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The New Canadian Curling Club

By Mark Crawford
Directed by Miles Potter 

 



On now until Sat, Mar 07/2020

John Hirsch Mainstage

“Hilarious and inspiring story” – Blyth Festival

The town is so small it only has one Tim Hortons. But community-minded Marlene is determined to “diversify” the curling club. She enlists four newcomers to learn the game but when she breaks her hip, it’s up to her politically incorrect ex-husband Stuart to step in. Things start off badly and get worse. Stuart doesn’t think the new Canadians can hack it and they have bigger worries than mastering this strange sport. With team unity on the rocks, time is running out. Can they sweep aside their differences to compete in the Highlander Cup Bonspiel? Hurry hard to the theatre to find out!


Running time: Approx. 2 hours (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Strong language, strobe/fog effects
Production ID: 26936
Start Date: 2/13/2020 3:42:04 PM
End Date: 3/7/2020 3:42:12 PM
Title: The New Canadian Curling Club
Playwright: By Mark Crawford
Directed by Miles Potter 

 
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Synopsis: “Hilarious and inspiring story” – Blyth Festival

The town is so small it only has one Tim Hortons. But community-minded Marlene is determined to “diversify” the curling club. She enlists four newcomers to learn the game but when she breaks her hip, it’s up to her politically incorrect ex-husband Stuart to step in. Things start off badly and get worse. Stuart doesn’t think the new Canadians can hack it and they have bigger worries than mastering this strange sport. With team unity on the rocks, time is running out. Can they sweep aside their differences to compete in the Highlander Cup Bonspiel? Hurry hard to the theatre to find out!


Running time: Approx. 2 hours (incl. 1 intermission)
Warnings: Strong language, strobe/fog effects
Facility: John Hirsch Mainstage
Alternate URL: https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/The-New-Canadian-Curling-Club.aspx
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Display Rotator From: 2/2/2020 12:02:00 AM
Display Rotator To: 3/7/2020 11:59:59 PM

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Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:30 PM Talkback (what's this?) Best Seating BUY
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Actors

Charmaine Bailey Lorraine James

Lorraine James

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Timon of Athens (SIR); Storefront Church (ShanleyFest/Tara Players); Cabaret of Monologues (Sarasvàti); When God Comes for Breakfast, You Don’t Burn the Toast (Winnipeg Fringe); The Crucible (VP); Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Dramatic Theatre).

FILM/TV Into Visible Light (feature); Gone Finding My Daughter (Lifetime); Nomis (feature); Cashing In (APTN); Perfect Sisters (feature); Channel Zero (Showcase); Tempus Tormentum (feature).

TRAINING Gastown Actors Studio; Prairie Theatre Exchange; Vancouver Theatre Sports League; Citadel Theatre School.

Anoopjeet Singh Omar Alex Khan

Omar Alex Khan

ROYAL MTC Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Glengarry Glen Ross, Black Coffee.

OTHER THEATRE Timon of Athens, The School for Scandal, The Komagata Maru (Stratford); As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (CS); The Wars, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Grand); The Kite Runner (TC/Citadel); Moonlight and Magnolias (PTE); Richard III, The Merchant of Venice (SIR); Iceland (TPM); Three Sisters (TPM/zone41).

TV Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC); Remedy (Global); The Strain (FX); Less Than Kind (HBO Canada); Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Space).

ET CETERA Thanks to Royal MTC for making it possible for Melissa and me to go on this adventure together!

Stuart MacPhail Doug McKeag

Doug McKeag

ROYAL MTC The Cottage, Chimerica (with CS), Late Company, True West, Evita (with TC), Little Shop of Horrors (with TC).

OTHER THEATRE Blow Wind, High Water, The Secret Garden, Twelfth Night, God of Carnage, One Man, Two Guvnors, Enron, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TC); Arcadia, The Optimists, Glengarry Glen Ross (Theatre Junction); Toad of Toad Hall (ATP); A Man of No Importance, Follies (Dry Cold); Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit); Footloose (Rainbow); The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Little Mercy’s First Murder (Vertigo Theatre); Into the Woods (Citadel).

TEACHING Artist-in-Residence/Tutor, Quest University (BC) 2018.

ET CETERA Doug won a Betty Mitchell Award for his portrayal of an early-onset Parkinson’s patient in The Alan Parkinson’s Project. He produces concerts for Young Symphony Audiences that appear around the globe.

Mike Chang Zhaopeng Meng

Zhaopeng Meng

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Concord Floral, Arcadia, Love’s Labour’s Lost (U of W); New Beginnings (Sarasvàti).

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Honours Acting Program.

ET CETERA Many thanks to my family, friends, teachers and people who have supported me. Thank you. Thank you, Sophie, for letting me know the audition information.

Fatima Al-Sayed Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed

Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Selected credits include: Arcadia, Love’s Labour’s Lost (U of W); Animosity (Downside Up); Murder Oak, Road to Nowhere (Manitoba Mystery Co.). Assistant Director: Like Mother Like Daughter (Sarasvàti/Why Not Theatre Co.). Recent co-founder and collaborator of Out From Under the Rug Collective, which highlights the experiences of people of colour.

TRAINING University of Winnipeg Honours Acting; mentorship with Ann Hodges under Creative Manitoba; years of love and support from MTYP. 

ET CETERA Sophie gives all her love to her best friends, who told her to be brave. She is forever grateful for her family. This one is for her Papa.

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Artistic Team

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Playwright Mark Crawford

Mark Crawford

ROYAL MTC Actor: Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey.

