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Journey Down the Rabbit Hole - Meet Lindsey Middleton

Lindsey Middleton is best known for playing Vanessa on the internationally award winning, Toronto based web series, Out With Dad. Lindsey also co-produced her own spin off series called Vanessa’s Story and recently won the 2015 IAWTV Award for Best Female Performance in a Drama for her role. 

Lindsey is also a very active member in the Toronto theatre community. A graduate of U of T Mississauga and Sheridan College's Theatre and Drama Studies Program, a co-funder of Well Fought Theatre Company and Theatre By Committee. Lindsey recently starred in Theatre By Committee’s remount of FAITH and be sure to look for her in the new IPF winning web series Squadron 86.

Lindsey has also co-created a brand new documentary web series HappyHer focused on sharing women’s stories about happiness from all over the world. To watch some exciting news about their upcoming adventure click HERE.

Exclusive Interview with Lindsey who plays Izzy. 

1. What drew you to this story? 

How it can make you laugh and cry in the same sentence, I believe that is the best story telling.

2. Tell me a little bit about your character. 

Wild Child Izzy. A bit of a "fuck up" (in her own words) and an unpredictable, wild child that I am so excited to play!

3. How are you similar/ different to your character?  

I enjoy a party as much as the next person (maybe a little bit more than the next person), but Izzy and I definitely differ in her lack of direction. I've also been very focused on what I want to accomplish, though it is good to let go and have fun. Maybe Izzy will teach me something valuable. 

4. What has been the biggest challenge so far tackling the subject matter involved in the play? 

We all want to do it justice, and if you can't do a character justice then why do it at all?

5. Why do you feel this is an important story to tell? 

I think it is important to share stories and talk about the hardships in your life. For years I believed that "loose lips sink ships", but now I'm all about sharing, learning and understanding people through their and my own stories of what makes us the people we are, whether that be the good or the bad.

6. Do you have a favourite rehearsal memory yet? 

All the dinner rehearsals. I get to eat so much in this show and rehearsal. Who doesn't like that?

You can follow Lindsey on Twitter and Instagram and check our her IMDB page HERE. Be sure to also her HappyHer adventures HERE!

 

To order advanced tickets (at a discounted price) check out Rabbit Hole's Eventbrite page!!!  There are 17 performances to choose from. 

If you'd like to take advantage of exclusive opening/closing night parties with complementary Frisky Beaver Wine and hors d'oeuvres, dinner/theatre packages with Braised or Triple A, behind the scenes time with the cast or would like to donate directly to Bereaved Families of Ontario please check out our Indiegogo Campaign HERE.  

See you at the theatre!

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Journey Down the Rabbit Hole - Meet RHEA AKLER

Rhea Akler is a graduate of the York University Theatre Program in Directing. Her love of acting ultimately overshadowed her degree and she has not looked back since. Rhea was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female for the short film, Undercurrent, which she wrote and co-produced.  Recent film/TV/web series credits include The Strain, The Returned, V Morgan Is Dead and Winter Garden. 

Recent Theatre credits include The Dumbwaiter for Stratical Theatre, and in May, Rhea will debut a new play by Sophia Fabiilli, called Liars at a Funeral. Rhea is thrilled to be returning to the stage to share this moving story of Rabbit Hole alongside this beautiful cast of actors.

Exclusive Interview with Rhea Akler who plays Nat. 

1. What drew you to this story?

This is a moving story of a family shook by a tragic accident. In a matter of seconds, their lives have been changed forever. The loss of a child is beyond comprehension. Will they, somehow, some way, in time, find their way? This struggle to exist beyond loss is what is compelling to witness. Loss and death are themes which are not often talked about in our society. Especially when it comes to the loss of a child. This is a chance to begin this dialogue.

2. Tell me a little bit about your character.

Nat is the matriarch of the family and a bit of a spitfire. I kinda love her!  She's passionate, funny (although not always trying to be!), a straight shooter, a little self-involved, loves a glass of wine (or 4) and is resilient in the face of loss (she lost her only son 11 years ago). Although she has made her fair share of mistakes, she has always done her best as a mother.  She loves her children deeply and fiercely and would do anything to support and protect them.

3. How are you similar/ different to your character?

I am a mother, so naturally Nat and I have that in common. I too love my kids beyond the hemisphere and back and would do anything to protect and support them. I think I am down to earth like Nat and passionate about subjects which move me. Although perhaps in my earlier years I may have been more self involved, I am proud to say I have moved towards a mindful state of being (a continuous journey). 

