Community Theatre Festival 2014 - "The Raft" - Becca & Ben
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.
Monday, May 16, 2016
“FEED ME!” - LSoH AUDITIONS
Auditions for LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS - June 10/11/12
The real star of the show is already cast ... but only partly. It’s Audrey II, the plant with attitude and appetite—who grows from wilted seedling to voracious two-metre monster on a diet of oh-so-rare flesh washed down with full-bodied red. The set of plant-puppets is reposing in the Beach Street warehouse of ACT (a community theatre), patiently awaiting appearances in the dark-comic sci-fi musical Little Shop of Horrors. But Audrey II needs a puppeteer, and also a strong off-stage voice to musically utter her/his/its best line: “Feed Me!”
Apart from the pair who will make Audrey II work, there are two dozen parts to be cast for the little florist shop and its Skid Row environs. There’s the human Audrey, for instance, the plant’s namesake—a naive, heart-of-gold blonde in her late twenties or early thirties. She and Seymour, the nerdy young man who unwittingly raises the monster plant, sing solos and a duet which are quite moving. Audrey’s early boyfriend, though, is 30- or 40-ish Orin, an outlandishly sadistic dentist; he has two great songs, and his death is a real gas (nitrous-oxide, in fact). The owner of the little shop is late-middle-aged Mr. Mushnik, who sings and dances a hilarious tango with Seymour. The mainstays throughout the show are Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal, a youngish (16-20) version of The Supremes; beyond their high-energy dancing, they provide a sort of Motown Greek-chorus commentary.
Besides the nine principal roles, Little Shop features a variety of minor characters: media personalities and agents, winos, shoppers and other assorted street people who join in the main musical number and some dance. Altogether there will be about 25 characters in the show. They are almost all adults and teens; it is not very likely that young children would be involved.
A crowd of enthusiasts learned about plans for the musical and got a look at selections from a video at a special ‘Preview Evening’ which ACT hosted in the Holland College theatre-space on May 12th. Attendees pressed for audition times, but they’ve had to wait for a month.
Auditions are being held at the Lecture Theatre of Colonel Gray High School on June 10, 11, and 12th: Friday evening, all-day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. That involves cold-reading from the script plus singing a prepared song (without accompaniment). Hopefuls for major parts will also be asked to take part in a dance audition and/or pitch-test the following Saturday afternoon (the 18th). To make an audition appointment, call 902-628-6778.
Cast-persons are required to be or to become ACT members, and must formally commit to rehearsals. Rehearsals begin in mid-August, and shift into higher gear through September and October. They will involve Sunday afternoons, and at least Monday and Wednesday evenings; occasional other weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons will be added progressively. However, rehearsals will be specifically targeted to particular scenes, and an actor will only need to attend the ones scheduled for him or her.
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.
Further information: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors - Preview Evening
TONIGHT! (Thursday 12 May)
￼LITTLE SHOP of HORRORS
to be staged by ACT - Oct 27-30, 2016
Good fun ... Important Info
Thursday 12 May - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
at the Florence Simmons Hall
Holland College - Weymouth St.
Select readings, music, video scenes +
information about mid-June auditions
Monday, May 02, 2016
Want to work in a Little Shop of Horrors?
Little Shop of Horrors is looking for someone who is enthusiastic about working at or learning about stage management. There’s an opening for a second Assistant Stage Manager to work with SM Sharon MacDonald and ASM Alex Cairns. Having a team of three means that the work won’t be too onerous.
It will mean being involved in rehearsals, which start in mid-August and run through September and October to performance week October 25th to 30th. For the performances, the two ASMs will each have one side of the stage to work.
It’s an exciting and fun show ... and if you don’t have stage-management experience but want to learn, this is a fine opportunity.
For information, get in touch with Sharon MacDonald—sheamacd @ gmail.com 902-432-2317—or Rob Thomson—robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca 902-628-6778.
Need a bit of help
Moving some set pieces on Wednesday May 4
A bit of help needed ...
