Tuesday, October 26, 2004

On-Stage and On-Track!

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DOUG GALLANT –  PRIEST

Doug grew up in Charlottetown and has been involved with ACT virtually since its inception, “drawn to this band of merry folk by a love of theatre or, at very least, a deep and abiding appreciation of the time honoured tradition of the cast party!” “Oh hell, let’s be honest,” Doug continues, “I married into it!”

Doug’s wife Barb Rhodenhizer is well-known in Charlottetown, having been involved in theatre on the Island for over thirty years, and in order to spend more quality time with his sweetheart, Doug became involved in acting as well.

Find out why Doug thinks “Canada Rocks” when you click on “more”!


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Doug appeared in a number of productions at university, where he majored in English and fine arts, spending a season in the Charlottetown Festival’s Children’s Theatre Company. Doug also worked off-season crew on call at Confederation Centre for a year, where he had the opportunity to work with major touring companies like the National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg ballet, and Les Grand Ballets.

Until now Doug’s involvement on stage with ACT has been limited to the Gilbert and Sullivan extravaganzas – he appeared in all but the first one, HMS Pinafore. He’s also worked backstage on set construction and painting, and crewed some shows.

When not making merry with his fellow thespians, Doug is a well-recognized reporter/entertainment writer with The Guardian in Charlottetown. His weekly music column, “On Track”, has run virtually non-stop since 1976. Doug has also been a bi-weekly contributor to CBC Radio’s Mainstreet for the past several years.

Doug serves as a director of the P.E.I. Music Awards Association, and sits on the association’s ad hoc industry committee.

In past he’s been on the editorial board for the East Coast Music Association, and served as a volunteer at three East Coast Music Awards.

He’s also been nominated twice for an ECMA industry award as “Media Person Of The Year”, most recently in 2004.

For the past year Doug and three friends, all of whom make their living in musical theatre, have been developing a musical about the evolution of Canadian pop music. “Canada Rocks” was work shopped this past summer at the Charlottetown Festival, and is being considered for possible future development.

Doug is enjoying his involvement in J.C. Superstar and adds, “Once again ACT has provided me with the opportunity to meet some great new people and to renew friendships with old friends I sometimes don’t see from one production to the next.”

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