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The Music Man, Scarborough Music Theatre

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The Music Man,( Scarborough Music Theatre)

Music man

Director: Carol Wells
Musical Director: Anita Moore
Choreographer: Sabrina Hooper
Producers: Sheri Kowalski and Rhoda Silzer
Stage Managers:  Dot Routledge and Ndola Hutton

The Music Man is a fantastic musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The show's success led to revivals, including a long-running 2000 Broadway revival, a popular 1962 film adaptation and a 2003 television remake.  


STORY: In July 1912, fast-talking traveling salesman “Professor” Harold Hill is known among his peers as a master of getting folks to fall hook, line, and sinker for his ploy: he presents himself as a music professor, selling band instruments, uniforms, and the idea of starting a band – and ensuring he skips town with the funds before he has to make good on the promise. He comes to River City, Iowa, a town known to be especially cool toward strangers. Harold soon enchants nearly the entire town apart from Marian Paroo, the local librarian and part-time piano teacher. The rest of the story takes us on a journey involving a change of heart for every character as each of them, even Harold, realize that attitudes can soften and nothing is as black-and-white as we may believe.

INFO NIGHT:  Tuesday, May 10   7:30pm

AUDITIONS:  Thursday, May 26, 2016  7:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday, May 28, 2016  10:00am to 5:00 pm
Monday, May 30, 2016  7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

CALL-BACKS:  Sunday, June 12, 2016:  1:00 pm to 8:00 pm  

AUDITION/CALL-BACK LOCATION:   SMT’s Unit, “The Estate” — 51 Estate Drive, Scarborough, ON (Progress and Markham)

Rehearsals begin Monday, August 22, 2016 and then continue:
Mondays   7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Wednesdays   7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Sundays    1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Some additional or longer rehearsals will be held once the production has moved to the theatre. Rehearsals are as follows:
Sunday, October 23, 2016 (Move In Day) – 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 (Sitzprobe and Q2Q Technical Rehearsal) – 10:00am – 9:00pm
Monday, October 31, 2016 (Technical Dress Rehearsal) – 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (Dress Rehearsal) – 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (Final Dress Rehearsal) – 6:30pm – 11:00pm

PERFORMANCE DATES:   November 3-6, 10-13, 17-19, 2016
The two Sunday performances (Nov 6 and 13) and the final Saturday performance (Nov 19) are matinées at 2:00 pm; all other performances are at 8:00 pm. Additional performances may be scheduled on November 9 (evening) or November 16 (evening).

PERFORMANCE LOCATION:  Scarborough Village Theatre, 3300 Kingston Road (NE corner of Kingston and Markham)

1. Everyone auditioning should prepare a song from a musical - please NO songs from The Music Man or rock musicals; an accompanist will be provided, please bring a clean, clear copy of your music in the correct key.  No ipads or recorded tracks! Keep the vocal range/style of the character you’re auditioning for in mind.
2. Everyone auditioning should prepare a short monologue or a story/joke; please know your material well enough to do some easy improvisation work using the text of your piece.
3. Everyone auditioning must participate in a group movement/dance audition. Please bring comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (no bare feet, sock feet, or stilettos), and plan to take some time to stretch.
CALL-BACK AUDITIONS: Sunday, June 12, 2016 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Although call-back auditions are scheduled for 7 hours on June 12, individuals called back will be given a schedule specific to the characters for which they are being considered; this schedule will be communicated to each performer by e-mail by Wednesday, June 1. People auditioning should inform the producers, at the time of their first audition, if there is any time on that day during which they are unavailable. 
If called back for a role (or roles), actors will be asked to prepare specific scenes and musical selections from the show. These will be sent via email along with callback notifications.

The Music Man includes many interesting roles – both principal and ensemble – for both men and women. There is opportunity for casting individuals from a wide range of ages. The majority of cast members will be expected to sing and move well.  

Please note that age ranges given in the descriptions indicate appearance onstage as opposed to actor’s chronological age. If there is an accent/speech style requirement it is noted below.
Approx. 20 men and women, including:

Marian Paroo (25 – 35, Soprano, Low G to High G): The town librarian and part-time piano teacher and an “old maid” by 1912 standards. Starts off very no-nonsense and stern, highly protective of her own standards and the people she cares about, but transforms into an open, trusting romantic lead. She also has an air of confidence and maturity that ultimately draws Harold to fall for her. Must have a beautiful lyrical voice and ability to move well.

