Fenton & White Share Happiness In Calgary

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Fenton & White will be in Calgary with The Happiness Equation

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On May 25th, Calgary theatre-goers will get a sneak peek at The Happiness Equation, a new comedy written by Fenton & White .  This reading is part of the Suncor Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work at Lunchbox Theatre.

The reading will be directed by Shari Wattling (Dramaturge for many seasons for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects) and will feature Andy Curtis (Doing Leonard Cohen, The 39 Steps)  Katherine Fadum (Grease, Gentleman Prefer Blondes), Duval Lang (The Exotic Anguish Of Don Juan, You Will Remember Me) and Valerie Ann Pearson (Lion In The Streets, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again).

So what is the show about?  The description goes something like this ….

When Jackson and Carrie go on a first date, they are surprised to discover they spend more time talking about Carrie’s widowed father and Jackson’s divorced mother than they do about themselves.  All they want is for their parents to be happy.  Things take a turn for the unexpected when they decide to set their single parents up on a surprise double date.  The Happiness Equation is a warm-hearted comedy that explores how easy it is to lose our own sense of joy in the process of trying to ensure the happiness of others.

The first public reading will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday May 25th.

Tickets are first come first served on the night of the reading.

For details on the festival and the other amazing shows, go to the Lunchbox Theatre web site at http://www.lunchboxtheatre.com/stage-one-festival-of-new-canadian-work/

Lunchbox Theatre is located in the base of the Calgary Tower at 160, 115, 9th Avenue, S.E.

If you have friends or family in Calgary who might be interested in this reading, encourage them to come and join the fun.

 

Warmest Regards,

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Fenton & White (or in this case … White & Fenton)

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Fenton & White Get Busy

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SIGNS OF SPRING ARE ALL AROUND

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It seemed like winter didn’t want to relinquish its hold on us this year, but the snow is now melted and spring is bringing colour and life back to the grey days.  Planting creative seeds in the cool months led to a spring calendar bursting with artistic activity.  Read on to see what Fenton & White have been up to and what’s on the horizon.

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BRAVE READERS AND AUTHORS AT THE WESTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE CONFERENCE

(Photo courtesy of WODL)

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On March 14th and 15th, we traveled to Sarnia to meet with community theatres from Western Ontario, read from our plays and in the case of the grouping above, have participants picked from the audience get a chance to bring our words to life on a new script in front of an audience.  We had a great time and were so grateful for the opportunity to connect with people who are passionate about theatre.

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CREATING NEW WORK CAN BE A LOT OF FUN

(Photo by Nicola Pantin)

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Scott has been busy working with Smile Theatre to create a new revue called The Sunny Side Of The Street.  A draft script was written in February and throughout March the design team turned a vision into a show.

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WARREN MACDONALD CREATED THIS FANTASTIC GRAPHIC

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After the script was written and production was underway, the graphic designer for the company came up with this brilliant logo with a sunny side up egg in the sky.  A perfect match for the comedy and whimsy of the material.

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Smile Cast

LAURA GRANDFIELD, SCOTT WHITE AND NICOLA PANTIN IN THE BACK ROW

JESSIE COX, FRANK SINATRA (IN PUPPET FORM) AND NIKO COMBITSIS IN FRONT

(Photo by Kevin Olson)

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The creative team was assembled and rehearsals began.  The back row includes our stage manager, myself as director and Nicola the choreographer.  In the front … our winning cast.

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WHEN REHEARSALS BECOME A SHOW

(Photo by Warren MacDonald)

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And then on April 23rd, the cast showed off their skills at their dress rehearsal before launching into a 10 week tour of Ontario.  Their vaudeville skills include tap dancing with their hands, puppetry, hat juggling, playing various instruments (including toy accordion, ukulele and cajon) and singing and dancing up a storm.  They will perform between 70 and 80 shows, making seniors around Ontario smile.  Smile Theatre was recently named in an article of 10 theatre organizations in the world that change lives for the better.  To read the article click  here.

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COMEDY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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In a few weeks, Scott will be accompanying an amazing group of comediennes at a benefit performance for The Sistering Organization on Bloor Street.  This charity helps women who find themselves under-resourced or out on the streets and provides shelter and assistance.  I look forward to reuniting with many amazing women I had the honour of working with earlier in my career.  For tickets and more information, go to Mother of all Mothers Day Comedy

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FENTON & WHITE RETURN TO CALGARY IN MAY

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For those of you following our writing exploits, Pete and I have been working on a new comedy called The Happiness Equation.  We are delighted to announce that the one act version of the play has been selected as a participant in the Stage One Festival Of New Canadian Work at Lunchbox Theatre.  We will keep you apprised of the date and time of our reading which will either be on May 25th or 26th.  Come and hear our latest warm- hearted comedy read by some of Calgary’s finest actors.