4. What has been the biggest challenge so far tackling the subject matter involved in the play?

The most difficult thing to tackle with this subject matter is relating it to the loss I have experienced in my own life and any imagined loss of my children. I find it extremely painful to fathom this thought. And I can instantly see why people are afraid to speak of this subject. It's unbearable to even imagine, but our job as artists is to present it in order to communicate and honour it.

5. Do you have a favourite rehearsal memory yet?

LoL - still in process. Though, outside of rehearsal, Courtney, Tyler and I had the privilege of meeting with 7 mothers (who are also peer counsellors) from the Bereaved Families of Ontario. They shared their personal stories of loss which profoundly moved me. I had a leaky water faucet in the corner of my right eye which was turned on throughout the encounter. That experience will stay with me forever and hopefully be infused, like osmosis, in the work we do on stage, and I'll try to honour their stories.

You can check out Rhea's IMDB page HERE and you can see more of her work on Vimeo.

To order advanced tickets (at a discounted price) check out Rabbit Hole's Eventbrite page!!!  There are 17 performances to choose from. 

If you'd like to take advantage of exclusive opening/closing night parties with complementary Frisky Beaver Wine and hors d'oeuvres, dinner/theatre packages with Braised or Triple A, behind the scenes time with the cast or would like to donate directly to Bereaved Families of Ontario please check out our Indiegogo Campaign HERE.

See you at the theatre!

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NOT Another TIFF Party Wrap-Up

Now that the TIFF festivities have been over for some time now, and all of the glitter has settled we've had time to sit back and see how absolutely lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives. 

First of all, we must send out another HUGE thank you to all of the people to helped make this night a success. Kelsey Willmott & Sam Hachey you both dominated our social media contest and made the night run more smoothly than we could have imagined. You guys are rock stars and we're SO LUCKY to have you on the Deelen with Trouble team.

A HUGE shoutout to our sponsors Smokin' Beaver Winery for providing our Frisky Beaver trio for the evening. We got glowing reviews from our guests and have found some new Frisky Beaver fans! 

Honeybutter Desserts provided the highlight of the sweets table with the most adorably, delicious macarons and Marlene Matos-Jones created incredible, personalized cookies to showcase the hosts of the evening. I am now 5lbs heavier thanks to both of you.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our raffle table! 17 people went home with killer prizes thanks to all of you. Jessica Rose Photography, Flex & Smash Fitness, Metro Movement, Roots For Wings Healing, Robin's Healing Nest, Photo By JoH, Shop M Boutique, The Second City, Avoca Chocolates, Studio Blue, DJ D-Rock 

AND FINALLY a HUGE thank you to our co-hosts of the evening!! LambLion for sharing their stunning music with us and Sophie Ann Rooney for her incredible GRAND PRIZE and for the use of the RAW studio

The winner of the GRAND PRIZE..... a full 6-week, scene study workshop at RAW Studio's is..... (drum roll)....... Meghan Frayne!!!!  You are going to LOVE working with Sophie and welcome to the RAW family.

Here are some of the incredible photos captured throughout the night by the wonderful Nathan Taylor!!! Thank you SO much or capturing these moments 

We can't wait to see what next year's NOT Another TIFF Party will bring!

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! Thank you to everyone who couldn't come but still bought tickets. Thank you for supporting LambLion! Because of your help, we have the resources to make their first music video amazing!

We're ready to shoot and can't wait to see you at the Norfolk County Fair on Thursday. Oct. 6th at 3:00! Join us and be a part of the action

 

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Countdown to our NOT Another TIFF Party Fundraiser

DAY #17 - TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!!!

I'm gonna keep this one SUPER short, as I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off to complete all of the finishing touches for tonight's event.

All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for any and everyone who gave their time, their resources, their talents to make this event as incredible as it can be!

Our goal was to make this an event that our guests would love to be a part of, and we can't wait for you to join us! Come check out Sophie ann Rooney' amazing, acting space that is our home for the evening RAW studio. Come get lost listening to LambLion's soulful music. Come try Smokin' Beavers award winning Frisky Beaver Wines.

Come mix and mingle with casting directors, indie filmmakers, producers, directors, musicians, actors, CREATIVES at all stages of their careers. And you get the chance to win some pretty amazing stuff!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS!!!

P.S Even if you can't make it, we would still LOVE your support in funding LambLion's first music video... sooooo buy a ticket anyway. We will still put your name in the draw to WIN our grand prize. A $460.00 spot in Sophie Ann Rooney's (already close to full) Thursday Scene Study Class, for next session. I'd say that's a pretty damn good deal!

 

 

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