For Little Shop of Horrors, we are going to be moving some set pieces from Colonel Gray to the Beach House. It’s perhaps an hour or so of work—loading & unloading.
It’s this Wednesday morning, May 4th, from 10:30 am.
Give me a shout if you can pitch in, OK?
robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca 902-628-6778
Saturday, April 16, 2016
PREVIEW EVENING: Little Shop of Horrors
Thinking about auditioning? Come & get a taste of the show!
Thursday 12 May, 7:00 - 9:00 pm - in the Florence Simmons Hall at Holland College (Weymouth St. in Charlottetown) ... Select readings, music, scenes, plus information about mid-June auditions for ACT’s staging of this famous dark-comic musical in late October. Information: 902-628-6778; robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
(Note change from previously announced date—it’s <u>not</u> Friday the 13th)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Little Shop of Horrors - a Recruitment Pitch
Want to get involved with making this great show happen?
Guess what arrived in Charlottetown on Tuesday morning (April 12th) ... Audrey II, a 2-metre-tall puppet of the man-eating plant which is the star of Little Shop of Horrors, is now reposing in the Beach House, dreaming of performing in five shows at Holland College’s new theatre at the end of October.
We have the core of a great production team for the show:
Director - Peter Krauskopf Producers - Rob Thomson & Grace Kimpinski
Music Director - Rowan Fitzgerald Vocal Director - Owen Aylward
Stage Manager - Sharon MacDonald Props Coordinator - Ann Greyborn
Choreographer - Morgan Wagner Costumer - Pam Jewell
Set construction - Peter Krauskopf & Cyril Armstrong
But there a number of slots which need to be filled. So we’re looking for people—whether experienced or wanting to learn—who would like to get involved with making this great show happen. Here are the opportunities:
• Assistant Stage Manager • Props team
• Front-of-House • Programme coordination
• Programme advertising sales • Costume help
• Hair & Make-up
Interested? Contact Rob: 902-628-6778, robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca
Below, a Fact Sheet about the show.
<u>Little Shop of Horrors - Fact Sheet</u>
Produced by ACT (a community theatre)
The show: A love story - with a man-eating plant!
SciFi-horror-comedy/rock musical, by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
(famed for Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas etc.)
1980s off-Broadway, Broadway, international; 1986 film; 2000s revivals
Best Musical 1983, N.Y.C. Critics Award
When: 5 performances October 27-30: Thur, Fri, Sat eve; matinees Sat & Sun
Where: Holland College’s new Florence Simmons Performance Hall
Music: Rock-n-roll/doo-wop/early Motown
Small combo - bass, drums, guitar, 2 keyboards
Rehearsals: Starting mid-August - Colonel Gray Lecture theatre
Sunday afternoons (1:00-4:00) + evenings (6:00-9:00) on Monday (probably choreography), Wednesday (probably vocal) and Thursday—
targeted specifically to particular characters for particular scenes—i.e. you’ll need to attend only the ones for which you are scheduled.
Cast: probable total 24 ...
Audrey II - off-stage singing voice
Audrey II - operator inside the big puppet
Seymour - 25-35, nerdy guy, lots of singing, some dancing
Audrey - 25-35, shallow-seeming-but-nice blonde, lots of singing
Mr. Mushnik - 55-65, worn-down boss, some singing & dancing
Orin - 30-40, sadistic dentist, some singing
Ronnette } 16-20, lots of ‘girl-group’ singing & dancing
Minor/brief appearance: Interviewer, Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip
Assorted street people: winos, et al - chorus, some choreography bits
Auditions: June 10, 11, 12 (Fri eve, Sat morn & aft, Sun aft) @ Colonel Gray
Cold-read from script + prepared song (unaccompanied) + dance (principals)
Requirements: Cast-persons must be or become ACT members ($25/15),
and must formally commit to rehearsals, etc.
Information: Rob Thomson - robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca 628-6778
Peter Krauskopf - pkfamily @ pei.sympatico.ca 651-2366