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Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Dining Room
Scores of scenes, dozens of characters portray a vanishing class
In February 2017, ACT (a community theatre) will offer a unique theatre experience. Directed by Terry Pratt, The Dining Room will take audience members on a journey through various decades of the 20th century and give them glimpses of upper-middle-class, North American WASP family life, as depicted in short scenes that share a common setting: a dining room.
A.R. Gurney’s play presents a perspective on a vanishing – or indeed, perhaps now completely vanished – social class. While privileged and pretentious, it is one that is also loyal and loving, placing great value on the rituals of eating and talking as a family and holding family councils. The audience will be welcomed into that intimate setting and will witness the intricacies of life in various eras throughout the 20th century.
Another exciting element about the play is the fact that six actors will play 55 characters – that’s eight to ten characters per actor. This poses both a challenge for the actors and a treat for audience members, as they watch familiar faces transform from scene to scene. For ACT newcomer Suzanne Wilkie, one such challenge is remembering that nothing we see is arbitrary and that each scene is “the most important, the most vibrant” in any given character’s life. “Otherwise,” she says, “why would we be showing this snapshot?” Every scene treats the audience to pivotal, intimate moments ordinarily hidden from view.
Performances will be at Le Carrefour Theatre, 2 Acadian Drive, Charlottetown on February 17 and 18 at 7:30pm and February 18 at 2:00 pm, as well as at the Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, on February 4th for a matinee at 2pm Tickets are available on www.ticketwizard.ca
ACT will also stage the play in individual homes in the style of “chamber” theatre – sure to be an immersive experience for those in attendance; these performances have already sold out.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS this weekend - two special features!
Little Shop of Horrors is the perfect musical comedy for Hallowe’en-time — a total eclipse of the sun; the mysterious Audrey II, the plant with attitude and appetite; a Faustian deal with the devil; the plant’s diet of blood; a sadistic leather-jacketed dentist who dies of laughing gas.
As a sort of Hallowe’en celebration, ACT (a community theatre) is offering two special features for the performances this Saturday and Sunday.
There is a special family ticket bargain for the two matinees (2:30 on Saturday and Sunday). The charge for children 14 and under will be just $10. They need to be accompanied by an adult, since the show is considered to have a PG10 rating. That special price is available only at-the-door (which is cash only).
The second special feature is literally a treat: anyone who wears a Hallowe’en costume (without mask) to any one of the Saturday or Sunday performances (whether evening or matinee) will get a candy treat.
Little Shop of Horrors plays this weekend, October 27th to 30th, at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall of Holland College (Weymouth Street in downtown Charlottetown).
Tickets are $28 or $25 (senior, student, limited income), and are available in three ways: at www.ticketpro.ca; from the theatre’s box office (Weymouth St) 902-894-6885; or at the door (cash only).
Information: 902-628-6778, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 23, 2016
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - 4 days till Opening Night
This is it. We’re moving into the theatre … the set gets assembled; the lights get focused; the sound gets checked; the props get placed … dress rehearsal Wednesday … then Thursday, 27 October: opening night!
ACT is mounting an amazing production — a witty sci-fi spoof as musical comedy, with some serious under-themes of abuse and quiet desperation in the lives of ordinary people. The acting is professionally strong; the singing and dancing are exciting and fun; the set literally blossoms … and Audrey II, the astonishing man-eating plant, will steal the show. No wonder there’s such momentum in ticket sales.
The theatre itself is a draw — this is the first big theatrical production in the beautiful new Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College’s downtown campus (Weymouth Street in Charlottetown).
Five performances: evenings (7:30) of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus matinees (2:30) on Saturday and Sunday. It’s perfect entertainment for the Hallowe’en weekend. In fact the Saturday and Sunday shows feature a fun bonus: wear a Hallowe’en costume (without mask) and you get a candy treat.
Tickets are $28/25, at www.ticketpro.ca or at Holland College’s box office (weekdays 10 to 5) - 902-894-6885. Info: call 902-628-6778
Saturday, October 22, 2016
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - 5 days till Opening Night
What a show this is
I’ve just come home from watching a rehearsal of Little Shop of Horrors — the first time with costumes. What a delight!
I can’t get over how professionally polished the show is.
