Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special – Performer Spotlight – Geoff Kolomayz

Artistic Director Emily Dix first met Geoff when working as the costume designer for Two Wolves Theatre’s production of “Sundance” for the 2012 Toronto Fringe. Impressed by his acting, she invited him to be a part of the first “Retro Radio Hour” and is thrilled to have him back for the Holiday Special. Be sure to check out his blog and his website for updates on all his projects.

Geoff Kolomayz

Geoff Kolomayz

What made you want to be a part of Bygone Theatre’s “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”?
Well I don’t remember how I heard about the first Retro Radio Hour reading series, but I had such fun last time I was climbing over people to come out and do it again.

What is your favourite  holiday tv special?
Every year I diligently, because I love them, watch the stop motion animated classics Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  These hold some of my earliest memories of what Christmas is.  Sitting down with hot chocolate and family to watch the TV special and ramp up my imagination of everything Christmas.  It still hits me.  Of course I now include A Christmas Story in that annual watching.

What is your fondest holiday memory?
I could never sleep on Christmas Eve. Really, I was up to 6am.  So sitting at the top of stairs waiting for Santa to arrive.

What is your most embarrassing holiday memory?
Ever try on boxer shorts for family to make sure the gift from England fits? Don’t try it.

Why should everyone come to see “Retro Radio Hour”?
What more could you ask for, a night of old school radio plays to set the mood and bring back the nostalgia of Christmas’ past.  Come out for the fun, the drink, the nostalgia and friends.

Be sure to check out Geoff and all our other talented performers on Saturday November 30th, 8pm at the Winchester Kitchen. Tickets are only $5! Check out our event page for details.

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Dial M For Murder – Crew Spotlight – Alexis Budd

Alexis is the fight director for “Dial M For Murder”. He has worked previously with director Emily Dix, but this is his first show with Bygone Theatre.

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Bio: Alexis Budd is a Toronto based theatre artist. He has done fight direction on shows such as “We Are The Bomb” and “The Unseen Hand” (Theatre Brouhaha), and “Romeo & Juliet” (Hart House Theatre). He has also performed as a musician/foley artist in such shows as “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “The Unseen Hand” (Brouhaha) and “We Walk Among You” (Artichoke Heart Collective) which recently returned from the Montreal Fringe Festival. He is pleased to be working with the wonderful and talented people at Bygone Theatre.

Dial M For Murder – Crew Spotlight – Jackie McClelland

Jackie McClelland is our props master and one of our set designers for “Dial M For Murder”!

Jackie McClellandBio: Jackie is a set and prop designer specializing in period work for both film and stage. Selected credits include: Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy, Romeo and Juliet, Bent (Hart House Theatre); Twelfth Night (Canopy Theatre Company); Into the Woods (Bravo Academy); Little Women (First Act Productions); A Ladylike Murder, City of Angels (Victoria College Drama Society); Sundance (Two Wolves Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival).

1. How did you get started with set design?

I started out studying film, actually, but got involved in theatre in my spare time. I played a few small roles in school shows – chorus parts, mostly – before making the transition backstage.

 2. What is your favourite part of the creative process?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing — I love brainstorming and doing tons of research right off the bat, but it’s just as satisfying to put my hands to use building, painting, and decorating.

3. What are some challenges you face working as a set designer?

There are almost always limitations in terms of budget and time. In a perfect world, I would have limitless money and hours to spend crafting a perfect set and filling out all the little details that draw in the audience. Getting around these hurdles, though, is part of what makes this job great. I love when someone is impressed by something that I “MacGyver’d” for practically no money!

4. Any advice for other people looking to pursue set design?

I honed my skills building props before moving up to set design and dressing. It gives you the opportunity to work directly with the set designer and learn a lot from their experience – I definitely recommend it.

5. What are you most excited for in regards to “Dial M For Murder”?

I’m a big Hitchcock fan, but I’ve always felt that Dial M for Murder is a story that belongs more on stage than it does on screen. There’s the potential to create a lot of tension through staging and I hope to enhance that as much as possible with the set. I also love working on period pieces and have a special soft spot for Mid-Century Modern design. It’s gonna be great!