Toronto Fringe Festival this July.
Hipcheck – The Musical is a story about a women’s rec hockey team,
originally conceived by Woodfield Road resident Shelley Hobbs. Shelley’s a
lawyer by day but she loves to write, and of course play hockey; however, as
a hearing impaired person, she had no idea where to start to write a
musical. Enter Rob Torr, Shelley’s neighbour on Woodfield, a professional
actor and singer, who swears he can’t tell a hip check from a hat trick.
The path between their houses has become well-worn over the past two years
as these two have met to modify plot turnings, flesh out characters, and
revise lyrics. While Shelley ponders musical terms like “key change” and
“harmonies” Rob is busy trying to design a set based on the inside of a
women’s dressing room, which he claims never to have seen.
Things finally felt real this January when Hipcheck – The Musical won a spot
at The Toronto Fringe Festival. Producers were needed and luckily both Rob
and Shelley happened to be married to women with experience in that area.
Rob’s wife Stephanie Graham is a performer, choreographer and producer,
while Shelley’s wife Joan Jamieson used to run a children’s theatre group.
They’ve worked together on this project, although Stephanie is now doing her
piece from Charlottetown PEI where she’s choreographing and directing work
for the Festival there.
Every show needs a website and publicity materials, so Tammy Rogers, who
lives conveniently between the two houses on Woodfield Road stepped into the
picture. Tammy’s gorgeous graphics have made for some wonderful Hipcheck
Actors have been auditioned and selected, sets are designed and built, and
the talented Woodfield Road folks have even figured out how their actors can
skate without ice! Rehearsals are getting underway in anticipation of
Opening Night on July 2nd.
For more information: www.Hipcheck-TheMusical.com