The Mail Order Bride
October 14 – 30, 1993
By Robert Clinton
Director Kim McCaw
The Mail Order Bride was first produced at Theatre Network, Edmonton, Alberta on April 21st, 1988.
Currently working as a freelance theatre director, dramaturge and writer/broadcaster, Kim McCaw has been working all over Canada since he graduated from the National Theatre School in 1974. In addition to his freelance activities he is currently Program Director for the Banff Centre for the Arts Playwright’s Colony, a position he has held since 1990. From 1983-91, Kim was Artistic Director of the Prairie Theatre Exchange, where he helped the development and production of new Prairie plays. During his tenure, he directed numerous PTE productions, including The Fighting Days, The Occupation of Heather Rose, My Memories of You, and Sisters (all by Wendy Lill), The Shunning by Manitoba poet Patrick Friesen; political cabarets Section 23, and Welcome to the Hard Times. He created the first stage adaptations of the stories of Robert Munsch which have become standard Family planning programming for theatres across the country. Other notable PTE achievements include the national tour of A Prairie Boys Winter and the construction of PTE’s new $3.8 million Portage Place home.
1993 was a busy year beginning with working as associate director of a French Language production of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs; a week-long series of play development workshops in Whitehorse; directing Shaw’s Pygmalion at Regina’s Globe Theatre; directing a series of lunch-hour play readings in Winnipeg called Short Shots; organizing a full summer of theatre writing and visual art workshops at the St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre; and directing an independent production of Normand Chaurettes’ play The Quens Work continues this fall; this production of The Mail Order Bride at Uvic; then writing, producing and hosting a radio variety show for CBC; and working as an Associate Radio Drama Producer for CBC, developing and producing new material from the Manitoba region. In November, Kim travels to England and Scotland to spend time in consultation with companies engaged in the creation of new work, and in December he begins rehearsals for Nicholas Wright’s Mrs. Klein in production at the Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse Theatre.
Then he hopes to have a bit of a rest…
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1952, Rober tClinton has lived most of his life in the Canadian West and currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, he has performed in over fifty productions as a member of Canadian Actor’s Equity and ACTRA. A six time winner of first prize in the Alberta Playwrighting Competition, he began playwrighting by staging four of his works at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival. His other plays include Mirage, Man in the Jungle, On Your Marks…!, Getting the Nerve, and Editing Suite. The Mail Order Bridepremiered at Theatre Network in Edmonton and has been produced by the Blyth Festival (including a re-mount and a tour), and Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg.
More recently, Robert has played in the Parallax Garden with Joy Coghill for Nexus Theatre and in the made-for-television film Ordeal in the Arctic with Richard Chamberlain. And, fulfilling a childhood dream he acted with the famed Elke Sommer in the film Destiny’s Ridge. When not treading the boards or acting before a camera, Robert plays guitar in a blues band and a reggae band in Edmonton.
Nigel Leach (In remeberance)
Nigel Leach, who graduated from the Theatre Department in 1988, died on May 14th, 1993. Nigel faced his longillness from cancer and his death with exemplary fortitude and an amazing sense of humour. Many of us remember Nigel for his friendliness, his liveliness and his love of Shakespeare. Nigel’s parents, Bill and Christine, his family, and his many friends in the Department wish to remember him by the establishment of a bursary. Through their generosity, the Nigel Leach Bursary will be awarded annually to a third year acting student who is continuing in the Theatre program and who displays outstanding promise in Shakespearean interpretation. If you knew Nigel and would like to contribute to the Nigel Leach Memorial Bursary, cheques should be made out to the University of Victoria, marked Nigel Leach Bursary and sent to Bindon Kinghorn, Theatre Manager.
Cast & Creative
Director Kim McCaw
Assistant Director PiaWyatt
Set Designer Michael Meloche
Lighting Designer Giles Hoyga
Assistant Lighting Diesigners Jennifer Brumer/Andrew Riter
Costume Designer Brian Ball
Original Music & Sound Michael Becker
Sound Co-ordinator Neil Carson
Colin Plant Harold English (a crazy coot)
Shannon Anderson Charlotte Emery (a mail order bride)
Andrew Long Art Milligan (a travelling salesman)
Julia Hoover Racehl Teeter (a farmer’s daugher)
Jame Douglas Charles Teeter (a farmer)
Graeme Somerville Russell Teetr (a hot shot pilot)
Justine Y.Thomas Eva Teeter (a young mother)