Alum Jake Planinc brings contemporary Canadian theatre to Halifax with new company Today, he’s Matchstick Theatre’s artistic director, but Jake Planinc didn’t always hold a love for theatre. While growing up in St. Catharines, Ont., he disliked attending shows with his father. “He’s not a theatre person at all but he sort of forced me […]

After 25 years, Decima Mitchell bids farewell to the drama program and Mount Allison Since 1993, Decima Mitchell has been the resident designer for Motyer-Fancy Theatre. She’s designed sets and costumes for faculty shows, directed plays, taught theatre design basics to students and worked at various community theatre companies in Sackville. After 124 productions, Mitchell […]

Motyer-Fancy Theatre to host Theatre New Brunswick’s latest groundbreaking tour On Monday, March 26, Mount Allison’s Year of Indigenous Action will come to life onstage in Theatre New Brunswick’s (TNB) touring production of Finding Wolastoq Voice. This show marks the first time TNB has staged work written by an Indigenous New Brunswicker, as well as […]

Alison Crosby’s current artistic desire to “do everything” has deep roots in her beginnings with theatre. “I was a very talkative, very attention-seeking child and eventually one of my cousins said to my mother, ‘Dear God, Diane, put her in theatre,’ ” Crosby told me over the phone. Her mother promptly enrolled her in Cape […]

Motyer-Fancy’s most recent production tackles controversial campus subject matter In the opening scene of Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really Really, the audience meets two girls returning from the party of the year. Grace giggles as she deals with a bleeding hand. Leigh distantly checks her texts, calls her voicemail four times, begins to hyperventilate and finally […]

Thomas Morgan Jones of Theatre New Brunswick applies techniques from across the globe “Frustration is a kind of tension, isn’t it?” Thomas Morgan Jones asked at one point during his workshop last weekend. “It’s a tension in your mind. Let it go because it’s really not useful.” He then gave a cue by whacking a […]

Mt. A alumna Anna Shepard works internationally with 2B Theatre in Halifax Anna Shepard has come a long way from nativity plays and high school musicals. The Mt. A alumna will travel to New York City this year with Halifax’s 2B Theatre Company to stage Old Stock off-Broadway. I spoke to Shepard on the phone […]

Bilingual theatre troupe stages original ‘REX!’ Though the Motyer-Fancy Theatre has been transformed into a pastel paradise for Tintamarre’s production of REX!, the titular character is anything but innocent. I sat down last week with Alex Fancy, the director of the bilingual theatre troupe, to learn more about the collaborative production. He said the show […]

Musical theatre society stages a fresh take on the ‘New Yorker’s’ famously macabre family If you were to stop in at Convocation Hall before Jan. 27, you’d be greeted by a looming two-storey purple set, a torture rack and a crossbow. You’d also meet the death-loving Addams clan and their ancestors, including a dead bride, […]

Mt. A alumna to graduate from prestigious technical program at the National Theatre School “Mt. A taught me to listen,” said alumna Crystal Chettiar on the phone last week. Originally from Bathurst, N.B., Chettiar is currently based in Montreal where she is finishing the production design and technical arts program at the National Theatre School. […]