Dear Johnny Deere this fall
When I did my first theatre project back in 2013, I fell in love with acting. But when our run of Somewhere, SK wrapped up at Dancing Sky Theatre, I had my second baby and the thought of starting an acting career was far from my mind. Still, if someone came along and offered me a really great role...
Skip ahead to 2016, when the baby is not a baby and the muse is starting to pull at my apron strings. The Artistic Director of Persephone called to ask me to audition for a role with their fall producion of Dear Johnny Deere, a play based on the music of Fred Eaglesmith. During the phone call, Del asked if I was familiar with Fred Eaglesmith's music. And I had to confess: back in 2001 I skipped my father-in-law’s wedding to open a show for him!
Really? It was back in 2001. My friend Ryan Miele was one of the thousands of people that gathered in Quebec City to protest the Free Trade of the Americas talks—one of the largest anti-globalization protests to that point. He was one of five Saskatchewan activists arrested during the protest. So that spring, a concert was organized to raise money to cover their legal bills and Fred Eaglesmith agreed to come to Saskatoon and headline the event. I was asked to perform. As a fan of Fred’s music, I couldn’t wait to share a stage with him. Unfortunately, when the scheduling conflict arose, I had a difficult decision to make.
Back to the present. Del forwarded the script to me, and I immediately fell in love with this captivating prairie story, interspersed with the songs of Fred Eaglesmith. I ended up landing the part of Caroline, and the play will hit the stage this fall. FOR INFO AND TICKETS VISIT PERSEPHONE THEATRE'S WEBSITE!