(photo credit: Kim Doucet)
From Prompting to Murder most foul
by Liz Truchanowicz
So picture little ol’14 year old me. Grade 9. First year of high school in the suburbs of Toronto. New school. Big School. Going from being a part of the oldest students in elementary school to being the youngest in high school. Not knowing where I’ll fit in, if anywhere. Only knowing I kinda, sorta, really like theatre. And then there it is – a posting for auditions for the school play. Oh! The play is The Butler Did It by Tim Kelly. Yes, this is where I belong. After a heart-wrenching audition based on a speech from that semester’s English class reading of To Kill A Mockingbird (yes, I had cut and pasted to create my own monologue) I waited. Alas, and to no surprise, I didn’t get cast. I have only graced the stage as an actor once – in Grade 10 – such a traumatic experience (for the audience!) that it has not been repeated since. But I so wanted to be involved with the play that year, I applied to be a member of crew – and I was given, what I considered at the time, a terribly important job. I was the prompter. I went judiciously to every rehearsal, ready to prompt the older students (who were cast in the roles of course) when they forgot a line. I had the best time, and I am pretty sure I was upgraded to stage manager at some point, but not really knowing what that entailed I just did what I was told – which was hangout backstage during the show and help the actors – and since it was a high school play – prompt them during the show when they forgot a line!
a secluded manor, an off-kilter maid and an odd assistant, a larger-than-life hostess and a terrible storm brewing
Now, if you haven’t heard of this play before, let me tell you a bit about it. We begin with a secluded manor, an off-kilter maid and an odd assistant, a larger-than-life hostess and a terrible storm brewing outside. A zany cast of characters begins to arrive, everyone has something to hide and no one is who they seem. Sound familiar? Well it should. More than just a spoof; this play is a comedic send up, an homage to the murder-mystery genre we all know and love.
When: Thursday - Saturday, November 1-3 & 7-10
Time: 8pm, plus a 2pm matinee on the 10th
Where: Louise Chalmers Theatre at John Rennie High School, Pointe Claire (corner St-Jean & Douglas Shand)
Tickets: Adults $24, Students/Seniors $20, Balcony $16, QDF $21
Box Office: 514-631-8718 (In advance, VISA or MC only)
Box Office Hours:
November 1, 2, 8, 9: 1pm-6pm
Or buy tickets at the door: Cash only
How to Get There by STM (approx 60-90 minutes travel time depending):
Weekdays: Take the 485 Bus from Lionel-Groulx and get off at St-Jean/Douglas-Shand.
Weekend: Take the 211 Bus from Lionel-Groulx and get off at Autoroute 20/St-Jean. Walk up/north St-Jean. (approx. 15mins)
Getting back: Walk down to the 20/St-Jean and take the 211 back to Lionel-Groulx or take the 202 from St-Jean/Douglas-Shand to Du College metro (Orange Line)