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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.

josh_levesque_smJosh Levesque is making his G7 debut with Anne (of Green Gables) and we're delighted to have him playing the role of Gilbert Blythe, Anne's arch rival. Recently, Josh took some time to answer our usual questions so we could all get to know him a bit better. Enjoy!

 

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?

 

Josh (J.L.) My first play in grade 8 was A Christmas Carol. I was asked by a friend who had already contacted some others to play a small part because the company was missing Peter Cratchit. Since then, I've been constantly in and out of the theatre either stage managing, improvising, acting or even occasionally teaching. Great theatre has the power to take the "thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to" and show us that we are not alone in dealing with them.

 

G7: When you're not theatre-making, what keeps you busy? (i.e. school, type of work, raising a family, etc.)

 

J.L.: If I'm not theatre-making, I'm music-playing or non-fiction book-reading. Much of the world inspires me and it deserves to be paid attention to, observing and learning while it shares its secrets. When a person can learn to truly see and listen, they develop an inner world that lets them empathize and love.

 

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

 

J.L.: The idea of "character" is a hard beast to tame. After all, how many people think about their personalities? How do you become a "character" without thinking about it? That's the most fun and most challenging part: exploring from a character's eyes – a living, breathing, human being who has challenges and dreams – rather than from your own eyes.

 

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

 

J.L.: Actors constantly show a part of themselves onstage that they can rarely show in life. Showing that vulnerability is frightening. However, actors get to experience all of the little joys that their character does, which is easily the most exciting feeling in the world.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

Anne-publicity-7854_smJ.L.: Anne is just filled with so much imagination and energy, beauty and simplicity.

 

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

 

J.L.: Gilbert wasn't easy to relate to in the beginning but the more I look into his situation, the more I find we are similar. I can't share all the work because it's personal and might ruin the mystery. I can tell you this though: Gilbert and I both really love apples.

 

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

 

J.L.: I hope the audience will relate to the feeling of being alienated and maybe find some catharsis in that. Anne is a story about growing up and finding yourself but it's also about antagonism and obstacles. I also wish that people could find more acceptance in their hearts.

 

G7: What's your favourite way to relax?

 

J.L.: Debussy, a good book and some white hot-chocolate.

 

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

 

J.L.: I love math and physics – especially Calculus.

 

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?

 

J.L.: Once upon a time, in a childhood far, far repressed, I told my grade two teacher that she was "evil". Worst part? My brother had told me to say it and he didn't even know her! P.S We both had to write apology letters, and I learned not to judge people before I knew them.

 

Anne-publicity-7727_smG7: What's a favourite memory from elementary school?

 

J.L.: Being a lunchtime monitor in grade four and making up stories everyday to tell the younger kids.

 

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?

 


J.L.: I forget almost anything about elementary school but I remember being president of the "Boys' Club" for a couple of years... we disbanded because of politics - some of the boys developed crushes on some of the girls. I don't know if that answers the question, but I thought it was funny.

 

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

 

J.L.: I played "Neo-Pets" with two of my friends every day, although we were rarely playing. Mostly we just ran around because we didn't want to play soccer like everyone else.

 

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

 

J.L.: *Laughs awkwardly. Shuffles away*

 

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

 

J.L.: I love Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. McCourt is a creative genius with a lot of experience to draw on. I'm bad for worst books though. Usually if I don't like the first paragraph I stop reading.

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

J.L.: I have trouble deciding between green, blue, red and a rich purple. Probably green.

 

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

 

J.L.: Art is the proper task of life.

 


 

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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.

thomas_smith_smThomas Smith is fairly new to Gallery 7 Theatre, but again, not a stranger to theatre. Having already served as a House Manager here at Gallery 7 Theatre, it's nice to be able to showcase one of Thomas' other passions: acting. Thomas is playing Christoffels in our current production of The Hiding Place. He too took some time to answer our questions...this one will be a bit longer, but we found his responses rather entertaining, so we think you might also. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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?

 

Thomas Smith (TS): When I was eleven, I kind of randomly decided that I wanted to be like Frankie Muniz and go into acting. I was obviously more interested in film and I finally had a chance to take some proper training when I reached high school. I took one semester of theatre and quit, deciding quite smugly that film was better. After I went over a year without any theatre, I realized that I missed it so went back for more in grade eleven. I started taking myself as an actor more seriously and have stuck with it ever since. There's just something so immediately gratifying about getting to act with others in a live setting, where everything is on the line and an audience is right there in front of you, not afraid to let you know if you're doing a bad job but rewarding you immensely if you manage to please them.

 

G7: When you're not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?

 

TS: The last time I had some downtime from theatre, I was getting jaw surgery. So I guess I can take time to myself for medical reasons.

 

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

 

TS: What I like most is finding the character within myself, especially when I don't think I'm anything like my character when I read a script for the first time. There's a lot of self-discovery in acting which can sometimes be a little disconcerting but is ultimately very cool. What's challenging is when past mannerisms creep in to future characters. That's always annoying for me, but I'm happy when I can catch it.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

TS: I've been wanting to audition for a G7 play for a while but it always conflicted with school or other commitments, so a really honest answer would be that this is just the first play that's offered me a chance to work with the company. I didn't really know much about the backstory but it was interesting to me, and getting to do a drama is always fun since I'm more suited to comedies.

 

G7: In what ways can you relate to your character?

 

TS: Christoffels is pretty selfish, which I'll admit I am too. He's also very afraid of being himself in front of others, which is kind of the name of the game for an actor. As for the Camp Doctor, he's just a fun-loving guy who enjoys all things science. Fits me to a tee.

 

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

 

TS: Learning to forgive, no matter what the circumstance, is a pretty big theme in this play. It's something that I think we really take for granted these days, myself included.

 

G7: Anything else you want to share?

 

TS: We have a fantastic German couch named Becky. She's great. If I knew the German word for great, I'd say it here.

 

G7: What's your favourite way to relax?

 

TS: I'm probably going to have to come out of the geek closet and say video games. I also love to write. When I get really into it and have ink all over my hands by the end of a writing session, it's just the best.

 

G7: Have you ever had a faith-testing experience? A need-to-survive type of experience? How did you get through it?

 

TS: I think every-day life is a faith-testing experience. We are constantly bombarded with temptations that we have to say no to. That's probably a boring answer, isn't it?

 

HP-publicity-7072_smG7: When you think about the people in this story, what stands out to you? What inspires you most about their story? What challenges you most about their story?

 

TS: It's pretty courageous of the Ten Boom family to risk their own personal lives and go through so much trouble just to help some friends and strangers. It also makes me incredibly thankful to live in the world we're in today where people don't have to hide away from the rest of society just because of their religious beliefs. The argument could be made that we still have some way to go, as there are still some pretty racist and prejudiced people out there and around us in our communities, and that sucks. It's kind of sad that people still think being homosexual is a sin. We need to be like Betsie and accept all people as they are.

 

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

 

TS: I've got a lot of secrets... Being new to the G7 community, I'm willing to bet that a lot of people reading this didn't know that I lived in Dubai for four years. This was before it became super rich, mind you, but it was a pretty incredible place to have the opportunity to live in.

 

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

 

TS: Wow, best book... Anything that can inspire me to be a better writer. I'm reading the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series right now, which are pretty incredible. As for worst book, I'll do you one better: worst nightmare-inducing book has to be "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide" while on pain medication. Do NOT do it. I had the trippiest dreams; I couldn't bring myself to continue reading that series for months afterwards.

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

TS: Red, cause it's the most unique hair colour. Sue me!

 

G7: What's the best 5 bucks you ever spent?

 

TS: Bribing Ken to put me in this play against everyone else's wishes. (Editor's Note: no bribes were ever offered nor accepted in casting Thomas in this show.)

 

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

 

TS: I don't have much, but I do have cranberry juice.

 


 

The_Hiding_PlaceThe Hiding Place runs March 14 & 15, 20 - 22, 27 - 29, 2014 @ 7:30PM with discount matinees on March 15, 22 & 29 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, visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

glen_pinchin_-4527smToday, we'd like to re-introduce you to Glen Pinchin, AKA the shy and loveable Matthew Cuthbert in our upcoming production of Anne (of Green Gables). You remember him from The Hiding Place this past March or as Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie a couple of years ago. Enjoy this little interview as he shares about how he got his start in theatre, what scares him most about being an actor, how he relates to his character and much more...


