Today’s “Spotlight” is on the incredibly talented Alan Slipp!
Alan has been a valued member of the Quick As A Wink community since 2012. “I first got involved with Quick As A Wink when Toven MacLean asked me to audition for the role of Rochester in Jane Eyre: The Musical,” he says. “It was a very challenging role, both in the musical and dramatic sense, but also because I battled illness in the months leading up to production and wasn't entirely sure if I'd be able to do the show at all. Needless to say, I did go on to do it, and won the Winkie Award for Leading Male Actor in a Musical last year for that role.”
Since Jane Eyre, Alan has been involved in numerous other Quick As A Wink productions including 42nd Street, Oklahoma, The Secret Garden, and most recently You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Alan has also portrayed Sam Slick in our Windsor Ghost Walks!
Thanks to his strong passion for theatre, Alan has also been involved with many theatre groups and theatrical productions outside of Quick As A Wink. “I've been involved with community theatre in the Valley for over twenty years,” he says. “I got to be a part of the company at the Atlantic Theatre Festival for one summer, which was a very special experience and one which I look on with great fondness. I think, for me, the best thing about live theatre is the relationship between actor and audience, and the possibility that at any given moment, something unexpected can happen on either side of the equation.”
Alan is always on the lookout for new and interesting parts to play. “Any dramatically interesting part that lets me use my voice to its fullest and work with other awesome performers is my dream,” he says. “I've been lucky enough to have that come true a few times with Quick As A Wink over the last couple of years! As for parts I haven't played yet... I've wanted to play Harold Hill in The Music Man since I was a kid.”
Even when Alan is not acting onstage, his passions do not stray far from the world of theatre. “Most of my life revolves around performance in one way or another!” he says. “I write and perform sketch comedy with a group called The Dead Sheep Scrolls, and together we also host Night Kitchen, which is the monthly acoustic music variety show here in Wolfville, which runs from September to May. I've also spent a lot of time in various choirs.” Outside of the performance, one other passion in particular stands out for Alan. “I'm a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek,” he says. “Whether it's TV, movies or video games I've got a toe in one fandom or another - Star Trek is my first love.”
Thank you for all of your contributions to Quick As A Wink, Alan! Your passion for the arts is always appreciated and we hope to work with you again soon!
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