Editorial — Aug. 9, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Good for Sheldon Bergstrom.

The Prince Albert actor, who is now based in Regina, will take on the larger-than-life role of the Toronto mayor in Rob Ford: The Musical.

If you have heard Bergstrom, who most recently entertained at the Winter Games in Prince Albert you’ll know that he’s a terrific singer with a big voice.

The 42-year-old actor talked to the Daily Herald’s Matt Gardner on Thursday about his hectic time in the spotlight since the announcement that he had the lead role.

He hopes to bring his own flavour to the role while impersonating Ford..

“I’m hoping to get as close to an impersonation of him as possible -- as well giving it a bit of my own flavour at times, of course, because he’s not a singer and this is a musical,” Bergstrom said.

“So I’ll certainly have some moments where I get to be me a little bit. But I know people are going to be expecting to see something similar to what Mr. Ford’s been doing, so I’m going to try and be as close to that as possible.”

The publicity shots he put out that were in character were a pretty good representation of the embattled Toronto mayor.

Let’s hope that the writers never forget that while the character he is portraying has become a caricature, there is a deeply troubled human being at the core of the story. The fun they have with the script should be good-natured and not the garden variety, venomous attacks that you find in comments on many websites.

With the right script, this could be the vehicle to vault the local-boy-makes-good Bergstrom into another level of national fame.

That’s an outcome we can all get behind.

 

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In a Tuesday’s Daily Herald we brought you the heartwarming tale of Stanley and Elbertine Vermette celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary last weekend.

It’s a remarkable number in an age where divorce occurs in four of 10 first marriages and 70,000 couples per year end their marriages in this country.

They joked about Elbertine being a cradle robber -- she is a scandalous year older -- and some of the ups and downs of being married for six-and-a-half decades.

We liked something that Elbertine had to say in the interview with the Daily Herald’s Jodi Schellenberg and it bears repeating.

“Before you know it, the time has gone,” she said. “You don’t really think about the time, especially if you have a family you haven’t got time to think.

“Now when we are older, we have lots of time. We are in our 80s and keeping one another company yet. We can get around and we are very thankful about that, that we can still look after ourselves and our house, with the help of our family of course, but we look after one another all the time, every day.”

It’s a wonderful way of encapsulating how life changes for us. Let’s hope they have many more healthy, happy years ahead of them.

 

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Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Toronto, Regina

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