A love story both on­stage and off

The stars of Mary’s Wed­ding, Kate Ross and Fraser Els­don, on their real-life love story

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This month, ac­tors Kate Ross and Fraser Els­don will take to the stage at Street­car Crowsnest in

Mary’s Wed­ding. The pair stars as Mary and Char­lie, a young cou­ple whose love story is shaped by the First World War. Lit­tle known fact: Ross and Els­don are a young cou­ple them­selves, whose love story started about a cen­tury af­ter Mary and Char­lie’s.

How they met

Kate: We met at Ge­orge Brown Theatre school. We were in the same class for three years and started dat­ing to­ward the end of sec­ond year. Noth­ing like a few ro­man­tic scene stud­ies to get that spark go­ing!

The first date

Fraser: Well we were friends for a year and a half be­fore we started dat­ing and went on out­ings to­gether that were em­phat­i­cally not dates. Our first of­fi­cial date was a trip to Rain­bow Cinemas Mar­ket Square to see One Week. That movie date was on a Fri­day, and that week­end Katie’s par­ents were away, so we spent the week­end house-sit­ting for them. We were both afraid that we’d get sick of each other if we spent too much time to­gether, but it didn’t hap­pen. We’re still wait­ing.

Mem­o­rable mo­ments

Kate: That first sum­mer, Fraser had plans to live and work in Ire­land. He was set to leave a month and a half af­ter we started dat­ing. One day we went for a walk down Cherry Street, sat on a pier and had a ner­vous con­ver­sa­tion about whether we would stay to­gether for the four months he was away. We were try­ing to be so care­ful, but re­ally we were in love and wanted to be to­gether, and so we agreed, and that was that. Also, one time we had a “night of many bars” where we put our favourite bars on pieces of pa­per and drew them from a hat. We went to four dif­fer­ent bars, ate and drank a bunch and ended up on the bleach­ers at Cen­tral Tech singing “Moulin Rouge” at four in the morn­ing.

The pro­posal

Kate: It hap­pened while we were read­ing our books and drink­ing cof­fee on a blan­ket at Ash­bridges Bay, which is some­thing we love to do, both ordinary and spec­tac­u­lar on a sunny July day.

The wed­ding

Fraser: We got mar­ried in June of 2016 at Run­nymede United Church. The re­cep­tion was at Katie’s fam­ily’s house, the place she grew up. Her par­ents and broth­ers made the yard look beau­ti­ful, and the neigh­bours gra­ciously al­lowed us to tear down part of the fence and use their back­yard as well. There were oys­ters and a big tent and many won­der­ful peo­ple. For our hon­ey­moon we ate and drank our way through Italy for three weeks. Bal­anc­ing ca­reers and mar­riage Kate: We sort of short-cir­cuit that prob­lem by work­ing to­gether when we can. We’ve cre­ated short films to­gether, made theatre to­gether and are cur­rently in re­hearsals for Mary’s Wed­ding, a gor­geous Cana­dian play about love and the First World War.

Shared hob­bies

Fraser: We love to cook to­gether. We have a tiny lit­tle kitchen, but we like be­ing in such close prox­im­ity. Katie re­cently took a Viet­namese cook­ing course at Ge­orge Brown Col­lege, and I’ve been ex­plor­ing Sichuan cook­ing, and we’re learning from each other.

Secret to suc­cess

Kate: We’re lucky in so many ways. We love be­ing around each other, we can talk for hours, we have many of the same ideals. We talk about our re­la­tion­ship a lot, about how we got to­gether and fell in love. If some prob­lem arises be­tween us, we ad­dress it quickly. We both try to be as gen­er­ous as pos­si­ble with our time and en­ergy and strive to think con­stantly about what we can be do­ing for each other.

Life af­ter re­tire­ment

Fraser: Re­tire­ment? Ha! I hope we’re on­stage or on set un­til our dy­ing days, work­ing and creating to­gether.

Mary’s Wed­ding is on at Street­car Crowsnest from Jan. 31 to Feb. 16.

I hope we’re on­stage or on set un­til our dy­ing days.”

Fraser Els­don and Kate Ross will hit the stage to­gether this month

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