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Did you have Lucky Charms for breakfast? Because you look magically delicious!

Ok, so maybe I just searched “funny pick up lines” and picked one. I’ve never been fantastic at introductions. So maybe I’ll just try this: hi, I’m Cassie. I’m the new Artistic Director for Crapshoot at TPM. Nice to meet you. I consider myself one lucky duck to have the honour of such a title.

I’m a proud Maritimer. I moved to the city when I was 18 to attend Randolph Academy of the Arts. After two years of jazz hands, singing, and scene study, I emerged into the Toronto scene, terrified and excited. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working in a variety of roles, from chorus girl, to marketing coordinator, to sponsorship manager, to Fringe Tent VIP (if only for all the money I spend there every year). I guess you could say I’m a Jacqueline of all trades. You can see me as Kate Monster in Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre this December.

Maybe you’ve been to Crapshoot, and maybe you haven’t. I fell in love with it the second I first walked in. Let me break it down for you; Crapshoot offers an inexpensive (read: CHEAP) night, where you can see other performers try out new pieces. It can be anything. One night you might see a puppet show, a monologue, and a dance piece. Another night, a song, a sketch, and some clown work. Whatever the acts may be, always, it is full of life, laughter, and something the Canadian theatre scene is seriously lacking; the opportunity to get real feedback on your work. At the end of the night, the audiences votes on their favourite act, who will then be invited back for a longer slot at the next Crapshoot. The hilarious LadyBusiness sketch troupe will be the returning champions to kick off this season.

Oh, but don’t worry. The slots are only 5 minutes, so the material is always short and sweet – much like myself!

The culture here in Canada offers little opportunity for artists to workshop a project, let alone in an environment that is supportive and engaged. This is one of my favourite parts of Crapshoot. I want to make sure people don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the work of their fellow artists, and showcase their hard work. Over this season, I plan to gradually expand this event as we know it, to involve more local businesses, performers, and students. Having been a young student in the city, I know how hard it is to make the jump from school and structure to real-life in the city. That is why I’m so thrilled that students from the Randolph Academy will be presenting their own, original work at our next Crapshoot, on November 30th.

Nov 30th’s Crapshoot will be Idol themed. We’re celebrating Clay Aiken’s birthday, one of the Crapshoot-iest Idols ever! He always keeps us guessing. He’s like a bridge over troubled waters, and no one remembers Ruben Studdard anyway. Kelly Preeper will be there selling her delicious cupcakes in his honour (check out her company Tiny, on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tinycupcakesTO ).

You’re just a roll of the dice away from new work, new friends, and some of the most exciting and accessible theatre this city has to offer.Take a chance on me, and Crapshoot. Gonna do my very best, and that ain’t no lie. If you put me to the test, if you let me try…

Couldn’t resist throwing in some ABBA. I did go to a Musical Theatre school. It is an Idol themed show, after all. Hope to see you there!

Luck’s Lady,

Cassie