Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

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.

First off I’d just like to say, ‘Welcome to Canada,’ no, let’s take it a bit further and say ‘Welcome to British Columbia (BC),’ even further, ‘Welcome to the Thompson-Nicola Region of BC,’ and even further ‘Welcome to Kamloops, BC!’ For those of you who are new to Canada, BC, the Thompson-Nicola Region or even Kamloops this applies to you. For those of you who live in Canada, BC, Thompson-Nicola Region, or Kamloops, thanks for tuning in.

Before Kamloops was established the Secwepemc people (Sushwap) shared the area with the Cree-Saulteaux people. When David Stuart and Alexander Ross set out from Fort Astoria which at the time was a Pacific Fur Company they established a trading post known as ‘Fort Cumcloups’. Over time rival trading companies began to merge. Eventually all of these became known as Fort Kamloops.

Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops

Over time Kamloops began to grow until 1893 when it became known as The City of Kamloops with a population of about 500 people. Fast forward 118 years and you will find the population has grown from 500 to ~85,700 people. The word “Kamloops” comes from the Sushwap word “Tk’əmlúps” which means ‘meeting of the waters.’ To learn more about the history of Kamloops you can click HERE or HERE. Or vist The City of Kamloops page to learn more.

But this post isn’t so much about Kamloops, but what lies inside Kamloops in the form of a small university called Thompson Rivers University. Again, instead of me going into the vast history of Cariboo College or TRU click HERE to learn more. Thompson Rivers University or TRU as students here call it is an excellent university. It’s not huge like say UBC (University of British Columbia) or McGill over in Quebec. But considering the size of Kamloops to the amount of University students is quite a nice size. UBC has about 70,000 people in total (staff and students.) TRU has about 13,700 in total (staff and students.)

So why am I writing this post? Well, maybe this movie will show you why?

Does that not show you what a university experience should look like? I’m looking directly at those in Whitehorse where I grew up. TRU is a fantastic place and I’ve loved most of my experiences here. It’s a wonderful place to come if you want to experience University like I have but not want to go to something huge. Now I can understand that some people prefer to go to places that have better connections. And coming from the Yukon I do understand that UBC, the University of Lethbridge (UofL) and University of Victoria (UVIC.) But I know that you’ll love TRU if you are willing to give it a chance.

The Campus is great, it has nine main buildings. Each one most TRU students shorten to initials when we text each to save us having to write out each building as some of the names are quite long. The buildings are the Campus Activity Center or CAC, Arts and Education or AE, International Building or IB, The Brown House of Learning or HOL, Old Main or OM. Old Main was actually the original Cariboo College building back when it was established in 1970. It also has the Science building or S, Clock Tower or CT and Trades and Technology or T&T.

Each building is unique as it holds different classes in each one. As you can guess AE would hold lots of English, Philosophy kind of courses. IB has has lecture halls and usually holds all the bigger classes. This can range in many subjects. The HOL is interesting because it holds many uses. It has a huge lecture hall, a library, offices, a computer lab, and a Tim Horton’s.

Campus Activity Center

Campus Activity Center

And I tell you the Timmies line up is insane most of the time. OM has a combination of most subjects as well as Starbucks. OM is usually where offices, the clinic, the registrar and other places are. It also holds the black box theatre which is where most of my classes are. The CT has the big lecture halls and more classrooms. The Science building is pretty self explanatory as is the T&T building.

Right in the middle of AE, IB, HOL and CAC is what students call Campus Commons. It’s a big open area where in September and October when it’s still quite nice out students hang out with friends. Lots of times during the warm months I’ve seen as many as 100 students lounging around enjoying the sun. It’s also a great place to play catch, frisbee or other games if you have the time.

Campus Commons

Campus Commons

I personally go there when I can to enjoy the sun. In the winter it can be a bit annoying to walk from say the CT to AE, which are on opposite sides of campus. Despite the small nature of the university it can still take over 10 minutes to get from one class to another. That usually isn’t the case however.