Most of our publicity has featured Audrey II as the star of the show, and there’s no question that she/he/it is fascinating. Thea and Thomas, Laura and Justeann, Charles, Greg and Kevin make this creature live, and the audience will love it.
But I’ve got to say how utterly impressed I am with the strength of the cast and band. The instrumental music is great — nice going, Rowan. The Ronnettes (Lindsay, Alexandra and Jenna Marie) rival the Supremes. Rich’s Mushnik is a perfect sleaze. Steve/Seymour and Robyn/Audrey are wonderfully comic, but they have an emotional depth which surprised me. And Noah’s Orin made me both laugh and clench my teeth tightly. And my gosh, the Company of Street People — what a gang of talented singer-dancers: the big numbers are superb. Morgan has to be very proud of the dancing; Owen and Marti must feel so good about the singing. And Peter, of course — what a creation.
It’s not just a fun musical comedy, I’m realizing: the acting, from leads to chorus to animate plant is really, really good. We’ve got excellent theatre going on here. Can’t wait for opening night on Thursday!
Saturday, October 15, 2016
TICKETS for LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS
FLASH: Tickets now available at Florence Simmons Box Office
There’s a choice now for getting Little Shop of Horrors tickets
The newly opened Florence Simmons Box Office is now offering ticket purchases either in person or by phone. This is in addition to online purchase at www.ticketpro.ca.
The Box Office is located just inside the main entrance to the Performance Hall of Holland College on Weymouth Street in Charlottetown. It is open weekdays from 10:00 till 5:00 o’clock. The telephone number is 902-894-6885. Tickets are $28 and $25, a portion of which contributes to a scholarship fund.
Little Shop of Horrors is staged by ACT (a community theatre) at the beautiful new Florence Simmons Performance Hall — a Hallowe’en play for the Hallowe’en weekend, October 27th to 30th: evening shows (7:30) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus matinees (2:30) on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s the famous musical comedy with the voracious plant, which sings and dances along with a cast of almost 30 and a pit-band playing a range from rock-n-roll to tender ballad. This is a fun show, suitable for youngsters at a level of about PG10. The Saturday and Sunday shows will be even more fun: wear a Hallowe’en costume (without mask) and you’ll get a candy treat.
Information: 902-628-6778 robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors—with candy!
It’s the perfect Hallowe’en show: Little Shop of Horrors. More than just costumes, it has a scary plant that grows from an almost cuddly seedling into a malevolent monster that measures two metres tall and eats people. The show is a great sci-fi spoof, full of comedy and good music.
And there’s a sweet bonus. Kids (young and old) who come to the Saturday and Sunday performances in a Hallowe’en costume (but no mask) will get a candy treat. It’s good Hallowe’en fun. (Suggested audience: PG 10)
ACT’s five performances of Little Shop of Horrors are presented at the beautiful new Florence Simmons theatre of Holland College, from the 27th to 30th of October: on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30) plus matinees (2:30) on Saturday and Sunday. The treats are a bonus for the Saturday evening and both afternoon shows.
Tickets ($28 and $25) are sold online at www.ticketpro.ca. There is no HST charge. A portion of the price is contributed to Holland College’s Florence Simmons Scholarship fund. Some tickets may be available at the door (if there is not a sell-out).
Information: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Making of a Man-Eater
AUDREY II ready to star in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
That’s right: the star of the show is Audrey II — the plant with Attitude ... and Appetite! There’ll be thirty on-stage performers plus a pit band, but the real eye-catcher will be a plant, one which grows through the show from a wilted seedling to a lively two-metre-tall creature who actually devours some of the actors. Oh yes, this is a wonderfully novel musical comedy!
Audrey II came to Charlottetown after a stage debut in Windsor Ontario. She/he/it was created for Korda Artistic Productions by props professional Deb Erb, with the help of her daughter Jenny. Deb works with a group of theatre designers and artists in Stratford Ontario. She began the months-long construction of the four puppets that are Audrey in her home in Woodstock. When Audrey grew too big, Deb loaded the twelve framing pieces into her car and drove to Korda’s theatre in Windsor, where the building continued in the rear of the audience section. Deb got extra help from a team of Joe Cardinal, Matt Burgess and Jeff Marinate of Korda.
