May 2014

Fire pit before/after

One of the tasks I had meant to get to last year was fixing my fire pit. The poor thing was only a year old and had already started to rust…

The fire pit in need of repair

 

The first step required a little bit of elbow grease and a metal brush to scrape the rust off.

Removing the rust from the fire pit

 

Lastly, it didn’t take long to add a coat of the Tremclad flat black high heat enamel.

The renewed fire pit

 

Now I just get to wait for warmer weather so I can get outside and enjoy using it!

Bailegangaire

When Patrick Toner called last Christmas and asked if I’d consider acting in an Irish play, I thought it would be a fun chance to get back on stage. I read the script and really enjoyed it so I agreed to do it. Bailegangaire is a three-person play featuring a grandmother who has Alzheimers, and two granddaughters trying to care for her. The granddaughters, Dolly and Mary, are a bit like oil and water. I’m playing Dolly, who is quite a vibrant character. I realized it’s been about 5 years since I’ve been on stage. Where does the time go? That last show that I was in was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the Saint John Theatre Company.

It has been a great opportunity to reconnect and work with Lindsay Bell, as well as meet and work with Mary Stilwell. What wonderful ladies to work with! I am certainly thankful for the friendships formed while trying to tackle an admittedly challenging script.

I knew Patrick from my early days involved with the SJTC. He has since  started the An Amharclann Theatre Company, which produces at least one Irish play per year. They sometimes take their shows to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival. This year, the festival will be hosted by Irish Theatre of Florida and is being held at the Arts Garage  in Del Ray Beach, Florida. Before we take it to Del Ray, however, we will be performing it at the Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John – opening tonight and running for 3 evenings.