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Sunday, February 07, 2016

2016 Community Theatre Festival Line-up

A Theatrical Smorgasbord at the Carrefour, Saturday 5 March

  A smorgasbord of theatre!  It’s the 2016 Community Theatre Festival—Saturday afternoon, March 5th, at the Carrefour in Charlottetown.  It’s PEI’s way of celebrating World Theatre Day.
  Starting at 1:00 o’clock, short plays (10 to 30 minutes) will run, on average, every three-quarters of an hour: a variety of one-acts or excerpts—quirky drama, cultural heritage, dramatized poetry, a modern fairy tale and plenty of comedy.  There’s a musical and some dance and a francophone play.
  This year’s line-up includes these drama groups and intriguing play titles:
• L’étoile polaire (Ecole François-Buote) - La chasse galerie
• King’s Playhouse - Beanstalk: the musical
• Murray Harbour Drama Club (& Friends) - Life & Death at the Pearly Gates
• Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors - Mi’kmaq Legends
• ACT (a community theatre) - Lord Byron’s Love Letter
• Murphy Community Centre Rag-Tag Players - Dear March
• Tracadie Players - A Day at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles
  What happens when cabin fever plagues a lumber camp?  when an Islander needs a driver’s license?  when kids dance about the month of March?  when Jack the bean-planter wants the family cow back?  when bored ancestors play a game of chance?  when an old lady turns a memory into a money-maker?  when a funeral parlor sits next-door to a nursing home?
  The Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for writers, directors and actors to strut their stuff.  Constructive feedback will be given by adjudicators Laura K. Bird and Monique Lafontaine.
  It’s great for the audience, too.  People drop in for a particular play or two, or stay for the whole afternoon.  This is good-fun entertainment ... and it’s a bargain: pay-what-you-will admission to help defray the costs.
  The annual event is backed by ACT (a community theatre) and supported by the helpful sponsorship of community businesses which have a commitment to the arts, including The Buzz, Owls Hollow, and Academy of Learning.  The Watermark Theatre and Victoria Playhouse have both donated tickets for a raffle.
  Here’s what Wade Lynch, adjudicator of several Festivals, has said about the experience: “The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place ... It is a celebration of life expressed through theatre ... To hear stories told, sung and physicalized in English, French, Mi’kmaq and mime is how we build a stronger, welcoming, tolerant, safe and magical community.”
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on Saturday, March 5th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:30.  There’ll be a 15-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to socialize, get raffle tickets and sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.
For photos of previous Festivals, click ‘Gallery” at the top/right, and scroll down to Community Theatre Festival listings

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Talent & Enthusiasm wanted for ACT productions!

A Play is like an Iceberg?  So how does it float?

  What the audience sees on the stage constitutes maybe 10% of a show; 90% of the time and effort are invested in planning, arranging, and rehearsing to get it ready.  And while the actors put a lot into it, it’s largely the production team which makes a theatre piece happen.  That’s hard work, but it’s where much of the creativity and satisfaction happen.
  We’re talking about the troika work of the Director, Producer and Stage Manager ... with the essential help of coordinators of costuming, set, props, publicity, front-of-house and such.
  Those are the people which ACT historically has had some trouble recruiting.  Lots of people want to act, but it has often been a struggle to put together the production team which lets them get on stage.
  So this is a recruitment pitch.
  ACT has at least three major productions coming up in the next year or so.  If they go ahead, they are going to be really interesting: adaptation of a 1940s love-story movie ... a piece with 6 actors playing about 50 roles ... even a musical with a man-eating plant!  At least one of them will be in the wonderful new theatre at Holland College ... and another will probably get staged in posh B&Bs; and a hotel.  It’s going to be a very exciting year.  But to do it we’ll need the off-stage production people.
  Could it be that you have an interest?  How about adding another arrow to your theatrical quiver?  Would you like to learn how a show gets developed and managed?  No one needs to be afraid: we have ‘how-to’ guides in ACT’s Producer’s Handbook; we have ‘old-hands’—including highly experienced directors—who will be working on these shows and providing mentor support; the production people work as a team, using regular meetings to manage things collaboratively.
So ... how ‘bout it—willing to try your hand as a producer, stage manager, coordinator of costuming, set, props, publicity, front-of-house?
Get in touch with the Directors of Theatre:
Rob Thomson - robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca ... 902-628-6778
Kate Martin - eslkatie1 @ gmail.com ... 902-892-4384

