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In a week today I will be on a couple of planes heading back to Kamloops. The first is the Air North plane that takes me to Vancouver where I will see my aunt for lunch (I think) before heading back to Kamloops on the Air Canada plane.

I tell you, it’s definitely been nice being home. Been a relaxing winter break. Got a lot of writing done, watched some movies and also done physio on my shoulder which is almost better. Still got one more physio session left next Tuesday but after that I’m pretty much done.

I’ve also over the past few days finally nailed out my schedule for the semester. It’s an interesting one but I’m looking forward to it as well. Let’s see, I’ve got two English courses, my final theatre acting class and Archaeology, which will be interesting. A quick note about the English courses. One of them will be my first attempt at the course the other will be my third attempt and I’d better freaking pass this time. I haven’t got much room to mess this up unless I want to be here for another 3 years. So I’m going to try my very best.

As for the Archaeology course, I think it will be interesting as it counts as one of the final two sciences I need to graduate. Unfortunately I can’t take the third because the courses I want to take for it aren’t actually offered this semester and all the Geography courses are already full. What I might consider doing is going and seeing if I can bump one of the other first year courses to take Geology. According to a friend its super easy, so I am really going to contemplate this.

And finally theatre, this is the final acting course that I am required to take. Now I can take 4th year next year as an elective to help with credits but I’m not sure at the moment. Next year I do have to take two more theatre courses. One was a course I took and failed already the other one is the 4th year directing course which is what I’m really looking forward to. But first I have to complete the 2nd half of third year. Part of it is something I’ve already done and that’s the directors festival or Dfest. It’s where the 4th year class picks a series of one act plays for the 3rd years to put on. I however did this last year because they were short on guys and needed people to audition. So this isn’t the first time I will have gone through this. It’s going to be interesting and I’m excited for the challenge this year. And like mentioned above, next year I get to direct one of the plays.

So that pretty much wraps up my coming up semester. I have goals set for each course and I’m going to do my utter best to pass them all. If I don’t then I’m going to really evaluate my options. But I’ll worry about that when I get there. For now I’m going to enjoy the semester.

A stratagem; a plan or scheme to deceive someone or something. That aside The Beaux Stratagem – by George Farquhar opens tonight at the TRU Actors Workshop Theatre. The play is about two young gentlemen Archer and Aimwell, who devise a stratagem to travel from place to place deceiving young women and taking their money. However this stratagem goes terribly wrong. Both Archer and Aimwell fall in love for real. This play is going to be a great combination of comedy, drama, and hilariously inappropriate jokes.

I am really excited to open this show. I have the pleasure ‘again’ of running the lighting board. (For this show only though.) This is always fun because you get to observe the audience’s reactions for the first time.Until this point you can only laugh at the parts you think are funny but you can never really tell. I anticipate however that most of the places that I have laughed will be laughed at as well.

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on

The Sweet Cherry, the ship the play takes place on.

Aside from Archer and Aimwell, this story centers around a highly disfunctional couple in Mr. and Mrs. Sullen. Mr. Sullen is always drunk which causes his wife to be upset most of the time. Aimwell falls for Mr. Sullen’s sister Dorinda, while Archer falls for Mrs. Sullen. This throws a major loop in their plan as even though Mrs. Sullen is reluctant at first she begins to fall for Archer.

Mr. Sullen and Dorinda’s mother Lady Bountiful is this crazy woman who loves to use her “medicinal powers” to help people. However, her “medicinal” ways may not have the strongest effect as like stated earlier she tends to be slightly crazy.

Over the course of the story Archer and Aimwell realize after a while that they both love Mrs. Sullen and Dorinda. They also hear of a plan to rob Lady Bountiful. Because they start to feel guilty and more loyal to Dorinda and Mrs. Sullen. So along with their own plan they decide to protect Lady Bountiful from being robbed by this guy named Gloss.

