(photo credit: Sabrina Reeves)
A director has been all around a production
by Stephen Vincelli
Working on the same show for the last three years has been very interesting to say the least! Going from associate producer to actor and now the privilege of directing A Christmas Carol, has been a huge learning curve packed with very fond memories. Starting in 2010 and leading up to the moment that I am writing this piece, it has been an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. If someone told me three years ago that I would be directing this piece today, I would not have believed them. The path has had its ups and downs but it has always been extremely gratifying. Let me recount the different roles I’ve had and the experiences I have both learned from and treasure.
Like comparing apples to oranges, both positions have their pros and cons.
Nonetheless Barry O’Connell and I delivered a production that I was extremely proud of. We came under budget and had a blast doing it. I can’t take all the credit for that one as Barry worked extremely hard and deserves immense praise. Having more experience than I, he was the leader and a strong guiding influence. His passion and enthusiasm were the driving forces behind my new-found interest in A Christmas Carol. Though I was familiar with the story before starting work on it, through Barry I discovered fresh and exciting details at every turn. In the end the finished product was something that the company and the audiences will remember for many years.
A Christmas Carol runs at the Rialto from Dec 13-23
In 2002 he graduated from Fine Arts Core Education High School (F.A.C.E) with honours in drama and graduated from the Dawson College Professional Theatre Program in 2007. He has been an actor, stage manager, director and producer on many different productions going back to the year 2000 when he starred in his first ever stage production as ‘Mr. Zero’ in Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine.