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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Recreate Sir Andrew Macphail and Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Macphail Foundation, which operates the Macphail Homestead in Orwell, will be holding its major fund raiser on September 13 this year.

The date commemorates the visit of Lucy Maud Montgomery to the Homestead in 1910, at the invitation of Sir Andrew Macphail, but is being celebrated this year because of the “year of Anne” events. On that day, Earl Gray,(then Governor General was also in attendance.

On September 13, the Foundation will hold a tea in the afternoon from 1-3 and a dinner at night from 6:30 until everyone goes home.
The Foundation would like to have actors play the roles of Sir Andrew, (who was not yet Sir; he earned his knighthood as a result of his service in WWI), Lucy Maud and the Earl during each event. The same actors could do both events or two different sets of actors could play.

We would provide information that would be useful in writing scripts or in preparing the actors to role play/improv based on the times, the characters and the events of the day, and our historical experts would coach the actors on what would be appropriate behaviours, language, and subjects of conversation. We would arrange for costumes. If actors come forward by August 10, we would include mention of ACT in advertising, programs, and on the menus.

The foundation would be very pleased if the actors would donate their time, but we would also ensure that they were not out of pocket, and would provide food, travel costs, etc. This aspect could be negotated if interested participants are found. If the fundraiser is a success, we would be looking to reprise Sir Andrew’s role every year, with different special guests (e.g. John MacRae, Stephen Leacock).

If you are interested, please contact me.

Posted by Bunty Albert on 07/31 at 08:09 AM
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