Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Tamara LaPlante

Tamara LaPlante is directing a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company. With the show’s opening just days away, The Charlatan spoke with her to learn about the play, the directing process, and why she prefers comedies to tragedies. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Twelfth Night? What drew you to the play? Tamara LaPlante (TL): Sock ‘n’ Buskin kind of has a bit of a tradition where we’ve started doing Shakespeare every year. It used to be we did a Shakespeare and a musical every year, we haven’t done a musical in a couple years. I really like tradition, and I also really prefer the comedies over the tragedies. I think tragedies are important, […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin wows with Brothers Grimm

Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was a hilariously energetic production that left its audience out of breath. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was a satirical, dark and sarcastic take on the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The show did not follow one consecutive storyline but alternated between the warped tales of Cinderella (Emily Poulsen), Rapunzel (Sarah Ashton), Snow White (Megan Harvey), and The Frog Princess (Natalie Lopez). The stories were commentated by the quirky and equally engaging narrators (Keara Williams and Aaron Cooze). It is worth noting that the goal of this show was not to teleport us to a different dimension, but instead, to entertain in its own setting. This is not a show to go to if […]

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Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Meg Sutton

Carleton’s own Sock ‘n’ Buskin theatre company has a production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon premiering on Nov. 16. With the show a week away, The Charlatan sat down with director Meg Sutton to learn more about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why [you chose] The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon? What drew you to the play? Meg Sutton (MS): It’s a very cute story. I’ve been a part of Sock ‘n’ Buskin for a while. I found my family and great friends. I always thought I’d be an actor, never thought I’d be a director. When I choose [the play], I was across Canada and my friend Mary convinced me to direct a show. I didn’t want to, […]

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Commentary: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s Macbeth features creative direction

Blood, betrayal, and a battle for power. Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company presents a chilling, sinister, and brilliant Macbeth. Macbeth was first performed as early as 1606. As one of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, it tells the story of Macbeth (Sheldon Paul), a Scottish general, and his rise to power. After being told by a group of witches (Jasmine Stamos, Mary Sword, Alex Wilson) that he would become the King, Macbeth feels encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth (Meaghan Brackenbury), to murder Queen Duncan (Amal Azman) and claim the throne. Fearing that he will lose his powerful position, Macbeth and his wife are driven to insanity, as they co-ordinate a series of assassination attempts against those who threaten him. Paul’s strong poise, […]

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Commentary: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s Macbeth features creative direction

Blood, betrayal, and a battle for power. Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company presents a chilling, sinister, and brilliant Macbeth. Macbeth was first performed as early as 1606. As one of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, it tells the story of Macbeth (Sheldon Paul), a Scottish general, and his rise to power. After being told by a group of witches (Jasmine Stamos, Mary Sword, Alex Wilson) that he would become the King, Macbeth feels encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth (Meaghan Brackenbury), to murder Queen Duncan (Amal Azman) and claim the throne. Fearing that he will lose his powerful position, Macbeth and his wife are driven to insanity, as they co-ordinate a series of assassination attempts against those who threaten him. Paul’s […]

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