And so Audrey II’s performance career was launched in a dozen shows over January and February of this year. That’s when ACT’s production team heard about the plant. The purchase was made and the puppets were shipped to ACT’s Charlottetown warehouse. Audrey is currently being put through her/his/its paces as five puppeteers and Audrey-voices practise giving life and personality to the plant.
As Little Shop comes to a close, Audrey will have a triumphal climax by sprouting some astonishing extra appendages. But that won’t be the end for these puppets: Audrey will probably not ‘retire’ after the PEI shows. ACT plans to advertise across North America so that another theatre company can make good use of this brilliant creation. Little Shop of Horrors is performed regularly on stages around the world.
ACT’s five performances of Little Shop of Horrors are presented at the beautiful new Florence Simmons theatre of Holland College, from the 27th to 30th of October: on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30) plus matinees (2:30) on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets ($28 and $25) are sold online at www.ticketpro.ca.
Information: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca.
Monday, September 05, 2016
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - TICKETS ON SALE!
They’re (almost) here!
Tickets for ACT’s production of Little Shop of Horrors are on sale as of Friday 9 September. They’re at www.ticketpro.ca … look for the show in the Atlantic region, at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown.
It’s general seating; all seats in this beautiful new theatre are excellent. The price is $28 — or $25 for students, seniors or limited income. There is no HST charge. A portion of the purchase price supports Holland College’s Florence Simmons scholarship fund. Performances: October 27-30th — Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees.
Information: robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca, 902-628-6778
Friday, August 26, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors - Rehearsals under way
Taking strong shape after just a week and a half!
Stopped into the Beach House Wednesday evening to catch some of the vocal rehearsal. Wow! Already Owen and Marti, the principals and the chorus, are getting a wonderful sound together. I couldn’t get the driving beat and catchy lyrics of “Skid Row” out of my head next morning!
Director Peter reports that things are coming together impressively.
And you should see Lindsay, Jenna Marie and Alexandra dance!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Beach House Rejuvenation
A cosmetic upgrade for our warehouse
The Beach House is getting a new look this week (August 15-20), as a gang of volunteers make minor repairs and paint the exterior—dark brown with grey trim.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
DON’T FEED THE PLANT!
Cast chosen ... Preparations well under way for Little Shop of Horrors
ACT (a community theatre) is busy getting things ready for the upcoming production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Audrey II, the plant with attitude and appetite will be invading Holland College’s new Florence Simmons Performance Hall just in time for Halloween!
After days of auditions and an intensive round-table discussion, the cast for “Little Shop of Horrors” was chosen. Audiences can look forward to seeing some local favourites bring this dark musical comedy to life on stage. CBC’s own Steve Bruce will be taking on the role of Seymour—the nerdy assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop; the owner, Mr Mushnik, is played by Richard Feldbaum. Seymour is in love with the sweet Audrey (Lisa Carmody Doiron), who doesn’t seem to notice him because of her involvement with the sadistic dentist Orin (Noah Nazim). To help the story—and the romance—move along, audiences will delight in watching the ‘Rhonettes’, a do-wop trio, played by Jenna Marie McDonald, Lindsay Schiek and Alexandra Sorenson. Eventually, things start looking up for Seymour: business is booming, he gets a family, and the woman he loves finally takes notice of him. But at what cost? And who is this Audrey II?
Of course, no production would be complete without a set and all of its dressings! The set for “Little Shop of Horrors” has been designed to help transport the audience to the downtrodden Skid Row of the 1950s. While the actors are busy learning lines, and song and dance routines, some of ACT’s other dedicated volunteers have been working hard constructing buildings complete with moveable parts.
ACT’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is directed by Peter Krauskopf, who staged Colonel Gray’s musicals for many years. Music direction is by Rowan Fitzgerald and Owen Aylward, and Morgan Wagner is the choreographer. There will be five performances of Little Shop of Horrors from October 27th to 30th at the 300-seat Florence Simmons Performance Hall. Stay tuned for upcoming information about ticket sales. Further information: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
Friday, July 29, 2016
Wanted: advertising salesperson
Do you love the challenge of selling?
Are you a salesperson?
We have a really good product to market ...
It’s advertising in the theatre programme for Little Shop of Horrors ... and possibly a few special sponsorships.
