Cast Members from Christmas at Dalewood Weigh in on Christmas Memories

VOS THEATRE asked some of the cast members to recall their favourite Christmases.

Michele MacAdam & her daughters

Favourite Christmas Gift

  • Michele MacAdam: Golden Retriever Puppy (red bow included)
  • Solveig Barber: A beautiful doll from my father
  • Joel Varty: GT Snow Racer – ZOOM!
Joel Varty & family on Christmas Morning with Santa head waffles

Favourite Christmas Tradition

  • Aidhana Howells: Wearing pajamas all Christmas day.
  • Joel Varty: Making Christmas morning pancakes decorated like Santa heads.
  • Fiona Milner: Getting Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.
  • Robb Howells: Opening the Advent calendar every year.
Fiona Milner appeared in 2017 Christmas at Dalewood

Favourite Christmas Music Memories

  • Fiona Milner: Getting my guitar for Christmas and playing the first cord.
  • Solveig Barber: Singing Norwegian Christmas songs while walking around the Christmas tree in Norway.
  • Robb Howells: Open gifts Christmas morning to The Nutcracker.
  • Michele MacAdam: Singing Carols with my parents and sisters (in harmony) in our family room on Christmas Eve.
  • Joel Varty: Coming home after a long day and watching White Christmas with my Mom.

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Mrs. Levine Opens Up

We recently spoke with long-time VOS actor Marg Kropf, who appears as one of two characters in The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs Levine, a dramatic reading this weekend at the Citizens’ Forum at Victoria Hall in Cobourg.

VOS: Marg, you are a natural story teller and I’ll bet you use those talents in the Play Reading for The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine. What do you love about the art of telling a story?

Marg Kropf: Yes, I definitely do incorporate storytelling into my acting. What do I love about storytelling?I am able to make myself a part of the story. When I have an attentive audience, I actually feel magically transported into the story itself. I feel the excitement building as the story progresses. I incorporate body language and movement, eye contact and vocal variety. All these have helped me bring the character of Mrs. Levine to life.

VOS: Tell us about Levine. It explores a son’s relationship with his mother?

Marg: Mrs. Levine is an eccentric and controlling mother who loves her son dearly.
The two have a love/hate relationship full of hilarious moments
but also deep tenderness. They can’t bear to be together, but they also can’t bear to be apart.

I myself have a real-life adult son whom I rarely see, and who is still trying to find himself. I can thus relate strongly to the feelings of both the mother and the son.

I love the final scene of the play. It may pull at the audience’s heartstrings.
It certainly pulls at mine.

The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs Levine runs for three performances only this weekend.   Tickets are $18 and are available of the Victoria Hall Box Office – 905-372-2210.

Re-post: Shrek the Musical in Cobourg

Re-post: Shrek the Musical in Cobourg

Shrek actor Steve Russell was featured in a Toronto based blog and had this to say:

It is “good for the whole family” – there is lots of adult content that will fly over the kids’ heads. It is also the Shrek story from the first film but with lots of new music and dance numbers added. It is a real treat for everyone. It was quite a hit on Broadway where there aren’t a lot of small children paying the bills. There is only one price for tickets (just like Mirvish shows).

I recommend it to everyone above the age of 5 or 6. Small children may be frightened by the dragon and other costumes. Adults will get the many references to other shows and appreciate the more significant meaning of ‘letting your freak flag fly’ and everyone will laugh at the fart jokes… in spite of themselves.