Do you have a day of performance ritual?
I don't have many rituals before performing other than forcing myself to rest as much as possible, doing just a light vocal warmup, and practicing a specific short version of Tai Chi taking 7 to 10 minutes that has many benefits, and which I've been doing daily for many years now.
You lived a long time in cities, how are you enjoying living now in the small village of Warkworth (only 15 minutes from Westben)
Life in Warkworth is a pleasant in many ways. From the incredible scenic beauty, the purity of our drinking water, taken from Mill Creek that runs behind our house, the source of which is a spring outside of town. There is also a very generous and compassionate sense of community among the people who choose to make this place their home. We knew no one when we moved here five years ago and were immediately welcomed with open arms. There are also surprises every now and again such as waking up to find 30 wild turkeys in our backyard like we did just the other day. Of course, I can't pass up the opportunity to plug the Warkworth Curling Club, of which I'm a proud, if not accomplished member. Anyone who'd like to try this very interesting and fun sport would be more than welcome to join us on any Monday night from 7 to 9pm.
Is there a teacher or mentor that is special to you?
I've been very fortunate to have had a number of mentors/teachers/cohorts over the years. From Mr. Rock 'n Roll himself, Ronnie Hawkins, to Terry Kine, a producer of variety television at the CBC in the mid-sixties, to Peter Carter, the director of the first drama I did on camera, to Johnny Bassett Junior, one of the major producers of HAIR in Canada, to Ron Collier, a brilliant musical composer/arranger, to Bill Glassco, the founder and first artistic director of the Tarragon Theatre, to Brian Finley and Donna Bennett, who continue to impress, inspire and, fortunately, hire me to be part of their seemingly never ending gift of uplifting entertainment created for, and with the help of the entire community.
What are some of your favourite shows that you have been in?
Some of my favourite shows include, The Good Company, Creeps, Leaving Home, Hair, Les Miserables, The Crackwalker, and Kisses On Broadway this past July at Westben.
See Frank as Mr Scrooge in Westben's Christmas Carol:
- November 26 at 1 pm at The Barn
- November 27 at 3 pm at The Barn
- December 3 at 3 pm at Norwood United Church
- December 4 at 3 pm at Emmanuel United Church (formerly St Andrew's United) in Peterborough