Ian’s was a fantastic actor, working through many types plays from Chekhov to Shakespeare. He used his diverse talent for accents and characters to play so many different roles.
A Note from Ian on Theatre
Why I Do Theatre….
LAST SHOW ADDED TO YOUR RESUME:
The Affections of May, though Chekhov and Run for Your Wife are coming up.
LAST SHOW YOU AUDITIONED FOR:
Run For Your Wife
DID YOU GET IT:
Of course I did, the Director wasn’t incompetent
LAST SONG YOU USED AT AN AUDITION:
I hate musicals…. So I’m going to go with Team America:World Police
Anything starring Ian Bruno
I think that one by Wagner that makes you sit there for 12 hours, takes balls to write that much music
FAVORITE ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED, AND FROM WHAT SHOW?:
Robert Castin in Boeing, Boeing…. Pratfalls, women, accents, more falling, and sweater vests
FAVORITE ROLE OVERALL THAT I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY:
Just good karma for the cast to put their hands together in some fashion before a show, that’s when I’ll add something of a “make them laugh”.
YOUR GOAL IN SHOW BUSINESS:
Let my potential be realized along with those with whom I work
WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST SHOW?:
Drama Club Grade 4, The Teddy Bear poem by Shel Silverstein
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A DANCE SOLO?:
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A SINGING SOLO?:
Happens in DropOuts improv all the time.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THE LAST PERSON TO TAKE A BOW?:
Just in a group.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO NY?
HAVE YOU BEEN TO LA?
WHAT’S THE SCARIEST PART OF AN AUDITION?
Nothing. To me it’s all carte blanche.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF AN AUDITION?
Making everyone else look bad…. errrrr…. more like getting into the interp of the play asap and playing with it.
NAME A SHOW YOU WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN:
Night of the Living Dead…. wore too many hats, to much risk for injury, and gun failure, and lighting and set problems, and having just enough cast on the brink, and technical abberrations…. it all worked out in the end to great success, but my little heart can take so much.
NAME A SHOW YOU COULD DO FOR YEARS:
Tony and Tina’s Wedding – As Dom, but not Barry
WHAT ARE YOU AUDITIONING FOR NEXT?
Nothing, I’m working on enough at the moment.
DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PAST CAST MEMBERS?:
From tome to time, I’ll treat none of them like strangers.
ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW IMPORTANT IS GETTING PAID?
Sometimes it’s a 0, sometimes it’s an 11
SOMETHING EMBARRASSING OR UNEXPECTED THAT HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE ON-STAGE?:
Don’t ask me about the Teddy Bear Poem in Grade 4…. It taught me to be prepared.
WHO IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PERSON (ON STAGE OR OFF) THAT YOU HAVE EVER WORKED WITH?:
I am my best ally, and worst enemy. Zen…. innit’?
EVER BEEN NAKED ONSTAGE?:
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN KILLED?:
Shot…. poisoned…. shot…. shot…. poisoned…. blown up and eaten in a zombie feeding frenzy….
Drunken in a bunny outfit, assaulting the romantic leadess…. Also a drunk German Doctor trying to flee
PLAYED SOMEONE HALF YOUR AGE?:
Almost, in a murder mystery
PLAYED SOMEONE TWICE YOUR AGE?:
I will as Chubukov in Chkehov’s The Proposal
I come close in The Affections of May
FIRED A GUN?
Hell yeah…. Actually in a gun battle at a murder mystery, the starter pistol ruptured a coffee cup from the sheer volume and frequency, shattering the mug and hot coffee all over the guest….
Nope…. except in sweat from Boeing, Boeing’s hot lights and sweater vest.
BEEN IN A DREAM SEQUENCE?
BEEN KISSED ON STAGE?
Ummmmm…. yes…. sort of an audition prerequisite.
Drama Club Grade 4 ROLE : The Teddy Bear poem by Shel Silverstein
Entertainment Windsor ROLE :
Chekhov’s The Proposal ROLE : Chubukov
Assumption to host performance of Chekhov shorts
Assumption University’s Centre for Religion and Culture presents a trio of one-act plays by Anton Chekhov, this weekend in Assumption University Chapel.
Barry T. Brodie directs
- The Proposal, with Jeff Bastien, Ian Bruno, and Jacqueline Tinus;
- The Bear, with Bob Chuckman, Kristen Dias, and James Johnson; and
- Swan Song, with Gil Percy and Charles Philips
Performances are at 8 p.m. April 3 and 4, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5. Tickets are $20; $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 519-973-7033, ext. 0.
Night of the living dead ROLE : Co-Director
The Affections of May ROLE :
Survive Another Day ROLE :
Run For Your Wife ROLE :
Bedside Manners ROLE :
Tony and Tina’s Wedding ROLE : Multiple roles, Dom/Barry
Titus Andronicus a la Star Trek: ROLE: Multiple roles, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Bassianus
Bassianus, Act II victim in Titus.
A Fortnight’s Rest ROLE : Bruno
Ian also was in a A Fortnight’s Rest, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1763180/ a film flimed in Windsor
Boeing Boeing ROLE : Robert Castin
Rum Runners Guided tours- ROLE : Yorkie
Ian was known as Yorkie on the the rum runners tour. He entertained many visitors and local Windsorites with a historical voyage of the history of Rum Running in Windsor. He would often randomly in conversation pipe up with interesting facts about rum running with “Did you know…”
Pointing out a place we drove past like a church on Walker and Riverside Drive, he recounted the tale of how Al Capone bought two electric light crosses for the top of the church and it was said if they were lit that it was safe for boats to make passage between Detroit and Windsor.
See him in the intro video for the tour:
Some pictures of him from the tour