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Friday, October 30, 2015

ACT presents OF A CERTAIN AGE

ACT is planning their 4th production for 2015 - ACT’s 20th anniversary year. The show, titled OF A CERTAIN AGE, will consist of three light hearted one-act plays be held at the Guild on November 13 / 14 (three performances). Directors Ellen Carol, Sharon MacDonald and Nancy McLure bring a wealth of theatre experience to the project.

All three scripts feature a role for a woman ‘of a certain age’. Two of the plays, “The Pretty Trap” and “Lord Byron’s Love Letter”, are written by Tennessee Williams. The third play, “The Prompter”, was written by David Moses for the well-loved local actress Mae Ames. A special feature of the production will be a vocalist / narrator who will set the stage for each play.

OF A CERTAIN AGE will coincide with an exhibition in the Gallery at the Guild of memorabilia - photos, props, costumes, posters, etc. from ACT’s 20 years of involvement with amateur theatre in the community.

The production OF A CERTAIN AGE will take place at the Guild in Charlottetown on November 13 (7:30pm) and November 14 (2:00pm and 7:30pm). Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door, cash only.

For further information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone 902-892-4384.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kings Playhouse Season

Quite a variety of offerings at Georgetown’s Kings Playhouse

There’s something for everyone this season at the King’s Playhouse ...

Starting with our “Haunting of the King’s Playhouse” on Friday, October 30th. Ghost hunters are invited to join Soul Patrol, Charlottetown’s paranormal investigators as they present their findings from their last investigation at the Playhouse. 
Presentation begins at: 8pm

For those more interested in dressing up and bobbing for apples, our “Haunted Halloween Carnival” on October 31st may be just the thing!  There will be pumpkin carving (with thanks to Nabuurs Gardens Ltd.), cupcake decorating, games and costume prizes. 
The Carnival begins at: 11am

November welcomes us into our days of remembrance and our musical tribute to those who have served or are serving our country.
A Night to Remember” features music, recordings and footage from wartime and is sure to offer a meaningful walk down memory lane.
Showtimes:
Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm
Friday, November 13th (School matinee) at 11am
Friday, November 13th at 7:30pm


On November 21st join us for our first ever “Black Tie Affair” - a gala fundraiser for The King’s Playhouse, Destination Georgetown Peninsula.
The evening features a 5 course meal, live music by local singer-songwriter Barry O’Brien and flamenco guitarist Jay Keating and amazing prizes. 
Tickets are $55 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Fund.
Available at the King’s Playhouse or by contacting any member of the Board of Directors.

Music continues to fill our halls on November 28th as we welcome Atlantic String Machine as they present their “Bach to Beatles” program.
Showtime is 7:30pm
Tickets are available via email at info@atlanticstringmachine.com or by calling 902 394 2579 or at the door. 

Our weekly programming continues with Kindermusik classes at 10am on Mondays.  LIttle ones aged 0-5 are invited to bring their grown ups and join us for music, movement and wonderful learning opportunities.

King’s Playhouse <info@kingsplayhouse.com>

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Plays Wanted!

