Joe - Oklahoma!
Why did you want to be part of this production?
When I heard there was going to be a show done with a western theme, I was immediately interested. The theme of this show talks about the winds on the plains and the smell of wheat after a rain. For me this brings me back home because I remember exactly that. I remember huge fields where you couldn't see to the end of it. I remember the wind blowing and the wheat fields waving in the wind like big ocean waves.
The cowboy thing came about too because every spring we would have to saddle up and bring the steers to what was called the community pasture. All the farmers would come on the same weekend and we would all bring our cattle there. We would brand them so we knew which were ours. We would spend the day, have lunch outdoors and just have a great day with our neighbors. Then we would saddle up and ride home.
I love Westerns and watch them as often as I can. I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and as kids we were always playing cowboys and indians. I would dress up as a cowboy as much as possible and we even had toy cap guns we used. We would do the whole shootout thing and of course the gunfight.
There is something special about the open range, wheat fields, horses and the people you meet along the way. Of coarse the food is great too.
What are you most looking forward to in this production?
I am looking forward to dressing up as a cowboy and going on stage and playing the role of someone I have always wanted to be. You just feel like a cowboy when you put on that hat and vest and strap on that gun.
How do you find working on the dialect?
The dialect just comes natural to me and I have not found it difficult at all. I think it is part of my heritage.
What are you plans for next year?
I am not sure what I will be doing in the next year or so. I have been failrly busy lately and might decide to take some time off.