Theatre Profile ? Who IS this Erin Hanna?

It all started in a 600 watt radio station in Fresno, California. No wait that was news anchorman Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Well when you have a theatrical background, you tend to borrow ideas once in a while. This is the life of a director of a community program. I can feel an appreciative nod of the head across the town.

Like many of our other thespians in Grizzly Valley Players, the adult company from Theatre on the Ridge, I too, took drama in junior and high school. I was an attention hog from an early age and for those who know me, I have an imagination that causes concern from time to time.

But I love drama. Not drama in my personal life, mind you, but the kind you work at and see performed on stage. Through my years with Theatre on the Ridge as well as singing with the community choir and Java Jive coffee houses, I hope I know what I?m talking about.

Before moving to Tumbler Ridge in 2001, my life was that of most city girls. Work, walk the dogs, do laundry and go grocery shopping. No time for performing arts! Those days were left far behind in high school.

Then I arrived in Tumbler Ridge and it took me a while, but I met some people who were involved in various types of performance art, as well as becoming a leader in the children?s drama club. That just sort of happened. And so did my term as secretary of Arts Council, as a matter of fact. I guess if you don?t find it, it will find you.

I had taken journalism and short story-writing after high school and really enjoyed the part of the course that dealt with scripts and adaptations. I also have a certificate in art, as well as an Alberta Hairdressing License, complete with several certificates in theatrical and modeling cosmetic application. Hmmm, I wonder why I never did anything with that. Until now!

And so here we are, the year 2005 and I am the current director for both Theatre on the Ridge groups; Young People?s Drama (ages 6-18) and Grizzly Valley Players (ages 19-1000). I am using my writing for scripts. I am using my own experience on stage and in drama classes to encourage others to do the same. I am using my love of costuming, make-up and hairstyling. I am using my art background to design and assist in prop-creation. The only thing I never use is algebra. Go figure. Kids stay in school.

I would love to see a stage in Tumbler Ridge. A real one with opening and closing frontal curtains (ooooh!). And while this imagination serves me well in drama, writing and any other creative venue I participate in, it is no fun all by myself. So come and join us Tuesday nights 8:30-9:30 pm for adults and Thursday 4:15-5:15 pm for kids, room 3 at the Community Centre. Some come just to observe, not everyone ends up on stage, but perhaps behind the scenes. We need lots of help and lots of creativity. This is good, clean fun. All the world?s a stage.

Please remember Theatre on the Ridge, when you are cleaning out closets and wanting to get rid of items that may be of use to the drama clubs. Contact Erin Hanna 242-3364 or for arrangements.