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Monday, April 14, 2014

Inherit the Wind

Get your tickets soon!

INHERIT THE WIND, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is coming to Trinity United Church, Prince St., as a joint production with ACT (a community theatre).

Courtroom drama at its finest, the play is based on the notorious “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925 in Tennessee. Scopes was a teacher who dared to teach evolution, contrary to state law that only the Bible’s version of creation was valid. The trial became a battle of giants when the prosecution hired William Jennings Bryan, three-time Democratic nominee for President, against Clarence Darrow, a famous defence lawyer – who put Bryan himself on the stand.

The production is interactive: eight audience members serve on the jury: ushers deliver strong views on creationism; the mayor wants your vote come November.
April 24, 25: dinner (southern style) at 6:00, play 7:30; April 26: 7:30; April 27: 2:00 matinee. $30/28 for dinner theatre, $18/16 for play only, any performance. Reserve dinner by April 21. Tickets available at Trinity office, 892-4114. Info: 675-3672.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Confederation Centre to honour Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant in new theatre

Alan Lund and Lloyd Malenfant were amazing. It is incumbent on us alumni to honour them in this very fitting manner. Please help Glenda Landry and I raise the funds to make this happen. And by the way - yes the seats are up where Lloyd sat and took notes!! grin

Gerry (Gilbert) Gray CF 72/73/74 79/80/81

Confederation Centre honour Alan Lund & Lloyd Malenfant

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Monday, March 10, 2014

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival 2014

Take in a play or two, or three ... Saturday 29 March

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival 2014

  The Community Theatre Festival is back, and it’s full of comedy fun this year.  On the afternoon of Saturday, March 29th, the stage of the Carrefour will offer a half-a-dozen short plays which appeal to virtually all kinds of audience.
  The Festival is PEI’s way of marking the 54th annual celebration of World Theatre Day—the day when thespians all around the globe show their respect for the vital force which live performance has been in virtually all societies stretching down through the centuries.  The Island’s Festival is a yearly happening for amateur, for-the-fun-of-it groups, and it’s been a lively success with audiences.  Hundreds of people come for a full afternoon or a drop-in-for-awhile sort of thing.  Each acting group puts on a short play, a half-hour or less, and there’s a good mix of types.
This year’s performers offer a delightful assortment of works, with plenty of good comedy.
• The Rag Tag Players, the youngsters of Murphy’s Community Centre, have a multi-media enactment of the poem Desiderata.
• L’Ecole François-Buote offers a pair of French-language features—a comic monologue and some lively adventures in improv.
• ACT (a community theatre) will presentThe Raft: An Interlude by iconic Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock—a gently comedic story of stranding, which serves as an allegory of the courtship process.
• Georgetown’s King’s Playhouse will preview a scene from their coming August production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit—in which a séance has inadvertently summoned up the ghost of a first wife to haunt the man whose second wife is not amused.
• The Harbourfront Players will be delivering two hilarious (and somewhat ‘adult’) playlets from Neil Simon’s California Suite.  First come the Visitors from Chicago—who are two couples in the hotel suite at the end of a disastrous vacation which they should not have shared.  Then comes the Visitor from Philadelphia—who is a woman on her way up to the hotel suite where she may find her husband ‘in flagrante delicto’.
  The irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine (for the French-language pieces) will be adjudicators, giving helpful tips to each play-presenting group.
  Here’s what Wade says about the experience:
“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 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 this year’s Festival!”
  The project is getting a good boost from PEI businesses which have a commitment to the arts: The Buzz, Dave Gauthier of RBC Dominion, Hearts and Flowers, Colonial Realty, Owls Hollow and the Academy of Learning.  ACT (a community theatre) has been an annual backer of the Festival.
  The Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home base, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.  For the audience it’s a bargain—pay-what-you-will admission to help defray costs—and good-fun entertainment.
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 on March 29th; the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:00 o’clock.  There’ll be a 20-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca, 628-6778.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Casting Call for teenagers

Cornwall United Church Musical seeking one male 16-24 and one female 14-17 for May production.  Interested participants should be able to act, sing and dance.