Time to think about the Community Theatre Festival - coming in March 2016

  Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, which will again be held in March, probably on Saturday the 12th.
  It will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running approximately every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.  Refreshments will be provided to the players.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication; previous mentors have been helpful people like Wade Lynch,  Monique Lafontaine and Richard Haines.  Each group will be presented with a participation award.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a great chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.  It’s a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year the audience tended to drop in to watch two or three of the five performances—a fine mix of slapstick, intense drama, legend and the absurd.
  Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch has said about the Festival:
“The PEI Community Theatre Festival reminds me of why I went into theatre in the first place. It is an inclusive, nurturing community experience. The PEICTF is cross-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual celebration of life expressed through theatre. To see young actors taking their first tentative steps into a public arena alongside those who have spent decades treading the boards is thrilling. To hear stories told, sung and physicalized in English, French, Mi’kmaq and mime is how we build a stronger, welcoming, tolerant, safe and magical community. I can’t wait for next year!”
  Now is the time organizers are inviting amateur (for-the-love-of-it) theatre groups to express interest and get working on a play.  What’s wanted are short plays or excerpts—no more than a half-hour—of any kind: comedy, quasi-improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
  So let the creative juices flow.  There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode.  Mentoring guidance is available on request.
  To get information and to express interest, contact Kate Martin 892-4384, eslkatie1@gmail.com or Rob Thomson 628-6778, robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca.
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.
For the fun of photos of the Festival, click on “Gallery” (on the home page, upper right corner) ... scroll down and click on the “Community Theatre Festival” sections

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Of a Certain Age

ACT (a community theatre) presents OF A CERTAIN AGE

ACT (a community theatre) is planning their 4th production for 2015 - ACT’s 20th anniversary year. The show, titled OF A CERTAIN AGE, will consist of three light-hearted one-act plays be held at the Guild in mid November.  Directors Ellen Carol, Sharon MacDonald and Nancy McLure bring a wealth of theatre experience to the project.

All three scripts feature a role for a woman ‘of a certain age’. Two of the plays, “The Pretty Trap” and “Lord Byron’s Love Letter”, are written by Tennessee Williams. The third play, “The Prompter”, was written by David Moses for the well-loved local actress Mae Ames. A special feature of the production will be a vocalist / narrator who will set the stage for each play.

OF A CERTAIN AGE will coincide with an exhibition in the Gallery at the Guild of memorabilia - photos, props, costumes, posters, etc. from ACT’s 20 years of involvement with amateur theatre in the community.

The production OF A CERTAIN AGE will take place at the Guild in Charlottetown on November 13 (7:30pm) and November 14 (2:00pm and 7:30pm). Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door, cash only.

For further information, contact eslkatie1@gmail.com or telephone 902-892-4384.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PEI Playwrights’ Readings

Playwrights’ Cabaret - October 8
You’re Invited!  Come celebrate the work of Island playwrights!

A Playwrights’ Cabaret is being hosted by the P.E.I. wing of PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) on Thursday October 8th 7 pm at Charlottetown’s excellent new restaurant Local 343 located at 98 Water Street. The space is open at 6:30 pm with complimentary finger foods and cash bar. Come listen to readings by some of our own talented playwrights:
Jeff Bursey, Marlane O’Brien, Marjorie Hooper Dalziel, Kathleen Hamilton, Steven Mayoff, Rob MacLean and Melissa Mullen, Malcolm Murray,  J.J. Steinfeld, and Laurel Smyth.
The Cabaret is hosted by P.E.I. PARC board members Kathleen Hamilton and Melissa Mullen; intermission with cash food and bar service. Admission is by donation.
THEN – playwrights—Let’s meet the next day – Friday, October 9th at Local 343 at 10 am to have light snacks and a conversation about the role PARC plays in the Prince Edward Island play writing community - what we do and hope to do in PEI and throughout the region. Help us make plans for the future. We’re looking for your input, your wisdom, experience, your criticism, your humour and whatever else you might have to bring to the discussion.
To find out more about PARC and it’s programs for playwrights go to www.playwrightsatlantic.ca
Hope to see you at the reading at Local 343 for the Playwrights’ Cabaret and please let us know if you can join us at the meeting on Friday at 10am – contact us at : parcdramaturge@playwrightsatlantic.ca or melissa.hallaig@gmail.com .
Thanks.
Kathleen Hamilton and Melissa Mullen, PEI Reps on the PARC Board,  and Jenny Munday, Artistic Director

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hamlet Opens in one Week

ACT’s fourth Shakespearean production in as many years is about to open in Stratford, PEI.

