Foreigner - Foreigner (2)

Friday, December 01, 1995

Selections from ACT One, Scene 2

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the second issue of ACT One, published in December of 1995.

This is a selection of stories and articles that appeared in the second issue of ACT One, published in December of 1995.

In this Issue
Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column- Valerie Moore
Continuing Recollections of an Antiquated Thespian- Raymond Moore
ACT Up- Updates on Activities - Gerry Gray
The Crucible- David Sherren
Our Stories

Re:ACTion - The Editor’s Column
 
The review in The Buzz of our production of The Foreigner caused me to feel a number of reactions. Putting aside the urge to fill George Spelvin in on my most intimate thoughts, I decided it would be better to pontificate in our own newsletter. Perhaps others might like to respond with your own thoughts in a Letters to the Editor column. 
 
Sean McQuaid said in his Buzz editorial, that he was happy to have someone else suffer the slings and arrows of outraged thespians. Actually, I thought the review made some very good points, but I felt Mr Spelvin seemed to forget that he was critiquing a strictly amateur group. Much as we would all like to measure up to professional standards (for the most part), is it really necessary to criticize details beyond our control, such as the visible tops of the set. Perhaps Mr Spelvin should take a tour of the theatre itself and see the inadequacies of the curtains provided. And he noticed “an apparently missed cue” (lighting) - Well, pardon me, but if an amateur group manages only one ‘apparently’ missed cue, I think it could be overlooked. It was interesting to note that Mr Spelvin thought that our sound was “quite good”. Well done you guys up in the box. I’m glad your professional status was almost recognized! 
 
Ok, so this guy has never met a cockney before. Either that, or he is one and so cannot understand Doug’s accent. Well now, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but is it really necessary to treat the reader as though she is another Ellard and something has to be repeated a number of times to be understood. “A carrot?” “Yes, Ellard, a carrot.” Talk about kicking a guy when he is down. Mr Spelvin must have studied under Sid Adilman at the Toronto Star. 
 
Now, before everyone starts tut-tutting and pointing out that at least he said nothing bad about me. Yes, I agree - and he used a rule of thumb which I try to employ myself (outside of this editorial). If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. But hey guys, which of us involved in the theatre is not an egotist to some extent. Keir and I were the only ones he couldn’t find something to say about. I know I wasn’t great, but were we really so bad that Mr Spelvin could not trust himself to say anything? ACT should be justifiably proud that Mr Spelvin was favourably impressed with our sense of “community” because, after all, that is our raison d’etre. 
 
A standing ovation should be given to our stout-hearted hosts for the concessions stand. Lorraine and Don Poole single (or is that double?) handedly raised our income considerably.  - the editor
 

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