Murder at the Hollow Rooms is an original murder-mystery musical written by Anne Hotchkis with lyrics by Sam Morgulis and music composed by Perry Neatby.  It is a light-hearted production that takes place in Victoria-by-the-Sea with 10 cast members.  The plot of the story starts with a murder-mystery contest in which 4 teenage detectives attempt to solve a murder using a scavenger hunt for beach creatures and a search for clues attached to each beach creature.  There are 13 songs in the production plus a few dance routines and so i To date the adult roles have been cast and most of the teenage ones except for one male role (young person in the 16-24 age range) and one female role (young person in the 14-17 age range).  The amateur production is being organized as a fund-raiser for Cornwall United Church. 


Performance dates are May 15 and 16, 2014 plus a dress rehearsal on May 14.  Rehearsals are on Sundays (Feb 9 week at 11:30 a.m.) but may change afterwards to 1:30 p.m. and will be conducted on a weekly basis until the end of April and perhaps twice a week during the first two weeks of May.  The director is Diane Wallace.  The address for rehearsals and performances is Cornwall United Church, 9 Cornwall Road.  Anyone interested in auditioning and taking part should contact Anne Hotchkis by phone at 566-2749 or by E-mail, hotchkia@hotmail.com

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

CALLING AMATEUR THESPIAN GROUPS

Wanted: Plays for the 2014 Community Theatre Festival

  Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, and in 2014 it will again be held at the end of March—Saturday, the 29th.
  Once more 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, as well as being available for purchase by audience members.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication; last year that was done by the irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine.  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.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year the Carrefour’s theatre was almost always full as people watched two or three or all the performances.  There were six fascinating plays, put on by a wide range of groups—well-established ones like ACT, children, a French school class, a Mi’kmaq group, Sketch 22 veterans and other old-hands, and newcomers.  Five of the six plays were original—developed by the people involved in performing them.
  Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch had to say about it:
“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—generally 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 any one of the organizing trio:
• Kate Martin 892-4384 eslkatie1@gmail.com
• Sara McCarthy 315-2839   saradmccarthy@gmail.com
• 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 February 1st.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Auditions for INHERIT THE WIND

ACT’s next major production, partnering with Trinity United Church, Charlottetown, is INHERIT THE WIND.  Auditions are Sat.-Sun., Nov. 23-24, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Rehearsals begin mid-January for performance April 24-27 in Trinity’s hall.  The Director is John Moses.  The SM is Sharon MacDonald.  Contact her for an audition time: sheamacd@gmail.com, or 432-2317.  Auditioners have the option of preparing a short monologue from any modern play.  Experience is not a requirement.

INHERIT THE WIND is based on a real courtroom case, the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, in the town of Dayton, Tennessee.  At that time, and right until 1967, the state had a law against the teaching of evolution in its schools.  A number of local citizens decided to challenge this law with a show trial – chiefly in order to profit from the publicity.  They persuaded John Scopes, a substitute teacher (who might have presented the evolution chapter from the state-sponsored textbook he was using in one class period; he couldn’t remember), to act as defendant, and they persuaded two famous national figures to be counsels on either side.  For the prosecution they secured William Jennings Bryan, a fundamentalist Christian who had been the Democratic nominee for President three times, and for the defence they had a famous Chicago lawyer, Clarence Darrow, an agnostic who had recently defended two notorious killers.  The two were considered to be among the greatest orators of their day.

During the trial the Judge refused to hear any of the defence’s expert witnesses, ruling that their plausible explanations of evolution were irrelevant to the question of whether Scopes had broken the law.  In a highly irregular proceeding, Darrow called Bryan himself was as an expert witness on the Bible, in order to ridicule his views on creation.  The tactic worked – but still, Scopes was found guilty.

