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Press Release

Text Me Productions presents the World Premiere of

St. Ella of the Camino

Written and Performed by Patricia Tedford

Funny, surprising, quirky and touching, St. Ella of the Camino follows Ella as she makes the 790km walk of the Camino Frances. Ella wishes to be a Saint but realizes as she journeys - that she is far from it. Along the way she meets a cast of colourful characters who unintentionally ignite her curiosity again giving her a new perspective. St. Ella of the Camino is a World Premiere, one-woman show that follows Ella’s journey of self- discovery, going to battle with herself as she does the walk. A playful, poignant, and moving work written and performed by Patricia Tedford, accompanied by an original score performed by Marsha Coffey, with images and video footage from the Camino- Directed by Lorne Pardy and Andy Massingham. This story looks at life through the lens of a questioning ‘50 something’ who really doesn’t know what the point is - anymore. But she learns...

October 3, 4, 5 at 8:00pm and
October 6 at 2:30pm

Venue Ernie Checkeris Theatre, Thorneloe University, at Laurentian University

Tickets available at eventbrite.ca OR at the door.

Ticket Prices Adults $25.00, Students and Seniors $15.00

Media Contact

Patricia Tedford  705 822 2709

Email: ptedford@laurentian.ca


Media Day  Tuesday 1:00pm October 1, 2019 Ernie Checkeris Theatre

Creative Team

Patricia Tedford

A professional actor, director, and teacher, Patricia lives in Sudbury, Ontario and teaches Acting and Voice for theatre at Thorneloe University. Recent performances in Sudbury include: Shakespeare’s Will, (Text Me Productions), Hay Fever (Thorneloe Theatre), Henry and Alice Into the Wild (Blue Water Summer Playhouse), Our Town, How It Works (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Muskeg and Money (North Road Theatre), and Faith Healer (ImPulse Theatre). For Thorneloe she has directed The Memory of Water, Cabaret, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Les Belles Soeurs, Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Her most recent film is an ongoing project that is being developed in yearly chapters: Perspective, eight of nine chapters have been completed and shown yearly at Cinefest in Sudbury. Patricia has lived and worked as an actor in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa prior to settling in Sudbury. She was also the founder/Artistic Director/Producer of Ottawa Lunchbox Theatre. Patricia holds a BSC in Nursing from The University of Windsor, a BFA with a Specialization in Performance from Concordia University, in Montreal, an MFA in Acting from York University in Toronto, and the Stand Alone Voice Teacher Diploma, also from York University, under the direction of David Smukler. Patricia is Theatre and Motion Picture Arts.

Lorne Pardy

Lorne Pardy is an accomplished Actor, Director, Dramaturg and Artistic Director who received his initial training at the National Theatre School of Canada. He was Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa (1999 – 2005), Associate Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre Company in Kamloops (1997-1999) and Co-Artistic Director of​ Mulgrave Road Co-op Theatre in Nova Scotia (1991-92). His own project-based theatre company, ImPULSE Theatre Projects has mounted productions of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer in collaboration with Thorneloe College and is presently working on a new Canadian adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, by Judith Thompson as well as his own one-man show titled Hunger and Ecstasy, based on Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun’s Hunger. He is also the sole-proprietor of ImPULSE Consulting which offers consultation to theatre companies and individual artists in the areas of theatre management, public speaking, grant writing and creative editing.

While at GCTC, Lorne worked with the company on a capital campaign which resulted in the building of a brand new theatre with two performance spaces in Ottawa, the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre located in the city’s trendy Westboro neighborhood. He is the winner of two Capital Critics Circle Awards for his direction of Emil Sher’s Mourning Dove and the Canadian Premiere of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. A former Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts, he is a two-time recipient of research travel grants from the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada and completed a program in Norwegian studies at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo in 2015.

As an actor and director his work has taken him all across Canada for the past 35 years working at large theatres and small, including Canadian Stage, the Shaw Festival, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Toronto Free Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Richmond Gateway Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre and the Stephenville Festival, to name a few. His one-man show based on the life of Joey Smallwood, The Only Living Father by playwright Tom Cahill, toured Canada from 1992 – 1994.

Most recently, as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Lorne was invited to perform the role of Norwegian Explorer, Raold Amundsen for two special events in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Fram Museum of Oslo, Norway. Lorne is presently completing his Master’s Degree in Theatre (MA) at the University of Ottawa.

Andy Massingham

Over a thirty year career, Andy has acted, directed and taught at theatres, colleges and universities across Canada. Among his acting credits; The Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre, Tarragon, Y.P.T., Banff Centre, Theatre New Brunswick and Odyssey.

Andy received a Dora award for his solo play Rough House, which toured Canada and the U.S. He is also a recipient of four Prix Rideau awards for acting and directing.

Andy is currently a faculty member of Second City Toronto, Humber College, Toronto Film School and the University Of Ottawa, where he is currently directing their production of 7 Stories.

Marsha Coffey

Marsha Coffey is a Dora Mavor Moore Award winning composer and 3-time Dora nominee. She has been based in Toronto and Denmark for most of her career and has over 30 years of experience scoring for Dance, Television, Film, C.B.C. Radio Drama and Theatre.

Marsha has written over 80 scores for C.B.C. Radio Drama and numerous scores for Canadian Theatre Companies including: Canadian Stage Company; Tarragon Theatre; Theatre Passe Muraille ; Factory Theatre; Toronto Free Theatre; Theatre Plus ; Crows Theatre; Theatre Direct; Native Earth; De Bah Jeh Mu Jig Theatre; Nightwood Theatre; The Grand Theatre; Centaur Theatre; Neptune Theatre; Ship’s company; Manitoba Theatre Centre; Phoenix Theatre; Banff Centre; Vancouver East Cultural Centre; Mixed Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre in New York.

For over 20 years Marsha was part time resident composer for Denmark’s Tukak Theatret, a Greenlandic Inuit Theatre and the world’s first professional Aboriginal Theatre Company. Her work for Tukak toured throughout the world.

Marsha was a Resident Accompanist at Toronto Dance Theatre for 20 years, and has created Dance Scores and served as a Musical Accompanist for numerous Canadian and Danish Dance Companies.

She with co composer Ian Tamblyn received 2 Hot Docs Best Score Nominations.

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Tickets

Tickets available through eventbrite.ca or at the door

Reservations and Information 705 822 2709

Adults

$25

Students

$15

Seniors

$15