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corryn_dyck_smWe're nearing the end of our production run of Anne (of Green Gables), but we wanted to introduce you to another member of the cast, Corryn Dyck, aka Ruby Gillis. Corryn has appeared on stage with us in the past, namely productions of The Outsiders and The Matchmaker. Pull up a chair and enjoy this little chat with Corryn...

 

Gallery 7 (G7): Tell us about your acting background – how did you get involved in theatre in the first place? What makes you continue with it?

 

Corryn Dyck (C.D.): When I was young, our church would put on large Christmas performances and one day I said to my mom, "I want to do that". And the rest is history. I began theatre and acting classes and then started to audition for shows where I could in my church, school, community.

 

G7: What do you like most about the process of creating a character? What do you find most challenging?

 

C.D.: I love discovering the character: their likes, dislikes, what makes them laugh and cry. When you start to discover who they are, they really come alive in you. There are many challenges with creating a character: not letting your own intuition in or how you would do it is always something to remember. You always have to think of them. You almost have to leave yourself at the door and just play with this new character in you.

 

G7: Can you relate to your character, Ruby? If so, in what ways?

 

C.D.: Oh, Ruby. She is so cute and loveable. She sees the good in everyone and just loves life and the love there is in life. There are parts of her in which I can relate: I love to be loved and to give love. Ruby does a great job at this.

 

G7: What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

 

C.D.: I want the audience to be able to go back to their childhood and remember playing outside, making life -long friends, getting their clothes dirty and climbing fences. Those were the best times in my life and remembering them always bring a smile to my face.

 

G7: What's something that people wouldn't necessarily know about you?

 

C.D.: I love to do errands: grocery shopping, picking up, dropping off, returning... it's just the best. A dream job would be a personal errand runner!

 

anne-6300G7: Anne is in part a coming-of-age story. Can you share about a defining moment in your child-hood that helped shape who you are today in a positive way?

 

C.D.: I was the younger sister growing up. I wanted to dress like my sister, be around her, the typical little sister. We didn't have a close relationship. Around grade 11, we really started to bond. We became friends and enjoyed being together and having one another around. I think it came with maturity, but also just a change in who I was. I was growing up and our likes were becoming similar. To this day, she is my best friend and I love her with all my heart.

 

G7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

C.D.: Actually, it's funny. We use to play a game called "orphans" at lunch time. We always had a mean lady that took care of us and we had to do chores and find food. I look back now and it must have looked terrible.

 

G7: Share about your bestest friend in elementary school. What made him/her great? Did you have a nemesis that later became a friend? How did you become friends?

 

C.D.: My first best friend was named Katie. She was a couple years older but we had the best of time together. We played craft fair, post office, BARBIES (the best ever), house, wedding... You name it and we played it! It was fun because so much of our childhood was make believe. We would create these stories, or dances, or characters to play. It was such an imaginative childhood and I truly miss that now in my life. Katie and I are still friends and see each other now and then when we can. She is a wonderful woman!

 

G7: Was there a favourite role-playing game you played as a kid?

 

C.D.: We played so many games as kids. Wedding was probably one of the best. There was a bride, groom, pastor, maid of honour and mother of the bride mostly. And of course, the bride wore the latest fashion of a paper dress we would create.

 

G7: What's your most embarrassing moment from childhood?

 

C.D.: When tare-a-way pants came into fashion I wanted some so bad. My mom bought some for me and I was so excited to wear them that night to my baseball practice. I think I was so excited about them I forgot to wear shorts under! While running to first base my finger got caught in the snaps and whoosh, the all tore off. I don't think I ever wore them ever again and let's hope they never come back in fashion.

 

G7: What's your favorite saying or life's motto?

 

C.D.: "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." My dad told me this as a young kid and I believe it to this day.

 


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Anne (of Green Gables) runs June 13 & 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matiness on June 14, 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, contact House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford  or call 604-852-3701. To purchase tickets online, or for more details, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

tiani_foster_2_smMeet Tiani Foster, AKA Rachel Lynde in our current production of Anne (of Green Gables) Tiani has been actively involved with G7 over the years, but this is her first appearance on our stage. Like our other performers in the show, Tiani took some time to repsond to some questions so we could get to know her a bit better...

 

Gallery 7 (G7): Tell us about your acting background – how did you get involved in theatre in the first place? What makes you continue with it?

 

Tiani Foster (T.F.) My first play was a musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas when I was twelve years old. My school had an extracurricular drama class that was just something simple and short, I think only 6 weeks, and our set consisted of two chairs and a room divider. Nonetheless, I was hooked! I've loved theatre ever since.