This trial, a battle of giants—which pitted a literal interpretation of the Bible against modern science,  unexamined faith against the right to think, the rural U.S. south against the urbanized north – did indeed garner publicity.  In fact it was the first-ever media circus.  It was covered by 200 journalists, who daily filed about 165,00 words that went round the world.  It was the first trial to be broadcast on live radio.  Hawkers of all kinds came to town to profit from the crowds.  Trained chimpanzees performed on the courthouse lawn.  Today the courthouse itself is preserved as an historic landmark, and features re-enactments of parts of the trial.

Both sides claimed victory, the fundamentalists because the law was upheld (though Scopes was fined only $100 and the verdict was later overturned on a technicality), and the modernists because widespread scorn was heaped on the other side.

INHERIT THE WIND was first performed in 1955.  It played on Broadway for two years, and at the Old Vic in London, and it has been revived in professional and amateur theatres many times.  It was made into a movie and into films for television, with famous actors in the leading roles.  The authors, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, have said that in 1955 they wanted to draw attention to another attack on freedom of thought, the witch-hunts of the McCarthy era.  But the play’s original theme continues to resonate on its own, and is sufficient reason for further performances.  Creationism, as we now call it, is far from dead and the theory of evolution is far from explaining everything.  There are many – including President George W. Bush – who argue that the two sides should be given equal footing in schools.  Many church-goers are not sure what to make of the Biblical story of creation, and many non-religious people are quite ignorant of modern evolutionary theory.  In any case, the fight against unthinking dogmatism must be taken up by every generation.

INHERIT THE WIND is gripping courtroom drama.  To enhance the drama it takes several liberties with the facts, and the preface explicitly rejects the notion that the play is “history.”  The names of the two leading characters are changed to Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry Drummond.  A real-life, wise-cracking journalist, H.L. Mencken (who invented the phrase “monkey trial”) is here E.K. Hornbeck, who provides an element of humour in the play.  John Scopes is Bertram Cates.  There are many other fascinating characters in the cast, some entirely fictitious: Rev. Jeremiah Brown who preaches hell-fire for sinners like Cates; his daughter Rachel, who loves Cates but is under her father’s thumb and is impressed by Brady; the biased Judge; the Mayor; the Jailer; two children in Cates’ class, a mountain man; a radio broadcaster; Brady’s wife; members of the jury and the Ladies’ Aid, and other townspeople.  The town itself is “Hillsboro,” which could be almost any town in the American south.  So strong and popular is the play that many viewers take it to be, literally, the Scopes Monkey Trial.

ACT (a community theatre) and Trinity United Church have combined to put on this drama April 24-27, 2014, in Trinity’s church hall.  The first two performances will be dinner theatre.  For all performances, auditioners who don’t secure a speaking part will be invited to be characters in the drama, townspeople in costume, who freely ad lib their own attitudes towards the trial, as they welcome the visitors to their town, serve them food, and take as much money from them as they can. 

There are twenty speaking roles.  They include only four parts for women, but the Director may dress some women as men.  The extras as above can be of either gender, all female if necessary. 

A strong production team is behind this play.  The Director is John Moses, the Minister at Trinity United, who has directed this play elsewhere, as well as several other plays at Trinity.  The Stage Manager is Sharon MacDonald (Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) who has taught the play in high school.  The Producer is Jennifer Shields, and the Costume Designer is Pam Jewell.  Other team members are Terry Pratt and Rob Thomson.

Successful auditioners must be either members of the Trinity congregation or members of ACT.  They should also be prepared to assist this show or another as crew members, in the spirit of community theatre.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This upcoming summer ACT is pleased to be returning to Cotton Park to once again perform the Bard’s work under (hopefully) the clear blue sky.

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This morning one of the Producers passed along the cast list of all the speaking roles in the show. He tells me that a few more non-speaking parts will be added in the future, but presented here is the list of those thespians who now have the (pleasant) task of studying the script.

