THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 20, 2011 -- Magnus Theatre of Thunder Bay, is proud to be producing the world premiere of this new musical work by world renowned playwright, novelist, and composer Tomson Highway. "It is always exciting to work on a new play," said Artistic Director Mario Crudo, "and the music adds so much fun. And of course we are very honoured to have been entrusted to mount the very first production of this engaging, hot, and sexy new work."
The (Post) Mistress recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands. After having worked at the same post office for many years the postmistress has come to know the emotional lives of her clients. Through song (the letters), she shares with us details and episodes of their lives.
The preview performance of THE (POST) MISTRESS is Thursday, January 27, with the Gala Opening on Friday, January 28. The play runs until February 12.
Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; they were Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring "nation," a people with whom they roamed and hunted.
Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best known works are the plays, "THE REZ SISTERS," "DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING," "ROSE," "ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT," and the best-selling novel, "KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN." For many years, he ran Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (based in Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native playwrights, actors and, more indirectly, the many other Native theatre companies that now dot the country.
A more complete biography for Tomson Highway can be found on his website: www.tomsonhighway.com
Pandora Topp - Based in Northern Ontario, Pandora has worked in the theatre, music and film industry in English and French for the last 20 years. Her theatrical credits include the lead roles of Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Golde (Fiddler on the Roof), Stella Kowalski (Streetcar Named Desire) and Che Guevara (Evita) as well as the role of La Mère in Franco Catanzariti’s play Sahel, nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2004. She has frequently performed at the National Arts Centre; in the one-woman show, La Voix Humaine, by Cocteau along with her own musical production, Le Café Piaf, her homage to Édith Piaf. She has also worked as back-up singer for Michael Bublé and has done three command performances for Margaret Atwood.
Pandora’s behind-the-scene projects include TFO’s Météo+, CBC television’s Shania – A Life in Eight Albums, the feature film Killing Zelda Sparks with Colm Feore, the television mini-series The Summit, and the Austrian short film Girls and Cars, screened at Cannes.
She is a Mentor Artist with the Royal Conservatory's Learning Through the Arts program, offering professional development to teachers and artists across Canada. As well, she is assistant director of Students on Stage, the childrens’ theatre program at The Sudbury Theatre Centre.
THE (POST) MISTRESS is directed by Mario Crudo, Artistic Director of Magnus Theatre, with musical direction by Danny Johnson. Bruce Repei is the Set Designer and Kirsten Watt is the Lighting Designer. Mervi Agombar is the Costume Designer and Gillian Jones is the Stage Manager. is the Stage Manager.
Production Schedule for THE (POST) MISTRESS:
Show Dates: Thursday January 27, 2011 to Saturday February 12, 2011
Times: Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. & Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.