JAMIE WILLIAMS STARS AS CHARLIE IN LUNENBURG BY NORM FOSTER
Jamie is thrilled to have once more been invited back to Cow Patti Theatre. Lunenburg by Norm Foster marks his fourth venture in Lacombe, previously he was seen in Boeing,Boeing , Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Wally’s Café. A professional actor for the last 28 years Jamie has performed all over the country from the Neptune in Halifax, N.S to the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ontario; from the Citadel in Edmonton, A.B to Theatre Northwest in Prince George, BC. Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, Ontario remains close to his heart, having performed in over 20 productions there and it being the place where he first met and worked with both Donnie Bowes (director of Lunenburg and other Cow Patti Comedy Dinner Theatre productions) and AnnaMarie Lea (CowPatti’s very own artistic director).
Over the last few years he has turned his focus to writing. It's Your Funeral, Jamie’s debut script, produced at Upper Canada Playhouse (2018) and Port Stanley Festival Theatre (2019), was met with great reception and wonderful reviews. Since, he has authored a second comedy Pinkerton Comes to Prospect now in it’s final stages of workshops as it prepares for consideration. Meanwhile he is busy with his third script Michael and Mary.
Jamie is married to the wonderfully talented and beautiful Melanie Janzen with whom he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with. They, and their daughter make their home in St. Catharines, Ont., but they consider themselves truly Canadian having worked, and played in every province but P.E.I and the territories where the hope to perform sometime in the near future.
Jamie Answers The Hard Questions
None that I know of.
How many years have you been in the “business?”
Since 1992 which makes 29 years.
Favorite Norm Foster play you have performed, directed or Stage Managed
A difficult question. I’ve performed in many of Norm’s shows and it seems each new one becomes my favourite, and he doesn’t stop writing so my favourite is kind of a moving target. Right now it’s a toss up between Lunenburg and The Writer. You’ll understand my choice of Lunenburg when you see our show here at CowPatti. As for The Writer, it’s a departure for Norm, self described as a serious play with funny bits as opposed to a funny play with serious bits. I originated the role of Blake Wellner last summer and it was a career highlight. In the fall I have the opportunity of reprising the role opposite Norm himself at Theatre Orangeville.
Favorite thing about Alberta
A tie between the Sun and the Mountains. The winters may be cold, but the sunshine is bright. And the trails in Kananaskis, Banff and Canmore are some of my favourite spots in the country.
Favorite food /dish from the Maritimes
Hands down- lobster.
Favorite Norm Foster quote or line from one of his plays
Hard. Uhmm… Honestly I don’t know where to start. There isn’t much Norm’s written that I don’t enjoy saying or playing. And I’m afraid if I mention one quote Norm will read this and say, “ What about…?” or “That?” or “ This one, here?” Think I’ll stay out of that minefield.
Book your reading right now
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons, the sequel to the award-winning book Hyperion. A classic science fiction which plays on some of the literary conventions of Canterbury Tales and the poetry of John Keats while telling the story of the human race at war with itself while on a collision course with Artificial Intelligence.
Favorite song/band from the Maritimes
Through and Through and Through- Joel Plaskett
Current favorite Canadian television show
Coverage of the Olympic Games. And the Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo are coming up- Yee Haw!
Favorite CBC Radio Programming
I listen to CBC constantly. I’m a big fan. If I had to choose I couldn’t. So I’ll just say Q and As It Happens and Ideas. Oh! and The Sunday Edition.
Favorite thing about working for Cow Patti
The people. The people I’m on stage with. The people working backstage. The people in the kitchen, behind the bar and at the door. And the people of Lacombe. Such a wonderful place.
What is your favorite “famous moment” in business?
Don’t really have one. I’ve seen famous people but from across the street, or the room, but have never had the gumption to walk up to them. And in terms of people recognizing me? It happens. I think every time it’s someone who wants to congratulate me on a show they’ve just seen, how much they laughed, or what a great evening they had, which is always nice. It’s nice to know people enjoy what I do and enjoy the theatres like CowPatti where I have the privilege to do it.
Who is your favorite famous actor/actress you have worked with?
I have to say Melanie Janzen. A: she’s really talented. B: she’s really funny. C: she’s my wife.