Even amongst a crowd at the Whistler Theatre Project’s launch party last week, the actor representing Whistler in the Whistler Theatre Project’s summer stock production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was evident. Only a Whistlerite would wear a toque on a balmy day for the announcement of the production’s Emerging Artist Apprentice Program cast list.
A toque-clad Angie Nolan joined the group of artistic directors and two cast members for a picture at MY Millennium Place after the official announcement of the outdoor, tented production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from August 2 to September 3 at Ross Rebagliati Park.
Residents and guests may be unfamiliar with the Vancouver crew, but Nolan’s friendly face is a well known one around Whistler.
Like all Whistlerites, Nolan keeps her hands in a myriad of cookie jars: Canadian Snowmobile Adventures, the Whistler Film Festival and Whistler Resort TV. She co-founded the performance showcase ArtDrenaline and screens her films at multiple competitions around town.
Nolan will play a rude mechanical, The Clown and fairy, in Night’s Dream. Not too far reaching from the buffoonery roles she is famous for in Short Skirt Theatre’s annual pantomimes.
“I spent my whole career playing fairies and clowns,” she laughs. “I think it was a bit of type casting.”
While a community theatre junkie in the present, Nolan hauls an extensive credited past up the Sea to Sky highway with professional theatre and television accolades to her credit, along with a formal education in the arts.
She studied theatre and film at Capilano College and the University of Victoria. Her last bow on a professional stage was with Deep Cove Theatre in the 1995 production of ‘Twas A Dark and Stormy Night. The bulk of her creative career was devoted to assistant directing positions on television series and films such as The Beachcombers Head Over Heels Needful Things .
While there are no shortages of amateur endeavours to get involved with in Whistler, a formal professional theatre group provides a new creative outlet for Nolan.
“I haven’t done Shakespeare since university,” she says.
She also hasn’t played the flute in a long time.
The Whistler Theatre Project is adding an unusual element of live music and song to the production. There is no formal band or orchestra. Instead the performers themselves will play the music with a raw sound reminiscent of medieval times.
Nolan was handed sheet music at the launch party.
“I am going to need to start practicing right away,” she says, smiling.