Community Theatre Festival 2013 - "Mi'kmaq Legends" - Julie Pellissier-Lush, Sean Lush, Jessica Francis

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AUDITION CALL - for Citizens of Our Town

Want to be a part of the re-mounting of ACT’s very first show?

  Most people who know anything about theatre know about Our Town.  It’s the Thornton Wilder classic which gets performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  It will be performed in our Charlotte’s town on a half-a-dozen days next April.  That’s when ACT (a community theatre) will celebrate the troupe’s 20th anniversary with the play that started them going back in 1995.
  Auditions for the fresh production are coming up.  Plenty of parts are to be cast: there are approximately two dozen citizens of Our Town, in a roughly balanced mix of men and women.  Two of the major roles are for teenagers, and children of several ages are also needed.
  Rehearsals will start in January, and will be held using a combination of Tuesday evenings (to be confirmed), Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  The Director is Paul Whelan, and he is backed by a strong production team of ACT veterans.
  To audition, a person will be asked to read from the script, but may also bring a prepared piece of their own .  To arrange an audition, contact Kim Johnston at 902-621-0645 or  Appointments are available on Saturday afternoon, November 15th, or possibly by special arrangement .  The location is Charlottetown Rural High School.
  To see a bit of history, click on ‘Gallery’ (in the upper right-hand corner) and look for photos from ACT’s very first production in 1995.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Plays in a Day - Playwright #5

Twenty-four hour play writer from 2000 returns to write for Plays in a Day!

J. J. Steinfeld is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives hidden away on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Novel, Pottersfield Press), Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books.) Over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States, including the full-length plays The Franz Kafka Therapy Session, The Golden Age of Monsters, and A Television-Watching Artist, and the one-act plays The Waiting Ends, No End in Sight, Laugh for Sanity, and Freesias in Whiskey.

J.J. Steinfeld participated in a similar one-day theatrical event as part of the (then) PEI Festival of the Arts in 2000 for which he wrote Out-of-This-World Retrieval Procedures Incorporated.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Plays in a Day - Playwright #4

Introducing the fourth playwright for Plays in a Day, Melissa Heald.

Melissa Heald has won several literary awards including:
Theatre PEI’s New Voices In Playwriting Competition 2006- 2nd place
Island Literary Awards 2006- 2nd place for short story
Island Literary Awards 2011- 1st place for playwriting
Melissa has had several scripts produced for the Charlottetown Fringe Festival 2007, Kings Playhouse Summer Theatre Camp For Kids 2010, Kings Playhouse A Kings Christmas 2010, Centre for Performing Arts in Montague 2012
On the production side, Melissa has worked at the Guild in the box office, on front-of-house and as part of the Anne and Gilbert tech team on sound and lights.  She has also run sound and lights at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, and run a summer theatre camp for kids.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Hail Amateur Thespians!

Wanted: plays for Community Theatre Festival 2015

  Prince Edward Island’s annual celebration of World Theatre Day is the PEI Community Theatre Festival, and in 2015 it will again be held in March—Saturday, March 7th.
  Once more it will be at the Carrefour in Charlottetown, filling the Saturday afternoon with a play running approximately every ¾ of an hour or so, with a social time in-between performances.  Refreshments will be provided to the players.  Performers will be given helpful adjudication; last year that was done by the irrepressible Wade Lynch and his arts-savvy colleague Monique Lafontaine.  Each group will be presented with a participation award.
  The Community Theatre Festival is a showcase for true community theatre—a great chance for scores of actors and off-stage production volunteers to perform beyond their usual home audience, to rub shoulders with and learn from one another and get constructive feedback.  It’s a fine opportunity for a group to preview or reprise a show they’ve developed for another presentation.
  The Festival has grown in popularity since its resurgence in 2010.  Last year the audience tended to drop in to watch two or three of the five performances—all comedies, as it happened—put on by theatre veterans and newcomers, from Georgetown, Charlottetown and Summerside.  There was even a set of improv theatre games by students of L’Ecole François-Buote.
  Here’s what Adjudicator Wade Lynch has said about the Festival:
“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 see young actors taking their first tentative steps into a public arena alongside those who have spent decades treading the boards is thrilling. 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 next year!”
  Now is the time organizers are inviting amateur (for-the-love-of-it) theatre groups to express interest and get working on a play.  What’s wanted are short plays or excerpts—no more than a half-hour—of any kind: comedy, quasi-improv, gripping drama, mystery, slice-of-life, political satire, romance, family-friendly or avant-garde/mature.
  So let the creative juices flow.  There’s plenty of time over the coming few months to get into performance mode.  Mentoring guidance is available on request.
  To get information and to express interest, contact any one of the organizing trio:
• Kate Martin 892-4384 eslkatie1
• Sara McCarthy 315-2839   saradmccarthy
• Rob Thomson 628-6778   robthomson
A group should signify its intention to participate by December 15th; then definite confirmation is needed by January 31st.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

OUR TOWN 2015 Play-reading & Auditions

ACT will stage Our Town next April - in celebration of our 20th anniversary.  Join a preview reading, and get ready for auditions!

  Our Town is coming back to our town, and auditions are happening on November 15 and 16.
  This production of the Thornton Wilder classic will celebrate the 20th anniversary of ACT (a community theatre), which began with the staging of Our Town in 1995.  Since then, ACT has put on approximately 60 plays.
  Half-a-dozen evening performances are scheduled for Spring 2015 at the Carrefour—between April 9th and 18th.
  Rehearsals will start in January, and will be held using a combination of Tuesday evenings (to be confirmed), Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  Plenty of parts are to be cast: there are approximately two dozen citizens of Our Town, in a roughly balanced mix of men and women.  Two of the major roles are for teenagers, and children of several ages are also needed.
  Our Town is Thornton Wilder’s most famous work; it won him the Pulitzer Prize.  The play has been around for 76 years but it’s still performed at least once a day somewhere in the world.  It has been translated into 30 languages.  Why? ... the play’s essential humanity: with gentle good humour it explores the universal through the presentation of the commonplace in everyday small-town life.  And it’s this community flavour that makes Our Town such a good fit with our Prince Edward Island society.
  To audition, a person may bring a prepared piece or simply be asked to read from the script.  To arrange an audition, contact Kim Johnston at 902-621-0645 or johnstonk  Appointments are available throughout the day on Saturday November 15th and in the afternoon on Sunday the 16th.  The location is Charlottetown Rural High School.
For a taste of the play, join the reading which will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28 at the Haviland Club (Rochford & Water St.)  Contact Keir Malone for information about the play-reading - or 902-316-1400.

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