Cast Spotlight: Clea McCaffrey

Clea McCaffrey Bygone Theatre

Bio: Clea McCaffrey is excited to be performing along best friends, and new friends this winter season. Ain’t that what the holidays are about?

Clea is a 24-year-old performer residing in Toronto. She has had the chance to perform with The Drayton Festival in the musical Sister Act under direction of Max Reimer. Clea has performed internationally in the show Fame as Mabel Washington in a tour to Dubai under direction of Alan Kinsella. Clea also works as a vocal teacher and freelance musician in Toronto. In future endeavours, she simply hopes to continue composing, performing, and creating art. ~ Peace is Possible, Theatre is Powerful~

 
What made you want to be a part of the cabaret?
I’m super excited to be performing with my best friends and band mates the wild bbs as the jingle belles this holiday season! I also saw Tom’s pervious cab Fin and Friends and was blown away by the way he put it all together.

What’s your favourite part of the holiday season?
I really love the sense of community around the holidays. Everyone seems to want to spread joy and love to each other. If we all acted this way throughout the year maybe there would be a lot less hate in this world.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Santa clause got stuck in my chimney. I mean Ella Fitzgerald, sexual innuendos, Christmas, what more do you need?

Why should everyone come to see the show?

It’s going to be so so fun, with unbelievable local talent. It’s just going to be a great place to feel good and start the holiday’s off!

Friends of Bygone – Colin Asuncion in “Fugitive Songs”

Our AD Emily Dix worked with Colin Asuncion when she directed “Hairspray” for St.Michael’s College, back in December 2011; Colin played the charismatic Seaweed Stubbs. Sam Moffatt, another performer in “Fugitive Songs” was the Hairspray‘s music director; small world, eh?We’re sitting down with Colin to get the dish on his latest show with First Act Productions; “Fugitive Songs”

Colin Asuncion

Colin Asuncion

Give us First Act Productions’ history – how and why did it get started? Have you worked with them in the past? In what capacity?
First Act Productions is a young Toronto theatre company which was created by Nicole Strawbridge a few years ago. The company has produced a bunch of large-scale, well known shows like FAME and Little Shop of Horrors. Like a lot of up-and-coming theatre companies in the city, First Act casts a good mix of working professionals and recent theatre grads. My first show with First Act was HAIR this past January. Nicole had seen me in a student production of Hairspray (which Bygone Theatre’s own Emily Dix directed) and invited me to audition for her company. I landed the role of Berger which is the biggest role I have played to date. Since then, I have performed in All Shook Up with the company and now Fugitive Songs, for which I am also co-designing the set.

What is your role in Fugitive Songs?
I play a moody young man (none of us have character names) who is dissatisfied with his life. He hates his neighbourhood and feels haunted by his ex-girlfriend. In an effort to get away from it all, he joins the other characters on a long road trip, during which he gets in touch with his feelings and learns a lot about himself. It gets kind of intense and emo at times, but I have a lot of fun playing him.

Give us a quick run-down of Fugitive Songs.
Fugitive Songs is a song cycle about people who are trying to run away from something, be it a person, place, or state of mind. They go on a road trip together during which they try to fix the problems that led them to get away in the first place.

What has been your favourite part of working on “Fugitive Songs”?1270665_454120654701606_2003221797_o
I absolutely love the music. The sound of the show is a mix of folk, gospel, and pop – it’s really cool. Really contemporary. So that’s pretty awesome. Also, I’m co-designing the set which has been a great experience. In addition to theatre, visual art is my other creative love so it’s been really wonderful getting to combine two of my skill sets.

Any fun rehearsal/performance stories or anecdotes you’d like to share?
Well, our stage manager Dylan is going to teach me how to roll a joint and not look like an amateur. I have to roll a j in my opening scene so we’ll see how that goes.

Where and when can everyone see the show?
Nov 8 – 16 at Fraser Studios (76 Stafford Street, near Trinity Bellwoods Park). Tickets are $25 and you can get them at www.firstactproductions.ca.

Anything else we should know?
The show is going to be ridiculously good. Come.