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?

 

Glen Pinchin (GP): I first got involved in theatre on a dare. One of my high school teachers who also directed the annual high school musical was having trouble getting enough guys to be involved. He approached a few of us and more or less dared us to try it...sort of a reverse psychology thing. A couple of us bit, and I was hooked. After high school I was not involved in theatre for many years; my time was taken up with career and family priorities. After retirement, I started doing "drama" in our church and was encouraged to go further by taking formal training. I completed a two year Theatre Arts diploma at UFV and have been acting ever since. I love the story telling aspect, working with a group of like-minded people and being a part of something which hopefully entertains and stimulates audiences.

 

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

 

GP: My wife and I operate a small, home-based business quilting. Yes, quilting...although I don't quilt, I operate an industrial longarm quilting machine, so I bill myself as a "machine operator". It sounds better to me. We have three daughters and 13 grandchildren, so family get-togethers are always highlights. We also enjoy traveling and having fun with our 1929 Model A Ford roadster.

 

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

 

GP: I enjoy the experience of trying to understand my character's real life...his time, place, physical surroundings, relationships and how those factors work to make him who he is and how he deals with the challenges he faces. For me, probably the most challenging thing is to take what I find in this process and imbue it into my character so that audiences see not me, the actor, but actually see the person I am portraying.

 

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

 

GP: The fear of corpsing...blanking...on stage is ever present. I have had it happen and it isn't fun. Seconds become hours, or so it seems. The coolest part is getting a reaction from audiences. Making people laugh, cry or even just moving them to be quiet and contemplative can be heady stuff.

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

GP: I was familiar with the story, mainly through the wonderful CBC adaptation from a number of years ago. I love the era, the place (my wife and I visited PEI a few years back...beautiful!) and the relationships that change and move through the passage of the play. Matthew Cuthbert is pretty much as good as it gets in terms of roles for a man my age and of my temperament.

 

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

 

GP: I think I do relate to Matthew Cuthbert. I love what I imagine is his slow way of speaking and moving. I love the depth of his thoughts and convictions. I love his openness to new things. It didn't take him long to warm to Anne, to start to see some of what she saw. I hope I have some of those qualities, at least in some measure.

 

SA_-_pub-4689_smG7: What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

 

GP: This is a heart-warming story, so, if nothing else, I hope audiences will feel good...warm...maybe even blessed for having seen the story we tell. I also hope that Anne's passion, optimism and determination, and Matthew and Marilla's love for each other, and for Anne, will be something of an encouragement.

 

G7: What's your favourite way to relax?

 

GP: I enjoy reading, touring with Marla in our Model A roadster (her name is "Lucy") and spending time with family and friends.

 

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

 

GP: I harbour a secret dream of being a Jeopardy champion.

 

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

 

GP: I don't know that it is a favourite, but I have a pretty vivid memory of coming into class one day...I believe I was in Grade 5...and a girl behind me said "Did you hear the news? Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash." It was the day the music died. I also remember Remembrance Day services. They were in the upstairs auditorium at Assiniboine Elementary School in St.James/Winnipeg. One of our teachers would always cry during the service...I mean really cry...and I wondered, but never knew, why. She was a spinster and old to me then...probably in her 50's...and I wonder to this day if she lost someone very close to her...father, brother, lover, friend?

 

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

 

GP: We played a lot of "Army" and Cowboys and Indians...political correctness wasn't part of our lexicon in those days. WW 2 wasn't actually that long past and we killed each other wantonly. All it took to restore life was a friend's criss-cross over your heart and you were good to go.

 

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

 

GP: Sorry, I've intentionally blanked all such incidents from my memory.

 

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

 

GP: It's hard to single out just one. "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom is right up there, as is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. I tend to prefer non-fiction.

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

GP: Sky blue pink...why not?

 


 

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.

danielle_milette_smDanielle Milette is new to Gallery 7 Theatre, but certainly not new to the world of theatre. She is playing Sara in our current production of The Hiding Place and during rehearsals, she gave us a few precious spare minutes to respond to our little interview...enjoy!

