VA Sightings March 2008 (Part 2)!


Naz Edwards’ Souvenir Continues!

Naz Edwards (Queen Beryl) continues to perform as the singer who can’t sing across Michigan! She is currently in Lansing at the BoarsHead Theatre performing in Souvenir, a musical about Florence Foster Jenkins. She liked to believe she could sing, when in reality she could not. Naz is a very accomplished jazz and cabaret singer, and we wonder how hard it might have been for her to train for this role (or rather, learn how not to sing). We’ve read a few reviews of the show and we have heard that it’s really good, and recommend any fans in the area to go check it out!

Jeff Lumby Plays Showbiz Dad!

Jeff Lumby (Dr. Tomoe) can currently be heard playing Leonard, who is better known as the nerdy father of Ricky Sprocket in Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy! The flash-animated TV show can be seen on both Nickelodeon in the United States, and Teletoon in Canada. The show uses a kid-friendly approach to talk about society’s infatuation with celebrity. Ricky is constantly fighting battles between how he should grow up, and how he should act in the public – or how he should avoid being seen the wrong way by the ruthless paparazzi! Jeff is still a radio host at Dave FM in Cambridge, Ontario. Fans can read his blog, here!

Dennis Akiyama Comes To Degrassi!

Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian TV show which is making waves all over the world. It has been a staple on CTV and has now begun on Nickelodeon’s The N and also the CW. Though sometimes controversial, we think this is a good drama for teenagers to watch as it’s very close to being true-to-life. Degrassi follows high schoolers and the challenges they face in and out of school. In the Season 7 episode “Death or Glory Part II”, school strongboy Gavin “Spinner” Mason was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Dennis Akiyama (Malachite) appeared in the show as the Oncologist (Cancer Doctor) who talks to Spinner about his options for treatment. Fans can check out the episode streaming online at CTV or The N.

Tracey Hoyt Dwells Into the Lives of Hockey Wives…

Tracey Hoyt (Rini #1) appeared on the last episode ever of CBC’s drama http://www.cbc.ca/mvp/. She played, (for the second time in her career) a nurse inj Mad Scramble. Though this time, she was in a more intense situation. The first time she played a nurse was in the movie Godsend, during the delivery of a baby. This time, she played a psychiatric nurse and got to inject tranquilizers into an athlete who was a little delusional. She handled that syringe quite fiercely! If you are in Canada, CBC has all of the episodes streaming online at the official site. We’ll warn our readers though,this series has some mature content.Tracey has also been teaching voice with Pirate Voice. Toronto’s CityTV went over there recently to pick up a few tips, and Tracey was there to teach them! Fans can watch the video they have posted here to see Tracey in action!

… And so did Allison Sealy-Smith!

Allison Sealy-Smith (various Monsters of the Day) also appeared on the episode playing Cadde Lawrence, a psychic who helps another wife in search of a missing child. Allison also appeared in the movie, How She Move. This is a Canadian film about Jamaican dance culture and identity. Allison played Mrs. Davis, and fans can try to spot her in some video clips here. The movie was released on January 25th to only a limited amount of cinemas in Canada. Allison also appeared in Global’s black hairdresser comedy, ‘da Kink in My Hair. The series is based on the play of the same name by Trey Anthony, and was inspired by the many West Indian salons in Toronto’s Eglinton suburb. Trey talked about her inspiration to the National Post last year. Allison played Leanne in the episode Empty Bag Can’t Stand Up . Unfortunately, it seems Global has removed the show from its site, so we can’t provide you a link to watch episodes. We can link you to a trailer, where you can spot the short-haired Allison Sealy-Smith for a quick second!


Julie Lemieux on Global Warming Cartoon!

Julie Lemieux (Sammy, Peruru, Young Darien) was heard as the voice of Becky Sue in the movie Chilly Beach: The World Is Hot Enough. It was just released on DVD , and follows the successful 3-season Canadian series all about life in the way-up-North!. Canucks Dale and Frank are tired (like we all are) of Canada’s infamous deep-freeze winters. So they experiment with climate control, but end up destroying the planet in the process. Now it’s up to them to go back in time and undo the damage before they do it! We hope to catch it soon, as we’ve mostly seen Julie play younger male roles more than she has female roles.

More VAs Appear on Little Mosque on the Prairie!

Last season, Maria Vacratsis appeared on the groundbreaking comedy, Little Mosque on the Prairie!. Now, it seems two more VAs have visited Mercy, Saskatchewan. These include David Huband (Serena’s Dad) playing a Radio Manager in Crush and Meet J.J., and Norma Dell’Agnese (Prisma) who played the hairdresser Marsha in the episode, Wheat Week.Martha has blinds in her windows, which allows for Muslim women to get a haircut without men seeing them without their Hijab. Of course, things change when Martha takes away the blinds. David plays the manager of Mercy’s only radio station, and is easily swayed from making decisions by getting bribes from Fred, the disc jockey who is desperate to save his job. It seems this show is airing all over the world these days except for the United States. We recommend fans look around for episodes posted on Youtube or Veoh to catch these VAs in action! Fans may be interested to know that while the show still features lots of shots of Regina and area, the production moved to Toronto after the pilot episodes were shot. In the first season, you may have noticed shots of the “Novia Cafe” – the Cafe actually exists and is one of the greasiest places to eat in the city!