OTHER THEATRE As one of Canada’s most-produced playwrights, Mark’s work has been staged across the country and internationally. His other plays are: Stag and Doe; Bed and Breakfast; The Birds and the Bees; and Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures. The Birds and the Bees was produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange in 2017, and all of Mark’s scripts are published by Winnipeg’s Scirocco Drama. As an actor, he has performed from coast to coast, most recently in Bed and Breakfast (Arts Club, Blyth, Globe, GCTC, Belfry, Centaur). He is currently appearing in The Outsider at Stage West Calgary.

TRAINING Mark is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

ET CETERA Nominated for a Dora Award with the ensemble of To Kill a Mockingbird (YPT). Mark grew up on his family’s farm near Glencoe, Ontario and now lives in Stratford.

Director Miles Potter

Miles Potter

ROYAL MTC Eighteen productions, including Much Ado About Nothing and Medea.

OTHER THEATRE Productions for virtually every theatre in the country including six productions for Stratford on all of their stages and three commercial shows for Mirvish productions in Toronto. Miles was the original Director and Dramaturge for Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy, one of the most produced Canadian plays around the world, and for Mark Crawford’s first play, Stag and Doe, as well as Beverly Cooper’s Innocence Lost.

TEACHING Miles has been a director at the National Theatre School as well as a guest teacher at Dalhousie University, George Brown College, Fanshawe College, Globe Theatre Conservatory, University of Memphis and The University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Set and Lighting Designer Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas

ROYAL MTC Poor Super Man (with CS), Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project (the Crow’s Theatre production), Ed’s Garage.

OTHER THEATRE Nathan The Wise, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Physicists (Stratford); Of Marriage and Men; 1979; 1837: The Farmers Revolt (Shaw); Next to Normal (Mirvish/The Musical Stage Co.); Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom, Heisenberg (CS); Passing Strange (Obsidian Theatre/Acting Upstage); The Pigeon King (Blyth); The Syringa Tree (The Grand, London); Step Right Up! (Theatre Orangeville); In The Wings (Theatre Passe Muraille); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dream in High Park); The Drowning Girls (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Real McCoy (Factory); Grounded (Lighthouse Festival); Rope Enough (Buddies in Bad Times).

TEACHING Steve has mentored students from Sheridan, Humber, Ryerson and Glendon College, and has been a lighting design coach at the National Theatre School of Canada. He also had several protégés on the Theatre Ontario Professional training grant.

ET CETERA Steve has received several awards, including four Dora Awards, for his set and lighting designs. He was also nominated for several of Canada’s most prestigious awards including the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the Pauline McGibbon Award, the K.M. Hunter Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award (33 nominations).

Costume Designer Maureen Petkau

Maureen Petkau

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Dragonfly, Sargent & Victor & Me, The Elmwood Visitation (TPM); The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Richard III, Henry IV, Romeo and Juliet (SIR); Angels in America Part 1 & 2, Ivanov (WJT); Peter Pan (MTYP).

FILM/TV Stand!, I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story, High Life, Sunnyside, Into Invisible Light, Me Estas Matando Susana, Silent Night, The Good Lie.

TRAINING B HumEc majoring in clothing design and history from the University of Manitoba.

Sound Designer Verne Good

Verne Good

ROYAL MTC Hirsch (2013), originally produced by Stratford Festival. Assistant Sound Designer: In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play (with Tarragon). Upcoming: Associate Sound Designer for A Thousand Splendid Suns (with Arts Club).

OTHER THEATRE Sound Design and Composition: Othello (Stratford); You Will Remember Me, The Normal Heart (Studio 180); Outside, Birds of a Feather (Roseneath); Tick (Carousel Players); The Atomic Weight of Happiness (StandUp Dance). Sound Design: Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, To Kill a Mockingbird, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Stratford); The Mountaintop, Art, Fences (Grand); Cake and Dirt, Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon); The Heidi Chronicles, The 39 Steps – Dora Nomination (Soulpepper).

TRAINING Graduate of Bishops University, National Theatre School, Humber College.

Apprentice Set & Lighting Designer Kara Pankiw

Kara Pankiw

ROYAL MTC Fun Home.

OTHER THEATRE Bar Mitzvah Boy (WJT); The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Dry Cold); After Jerusalem (WJT).

TV Burden of Truth.

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Winnipeg Theatre and Film (Scenic Design) and the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design Program (Architecture). A member of Associated Designers of Canada.

Stage Manager Kathryn Ball

Kathryn Ball

ROYAL MTC Mainstage: Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel), Steel Magnolias, The Shunning, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dreamgirls, Orpheus Descending. Warehouse: Bang Bang. Regional tours: Last Train to Nibroc, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Armstrong’s War, Miracle on South Division Street, Ed’s Garage, The Melville Boys, Bad Dates.

OTHER THEATRE Numerous productions with Manitoba Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and the Globe Theatre (Regina).

TRAINING Theatre Production program at MacEwan University in Edmonton and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Manitoba.

Assistant Stage Manager Melissa Renaud

Melissa Renaud

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Ten seasons as the Head of Sound for the Studio Theatre at the Stratford Festival. Seven seasons as Assistant Technical Director of the Guelph Spring Festival. Three seasons as the Head of Wardrobe/Education Coordinator at Theatre & Company (Kitchener). Production Coordinator for the Performance Facilities at Wilfrid Laurier University.

FILM Henry VIII (Stratford Festival HD Film Series).

TRAINING/TEACHING Honours BA in History and Theatre from the University of Guelph. BEd from OISE/University of Toronto. Previous faculty member of Humber College. Stratford Coordinator for the EsArtes Suchitoto-Stratford Initiative (Stratford, ON/Suchitoto, El Salvador).

ET CETERA Many thanks to all who made it possible for Omar and me to go on this adventure together.

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