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Mary’s Wedding opens 2014-2015 season


Tickets are now available for The Golden Apple Theatre’s production of Mary’s Wedding, the first show of the 2014-2015 season.

The show runs November 4  to 15 at 8 p.m. nightly, except for Sunday, November 9, when there’ll be a 2 p.m. matinee, and Monday, November 10, when there is no show. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students, and $20 for the preview performances on November 4.  Tickets are available at Cobb Swanson Music, Bach & Beyond, Mysteria Gallery or right here at GoldenAppleTheatre.com (please note there is a $1.50 PayPal surcharge per ticket for online purchases).

Tuesday, November 11, is a special benefit performance for the Actors’ Fund. For that day only, tickets are available only at the door on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Directed by Golden Apple Theatre co-artistic director Andorlie Hillstrom, Mary’s Wedding stars Jeff Irving and Tess Degenstein, with Samira Rose stage managing and Wes Pearce as designer.

Mary’s Wedding premiered by at playRites ’02, Alberta Theatre Project’s annual festival of new plays. In the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, Anne Nothof of Athabasca University describes Mary’s Wedding as “a moving, lyrical two-hander, with a flexible use of dream-time that takes the action into a broad historical dimension in terms of a relationship between a young farmer and a recent English immigrant to Canada. It begins on the evening before Mary’s wedding in 1920, and tracks back to show her first meeting with Charlie, their growing attraction, and his departure for the war. The war scenes are intercut with the love scenes, one dimension of time informing the other to suggest that Mary is dreaming Charlie’s horrific experiences in the trenches, just as he is dreaming his memory of her. Remembering their love is her way of saying goodbye, although this love will always inform her life.”

In his program note for the premiere, Massicotte accounts for the origins of the play in a failed relationship: “So this was going to be a war play. However, I was in love when I wrote it and I thought it was more of a love to end all loves. This is not that love story but the more I loved her, the more Mary and Charlie loved each other. The more I longed to return to her, the more they longed to return to each other. So the war play became a love story. I wrote it to forget her and to get her back and to remember her and to let her go.”

Mary’s Wedding won the Alberta Playwriting Competition in 2000. It has been produced many times in theatres across Canada, including the National Arts Centre, and in the United States, England, and Scotland. In 2011 it was adapted as an opera by the Pacific Opera Victoria.

About the Cast and Crew

Andorlie Hillstrom, Director

AndorliePhoto-ColorAndorlie, co-artistic director of The Golden Apple Theatre, is a professional actress and singer who has performed throughout Western Canada. She was the founder and is past artistic director of Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre (DIWC), directing many of its mainstage productions over the past 20 years. She received the 2002 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture, and the 2007 Community Builder Award from the Regina and District Association for Community Living. Andorlie was also pleased to be presented with a bursary for DIWC by the former Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Lynda Haverstock, in honour of His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex.





Samira Rose, Stage Manager

HiresSamira is originally from Chisholm Township. Select credits include: Grand Chief Election 2012 (Sovereign Alliances), NAC (Innocence Lost (Centaur Theatre), King Lear, Prairie Scene, Saint Carmen Of The Main(Canadian Stage), Mother Courage and her Children (RMTC), The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel Theatre with the original Vancouver Playhouse production), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (WCT), Shakespeare’s Dog (RMTC)), GCTC (The Burden of Self Awareness, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), ProudThe Secret Mask, East of Berlin, Vimy, (NAC), The Syringa TreeThe Drawer Boy), Firehall Arts Centre: (blood.claat), Belfry Theatre (Big Mama!), Sleeping Dog Theatre (Blood On The Moon), Opera Lyra Ottawa (The Brothers Grimm, Don Giovanni, Otello (MOC), The Barber of Seville, Falstaff) and the NCC/CBC Television co-production of the Canada Day Celebrations on Parliament Hill.

Upcoming productions include GCTC’s The Best Brothers.

As always, many thanks to her family.

Tess Degenstein (Mary)

TessDegensteinHSTess is an actor and improviser who proudly hails from Regina. Her selected theatre credits include: The Wizard of Oz, The Alice Nocturne (The Globe Theatre), An Almost Perfect Thing (Workshop West), for which she received a Sterling nomination;  The Importance of Being Earnest, (1000 Islands Playhouse); Boeing Boeing (1000 Islands Playhouse/ WCT); Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius),Sylvia (Mayfield); Death of a Salesman, As You Like It (Citadel); What Gives (Teatro la Quindicina), and three seasons with the FreeWill Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming, she will be appearing in Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius), The 39 Steps (WCT), Don’t Dress for Dinner (1000 Islands Playhouse), and she’ll be making her producing debut with Claudia Dey’s Trout Stanley.

Selected film credits include renegadepress.com (APTN/ Global), King (Showcase)and Murdoch Mysteries (CBC).  Tess has also been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for her ensemble work in the popular webseries Space Janitors, which the Globe and Mail named one of Six Web Series to Watch (www.spacejanitors.com).

Further, she has performed and taught in improv festivals across the country and guested with several companies, including Second City, and the National Theatre of the World. She is is currently finishing up a year a Europe, where she has been teaching and performing with troupes in London, Vienna, Berlin, Oslo, and Amsterdam.

Tess is a proud alumni of the University of Alberta, the Banff/ Citadel Professional Training program, and Do It With Class. She is thrilled to be back home working with Jeff in this incredible play. Bigbig thanks to Andorlie for everything.

Jeff Irving (Charlie)

JeffIrvingIt’s good to be home. The last time Jeff played in Regina was in Golden Apple’s Jacques Brel. He has also spent seven seasons with the wonderful Shaw Festival, most recently playing in The Light in the Piazza and Trifles. Other theatre Jeff has had the great fortune to be a part of is: White Christmas (Drayton Entertainment), Bloodless (Theatre 20), Eigengrau (Red One Theatre), Parade (Studio 180/Acting Up Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Canstage), Sweeney Todd, December Man (L’homme de decembre) (Citadel Theatre), and The Sound Of Music (Mirvish Productions). Jeff was a member of DIWC and a graduate of CCPA. He would like to thank his friends for being the best, his family for being the tops, his parents for making him, and for Kristi for saying “..really?” then “YES!”. This play is dedicated to Les Perkins and Berence Smith, two men who were brave enough to fight and lucky enough to live. peace


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