Theseus—Adam Gauthier
Hippolyta—Lana Mill
Philostrate—David Bulger
Egeus—Cyril Armstrong
Hermia—Ashley Clark
Lysander—Justin Shaw
Demetrius—Devin MacKinnon
Helena—Olivia Barnes
Quince—Terry Pratt
Bottom—Richard Haines
Starveling—Alex Johnston
Flute—Ben Hartley
Snug—Ian Byrne
Snout—Kassinda Bulger
Fairy/Cobweb—Sara McCarthy
Puck—Keir Malone
Oberon—Andrew Trivett
Titania—Catherine MacDonald
Mustardseed—Courtney Starkman
Peasblossom—Ashley Macleod
Moth—Sarah Bruce

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

2013 Community Theatre Festival

A rich variety of original creativity—A fine success!

  The theatre of the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean was a very lively place on Saturday afternoon, April 6th, 2013.  Several hundred people—some for the whole afternoon, others who dropped in for an hour of two—enjoyed a smorgasbord of six short plays in celebration of World Theatre Day.  The variety was so rich, in both the style of play and nature of the performing group ... small children and seasoned elders ... cultural pageant to biting satire.  A wonderful thing: five of the six pieces were original—developed by the groups themselves.
  For the first time we had a play in French, and it was about the French language.  In their home theatre, students of the dramatic arts program of L’école François-Buote staged “Le français—c’est moi.”  It was a hoot: each character claiming to be the representative of La Francophonie ... and what a potpourri of characters—ranging from snooty Parisians to down-home, full-of-bonhomie Island farm-boy.  Adjudicator Monique Lafontaine commended the amusingly iconic portrayals. Comic it was, yes, but with the good message about the breadth and strength of French language coursing through cultures around the world as well as our own Island community.
  The Bonshaw Young Players are a children’s group (ages 7 to 14) who work with Ruth Lacey.  “The Mystery Men - the Mystery of Joe Hardy” was scripted by youngsters Benaiah Johnson and Qwyn Scurr.  The mystery was a series of thefts from the Hardy’s own house, which connected with the presumed, but unverified, death of Joe himself in a plane crash in the Amazon ... and a trap caught the surprising criminal.  The audience was delighted with the comic touches, especially the car which alternately backed up and then raced forward across the front of the audience.  All was eventually revealed in fine irony as super-sleuth Joe was led off to jail.
  Colour would be the word which would best tell you about “Mi’kmaq Legends”.  The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors were dressed in shiny bright regalia, and the mood was set by a campfire and drum.  The presentation included a haunting song, dancing, and effective flashing of lights.  It was great to see a range of ages working together—adults, youth and small children.  Adjudicator Wade Lynch pointed out how good stories, with good lessons-for-life, cross cultural boundaries: ‘The legend of Little Scar Face’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ aren’t very far apart.
  ACT (a community theatre) brought back, from its ‘fairy tale’ show last month at The Guild, “Mirror Mirror”.  The three sexy-looking women were, in a way, outclassed by the Mirror—the man in the fittingly termed ‘vanity’ set-piece who stepped out for his bow to reveal Superman underwear!  An impressive achievement was the way two actors portrayed a succession of very different princes.  There was lots of laughter in this satiric refashioning of the Sleeping Beauty tale.
  “Folding Tables”—A Play a Week’s portrayal of a dysfunctional life-coaching seminar—could well have been called ‘Turning the Tables’.  Over the course of 25 minutes the roles of coach and participant gradually reversed in hilarious fashion.  The wonderfully effective silences between the inept facilitator (Lennie MacPherson) and his straight-faced and taciturn victim probably outweighed the amount of dialogue.  Body gestures and facial expressions worked without words, and the audience was repeatedly in stitches.  No one who watched will ever behave the same at any future self-improvement workshop they might attend!
  The final play was “My Buddy Mark” by the duo All the World’s a Stage.  It was a quasi-improv-style portrayal of a rehearsal of itself—as old-pro Bill McFadden provided commentary and led his buddy Mark McIntosh through a reflection on their past few months of working together and building a friendship.  The audience was bolstered by a strong contingent connected with the Island’s Brain Injury Association, there to see their fellow-member or friend Mark take the stage.  Take it he did, climaxing the afternoon with his singing of “The Impossible Dream”.  The lyrics were so meaningful in this context: emotion surged, and the audience rose to give a standing ovation.
  It was a fitting conclusion to an afternoon of not just engaging entertainment but also exceptional achievement for the participants.  What a great springtime tapping of the creative juices running in Prince Edward Island’s community theatre landscape.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ACT (A Community Theatre) will hold auditions for the outdoor summer production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday April 6, and Saturday April 13 at UPEI’s Faculty Lounge. Auditions will run from 10:00AM to 3:00PM over the two Saturdays and are by appointment only. To book an audition and for further information please contact Sharon MacDonald by email sheamacd@gmail.com or by phone (902) 432-2317.