TRU also has a variety of housing arrangements, close to or actually on campus. There is the Residence or New Rez. Then you have On Campus Housing or Old Rez. Both of which are on campus. And finally Upper College Heights which is just off of campus. Most people tend to want to move out of New Rez after one year there because it turns into such a gong show. I don’t know about Old Rez and Upper College heights isn’t bad honestly.

TRU New Residence

TRU New Residence

The dorms when it’s super hot still are unbearably hot. But I’m not trying to sway your decision. Personally I think everyone should experience Residence at least once in their life time. I mean what’s university without a little Hell right?

My suggestion if you are trying to decide where to go? I would suggest New Rez. It maybe crazy, loud, and outrageously expensive but out of the 3 it is by far the nicest. Besides New Rez comes equipped with a TV, cable and internet. So you never have to worry about Internet bills. (All the free downloading you could want!!!!) I can’t say if Old Rez is bad as I have never lived there. But Upper College heights is a no go for me next year.

Now let’s approach this a little differently. Let’s go into some of my experiences here at TRU. I’ve had some amazing times here in Kamloops and some not so good ones. I’ve made plenty of amazing friends. In general I’ve enjoyed my classes. Some more than others. I’ve also been on the losing end of a couple of potential relationships. It’s been extremely hard, but in life you may get knocked down. But when you do you must learn to get back up. However, you never can know you just might meet your future partner. It’s where a lot of partners actually meet.

Obviously, every year people can and will go through a rough patch. I recently dug myself out a seven year rough patch. That story is for later. Last year I felt I was playing referee and councillor to a ton of my friends in New Rez. Another negative thing by the way. That’s one reason I moved out of Rez.

But in all I feel that it was a good move coming here to Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University. I have amazing friends, I’m enjoying my classes and every day presents a new challenge. I’m not saying make up your mind right now, but do consider possibly giving it a chance. You never know you’ll be surprised as to what you find…….

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!


“Love is a mystery in the eyes of everyone. Never truly discovered, only found by 2 people.”

Ok so I lied the previous TRU Post that I did was just an introduction. This post is going to be more about my courses and my schedule. Not that it is a bad thing because I honestly have a pretty awesome schedule.

On Monday and Wednesday’s I have two incredibly heavy days. I start at 11:30am and go until 6:30pm. (That felt weird as I don’t use 12-hour time much.) From 11:30am-1:20pm I have Theatre-2110 (THTR2110) which is Acting and Character Portrayal. Should be fun. Directly after that from 1:30pm-2:45 pm I have Theatre-1100 (THTR1100) which is Introduction to Theatre. This course focuses more on the theatrical and history of theatre throughout time. After THTR1100 I get 45 minutes off before I head to a 3 hour class. On Monday I have Communications-1290 (CMNS1290), and on Wednesday I have English-1100 (ENGL1100).

Tuesday and Thursday I only have one class Theatre-2120 (THTR2120) Introduction to Technical Theatre at 3:30pm. That’s crazy as I get so That class should be interesting as it deals with more building of sets for plays. The nicest thing about Tuesday and Thursday is it allows me most of the day to do homework and I can then do shit all on Fridays (Next Paragraph).

Fridays I have no classes which is nice because I take Fridays to do nothing. 🙂 It’s really nice actually.


“Love is a mystery in the eyes of everyone. Never truly discovered, only found by 2 people.”

So Everyone,

Since starting using WordPress last spring for class, I’ve been thinking that using it to keep a bit of an update thing for university. I’d like to keep it the short simple and too the point. Ok, not really as everyday in TRU has new adventures. I will be updating most days but not everyday as I have trouble keeping focused and this year I am really going to buckle down on my marks =P that’s Top Secret information people.

Anyway that’s it for now on TRU. When I have a few adventures to write about I’ll update soon.

Pce guys


“Love is a mystery in the eyes of everyone. Never truly discovered, only found by 2 people.”