TIFT brings emotional musical to Barrie

Photo Submitted by David Cooper –Daren Herbert (Floyd Collins), Krystin Pellerin (Nellie Collins) and Michael Torontow (Homer Collins) star in Talk is Free Theatre’s production of Floyd Collins, on stage at the Mady Centre April 10 to 19.
Barrie Advance – April 4, 2014

Daren Herbert is an underground actor, literally.

Herbert stars as the lead in Floyd Collins, on stage at the Mady Centre April 10 to 19.

His character spends most of the show in a cave.

“Floyd Collins was down there for 17 days before they were able to get to him,” Herbert said. “I get to be down there for only two hours a night, so I have no grounds for complaint.”

Floyd Collins is based on the true story of a Kentucky man who was trying to turn a cave into an attraction in 1925 when he became trapped.

Herbert called the rehearsals an intense process.

“The music is beautiful and difficult and challenging. The show itself causes a lot of emotional stuff to happen. Most of the time enjoyable, sometimes painful, but it’s fun.”

Herbert said the only thing he knew about the show before auditioning for the part was the music.

“My roommate in undergrad in Philadelphia used to play this show’s song though the house. The music was absolutely gorgeous,” he said. “When this show came up. I was asked to come in for Floyd. I said, ‘absolutely’.”

Hebert he has won an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for his work in The Wild Party, a Vancouver Ovation Award for The Music Man and he’s a two-time, Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for performances in The Toxic Avenger Musical and Parade.

Stage veteran and TV actor Krystin Pellerin stars at Floyd’s sister, Nellie.

She admits she also wasn’t familiar with the show, but once rehearsals started, there was an instant connection.

“Because the piece is so inspired and moving, I feel like we are all coming together in such a personal way,” she said. “There is a wonderful feeling in the room.”

Pellerin, best known for her work on the show Republic of Doyle, said she has really connected with Nellie.

“She has a sixth sense, like she’s living on another plane. I am innately connected to her character,” she said.

“The music is so moving an we have such an amazing cast that I keep catching myself bursting into tears.”

The show is a joint production between Talk is Free Theatre and Vancouver’s Patrick Street Productions.

Tickets are $34 and available through tift.ca or 705-792-1949.