May Means Moving On

The past few weeks have been a blur.  We want to thank all of our readers who took the time to come out and see Newfoundland Mary in Calgary at Lunchbox Theatre.  The run was a fantastic success with good reviews, a truly lovely production and the final week was entirely sold out.  Shows that didn’t sell out in advance filled every seat with audience members purchasing at the door.  It was exciting to see such a great response to this musical romance.

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THE FINAL WEEK OF NEWFOUNDLAND MARY SOLD OUT

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Newfoundland Mary is still going strong thanks to our intrepid cast of Rennie Wilkinson and Guillermo Urra and stage manager Megan Gurnsey.   They are touring the show in partnership with Smile Theatre out to seniors’ residences and long-term care facilities until May 27th.  Our musical is touring with recorded tracks prepared prior to the tour.  This allowed Scott to fly home on May 16th to get ready for other work in Toronto.

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RENNIE WILKINSON GREETS PATRONS AFTER A PERFORMANCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND MARY IN A SENIORS’ RESIDENCE IN CALGARY

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GUILLERMO URRA PREPARES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AFTER A SHOW ON THE TOUR.

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AND WHAT DOES JUNE HOLD FOR FENTON & WHITE?

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June will offer a range of writing projects, from two weeks of writing work on Scott’s darker musical The Things We Did For Love, to doing a larger orchestration for an upcoming production of The Giant’s Garden later in the year, to looking at expansion of the one act version of Newfoundland Mary  into a full two act piece. There is always lots of possibilities and we will continue to devote whatever time we can to bringing our stories to as wide an audience as possible.   We will have a fuller update in June with information on places you can see Fenton & White reading from their work, Scott’s upcoming work with Theatre Direct and Sunday Serenades, and of course … updates on when our latest play will have a public appearance.   In the meantime, we hope that the month of June is filled with laughter and joy.

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Warmest Regards,

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Newfoundland Mary Travels to Calgary

The focus of April and mid-May will be putting up a production of Newfoundland Mary  at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary.   I’m already in Calgary doing rehearsals and Pete will fly out for the final previews and opening week of the run.  So read on to see the adventures of putting up a show.  As always, the blue font sections are clickable links.

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SCOTT PREPARES TO TAKE OFF FROM TORONTO … PETE WILL FLY OUT A FEW WEEKS LATER

The standard coffee shot at the beginning of each trip was a solo shot and I couldn’t hold onto the camera and get the coffee in the frame without risking spilling the coffee, so the above shot will have to do.

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THE VIEW FROM THE STREET NEAR WHERE I AM LIVING

For those who have never been to Calgary, on a clear day it feels like you can reach out and touch the mountains.  They beckon to me, but first there is work to be done.

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DURING MY TIME IN CALGARY I AM STAYING AT THE WESTERN WHITE HOUSE

I am fortunate to have family in Calgary and during the rehearsal time I am staying with the folks.  I am truly grateful to have a comfortable home away from home and also to get to spend time visiting.  And as you can see above, they have been spoiling me.

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DOWNTOWN CALGARY HAS CHANGED SINCE I MOVED AWAY 26 YEARS AGO

The city of Calgary has grown a great deal, and the downtown core has fascinating sculptures.  This piece,  called Wonderland  is at the base of the building known as “The Bow”

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A FULLER PERSPECTIVE OF THE SCULPTURE … BIGGER THAN THE VAN ON THE STREET, BUT DWARFED BY THE BUILDING ABOVE

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LUNCHBOX THEATRE IS AT THE BASE OF THE CALGARY TOWER

Each day, I make my way down on the C-train to rehearsals right at the core of the city.

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THE C-TRAIN IS AN EFFICIENT LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM

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THE POSTER FOR THE SHOW IS ON DISPLAY OUTSIDE THE THEATRE ALONG WITH OTHER SHOWS IN THE SEASON

Production photos will be coming up soon, but right now, costumes are being built, the set is installed and painted, lights are being hung and this week we add in the second musician and move into the theatre to complete rehearsals.  Pre-press is beginning such as the article from The University of Calgary Alumni Association (click the blue title to read the article if you wish).

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AFTER A LONG DAY OF REHEARSAL IT IS NICE TO COME HOME AND SEE RABBITS IN THE YARD … A SURE SIGN OF SPRING

Once the show is open and Pete is here, I will give a full update with some production photos and media coverage and a proper blog from both Fenton and White, but for now I’ll sign off from the rehearsal hall with a wish for a wonderful week ahead as I look forward to Pete’s arrival and the opening of the show.

Warmest Regards,

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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