Brock students on the Royal Botanical Garden stage

A troupe of Brock University students is putting their dramatic arts talents to work this summer.Tottering Biped Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – on now at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton – features a number of familiar Brock faces.The production, held at the newly opened David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, has been three years in the making. Director and Brock drama instructor Todd Copp says his goal is to offer local opportunities to recent theatre grads.“We’ve noticed the difficulty emerging artists have here in getting off the ground and we lose artistic talent to Toronto and further cities every year as a result,” he says on the production’s Facebook page. “In casting this piece, we searched this area’s post secondary theatre programs for the most talented senior students/recent graduates – and offered them paid theatre work. It’s unprecedented in our area.”The production links young actors with more experienced ones, teaching the next generation of actors that they don’t need to move away to pursue their passion.A number of recent and current Brock drama students are involved on the stage and behind the scenes including Sean McClelland, Sean Rintoul, Caitlin Popek, Nicole James and Dana Morin.Nicole James, who is pursuing her BA in dramatic arts with a concentration in production and design, is the production’s stage manager and embraces the challenge of managing a nine-person cast. She works with assistant stage manager and fellow Brock student, Dana Morin.James credits Carolyn Mackenzie’s stage management course for giving her the skills she needs for the job.“I have the privilege to work professionally in the theatre,” she says. “It’s so obvious that the instructors at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Dramatic Arts department actually care and are invested in the education of every single student.”Copp was an instructor with Brock’s Dramatic Arts program in 2016 and is the artistic director of Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre. Founded in 2009, the company is inspired by social justice. They have toured regionally and internationally.“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs August 10-14 and 17-21 at RBG Rock Garden 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton. Performances start at 7 p.m.; tickets are available at http://tickets.rbg.ca/PEO/default.asp. read more

McKenzie and White interviewed for Ireland job reports

first_imgTHE IRFU HAS interviewed Ewen McKenzie and Jake White for the vacant position as head coach of the Ireland team, it has been reported.The pair are in the middle of a war-of-words ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby derby meeting between their clubs, the Brumbies and the Queensland Reds, after former Springboks boss White branded the Reds “the dirtiest team in Australian rugby”.Two of the Southern Hemisphere’s most highly-regarded coaches, they are believed to be in the running to replace Declan Kidney along with Leinster’s Joe Schmidt and interim coach Les Kiss.And according to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, both have taken part in video conferences with IRFU chiefs about the possibility of being handed the top job.Read the full story hereAussies want 1 of these 3 men to captain them against the LionsOpen thread: Who would you pick as the Lions front row?last_img read more