Bob Clark Steps Out Of The Booth And Into The Shoes Of Matthew Cuthbert

VOS THEATRE recently caught up with Bob Clark who plays the iconic role of Matthew Cuthbert in our Production of Anne of Green Gables.

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VOS THEATRE: What is it that you are enjoying most about playing Matthew Cuthbert? BOB CLARK: Initially it was the story that interested me. Matthew, the quiet introvert comes out of himself and with the help of this exuberant girl, and finds that he can make a difference.

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Bob Clark as Scrooge with Justin McKague in 2012

VOS: You’re our expert sound guy what is it about this show/role that gets you out of the booth and onto the stage?
BC: I trusted the director and the creative team to pick the people they wanted. I was very pleased to be chosen for Matthew. This lets our group give someone else the satisfaction of using the great sound system we have to create a good experience for our audiences.

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Bob performing with daughter Samantha at a VOS Christmas Concert (2014)

VOS: Ever read the books?
BC: Actually – No. But I have visited Green Gables and have seen the musical and the movie.

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Bob works with Sound Designer Todd Charlton in 2013

VOS: You grew up on a farm. Is Matthew like any of the men you knew growing up?
BC: The one thing I remember was how different each of the men I knew growing up were. I grew up in a rural community where we knew our neighbours because we played together, worked together, went to school and church together. We got to know each others’ families quite well and I saw the differences among the men and how they made the community work despite their differences.

VOS: You’ve been working with community theatres for a long time – what is it you enjoy about the rehearsal process?
BC: The rehearsal process lets an actor try different approaches to the text and work with the director, the fellow actors and the production team to make the written words on the script come to life. I find that very exciting.

VOS: What’s the worst part about putting a show together?
BC: The worst part is that all that creative energy that comes to a peak during the performances and then is over with the last show.

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VOS: When you’re not volunteering for non-profit theatre you’ve got a day job. What is it you do?
BC: I am a consultant who specializes in urban and rural land use planning with a specialty in agricultural planning and municipal finance. With our staff we provide land use planning and special agricultural services to municipalities and private land owners mainly in Eastern Ontario.


Don’t miss Bob Clark as Matthew Cuthbert!

The VOS THEATRE Production of Anne of Green Gables runs from July 13 to 22
Tickets are available from the Box Office at 905-372-2210
Or Book Online Now

Announcing the VOS Theatre Musicals for 2018

The VOS Theatre Annual General Meeting was held on June 21st, and Executive Producer Florence Fletcher was pleased to announce 2 upcoming major musical productions for 2018 – Guys and Dolls in April, and The Music Man in November.

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Also announced were 3 exciting Entertainment Events at Dalewood Golf Club.  Fabulous food, a lovely venue, and performances by VOS THEATRE in September 2017, December 2017 and February 2018.

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Dalewood Golf Club

More details to follow!

She’s Our Resident Expert on All Things Anne

VOS THEATRE caught up with Erin Welsh who plays Mrs. Barry in our production of Anne of Green Gables the Musical.

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VOS THEATRE: It is well known within our organization that you love this production. So what is it about Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books that you love so much?

ERIN: Anne was a book that my mom grew up reading and she introduced me to it. I guess what I love is that even though Anne lived a hard childhood, she always had hope and was full of adventure. My best friend growing up had red hair so her and I had fun pretending we were Anne and Diana and acting out the book.

VOS THEATRE: You lived in PEI for a while?

Erin: I Did! It’s such an amazing place. I knew that I always wanted to visit the red sand of PEI and visit the places described in the book. I ended up working at Avonlea village…..a place that acts out the story on a daily basis.

VOS THEATRE:  Can you tell us about your job in Anne’s country?

Erin: I worked in Cavendish at the Anne of Green Gables store. It was a lot of fun to get to share my love of Anne with the customers and the cast at the village. On my breaks it was fun to go out and have high tea with your favourite characters and participate in good old kitchen parties.

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VOS THEATRE: How many times have you seen the show?

Erin: Oh goodness I’m not sure I want to share that. I’ve seen Anne and Gilbert twice. I’ve seen the musical at least 10 times plus,  I also listened to the soundtrack on a loop 8 hours a day for 4 months at work.

