Spotlight on ... Joe Gnemmi!

Today’s “Spotlight” is on the talented and energetic Joe Gnemmi!

Photo credit: Carole Morris-Underhill

Joe has been apart of QAAW for a number of years now. “I first became involved with Quick As A Wink when the first Glory Days was being performed in its entirety,” he says. “I was a hockey player, a drunken rowdy, and other small extra parts. I have been doing Quick As A Wink shows on-and-off since then, namely as the Narrator in King Island Christmas, the eponymous Pied Piper, and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

When it comes to performing, Joe particularly enjoys the interesting connection that exists between a performer and the audience. “The best thing about live theatre is the relationship between the audience and what’s going on onstage,” Joe says. “A good or bad audience can make a huge difference in energizing the actors to go above and beyond what they might have thought possible of themselves. On stage we tell a story, and the audience is actively listening to our words and our portrayal of our characters. Actors can react to the audience, too, so it’s exactly that - a relationship.”

Joe says his favorite theatre memory so far has been performing Fiddler on the Roof for the first time at Horton High School, particularly the solo in “If I Were a Rich Man.” When it comes to what he would most like to play next, however, he is less decisive. “I’m a little ashamed to say that I don’t have any dream roles," Joe says. "I’ve been lucky enough to play some great parts already. I’m sure I’ll find one someday!”

Joe’s focus currently lies outside the world of theatre. “I’m currently beginning a Masters in Planning at Dalhousie University, so that is taking most of my time right now,” he says.

Thank you for all your contributions to Quick As A Wink, Joe! We hope we get a chance to work with you again in the future!

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