Valley native and CVR Performing Arts Department alum Callan Forrester has been recognized for her work this past year starring as Pugsley Addams in the West Island Theatre Associations’ production of the Addams Family: A musical. The actor was named for Best Performance by a Female in a Featured Role as well as the Emerging Artist Award when the winners of the 2018 BroadwayWorld Montreal Awards were announced on January 4.
“I’m incredibly excited and grateful,” says Forrester, who admits she was honoured by the experience of being nominated and is humbled to have won, especially considering nominations were reader-submitted and voted on by local theatre goers. “I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet,” she exclaims. “I can’t explain how thankful I am that so many people took the time to vote for me,” she adds.
Forrester got her start on stage at CVR. After graduating in 2015, she completed the Arts, Literature and Communications program at Marianopolis College, with a focus on theatre. She will be moving to Toronto this year to continue her studies in theatre. “Going into theatre as a career is really scary at times. It’s unpredictable and when you’re surrounded by wonderfully talented people all the time, it’s very easy to doubt yourself,” she admits. “Addams Family was one of my favourite theatrical experiences and a big part in why I’m still pursuing theatre. Something like this is the cherry on top.”
The Addams Family: A musical, which was staged at the Riverdale Auditorium at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds last June, was a rousing success for the West Island Theatre Association (WISTA). “I would do this show every single day if I could,” says Forrester, who played the role of Pugsley, the striped t-shirt wearing younger brother in the rather ghoulish Addams family. Director and choreographer Debbie Friedman “created a really special environment that encouraged teamwork and collaboration,” she notes, suggesting her cast mates and production team includes some of the “most talented, caring and supportive people” she has ever had the opportunity to meet.
Fortunately, Forrester will be continuing to work with WISTA for their upcoming production of 9 to 5. Recently cast in the over the top hilarious role of Roz Keith, she will be hitting the West Island stage from June 7 to the 15, at the Louise Chalmers Theatre.
In the meantime, she will be playing Brooke in the hilarious farce Noises Off in late March at Grove Hall in Huntingdon. “When I first saw this show a few years back I was blown away and thought it would be a great show to do years into my theatre career, considering how difficult of a show it is,” she says. “I’m more than excited to be doing it now.”