In the beginning, there was Airdrie Little Theatre. When Airdrie Little Theatre folded, a few core members chose to carry on, and Nose Creek Players was born.
This summer marks the 40th year of live community theatre in Airdrie and, while there might not be a Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks in the bunch, and none of them will ever win an Oscar, but the Nose Creek Players are as fun and talented cast of characters as you’ll find just about anywhere. From organizers; to set and costume design; to the playwrights, directors and actors; everyone has a role to play.
In real life, they’re teachers, grandmas, service industry workers and Reiki Masters, but with Nose Creek Players they get to live the dream. One thing they all have in common: they love how welcoming the group is and the sense of community it gives them.
airdrielife caught up with several members of the troupe on their summer break for a fun photo shoot and to take a sneak peek behind the curtain and get to know some of these folks in real life. Check it out, you might be surprised at who you recognize.
(Left to right)
Name: Justine Madge
Role with NCP: Costumer
Joined NCP: March 2023
Favourite show/role: Alice in Wonderland. There are a lot of really strange characters in the show, so it really pushed my creativity to the max!
Name: Peggy Buzzard
Role with NCP: Actor and Event Coordinator
Joined NCP: 2017
Favourite show: Seussical the Musical
Favourite role: Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland
Name: Brenna Perlinger
Role with NCP: The Cook & Courtier in Alice in Wonderland
Joined NCP: 2023
Favourite show/role:Alice in Wonderland. My only other role ever was the littlest billy goat in my kindergarten production of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Name: Karalee Braun
Role with NCP: Secretary, Actress, Producer, Stage Manager, Costume Assistant
Joined NCP; January 2017
Favourite show/role: Charlotte’s Web. I played Templeton the Rat and The Universal Language, where I played Dawn.
Name: Tare Rennebohm
Role with NCP: Educational coordinator, actor
Joined NCP: 2016
Favorite show /role: Seussical the Musical and Horton the Elephant
Name: Mandi Fusaro
Role with NCP: Vice president, actor
Joined NCP: 2015
Favourite show/role: The Pink Unicorn. It was the first time I performed a one woman show.
Name: Giana Chaalan
Role with NCP: Performer
Joined NCP: 2022
Favourite show/role: The Wizard of Oz. I was Miss Gultch and The Wicked Witch of the West.
Name: Kristina Ballmann
Role with NCP: Actor and fan
Joined NCP: 2023
Favourite show/role: I loved being a frog footman and a scary executioner in Alice In Wonderland.
Name: Gary Buzzard
Role with NCP: Actor, director
Joined NCP: 2017.
Favourite show/role: Alice in Wonderland, as director.
Name: Robin McKittrick
Role with NCP: President, director, writer, actor
Joined NCP: 2011
Favourite show/role: It’s impossible to pick a production as a favourite. Each and every show sits in a place of honour in both my mind and heart.
Name: Jamie Derko
Role with NCP: General volunteer
Joined NCP: 2020
Favorite show/role: Being in the Canada Day Parade