ACT (A Community Theatre) will hold auditions for the outdoor summer production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday April 6, and Saturday April 13 at UPEI’s Faculty Lounge. Auditions will run from 10:00AM to 3:00PM over the two Saturdays and are by appointment only. To book an audition and for further information please contact Sharon MacDonald by email sheamacd@gmail.com or by phone (902) 432-2317.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

World Theatre Day and the PEI Community Theatre Festival

Saturday afternoon, April 6th, at the Carrefour
Good entertainment!

  The Community Theatre Festival is back, and variety is the spice of its life.  On the afternoon of Saturday, April 6th, the stage of the Carrefour will offer a smorgasbord of half-a-dozen short plays which appeal to virtually all kinds of audience.
  The Festival will be PEI’s way of marking the 53rd annual celebration of World Theatre Day—the day when thespians all around the globe show their respect for the vital force which live performance has been in virtually all societies stretching down through the centuries.  The Day’s message this year—from Dario Fo, the Italian playwright who won the 1997 Nobel prize for literature—refers to how provocative an influence the theatre has often been; it quotes a reactionary church prelate who 300 years ago lamented: “It is therefore urgent to rid our cities of theatre makers, as we do with unwanted souls”!
  The theatre makers of this year’s Festival are hardly unwanted souls; indeed, they represent a wonderfully varied cross-section of our PEI community.  For the first time there’ll be a play in (and about) the French language, developed and presented by the dramatic arts students of L’école François-Buote.  Children and young adults will have a strong presence in the Bonshaw Young Players, in a play by ACT (a community theatre), and in a unique production by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors which dramatically presents legendary stories through lyrical narration, music and dance.  Sketch 22 veterans Lennie MacPherson and Graham Putnam will take the audience to an ill-prepared and oddly mixed-up life-coaching symposium.  Another play, done in a modified improv style, will feature a friendship between seasoned pro Bill McFadden and Mark MacIntosh who has coped with a brain injury for most of his life.
  Five out of the six plays are original: they have been developed from scratch by the people who will perform them—a fine example of the creative juices flowing in community theatre on PEI.
  The Festival is an amateur-theatre happening for non-profit, for-the-fun-of-it groups.  It became a regular thing in the early 2000s.  There was a brief hiatus, and then it came back with grand success in the past three years.  It was standing-room-only at the Victoria Playhouse in 2010, and in the past two years it brought hundreds of people to the Carrefour for an all-afternoon session of plays topped up with yummy refreshments.
  For theatre-goers it can be a full afternoon or a drop-in-for-awhile sort of thing.  Each group puts on a short play, a half-hour or less, and there’s a good mix of types—comedy, edgy drama, cultural treat, mystery and such.
  The irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine (for the play in French) will be adjudicators, giving helpful tips to each play-presenting group.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a 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.  For the audience it’s a bargain—pay-what-you-will admission to help defray costs—and good-fun entertainment.
  The Carrefour’s doors open at 12:30 and the plays begin at 1:00 and run till about 5:00 o’clock, following this schedule (subject to modification):
Ecole François-Buote ... Bonshaw Young Players ... Mi’kmaq Confederacy ...
ACT (a community theatre) ... A Play a Week ... All the World’s a Stage.
  There’ll be a 20-minute break between plays to provide for adjudication and set-up of the next play ... and also to give the audience a chance to sample the refreshments.
For information contact Rob Thomson—robthomson@pei.sympatico.ca

