Photo Booth Confessional: Festival Players

Posted by Drake, August 09, 2017
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Prince Edward County is being taken over by the theatrics of Festival Players and Drake Devonshire is following suit! Take a seat at the roundtable as actors from the renowned event gather for a reading of Philanthropy by Marianne Ackerman on AUG 14 and Stars on Her Shoulders by Stephen Massicotte on AUG 21. We talked to the talented cast of some of this season's most anticipated shows for a lightning round of our Proust-inspired Photo Booth Confessional!



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BRUCE DOW
Stars as Bottom in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and director of Stones in his Pockets.

What is your motto?
My mottos change all the time - depending on where my journey seems to be taking me. Right now, and though this motto might seem applicable to putting on a play by Shakespeare in such a short time, it really applies to my whole life. We spend so much time waiting for the "right time." There is no such thing. We just gotta live as we go! It's a quote from the late, great Carrie Fisher - an admired creative soul, and someone who knew all life's hills and valleys.
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow."

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A sunny day.
The roof off the jeep.
My love's hand in mine.
(I know, I know, "two hands on the wheel at 10 and 2!) Correction.
My love's hand on my arm.
A place to go.
An adventure to be had.

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CONNOR THOMPSON
Starring in the roles of Oberon and Thesus in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Charlie in Marie Jones’ Stones in his Pockets.

What is the trait you deplore the most in yourself?
Procrastination? I don't know I'll come back to this one later maybe.

What is your motto?
If you wake up before the alarm on your phone goes off make sure you turn it off because if you forget and you're holding your phone and it goes off in your hand, buddy, that'll startle you something awful and that's no way to start a day.

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ALEX FURBER
Starring in the role of Lysander in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Charlie in Mary’s Wedding.

What is your most treasured possession?
My collection of model aircraft my grandfather made.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A cold beer after a show of a beautiful play in a beautiful place.

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GABRIELLA ALBINO
Starring in the role of Hermia in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I’ve been drinking a lot of iced coffee from The General, where they use gold straws. So probably drinking coffee through a gold straw.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Cool”. I definitely say “cool" way too often, leaving me to be very much the opposite of a cool person.

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GEOFFREY ARMOUR
Starring in the roles of Quince in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Jake in Stones in his Pockets.

What is your most treasured possession?
My life, of course. But if you mean an object, my leather shoulder bag that I have had since I was 18. It has stood up against travelling 4 continents and 10 countries. I will have it bronzed and open as my tombstone so that people can leave me flowers when I am dead and gone.

What is your motto?
"Tout est Possible/Anything is Possible" or "Do your Job once, do it right, or don't do it at all."

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SIOBHAN O’MALLEY
Starring in the roles of Helena in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mary in Mary’s Wedding.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My Irish lilt.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
It'll be great craic!

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ANNA HARDWICK
Starring as Hippolyta and Titania in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A wide open weekend in front of me with my sweetheart, with minimal plans, possibly including Prince Edward County.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My real life hero is my mother. She navigates the world with a generous, open heart, she makes art and beauty and friends everywhere she goes, she has a deep curiosity and compassion for everyone she meets, and she faces adversity with humour and grace. It's a lot to live up to, but when I am cranky I try to think, "What would Mary do?" If I'm blue.

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DYLAN TROWBRIDGE
Starring in the roles of Puck and Philip Strate in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Travelling. Road trips with no itinerary. Tom Petty on the radio. Navigating the beauty and chaos of unfamiliar places with my wife and kids.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife Jo, and my kids, Kaden and Wyatt, are the loves of my life, my reason for being, my anchors my heroes.

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NEIL BABCOCK
Starring in the role of Demetrius in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To keep moving forward in all things and never let the growing cease.

What is your motto?
Let no act be done without purpose.

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LUKE KIMBALL
Starring in the role of Flute in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
That's a massive question! But to be honest, working on an inventive and exciting production of a wonderful play with the most talented and kind cast imaginable over these last few weeks has felt pretty close to perfect happiness.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My heroes tend to be down-to-earth everyday heroes, like my mom. My mom is a huge hero of mine, she's one of the smartest, most caring, and sensitive people I've ever met. Really just anyone that consistently goes the extra mile to be loving, generous, and empathetic to the people around them, those are the people I aspire to be like. And I'm very lucky to have a life filled with many of those people.

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PHILIP KNOX
Starring in the roles of Egeus and Starveling in Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
After spending years traveling to and working in large cities, my wife and I decided we needed to stop and smell the roses. With that in mind, we did a complete 180 degree turn and moved to the country in Prince Edward County where we have added a whole new dimension to our lives. Spending more time with each other and friends and opening our senses to a whole new world. With much more laughter, the journey and exploration of our perfect happiness continues.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife is. People do not always head in the same direction at the same time. Sometimes one person is stronger than the other and sharing each other's strengths is a tremendous advantage for a couple. Love can never be taken for granted and I have learned that love needs caring every day in your life in order to grow. Celebrate random acts of kindness today!

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GRAHAM ABBEY
Incoming Artistic Director for 2018

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I recall a moment many years ago sitting on a rooftop deck in Florida, with a bucket of peel and eat shrimp and a jug of watery American beer about to watch the Super Bowl with my dad. I remember freezing that moment in my mind as pretty darn near as good as it gets.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
The greatest love of my life is split between my wife and our two-year-old daughter Vivienne. They are my rocks. Someone once told me that parenthood makes brave and fearless. I believe that to be true.



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