For this month, the Winnipeg River Arts Council features actor Daryl Woodbeck from Pinawa. By day, he works at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as an Emergency Preparedness Officer, writing and reviewing policies and training personnel on emergency procedures.
After work, he brings his engaging personality to the Pinawa Players. An actor of long standing, he has honed his skills in plays as diverse as “Lend me A Tanner” (singing opera), “Lafferty’s Wake” (posing as an Irish performer), and, most recently, “Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak” (showcasing his comic timing alongside Myles Drynan, his long-term “partner in mime”).
Woodbeck said, “I love the thrill of being on stage, hearing the reaction of the audience, and knowing the cast has given the audience a new experience.”
His passion for live theatre began in the 1980’s as a backstage worker helping with props, set design, lighting, and sound management in Pinawa. After all this valuable experience, he ventured onto the stage with his first role in “The Nerd” and he has acted in plenty of plays ever since. Both Beausejour’s Haystack Productions and Gillam’s Live Wire Productions have benefitted from his work.