Meet Leasa Barclay ~ a.k.a. Cecily Pigeon in Perth County Players April 2014 production of The Odd Couple
Where were you born? Walkerton
At what age did you get involved in community theatre? 43
What was your favourite role or show to be involved with? I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change was my favourite show because I had my favourite role, Rose Ritz. Oliver! and A Christmas Carol are up there too because of being in the productions with my daughter.
What is your dream role? My dream role would be either any of the roles Jessica Lange has on American Horror Story (seasons 1 and 2, but especially season 2) or Cate Blanchet’s role in Blue Jasmine…so much range!
When did you join PCP? I have been with PCP since the beginning in 2009
Your thoughts on this production. I love the opportunity to be in this comedy. It’s iconic and since there are only 2 parts for women and I got one, I feel so honoured and really charged up with excitement for performing our scenes. I’m hoping to be able to continue acting long into the future. It brings me such joy.
About Perth County Players:
In our 5th season, Perth County Players is thrilled to present their first play at Stratford City Hall, ‘The Odd Couple’, directed by Aaron Kropf. ‘The Odd Couple’ is known internationally as the hit comedy play by Neil Simon, later adapted into the infamous movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, followed by the Emmy winning TV show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
Many members of the community will be happy to see John Butcher back on stage with PCP after many years as a part of their dinner theatre cast as well as performing as Mr. Fezziwig in their latest production of A Christmas Carol this past December. Perth County Players welcomes Stratford newcomers from Toronto George Bertwell and Alex Stephens who will be playing the roles of Oscar and Felix respectively. George and Alex were both involved in community theatre in Toronto having crossed paths over the years. Both moved to Stratford last year not knowing the other had moved to the area. They met up again at the audition for The Odd Couple, very surprised to see the other one there. The cast also includes PCP favourites Leasa Barclay and Tania Harvey, the Pigeon sisters who live upstairs from Oscar and Felix. Rounding out the cast of 8 are Eric Russell Norcross as Murray the cop, Gary Horst as Vinnie, the mild-mannered, hen-pecked husband, and Bill Miller as the acerbic Speed.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at perthcountyplayers.com or in person at Sinclair Pharmacy, 12 Wellington Street, Stratford. Performances are at City Hall April 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:30pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm.