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Thursday, December 16, 2010
At Play in the Dark: An evening of Edgy One-Act Plays
In January of 2011 ACT (a community theatre) and Sheep-for-Wheat Productions are kicking the year off with an evening of One Act Plays.
A Play in the Dark, will present audiences with three different one act shows from three different sets of directors and actors, each dealing with mature themes. These shows include;
The Problem by A.R. Gurney, Jr., directed by Rob Reddin, is a candid chat between husband and wife which gives new meaning to “the things we do for love.” Performed by Marly Haines and Richard Haines.
The Other Five Percent by Bryan Goluboff, directed by Adam Gauthier, set on a Manhattan Street late on a Halloween night asks us, �Are people and things really as nice as they seem? Or could they be what your mother always warned you about?� Performed by Greg Chandler, Devin MacKinnon and Bethany Mayne.
The Worker by Walter Wykes, directed by Mike Walker and Stage Managed by Nicole Doiron presents us with an absurdist one act. A young woman finds a companion to help cope with the loneliness she suffers each day while her husband is at work. He is furious when he finds out, and perhaps with good reason as the discovery of such companions may translate to violent results. Performed by Ben Rayner, Rebecca Ford and Peter Grandy, with additional talents provided by Jeff Doherty and Fraser McCallum.
Sheep-for-Wheat Productions is an independent theater company created as an avenue for enthusiastic young adults to perform theatrically on P.E.I. The troupe prides itself on its collaborative approach and collection of local talents dedicated to bringing exciting ideas to the stage. In the past Sheep-for-Wheat Productions has performed Harold Pinter�s The Dumb Waiter, and Eugene Ionesco�s, The Lesson at The Guild in Charlottetown. Sheep-for-Wheat, collective based, is more about friends coming together and reaching out to the community through mediums which they feel passionately about.
At Play in the Dark performs at The Guild on January 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm. Ticket Price is 12 dollars at the door, or from the Guild Box Office (902)-620-3333. These plays contain language that is inappropriate for younger audiences and deal with Mature Subject Matter. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Saturday, December 11, 2010
A Delightful ACT-out
Dinner at Miss Daisy’s ... A Christmas Carol
What a wonderful evening our ACT group had on Friday December 10th 2010.
First it was dinner at Miss Daisy’s Victorian Tea Room on Summer Street in Summerside. This is a B&B which has full restaurant service for lunch and dinner, five days a week ... and it’s amazingly reasonable in cost. The food was great—in the range of offerings, in quality and presentation. Our group had a variety of tastes: seafood linguine, turkey, prime rib, pad thai and more. A nice feature: you can bring your own wine and there’s no corkage fee.
After lemon-meringue pie we reconvened at the Harbourfront Theatre for the musical version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. This was presented by the Fandango Musical Players, the creation of Shirley Anne Cameron (Artistic Director) and Tanya Bernard (Music Director), both of whom are familiar to ACT folks for their big roles in ACT’s own musical productions. In fact many of the cast were ‘graduates’ of Evita. What a show—great material, fine quality in costuming, sets, staging, dance, music and the rest. A timeless story, retold in a very moving (and often fun!) way.
This was a dandy reminder of the good experiences which ACT-out can give us. Thanks to Margaret MacEachern and Sophia Wong for making it happen. Nice goin’!!