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

101’s of Theatre Costuming and Make-up Workshop

Have you always wondered how actors on stage can look so much older than they really are and how is it possible to clothe so many people for one theatre performance? Well now is your chance to take an inside look! ACT (a community theatre) is coordinating two workshops that will show you the how-to’s of theatre make-up and costuming.

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The costume workshop will be taught by Karyn MacPhee, the head of wardrobe for The Confederation Centre of the Arts since in the beginning of Anne of Green Gables in 1972.  She was worked on hundreds of theatre shows, tours and musicals and also owns her own costume and tuxedo business, ‘Costumes-by-Chance’.  With Karyn’s guidance, she will show students a tour behind the scenes of the Confederation Centre and take them to the wardrobe room where she will teach to 101’s of theatre costuming.  This includes how to properly measure an actor, theatre timelines, a sewing tutorial and even a few fun sewing projects!

“There are not many younger sewers coming up the ranks in PEI, and those working now will face retirement soon. I am willing to work with students to help them hone their skills because there is a need for experienced people to pass on their skills to the next generation.”

The stage make-up workshop will be taught by Savannah Belsher-MacLean.  She is a professional artist who specializes in makeup for high resolution photography and film and earned her makeup artistry certification in 2003.  She has worked for CBC, TSN, CTV, the Family Channel, and her artistry has been featured in short films, corporate campaigns, and local fashion runways. Most commonly, you find her work on beautiful faces of PEI’s brides and bridal parties.  Savannah will be teaching simple basics for men and women, stage make-up kit essentials, aging and special effects, plus much more! 

We are looking for people of all ages including men.  These workshops would be ideal if you are looking to learn more about theatre, if you are interested in acting, or if you just like make-up and fashion. 

Costume Workshop: March 17th-2pm @ Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond St.
Stage Make-up Workshop: April 28th-12pm @ Savannah’s Studio, 162 Richmond Street, Suite #19
Price of individual workshops: $10 General/$8 for ACT members.  Bundle Price for both workshops: $18 General/ $15 for ACT members.
Sign-up is required to attend these workshops and you can email or call Ranee Weselak @ 902-316-1596 or raneeweselak@hotmail.com

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Proposal Form for an ACT production

Here is the general format you should follow when proposing a production to ACT (a community theatre)

Proposal for ACT Production


Proposer’s Name:

Name of Intended Production:

When do you propose to mount this?

Where [Venue(s)]?

How many performances?

Have you checked re availability of the venue(s)?

What is the seating capacity?

Do you have a producer / production coordinator?

Are there other members of the production team in place? Please identify.
 
What is the cast breakdown M / F? Age range?

Do rights need to be secured?

If so, have you made preliminary inquiries about securing the rights?


What motivated you to choose this play? (5 or 6 lines)

What will motivate folks to attend? (e.g., hit musical-JCSS, chance to beat the
winter blahs- Tenor, focus on ovarian cancer-Wit)


What do you foresee that the challenges might be? (e.g., only 50 seats available
in venue, 25 males in cast, costume heavy)


Have you read (and perhaps discussed with those involved) the ‘post-mortem’ reports from one or more previous ACT productions ... so as to get a sense of some of the factors of success and difficulty experienced in shows comparable to the one you are proposing?


What is the ball-park budget – what are some of the estimated expenses for rights?  theatre costs? Costumes? Lighting? Sets and props? Music?


