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Director takes some of his own advice

For the first time in 15 years — and the first time since becoming the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre six years ago — Peter Hinton stepped into the spotlight after an actor unexpectedly pulled out of Nativity just as the show opened last week.

You know his name. You’ve likely seen his work.

But you’ve never seen him like this.

For the first time in 15 years — and the first time since becoming the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre six years ago — Peter Hinton stepped into the spotlight after an actor unexpectedly pulled out of Nativity just as the show opened last week.

With only a few days to learn the lines, Hinton, who appeared in three roles for the first time over the weekend, called the experience “on one hand, terrifying, and on another hand, so much fun.”

“I knew the show, and I was familiar with the script and the director, so I could move into it,” he said. As he stepped out on the stage, he “felt both nervous and excited,” he added.

Actors suddenly found themselves on stage with the big boss, which Hinton said was beneficial for everyone.

“It shows them a different side of me,” Hinton said. “And as a director, it’s a great reminder of what I ask them to do, because I have to do it myself.”

Although he’s loving the experience, and it has “piqued my interest to return to the stage,” Hinton — who said he loves and admires actors — said after this, audiences won’t be seeing him in costume again — at least, “not consciously” and “not soon.”

 
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