History is Dramatic

One of the many hats I wear is shaped like a bonnet – well, at least that’s my usual hat when I’m at the museums. I am a storyteller and sometimes the story I have to tell is that of Toronto’s history at some of the historic house museums. You can learn about my endeavors on my Historical Interpreter page and see more about my historical dramas built for site specifically on my Playwright page

The Toronto History Museums and I have a long standing history (pun intended) of creating experiences for patrons to explore history in a different/immersive way. I have created several theatre-in-situ/site specific stories based on artifacts, letters, diaries, and photographs. Here’s my little piece in the museum magazine about it:
history is dramatic magazine page article front cover of toronto historic sites museum magazine Adrianna in Toronto History Museum Magazine

So fun! I can’t wait to see what our next creation will be 🙂

Getting oldey timey in 1847

Getting oldey timey in 1847

I have this dream to be in a Western movie… maybe it’s because I have spent the last 10 years working in the right time period at the museums I teach and tour at. Maybe it’s because I started to ride horses when I was a kid and grew up to show horses in Hunter/Jumper class or Barrel Races. Maybe it’s because I have been fascinated with archery and single action lever rifles. Maybe it’s because I have always wanted to be a badass woman saving the day. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with Back to the Future part three or Deadwood tv series (because Calamity Jane played by Robin Weigert blew up my heart and mind!)

Whatever the reason, when my friend Ryan Fisher of Rainyfresh Photography wanted to do something other than weddings and I immediately suggest an old Western photoshoot where I could pay homage to the likes of Calamity Jane and badass ladies in general. 

The day before I hung out with my brother at the gun range as we both have our license and trained up on bolt action rifles and pistols, I have to be a markswoman if I’m going to duel at dawn in 1847! Turns out I’m a pretty good shot – look at that grouping and target hits below:

at the gun range with my brother, target practice

And a preview of what’s to come from the photoshoot: here is one of Ryan’s awesome photos of me in my full Calamity Adri costume get up!


Adrianna in a cowgirl costume holding an 1851 colt revolver

Some behind the scenes at the authentic 1847 tavern at Montgomery’s Inn museum (with Ryan from Rainyfresh!)

I can’t wait to show you more! And if you have anywhere from $50k-1m dollars lying around I would be happy to use that to make my film 😉

Voice Over: Drama episode for Misfits Audio

So I had a fun opportunity with Misfits Audio to do some character voice over work as Carley, a car accident victim who is confused by the afterlife. Here check it out:

http://misfitsaudio.com/comments/archives/4435#more-4435 

Young Carley Jeffers experiences the unknown after a tragic accident.

STARRING:

Cast:
Adrianna Prosser as Carley
Alex Zahara as Jack
Eleice Krawiec as Mom
Kyle McDonald as the Doctor

Written by Glenn Hascall.
Directed and mixed by Jim Smagata
Copyright 2017, Misfits Audio. All rights reserved.

Executive Producer and Webmaster: Capt. John Tadrzak.
Art Director: Glenn Hascall.

All the characters portrayed herein are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons – living or dead – is purely coincidental.

 

Watch Canada Story of Us: Episode 4 (mini episode)

Watch Canada Story of Us: Episode 4 (mini episode)

I love history, more over I love me some local Canadian history – to be fair I have been immersed in it since 2007 when I got my first museum job as a Historical Interpreter here in Toronto. But wait! I also did Renaissance Faires and a Pirate Festival before that (which were probably the best summers of my life,) so I feel like anywhere from 1790s up to 1914 I have a fair understanding of what was happening in the Western world. 

But then I got to play a heroine of mine: Kit Coleman who was an Irish immigrant who came to Canada, Toronto in fact, and was a journalist – the first to be a female war correspondent, and a fantastic feminist who challenged people to judge her work by what she wrote rather than what gender she was or what she wore. 

The full episode airs on CBC at 9pm on Sunday April 17, but for now here is a mini-episode with me as Kit!

 

Wearing the badge again

I’m not going to lie, I love getting cast as an officer. Recently I had the chance to be an FBI agent on See No Evil, coming soon to TV.

There is something about being the authority figure and not the victim in stories that I really dig. Maybe because I am a fan of equality and not just having men in places of power, but dang does it feel great to be a powerful woman in front of the camera.

The Last time I was in full uniform was for the CHUM FM commercial I did back in 2014:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEuyPd5b4Gg  

Here’s to many more roles where I bring in the bad guys.

 

Zombies in Love

Zombies in Love

I love a great photo shoot! And even better I LOVE a great photo shoot with my talented friends (and partner!) being zombies in love. Here check it out http://photobyjoh.com/uncategorized/zombie-love/ 

My favourite picture from it is this one: 

 

Zombies in Love
photos by Photos by Joh, http://photobyjoh.com/
make up by Coral Melnyk

I had a lot of fun and I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day knowing this Zombie loves you too <3

Geek is as Geek does

It’s no secret I’m a huge geek. Nerd? There are times when I am both! Like in my latest photoshoot with Photos by Jo (and make-up by Coral who wanted me to really dive into my geek branding as I’m now hosting Geektropolis and of course I said “Affirmative. Engage.” and quickly had a panic attack about which shirt to wear – I have SO MANY geeky t-shirts!

Here’s my Brady Bunch set: Adrianna Prosser in geeky T shirts ona grid

And the best Captain America I can do without fully cosplaying it in camos: 

 

Find Joh on the web: Insta:@photo_by_joh Twitter:@joannahaughton 

Find Coral on the web: https://www.facebook.com/CoralMelnykCreations/ and www.CoralMelnyk.com

 

Rebellious Women: Remount!

Rebellious Women: Remount!

Next year, our great nation will be celebrating 150 years of Canadian history and culture! Now the history nerd in me is going nuts with all the great programming that I know is coming to the museums I work at – but also that I will be in an episode of Canada: The Story of Us on the CBC is exciting!

PLUS: it has been confirmed that my one-woman play about Mrs. Gibson and the women of the Upper Canada Rebellion will be remounted at Gibson House Museum in August!

I’m stoked to look back at this play I wrote back in… oh man, 2010?! Dust it off and send it back into rehearsal/the parlour. It is a site specific piece that tells the woman’s side of what happened in December of 1837…

Rebellious Women: Teasoons Raised
Rebellious Women: Teaspoons Raised

 

“November 1851: In the front parlour of Mrs. Gibson’s newly built home in Willow Dale, a table is set with cake and tea. Mrs. Gibson and her guests: Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, have gathered. Gibson House hosts the three unique women of Willow Dale whose lives were touched by the events of the 1837 Rebellion. Based on letters and journals, discover history through the perspective of the wives, daughters, and mothers of those men who fought for change on Yonge Street.”

 

 

 

More updates on tickets and specifics to come!