• They Who Surround Us

Vegreville Acting Workshop an Incredible Experience

I could barely contain my excitement as I started setting up chairs at the Elks Hall on Saturday, Aug. 10 and kept having to go back to bring out more and more chairs as people continued to file in and line up at the registration desk. It was incredible to look over at the registration desk and see my sister, Lara Ruptash signing people in and then look over and see my other sister, Deserrie Ruptash who had printed out release forms and scene material for the workshop and was helping me get organized.

And then comes in Mom and Dad (Lillian and Larry Ruptash) with freshly brewed coffee and mom’s famous oatmeal cookies. I think the word had gotten out about the cookies and that’s why it was so well attended! My mom made up 4 dozen fresh cookies that morning. 

My family is always there for me and once again, they came through with flying colors. What a special way to spend the day!

And to see all the kids seated in their chairs up front with their parents off to the side watching was so special. We had let word out that one of the lead roles in the film is an 8 year old boy and that it hadn’t been cast yet, so to look over and see a ton of eager and excited 7-10 year old boys anxiously awaiting instructions will be making me smile for a long time. 

What a joy it was to meet all these local Vegreville residents as well as people that came from Lloydminster, Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Sherwood Park, Holden, Spruce Grove, Islay, Leduc, Tofield and Ranfurly. There were over 40 people that attended. 

I led them through some warm up breathing and relaxation exercises, concentration work and some improvs and imagination exercises to create a sense of place.

The time flew by. In fact we went over our allotted time and the truth is I could have kept going for another couple of hours at least. 

When I set out to develop this project one of the things that was important to me was giving back to my community. This project is teaching me so much about community and connection and sharing this workshop with all these people was kind of the definition of all of that. 

I hope everyone who participated had fun, I know I did!