Community Theatre Festival 2013 - Bill McFadden and his buddy Mark McIntosh

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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