Hazel Parsons says…
“In 1974, in my late teens, I joined the Elgin Theatre Guild. It was no more than a cubby hole apartment, where we did all our rehearsals there, and our actual performances were on stage at AVSS. It was way too long ago to remember the plays I was in, but I recall “Witness for the Prosecution”, “Scrooge”, “The White Sheep of the Family”...these are all back in probably season 7 or 8 of the Guild. I was also on the executive of the ETG in those early years. Later I returned for another and obviously older character in “Witness for the Prosecution” in approximately season 30.
In between the years, well you know, life and family get in the way, especially when I started working or going to university classes out of town and would not be able to keep up with any kind of rehearsal schedule due to unavailability. Now I am happily retired, and can go back what I love and craved to again become a part of for so long.
I wanted to try film. Matthew Marshall with iFilmGroup gave me a chance with the movie “Not Ready”. I was totally inexperienced re film work, and although some skills can be transferred over, certainly many aspects are different.
In May I was invited to auditions for “Not Ready”. Here I come, as a complete stranger, and was heartily welcomed and not made to feel awkward, strange, or that I had no business being there. I came away from that afternoon, satisfied that I had learned a great deal that afternoon, and the whole experience was a positive one. I had no idea that I would be cast as a more regular extra in “Not Ready”, giving me the opportunity to really feel like I was part of the “Not Ready” family of performers/crew and associates.” ■
London ■ St. Thomas ■ Chatham-Kent
Ontario - Canada
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