Wendy Lyon in Two Movies!

Wendy Lyon (Queen Serenity)had a role playing Luanne in Kaw, a Canadian film about ravens that attack a small town. The indie flick also stars Sean Patrick Flannery. From the reviews of this movie that we’ve read, it didn’t have more to the plot than that and it was not very well received. For those of you adventurous enough to watch it, the movie is on DVD. Wendy can also be seen in a TV Movie based on the horrible Mayerthorpe Incident in 2005. Four RCMP officers visited the tiny town of Mayerthorpe in the hopes of capturing a farmer who was growing marijuana in a barn. Unfortunately, the farmer shot and killed all four officers in an attempt to evade the law. The movie aired in February on CTV, featuring Wendy as Sally Ranfield.

And Now, We Leave You With…

A wonderful performance from Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailors Mars & Venus #2)! Here she is singing O Pato on Quebec’s Belle et Bum show! Check out her blog to learn all about what she’s been up to! We wish you the best of luck Emilie-Claire – the National Jazz Awards are just around the corner!

BIG, BIG VA NEWS!

Ferrets Anyone?

Ferretina has been on my radar since 2003, and year after year I had heard a rumor that it was going to be released. Unfortunately, this film took a very long time to animate, and information on it was scarce, aside from a few promotional images on animators’ portfolios, and brief mentions of it on Roland Parliament’s (Melvin and ADR director), Terri Hawkes’ (Sailor Moon #2) and Stephanie Beard’s (Rini #2) webpages. A few days ago, we stumbled upon a newly resurrected website for the movie, and we were astounded by the images we have seen! Up until now, the only information I had was that the movie was about a family of ferrets, it was produced in New York and Toronto, and that Roland Parliament directed and starred as Fritter the Field Mouse, Stephanie Beard played Souffle, and Terri Hawkes played Roxie. Well, now that the website is up, we can definitely confirm that several VAs are in the film (though we wonder where Terri’s credit went). Jeff Lumby (Professor Tomoe) plays Stretch, Tony Daniels (Wiseman) plays Goulash, Julie Lemieux (Sammy, Peruru) plays Izzy, Susan Roman (Sailor Jupiter) plays Archer, Jennifer Gould (Himeko Nayotake, Sailor Saturn) plays Garlika, and Stephanie Beard plays Souffle! If you do not wish to be spoiled, we advise you NOT to click on synopsis. This looks like it could be a very heartwarming film, and is poised to put Canada on the map for voice talent! We’re also curious if this Michael Eisner listed on the credits is the same Michael Eisner who once was the CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Other Canadian stars include Patrick McKenna, better known as Harold from the Red Green Show (which also starred Jeff Lumby) and Mark Ellis of Canadian television fame, who is better known as Stephanie Morgenstern’s (Sailor Venus) husband. We hope to bring you more information on this as soon as we know, but we have a feeling that a release for this movie is just around the corner!

And Speaking of Stephanie Morgenstern…

It appears that her and Mark’s pilot has been successful in their pitch to CTV and has been given picked up for a 13 episode run on CTV! Though it seems the title has been changed from Critical Incident to Sniper. We wish both of them the best of luck with this new venture which begins shooting in the Spring of this year.

All in all, the VAs have started 2008 with a bang! This is shaping up to be a very good year for the stars of Sailor Moon!

Three Quick Sightings and Looking for a Guest Writer

Do you have what it takes?

Hey fans. We’ll be expanding these sightings all a bit later but there’s one coming up that I need to get out ASAP.

☼ Robert Tinkler (Rubeus, Pupuran) is going to appear on ABC’s new fall sitcom Notes from the Underbelly . He will be playing Ben – I am unsure whether this is a voice or a live action role. ABC is going to show a sneak peak of the pilot this Thursday evening (check your local listings)!

☼ Jeff Lumby (Dr. Tomoe) is the new host of the Morning Radio Show on
Dave FM in Ontario . We’ll be listening to it soon (once one of us can wake up in our oddball timezones)!

We are currently looking for a reader in Europe that has access to the beta version of Joost – we acquired a token recently and are very impressed. However we North Americans don’t get Gong ! We’d love to hear from someone in Europe who has tried the service and what they think about it (and if it holds potential for North America)! Please contact us at moonchasers@NOSPAMPLZKTHXgmail.com . Previous freelance journalism experience is recommended but not required.

And just for kicks, you be the judge!

Here is the opening for the recently premiered tokusatsu comedyBishoujo Celeb Panchanne (keep in mind the same director of PGSM, Masataka Takamaru is directing this series):

Here is the opening for the tokusatsu we hope you’ve all heard of by now, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (spot the similarities!):

And here’s an older tokusatsu we were notified about earlier, and we think this may be a near remake of this series! Reader Adam DuVall told us of an older tokusatsu from the early nineties called Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine, and we can’t help but notice the alarming similarities between the two series!