Monday, August 30th, was possibly the big break 17 members of 16 Wing were looking for. These individuals took their first step towards walking down that famous ‘Red Carpet’. Granted it was a tiny step, but a step nonetheless as these volunteers made their acting debut in the Rhombus Media and CBC’s television production, Billy Bishop Goes To War, the famous play written by John Gray and originally performed by Eric Peterson and himself.
These Airmen added a definite sea of blue to the mix of Veterans, Reservists and current members of the Canadian Forces who took part in the filming of the final scene for this TV production.
Although new for most, it was a routine experience for Private Andrew Weathers who originally wanted to be an actor, but opted for life in the Air Force. When asked why he volunteered to be part of this production, Andrew, who has been an extra on such films as Scary Movie 4 and X-Men 3, replied “I like doing it”. His favorite part? “Meeting the actors and meeting the directors”. As for Private Mark Stickel, he thought that “it sounded like it would be fun”. When the program airs, he is planning on watching it with his roommates.
The show, which was directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, will air on CBC on November 10th at 8 p.m.