The Pellerin Post – When You’re Green You Grow

Posted: February 22, 2012

Judging by the number of #Doyletweets in my Twitter feed…I’d say there’ll be another million or so folks tuned in to REPUBLIC OF DOYLE tonight - just like every Wednesday or Doyleday as I call it.  Can you believe that we’re halfway through Season 3 already?! (Don’t it go by in a blink?!)

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE stills CBC & Take The Shot ProductionsFor sure over the course of the first two seasons and now this third, we’ve come to know and love the characters on the show.  We have indeed watched them grow.

Jake and Leslie have been through it all it seems since that first chat at the chip truck… and from week to week the 'on-again off-again' romance has me way beyond invested.

I'm on the record as saying - I want them to be together…but will they end up that way? Well, it remains to be seen...and have no doubt, I'll be tuning in with the lot of ya to find out. Yes, for us the viewer the story is evolving and deepening.

Still I wondered what it’s like to play the same character for a long time like Krystin Pellerin has on the show. And while the script for Leslie Bennett is changing with each episode – how then does playing a character with the same script night after night compare as is the case with Soulpepper TheatreKrystin gives us the answer in this edition of The Pellerin Post.

When You’re Green You Grow

Dated: February 22, 2012

We open Long Day’s Journey Into Night this week. We have a handful of previews under our belt. The shows are selling really well and last Saturday night was our first sold out performance. It was so great to get the feeling of a sold out house. The piece is epic and it felt right to be playing to a full room.

krystin pellerin with soulpepper theatreI am basically in one scene in the play and I can’t tell you how surprised I am by how that one scene keeps growing and deepening the more we run it. It’s not unlike having the opportunity to play the same character on television for 3 seasons. I feel in many ways because I’ve been so fortunate to have the time to connect and grow with one character for so long we have become one and the same person.  It sort of feels like having a very dear friend.  On stage in rehearsal you have that time to let the character and the story sink into your bones so that the world becomes an inseparable part of you. Well, that’s what we all hope for anyway.

Just like in life and in relationships, the process of discovery is never ending and continues right up until the final curtain or the last shot of the season. So even with all the time in the world and as familiar and confident as I might feel with the character, I could never sit back and say ‘I got this, no problem’. As soon as I do I’m thrown a surprise, guaranteed and I feel like a newbie all over again. Keeps you humble. All the same, I think it’s good to feel green. Better to be always asking questions. A friend told me once-when you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot 😉 I’d rather be green. I learn best by doing and I owe so much to Republic of Doyle and Soulpepper Theatre for being able to work this consistently.  The wealth of experience is invaluable.

I’m really looking forward to running this play and sharing it with an audience. I can’t believe I get to be a part of one of the greatest American plays of all time, amazing. kp

While YOU are here check out...

The Pellerin PostTHE PELLERIN POST 2012 - Good To Be Back, 2011 - The Pellerin Post: Premiere Edition , A Time and a Pace , Character Profile , First & Third , Ready, Set...Perform, You Act, You Learn You Grow , Finding Focus and Closing the Season

Check out our feature interview with Krystin Pellerin “A Lot of Stuff” plus her “Insights IN 10”#FFF (Friday Favourite Four) and Gemini Nominee KRYSTIN PELLERIN

For all things Republic of Doyle visit www.cbc.ca/republicofdoyle

And for the Soulpepper Theatre Company check out www.soulpepper.ca

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