Kim Brouwer (Cecilia “Cissy” Robson) moved to Cobourg this from Toronto earlier this year, and she is thrilled to be living and working in this wonderful community. Kim left the world of television directing and production to take on a new role and career as a design consultant for a kitchen and bath company in Cobourg.
Kim was involved in theatre as a young woman but had not graced the stage for almost 40 years when joining the Northumberland Players in last season’s final show, Once Upon a Rocking Chair. Firmly bitten by the acting bug, Kim is thrilled to be a member of the Quartet cast, and giving life to the character of Cissy. A love of music and the arts runs strong in Kim’s family as her son is a jazz musician, composer and arranger.
Mary Doig (Jean Horton) saw her first play when she was just three years old, at a village hall in Scotland, by a wonderful touring company….she was hooked on theatre from that minute forward! This early experience must have have instilled a love of children’s theatre for Mary, with some of her happiest memories with Northumberland Players being with the youth theatre: driving the cast from school to school, for performances, with the set in my horse trailer or in Joan Macklin’s big Suburban!
Mary has thoroughly enjoying working on Quartet, and says that anyone who has lived in. or visited a “retirement residence” will appreciate the humour, and the eccentricities of the four elderly residents portrayed in the play Quartet. For Mary exploring the character at rehearsals, though hard work, is lots of fun and a very rewarding experience. She loves being surrounded by a group of talented people both on and off stage, each bringing their unique expertise to the production.
Gary Potter (Reginald Paget) moved to Port Hope from Toronto almost 6 years ago with the idea of retiring; instead he opened a kitchen boutique, and became a kitchen and bathroom designer at Kingsmill Kitchen & Bath in Port Hope!
Gary has always been impressed by the way a play can make you believe: scare you, make you cry. It’s magical! This wonder of theatre, and having performed in church basements in the past, encouraged Gary to try his hand with the Northumberland Players. He thought it must be fun to be able to do that. The thrill of portraying another person’s life is such a rush for Gary. His character Reggie has a great outlook on aging, but he also has a couple of issues with lime marmalade and a certain nurse! To be someone else!
I had not seen the play ‘Quartet’ but I knew what it was about based on the seeing the movie. Chris Worsnop helped me a great deal when I played Ben, the gardener, in The Secret Garden. When I heard Chris was directing Quartet I wanted to do it. Fortunately, he chose me.
Christopher Sharp (Wilfred Bond) has been a Northumberland resident since 2008, having also lived here from 1989 – 1995. He has had a career almost as varied and exciting as the character he portrays in Quartet. Christopher studied theatre arts at university, performed professionally in a band for a number of years, acted professionally for several years, and worked as an accountant for a period of time, before returning to university and becoming a teacher. He taught Business and Drama at CDCI West, directing several student and community theatre productions. Christopher has for the last several years been a high school Vice Principal at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
This is role is very close to Chris’s heart with his love of theatre and music, particularly voice. He has sung many opera roles in recital and played a wide variety of characters in musical theatre, from Gilbert and Sullivan to traditional Broadway shows.