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yvonne smWelcome to a new week. Today is a big day for our stage manager, Yvonne Spuls. No, it's not her birthday. It's Q to Q night! Q to Q is an opportunity for Yvonne and her team to rehearse lighting, sound and special effect cues with the actors for the very first time. Every single cue in the show is literally rehearsed to check for levels and timing.


With approximately 140 lighting cues and close to 100 sound cues in Around the World in 80 Days, Yvonne and her team will be busy all evening long. Wish her and the team luck!


To commemorate this important day in the rehearsal process, we'd like to introduce you to Yvonne on a more personal level. Yvonne was hooked on theatre following her first theatre experience a year & a half ago. Eight productions later, this is her second time stage managing. Yvonne thanks her family for continually supporting her passions and the cast for continually making her laugh!


Alright, on to the Q & A...enjoy!


What is your favourite comfort food?


Dark Chocolate and London Fogs


What do you like most about Around the World in 80 Days?


At many rehearsals, I had tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard! The cast is great; l love working with everyone!


What do you fear most when you're stage managing a show?


I would say my biggest fear is my head set stops working.


What animal would you most like to be and why?


When I asked my mums input on this question, she said without hesitation "a hyena". Thanks mom! But then, when she saw how impressed I was with that answer, she quickly changed her answer to monkey "because they seem to be busy and happy most of the time but they also know how to be fierce and assert themselves when needed". That's better!


80 days pub 1891 smIf you could travel through time, what year would you want to go back to and why?


Europe 1939-1945 - not because it would be enjoyable at all but because it would be a test of character to see how I would act when facing horrible situations that I would inevitably be put in. I admire the faith and strength of many people of this time who stood up and did the right thing, putting themselves and their families in harms way to help others. I often wonder if I would or could make the same hard and often very dangerous decisions that they made.


Favourite super-hero and why?


Jack Jack (from The Incredibles). Who wouldn't want to turn into a ball of fire when you don't like the way things are going?


Favourite word. Least favourite word.


Happy. Depressed.


What phone do you have and what is a favourite feature of that phone?


Samsung Galaxy Core. It turns On.


80 Days WebAround the World in 80 Days World in 80 Days runs November 6 & 7, 11 - 14, 2015 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on Nov. 7 & 14 @ 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Tickets can be purchased in-person at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, by-phone at 604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828, and online at