 

G7: When you're not theatre-making, what keeps you busy?

 

T.F.: I work part-time as an accounting/administration clerk right now, take a few classes at a local community college, and also keep busy by working with kids at my church.

 

G7: What do you like most about the process of creating a character? What do you find most challenging?

 

T.F.: I find it fun to imagine the details of a character, like what items they might have in their pockets or what kind of games they might enjoy. Something I always find to be a challenge is what to do with my hands. I've been told (read: mocked to no end) that I speak with my hands quite a bit, so I try to tame it down to a less distracting level when I am on stage. However, I often don't notice when I'm flailing my arms about. So, I try to be intentional about sticking to a few specific gestures, but it's hard to keep my hands still at times, let me tell you.

 

G7: What's the most frightening thing about being an actor? What's the coolest part about being an actor?

 

T.F.: Practically speaking, something I worry about when performing is losing my voice. It happens to me quite often (right now, for instance), so that is always a concern. One of my favourite things about performing is the costumes. I simply love being in costume. If it were socially acceptable to wear gowns from the turn of the century on a day-to-day basis, I would be all over that.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

T.F.: I have loved Anne of Green Gables ever since I was small. My friends and I would play dress-up for hours, pretending to live in the story. It has a very special place in my heart. So, when I saw that Galley 7 would be performing the play, I just knew I wanted to be involved in some way.

 

G7: Can you relate to your character? If so, in what ways?

 

T.F.: Well, I can be quite a Nosy Nellie at times, so I can definitely relate to her in that way! Rachel Lynde and I are pretty different in personality though, as well as being at very different points in our lives. It has been an interesting challenge, and a fun one, to step into her shoes.

 

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G7: What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

 

T.F.: I would love if our audience, in experiencing this story, was reminded of things they've loved in their own stories. I think when Anne comes to Avonlea, she challenges everyone around her to see and appreciate the world in a greater way, and I hope that we can pass along that same sense of wonder and appreciation for the small joys in life to each person who comes out.

 

G7: What's something that people wouldn't necessarily know about you?

 

T.F.: Let's see....well, I love to travel, and have put it on my bucket list to visit all seven continents during my life. So far, I have three down and four to go!

 

G7: Anne is in part a coming-of-age story. Can you share about a defining moment in your childhood that helped shape who you are today in a positive way?

 

T.F.: The most defining thing in my childhood was becoming a Christian when I was eight years old. I was attending a girls' club at a local church when I learned of who Jesus is, and of His unfathomable love. My faith means everything to me, and that is when my journey with Christ began.

 

G7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

T.F.: Growing up, I was on a soccer team for several years. I loved the game, and still do. One of my treasured memories is of being in our final tournament, in the game for silver. We had gone through overtime, and were in a shoot-out. All the other girls had taken their shots, and we were still tied at zero. Then, it was my turn. I gave it all I had, and watched as the ball sneaked past the keeper and into the net. I scored! I will never forget that moment of being swarmed by my teammates as we all shrieked with triumph.

 

G7: Was there a favourite role-playing game you played as a kid?

 

T.F.: Absolutely! I loved to create a story of my own (usually something extraordinarily melodramatic involving me being an orphan), or to re-enact characters from one of my favourite books: Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, The Boxcar Children...I was never happier than when I was playing make-believe.

 

G7: What's your favorite saying or life's motto?

 

T.F.: I don't know if you can call it a life motto, exactly, but one of my favourite quotes lately is actually from Anne of Green Gables: "I'm so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers." It is such a simple, yet delightful statement of finding the joy and beauty in life that I just adore. I try to challenge myself to think this way more often, saying it about other things I love: anything from gelato to Christmas to Tchaikovsky.

 

 


 

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Anne (of Green Gables) runs June 13 & 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matiness on June 14, 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, contact House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford  or call 604-852-3701. To purchase tickets online, or for more details, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

danielle_warmenhoven_smOn this our opening night of Anne, we'd like to introduce you to the performer playing the title role in our production, Danielle Warmenhoven. A recent graduate of UFV Theatre in Chilliwack, Danielle returns to our stage after playing the other Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. Enjoy this little conversation as Danielle shares about how she got started in theatre, what exhilerates her about acting and some fun childhood memories.

 

 

 

Gallery 7 (G7): Tell us about your acting background – how did you get involved in theatre in the first place? What makes you continue with it?

 

Danielle Warmenhoven (D.W.) I have always loved performing, from family BBQs to childhood dance classes so it followed naturally to audition for school musicals. I played in the local children's theatre productions, throughout high school, university, and here in the community with Gallery 7. I am passionately addicted to the theatre which keeps me coming back.

