Just a note to say how much I enjoyed yesterday’s tour — you really have put together quite the magical little experience there! And special kudos go to Serene Rain (aka Alison) as she really made the ride an event — with a dozen more like her you could take over the world! Give that girl a raise (and, no, she didn’t tell me to say that).
-patron of the Magic Bus writing to Antenna Theatre
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS OF BOEING BOEING:
"....Berthe (delightfully depicted by Whismore) is a quirky, condescending Frenchwoman with little patience for foreigners....The exaggerated acting style is well beyond any Telemundo soap opera and at times verges on commedia dell’arte, especially Berthe." - Marin Independent Journal
"...The cast features some fine performances, especially Whismore as the uncooperative housekeeper. The French accent she constructs for Berthe is just right, and she projects a air of Gallic superiority that playwright Camoletti fashioned for her." - 2016 Talkin Broadway
"Alison Whismore is on his (Mark Vashro's) comedic heels as Berthe, holdover housekeeper from the flat’s previous inhabitant. Whismore, meanwhile, is a master of reaction, adding hand and leg movements that form sidesplitting postures — even if merely wielding a black duster or subtly thumb-twiddling."
- Woody Weingarten, Marinscope contributor
“The cast—Cameron Dodd, Nathan Zabala, Melanie Marshall, Alison Whismore, Rosie Fry and Susannah Wood—make a neat ensemble for the often quick scenes with sharp dialogue and a few direct expositions to the audience… It's a fine Fall entertainment…”
-Berkeley Daily Planet review of "What I Did Last Summer" at Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre
"Once the show begins, the tension between mother and son builds nicely as Charlie (well portrayed by Cameron Dodd) struggles to become his own man…. Alison Whismore in a nicely nuanced performance, however, couldn't be better as the distraught mother. Adding several levels to her performance, Whismore is a joy to watch….Melanie Marshall also gives a solid performance as the long-suffering sister…”
-Contra Costa Times review of "What I Did Last Summer" at Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre
"Alison is sharp and thoughtful; a dedicated and dynamic technician. She is very receptive to adjustments and a bright personality to have around. "
- Benjamin T. Ismael, Director
(Alison) continually impressed me with her dedication to creative and site-tailored project design and lesson planning, and her attention to all aspects of her workshops’ artistic and educational content. Alison’s relationships with site staff were inclusive, respectful and shaped by a clear desire to build effective partnerships at the schools in service of her students.... Her evaluations showed not only strong development and continuity within a well-designed project, but also a very clear reflection of each week’s progress and challenges and genuine self-assessment of her own performance.
Director, UC Davis ArtsBridge
"Alison has great ability as an actress to perform with substance, subtlety and deep character. She is one of the finest directors in Covenant Players. She is able to interpret the truth of the play and translate that on the stage with flair, drama and power... has excellent communication skills with her actors and she is able to enable them to perform to their greatest ability and sometimes beyond...She presents the subject matter in an interesting, lively and communicative manner, using a variety of mediums and involvement with her students. She is able to teach a variety of subjects on the theatre craft, including directing and acting. Alison is one of the most requested teachers and directors by students and actors within the Covenant Player community. She is also an excellent language teacher. Because she is fluent in French, she is able to teach in French as well as in English."
- Pam Cowser, former Supervisor for Covenant Players Europe
Her “Madame Valyana Veil” was bold, impassioned, profound, and relentlessly silly, and the audiences adored her. Alison is also a consummate professional: she consistently came to rehearsal prepared and ready to work, experiment, and try new things, and was definitely in her element as part of a talented ensemble of four actors, with me as director...Alison immediately connected with the audience both young and old from the moment she entered the stage.
- Melanie Smith, Director
“From the moment she auditions, all the way to the final curtain call, Alison Whismore demonstrates that she is a master craftswoman in the art of theater. With keen interpretive skills for the role; creative acting and technical suggestions for the production; Whismore becomes an invaluable member of the cast and, ultimately, a gift to the audience.”
Diane C. Bartlett, Theater Director/Producer
"Alison is passionate about theatre; she is a creative, dynamic and yet focused individual. Her passion is grounded in hard-work, discipline, and a thorough knowledge of her subjects. She has an extremely high standard of organisation and professionalism and these have consistently been hallmarks of the tours and productions she has directed or been part of....She is a skilled communicator. She has exemplary people skills, having traveled with - and managed - diverse theatre tours for the past 22 years. Alison is an individual who requires much of herself and is skilled in “bringing out the best” in those she works with. She is an individual of high moral character, personal integrity and trustworthiness....I have only the highest regard for Alison, as both a colleague, and a friend."
-Debbie Allen, Supervisor, British Isles Office, Covenant Players