Budget Estimates
Costs
Rights          
Theatre Rental (inc. tech time/costs)
Sets
Props        
Costumes
Publicity/Programs
Miscellaneous  

Total Costs        

Revenue Estimates

Contact Information:

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Friday, January 11, 2013

An Evening of Fairy Tales

This February ACT (a community theatre) is proud to present Mirror Mirror by Bruce Kane, and Not-So-Grimm Tales by Kevin Bean. These two short plays re-introduce some of the classic fairy tales to us in fresh new ways, producing a night of theatre fit for the whole family.

Not-So-Grimm Tales is about a mother who hearing her daughter playing with her dolls, realizes that the lessons that have been learned by her daughter from Fairy Tales are not necessarily the ones that she would want her daughter to learn. In the mother’s eyes, the daughter should learn that princesses can save themselves, and not always have to wait helplessly for a prince to come.

Through several hilarious re-tellings of classic Fairy Tales, Not-So-Grimm delivers a new take on the classics, with a much more politically correct and empowering message. Not-So-Grimm Tales is presented by a talent cast of young people, all still students in various middle and high schools around Charlottetown! Not-So-Grimm Tales is directed by Marly Haines and Frances Ann Squire, and Stage Managed by Virginia Harris.

Mirror Mirror is directed by Keir Malone and Stage Managed by Alex Johnston. In a land where “beauty is only skin deep - thank God” a “woman of a certain age” takes drastic action when she learns that she’s been surpassed in the looks department by her sexy stepdaughter as the tales of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Snow White” get rolled into a 90210 facelift in this funny one act play.

Mirror Mirror was a Finalist in the Macra National Drama Festival in Ireland and the winner of the East Division All England Theatre Festival for “Best Comedy”.

This evening of theatre will be presented at 7:00 pm at The Guild on February 7th, 8th and 9th with an afternoon matinee performance on the 9th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are 12$, or 10$ for students and seniors.

Tickets are available from the Box Office of The Guild.

For more information contact us at notsogrimm@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @notsogrimm
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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

2013 PEI Community Theatre Festival

Now’s the time to be thinking about your play!

PLAYS WANTED

  PEl’s Community Theatre Festival is putting the call out for plays for April 6th, 2013.  Because of UNESCO World Theatre Day landing on the Easter weekend, the Festival is moving to the following Saturday, April 6th.
  The invitation is for short plays and/or excerpts with a 40-minute maximum running time.  All age groups are encouraged; there are usually seniors groups, children and young people, university students, and community groups participating.
  This is a showcase for true community theatre—a chance to rub shoulders with other amateur actors and volunteers and to perform beyond the usual home audience.  This is for any group, young or old, large or small doing amateur theatre (not-for-profit, for the fun of it).
  Constructive feedback will be offered after each performance by Adjudicator Wade Lynch and there will be awards to recognize achievement.  During rehearsal time each group is offered directorial and production advice by a visiting mentor if desired.
  Each participating group is responsible for all aspects of its play: rights, costumes, props, light/sound design, special effects, transportation, etc.  A technician will be available for the technical rehearsal early on the day of performance for each player-group to make specific plans.  There is no charge for taking part.
  The Festival Committee, with the support of ACT (a community theatre), invites those interested to make contact for further information or to express intent.  The contacts are: Ruth Lacey - rlacey688@gmail.com, 675-4282 or Kate Martin - eslkatie@yahoo.ca, 892-4384.
Participation needs to be confirmed by January 15th.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Theatre Instructor Required

The Hunter River Community school is looking for an instructor to guide aspiring actors this year. The community school runs from 7-9 one night a week for 9 weeks, and it is hoped that the instructor can guide aspiring actors to create a skit or short scene to be presented at the final banquet at the end of the course.

Interested parties may contact Sue Ward at dwards5@bellaliant.net or call 963-3427 with any questions they may have.

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