Category: Falsettos

The Year of The Child – I Was a One Once, But Now I’m a We!

Today was one of those days when you realize that you have become a parent and your world is far more disgusting than it was 10 months ago. 

We are dealing with a major case of diaper rash. Both kids have had particularly active stomachs over the last few days and – though we are constantly changing them – they have sat in wet diapers for just long enough to develop pretty nasty rashes. It got to the point where they were screaming during each wiping because their skin was so raw.

We tried different creams and nothing seemed to work…. Diaper rash creams, medicated creams – no success.

Then today, a pediatrician gave me the strangest advice – take an egg, separate the egg white and the yolk, and pour the egg white on their little bums.

Apparently egg whites create a natural barrier between their bottoms and the diaper, helping to keep the skin dry even when the diaper is wet. Who knew!

After pouring egg onto my child’s bum, I was feeding the kids dinner. For this particular meal, I decided on yogurt, green beans and melon. Yummy!

My son was particularly hungry, devouring everything in sight. After finishing his food pretty quickly, I decided to top him up on the yogurt which he also devoured. After finishing feeding them, I got up and went to the sink to wash their dishes. When I went to take my son out of the high chair, I noticed that all of his pants and the entire seat of the high chair was covered in something that looked like vomit. Nothing seemed to be the matter. No tears. No nauseous look. No confusion. What the heck was it?

I still don’t know the answer. But when I went back to the fridge, I noticed that we have two yogurts. One that is good until the end of the month, and one that expired 10 days ago. While I am almost 100% sure that I served the kids yogurt from the ‘good’ container, I not sure which one I gave him his top-up from.

GROSS! Someone call children’s aid!

After smearing egg whites on a baby’s butt and cleaning what is probably vomit off of various surfaces after poising my child, I realized – I AM A PARENT! Nothing makes you feel more parental than doing things that previously would have made you gag. And, to top it all off, I’m now sharing the story with the world. Nothing says ‘I’m a parent’ like regaling all of your friends with stories of poop and vomit. What a special club to be a member of!

Finn Fridays – Falsettos at the Tonys

As we get into high gear for our upcoming production of Falsettos, take a trip with us through William Finn’s Songbook every Friday. 

In this week’s Finn Friday Tuesday,  we’d love for you to take a look at the original Falsettos cast at the 1992 Tonys… and then come see our entirely different production starting one week from today (which doesn’t shy away from using the word homosexual or lesbian)!


Sara-Jeanne Hosie’s Triple Threat

Sara-Jeanne Hosie, another true triple threat, has been starring all over the West Coast for the past 10 years and we’re psyched to have her back on this side of the continent for Falsettos! She has worked extensively as a musical theatre performer, most recently as Velma in Chicago (which garnered her a Sterling nod) and as Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee.  She is also a director and choreographer including various shows at Vancouver’s Arts Club in recent years. You can see Sara-Jeanne live as Dr. Charlotte, one of the beloved #LesbiansFromNextDoor and the only character with her hand on the pulse of terrifying new illness, in our upcoming production of Falsettos

What musical will you always remember for its score?

Les Miserables. I saw it first when I was nine years old and I think I cried from beginning to end. However, my Canadian self says… I remember every word and melody from Marek Normans musical The Great Adventure which my father starred in at The Charlottetown Festival when I was 14. Beautiful!

You’re on a desert island and you can only bring one cast recording. What is it and why?

Aaahhhhh!!! This is cruel. I would probably go with The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa… but I would try to sneak Into the Woods in a side pocket.

What musical will you always remember for its book/virtuosic acting?

Oh this is a tough one… Company is fabulous, but A Chorus Line hits any artist right in the truth centre.

What musical will you always remember for its choreography?

I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that I have watched Singing in the Rain over and over and over! “Good Morning,” “Fit as a Fiddle” and “Make Em Laugh”… I mean C’mon!

What movie would you love to see musicalized?

Haha… um, Wolverine… starring Hugh Jackman and ME:) 

What is your dream role that you’ll never get to play?

Well, the little girl inside me says Annie, of course. But the dude inside says Javert, all the way.

You can catch Sara-Jeanne as Dr. Charlotte in our upcoming production of Falsettos and visit for more information. 

The Year of The Child – Children and Art

Life sometimes really imitates art. We are deep in rehearsal for Falsettos (which begins in two weeks on April 21. If you haven’t got your tickets yet I would get them fast … it is going to be FANTASTIC!). Two of our amazing performers live in Stratford, Ontario with their families – Stephen Patterson (who plays Marvin) and Glynis Ranney (who plays Trina). Both of them brought me this extraordinary book to look at, written by a woman who lives in Stratford – Alison Wearing.

Alison is also a performer, and she has a book coming out on May 7 called Confessions of a Fairy Daughter. Low and behold, it could have been called – Falsettos, The true story. More

Finn Fridays – What More Can I Say?

As we get into high gear for our upcoming production of Falsettos, take a trip with us through William Finn’s Songbook every Friday. 

After the Tony Winning 1992 Broadway production, Falsettos was produced in LA with mostly the original cast. Here’s a clip of Michael Rupert and Stephen Bogardus from that production. (We think Michael doesn’t hold a candle to our very own Stephen Patterson!)