Cast alumni go on to greater things in the enterainment biz
It can be a nerve-racking experience to take centre stage, recite lines, sing and strum the right notes, and interact in character with a live audience while serving them dinner, but this is how a script from a page is brought to life on the Feast Dinner Theatre stage. Many former cast members say that this experience was a stepping stone to a successful career.
“It taught me how to deliver a joke, and later how to write a joke and how to create a character,” remarked Mike Allison, the head writer for the past 10 years of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.” Allison transitioned from a Feast actor to their script writer and penned Home for the Holidays in 2002. Since leaving the Summerside scene, Allison has co-written more than 40 scripts that have been staged by dinner theatre companies across the Maritimes, as well as his weekly CBC television comedy.
Jamie Bradley, who performed in the Governor’s Feast in 1985, says the experience broadened his talents from acting, writing and directing. “It taught me the importance of the storyline, character, and how audiences relate to your role in the show,” he said. Bradley went on to co-host “Street Cents,” a teen-themed news magazine series that originally aired on CBC television, before turning the page to historical play writing.
Jessica Gallant, at 18, soon discovered too that she could accomplish much through the Feast stage. “I got to play five different instruments, sing to a sold out crowd every night, and also had the opportunity to improvise during the show. I truly look back on those days with extreme fondness.” After her time in dinner theatre, Gallant landed the main role in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical, at the Charlottetown Festival.
For information on P.E.I. Feast Dinner Theatres or to make a reservation for its newest musical comedy Up in Smoke, visit www.feastdinnertheatres.com.