  I find myself, right now, wandering through a world of trying to make choices that are hard but I know are ultimately the right ones.  I stumble, I fall, I get up, I persevere, I triumph, I stumble again, but maybe don’t fall, etc.   The trick is to tell those negative voices that tell you “I told you so” to suck it, then pick yourself up and say “I’ll do better next time” and keep on walking.  I have things I want to accomplish in this life and I won’t let myself get in my own way anymore.

So join with me y’all.  Repeat after me,  “BRAVERY IS THE NEW BLACK” – it looks good on everyone. (And it’s so slimming)

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 1:01 am  Leave a Comment  

BEAUTIFUL GIFT

I was just sent this poem by a very dear friend and it absolutely floored me.  I’d never read it.  It speaks of something we talk a lot about in acting.  The idea that it’s the journey and not the destination. It’s the joys and heartaches of getting there, not of being there.
For all of you wonderful folks that come to read my blog and share my life – or bits thereof – consider this a little thank you to you all.  Thank you for continuing to come on this journey with me.

(Don’t worry, I’m not planning to off myself or anything.  LOL This is a celebration.)  Many more posts to come.  You know by now,  you can’t shut me up.

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

DREAMGIRLS CHECK-IN

So the show goes on.  It’s been a really cool experience,  y’all.  The houses have been a really good size.  About 80 – 95% which is awesome for us and the Grand Theatre.  And the crowds have apparently loved the show.  I really love this cast.  Wonderful, talented people who are all into giving the audience a huge thrill of a show each night.  And it’s great to be able to do this show as an actor of colour.

One more week left and I think it will be just enough time.  Not too long that you’re over it but long enough that you can feel like you explored it a lot.

Hmmmm  I thought I had more to say at this point.   I guess i don’t .  It’s also 1:38 am and I’m freakin’ exhausted.  Tomorrow is the day off and I need it.  I will probably say more tomorrow as I’ll be able to think a little more clearly.  Pray for me.

Published in: on May 4, 2009 at 5:39 am  Comments (1)