What we’re after is a member of the production team who can recruit about $1000 worth of advertisers or sponsors over the coming two months. That would mean, for example, getting 10 ads at $100, or maybe a combination of 6 or 8 ads + a couple of $250 sponsorships.
We have good things to offer in return—a classy theatre programme that reaches 1500 people, mention in our publicity, complimentary ticket and such. We will provide a recruitment brochure which outlines the show in an appealing way, ad sizes & prices, and enticements.
Interested in the challenge? Get in touch with the show’s producer, Rob Thomson, at 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS
Auditions indicate a really strong cast
Fantastic auditions last weekend—very strong people, for all parts ... a lot of talent and great enthusiasm. We have a session this Saturday (18th), mainly for a dance exercise for some auditioners. A few more people will audition on June 28th, and then the casting will get confirmed. We’ll be notifying everyone in the few days after June 29th. This show is going to be so good, and so much fun!
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors - Auditions
June 10, 11, 12 - for casting in the October show
Join Audrey II, the magnificently horrible plant which grows into a two-metre man-eater!
9 major roles and 15 other parts in a really fun comic musical.
10-minute audition: read a bit from the script + sing a prepared song (without accompaniment).
Appointments have been going fast ... but there are still some time-slots available.
For information and to book an audition: 902-628-6778 or robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Tech Director wanted
Clyde River Pageant looking for a TD
The job will not require really extensive tech experience (no really complicated Lx or sound) but good people skills (there will be lots of non-professional artists and volunteers involved) and an ability to improvise and problem solve, and even some set-building experience, would all be useful.
We have budgeted a fee of $1000. There will be some work to be done part-time in early July, and then the schedule will be more full time in the 2 weeks leading up to the performances in New Glasgow on July 30 and 31. Having a car would be important. See Description below ...
River Clyde Pageant TD Job Description
The River Clyde Pageant will be a moving, processional event, starting at the Little Victory Microfarm, on the East/South bank of the river in New Glasgow, and then moving, with the audience accompanying the performers on foot, through various scenes along the riverbank toward the New Glasgow bridge, and then over the bridge and onto the lawn below the Mill Restaurant on the West/North bank, where there will be a final scene followed by a community supper. The Pageant will take place in the early evening, timed to end before sunset, so lighting needs will be minimal for the performance itself, but some lighting will be required for the outdoor community supper, which will likely extend past sunset.
Some of the scenes will involve music that will require amplification, and we also plan to have some live music during the community supper.
The various scenes of the pageant will be conceived to take advantage of, and fit into the riverbank setting, so no major set pieces or scenery will be required, but there may be some building required. We have at least one carpenter volunteer (he is also co-owner of the Little Victory Microfarm) with an onsite shop who is keen to help with any building that’s required.
The TD job will involve coordinating the technical set-up for the above events. This will involve some degree of design and conception in consultation with Megan and I as project directors – so figuring out where to source/borrow/rent any sound or light equipment we need - as well as coordinating the set-up of that equipment. We have a technical budget for the Pageant, for materials and equipment rental, and part of the TD job will also be figuring out how we work within that budget.
Because we anticipate accommodating an on-foot audience of up to 150 people, part of the TD job will also be figuring out audience flow, audience parking, and traffic control in the period when we cross the New Glasgow bridge.
We will begin Pageant rehearsals and workshops in mid-June, training stilt-walkers, building puppets, and rehearsing a Pageant choir. These workshops will continue throughout July, with rehearsals becoming more intensive in the 2 weeks before the actual Pageant performances on July 30 and 31. In the first month of rehearsals, from mid-June to mid-July the TD job will be part time, involving planning and production meetings, sourcing equipment, and anticipating other technical needs. In the 2 weeks prior to performance, July 16-31, the TD job will become more fulltime, coordinating any onsite building, equipment pick-ups and installations, working with the directors and the Pageant stage manager to coordinate smooth interaction between the performers and volunteers and the technical aspects of the production.
The final part of the job will be coordinating the strike and equipment return at the end of the project.
This is the first time we will have created the Pageant, so in addition to planning and foresight, it will inevitably involve a considerable degree of improvisation and adaptation on our feet. We will be working with a large number of people, both professional and amateur, and of all ages, many of them working outside their usual areas of experience and expertise, but all of them contributing time and energy to a project which must, above all, be a good experience for everyone. So it will require patience and generosity from all of us.