Canadian theatre and Broadway performer, Thom Allison, takes the audience on a musical journey from growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to the footlights of the Great White Way and the afterwards – using, exclusively, the canon of the great musical theatre writer/composer, Stephen Sondheim
"I was born in Winnipeg, MB. I knew I was going to be an actor since I was four, but it wasn't until I was 9 that I realized that not everyone wanted the same thing. This prompted me to take my first acting class when I was ten. It was a ten-week course for youth offered by a nearby school. It was here I realized this was really what I wanted to do.
My next endeavour into the acting world didn't come until I was 12. It was a play for children (and the first play I did) called "The Tale of the Red Dragon" for Actor's Showcase (now called Manitoba Theatre for Young People) in which I played various bits (most memorably: half of a 'river'). I then spent two years taking classes at Actor's Showcase.
After spending the next summer doing shows with Fantasy Theatre for Children, I performed and studied there for the next two years. Getting the chance to do a wide variety of parts and styles fostered my ability and affection for character roles.
It was the following year that Manitoba Theatre Centre began an acting program for young people called Manitoba Youth Theatre. This is where I studied for the next two years, (are you sensing a two-year theme? - unintentional, I assure you) getting the chance to learn from some of Winnipeg's most prominent actors. It was also in the middle of these two years that I performed in my first professional show. It was "Sweet Charity" at Rainbow Stage.
In my last year at Manitoba Youth Theatre, I auditioned for and was accepted into Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto where, at 17, I was the youngest student ever to be admitted into the acting program. Moving to Toronto and going to Ryerson, I really began to understand acting and the business."