Oh, How I Miss Rehearsals! – Anthea Goodwin

Growing up in Pickering, I was a part of a community theatre group.  I was only 10, and dying to get on stage!  BUT I had to settle for spot light operator or stage crew until I was 18.  I would go to rehearsals in the church basement with my Mum & learn all the songs and choreography!  I wasn’t the only groupie-kid that … Read More

The Effort Needed for Effortlessness – Valerie Russell

Directing a show, particularly a musical, takes a lot of research and careful planning. Every show has a segment that tests the experience and creativity of everyone in its company. Examples of this might be how half of the actors in Secret Garden are dead – how to make that clear to the audience without dressing everyone in sheets? Or … Read More

Miracle on 2nd Street – Kate Shuker & Matt Blundell

One of the special things about being part of community theatre is the camaraderie.  Whether performing on stage or being part of the crew, friendships are forged through theatre.  Sometimes those friendships only last for the run of the show and then fade, some may last for a few seasons… sometimes you are lucky enough to build a friendship that … Read More

Holiday Magic at the Firehall Theatre – Catherine Martin

I have always loved Jane Austen, because her stories take me away to beautiful places where everyone lives happily ever after. That’s why, when I heard that they were holding auditions for Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley, a sequel to Pride & Prejudice, I knew I had to go – even though I was currently rehearsing for Blithe Spirit. Blithe Spirit was a comedy, … Read More

Christmas from the Stage – Matt Kowalyk

I have a love/hate relationship with acting.  It’s very strange – I liken it to a veteran pilot that’s terrified of heights – it doesn’t make sense on so many levels including the BIG question:  If you’re afraid of heights, why become a pilot in the first place?  It’s a fair question.  Some personal insights into theatre from my perspective before I go … Read More

Dance in Front of Me, I’m Naked! – Denise Burnham

As an experienced sewer and dresser of many years with the Northumberland Players productions, I have one special memory that never ceases to halt me in my tracks to enjoy a good belly laugh regardless of my surroundings. The Players rendition of The Full Monty was a fun loving, literally pant splitting adventure from the first practice to the final … Read More

“Now, cue the nuns!” – Katie Kennedy

This whole pandemic thing has led to organizations being forced to move operations online. Katie Kennedy wrote this piece after a Town of Cobourg Committee of the Whole meeting had to be postponed due to technical issues. The Committee of the Whole are meeting in the beautiful Victoria Hall ballroom to ensure safe distancing during this time and it made … Read More

“The Players changed my life for the better” – Kevin Ward

In the early 80’s, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect, guaranteeing all Canadians fundamental political and civil rights.  Except the Charter excluded the defeated Bill C-242, an act to prohibit discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.  In the early 80’s, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was still known as “Gay Cancer”, then GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency).  The … Read More

A Director’s Dream Team – Jack Boyagian

I was introduced to the Players in 2001. Derrick Cunningham, a fellow teacher at East Northumberland School and an actor in the musical, invited me to a dress rehearsal of Jesus Christ Superstar. I went and was awestruck. So much so that I was in five shows in one calendar year with the Players after that. I was blown away … Read More

“I Remember The Energy” – Marie Anderson

There are times when a cast fits together so tightly that once all the various parts come together, the show appears to be seamless. That seemed to happen with this show. Jesus Christ Superstar was my first show with the Players, and it went well enough that we were asked to take the whole show to Sarnia to compete in … Read More