Get your tickets at www.acthamlet.bpt.me

The costumes are beautiful, there’s a fencing duel, blood, and a mad scene. There is Shakespeare’s beautiful language and throughout the play you will recognize phrase after phrase that are used every day.  Five of the actors have multiple roles; two of the actors have four roles.

Come follow the action around Robert Cotton Park in Stratford at 4:00 pm on August 29 and 30 and September 5 to 7.
Tickets are also available at the door.  $20 and $18 for seniors and students.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

ACT Play Readings May 12

Short plays by Tennessee Williams

ACT (a community theatre) will hold a reading of short plays by Tennessee Williams on May 12, 7pm at The Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street in Charlottetown.
The scripts, including, Lord Byron’s Love Letter, The Pretty Trap, and The One Exception, feature roles for women and particularly women “of a certain age”. 
The plays are being considered for a production in November, 2015.
All those who are interested in reading these short works are welcome to attend.
Info:  Keir Malone   keirm@yahoo.com     902-316-1400

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Hamlet Cast Announcement

For the fourth year in a row, ACT (a community theatre) will stage one of Shakespeare’s plays in Robert Cotton Park, Stratford, at the end of the summer.  This year’s choice is an eight actor version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, adapted by director, Terry Pratt.

Noah Nazim was cast as Hamlet in December.  Now, we are pleased to announce the seven talented actors who will join Noah.

Gordon Cobb: Polonius & Priest
Jennifer Fanning: Horatio
Lindsay Gillis: Ophelia
Richard Haines: Claudius & Ghost
Catherine MacDonald: Gertrude
Keir Malone: Laertes, Rosencrantz, Player King & Gravedigger 2
Sara McCarthy: Guildenstern, Player Queen, Gravedigger 1 & Osric:

Show dates are August 29 and 30 and September 5-7.  All shows are matinees beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Hamlet Cast Announcement

For the fourth year in a row, ACT (a community theatre) will stage one of Shakespeare’s plays in Robert Cotton Park, Stratford, at the end of the summer.  This year’s choice is an eight actor version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, adapted by director, Terry Pratt.

Noah Nazim was cast as Hamlet in December.  Now, we are pleased to announce the seven talented actors who will join Noah.

Gordon Cobb: Polonius & Priest
Jennifer Fanning: Horatio
Lindsay Gillis: Ophelia
Richard Haines: Claudius & Ghost
Catherine MacDonald: Gertrude
Keir Malone: Laertes, Rosencrantz, Player King & Gravedigger 2
Sara McCarthy: Guildenstern, Player Queen, Gravedigger 1 & Osric:

Show dates are August 29 and 30 and September 5-7.  All shows are matinees beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Horse Whinny and Crazy Chicken Cluck

Costumes and sound effects added to Our Town rehearsals

  Get ready for Our Town.  Only a few rehearsals left ... then it’s on stage—opening night at The Carrefour is Thursday, April 9th.
  Today (Sunday, 29 March) we were all in costume, and did it ever look good.  Pam, Hélène, Vanessa, Karen and Alison have made us look like we authentically belong at the beginning of the twentieth century.
  Sound effects were introduced today—including the clucking of a crazy chicken and the whinny of Bessie the milk-wagon horse.
  There were tears of joy for the wedding scene ... but also a chuckle as Mrs. Soames (Barb Rhodenhizer) said “Doesn’t she make a lovely bride?” and George (Fraser McCallum) spoke his “I do” a little too quickly!
  This is going to be a very good show.  Because of the large cast, with so many fans!!, and because it’s the special anniversary of ACT’s very first production, there’s a ‘risk’ of sell-out.  So it’s probably a wise move to get tickets well ahead of time.  There are three ways of doing that:
(i) online at www.actourtown.brownpapertickets.com;
(ii) by phone at 1-800-838-3006 ext1;
(iii) in-person cash sale at the Charlottetown Farmers Market on Saturday morning, April 4th.
Information: 902-628-6778, robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our Town_1995 Slide Show

