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Local actor pens one chapter of a book about performing artists and the pandemic

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An Iroquois Falls born and raised actor is one of 32 authors contributing to a book about how performing artists have made it through the pandemic.

Tré Shields turns 26 on Tuesday.  He performs as a knight at Medieval Times in Toronto.

Shields was laid off in March 2020, returning this past April to train for a full return to a performance schedule in July.

His says what’s cool about the book “The Stage Light Flickers” is that contributions include songs, poems and acting scripts.  He did his podcast- or audiobook-style.

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“When you’re reading my section it’s almost like I’m talking to you, so I’m giving you like a very raw interpretation of how it affected me and like my experience through it,” he tells My Cochrane Now Dot Com.

The actor He spent some time in Iroquois Falls with his family, and says his parents suggested he could get a job there. That put his dream up against reality.

“You know, I’m in Toronto to be an actor, to be a performer, it’s been my dream forever,” he states. “But then there was moments where I was like ‘you know, I could just get a job here (I.F.) and live the simple life.”

He wasn’t ready to let COVID-19 derail his dream.

For the full interview with Tré Shields, listen here:

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