Mrs. Paroo (40+, Mezzo-Soprano/Belt, Middle C to High E flat; Irish Accent) Straight-talking but deeply caring mother of Marian and Winthrop. A widow, she’s concerned that her daughter will end up alone and urges her to be less idealistic about life. Good sense of rhythm and ability to act through singing.

Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn (40+, ensemble singing) The mayor’s wife, who considers herself the grand dame of River City. Requires great comic timing, including some physical comedy.

Alma Hix, Mrs. Squires, Maud Dunlop, Ethel Toffelmeier (25+, ensemble singing) These are the “Pick-a-little” ladies, Eulalie’s gossipy little group who disapprove of Marian. Great acting, singing, and movement opportunities as they also transform into Eulalie’s “interpretive ballet” troupe.

Harold Hill (30+, Baritone, Low B flat to High F) An incredibly charming and smooth-talking con man who can switch gears on a dime and turn every situation to his advantage. He commands the entire stage as easily as he commands the attention and belief of the people he sells to. Exceptional sense of rhythm and musicality required, as well as the acting ability to evolve from a lovable rogue to a genuinely caring and self-reflective romantic lead.

Mayor Shinn. (40+, ensemble singing) A blustery, self-important pillar of the community who takes himself very seriously. He’s also a rather weather-beaten father of a family full of female drama. 

Marcellus Washburn (25+: Tenor, Low G to High A) A former cohort of Harold’s, he has since “gone straight” and settled down in River City. A classic “sidekick” in whom Harold can confide. Good comic timing and good movement needed, as he leads the cast in one of the full-group dance numbers. 

Charlie Cowell (18+, ensemble singing) A bitter, angry salesman who has been burned by the aftermath of Harold Hill’s scheme in other towns. This actor will likely double as a River City citizen. 

Ewart Dunlop, Oliver Hix, Jacey Squires, Olin Britt (The School Board) (18+, Jacey - Tenor I: B below middle C to high B; Ewart - Tenor II: D flat below middle C to high G; Oliver – Baritone: low C sharp to F sharp above middle C; Olin – Bass: low F sharp to B just below middle C) A highlight of the show, these men sing several beautiful barbershop numbers and add comedy through their ongoing squabbling that is instantly dissolved when they sing. These actors will also be included in scenes and movement numbers involving the townsfolk.

Townspeople of River City (All ages, ensemble singing) Most of the ensemble roles include some speaking parts and some solo singing as well as movement in larger musical numbers. They are integral to providing the feel of a closely-knit town and undergo a tangible character development arc over the course of the story.

2 children and 6 youths
Winthrop Paroo (Middle C to High E flat, unchanged voice) Marian’s young brother, who faces several challenges as he is not only self-conscious about his lisp but has also become socially withdrawn after the death of his father. Harold Hill’s presence completely changes him; he comes out of his shell and becomes confident and happy.

Amaryllis (Middle C to High E, piano playing skill an asset but not necessity) Young piano student of Marian’s. She is a nice girl but has a habit of being too honest at times!

Zaneeta Shinn (teen, strong dancer) The mayor’s daughter, rather giggly and prone to teenage drama. She has a crush on Tommy, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Good acting skills are needed as she anchors one of the running gags of the show.

Tommy Djilas (teen, strong dancer) The teen heartthrob of the show, he has a crush on Zaneeta. He starts out as the town trouble-maker, but becomes a dependable and earnest young man.

Gracie Shinn (youth, younger than Zaneeta) Zaneeta’s sister, who adds to the Shinn family antics as a tattle-tale.

Ensemble Youths (ensemble singing) These performers need strong movement skills and excellent sense of rhythm. They contribute to the strong identity of River City but also help reinforce the energy that begins to swell up in the townsfolk as Harold begins to change their lives.

To book an audition, contact  Please indicate your preference of audition date/time and any role(s) you are interested in auditioning for.



Much ado about nothing, Unit 102 Theatre Company

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Much ado about nothing (Unit 102 Theatre Company)

Auditions:  Tuesday, April 5, Wednesday, April 6



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Unit 102 Theatre Company and Leroy Street Theatre are holding auditions for our upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  The show will be running from June 13 – June 26 at the Majlis Art Garden in sunny downtown Toronto. We are looking for male and female actors of all ages.

