The Other Side of the Pole

The Other Side of the Pole

by Marney Heatley, Stephen Heatley and Edward Connell

November 25– December 16, 1990

Heatley's cast, led by a performance of shining honesty from Brumlik, is a delight all round. - Edmonton Journal
The Other Side of the Pole

A modern setting and wry sense of humor add to the fun when Christmas is abolished because “it is too much trouble”. Eleven year old Sandy enlists the help of her mentally disabled friend Willy to find out why. The investigation of the two amateur sleuths uncovers even more questions. In pursuit of the answers, Sandy and Willy learn some very interesting things about themselves, their families, and the magic of Christmas.

Playwrights: Marney Heatley, Stephen Heatley and Edward Connell
Director: Stephen Heatley
Cast: Geoffrey Brumlik, Greg Lawson, Jeff Haslam, Karen Johnson-Diamond, Tracey Flye and Cathy Derkach Music Director: Edward Connell Set and Costume Designer: Daniel van Heyst Lighting Designer: Mel Geary Design Production Assistant: Heather Redfern Stage Manager: Denis Couillard Apprentice Stage Manager: James Simon Technical Director: Dave Paduch House Technician: Kathy Cooper

“Oh, I miss the magic;
When stars shine brighter in the sky
And scientists can’t tell us why.”

November 25– December 16, 1990

Opening November 25




Cathy was last seen in a mausoleum, an apartment and on a bus in Workshop West’s SECRET SPACES: THE BUS PROJECT. Theatre Network shows include most recently PERFECT PIE (directed by Marianne Copithorne), and long ago THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLE (directed by Stephen Heatley). Cathy has been performing in and out of Edmonton for the past 16 years. She has played many times in many really big shows with Teatro La Quindicina, The Citadel, and Leave it to Jane (founding member). Cathy is also a musician, musical director, Pisces, and a mother of two beautiful girls. She had a fish once…



Jeff last appeared with Theatre Network in HABITAT in 2006. Among his previous credits with the company are THE LAST BUS, UNCLE JOE AGAIN, and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLE. He’s just completed his second years as Artistic Director of Teatro La Quindicina, where in addition to recent onstage appearances in THE OCULIST’S HOLIDAY, MOTHER OF THE YEAR, CONNIE IN EGYPT, HAPPY TOES, and A ROCKY NIGHT FOR HIS NIBS, he also directed THRUBWELL’S PIES, and produced the hit musical EVERYBODY GOES TO MITZI’S. Jeff’s other recent projects include appearing in HMS PINAFORE for the Edmonton Opera, and writing and performing for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. He’s a four-time Sterling Award winner, for performances in BURN THIS, 2-2-TANGO, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and CITIZEN PLATE. He’s also a core company member of the live improvised soap opera DIE-NASTY, and last February, he improvised for 50 straight hours in the SOAPATHON in London, England. Jeff continues to appear as Eros, god of Love on the monthly variety show OH SUSANNA at the Varscona. In December, he’ll once again appear as George Bailey in Teatro’s holiday presentation of the live radio version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and in the New Year he’ll be in DIAL M FOR MURDER at the The Mayfield Dinner Theatre.