I grew up around theatre. I love watching scenes come together, actors figuring out their characters, and a show taking shape.
In the case of ACT’s latest production, Norm Foster’s Skin Flick, that’s all happening a lot faster than I’m used to. There’s an ease and a professionalism with which these actors work with each other – and considering the subject matter, that’s critical. There’s also a lot of camaraderie and laughter on set, a good sign when you’re staging a comedy.
The play follows Rollie and Daphne, a couple who, along with their cameraman friend Alex, suddenly find themselves jobless and without a lot of options... so they decide to make an adult film for some quick cash. None of them really knows what they’re doing, though. Naturally, hilarity ensues.
With a show like Skin Flick, it was imperative to find the right mix of people who could carry the material with grace and a sense of humour. “Someone once told me that half of a good director’s work was done in casting the right people,” says director Keir Malone. “The play lives or dies by the right mix of talents and personalities. Every word by the playwright, every inflection by the actors, every facial expression, every silence… it all goes together to make or break a joke. Each actor has to understand how they are contributing to each bit, and a play like this one has hundreds of bits. It takes a cast to raise a laugh.”
Jenna Marie was up for the challenge. She plays Jill, a down-on-her-luck actress who agrees to star in the film, so long as she gets a hefty paycheck and a say in who gets to be her co-star. “I’d say that the thing I love the most about comedy would have to be knowing that you might be making someone in your audience’s day a little brighter! I also love that the community theatre scene is pretty inclusive of anyone who wants to take part and help out, despite their experience level!”
If you’re up for a flirty farce with a heart of gold and lots to laugh about, come on out to The Watermark Theatre from April 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00. Tickets are available on Ticketwizard.ca, and will also be available at the door.
—submitted by Kathryn Nazim