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COMPULSION NOW HAS A WEB SITE WITH THE FULL CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

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In July, Scott’s new musical Compulsion will be presented at the 200 seat Factory Theatre in Toronto as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.  The show is opening the festival on July 4th at the coveted 8:15 PM spot.  Passes for the festival will go on sale on June 1st, tickets to the general public will go on sale on June 7th.  We have lined up a fantastic cast.  Donors got a first peek at casting and now we are revealing it to you … our readers.  To see the website, showtimes and see who is in the cast click here.

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We look forward to seeing many of you over the upcoming few months as we continue to create, explore and play in the arts.  Wishing you a spring filled with warm weather, and the desire to get out and see what is going on in your community.

Warmest Regards,

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(Photo taken by Linda-Lee Armstrong)

 

Fenton & White Go East Part 1

This blog has been slightly delayed because of a very busy schedule.   Over the next few days I’ll try and get out some photos from our East Coast adventure.  I’ve added links (underlined in blue) so you can find out more about the places we’ve been and the places we are going. The focus over the upcoming weeks will be putting up our show Newfoundland Mary in Calgary at Lunchbox Theatre .  Until then, here is a snapshot of our trip from Toronto to Halifax on the train.  The trip was taken in two parts.  On Tuesday March 21st we headed to Montreal to visit friends and take in a theatre festival.  It is a pleasant 5 hour trip.

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EVERY FENTON & WHITE JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A COFFEE

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THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTLY AS WE PULLED AWAY FROM UNION STATION IN TORONTO AT 9 AM

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AS WE HEADED OUT OF TORONTO, WE CROSSED THE DON RIVER AND WAVED FAREWELL TO OUR CONDO WHICH  IS VISIBLE IN THE DISTANCE

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WITHIN A SHORT TIME, GORGEOUS VIEWS OF LAKE ONTARIO OPEN UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE TRAIN.

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ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TRAIN THE SCENERY IS GENTLY ROLLING FARM LAND

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WE TRAVELED ECONOMY ON THIS LEG OF THE JOURNEY AND AT THE HALF-WAY MARK, ORDERED A BOXED LUNCH WHICH WAS VERY TASTY.

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AT AROUND 2:30 IN THE AFTERNOON WE CROSSED THE ST. LAURENCE RIVER AND PULLED INTO MONTREAL

I know a lot of people use bargain sites, such as Trivago to shop and compare, but we have still found cheaper rates on Hotwire at the last minute.  In order to get the best deal, you choose an area of the city you are visiting and a star rating.  The name of the hotel is blocked until after you book, and you have to pre-pay your reservation.  Using this method, we got a four star room a 10 minute walk from the train station and a 2 minute walk from Old Montreal for $127 Canadian.  This rate included all taxes and a hot breakfast in the morning.  We wound up staying at the Embassy Suites, and it was a terrific deal.  Below are a few shots of the suite.

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THE KITCHEN WAS LARGE WITH A NICE CALIFORNIA BAR

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THE LIVING ROOM HAD A LARGE TV, A NICE DESK AND ENOUGH ROOM TO ENTERTAIN

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POCKET DOORS ON THE BEDROOM AREA ALLOWED YOU TO CLOSE OFF THE BEDROOM IF YOU HAVE COMPANY OVER

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THE BATHROOM HAD A JACUZZI TUB WITH A STAND-UP SHOWER IN THE CORNER

Our evening plans were to go for dinner, meet up with my stage manager from the Becoming Carol tour (Kevin Olson) and then go and see the play Jabber as part of the Geordie Theatre Festival.  We wound up at the Le Saint-Bock microbrewery at 1749 St. Denis Street. If you click the link above, you will see the beer menu.  We tried a fine cognac beer with a marshmallow in it.  And the food was pretty spectacular too.  I was recommended to a variation on poutine that had fries and curds, but was dressed with meats and peppers and a light gravy.  It was tasty.

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A TASTY VARIATION ON POUTINE AT LE SAINT BOCK

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THEN IT WAS ON TO SEE THE SHOW … WHICH WAS TRULY FANTASTIC

After the show, we had time to catch up with Haylee Tucker our former assistant stage manager from our show Bemused which played Theatre Northwest a few years ago.  She is studying at the National Theatre School right now.   And then it was off to bed.

Tomorrow … exploring Montreal’s museums, food and culture.

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FENTON & WHITE GIVE THEIR FIRST DAY IN MONTREAL A THUMBS UP