SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Alison MacDonald

The variety of high-calibre classes that filled our days, was second to none – and the faculty, all working professionals in the business, were top notch. It was my intro into really owning my work and being a self-starter. My time at CCPA sparked lifelong friendships and a cross-country theatre network that I am so grateful for.

Alison is a Jessie Award winning performer currently based in Edmonton, AB. She has worked all across Canada as a freelance artist for companies such as The Citadel, The Arts Club, The Belfry, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gateway Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival and Carousel Theatre. Some of her favourite credits include “Logainne” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “Narrator” in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz, “Cindy” in SUDS, “Amalia” in She Loves Me, “Maria” in The Sound of Music, “Mabel” in Pirates of Penzance, “Suzy” in the Canadian premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes, “Kate Monster/Lucy” in Avenue Q, “Marta” in Company and “Gertrude McFuzz” in Seussical The Musical. She has co-produced and performed in a number of shows – The World Goes ‘Round, Songs For a New World – and self-produces her own solo cabaret concerts. Last year she released her debut album, a compilation of 1950s & 60s tunes, and is now working on a second album. This next one will be with her newly formed children’s music duo, The Whoopsie Daisies! She is also a graduate of Red Deer College’s Theatre Studies Program and The Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program.

Currently, she is self-producing and performing in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline in Victoria with four shows at CCPA’s Performance Hall – October 27th-29th! Approved by the Patsy Cline estate, she played the role at a number of theatres in BC and Ontario last year and “Patsy” has quickly become her favourite role to date! Get your tickets now!