This column is about me and my life in the arts. I am an actor, musician, and singer. I have been singing and acting since elementary school in Fort Saskatchewan. My voice teacher was Mrs. Gwen Montgomery, the mother of local radio personality Wes Montgomery. She was a gracious, caring lady who taught my classmates and me how to sing well.
In high school I started to act more and did several plays with my brothers in the Fort. We went on to perform in the Easter musical Love According to John. My brothers stayed for three years in the play. I went on to stay 14 years. Some of the early performers in Love According to John were local actors Murray McCune, Marianne Copithorne, Ken Noster, Lewis Cardinal, and his brother Lorne Cardinal (who went on to be an international star as a regular in the series Corner Gas). Our Director was June Hunt.
I later was involved in two movies shot here in Edmonton. Life after Hockey was in 1989 and I was one of two coaches. Glen Sather was the other coach, and the cast included Maurice “Rocket” Richard who was the rink attendant and mentor to “Rink Rat,” the main character in the movie. Kurt Browning also had a part in the movie. I also had a bit part in the movie Angel Square which was also shot here in Edmonton.
I was a choir member for 11 years in the Singing Christmas Tree at the Central Pentecostal Tabernacle and at the Jubilee Auditorium. As part of that choir I sang with international stars Michael Johns and Ruben Studdard. I have not been on stage for four years now, but I plan to get back on stage this year and am considering a stint at the Citadel.