 

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 Milette (DM): Theatre has always been present in my life. The old joke is that my life in theatre was preordained because my parents met doing a musical, I went to my first fine arts camp before I was a month old, and I attended rehearsals for The Sound of Music before I was one. In all seriousness though, theatre is something that challenges me constantly (which I enjoy), and where God wants me to be.

 

G7: When you're not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?

 

DM: My time outside of theatre is full and, frankly, filled with more theatre. I work in retail, currently am stage managing, designing and serving on the board of directors for Theatre Junkies Anonymous, and chatting on the phone or skyping with my four nieces and nephews. When I'm not working on something pertaining to those endeavors, I love reading and movies, and spending time with my sister, Laura.

 

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

 

DM: I like putting together the puzzle of the character. Every time we run or read a scene, there are new discoveries about the character to be made in the dialogue, the circumstances, the back story, how other characters relate on page and on stage. It means that when I spend time with a character, I see her personality expand and grow a little bit as I complete the picture. The big challenge in character work is memorizing lines when your character directs the path of the dialogue in a scene constantly. Every time I try to memorize those dang lines, the only way to do it (for me) is to create an internal dialogue in my head to deduce what comes next. It's very frustrating. And now I come off as a completely crazy person. Oh well, I am an actor; what did you expect?

 

G7: What drew you to this play?

 

DM: I love The Hiding Place because Corrie ten Boom begins as an ordinary person and is transformed by her extraordinary experiences. I also identified with the close relationship between Corrie and Betsie. Thus, she is both relateable and aspirational. I also knew that I had to audition for the show because I knew Sarah Hu would be directing, and I thought it would be so much fun to work with her. (It is.)

 

HP-publicity-7039_smG7: In what ways can you relate to your character?

 

DM: Sara is fueled by anger, bitterness and grief over the untimely death of her husband, Jurgen. We can all relate to her hurt and loss in some form or another, but what resonates with me is how Sara realizes that helping and caring for others helps to heal the wounds better than sitting around, stewing in her own misery. Sara also says "What?!?" a lot, which I do too...

 

G7: Have you ever had a faith-testing experience? A need-to-survive type of experience? How did you get through it?

 

DM: You know, there have been a few of them. None of them were life or death, but they were all devastating at the time. What got me through was that God was always there, even when I didn't expect it-whether it was a lyric in a song, the comfort of family or a friend, or the still, small voice. I was never alone.

 

G7: When you think about the people in this story, what stands out to you? What inspires you most about their story? What challenges you most about their story?

 

DM: There will always be people like the ten Boom family who are willing to put their own lives on the line in order to do what's right rather than what is easy and safe. What is inspiring and challenging is that the whole family sacrifices so much for people they really don't know; and out of the ten Boom family, only Corrie, Nollie, and the kids survive the war. That kind of sacrifice is unbelievable and heartbreaking, but it also is a powerful witness about their faith and commitment to others. We may be afraid of tough times, but God will give us all the courage we need to get through it.

 

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

 

DM: I (loved) Harry and Hermione from the Harry Potter series so much that when the last book came out, and they didn't get together, I was so bummed out. I vowed never to read a HP book or watch another HP movie until it was fully rectified. This day may never come, but vindication did happen in another form very recently (an interview from J.K. Rowling admitting that Harry and Hermione should have gotten together). People called me crazy over this, but the laugh is on them! The proof is in the pudding!

 

G7: Favourite colour and why?

 

DM: When I was a kid, I had this pink dress that looked like the dress the girl marionette in The Lonely Goatherd wears and I loved it to bits. Seeing as I watched the Sound of Music just about every day until I turned five or six, it was pretty much a sure bet that pink would become my favorite crayon forever because of that dress.

 

G7: What's the best 5 bucks you ever spent?

 

DM: I bought an Ariel baby doll (around $5 at Target) for my vivacious niece once, and I bribed her with it for an entire day as I ran errands with her in tow. That was a VERY productive day.

 

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

 

DM: Nice try, but I'm not falling for that one. If I tell you what it is, then I can't publish it as a best-selling self-help book!

 


 

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The Hiding Place runs March 14 & 15, 20 - 22, 27 - 29, 2014 @ 7:30PM with discount matinees on March 15, 22 & 29 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, visit www.gallery7theatre.com