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Two new actors in next theatre guild play are not new to the stage

By: Liz Dadson
February 10, 2018

The Kincardine Theatre Guild welcomes Angela Gibson and Andy Wasylycia as new actors in the next play, "Suburban Standoff," but the pair is not new to the stage.

Gibson moved to Kincardine from Georgetown at the end of October last year.

"The most important thing about where I moved, was the town had to have a theatre group," she said. "I was involved in Georgetown Little Theatre when I lived there and Erin Community Theatre when I was there. I have performed with theatres in Oakville and Milton. I've been on stage and backstage, but originally, I was just going to hand out programs at a show."

While in Erin, the theatre group staged "Calendar Girls," said Gibson. "That was scary. But we had a great director and we did some great shows."

Born in Ireland, Gibson was raised in England. When she was 20 years old, her brother came to Canada, and she later followed him. After her eldest daughter was born, she returned to England and tried her hand at theatre while she lived there.

"Then, we came back to Canada, for a better life," said Gibson. She has two daughters, one living in Vancouver and one living in Acton, and two grandchildren.

An office manager at Crestron Electronics, she retired and wanted to move out of the city. "We used to have a trailer in Port Elgin and we came to visit during the summer. I love Lake Huron - it's so calming and therapeutic."

She began looking around Port Elgin but then discovered the Kincardine Theatre Guild and decided to move here instead.

"Everyone has been so wonderful and friendly," said Gibson. "The whole theatre guild group has welcomed me and they're like a family."

She auditioned for the part of Nancy, wife of Hank, the would-be victims of a home invasion by a pair of bumbling criminals in the show.

"This play is a challenge," said Gibson. "There is a lot of dialogue, so there are a lot of lines, and a lot of action. I love playing Nancy; I love her humour, she has some great lines."

Meanwhile, Wasylycia has lived in Kincardine since September of last year. He and his partner, Deb Deckert, moved here from Elmira. He is a self-employed general contractor and she is head secretary at a school in Linwood.

"I actually lived in Kincardine years ago, with my brother," said Wasylycia who has three children and five grandchildren, with another on the way. Deckert has two children and three grandchildren.

An actor in community theatre for the past 16 years, Wasylycia has performed with the Elmira Theatre Company, and done just about every other job, including backstage, producer, assistant stage manager, and so on.

"I'm thrilled to have the part of Hank," he said. "I know the playwright, Michael Grant, who is from Elmira, and I helped the Elmira theatre group build the set for the world premiere of this play. I also rebuilt the Green Room at the Elmira theatre. I love being on stage but I can pitch in and do whatever needs to be done."

He remains involved in the Elmira theatre where Deckert is performing in the Norm Foster play, "On A First Name Basis."

Wasylycia said the role of Hank in "Suburban Standoff," is a gem. "He's great. He's a grumpy old man for the first while, and then he's reborn and he has the opportunity to have some fun again."

He said the Kincardine Theatre Guild is a terrific group to work with, and he knows many of them through the Western Ontario Drama League Festival.

Wasylycia agreed the current play is a challenge because it has a lot of lines and a lot of action, but that also makes it a great show.

The story centres around Ty, played by Bruce Fenton, who is in need of cash, so with the help of his girlfriend, Candy, played by Erica Everingham, he stages his first home invasion. However, the home he's chosen may be the wrong one, as the home owners seem to know more about guns than he does. 

"Suburban Standoff" opens Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., at the Kincardine Arts Centre, and runs Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.; and March 1-3, and 9-10, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at J'Adorn in downtown Kincardine or by calling the box office at 519-396-9000. Seating is cabaret-style.


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