 

G7: When you're not theatre-making, what keeps you busy?

 

D.W. I like to think I'm always theatre-making (all the world's a stage after all...) but I also spend time working at the local pool, planning TREK kids camp, swing dancing, travelling, and studying.

 

G7: What do you like most about the process of creating a character? What do you find most challenging?

 

D.W. I love stepping into someone else's skin; I find I discover so much about human psychology through theatre. It's often very challenging to bring a real person to life with all the opposites and different factors that motivate us at any given moment. It's very complex.

 

G7: What's the most frightening thing about being an actor? What's the coolest part about being an actor?

 

D.W. The scariest thing about being an actor is being vulnerable. Drama captures the extraordinary moments in people's lives and living through those experiences onstage is both terrifying and exhilarating.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

D.W. Anne of Green Gables is a childhood favourite because I love the spirited characters L. M. Montgomery has created. They're hilarious, endearing, and honest and I think stories about childhood have the power to touch everyone.

 

G7: What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

 

D.W. I want audiences to experience how fun it is to watch a play, and understand how important theatre is in our community. I also think this play speaks to the importance of family and I hope people leave with a greater appreciation for their own.

 

Anne-publicity-7828_smG7: What's your favourite way to relax?

 

D.W. The best way to relax is to lie in a hammock on the beach with a good book.

 

G7: What's something that people wouldn't necessarily know about you?

 

D.W. People may not know that I've still never been to the drive-in movies and it's been on my summer to-do list for the last four years.

 

G7: Anne is in part a coming-of-age story. Can you share about a defining moment in your child-hood that helped shape who you are today in a positive way?

 

D.W. Going to the wilderness camp TREK a kid was a pivotal part of my childhood and still is today.

 

G7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

D.W. As kids we always loved playing by the pond on our property. My next door neighbour and I decided to make an excursion to one of the "islands," a small hunk of dirt about a pace wide in the middle. We spent the afternoon building a bridge (really, dragging a plank down to the water), and I was nominated as the first to make the great crossing. Throwing caution to the winds, I stepped boldly onto the bridge and promptly sank right up to my ears. What we thought was an island was really just a pile of floating mud. I had to be rinsed off with the garden hose before I was allowed inside for supper.

 

G7: Was there a favourite role-playing game you played as a kid?

 

D.W. My neighbours and I loved building forts and playing "house" out in the woods. We would spend hours moving around logs and "sweeping" the floor. That must have been when I exhausted my enthusiasm for housework.

 

G7: What's the best book you've read and why? Worst book?

 

D.W. I am a literature major so every time I think I have an answer to this question I change my mind. I suppose I'd say one of my all-time favourites is Where the Wild Things Are because it is a story about adventure, imagination and the importance of home told in very few words.

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

D.W. My favourite colour is red which makes saying all Anne's lines about the ugliness of bright red hair feel very untruthful.

 

G7: What's your favorite saying or life's motto?

 

D.W. "Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator"- Lemony Snicket

 

 


 

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Anne (of Green Gables) runs June 13 & 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matiness on June 14, 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, contact House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford  or call 604-852-3701. To purchase tickets online, or for more details, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com

catrina_jackson_smFor today's performer highlight, we'd like to introduce you to Catrina Jackson. You've seen a lot of Catrina's work on-stage through her wonderful costume designs (Having Hope at Home, Mary's Wedding), but this is the first time in a much too long while that Catrina has performed on our stage. As a matter of fact, Catrina played Dianna Barry in our first production of Anne back in 2007. Enjoy this little 'chat' as Catrina shares about what she does to relax, what her favourite memory from elementary school was and something you may not know about her.

 

Gallery 7 (G7): What's your favourite way to relax?

 

 

Catrina Jackson (C.J.): My favourite way to relax is with a mojito or sangria on the beach in Cancun, but since that doesn't get to happen very often, my favourite way to relax is to break out the video games while sitting on my couch with my hubby.

 

G7: What's something that people wouldn't necessarily know about you?

 

C.J.: I have my 1st degree black belt in TaeKwonDo. I'm G7's Wardrobe Manager. I interned in Bard on the Beach's wardrobe department last year... those are a few.

 

G7: Anne is in part a coming-of-age story. Can you share about a defining moment in your child-hood that helped shape who you are today in a positive way?

 

C.J.: When I was in grade 7, I had an awesome teacher. There wasn't a defining moment for me really, just my whole grade 7 experience. It's the most awkward time of life when you can't fit properly into your own skin. My grade 7 teacher encouraged me to be okay in my skin and that it really was okay to pursue the arts.