If you would like to be a part of this midsummer magic, please prepare a monologue from the play.  We suggest you read the play first.  It can be any monologue from any character you feel you have some affinity for.  Please note that the parts of Benedick and Beatrice have been cast but feel free to use one of their monologues if you like.  You should also not feel restricted by gender in your choice.  Basically pick anything that you like.  You may also bring another monologue by Shakespeare if you are so inclined.  We may ask to hear it.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6.  If you would like to secure a spot email us with your picture and resume at

Hope to see you soon!

The Goat,or Who is Sylvia?, Leroy Street Theatre

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The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Leroy Street Theatre)

Auditions:  April 2, 2016 (Location TBA)

Callbacks:  April 3, 2016



Leroy Street Theatre will be holding auditions for Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia? April 2, 2016 (Location TBA). Please be aware that call backs will be held April 3.

The Goat opens at Unit 102 May 26th and closes June 9th. Rehearsals begin mid April.

Please send submissions and/or inquiries to

Leroy Street Theatre's productions are profit share.

Equity and non-equity artists will be considered.


🐐MARTIN: 40-55. A successful architect, liberal and stylish

🐐STEVIE: 35-55. His wife, confident and grounded

🐐ROSS: 35-55. A television interviewer and longtime friend of Martin and family- generous and friendly.

🐐BILLY: 16-20. Martin and Stevie's son. Healthy relationship with parents, highly emotional.


The White Sheep of the Family, Scarborough Theatre Guild

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The White Sheep of the Family (Scarborough Theatre Guild)

Auditions:  April 4 - 5

Callbacks (if required):  April 9

Scarborough Theatre Guild Auditions for
The White Sheep of the Family

By L. Du Garde Peach & Ian Hay

Director: Andy Pandoff

Producer: Alison Overington

Stage Manager: Julie McLaughlin

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. New York


Monday, April 4, 2016 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CALLBACKS (if required)

Saturday, April 9, 2016 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Scarborough Theatre Guild Rehearsal Unit – 2105 Midland Avenue, Unit 16, Scarborough, Ontario
(the building is immediately north of the Midland LRT station on east side, south of Progress. The unit and both driveway exits face Cosentino Drive)


Commence: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Continue: Tuesdays &Thursdays: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sundays 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


June 23-25 Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 pm

June 30, July 1-2 Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 pm

July 3 Sunday Matinée – 2 pm

July 7-8 Thursday, Friday – 8 pm

July 9 Saturday Matinée – 2 pm

All performances at Scarborough Village Theatre (3600 Kingston Road at Markham Road, Scarborough).


The Winter family of Hampstead are enduring the proverbial family nightmare: the son and heir to the family business has turned his back on tradition and has abandoned the career of generations of his forebears. All for a woman! This is a lovely twist of a familiar tale when the family business is revealed. The title actually gives it away.


A one-to-two minute monologue of your choice is recommended. If you do not have a monologue, selected cold readings will be provided at the audition. At the callback, you will be asked to read from the script with other actors.


It is recommended that you read the play before auditioning. The script is on reserve at the Performing Arts Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, and at the Community Desk of the Toronto Public Library, Cedarbrae Branch, at 545 Markham Road in Scarborough.


For information, to book an audition time, or to cancel your audition time in advance, please contact Alison Overington at 416 839-9549 or If you must cancel on your audition night, please call the STG unit at 416 439 5349.

This production is Non Paying/Non Equity

Character and role Description

James Winter, J.P. - Current patriarch of the Winter clan. Proud and very accomplished in the skills of their trade.

Peter Winter - James’ son, an up-and-coming talent who, sadly, wishes to leave the family business.

Alice Winter - James’ wife. Equally adept at the tricks of the trade.

Pat Winter - James and Alice’s daughter. Also a rising star in the business

Janet - The household maid and a protégé of sorts.

Angela - Peter’s fiancée. Very pretty and outgoing.

John Preston - Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Sam Jackson - A “business associate” of the Winter family

The Vicar - Quite hard of hearing, and distracted..