I haven’t told all the details here, why? Because I don’t want to give away the plot line to those who have yet to see it. Oh wait, that’s most of you. Having already seen this play multiple times I can say that most of you will love it. I can only hope it brings you as much entertainment as it did me when I first watched it. I still have moments when I burst out laughing because of places I find absolutely hilarious.

As much as I would love to keep writing about this fabulous play. I will leave you off wondering this. Do Archer and Aimwell find true love? Come watch the show at the Actors Workshop Theatre Feb.27,28, and Mar. 1st Along with Mar. 6,7,8 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 at the Box Office. Come and enjoy the show everyone.

Sometimes I think we do things out of spite for other people. Other times I think it’s out of pity. Then there is sometimes I think that people actually care and want to do. That’s the case with Actors and Actresses at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Actors Workshop Theatre. (AWT) If combined all together (TRUAWT) If you really wanna know more about TRU and the Actors Workshop Theatre follow them on Twitter. The thing I notice is that every student in the AWT really loves  doing it. I mean why would we do something that we hate?

It doesn’t really matter if you’re a 1st year or a 4th year, we all seem to get along well. Well I guess it matters in some regards you don’t usually see 1st years mixing with 4th years. This isn’t completely as some 1st years seem to have made their way into the “in crowd” with the older students. Even in 2nd year you really have to work to make an impression on the 3rd and 4th year students. For me personally I think I had a slight advantage because of my age. If I had gone to university directly out of high school I would be in 4th year right now. However, by taking 2 years off it makes me a 2nd year. I’m the same age or older then a lot of the 3rd or 4th years because you can’t obviously stop yourself from aging. Sometimes I feel so old compared to my classmates.

Well anyway the 1st show of the year, Gossip by George F. Walker, was a huge success! I really enjoyed it I got to go see it twice. The story itself is quite good. It’s about this investigator journalist trying to solve the murder of Jane (Bitch) Nelson. Tyrone Power (The Main Character) is told by his boss Baxter to solve the case of who killed Bitch Nelson. This leads him to slowly solve a giant ring of crime. I suggest if you really want to enjoy this play however you go see it performed somewhere. I could go into all the details but that would take way to much effort. It’s fantastically done. I’m really proud to have been able to say I helped put on this show.

The next show that the TRUAWT is putting on is An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. I don’t know much about this play except that it’s a mystery. I haven’t had a chance to actually read the play itself yet. However, I will get to see the play about 10-12 times. So by the end of the play I will definitely have a good idea of what is going on. For An Enemy of the People or “Enemy” as we refer to it. None of the actors/resses from Gossip are in Enemy, which is kind of nice because this allows us to see an entirely new cast of student actors/resses. That is probably something I’m looking forward to the most. A chance to see friends I either haven’t seen or who have played a minor role in plays.

For Enemy, I’m doing the lighting board. That’s where I will be in charge of the entire light system for the show. It’s going to be interesting. But since I need so many ‘crew’ hours for one of my classes this should be able to cover most if not the rest of them. I don’t mean to sound stuck up or like I’m better than everyone else in the class, but I can tell my technical theatre (class) prof really relies on me. I just try and do a good job and make sure everyone succeeds. Being in a Theatre department calls for a lot of teamwork. For example to make a play successful it calls for cooperation from everyone. If the Stage Manager didn’t check in on the lights, sounds, running and dressing crews the whole show would collapse. But what’s so awesome about doing something like this is that it makes everyone become friends. And if everyone is friends it makes everything a whole hell of a lot easier.

We still however have to deal with building, painting, lighting, costumes, and everything else before this play can go on. Without these people there would be no show. Enemy opens in 4 weeks and I’m looking forward to it. But Lets remember that even though it’s only a small part of the theatre department that is helping it makes it a whole lot easier with the cooperation of everyone involved. Working around different schedules. Working around the building of a stage. Anything like that always makes life better. I really enjoy theatre and everyone in it. Whether it be 4th years or a couple of the 1st years everyone in Theatre has a part to play in becoming a star at TRU.

Have a good one guys!


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