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VOS THEATRE – What’s the appeal? What is it about the show that audiences love?

Erin: I think it’s just a feel good show. Anne has such a sense of wonder and excitement that’s it’s hard not to be pulled in to her world.

VOS THEATRE: What is it you’re enjoying most about finally appearing in the show?

ERIN: Well I mentioned before that I used to pretend to be Diana Barry as a child. It.was always my  dream to be her and live her life. And now I get to play Mrs Barry which is pretty awesome….my chances of being Diana are pretty slim now unless we put on production of Anne the geriatric version.

VOS THEATRE: Now you’ve given away our summer show for 2018.

You’re a teacher. Tell us, is the Anne series still relevent today?

Erin: It is! It’s definitely a story the children still Love! I’ve used it as a read aloud in class book before and the kids loved coming dressed up as their favourite character.

VOS THEATRE: Tell Anne of Green Gables book fanatics how the musical represents Montgomery’s series.

Erin: It does a great job pulling out the fun parts of the story, and does stay true to Montgomery’s story line, just with an infusion of energy and fun songs.

VOS THEATRE: Oh we almost forgot – favourite song in the show?

Erin: Oh, that’s a hard one. I think it would be a toss up between the Lady Cordelia and Ice Cream. Anne’s songs are just so catchy – you can’t help but smile and sing along.


 

Anne of Green Gables runs for 2 weeks only

July 13-22

Tickets are available through the Victoria Hall Box Office

905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Or Book Online Now

Behind the Scenes at Rehearsals for Anne of Green Gables

The cast and production team enjoyed a great rehearsal last weekend, working through vocals, scene work, and some of the amazing choreography by Sam Clark, Stephanie Koomen, and JP Baldwin.

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A happy bunch of actors
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Stephanie Koomen & Sam Clark
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The Student Ensemble rehearses a scene
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Running Vocals

 

Anne of Green Gables runs for 2 weeks only from July 13-22

Tickets are available through the Victoria Hall Box Office

905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Or Book Online Now

Meet the Creative Team for VOS Theatre’s Anne of Green Gables

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VOS THEATRE is pleased to announce that Anne of Green Gables will come to life under the direction of Joel Varty (Artistic Director) Angela Main (Vocal Director) and Jill Baker (Orchestra Director). This talented team will be holding auditions the end of March.

Watch our Facebook page and vostheatre.com for more information.


Anne of Green Gables opens July 13 and runs until July 22 at Victoria Hall in Cobourg, Ontario.

Tickets are already selling quickly!
Reserve yours today by calling 905-372-2210 or Book Online.

In their own words: Conversations with the Cast of A Certain Singing Teacher

A Certain Singing Teacher opens Friday, February 10th.  If you haven’t yet reserved your seats, call 1-855-372-2210 or Book Online now.

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The cast of A Certain Singing Teacher in rehearsal

 The Cast

Allan Fairfax Christopher Spear
Hillary Carlyle Heather Town
Francine LaSalle Kristiane Black
Antonio Pasquali Liam Cragg
Sam Saller Stephanie Koomen

VOS Theatre caught up with the cast from A Certain Singing Teacher and here’s what we found out.

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Liam Cragg & Kristriane Black in rehearsal for A Certain Singing Teacher

Tell us about yourself in two sentences or less.

Kristiane:   I’ve been a resident of Cobourg for the past 11 years, and I love living, working and playing in this town.  My passions include my partner Dave, our children, my work as a United Church minister, gardening, cooking and playing the piano.

Liam:   I got up the nerve to get on stage in 1999 and haven’t looked back since then.
I love taking on bigger than life characters and Antonio Pasquali is no exception

Heather:  I am a colour consultant at Colour Your World in Port Hope. I’ve been involved in lots of VOS musical productions – I love singing and dancing. I’m a board member with VOS THEATRE and long time volunteer.

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Christopher Spear in the PTG Production of Hedda Gabler

Many of you have been involved in large musicals with 30 or more cast members and equally large production teams. What’s great about a smaller ensemble?

Kristiane:    It’s a lot easier to feel like family and work out little glitches – it’s really fun to know that we’re all in it together, with all of us doing the heavy lifting together!

