Regina Little Theatre presents: "Little Theatre Stories" a new series featuring our members telling their favourite Little Theatre stories! If you have a story about Regina Little Theatre that you would like to share please send it to RLT@sasktel.net. We would love to hear from you!
Our first story comes to you from the talenteD
"My involvement with Regina Little Theatre goes all the way back to when I was a teenager – never mind how many decades ago – and I've had many wonderful experiences. One of the most memorable was in 1996 when I was cast in Steel Magnolias along with Carol Gay Bell and Jean Freeman.
Even 25 years ago, the three of us had been longtime friends (and sometimes professional rivals) shattering glass ceilings in the fields of broadcasting, public relations and education. We had a wonderful time in Steel Magnolias, and I guess our enthusiasm showed because Sat Kumar, a local filmmaker who was with the University of Regina's School of Journalism, decided to do a documentary on us and call it “Three Tiger Lilies of Regina.”
Sadly, Sat passed away when the project was barely started and the film was never made, but the three of us treasure the memory and our association with magnolias and tiger lilies. In Through the Looking-Glass, the tiger lily tells Alice, “the hard ground has everything to do with the showy flower,” and as professionals, Carol, Jean and I had to plant ourselves in some pretty tough prairie soil in order to bloom."
Thank you for sharing your story with us Lyn. We are thankful to have you as part of our Little Theatre family.
Next up in our Little Theatre Stories Series is
TAKE IT AWAY, JOLAINE:
"Not all of our plays have roles for everyone. I remember how packed auditions were for the 2016 Christmas show, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. All ages were in attendance. The group included experienced as well as first-time actors, and children, LOTS of children. It was standing room only. Most kids were accompanied by a parent, who in some cases assisted with lines as these young participants were not yet strong readers. They might not have had experience, but they sure were enthusiastic.
Soon after auditions, the play was cast. It was quite a large and diverse group. In the beginning we didn’t know each other but the production team provided a safe space for everyone to try new things, learn, and grow. As rehearsals went on, actors shared their individual knowledge, experience, energy, and enthusiasm. Together, we worked, laughed, and learned to trust each other.
As we approached performance dates, we took turns leading pre-show warm-ups. Everyone participated. It was great fun and there was a sense of working together as one cohesive team. It is amazing to me how theatre can bring together a group of individuals and create lasting memories and friendships."
Thank you for sharing your story with us Jolaine! We are thankful to have you as part of our Little Theatre family.
For the third installment of our "Little Theatre Stories" Series, we Feature
"One of my most memorable experiences in the theatre happens to be my debut with RLT, in which I had the honour of being a part of the cast of Much Ado About Nothing. This was a brilliant adaptation of the classic tale to a more modernized version, which was performed by an exceptionally talented group of 16 actors and actresses.
In addition to performing at RLT as per usual, we also made the trip to Melfort in which myself and another cast member volunteered to drive the moving truck containing our set. Schedules were tight, so the truck was loaded the night before. Very early the next morning we awoke to discover the rental truck had been treated to a touch of blue spray-paint graffiti. In addition, the weather turned inclement upon approaching Melfort, and several cast & crew members were deathly sick as well.
In any case, we managed to pull off a fantastic performance. I’ve since made many more great memories and friends in other RLT productions and theatre continues to be one of my most enjoyable pastimes."
(NOTE: Braden is too modest to mention that in this, his first Festival performance, he earned Honourable Mention for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.)
Thank you for sharing your story with us Braden! We're glad to have you as part of our Little Theatre family!
Our next "Little Theatre Story" comes from
Lana de Lint
TAKE IT AWAY, Lana:
"She’s from the one-act comedy Bake-Off by Sheri Wilner. She’s angry, bossy and terrible to everyone, especially Paul, played hilariously by Terry Bell, and the Pilsbury Doughboy, my darling Emily Krieser. I thought Stacey Paus gave me someone horrible when she cast me. She actually gave me redemption.
During rehearsals I remembered a quote from the great Alan Rickman: “If you judge the character, you can’t play it.” OK. I needed to understand Rita, a woman forced into traditional female roles and hating a life of restrictions.
“Know your place, little lady, and play nice when it is invaded.”
Essentially that’s what a man competing in the bake-off told her. It broke Rita’s last nerve and her pain came in an overwhelming barrage of insults and physical threats with ridiculously funny results. I gave Rita my best. She killed my doubts about my abilities and made me stronger.
But Rita, by standing up for herself, was telling the story of so many women. So precious were the same two words from a few ladies after each performance: “Thank you.” Quietly, gently, came this gift, and I think of them often. You stay with me."
-Lana de Lint
Thank you for sharing your story with us Lana! We're glad to have you as part of our Little Theatre family!