Casting will be done based on relative ages, (father to son, for example), chemistry, and physical compatibility


Opening night, Nags Players

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Opening night (Nags Players)

Auditions:  March 8, 2016, 7-9:30 PM

Callbacks (if required):  Thursday, March 10


Audition date: March 8, 2016 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Callbacks (if required) Thursday, March 10
Location: Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto M5S 1Y2. Closest subway: Spadina or Bathurst.
IMPORTANT: Please e-mail Nags Auditions if you wish to attend the audition.
Format: This is an open call audition. The audition format will be a cold read of the play. You don't need to send/bring a resume/photo, and you don't need to make an appointment or prepare anything.
Characters required: Jack Tidsdale (male, 45) - A varnish salesman and sports lover. On the night of his 25th wedding anniversary, he’d rather be at home watching the World Series.
Ruth Tidsdale (female, 45) - An accountant and Jack’s wife. She hopes that a night out with hubby on their anniversary might rekindle their former romantic flame.
Richard Hyde-Finch (male, 35-45) - The play’s director. Condescending and distracted by the opening of his show, he gives little attention to his long-time partner’s needs and the actors who seek his approval.
Cilla Fraser (female, 35) - Richard’s long-time girlfriend, frustrated by Richard’s refusal to commit to their relationship.
Michael Craig (male, 40-50) - A down-on-his-luck stage and screen actor looking to make a comeback.
Clayton Fry (male, 40-50) - An aging British stage actor and lead actor in the show.
Libby Husniak (female, 20-25) - An ingénue and lead actress in the show.
Tom Delaney (male, 20-25) - A waiter and aspiring actor.
Rehearsals: First read-through: Sunday, March 13. 1-4 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:30 – 9:30 pm: Sundays: 1 to 5 pm.
Performance dates: April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Performance location: Tranzac Stage, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto
Additional information: E-mail the Director

Dance Animals

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Dance Animals dance and monologue auditions.

There is no specific script for this two-part audition. If you pass the dance audition you will be required to write and perform a 1-2 minute monologue.

We have many  excellent resources to support this:

monologues for men
monologues for women
Canadian monologues
monologues for teen and youth
multicultural and LGBTQ monologues
monologues and scene books


DANCE ANIMAL, the world’s only comedic-dance-tribe, is looking to cast 7 leads (4
males & 3 females) and 2 understudies (1 male & 1 female) for our Toronto Fringe
Festival production (June 29th - July 10th 2016).
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO AUDITION. We are not looking for the best
dancers but rather the most sparkling personalities. Natural co-ordination, strong face
work and any kind of movement/athletics in your background will be an asset. Union
and non-union welcome. All shapes, sizes, sexual orientations and ethnicities are
encouraged to audition.

Dance Animal mixes the high camp of musical-theatre dance routines with sketch
comedy and character monologues. Accolades include winners of the Just for Laughs
“Best Comedy” Award and the Cirque du Soleil “Best Original Creation” Award.

Dance auditions will be on Wednesday, March 2nd from 2:00-5:00 in the gym at Trinity
St Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor St West). You will either be assigned to attend
between 2:00-3:30 or 3:30-5:00.
Those who make it past the dance audition will be asked to return for a monologue
audition (date/location tba). You will need to write a 1-2 minute monologue as your
Dance Animal character.
Rehearsals begin in March. To build your fitness, we will be working 2-3 times a week
until the Fringe.

For an audition slot, please send your resume and head shot to Robin Henderson at by Monday February 29th. Please bring a hard copy
of both your resume and head shot to the audition. Union and non-union welcome.
Equity members will be engaged under the Festival Policy.

More information on Dance Animal at or facebook/danceanimal.

The Love List, Bruce County Playhouse

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The Love List, by Norm Foster. Bruce County Playhouse.  

We just had an request for this play - the actor said auditions are coming up week of Feb 20th - Feb 28th.  We're keeping the play at the Arts Department information desk 5th floor Toronto Reference Library.

Contact the theatre for more information


Call for Directors (for Alumnae's 2016/2017 season)

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Call for Directors (for Alumnae's 2016/2017 season)

The Alumnae Theatre Company is inviting stage directors to submit proposals for any of the three (fabulous) Mainstage shows in our 2016/2017 season.

THIS by Melissa Jane Gibson
September 16-October 1, 2016

The Gut Girls by Sarah Daniels
(our annual retrospective choice, first presented in Alumnae's 1997/1998 season)
January 20-February 4, 2017

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
April 7-22, 2017

Deadline: Thursday February 11, 2016 by 11:59pm. Early submission encouraged.

Interview dates: February 16-25, 2106 (dates TBA; location: Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley St.)

Scripts: Reading copies are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor, Performing Arts Desk

Contact: Joanne Williams at

What we need: Please send your CV and a brief (max. 6 sentence) letter that summarizes both your directing experience and your interest in one of the programmed plays to no later than February 11 at 11:59pm. Early submissions encouraged. Include your name and the play title you are interested in pitching to direct in the email subject line.  
Directors selected for an interview will be asked to prepare a proposal outlining your ideas for a full production. A template detailing what the proposal should include will be provided. A written version will be due no later than February 14.

Notes: This is a non-Equity/ACTRA and non-paying engagement. 
We love our Equity/ACTRA friends, but have no budget to pay your fees. Alumnae is a volunteer-run nonprofit theatre company.
 Previous experience with Alumnae is not required.
Directors of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply, as are those from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Wait Until Dark - play found again! (Bygone Theatre)

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Our copy of Wait until Dark had gone missing for a few days - but through diligent staff detective work it's been found and is now available again to be used in library.

Wait until Dark (Bygone Theatre)

Audition deadline:  February 1st (5 PM)

Company: Bygone Theatre
Production: “Wait Until Dark” written by Frederick Knott
Director: Emily Dix
Project Type: Theatre; non-union, profit share
Audition Deadline: February 1st, 5:00pm
Rehearsals Begin: February 8, 2016
Show Dates: April 14-16th, 2016 (5 performances)
How to Apply: Send a recent headshot & artistic resume to director Emily Dix at, with the subject line: "Wait Until Dark Auditions", no later than 5:00PM ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016. Those selected to audition will be contacted via email to arrange a time.
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends. (from Dramatist Play Service website).
ROAT: Lead, male, mid 30s - 50s, murderer & thief, intelligent, actor must be able to do a few distinct voices.
SUSY: Lead, female, mid 20s - early 30s, blind, a housewife (married to Sam).
MIKE: Supporting, male, mid 20s - early 30s, con artist recently released from jail. Not a totally bad guy, but very manipulative.
CARLINO: Supporting, male, mid 20s - early 30s, con artist.
SAM: Supporting, male, mid 20s - mid 30s, photographer, ex-marine, Susy's husband.
GLORIA: Supporting, young girl, around 10 (**open to casting a child or a young looking woman, children under 18 must have parental consent). Stubborn & strong-willed.
POLICE OFFICERS (2): Minor, male preferred but open to female, 25+

Bygone Theatre encourages actors of all backgrounds & ethnicities to apply.    


Of Mice and Men, Unit 102

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Of Mice and Men (Unit 102 Actors Company)


*************************AUDITION NOTICE**************************

UNIT 102 ACTORS COMPANY Will be producing John Steinbeck’s critically acclaimed play

*************************OF MICE AND MEN****************************


We will be holding auditions
FEBRUARY 9TH AND 10TH — for our late April/MAY production.
This audition is open to both UNION and NON UNION Actors

Please read the breakdowns below and submit yourself for the role(s) desired. Please keep in mind that you don’t have to fall into the specified age ranges but you MUST be able to play within them.
Please do your research into the time period and the play before submitting. DO NOT watch the film, we are not looking for actors to mimc the performances that have come before them.

CROOKS - Black male between the ages 30 - 60. We are looking at a wide age range of actors for this role. Please do your research into the time period and the play itself before submitting. Crooks should have the physicality of someone who suffers from a back injury. Hunched over maybe but a definite physical disability. He is the only black man in a very white world.

SLIM - Male, caucasian, between the ages of 30 - 40s. Slim should have kindness and gravitas He should be tall and slender.

CANDY - Male, caucasian, over the age of 50, or can at least play older. He also carries with him the physical disability of losing his hand. Candy might be the oldest but still has a child like manner to him.

CURLY - Male, caucasian 20 - 25. Young and hotheaded, Curly should be stout with a chip on his shoulder, for what he lacks in size he makes up for with bravado.

CURLEY’S WIFE - 18 - 25. She wears her sexuality on her sleeve but its a cover for her loneliness in a male dominated world. Once again look at the time period.

THE BOSS - 40s - 60s The landlord/manager of the farm, he has an intimidating presence born out of necessity, not nature. He takes pride in his job and runs a tight ship.

CARLSON - 20’s - 50’s We will see a wide age range of actors for this role. He is one of the crew. Hard worker, maybe a little rambunctious. He’s been on the farm for long enough to know how things work.

WHIT - 30’s - 40’s Much like Carlson he has been on the farm for a while and knows what’s what, he’s a bit softer with his approach but takes no bullshit at the same time.


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