Prepare yourself for an evening of rich Huntsville and Algonquin Culture with a special second showing of When Winnie Knew! On September 7th, take in the tale of artist Tom Thomson, his mystery in the Park, and above all else, the story of the woman who loved him and her truly heartbreaking story. This evening is the kick-off, and opening night of the Group of Seven Festival along with the conclusion of today’s “Off the Wall : En Plein Air” event.
Prepare yourself for an evening of rich Huntsville and Algonquin culture!
Join us at a red carpet soirée with cocktails and canapés, where you will have the unique opportunity to bid on very special and unique hand-painted, hand-crafted miniature replica canoes. These must have delicate canoes will have been painted and adorned by a selection of incredible local artists who have donated their time for the very worthy cause of local student art bursaries. This will be an unforgettable evening celebrating all things art and culture in our very special community!
When Winnie Knew is a presentation in one act directed by Greg Perras with music written and performed by Sean Cotton. The story is inspired by Roy MacGregor’s National Bestseller Northern Light, Stina Nyquist and love. There is the artist, the Park and the mystery, but this story is about the woman that loved him and her truly heartbreaking journey.
Cast & Director Bios:
Greg extends his appreciation and admiration to all who have made “Winnie” a truly enjoyable collaboration. Greg is proud to be a part of this production that coincides with the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and honours the life and legacy of one of Canada’s most prolific artists; Tom Thomson, and to pay homage to Winifred Trainor, a former resident of the town of Huntsville and a woman who quite possibly knew Tom more than we ever will.
Grant Nickalls is a graduate of The National Theatre School Of Canada and has appeared in several film and television productions. Grant continues to work as a professional actor and hosts a morning show on Hunters Bay Radio.
After 20 years of writing, recording, and touring his music on the International stage, and working as session musician, sideman, and record producer for several Juno nominees, he has found himself a new creative home in Muskoka and Almaguin Highlands as music community developer, music director, producer, composer, and performer.
Cydney has participated in numerous productions, over the years, both as cast and crew, but is very proud and honoured to work on this particular original project, with a story which is unique to Huntsville, and with this exceptionally talented group of people. She truly hopes that you enjoy the show.
S. Derek Shelly:
Derek is a veteran of the local theatre community, having both acted and Directed numerous local productions over the years. He is also the author of “Dying to Live”, which is a fictional novel, that discusses issues often confronted by those near the end of their lives. Derek has enjoyed stepping into the shoes of Roy MacGregor, reading his part in the wonderful production, “When Winnie Knew”, and he truly hopes that you enjoy the performance.