Excerpt from the May 28th, 2015 Edition of the Times Colonist
By Michael Reid – When Cate Richardson graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in April 2013, she was ready for anything. The Nanaimo-born actor, singer and dancer didn’t realize those showbiz opportunities would include shooting a Hollywood movie with Blake Lively a year later.
“It was a long time coming for me, my 45 seconds of glory,” Richardson said with a laugh. She finally got the chance to see her performance in The Age of Adaline when the romantic fantasy opened last month. Richardson, 22, plays Flemming, the 20-year-old daughter of Adaline Bowman, Lively’s character, who, after surviving a freak accident in the 1930s, miraculously stops aging. For eight decades, Adaline remains 29, living a solitary existence, frequently relocating and watching her daughter grow into a young woman, and eventually a senior (Ellen Burstyn) who could pass for her mother. “It was such a surreal and exciting experience,” said Richardson, recalling a process that began with her first movie audition before she was cast as 20-year-old Fleming, in part because of her looks. “When my agent called and said, ‘You could do a young Ellen Burstyn,’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it!’ I think I lucked out in some ways. You can’t control if you look like someone older than you.” Richardson said she’s grateful being able to have spent so much time on set with Lively, who she described as “friendly and frank and willing to share her experiences as an actor” when the cameras weren’t rolling. “We tried to get that mother-daughter feeling going,” said Richardson, adding it helped that both are the youngest of five children. “It was cool chatting about family dynamics, which added to the scene.” The young performer signed with Lucas Talent Inc. after graduation and began performing right away, spending her first summer doing the Gold Fever Follies tourism show in Rossland. “It was a great first contract, and they hire a lot of [CCPA] grads,” said Richardson, who is based out of Nanaimo, but frequently performs on the Lower Mainland. Her other credits include appearances in Seven Tyrants Theatre’s production of the avant-garde musical Mozart & Salieri, and as Vivinee in the Hallmark series Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
Justin Bott www.justinbott.com
It’s been nine years since Justin graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts and not much has changed. He still carries his suitcase, passport and sense of humour with him to every job. Work continues to take Justin all over Ontario, but also to Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore, Dawson City and Osaka, Japan – to name a few. However, Justin still calls Toronto home, no matter how many months a year he lives away from the city.
In his time time working professionally, Justin is proud to have been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Best Performance By a Male in a Musical). He is a proud participant of the 2012 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. Most recently, he was a part of the award winning production of Avenue Q at the Citadel Theatre (Sterling Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical).
Currently, you can catch Justin in his commercial for ROGERS or, even more thrilling, as Nurse Tickle in Drayton Entertainment’s production of Snow White: The Panto (also featuring fellow CCPA grad Jake Wagner). Coming up for Justin is yet another panto with Drayton. Aladdin: The Panto will be running in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2015 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.
Recently, Justin was a part of the world premiere of Rob Ford: The Musical (Factory Theatre). Every show was completely sold out and the audiences just ate it up. “It was a truly wacky experience that I feel lucky to have done”. Other recent favourites include: The Last Resort (Drayton), Avenue Q (Citadel), The Foursome (Lighthouse Festival Theatre) and The Fantasticks (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia).
Working in theatre in this country is truly a dream come true for Justin. In every production there is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and actor from the talented cast, crew & creative team. Each job is like a fresh start and a new journey into whatever story you’ll be telling. No matter the ups and downs of this industry Justin can honestly say he is happy to go to work every day – and not many can say that.
Kira Hall www.kirahall.com
Kira graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2011, and has been a working performer in Toronto for the last four years. She played Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in the premiere Canadian cast of Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre, has received a Dora nod for best ensemble as one of Theatre Direct’s four puppeteers in Old Man and The River, and recently appeared in the feature-length film Snow, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Canada International Film Festival.
Kira is also the writer and performer of the award-winning solo show with puppetry, Paleoncology. In 2014, with her company Moon Dinosaur Theatre, she toured the show to the Festival St Ambroise Fringe de Montreal, the Calgary Fringe Festival, Yellowknife, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and SOlOS Festival in Montreal. Paleoncology’s appearances for 2015 include Spring Works Festival in Stratford, Port Elgin, the London Fringe Festival, and Actors’ Colony Theatre in Bala.
Along with a slew of rave reviews, such as 4.5 stars from Times Colonist, Paleoncology holds awards for Best Solo Theatre Production (Montreal Fringe), Favourite Drama (Victoria Fringe), and Talk of the Fringe (Vancouver Fringe), as well as nominations for Best English Theatre Production (Montreal Fringe), Favourite Female Performer, Favourite Solo Show, and Best New Play (Victoria Fringe).
After graduating from the 2007 company of Company C, Alex Macholz didn’t waste any time manifesting his future. The plan was to get paid to perform, travel, and have travel expenses and housing covered. This landed him a contract in an all-inclusive Cancun hotel where he spent one year before being put in charge of the theatre and night entertainment in Manzanillo, MX before transferring to Puerto Vallarta, MX where he performed with several different dance teams catering to all-inclusive hotels for 2.5 years in the Nuevo Vallarta area.
During his final year in Puerto Vallarta, Alex could see that tourism had taken a hit and wasn’t going to bounce back anytime soon, so he moved to Mexico City. Since arriving he has spent his time teaching English in corporate offices and high school but still having time for entrepreneurial ventures, networking, and training and working as a life & business coach and a dance therapist (as well as being the photo double for actor and model, Gael Garcia Bernal).
While giving English classes in corporate offices as well as high school, Alex noticed the immense weight people carried related to stress. After researching the subject he found that stress is the root of all evil in our lives and there has to be a better way!
Alex has now found his perfect medium to combine passion with helping people achieve what they want in their lives with performance art exploration through CORE dance therapy. He is certified internationally as a dance therapist by UNESCO, and is starting to work directly with Dance Therapy Mexico and the founder of CORE dance therapy. His manifestations didn’t end in Cancun, one of his aspirations for 2015 was to work nationally as a dance therapist turning people on to their possibilities and potential (which is coming into fruition), and within 3 years take his work internationally.