Busy, busy,busy. Tonight is our first public performance of The Blizzard of Oz. We are blessed to have a talented, creative, funny cast. In the role of Al Loy we have Ottawa native Chad Connell.

Chad could not be happier to be back in Ozzawa, uhh… Ottawa, to coin the character “Al Loy” in The Blizzard of Oz! He’s a little rusty since last year’s show, but is fortunate to be teaming back up with all the gang. By now they’re like a well oiled machine. Born and raised in Ottawa, he later moved to Toronto to study acting at Ryerson University. The past decade has seen Chad star in Canadian shows like Degrassi, Flashpoint and Murdoch Mysteries. Most recently he had a recurring role in The Good Witch and starred in a TV movie alongside Brooke Shields. Look out for him guest­starring in an episode of Reign in the new year. Enjoy the show!

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We asked Chad to answer some questions for us:

1 – What is your favorite part about coming home to Ottawa?

Seeing old friends and family. I also love the atmosphere of Ottawa in winter.

2 – What is your favorite holiday tradition?

The Food.

3 – Where did you go to school in Ottawa?

Merivale Highschool in Nepean

4 – Describe your character in The Blizzard of Oz in 4 words or less?

New, Eager, Socially challenged, Shiny

5 – What is your favorite part of the show?

Getting to work with the same cast members, and developing the show throughout the rehearsal period.

6 – What do you miss most about Ottawa?

Family and friends

7 – What is your favorite activity/place to go in Ottawa?

I love the Gatineaus in Summer and Winter

8 – Did you study theatre after high school? If so, where?

At Ryerson University

9 – Can you tell us something we don’t know about you?

I like to bake.

10 – How would you describe a panto to those who are not familiar with this type of show?

It’s a classic holiday theatre tradition, that’s great for adults and kids.

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