Christopher:  It is good to get to know everyone in the cast and to see what everyone is doing before the dress rehearsal.

Liam:  The great thing about a small cast is that everyone is integral to the show.
It’s a tight knit group and we rely heavily on each other.

Stephanie:  What I love about a smaller ensemble is that you get to know each individual person. With a cast of 30 or more you don’t really get to bond with every person in the cast.

Heather:  I’ve enjoyed that the entire cast is part of every rehearsal. We’ve all been able to watch each other’s characters develop from the start, and watch the show come together like the production team of a larger show does! 

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Liam Cragg prepping for Grandpa in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Which popular sitcom character is closest to your character in the play?

Kristiane:    Maybe a cross between Maude, Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore in the newsroom?  It’s hard to find anyone quite like Francine in contemporary sitcoms – she’s completely a product of her era – the 70’s and 80’s

Christopher:  No Satellite and no cable so I’m afraid I don’t know sitcoms

Liam:  Massimo from the movie, ‘The Wedding Planner’, and I’ve used a bit of Homer Simpson (but an Italian Homer Simpson)

Stephanie:  The first character that comes to mind is Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory but I don’t think my character is quite that extreme. I’m not too familiar with any neurotic phobics on television.

Heather:  I actually don’t watch much sit-com type TV so I’m not really sure.. to pick a movie character from (somewhat near) that time period, I think I’d say she has a little Connie Conehead in her! Tough on the outside, kind of trendy but individual. really just a softie romantic on the inside though.

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Stephanie Koomen in rehearsal for A Certain Singing Teacher

Is there a moral to the story – does Singing Teacher have a message?

Kristiane:    It’s a story about second chances and the hard work that it sometimes takes to make a relationship last – along with love, you need trust, commitment and the ability to forgive and move forward…

Christopher:  Your sins will find you out but you may get forgiven……or you may not. And possibly that hard work gets its reward (in one way or another) in the end.

Liam:  Follow your dreams. You may not realize them but you’ll find something interesting along the way.

Stephanie:  I think that there are many messages throughout the story and that they are told through each character. For my character, Sam, I believe the message is to take advantage of every opportunity you are given because something great might come of it.

Heather:  I think Singing Teacher encourages individuality, and independence.

 

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Heather Town & Kristiane Black in rehearsal for A Certain Singing Teacher

 

This production is set in the 80’s. Favourite 80s culture detail?

Kristiane:    Being an 80’s show, there’s a lot of material that would have been quite forward thinking, not the least is that Francince and Alan lived together for 18 years without being married.  You gotta love the portable phones of the time, and since you couldn’t text in those days, a lot of the miscommunication between Allan and Francine works:  in the play they do have to rely on either face to face or live phone calls to get a message across!

Christopher:  Has to be the “cell” phone

Liam:  The 20 minute workout on TV

Stephanie:  I wasn’t even thought of in the 80’s so I couldn’t really tell you.

Heather:  Go big or go home! The big hair, the big jewelry!

 

This show is a romantic comedy and we hear it’s something everyone  will enjoy Valentines weekend. True?

Kristiane:    If you’re a Cobourger, you get a chance to support local talent, including most of the cast, production team and the playwright.  If that’s not enough, you can relax as you sit around a table with friends enjoying the fun.  And if all that isn’t enough, you get to enjoy some silliness along with some heart-warming and bittersweet moments.  Personally, I think Francine is just a great character, and I’m loving getting to know her better with every run of the play!

Christopher:  Hints of naughtiness, a touch of desparate longing, unfaithfulness and jealousy, lovers spats, some good laughs and a happy ending – all life is here.

Liam:  Yes! I feel there are many genuine ‘laugh out loud’ moments in this show. It’s the perfect way to do something special with your special someone.

Stephanie:  Yes, it’s a great show to see Valentines weekend. It’s dramatic and funny, and it’s even funnier if you know the actors personally. I hope that everyone gets a chance to see it.

Heather:  I’d say so! Also a great girls’ night show.


A Certain Singing Teacher opens Friday, February 10th.  If you haven’t yet reserved your seats, call 1-855-372-2210 or Book Online now.