ACT’s first production was Our Town in 1995. Like this year’s Our Town 2015, rehearsals were at the Rural and performances at the Carrefour Theatre. This music is from the short lived musical version of Our Town.

Click on the following link…

ACT Our Town 1995 Slide Show

- Gerry Gray

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Community Theatre Festival 2015 - Photos

A selection of pictures from the 2015 Festival plays

To see a few photos of each of the five plays, click on “Gallery” in the upper-right area of this page ... scroll down to Productions - Community Theatre Festival 2015.
Wow, what an afternoon it was at the Carrefour on Saturday, March 7th.  Five original plays, two dozen participants, 150 people enjoying it all.
Many thanks to the Tracadie Players, In the Moment, Art Without Borders, the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors and ACT (a community theatre).

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Birthday, ACT! ... coming home to Our Town

ACT’s 20th anniversary - Re-staging the debut play, Our Town

  Our Town is back in our Charlottetown, playing for two weekends at the Carrefour.  ACT (a community theatre) is presenting evening performances Thursday to Saturday, April 9, 10 and 11, a Sunday afternoon matinee on the 12th, and two more shows on Friday the 17th and Saturday April 18th.  Paul Whelan is the director.
  Our Town won Thornton Wilder the Pulitzer Prize.  It is one of the most popular and beloved theatre pieces of all time: after three quarters of a century, it is still performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  The New York Post called it “beautiful and remarkable—one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre ... a spiritual experience.”
  PEI reviewer Sean McQuaid called it “the best piece of theatre I’ve seen in town this year.”  That year was 1995, when Our Town was the very first production of ACT (a community theatre).  McQuaid was prophetic: “With any luck,” he said, “Our Town is only the first of many ACT productions in our town.”  And so it was: in the two decades since then, ACT has staged more than 50 productions—Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, uproarious comedies, avant-garde, edgy drama, home-grown originals, blockbuster musicals.  And now ACT is celebrating its 20th anniversary by remounting its debut show, Our Town.
  Theatre-goers will find a hallway display of materials from the original 1995 production and ACT’s first season.  David Sherren, the man who directed the first show, will be coming over to the Island for a performance.  A gala reception will be held for members of the original company and for persons and organizations who have supported ACT through the years.
  Our Town is a play that sets off the audience imagination.  Sound and lighting effects, mime, the Stage Manager’s narration, and a minimal set with little more than some chairs and a couple of step-ladders: they make two family homes and a main street come alive ... with dynamically fluid shifts from present to past to future.
  Thornton Wilder saw his play as “an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events of our daily life.”  Our lives, in both their grand-event rituals and their daily humdrum routines, are really quite miraculous.  As the young woman Emily comes to understand in her end-of-the-play wisdom, we never fully appreciate all we have until we lose it.  “Oh earth,” she cries, “you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.”
  There are four ways to get Our Town tickets.  They will be sold at the door, but in view of the special nature of this anniversary production, organizers believe there is a likelihood of sell-out.  They are therefore providing three methods for advance purchase.  The online box office is at www.actourtown.brownpapertickets.com; phone service is at 1-800-838-3006 ext1.  And in-person cash sale will be available twice at the Charlottetown Farmers Market—from 9:30 to noon on Saturday March 28th and April 4th.
  The Carrefour will be catering intermission refreshments for the performances.  The Carrefour/Ecole François-Buote is reached via the Queen Elizabeth Hospital turn-off from the Charlottetown bypass.
  For information: 628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca

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