Connecting as Equals – Rebecca Rennicks

One of the highlights for me since returning to NP as a “grown up” was actually fulfilling a very small backstage role as Dresser for the 2017/18 season’s The 39 Steps.  This may be an unusual choice, but it was more about who I was dressing: Mr. Dave Clark, my high school drama teacher and the person who introduced me … Read More

Energy Circles – Ricardo Canlas

I have been a proud member of Northumberland Players for the past 5 years now. I performed in several shows such as The Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor™ Dreamcoat, Sister Act, Drowsy Chaperone and CHICAGO! I love this community so much. As an extrovert, I release my energy and truly be myself when I am rehearsing or performing … Read More

Becoming Plaids – Ian Everdell

Four years ago today was opening night. The four of us warmed up, ran up and down the hall at the Best Western, straightened bowties and cummerbunds, had our hair slicked down, and practiced the harmony for “Scotland the Brave” one more time… then places was called, and “at nights and on weekends, we became Forever Plaid” (that was one … Read More

Behind the Scenes – Catherine Holland

I joined Northumberland Players seven years ago. I was cutting my front hedge when Mary Lou Secord walked by and we chatted about getting involved with volunteering. I told her I was interested in community theatre and she said she would pass my name and contact info to someone at Northumberland Players. The next day I received a text from … Read More

The Opportunity to Have So Much Fun – Heather Stubbs

When do you get to be as wacky as you want in front of people who paid to be there, and the wackier you are, the happier it makes them? That’s what it was like to play Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, and one of the reasons it was some of the best fun I’ve ever had. I lead … Read More

Support Allows Us to be Brave – Mary Schultz

I was introduced to the Northumberland Players in its very early days when I was still in public school. My father was heavily involved directing shows, building sets and even occasionally taking a starring role. My mother was also involved backstage with costumes, helping with make up, feeding people etc. and my sister starred in the very first musical they … Read More

Community Becoming Family – Ashley Larrimore

When I was first asked to write for the Stage Stories Scrapbook, I searched my brain for humorous anecdotes and found there were many; revealing wardrobe malfunctions, unintentionally overheard quips caught by a live mic, or countless backstage shenanigans I could talk about. But those are not the things I would choose to write about my experience with theatre. My … Read More

Sharing the Joy and Magic of Successful Shows – Brenda Worsnop

Some may think of this as a love story.  And it is in a way.  Love for theatre and love for my partner in crime!  You can decide. After about 40 years and well over 160 community and professional productions across Southern Ontario, acting, directing, stage managing, designing and painting sets, heading up props and costumes, pulling ropes, climbing ladders, running lights, sweeping … Read More

The Most Amazing Gift a Guy Could Ask For – Craig Martin

I grew up in a small town called Petrolia, and developed a love of theatre from a young age. As a teenager, I spent my summers volunteering at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (VPP), the local summer theatre which operated out of the beautiful old Victorian Town Hall. I saw first hand how a dedicated group of people can take words … Read More

She Will Always Be My Leading Lady – Evan Soutter

Summer of 2014, I was fresh off my first Musical Theatre production ever and looking to chase that with the next big show that the Northumberland Players would be putting on. That show just so happened to be Les Miserables. After auditioning, I got the call to say I had gotten the role of Marius on the condition that I … Read More