 

G7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

C.J.: In grade 1, a kid in my class ate a glue stick.

 

G7: Share about your bestest friend in elementary school. What made him/her great? Did you have a nemesis that later became a friend? How did you become friends?

 

C.J.: My bestest friend in elementary school was my neighbour, Kevin. He was great because I was a tom boy and we got to do cool stuff like put salt on slugs, magnify ants, and wrestle. Also my sister was my best friend in elementary school - we played a LOT of Lego.

 

Anne-publicity-7836_smG7: Was there a favourite role-playing game you played as a kid?

 

C.J.: When I was really little, I would pretend to be a cat. For like months on end. My mom ended up getting concerned. She read in a book something about kids pretending to be animals for a week at a time, maybe longer, but for me it was months.

 

G7: What's your most embarrassing moment from childhood?

 

C.J.: This is a horrible story... When I was 13, one of my teachers at school was telling us about a relative that was passing away and, while doing so unintentionally, quoted Monty Python. Without thinking, I started to laugh, but it turned into one of those terrible, snort-laughs. He got real mad at me (I don't blame him, it was awful), but to top it off one of my friends tried to explain to my teacher in front of the whole class why I laughed, which just made my teacher more angry.

 

G7: What's the best book you've read and why? Worst book?

 

C.J.: The best book I've read is probably The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis. It's a terribly haunting illustration of spiritual warfare. As a Christian, it was quite eye-opening. Worst Book: I read a few chapters of Twilight once.

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

C.J.: I like light blueish green. Why? I don't know. I wear blues well.

 

G7: What's your favorite saying or life's motto?

 

C.J.: If you panic, panic gently.

 


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Anne (of Green Gables) runs June 13 & 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matiness on June 14, 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, contact House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford  or call 604-852-3701. To purchase tickets online, or for more details, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

 

anastasia_mcintosh_smIt's a new week! Not that you needed me to remind you of this, but hope it's off to a great start. This evening, we'd like to introduce you to Anastasia McIntosh. She is playing Diana Barry in our production of Anne (of Green Gables). Anastasia is no stranger to G7 as she has helped out with various technical duties in the past, but this is her first on-stage appearance with us. Enjoy this 'conversation' as Anna shares about, among other things, the particularly active imagination she had as a child...

 

Gallery 7 (G7): Tell us about your acting background – how did you get involved in theatre in the first place? What makes you continue with it?

 

 

Anastasia McIntosh (A.M.): Even at a young age, I loved to perform and get up in front of people. For friends who know me now this might seem counter to my personality. My parents put me in dance, gymnastics, choir, and then we finally settled on a children's musical theatre group. I did 7 musicals with them: Annie, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Peter Pan being some of them.

 

Later in high school, I would be involved wherever I could, usually working backstage and onstage in at least three shows a year. My family moved to Abbotsford when I was in grade ten where I was part of more high school theatre as well as Charlie's Aunt with Fraser Valley Stage. I also worked as a lighting operator and an assistant stage manager for Gallery 7. Since graduating high school two years ago, I've been taking a break from theatre and focusing more so on academics. It is truly exciting to be coming back from my hiatus in this season's performance of Anne.

 

G7: When you're not theatre-making, what keeps you busy?

 

A.M. I have just finished my second year in Education at Trinity Western University so to answer the question, 'what keeps me busy?' are studies. When I'm not studying, my amazing friends and community seem to always have events and activities to be a part of.

 

G7: What do you like most about the process of creating a character?

 

A.M.: I love playing roles that are different than who I am. That way I can act in a way that I would NEVER permit myself to act in public but there are no negative ramifications that would alter my quiet and reserved reputation. I can be loud and obnoxious and just let lose and be free to imagine what it would be like to be somebody else. It's fun to simply take chances in rehearsal; if a risk doesn't work out there is always another day to try a scene differently. Another aspect of the creative process that I love is the collaboration between actors, artists, and directors who work together to bring a character to life.

 

Anne-publicity-7836_smG7: What's the most frightening thing about being an actor? What's the coolest part about being an actor?

