- Jon Allen
- Jon was born in Norwich, England in 1941. He was educated at Langley School in Norfolk, where he graduated in 1959.
In 1968, he emigrated to Canada and worked for five years with the Malabar Costume Co. in Toronto. In 1973, he and a friend decided to see the world and spent the next 18 months exploring Asia, Australia and Africa.
Soon after his return to Toronto he met his future wife, Ina, a registered nurse whom he married in 1976. In 1981, in a converted school bus, Jon, Ina and their two young children, moved to Mahone Bay, a small town in Nova Scotia.
He became a licensed real estate agent in 1984 and continued in the business until 2001 when he retired and decided to devote all his energies to music and writing (and golf!).
Jon’s love of theatre had been re-ignited in 1993 with the founding of the South Shore Players. He played Bob Cratchit in their first production “A Christmas Carol”. Since then he has been involved in most of their shows as either actor or director.
In 2002, he decided to try his hand at writing a musical. Since his arrival in Nova Scotia, music had become an important part of his life and, in fact in 1990 formed a band called “Midlife Crisis”, which is still going strong! Through that involvement he started writing songs for the band and now with theatre being very much part of his life, writing a musical seemed to be a natural progression.
“Treasure Island” seemed a wonderful “vehicle” to adapt into a musical and on March 31st, 2006 at the Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, “Gentlemen of Fortune” opened.
Jon has now completed an original English farce which he hopes will be performed in the near future! And, together with Dave Brumwell, other “projects” are in the works.
Born in 1952, Dave is married to Sue and they have two children and three grandchildren. He believes life is a rich tapestry to be enjoyed and has experienced many wonderful moments. Dave and Sue ran a garden machinery business just outside Tenby in Wales for 24 years prior to immigrating to Nova Scotia in 2004. Right now he and Sue run “Bluestone Magik and Enchanted Crystal” gift shop in Mahone Bay.
Dave is a resident of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia and has been writing music, stories and comedy sketches for many years. Having now turned his hand to writing stage plays, he is enjoying the challenge very much. His fantasy musical, “Desmond the Despicable”, premiered on November 30th, 2007 at the Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg. The seven performance run saw large audiences and was highly successful financially for the ‘South Shore Player’ theatre group.
In early 2008 Dave, Jon Allen and Vince Morash, initiated the “Summer Troupe”, which has put on “Glimpses” of Lunenburg in the ‘Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic’ ever since. The summer long show has been an incredible success and has been enjoyed by people from right across the globe receiving widespread acclaim. Last year saw record audiences and 2011 will see the start of its fourth year.
Also in 2008, Dave began writing ‘That Penis Thing’, a rather risqué title for a risqué show. The show was first taken on the road in the spring of 2009 and has been performed in many varied venues. Up to the beginning of 2011 when it starts its third year, the show has made nearly $30,000 for local community projects. This also meant the on-set of a new theatre group called ‘The Something Completely Different Players’. Dave thought that the name suited the show well as he sees the content as very ‘Monty Pythonesque’.
2009 saw Dave and Jon Allen working together again. This time having a lot of fun plotting and writing a Christmas Pantomime production of ‘The Three Musketeers’. It took to the stage in Lunenburg’s Pearl Theatre in November of that year and again received large audiences and box office success.
During 2010 and 2011 Dave got together with John Letson to write the ‘Pirate Bay‘ scripts for the ‘Mahone Bay Pirate Festival and Regatta’. He is also writing the second production of ‘That Penis Thing’ called ‘The Second Coming’ and constantly re-writing skits and songs for ‘Glimpses’.
Dave is a member of ‘South Shore Players’ and ‘Have a Laugh Players’ theatre groups. He is also a founder member of ‘The Summer Troupe’ and ‘Something Completely Different Players’ theatre groups.