Kelly Kimpton

Photo courtesy of Keith Sharp, DLT cast photographer

Dundas Little Theatre is proud to welcome Kelly Kimpton back to the stage in our current production of Myth of the Ostrich. Regular DLT patrons may remember her from the much loved production Calendar Girls. Please enjoy some of her reflections on the theatre. We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Favourite Roles
One of my most enjoyable roles was playing Rita in Educating Rita at Theatre Burlington in Sept 2022. As an actor I fell in love with the script and the opportunity to portray a character that embarks on such a transformational journey. I had never done a two-hander before and it can be very daunting but I was blessed to work with the very talented Mark Ellis as Frank, who helped make the process and production such a joy that I will always treasure.

As an actor, if you are very lucky you are given theatrical gifts like playing Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which I performed at Theatre Burlington in January 2020 just before theatres closed. I had never done a role before that truly felt like you inhabited the character. I likened her to wearing a comfy robe and every performance the character took the reins and I merely went along for the ride. Everyone involved in all areas of the production was incredibly talented and the play’s success reflected that dedication winning numerous awards at WODL that year. It was truly a highlight in my acting career.

Myth of the Ostrich/The perfect winter production
The last three years have been unprecedented and incredibly challenging, especially for those involved in the theatre who watched our stages go dark for so very long. People are longing for the chance to escape the past and indulge in some much needed laughter and Myth of the Ostrich is the perfect prescription for the winter and Covid blahs. To just sit back and enjoy an evening where you can laugh as a community again and celebrate the arts is a welcome gift.

How it all began
I didn’t start acting until my second year at McMaster University where I was a very bored history major. After seeing a lunch hour theatre production I was hooked and added drama as another major and have never looked back. My first main role was playing the prostitute Martinelle in Paul Selig’s Terminal Bar where I got to rollerskate in a teddy with stars on my appendages as part of the character’s Statue of Liberty “act” which I am sure made my parents question the direction my educational pursuits were taking me. In 1995 I made my first appearance at DLT in the beautiful production of Anatol directed by Mike Rae. I fell in love with the intimacy of the DLT space and it became one of my favourite theatres to perform in.

Learning from theatre
I liken being an actor to a behavioural scientist studying human nature, interactions and relationships. I love people-watching as a means to understanding the human condition and all its intricacies. I believe we become far more in tune with the world around us and as a result, we are more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and can bring those observations and insights into the characters we portray.

Dream Role
Over the last 30 years, I have been very fortunate to play some strong and amazing women alongside stellar actors and if I stopped performing tomorrow I would consider myself blessed. However, having said that if Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf or Shirley Valentine were on a theatre’s playbill I would definitely be camped out waiting for their auditions.

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