Cathie Johnson started theatre at the young age of five when her mother saw an ad in the Leduc paper asking if anyone would like to be in a play. That was the start of a love affair with the arts that has lasted almost 40 years. Cathie grew up in “Just For Fun Theatre School; a performance based, triple threat afterschool program for children. The school taught formalize instruction in acting, dancing, singing, puppetry, magic, clowning and musical theatre; but it also offered experiences performing all over the Leduc and Edmonton area. For over ten years Cathie performed in many professional venues, fringe festivals, and enjoyed staring in numerous productions.
In 1990, at age sixteen, she moved to Camrose and discovered that there wasn’t anything offered like the structured and advanced programming she was used to. Theatre was put on hold until the Camrose Scandinavian Festival Program “hired” her to participate in the summer production of The Heartless Troll by Gordon Halfso at the age of seventeen. This led Cathie to attend Augustana University College. Those three years saw Cathie absorbing any and every theatre course and production that would fit into her schedule. Augustana had only a small theatre department so that helped with Cathie learning all facets of theatre and how to build a show. Stage design, building, costuming and stage managing entered into her world and the love of producing entered her life.
After University Cathie traveled, taught and performed in many venues in Britan and upon returning to Canada she was asked to direct for the local community theatre group, Camrose Churchmice. After four great years with Churchmice, Cathie realized that she wanted to bring the same type of inclusive theatre programming for children that she was lucky enough to have been exposed to as a child. So, in the summer of 2005, in an empty bay at the Camrose mall, Cathie started ABOUT TIME PRODUCTIONS. With the help of a local drama teacher they chose young performers from the community that had talent, drive and enthusiasm, to star in the company’s first ever production. Rehearsals and workshops started and ran Monday to Friday for three weeks. The final result was a three act play that performed for five sold out audiences.
That was the beginning of something that the Camrose community got behind with a vengeance. Since the summer of 2005 Cathie`s About Time Productions has grown from a three week production workshop to an afterschool program that runs seven days a week. It also has a theatre season that includes two main stage musicals, two dance/drama productions, one free community Christmas show, graduating student concert, and chances to perform at the many, MANY local Camrose events throughout the year.Where ATP can grow to is unlimited. Already on the horizon is a young adult musical theatre writing summer workshop for 2019, a Beyond ATPtraveling theatre company for our Alumni to start building their professional resume, clowning and magic workshops, and so much more!!! If you are interested in helping to shape the theatre dreams of young artists please join our volunteer board.