 

A.M.: The most frightening aspect of being an actor is when you know your friends are in the audience. All of a sudden there so much more pressure: "Will they like it?" "Are they going to now see me as my character?" But the whole collaborative experience is so rewarding; a community is built within the team and I have so much joy just being able to play.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

A.M.: Anne of Green Gables has always been one of my favorite stories. My mother read me the books when I was really little and Anne gave me permission and excitement to cultivate my own imagination. I also used to go around the house declaring that I was going to move to PEI as soon as I graduated because Anne's world was perfect in my mind. For the young Anastasia, it followed that PEI would be the most idyllic and peaceful place to live, although I imagined that community to be in 1880's attire with the simple one room school and no technology so that we would have to be outside on imaginative adventures. PEI may not be the "perfect" place, but it still stands as a symbol of hope and promise for the days when my mind created a boat in the Amazon out of blankets and pillows in the hallway, or a rocket ship out of a creepy old basement bathroom.

 

G7: Can you relate to your character? If so, in what ways?

 

A.M.: Yes! As a child I believe I had the imagination of Anne but the reserved nature of Diana. I hate breaking the rules and could not be convinced otherwise, even by my most persuasive friends. In elementary school, there was a rule that at lunchtime and recess you were not allowed upstairs in the school or in any of the classrooms unless you had adult supervision or permission to go to the office or infirmary. This was a precaution as there wasn't any supervision in those areas and it was a large school. Children loved to bend the rules and play hind and seek on the second and third floor, but like the tentative and obedient Diana, I couldn't let myself join in.

 

 

G7: What's something that people wouldn't necessarily know about you?


A.M.: At my church growing up, there was a brick wall on the side of the stage which stood in front of the organ. There was a small space behind the organ big enough for small children to jump down. We'd run out, go back up on the stage and leap down once again. When I was three, my cousin Daniel and I were competing to see who could bounce the furthest. As my feet left the wall, I exclaimed "nanananabooboo" and stuck out my tongue. I believed I had jumped past were Daniel had. As my tongue was still out, my chin landed hard on the top of the organ. My teeth clanged together and I bit through my tongue. I had to get stiches, which I subsequently have memories of them being pulled out.

 

G7: Anne is in part a coming-of-age story. Can you share about a defining moment in your child-hood that helped shape who you are today in a positive way?

 

A.M.: Like Anne, I too had to move suddenly and be uprooted from all I knew when my father got a job here in Abbotsford. I was in grade 10 at that point, which was an awkward time to move. I pined everyday for my friends in Vancouver. I felt so stuck and lost, but I began learning so much more about myself and about God's plan for my life. Although it was hard at the time, I am settled here now, have made friends and have grown in ways I could never have foreseen.

 

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G7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

A.M.: We had some amazing family friends whose imaginations matched, or even surpassed, that of mine and we had the most remarkable adventures. We dug mud pits almost five feet deep with a 6 foot diameter and imagined that we worked at a coal mine. We believed that we were going to be able to dig tunnels under the ground and create rooms to use as a fort, but that never happened. Once we put a helmet on my brother's head, strapped rope and a pillow to his body and lowered him from my three-story bedroom window, pretending that we had been trapped in a high tower and this was the only way of escape. Those days of play left a huge impression on my imagination and sense of adventure.

 

G7: Was there a favourite role-playing game you played as a kid?

 

A.M.: My favourite role-playing game was house, but there were so many variations of this game as our imaginations came up with different scenarios. Sometimes, we were a group of children who lived out in huts we had constructed in the back yard. Other times my bedroom served as our small apartment. Sometimes, the living room might turn into a train taking us on a long journey, or it became an old fashion one-room schoolhouse, or it was a houseboat surrounded by man-eating crocodiles. If we were at the pool, we may imagine we were a school of fish, or a swimming class, or that there were dangerous sharks lurking in the deep end. My imagination often got the better of me to the point that I believe I could truly see the sharks that wanted to make me their dinner.

 

G7: What's your most thrilling moment from childhood?

 

A.M.: The home I grow up in had a mildewey, unfinished basement with a small bathroom that only had a toilet and a shelf on one side. My best friend Jessica and I used to imagine that small little room was our rocket ship. The door had a metal ring and hook to serve as a latch to lock it from the inside. Now the bathroom was built in the 40's and the door often jammed. One day, as we were playing, the door fixed itself in such a way that the hook was pinched tightly on the ring and there was no chance of two six year olds forcing it to budge. We pounded with all our might in hopes of drawing the attention of our mothers. After what seemed like years, Jessica's mother decided it was time to go and the mothers went on a hunt to find us. Although we were only cooped up for half an hour, we were quite rattled by the whole experience.

 


Anne_of_Green_GablesAnne (of Green Gables) runs June 13 & 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM with discount matiness on June 14, 21 & 28 at 2:00 PM at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, contact House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford  or call 604-852-3701. To purchase tickets online, or for more details, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com.