Three new Horizon Stage team members!
Hi everyone, welcome to the official start of summer. Solstice was last Friday, now school’s out, Canada Day is almost here, and the Horizon Stage season has been revealed and will be ready for purchase very soon. Yep, it’s summer! We’re not talking about the rain… Shhh!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing the spotlight with three new members of our Horizon Stage team. They are only with us for a short time, but they each bring some wonderful skills and energy to our world.
First up, meet Ben Gallant. He’s a practicum student who will be spending about a month in the office with us. Lucky him, he arrived just in time to help with the final two weeks of preparations for Canada Day. This means he has stuffed envelopes, printed signs, prepared bags, made LOTS of lists, and mastered the laminating machine. All vital tasks when it’s down to the wire, believe me.
Ben is in his grade twelve year at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School, where he has been taking the Administrative Professional program as a dual credit option with NorQuest College. That means he was smart enough to recognize he could get high school credit and college credit at the same time, and at the end of it, spend a bunch of time with us – not a bad situation, if you ask me.
Ben is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Spruce Grove when he was seven. He loves playing sports, specifically baseball and hockey for about ten years, and he cheers for the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Blue Jays. He recently started acting in his high school productions, playing the Big Bad Wolf in Shrek, and in their One-Act Plays, he was the lead role of the protagonist in Conflict. When asked what his strengths are, Ben commented, “I feel like I’m pretty good at being tall”. By the way he’s 6’3” and yes, he rocks it. He also says, “I’m excited to be here and get to try the stuff I learned. It’s nice to be out of class”. We’re happy to welcome Ben to the team.
Next we have our FoOtlights Summer Drama Class instructors. Logan Stefura currently works as a Patron Services Representative at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. He has taught Clowning and Puppet Creation workshops in a few different settings (which we think sound super-cool), and has been an Assistant Stage Manager with Uniform Theatre. He was a teen actor with Kompany Family Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, and St. Albert Children’s Theatre, where he also mentored younger actors. He loves working with props, as evidenced by his work as Props Master for various Horizon Players and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School productions.
Though he graduated from Victoria School of the Arts in Edmonton, his love of theatre started closer to home, at St. Peter the Apostle. He was a recipient of the Horizon Stagelighters’ scholarship to study at ArtTrek, Theatre Alberta’s intensive summer theatre camp, and the Norm Usiskin Bursary from the Horizon Players. He is a 2015 Edmonton Journal Cappies Award winner for Outstanding Male Comedic Actor, and nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Props. That same year, he won Outstanding Male Actor in the Alberta Zone 2 West Drama Festival. He brings a youthful exuberance and a truckload of passion about all things theatre-related. We’re looking forward to seeing him work with our young students this summer.
Teaming up with Logan is Lynn Burrough, who has a very impressive resume and a personality that just barely fits in a room. In case you don’t understand what that means, she’s got so much enthusiasm that we can’t wait to share her with our campers. Originally from the United Kingdom, where she was a singer and an actress, since moving to Canada she has earned an Education degree from the University of Alberta and a Technical Theatre diploma from McGill University in Montreal. She taught at Onoway High School for many years, where her students competed in Zone Drama Festivals in the junior and senior high school levels at our very own Horizon Stage. If that’s not enough, she also professionally stage managed at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. Lynn has worked as a teacher in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China. In Singapore she was Head of Arts (Music, Visual Art and Drama) for Chatsworth International School, teaching International Baccalaureate drama and theatre. Though she is technically retired from teaching full time, she is very much in demand as a substitute teacher in the area, much to the delight of her students. Lynn is excited to return to Horizon Stage this summer, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her back. Between the two of them, Logan and Lynn are set to create magic with the FoOtlights Summer Drama programs. Acting I is already full, but there is still space in the Acting II and III so call 780-962-8995 or register online while there are still available spots.
All in all, I think you can see we’re set for an exciting next few weeks. Come out to Jubilee Park to take in all the fun, food, and entertainment we have planned for Canada Day. Then, have a look at your Horizon Stage brochure and come pick up your tickets early so you’re not disappointed when shows sell out. Register your kids for drama camps, and your summer is looking amazing! Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Canada Day!!
-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager