White stuff

January 12, 2010

As I sit here writing this entry, the perfect winter snow is falling here in Collingwood. Although it’s the same stuff that falls back in the city, the mindset has always been different up here. Considering that many people up here have relocated for the skiing and the golfing, or are making their living in the tourism business…snowfalls are always welcome and tend to put a kick in everyone’s step. Growing up and living in Hamilton, I recall the winter months as being somewhat grumpy in nature, what with transportation woes, slippery sidewalks, slushy spray and difficult parking. Since relocating to Collingwood in 2003, I’ve come to appreciate and embrace winter in a way I’d not done before.

We’ve begun rehearsals for our version of Peter Pan, starring the grade four, five and six classes. The next six weeks will surely fly by (the pun certainly was intended) and all seem keen and excited.

Year 2010 is off and running and I am happy to be once again “treading the boards” with more frequency! Wishing everyone all the best as we’ve entered into a new decade.

Dean

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Busy writing…

November 24, 2009

Am busy writing a pantomime — Aladdin — for the grade 7/8 production at Pretty River Academy. I wish I could type faster than my hands allow me to. Wow…November is coming to an end quickly…

Dean

Lucky Day?

November 12, 2009

If you’re familiar with the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes” from 1934 you may recall the character “Moonface Martin”. Deep in the second act, in an effort to cheer Billy Crocker, he optimistically states that “it’s always darkest just before they turn on the lights”. I must surmise, therefore, seeing as we are hours away from Friday the 13th of November, we are presently within a relatively “lucky” point of time — comparably, of course. So, enjoy this day and it’s wonderful weather.

I was visited by the mother of one of my high school students, who stopped by to notify me that her son has acquired an audition for a production in T.O. — “Hockey” the Musical. He sang the bejeebees out of “Joseph…” and certainly deserves the crack at it! Knock ’em dead, Andrew!!

Dean

October so far…

October 20, 2009

Thanks to the Quota Club for having me entertain the crowds at their annual fundraiser. A refreshing change from their successful fashion shows, having the opportunity to share the music of Nat “King” Cole was a treat for me — response has been great!

The Haunted and Historical Guided Walking Tours have been on the busier side since fall hit. I’m meeting people from everywhere — England, New England, Australia, China, various provinces and many Ontario towns and cities! Thanks to Collingwood’s Downtown BIA for inviting me to add some walks for the area’s Apple Harvest Festival.

Scooted into Stayner this past Saturday to support my friend Cathy Dunlop and her Piano Marathon — sat at that grand piano (she pronounces it “Pie-ano” as opposed to “Pee-ano”) at the Centenial United Church and played for 10 hours. Cathy and I enjoyed about 45 minutes collaborating on some Porter, Gershwin, Carmichael, Mancini and even a couple Rodgers & Hart. Good times!

Entering into week 4 (rehearsals) for the annual First Pres Christmas Concert — beautiful music as usual. Just two and a half weeks until my seniors (gr. 9 – 12) at Pretty River Academy tread the boards in the Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” — Nov 5 and 6. Call the school 705 444-5376 to get tickets.

Well, the Hollin family is readying for Halloween, and talks of Christmas have begun to creep into conversations.

Oh –my radio slot on 95.1 The Peak FM has recently changed — no longer Fridays 6 pm to 10 pm, but rather a much more civilized (for a ripening entertainer and family man) Sunday afternoon’s 2 til 5 pm. I’m the Sunday Afternoon Guy!

Have a great week!

Dean

We’re on our way!

August 13, 2009

I’d said for sometime now that a blog was something that I’d wanted as part of my new website — so here it is. The life of this entertainer is vast and varied.  Of late I’ve returned to the stage in a show entitled “Memories of the Rat Pack” playing and singing the role of Frank Sinatra.  This production is not one of mine but rather the creation of C2 Entertainment — I’m pleased to be back and treading the boards with Shane, Aaron, Colin and the rest of the guys.  As a regular Artist in the Classroom at Collingwood’s private school, Pretty River Academy, I have the opportunity and privilege to expose students, grades 1 thru 12, to the thrill of theatre — it’s words, music and limitless creativity. 

As you might gather from my SHOWS on the website, I’ve developed over the years a passion and bent for such writers and artists as Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern and their various contemporaries.  These SHOWS will by touring with more regularity — performance dates will be posted. 

Within this beautiful area known as the Georgian Triangle, or South Georgian Bay, I can also be found emceeing various events, singing at different venues and hosting Friday nights (6 to 10 pm) on 95.1 The Peak FM. 

Many thanks to Eric Rudd and Big Screen FX for continuing to do such great work on the website!  It is exciting to have the new site up and running — I look forward to using it as the primary tool for communicating the various quality entertainment offerings that my company, My Eye Productions, has to offer! 

 

It seems that those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are finally upon us, so resist the urge to turn on the A/C, open the windows, and ENJOY!

Dean

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