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Mike Shara: Actor

Mike Shara is one of Canada’s most accomplished actors with multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival.

In this interview he covers a wide range of topics from his time at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor to working with Yannick Bisson on the CBC Television series “Murdoch Mysteries.”

Mike opens up about the struggles he faced learning Shakespeare and how he overcame his fear of being perceived as a fraud. He worked hard to improve his craft and went on to work with the acclaimed directors Chris Abraham on “Othello” and John Caird on “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Mike’s worst audition story is a classic and he shares great advice on how to avoid blowing the audition before you even open your mouth.

Details, Details:
The Rainmaker
June 20 to July 7
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
Waterloo, ON
Box Office: 1-855-372-9866
Details and tickets online.

Susan Gilmour: Singer, actress

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Susan Gilmour is an internationally acclaimed singer and actress.

She is currently performing in “Footloose” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, On. and will be appearing there again from Nov. 23 – Dec. 24 in “Sister Act.”

She’s best know for playing Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Susan also played Fantine in the Los Angeles production, where she was nominated for the Robby Award “Best Supporting Actress,” and she performed with the international Touring Company in Singapore, Cape Town South Africa, Hong Kong and Seoul Korea.

In the podcast we discuss the time, early in her career, Susan lost a job as a cruise ship entertainer, listen and find out why she was kicked off the ship.

Despite the cruise ship experience, Susan’s passion for singing pop music provided a foundation for her success in musical theatre along with her training at Grant MacEwan College, the Edmonton Musical Theatre and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

We also discuss her work at The Stratford Festival with director Peter Hinton.

Show Notes

Susan Gilmour’s website
“Footloose” runs until Oct. 30.
“Sister Act” runs from Nov 23 – Dec 24.
MacEwan University – Theatre Arts
Edmonton Muiscal Theatre
Citadel Theatre
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Special thanks to The Bruce Hotel where we recorded our conversation.
The Bruce is Stratford’s most luxurious hotel, offering unparalleled service.own-backyard-stratford-festival-4

Bethany Kovarik: Dancer, actress (2016)

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Bethany-CardBethany has been dancing since the age of three.

She’s danced in New York and at some of the best theatres in Canada.

She also gives back to the dance community by sharing her skills with younger dancers. She loves educating and mentoring young dancers to be the strongest performer; mentally, emotionally, and physically. She’s particularly enjoys working with dancers in their late teens, dealing with big transitions in their life.

She’s a proud graduate of the Sheridan Institute’s Musical Theatre Performance Program.

We talk about Bethany’s work in “A Chorus Line” at The Stratford Festival as well as the career decisions dancers have to make.

SHOW NOTES:

Jesse Robb Choreography with Bethany in New York: on Facebook
A Chorus Line at the Stratford Festival
Episode #20 with Bethany.